The Teddy Bear Principle

In September 2020, I received an email. Somewhere in the middle was a story about how a university professor solved enquiries before he received them. By keeping a teddy bear outside his office. Attached to it was a sign, "Ask Teddy". Anyone that did enter the office, however, was asked, "What did Teddy say? What … Continue reading The Teddy Bear Principle

Horse and Carriage or Unfinished Symphony

I had to laugh (out loud on the train)! For My Dad, Kevin Whalan's latest blog,opens with the same words as the following speech, written and delivered in 2001,  while I was going through... “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage “ Well, you don’t see that any more do you? Do … Continue reading Horse and Carriage or Unfinished Symphony

The Lingering Look (of a Book Lover)

It's no task at all. Simply take the books you don't want and put them into the two spare boxes. But to succeed at this meant I had to be a zombie bricklayer. Pick up a book, one in each hand from the first pile. Then with closed eyes transfer to the outgoing book box. Then I … Continue reading The Lingering Look (of a Book Lover)

Captured By An Audience

You never really wanted to go out there. You're outnumbered for one thing. You know that any false move in front of them will be the last and final one. You're thinking that the light is too bright, your  voice will be too soft, your tread too heavy, your stance too awkward. You're really scared to … Continue reading Captured By An Audience