Stories

November 13, 2020 - The year that went STOP

November 11, 2020 - My Octopus Teacher

 

A surprising story of how an Octopus lifts a man from the depths of a mental struggle. To watch obligation free on Netflix, subscribe for a month’s free trial.  You can then opt to unsubscribe before the free trial expires.

November 10, 2020 - Dark Side of Social Media

 

A very important documentary. If you have children, consider watching it with them.  Lots of practical takeaways for your (and your children’s) security and mental health when using social media.  To watch obligation free on Netflix, you can subscribe for a month’s free trial, then opt to unsubscribe before the free trial expires.

November 10, 2020 - Message from Nick

 

(Nick Cave, The Red Hand Files.)

 

How do I know I’m on the right path?

Dear Lottie,

Look around you. If there are others all moving in the same direction, and they look like you, and they move like you, and they all like the same things, and they hate the same things, and they are angry about the same things, and they are screaming about the same things, chances are you are on the wrong path.

If you turn and veer onto a different path, even though these people who all think the same thoughts, and say the same things, and behave the same way, may look at you, and may scoff at you and may even threaten you, carry on — as uncertain and crooked as the path may be. Keep moving, because though this path may not be the easiest path, or even the best path, it will be the most interesting, the most instructive, even the most enlightened path. It is your path, where you get to be who you want to be, say what you want to say, and love what you want to love — your path — and you can take much comfort from that, because you may be the one who shudders, you may be the one who spins and glows, you may be the one who shines, you may even be the one who bursts into flames, but even still, there you are and all along you go — your path, your path.

Love, Nick

(See previous post from The Red Hand Files here.)

November 4, 2020 - Stories Are Important

A reminder of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, the power of kindness . . .

The story of Bambert – an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories.  And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little hot air balloons in the hope that they will find a home.  From Barking Gecko Theatre.

October 14, 2020 - Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing

 

 

why children stopped dancing

 

‘Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing’….

Reposting this article which was written in 2007 reflecting on a presentation I gave at CAYPAKS (Children and Young People and Key Stakeholders) Convention, and Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment Conference (2008), titled ‘Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing’.

Now, 13 years on, particularly in COVID times, it seems even more relevant …

Imagine…..what if we could wave a magic wand to help young people feel better about themselves what would that world look like?  Dr Who and his time machine, the Tardis, immediately came to mind.  I wondered whether I’d choose to travel into the future or past in search of a place that nurtured the growth of children?

With the good old days in mind, I ventured down memory lane . . . It was a time before automation, technology and mass media had stolen children’s creativity, curiosity and the opportunity for them to build a bank of experiences that develop character, strength and resilience—give life purpose and meaning.  A culture where the qualities of kindness, innovation, creativity, community involvement, authenticity, and a social and environmental conscience were considered as valuable, if not more so, as a university degree and a six figure salary.

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