New for 2020 – Podcasts!
From January 2020 I’m recording each post as a podcast, in addition to the written version which you can continue to read as usual. I’m also gradually adding selected posts from the archive (going back to 2009) as podcasts. Click here or on the Podcasts tab in the navigation bar.
This blogThis blog is called A Few Kind Words because the word kindness originally meant being kin, or kindred, or of the same kind. And since we are all humankind, we should remember to be kinder to one another when we communicate. The alternative is to be unkind, to use language which fails to connect or even alienates. The choice isn't hard.
- RT @GrahamJHolden: "when there’s fog all around, we need to believe that we’re being led by people who have a plan to get through..." Wise… 1 week ago
- @ThereseKieran @5coolthingsblog Me too - eventually! 1 week ago
- RT @5coolthingsblog: @ErikaSwyler The novelist Charlie Haas, the novelist @JNSim, the novelist @JamieJauncey, the poet @timrichlondon, @cor… 2 weeks ago
- Jamie Jauncey Throughout lockdown I’ve been recording a #RandyNewman song every week. Now its the turn of his broth… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 2 weeks ago
- RT @billykayscot: Scotland has changed but so has the British establishment. In the early 1980s I made an oral history series about working… 1 month ago
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Today seems like a good day to write about persecution. Trying to imagine the agony of crucifixion, of nails through palms and feet, of torn flesh and muscle, of gradual dislocation as the legs start to give way and the … Continue reading
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My fellow Dark Angel, John Simmons, responded to my last week’s post by adding ‘the pretence of objectivity’ to the list of ingredients that I suggested might be swilling around in the toxic soup called management speak – or Manglish … Continue reading
I belong to that generation of Scots for whom, shamefully, Scottish culture played no discernible part in education. So I came to our national bard late and, oddly enough, through music rather than words. Last night, a musical project I’ve … Continue reading
Tomorrow morning early I’m leaving for Geneva to see my 18 year-old son who’s working for the winter season at a French ski resort. I won’t pretend that I don’t envy him. Last time I flew to Geneva I was … Continue reading