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.
- This week's Sunday Newman – Randy Newman songs for lockdown Sundays – the haunting Baltimore youtube.com/watch?v=-rlNPq… 6 days ago
- RT @ruth_wishart: You go, girl! 1 week ago
- Simply this ... https://t.co/IgeKaFEn15 1 week ago
- Each week since the start of lockdown I've been recording a Randy Newman song. This week it's Simon Smith & His Ama… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 2 weeks ago
- RT @DarkAngelsWrite: A weekly dose of writerly thoughts to distract, inspire and reassure you. Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know… 3 weeks ago
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Next week it’s time again for the annual Dark Angels expedition to Aracena, the small hill town in Andalucia where John Simmons, Stuart Delves and I take a party of students on our Advanced Creative Writing in Business course. For … Continue reading
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Sometimes when I start to write these blog posts I don’t really know where my thoughts will take me or what the point is that I want to make. On these occasions I work on the EM Forster principle: how … Continue reading