When mainstream values put us all at risk

If you have ADHD or autism, you will be familiar with the term executive function. If you are not familiar, here is a definition: “the executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for…

Book Review: Quit Like a Woman

One of my favourite genres is a kind of non-fiction which combines research on a topic with memoir-style personal reflections of the author’s experience with said topic. (This is often the domain of female writers.) Quit Like A Woman is one such book. Holly Whitaker has taken her own experience of quitting alcohol (and marijuana,…

The Risk of Changing Nothing

Humans are predisposed to avoid risk. It’s how we are all still here. If we didn’t fear anything, our species would not survive. We have an interesting bias, though, to avoid the risk of change. Change is unknown, uncertain. So often we take on an attitude of ‘better the devil you know’. I come across…

Dear Finley: 2020 was the year we turned things around

Dear Finley, I have been thinking a lot about what to say to you when you are old enough to ask about the climate crisis. I imagine that, shortly after asking about the climate crisis, you will ask the inevitable question: why did the grown-ups let this happen to the earth? I imagine you will…

Our Amazing Fragile (?) Home

Photo: Seedlings in my garden   “I wonder what it would be like to love the world again so much that we are unable to ignore climate change because the world is crying out for us to love her again” – Sarah Bessey (from her latest newsletter) Environmental destruction is often talked about in terms of taking…