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21 April, 2017
  Emma Morano – recognised as the oldest person in the world – died last week at the age of 117. Emma was born in the village of Civiasco in the Piedmont region of northern Italy in 1899. Last year, she explained her longevity:   “I eat three raw eggs a day. I like biscuits – but now I don’t have any teeth. I drink wine in moderation and don’t smoke. I have stayed single – since I kicked out my husband in 1938 – don’t go out much and make sure I go to bed early.”   A few tips there for all of us!!     That&r - Read full bulletin

13 April, 2017
  Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) was the greatest Sufi mystic and poet of the Persian language. In recent years, people across the world are turning to his work as transcending religious, national and ethnic borders. This poem is called Evolutionary Intelligence.   “This groggy time we live, this is what it is like: A man goes to sleep in the town where he has always lived, and he dreams he is living in another town.  He believes the reality of the dream town.  The world is that kind of sleep.  The dust of many crumbled cities settles over us like a forgetful doze, but we are older than those cities.  We began as a mineral. We emerged into plant life and into the animal state. Then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we almost remember being green again.  Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through this migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream.  It will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”   That&r - Read full bulletin

07 April, 2017
  In Nov. 2016, Ursula Le Guin posted this beautiful short essay: 'the Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water.' She rejects American fondness for the metaphor of war - destructive aggression as the only way to meet any challenge. In its place, she offers the Taoist model of ‘the flow of water.’   “We have glamorized the way of the warrior for millennia. We have identified it as the supreme test and example of courage, strength, duty, generosity, and manhood. If I turn from the way of the warrior, where am I to seek those qualities? What way have I to go?  Lao Tzu says: the way of water.....   Water doesn’t have only one way. It has infinite ways, it takes whatever way it can, it is utterly opportunistic, and all life on Earth depends on this passive, yielding, uncertain, adaptable, changeable element......The flow of a river is a model for me of courage that can keep me going — carry me through the bad places, the bad times. A courage that is compliant by choice and uses force only when compelled, always seeking the best way, the easiest way, but if not finding any easy way still, always, going on.”   That&r - Read full bulletin

31 March, 2017
  I picked up a book by Richard Reed ‘If I could tell you just one thing’: encounters with remarkable people and their most valuable advice.  The final of 64 contributions is from Nicola Sturgeon – which I thought worth passing on:               “Politics should not be seen as a career option.  People who go into politics should be doing it because they are led by a deep sense of conviction…  Stand up for what you believe in.  Always with conviction, with passion and integrity.  Don’t let ideology blind you, but remain true to what guides you.  And speak in your own voice, in your own words, in a way that makes sense to you and that could not be from anyone else.”   That&r - Read full bulletin

24 March, 2017
  The World Happiness Report for 2017 - released this week on behalf of the United Nations - shows that once again that the Scandinavian countries are the world's happiest nations: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland taking the top five places. American political scientist Benjamin Radcliff recently used statistics to show that:   “The differences in your feeling of well-being living in a Scandinavian country (where welfare programs are large) versus the US are going to be larger than the individual factors in your life. The political differences trump all the individual things you're supposed to do to make yourself happier - to have a fulfilling personal relationship, to have a job, to have more income. The political factors swamp all those individual factors. Countries with high levels of gross domestic product consumed by government have higher levels of personal satisfaction”.   That&r - Read full bulletin

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