18 Jan 2019, Posted by Nick in Menswork, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, 0 Comments Tagged , , ,

Mary Oliver’s Gift to Men


In memoriam – Mary Oliver – 1935-2019 You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. I can still remember the wave of joy and relief I felt when I first read these lines by US poet Mary Oliver – the sense that it might be possible to call a truce in the inner war that so many of us have accepted as ordinary life. Judging by the outpouring of Read more [...]
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03 Mar 2014, Posted by Nick in Features, Journalism, Psychology, Technology, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , ,

The Love of Stuff


The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough FROM AEON MAGAZINE On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island moai, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his ancestors used for the world-famous monoliths, textured with the tiny air-bubbles of millennia-old lava, and carrying memories of the friends I made on my voyage there. On another level, however, it’s also an uneasy Read more [...]
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23 Jan 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Books, Eight Men and a Duck, Journalism, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TEDx Talk: On Meaningful Risk


TEDx conference, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania  November 2012 "My name is Nick Thorpe, I'm a writer and journalist, and I have a fascination with risk-taking. Despite my innate anxiety - or perhaps because of it - I seem compelled to stretch myself, force myself into the present moment. But what's changed over the years is the kind of risks I take. In the past it was physical, an adrenalin buzz from a reed boat adventure or a leap off a cliff. But I like to think I am learning Read more [...]
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