Is your shirt tucked in? That is all that matters In this world Happiness is an illusion, Nothing lasts And therefore be happy There are good people Even though some often Hide underground There are those Who blow hard And proliferate People will Confuse you if not Abuse you Place … More Poem – Lots of Haikus
“Do I just have unreasonably high expectations for people? Am I so lacking in people skills? Frankly, if ‘people skills’ is what these people are demonstrating, I’m glad I haven’t got any.” (Anon) Let’s begin with a generalisation. This world is built for extroverts with ‘people skills’ – the rest of you need not bother. … More Essay – Peepul Skillz
All I know is I’m in pain And it bloody hurts I cried today in therapy, It was all too much, you see And all I know is, It hurts Money is a curse, Work is worse, Not having either makes me terse, And all I know is, I’m in pain, The sourness of these … More Poem – Pain
Something I’ve had in mind for a while – I hope you enjoy it The late, great art critic Brian Sewell once claimed the worst thing he could call anyone was a ‘Vicar of Bray.’ As an insult, it’s not very effective these days for the simple reason most people have likely never heard of … More Essay – In Defence of the Vicar of Bray
This letter was and never will, be sent. Aside from the fact I will never see this person again, the purpose of writing it was to satisfy a need in me rather than to prompt reform in them. This is one of the most personal things I’ve ever written. Dear _______, It’s been … More Open Letter to a Former Bully
Since everyone needs a dubious scientific law named after them, here’s my attempt at formulating one. Enjoy. Ricken’s Law: “The degree to which a piece of correspondence is of importance is indirectly proportional to the degree to which it is said to be ‘urgent’ by its sender.” Or if you prefer: “The importance of an … More Ricken’s Law
The following is not aimed at anyone likely to be reading this blog. I would like to add this as a friendly disclaimer 🙂 What do you want me to say? What do you want me to do? What do you want from me? What can I say which will ever convince you? Satisfy you? … More Poem – What?