Letters of Life

Month: October 2011

A Message From A Dream by Carl McColman

A recent post by American writer Carl McColman, whom I follow online, set me thinking in a way I had not for a long time. It benefitted my thought life in a significant way and I decided to write to Mr McColman about publishing his post in Featherglass. I am so glad I did because here is… Read More ›

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And Now, For Something Entirely Different

In this excerpt from Peter S Beagle’s celebrated fantasy, The Last Unicorn (1968), there is a conversation in a dream which Schmendrick the Magician has with the unicorn. It is his last. “Whether I decide to be what men would call a wise and good magician — aiding heroes, thwarting witches, wicked lords, and unreasonable… Read More ›

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A Conversation About The Artist Damien Hirst

For some years now, a young artist called Eric has been living next door to me. We see each other at odd times, mostly at the lift landing in our apartment block, he on the way to the gym, me to the market or to Tiffany’s. I’ve been to his exhibitions locally, though he often… Read More ›

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The Smiley: Love It or Loathe It

Recently, I spent a virtual day chatting with different folks online, in that illusory timeless zone called cyber, where talk is text and the smiley is the full-stop to ease (unseen) tensions.There was at least one smiley on every line of text dialogue, except when it came my turn to reply. The smiley. What a… Read More ›

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Reflections On Featherglass

Late last year, this blog changed its name from Don’t Dream It’s Over to Featherglass. I wanted to give this platform a name with a ‘hook’, but I stopped short of bestowing my name on it, as is encouraged by marketing websites which tell you about branding and name association. Maybe this isn’t that kind… Read More ›

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Facing The Truth

It has come to this, that I am advancing toward a slippery slope. In like manner does life mimic a playground. In a playground, the slide is one of the most popular playthings, and in life, it can be a joyride, a sleighride, or a beginning in which there is no end. The slippery slope was… Read More ›

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Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing: Steve Jobs (1955–2011)

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. — John Keats, poet, 1795–1821 Steve Jobs (1955 — 20110) made the personal computer a computer with personality; it appealed to the artist in every technogeek, it stirred the poet in every writer, it realized every designer’s dreams of publishing his own graphic art. Much has and… Read More ›

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Five Things I’ve Learned This Year

It is the beginning of the last quarter of 2011. Good to look back at the year grown old. Have we grown wiser? Just some musings as we get into October, stuff I learned along the way. So here’s my list of 5 Things I’ve Learned This Year. That: 1. READING FICTION by the masters… Read More ›

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That Which Makes You Strong

A strength is “an activity that makes you feel strong.” It is an activity where the doing of it invigorates you. Before you do it, you find yourself instinctively looking forward to it. While you are doing it you don’t struggle to concentrate, but instead you become so immersed that time speeds up and you… Read More ›

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