Sam Radford

April 20, 2021

Fundamentalists and fundamentalism: none of us are immune

Behavioural Science has an absorbing interview with Morton Schapiro and Saul Morson about their forthcoming book Minds Wide Shut. The authors take on the subject of fundamentalism, helping us broaden our understanding of its reach. We tend to associate fundamentalism with religion and politics. But fundamentalist thinking stretches int...
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April 19, 2021

The rarity of true friendship

I’ve written previously about friendship. And one of my spiritual mentors, Fr Richard Rohr, has further stretched my understanding and appreciation of what true friendship is. In a recent Daily Meditation of his, he wrote: “Most people also have colleagues with whom they work or associates with whom they spend regular time. But this st...
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April 16, 2021

When the leaves fall from us

I wrote yesterday about our need for a recovery plan from the trauma of the last year. And then, later in the day, I came across this quote via James Clear, from the book Wintering by Katherine May: “We are in the habit of imagining our lives to be linear, a long march from birth to death in which we mass our powers, only to surrender ...
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April 15, 2021

Acknowledging and recovering from the trauma of the last year

How many of us would acknowledge that we’re suffering from trauma as a result of this last year? And that we need a recovery plan to address what we’ve been through? If you’re anything like me, you’ll answer with something like, ‘It’s been tough, but I’m fine. It’s not trauma though. That’s something other people who have had it far wo...
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April 14, 2021

We’re all writers now

I love writing. I love learning about writing. Playing with words and finding creative ways to craft sentences and paragraphs is a joy for me. Though I’ve had my fair share of compliments about my ‘way with words’ over the years, I never stop looking for ways to improve my writing. The most significant book I’ve read that’s helped me w...
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April 13, 2021

Introverts: “No return to normal, please!”

Introvert? Not looking forward to the return to ‘normal’? You are not alone! This, from an article in the Washington Post, captures the feelings of many: “And now we’re returning to the pre-pandemic world, or as close as we can get. Like everyone else, introverts are excited about seeing family and close friends in person, dining in re...
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April 12, 2021

Don’t just experience gratitude, express it

Years ago I heard a preacher say, ‘Love unexpressed is a pretty useless thing’. It stayed with me. Making the point that it’s not enough to feel love towards others; we have to show people and tell them. Don’t assume they know. Or that saying it in the past is enough. We need to continuallyexpress love to the people we love. I was remi...
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April 9, 2021

Leaving Facebook

It’s official: I’m leaving Facebook. I’ve toyed with the idea for several years. Dramatically reduced my usage in that time. Stopped following many of the people I’m friends with. (Sorry, not sorry!) It didn’t feel like a good use of my time. The best bits for me (and the parts I’ll miss) are interactions with international friends, or...
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April 8, 2021

Book Notes: “A Bright Ray of Darkness” by Ethan Hawke

Let me be honest: I was hesitant about picking up this book. Was it going to be another actor attempting to – badly – try their hand at something else. Using their fame to sell a few copies of something bang average. And would I be able to see past Ethan Hawke and get lost in the story? Even though this isn’t Hawke’s first novel, I was...
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April 7, 2021

Why your procrastinating may be getting worse

National Geographic recently published an article on the effect of the pandemic on our procrastinating. If your procrastinating has been getting worse over the last year, you are not alone. And you have something other than yourself you can now blame! Before delving into why, let’s remind ourselves what procrastination is. From the art...
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