Sam Radford

March 24, 2021

What men can do now

Ever since Sarah Everard’s death, I’ve been reflecting on what I can do to help women feel safer. And, as Caitlin Moran writes in The Times (£), I’m not alone: “Violence will find women everywhere: in their home; at work; on a bus; walking home, at night... Sarah Everard’s death, though, seems to have changed something. Something has s...
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March 23, 2021

Book Notes: “The Catch” by T.M. Logan

I’ve been struggling to keep my fiction reading pile stocked up lately. I’m not sure why, but whenever I do some hunting around, little is seizing my attention. Thankfully, my friend Claire came to the rescue last week. She recommended The Catch. As soon as I saw it, it looked exactly the kind of quick, easy read I was after. (I enjoy ...
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March 22, 2021

An audience of one

Who am I writing for? Does it matter if anyone else reads what I write? These questions came to mind when I stumbled across the words below from the poet Amanda Gorman. They’re from a recent interview in the New York Times: “Being an artist is about how and why you touch people’s lives, even if it’s one person. Even if that’s yourself,...
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March 19, 2021

Mediocrity is always in a rush

I love a good quote. And this from British novelist and teacher Amelia Barr is a fine one. In her essay,A Successful Novelist, she writes: “Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is wo...
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March 18, 2021

Book Notes: “The Psychology of Money” by Morgan Housel

The Psychology of Money is one of those books that has been drifting on and off my radar for several months. I’ve seen various people on Twitter recommend it. And several authors I respect – Daniel Pink and James Clear – gave it a strong endorsement. I don’t get at lot of my reading ideas from Twitter, but in this case I’m glad I did! ...
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March 17, 2021

The truth Christianity lost sight of

In a recent meditation, Fr. Richard Rohr quotes Bishop Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, on the subject of ‘loving the “true you”’: “There is a Jewish proverb, “Before every person there marches an angel proclaiming, ‘Behold, the image of God.’” Unselfish, sacrificial living isn’t about ignoring or denying or...
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March 16, 2021

The things I’m most looking forward to after Covid

Here in the UK, we’re approaching the anniversary of our first Covid-induced lockdown. And we’re currently taking tentative steps towards coming out of our third and, hopefully, last. Though the government keep telling us it is about ‘data not dates’, they have laid out a series of dates from now until June for granting greater freedom...
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March 15, 2021

Book Notes: “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo

I picked up a copy of Girl, Woman, Otherlast summer. It’s sat on my reading pile ever since though. Almost every week I’ve been looking at it, remembering I want to read it, but finding something else grabbing my attention more. But, last weekend, looking for some fiction to read, I realised I only had one novel left on my unread pile....
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March 12, 2021

How I finally established a journalling habit

On Monday 16th November last year I starting writing in my journal again. I’ve not missed a day since. Not even Christmas day. I’ve tried journalling many times over the years. But it never sticks. A few weeks later I lose interest, momentum, and it all grinds to a halt. So this is a record for me. And I’m trying to figure out what’s d...
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March 11, 2021

Home alone again

For the first time in what feels like forever, I am working from home, alone. No one is asking for snack every half hour. My meetings are taking place uninterrupted. I can work from wherever I want in the house. And it all feels... strange! My youngest went back to her Primary school on Monday. And my eldest returned to her Secondary s...
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