“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful (Part Forty Two)

Fucking 'smart' phone broke again. I'm not replacing the screen again - about £150, fuck that - I'm changing the phone. I'm not getting a smartphone, I'm withdrawing, I'm out. Further from the grid, baby. I've now got a flip-phone, a 'stupid' phone which only makes phone calls and SMS. Even the SMS is limited, because it's so difficult to write text on it, so I keep to an absolute minimum now. I'm already enjoying the peace it's giving me - no more will I feel the urge to see if I've got an email, a newsfeed - breaking news! - what the weather's going to be. I'll just look and see. I will miss google maps when I'm going to places, but I'll just have to be resourceful again! 

TLC is now incorporated and we had an evening of voracious research on our competitors, conclusions being that every one of them sells beer. And we drink beer. On a different evening, there was an excellent TLC catchup meet with additional and unexpected wife beater indulgence after. 

And I've been writing. Properly writing. I feel as if I'm finding my own voice in any number of ways, but writing is one place that feels good. My big Heidegger reading time is more or less done, I have to stop somewhere, sometime, and yet I surprised myself by writing around exam, ritual and foucault. I'm carried by the thesis, it writes me. I'm constantly surprised by where this thing takes me and happy to go along with it. Properly discovering Michel Foucault has been invigorating.

Finished two books I've been reading a few pages at a time for the last... year? two years? Not sure, but they are highly recommended and have filled in lots of gaps in my knowledge - of poetry, especially...

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