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How stress can make you sick – a personal story

When the doctor at the walk-in clinic asked me about my cholesterol, I brushed it off as usual. “I’m fine,” I said. “How do you know?” I told him I’d always been within the normal range for everything – cholesterol, blood pressure, kidney function, blood sugar. I’m a healthy person. I exercise regularly, eat little [...]

By | 2018-01-18T18:54:07+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 31: A Confederacy of Dunces

Right off the bat I have to tell you that A Confederacy of Dunces is not - I repeat, not - about the American presidency. How could it be? Its author died in 1969, when Donald Trump was 23 ... long before anyone could have predicted that this draft-dodging ladies' man would one day be [...]

By | 2018-01-16T21:25:27+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 30: Love in a Cold Climate

Are you old enough to remember the Wayback machine? I mean, before it became the name for an archive of web pages on the internet? The original Wayback machine was a plot device on The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show; Mr. Peabody, the world's smartest beagle, and his pet boy, Sherman, would set the machine [...]

By | 2018-01-09T17:28:52+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 28: Re-reading Little Women, or how to ruin a great childhood memory

Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-19th century was an exciting place to be, if you were of a thoughtful bent. For a small town, it was home to a substantial collection of philosophers and writers, the most prominent being Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the leading lights of the Transcendentalist movement. Emerson's neighbours included Henry David [...]

By | 2017-12-19T15:48:51+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Week 26: Sin and The Scarlet Letter

I confess to having a link - an extremely tenuous one, I admit - to the author of The Scarlet Letter. Sarah Averill Wildes, my eighth great-aunt, was hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem, Massachusetts, on the 19th of July, 1692. Her crime, they said, was witchcraft. One of the men who sent her there [...]

By | 2017-12-05T17:31:02+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Week 25: The unnatural beauty of Wuthering Heights

"It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors." So wrote an American critic in 1848 upon publication of Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's first and only novel. He was not alone. Shock, disgust and bewilderment were the most common reactions, with one reviewer even suggesting the book should be burnt. Published under the pseudonym [...]

By | 2017-11-28T19:05:54+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 24: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

When is the last time you wrote a letter? Or received one? I'm not talking about messaging someone on Facebook, having a chat on Whatsapp, or even exchanging emails - which, by the way, are going the way of the dodo. Teens have pretty much abandoned email in favour of texting while the rest of [...]

By | 2017-11-20T18:14:07+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 23: Fanny Hill exposed

Forget what you've been told. Disregard the scenes of degradation, despair and early death depicted by Hogarth. The fact is, there was no greater bliss than working the sex trade in 18th Century London. The women in charge of the brothels were kind and caring, the clients were gallant and rich, and the prostitutes themselves [...]

By | 2017-11-14T17:16:59+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment