The dangerous sport of book editing

January 12th, 2013 by Tonya

You would never have thought that book editing was a dangerous practice, would you? The kind that elicits high insurance premiums, like surfing or investigative journalism? But I would suggest that it is. I've just spent the last 40 minutes (more…)

‘Yes, sir, I can boogie…’

October 30th, 2012 by Tonya

Apologies if I've been silent for a while. It's not because things have been quiet for me and there's been nothing to write about. Infact, just the opposite! It's actually been one of my most overwhelmingly busy periods for some time. Overwhelming in a good way, of course! And I don't think it would probably have even been overwhelming if everything that I was being overwhelmed by hadn't been so beyond my previous experience, ie (more…)

Bye bye, blackbird

June 7th, 2012 by Tonya

I’ve been experiencing an enhanced connection with our feathered friends in the past few weeks. Birds, that is. When I've been out and about, they've sometimes been hopping up close to me and watching me intently. I've sensed a kind of energetic 'openness' (more…)

What’s your ‘five-a-day’?

April 23rd, 2012 by Tonya

I set the group that gathered for the Joy Club last week some 'homework'. What was it? To discover their wellbeing 'five-a-day'. Now, we've all heard of the 'five-a-day' concept – at least you will have if you've lived in the UK in the past few years. It's a simple and popular device that the powers that be have been using to get us to eat more of the things that will keep us healthy: so a handful of dried mango pieces is, say, one of your five-a-day, where a salad - full of freshly sprouted mung beans (one point), tomatoes (another point) and lettuce (one point) might be three Read More...

Introducing The Joy Club

March 31st, 2012 by Tonya

As we allow the layers of 'patterning' that we've built around us to fall away, like the layers of an onion, what's left, in my experience at least, is an unfettered sense of joy. Not the 'happy clappy' joy that many of us associate with certain forms of religious worship - though I'm sure that has its place, too - but the simple, unadulterated joy of being Read More...