Symbiotic relationships

Perhaps we can learn from the animal kingdom. Looking out from the bathroom window the other day I witnessed something I had not seen before.Three sheep, taking their ease on three ledges was a picture in itself. Then a magpie arrived, closely followed by another. The magpies did not appear to be interested in the…

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Feeling got at, once again

First came the professionals with their sound medical backgrounds, wanting to help. We took the advice and fistfuls of pills hoping to get better. Then came what in any other era or field would have been dismissed as quacks. Perhaps we needed to look to our pasts, our resentment or our suppressed anger over ancient…

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Discrimination: down to the bone

It is well on the way to being a ‘catch-all’ term for attitudes as widely varied as bias, favouritism, injustice, intolerance, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness. More particularly it is used in situations of ableism, ageism, anti-Semitism, chauvinism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism; the list goes on. With so very many different terms hiding under the umbrella of…

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Serious health problems? Do you feel got at?

Why do I feel, yet again, got at? First came the professionals with their sound medical backgrounds, wanting to help. We took the advice and fistfuls of pills hoping to get better. Then came what in any other era or field would have been dismissed as quacks. Perhaps we needed to look to our pasts,…

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Discrimination: under the skin

At its most basic discrimination is the positive or negative selective treatment of one group over another. The treatment may be unequal, unfair, or prejudicial; sometimes illegal. It is well on the way to being a ‘catch-all’ term for negative, perhaps toxic, attitudes particularly in situations of ableism, ageism, chauvinism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism; the…

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