Happiness: just what is it?

At the beginning of a new year, a new job, a new relationship there will often be an accompanying wish for happiness.Happiness becomes a mantra for fulfilment. For contentment. For success. How did ‘Happiness’ get into our lexicon? The arrival was fairly straightforward; the path to its current meaning was less so. The root ofContinue reading “Happiness: just what is it?”

Winter silence: that would be so welcome

At this very busy time of year the difficulties that people with sensory problems have escalate beyond understanding. On every Asperger / Autism / Aspie Facebook group I belong to individuals are voicing the problems they experience at this time of Celebration. This is not a flash in the pan problem, nor a Noel Niggle,Continue reading “Winter silence: that would be so welcome”

Just because all you hear is mindless chirping, ignore the cattle at your peril

Politicians should learn to listen to the people. “Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitantsContinue reading “Just because all you hear is mindless chirping, ignore the cattle at your peril”

Winter woodland walks: trees in the snow

Walking in the local woods in Winter can be magical. Sometimes cold. But always magical. These photographs were taken in our (then) local woods.We always looked forward to the trill of crunching through the fresh snow, being the first to make our marks, and checking out the patterns on the trunks and branches that theContinue reading “Winter woodland walks: trees in the snow”