Rediscover a sense of wonder

‘What the hair oil?’ - My mother exclaimed this bizarre phrase whenever she was perplexed. Whatever it meant, it came from trying to fathom something outwith her experience. It expressed wonder.   Children have a wonderful dimension of wonder. Listen to teenagers and their ideas for world rank from the zany to the deeply sensible, sometimes [...]

“SO, YOU’RE THE CREATOR THEN?”

  “So, you’re the Creator then? Boy, do I have some questions for you! You know, for a while we were convinced you didn’t do it: the whole universe thing. We reckoned that we had pretty much figured out an answer for everything — a grand unified theory — although there were a few black holes, [...]

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF So, this one time, in a hospital that will be nameless, my brother and I were on-call for our various specialities and this young woman is blue alighted in the front door. She is, what we call in the business, “Big Sick”. She will basically be dead in the next [...]

ENGAGING WITH THE RULES

Rules serve a higher purpose, but being too keen to keep the rules can rob their purpose. Some referees (refs) are far too pernickety and whistle-blow for the slightest thing. In contrast other refs allow play to continue for a potential greater advantage for the offended. We much prefer refs with a sense of humour [...]