Nicola: Bleu. Or, Land Of 000 Chances.

   “And the lion will lie down with the lamb, but the lamb won’t get much sleep…”  Woody Allen. I’m not a believer in fate, but nor am I entirely convinced that, for most of us, free will also is limitless.  I think the ideas that we live in a meritocracy and that hard work will reap dividends…

Poor Sharona. Or, No More Heroes.

“When you are not on your pedestal you are not interesting.” Oscar Wilde, De Profundis “If you’re put on a pedestal, you’re supposed to behave yourself like a pedestal type of person. Pedestals actually have a limited circumference. Not much room to move around.”  Margaret Atwood Accepting compliments can be hard.  I’m always quite impressed…

Boring Of Fire. Or, The Tedium Is The Message.

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.” Zelda Fitzgerald “I am never bored; to be bored is an insult to one’s self.”  Jules Renard “Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?” Friedrich Nietzsche I’m always hearing how it’s only boring people who get bored.  I don’t…

Goethe Hell! Or, If You Don’t Know Ennui By Now.

“Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.” Goethe. I love Goethe because it’s The Sorrows of Young Werther that I turned to whenever I was returned to Dumpsville: population Middlerabbit.  There’s nothing like a bit of self-pity and moping, is there?  Not that this is about being dumped again because it’s not….

Crimes Of Freedom. Or, Sort Of Like A Virgin.

“And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories?” Rainer Maria Rilke I like the idea of freedom.  For everybody, of course, but especially when it comes to me….