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06 October, 2017
  The significance of the story in archaic and preliterate cultures - is well illustrated in a remark Laurens van der Post made about the Kalahari Bushmen:   "The supreme expression of his spirit was in his stories; he was a wonderful storyteller; the story was his most sacred possession. These people knew what we do not: that without a story you have not got a nation, or a culture, or a civilisation. Without a story of your own to live - you haven't got a life of your own."   That&r - Read full bulletin

29 September, 2017
  This paragraph is from English psychotherapist Jeremy Holmes book: John Bowlby and Attachment Theory.   “A securely attached child will store an internal working model of a responsive, loving, reliable care-giver, and of a self that is worthy of love and attention and will bring these assumptions to bear on all other relationships. Conversely, an insecurely attached child may view the world as a dangerous place in which other people are to be treated with great caution, and see himself as ineffective and unworthy of love. These assumptions are relatively stable and enduring: those built up in the early years of life are particularly persistent and unlikely to be modified by subsequent experience.”  That&r - Read full bulletin

22 September, 2017
  At last week's funeral service, I reflected how the great drama of Christianity had once dominated European, and my own, consciousness; how its exit has left an enormous gap in our self-understanding. This is how John Updike saw it in 1993:   'Modern fiction... thrives on showing what is not there: God is not there, nor damnation and redemption, nor solemn vows and the sense of one's life as a matter to be judged and refigured in a later accounting, a trial held on the brightest, farthest quasar. The sense of eternal scale is quite gone, and the empowerment possessed by Adam and Eve and their early descendants, to dispose of one's life by a single defiant decision. Of course, these old fabulations are there, as ghosts that bedevil our thinking,'   That&r - Read full bulletin

15 September, 2017
  I have just re-read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – Le Carre’s 1963 masterpiece; Graham Greene called it the best spy story he has ever read.  Here Alec Leamas reflects from a Stasi prison:               “He knew then what it was that Liz had given him; the thing that he would have to go back and find if ever he got home to England: it was the caring about little things – the faith in ordinary life; the simplicity that made you break up a bit of bread into a paper bag, walk down to the beach and throw it to the gulls.  It was this respect for triviality which he had never been allowed to possess; whether it was bread for the seagulls or love. Whatever it was he would go back and find it; he would make Liz find it for him.”   That&r - Read full bulletin

08 September, 2017
  Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor; his most influential book was 'Man's Search for Meaning' - from which there are more than 800 quotes online.   “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”    That&r - Read full bulletin

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