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Guess what Kes is reading?

I thought I’d start a “what am I reading?” blog because … well, if you like Wildfire you might be wondering what the books and authors I most like are.  The focus is on YA literature, with some children’s or adult books thrown in. I should really start with...

How Hard do you have to Work? Or – Why Ethicists shouldn’t (aspire to) be Basketballers

I was looking forward to reading Robin Koerner’s blog article about Michael Jordan (https://www.robinkoerner.com/post/does-giving-everything-to-one-thing-lose-you-something ). I normally like what Koerner has to say. I also sort-of-kind-of feel I know him a bit (i.e....

What My Lady Did

I suppose, on balance, it may be considered a good thing that I rarely got the chance to  watch films or TV shows before last Spring: it means there’s been something to do and something to talk about in the absence of all those things I used to do and talk about. One...

Welcome to my Tipi

There’s as Jewish tradition that Father Abraham’s tent was open on all four sides. His defining characteristic was generosity, and the good deed he most loved doing was welcoming guests – hence the four-sided openness: that way he could see strangers approaching from...

Sherlock is NOT a girl’s name

Reflecting its 19th century origins, Sherlock is a story primarily about men: a strong, central male character teams up with a strong, faithful (male) best friend to defeat a series of villains, most of whom happen to be male. It’s also, incidentally, an extremely...

What Lockdown tells us about our priorities

I have a policy. A firm policy: never to read the articles Yahoo (or Google, or any other aspect of my computer) tells me to. Occasionally, I break my own rules. It never ends well. Recently, I was offered an article that promised to be interesting: a psychologist on...

Wattpad

Wildfire 1933: CONTAGION is now more than half complete on Wattpad: Visit https://www.wattpad.com/story/255701473-wildfire-1933-contagion and feel free to leave comments (or a nice vote)!  

The Bach Fallacy

Let’s get one thing clear: I like Bach. Really, I do. I haven’t played music properly in a long time but this morning over breakfast, the host where I’m staying mentioned they had a grand piano and invited me to play. It seemed a good idea – I wasn’t yet focused...

Educating Sherlock – What’s it all about?

The original Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation) emerged out of nowhere – discovered by Dr. Watson as a fully formed adult, complete with a fully furnished flat in Baker Street and a full client list. I don’t know if anyone else reading the short stories...