“Sit as little as possible.”

This advice, offered by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche sounds like it came from a medical journal, though it is hardly fitting for a paraplegic like myself. But what he was getting at was that movement aids the thinking. Others, like Immanuel Kant, Henry David Thoreau, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau also theorised while walking. Indeed, literary history … Continue reading “Sit as little as possible.”

Lockdown is a writers delight

Jules Verne said; "How many persons condemned to the horrors of solitary confinement have gone mad - simply because the thinking faculties have lain dormant!" I cannot recall ever having dormant thinking faculties. In fact, I'm quite enjoying today's COVID-19 effective lockdown! Ever since I was fourteen, confined to a hospital bed for ten weeks … Continue reading Lockdown is a writers delight

“Batten down the hatches!”

This is an English expression that means to prepare for a difficult situation. The origins of the saying is from old sea-faring times. Hatches or hatchways were commonplace on sailing ships and were normally either open or covered with a wooden grating to allow for ventilation of the lower decks. When bad weather was imminent, … Continue reading “Batten down the hatches!”