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Sep 20 2013

European Union Declaration on Protection and Freedom of Religion

Tag: Human Condition,Persephone's Updates,SpiritualityPersephone Arbour @ 3:52 pm

I just received a copy of a new EU resolution on Freedom of Religion. It was sent to me by William Bloom – thank you William. I found the document interesting, timely and hopefully helpful for those who struggle with their own private belief systems. To read the full document go here www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_13685_en.htm For a […]

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Sep 20 2013

Poem: On Becoming Eighty

Tag: Human Condition,Human Condition,Persephone's Updates,PoemsPersephone Arbour @ 3:46 pm

I wish I had been able to write a poem as lovely and honest, but it speaks for me so beautifully. ON BECOMING EIGHTY I shall no longer Climb to the top of the mountain, No longer Dive in the deep ocean. I shall no longer Dance with my love till dawn, No longer Chase […]

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Jul 16 2013

Ageing & Breaking Boundaries by Persephone

For some while now I have wanted to write something that encourages a conversation about the ups and downs of the ageing process. The reason? Well, my usual sources for articles – i.e. anyone who reads this newsletter – seem to have dried up. So, I’d better start a new ball rolling. By the end […]

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Jun 29 2013

Religion, Spirituality and Mystery – a schism?

Tag: Human Condition,Persephone's Updates,SpiritualityPersephone Arbour @ 9:46 am

First written in 1995 Edited in 1998, 2002 & 2005! The edits have grown as my self discovery deepens. Today, in 2013, I find my past argument interesting and am glad that I wrote it – when I wrote it!. If someone were to ask me what my belief system was, right now – my […]

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Jun 21 2013

Poem: One Hundred White-sided Dolphins on a Summer Day — Mary Oliver

Tag: Persephone's UpdatesPersephone Arbour @ 5:20 pm

This, of course is for all of you who not only love and revere dolphins, but also love Mary Oliver’s poetry What a combination! 1. Fat, black, slick, galloping in the pitch of the waves, in the pearly fields of the sea, they leap toward us, they rise, sparkling, and vanish, and rise sparkling, they […]

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Jun 15 2013

You couldn’t make it up – could you?!!

Tag: Human Condition,Persephone's UpdatesPersephone Arbour @ 6:05 pm

When I read this, it caught me unawares, I read it as though it was a joke, and only slowly realised that it was real! A Glasgow Hospital Medical Secretaries’ Notes These are sentences exactly as typed by medical secretaries in NHS (National Health Service) Greater Glasgow: 1. The patient has no previous history of […]

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Jun 07 2013

Book: This Above All: Hamlet and the Art of Ageing Brilliantly by Josephine Griffiths

Tag: Human Condition,Persephone's UpdatesPersephone Arbour @ 7:24 pm

This book is a “must read” for all women, whatever their age. However, it is specifically written for us older women.(men could find it useful too!) Josephine was my wise, intelligent and patient counsellor when I lived in Perth, W.Australia. Her talent for listening and her bright sense of humour helped me through my own […]

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Jun 07 2013

Poem: In tribute to Michael Scott-Byrne, ‘A meeting in the Bush’ by Persephone

Tag: Persephone's UpdatesPersephone Arbour @ 5:24 pm

A tribute to Michael Scott-Byrne, whose poetry classees I attended. At one of them he gave a reading of ‘Roe-Deer’ by Ted Hughes, about the meeting of deer in the snow. This reading inspired me to write the following poem, in memory of my time in Australia: A Meeting in the Bush    by Persephone […]

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Mar 16 2013

Brain v. Body – one man’s experience of dieting. by James Bonsor

Tag: Persephone's UpdatesPersephone Arbour @ 1:51 pm

As many of you know, James has been a regular contributor to this site almost since its inception. The following letter may bring up questions in many people’s minds . . . .it also offers a totally new (to me) way of looking at the vexing aspects of dieting. Its a sort of second chapter in […]

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Feb 19 2013

Scans reveal intricate brain wiring

Tag: Human Condition,Persephone's UpdatesPersephone Arbour @ 1:57 pm

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I was first caught by this picture – so very beautiful. Then I read the article, which is about the miracle of our brains, how they work and their significance.

Scans reveal intricate brain wiring
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News, Boston

Scientists are set to release the first batch of data from a project designed to create the first map of the human brain.
The project could help shed light on why some people are naturally scientific, musical or artistic.

Some of the first images were shown at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.

I found out how researchers are developing new brain imaging techniques for the project by having my own brain scanned.

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital are pushing brain imaging to its limit using a purpose built scanner. It is one of the most powerful scanners in the world.
The scanner’s magnets need 22MW of electricity – enough to power a nuclear submarine.

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