Stories for the future

Carefully crafted stories can help stave off anxiety due to uncertainty about the future by inspiring individual narratives of ways forward.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Reasons for being anxious

Anxious? It’s hard not to be. Just turn on the radio or the television or browse the Internet, the news is an unending tale of woe.… Read more

From cosplay to crossdressing, a question of reality?

Crossdressing is a widespread practice that is little understood. The male-to-female crossdresser, who differs from a transgender woman, has a palette of roles to chose from. But what impact does this playing with apearences have on our relationship to reality?

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

crossdressing

Playing roles

You could say we are all playing roles in our lives, if only by unconsciously limiting our behaviour and dress to conform with the expectations that go with a profession or a role as husband, wife, parent or whatever… But for some people the roles they play and how they dress for them are more consciously and deliberately fashioned and acted out.… Read more

King Cannot and the rising colourful tide

The colourful wave of gender diversity will ultimately triumph against those who would eliminate it, but care is needed to protect Colourful People from becoming victims of the change.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

King Canute, the silly man

When I read about the wave of right-wing dominated legislations around the world scrambling to pass anti-LGBTQ laws (1), I’m reminded of King Canute, so sure of himself as he sits on his throne perched on the beach, water lapping inexorably around his feet, ordering the tide to go back.… Read more

Fact or fiction – colourful answers

So you don’t like fiction. Yet your lives are criss-crossed with stories of your own invention. Fiction has its advantages. It offers an intimate glimpse into unfamiliar perspectives like that of the Colourful People struggling with their gender identity.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Fact or fiction?

The following questions and responses were inspired by reactions to my newsletter entitled, A touch of colour – a new novel in the making.Read more

Chinks in the facade of reality

Beyond the facade of routine and the predictable, lies a rich country full of wonders just waiting to be explored. My writing and photography seek to grant access to that magical world.

Skimming the surface

Much of our view of the world is impoverished.… Read more

Constellations of mind

A person’s mental make-up constitutes a changing constellation of characteristics. These depict the workings of their mind, their behaviour, their relationship to others and their competences. Certain characteristics are considered superior because they render people better adapted to function in society.Read more

Happy New Year 2022

There are so many things we don’t see, even when they are in plain sight. But deep under the conscious layers of our brain, we are ‘aware’ of them, although they are not necessarily brought to our waking attention. Such is the working of our brain that saves us much effort by filtering out the extraneous.… Read more

Gender astride the Channel

When you meet someone in the street in a French-speaking country, it is polite to address the person by saying “Bonjour Monsieur” or “Bonjour Madame”. This entails two things. Firstly, you need to identify whether it is a man or a woman.… Read more