The Pandemic, One Year On: 30 Short Essays

A series of reflections on life and living, one year into the Covid-19 pandemic

The Cranberries, technology and the complexity of place

The Pandemic, One Year On: 5: The Cranberries, technology and the complexity of place

When I was in secondary school, trying to prepare for what was expected of me after the transition to adulthood, probably my favourite band was The Cranberries. They were a popular band in general terms. Almost everybody in Ireland, and very…
What do we really know to be true?

The Pandemic, One Year On: 4. How do we know what's true?

My daughter will be 12 this year. All her grandparents are still alive but, as is the way for most people in most places, they haven't seen as much of her since the start of the pandemic a year ago. We never had to do the "happy birthday"…
Pandemic One Year On Essays: The Science of Habit Formation

The Pandemic, One Year On: 3. The science of habit formation

There are a handful of books that seem to make all reading lists of the movers and shakers who talk about such things on social media. Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged comes up a lot. It offered a theory that saw man as a heroic being, with the…
Pandemic death essay Shane Breslin

The Pandemic, One Year On: 2. Becoming re-acquainted with death

Dr Zach Bush is one of the most powerful speakers I've ever heard. His interviews with the podcaster and author Rich Roll are all worth listening to, but the edition from January 2019 was so powerful that I remember where I was as I listened…

The Pandemic, One Year On: 1. Fear itself

I remember talking to an older friend by phone in early March last year. At that stage, the virus had arrived in Ireland -- the first case announced solemnly and fearfully on the news on the evening of Friday, February 28th -- but there had…

A New Short Series about the Pandemic, for the Next 30 Days

A few months ago, I pressed pause on writing and publishing daily. If you're receiving this on email, thank you for signing up to receive short daily emails from me, and apologies for my absence these past few months. I had started the…

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