For crying out loud

Contemplating the seemingly unintelligible cacophony of infant rage and misery

What noises get your attention?

The soft and subtle sounds that herald something satisfying?  Text message notifications?  A match being lit?  A can of drink being opened?

Or the loud, intrusive and abrasive sounds that alert us to something awful?  The piercing shriek of an ambulance siren?  Your car’s graunching complaints when you fumble a gear change?  The shrill whistle of a descending missile?  The cruel insistence of your alarm clock?

The sounds that really get our attention are those that warn us something is wrong.  An evolutionary legacy.  We must either run toward – to save others – or away – to save ourselves.

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How to change a nappy

The most foul and disgusting part of being a parent?

“Skills required.  You’ll need:

  • The ability to think quickly and make decisions under pressure
  • The ability to keep calm in difficult situations
  • Excellent judgement and problem solving skills
  • An eye for detail and a steady hand”

Bomb disposal technician, UK National Careers Service

What’s the most revolting thing that’s ever happened to you?

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Futility room

Get busy living, or get busy laundry

Our days are governed by cycles.  Ancient patterns, ever-repeating, defining every individual existence.

Cycles of life, in which death is but one step in a greater sequence of renewal.

Cycles of physics, maintaining the perfect equilibrium of the universe.

Cycles of instinct and emotion, our fragile minds forever at the mercy of vortices both vicious and virtuous.

Cycles of myth and parable, deep-rooted stories of repetition and reproduction, laden with meaning and moral.  The most arresting concern the eternal torment of those poor, unfortunate souls whose comeuppance is a stark lesson for the rest of us.

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