The Apple Pie

December 15, 2020

The Everloving made the most spectacularly delicious apple pie today.

It won’t last long!

Best Sea Views 2020

December 15, 2020

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society 2020 Photography awards have been handed out. The winner is this fine work:

Laurence Hartwell, Beam Trawlers Landing … At Night”

And I enjoyed these two especially …

Katie Vincent, Into The Mist
David Jenner, Under The Stars

Fake Commuting

December 15, 2020

Did you know that fake commuting is a thing now?

Apparently, you get in your car and drive aimlessly for a while and then pull up back at your home. You do this before you start your home-based work as it simulates the personal alone time you would have had had you driven to work. Does wonders for carbon emissions too, I bet.

Others do the same thing with a stiff walk or even a run. When I was a younger man we called those things ‘going for a walk’ or ‘jogging,’ but now it is fake commuting.

“Commuting was a great legitimate experience to set up a barrier between the outside world of work, family, [or] social life and demanding your attention,” explains clinical psychologist Dr. Jeannette Raymond. “‘Fake commute’ time is about setting up personal care boundaries — emotional oases and a guilt-free space [and] time to check in on themselves.” The real commute, she explains, created those boundaries artificially; now people have to do it for themselves in a world where those boundaries are increasingly blurred.”

Hmmmm. If I were a cynic I might think that sounded a lot like 1980s psycho-babble. But your mileage may vary, as we used to say.

Image: Shavings

December 15, 2020