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AofA People: Any Lucas – Events Ambassador, Riverside Studios

Reading Time: 5 minutes Let me introduce you to 59 year old Any Lucas who has recently become Events Ambassador at the newly reopened Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. How old are you? 59 Where do you live? Hammersmith & Fulham What do you do? After 25 years spent in the educational system, I decided last summer that it was […]

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Is it appropriate to write your own son’s dating profile?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Michele Kirsch, learns the hard way, that it is not. The son has done a mutual and amicable break up with his girlfriend of six years. He is only 21 so she was the main one, probably the only one. When I ask why they split up – I refrained from hysterically crying, saying how […]

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Am I a Workshop Junkie?

Reading Time: 7 minutes I’m talking personal development here, not a coffin or a chutney-making one. These emotion-evoking workshops are all about transforming oneself in order to go out and transform the world. It starts with the self and expands out into the world. That’s the idea – love, love, love. And I have done a fair few in […]

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How to Break Unhealthy Relationship Patterns and Find Love

Reading Time: 4 minutes Are you always attracted to unavailable men or women, to commitment-phobes, people living on different continents or to those already attached to someone else? Do you struggle to find emotionally healthy people attractive and run in the opposite direction as soon as a decent prospect wants to get serious? In short, are you tired of […]

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Why Consent Still Matters: ‘No is No’, and ‘Yes is Yes’!

Reading Time: 11 minutes “To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled – because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.” (Nietzsche: […]

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I Want You Slow-Cooked, or Not At All

Reading Time: 6 minutes ‘The man, who, being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will not, as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and encourages his old self to survive. Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably help him to risk himself, so that […]

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Will You Risk Opening Your Heart To Relationship?

Reading Time: 6 minutes ‘There is no force in the world but love.’ Rilke At the core of all longing, striving and struggle languishes the bloodied, tender heart, with all movement either taking us further into the heart wound and the possibility of wholeness or into contraction: the recoil that cuts us off from life and love. The heart […]

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Sex in My 70s – at last, the pressure is off!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Much of my life, despite discovering meditation in my 30s, has been about achieving goals – either physical ones in different sporting activities or intellectual ones in my medical career. Although often denying it, I was very competitive. I competed in sports at school and university and later on became obsessed with achieving improvement in […]