WHAT do people in Argentina, Poland and Vietnam have in common? Well, for one thing, following this website. It's heartening to have readers from such diverse places but, of course, they have much else in common for, as the pandemic demonstrated, there is more that unites than divides us.
Over three months the world has paused, while we retreat to our homes and protect one another and all that's dearest to us. It has been both devastating and far-reaching but also given us time to reflect. Perhaps it's to be expected, then, that many now find much to angrily protest over - demanding, yet again, equality, liberty and fraternity - justice for all.
As well as our personal health and society's wellbeing, we must protect our environment and natural world. It was global warming which most concerned that wonderful modern sage, Tibet's present and probably our last Dalai Lama. This cheerful, much enlightened one said it was for young people to change our world now, at this most threatened time, but also for the wiser old to calm and teach them. We can't change history but can and must make historic changes.
Books also calm and teach, inspire and guide; while also offering an entertaining, even exciting visit to others' worlds and lives - hence the title above this month's post. Like that camp fire of old, where we gathered around the storyteller, or the reassuring glow of a traditional, homely fireplace, books can offer a shared warmth for our souls.
This light-literary, non-profit website was started over a decade ago by journalists tired of the bad news. It welcomes readers of every race, religion and creed.
Our latest book, a light-hearted, illustrated memoir and lockdown diary, entitled Borrowed Times (see the Books or Chapter pages), reminds us of our shared mortality, while offering uplifting lessons in life from the old. Possibly the last Sam Stone investigates novel follows too - check our regularly updated pages, including the weekly newspaper Column and our Poem contributions.
We hope you enjoy all our free reading here . . .
Welcome to our shared world!