An interview with a clinical psychologist

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Dr Derek Lee has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years. He is now semi-retired, spending much of his time on various creative pursuits. Derek likes to jokingly refer to himself as a ‘top psychologist’ which is probably more reassuring to his clients than his other nickname, ‘Psychodel’. Luckily for me, I have always just known him as ‘Dad’.

Are you ready to learn about his life, psychology and probably your life too? Read on… Continue reading

Minimalism and my quest for a virtuous cheese grater

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At the risk of sounding first-world problem-y, having too much stuff around annoys me. I have too many belongings taking up space but not giving me much in return and I need that space for thinking and moving around. Useless stuff steals my time and energy when I have to clean or move house. I feel responsible for them – they are my quiet dusty children. Given this melodramatic attitude Continue reading

What happens when I run

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I am preparing to run my first half-marathon. I have come a long way since PE lessons where I used to carefully avoid over-exertion because I didn’t want to get red in the face and I refused to tie my hair back because I didn’t think it suited me. Well, now my running aesthetic is ‘tomato with ponytail’ and I haven’t let it slow me down.

On nearly every run there is a little episode of oddity, provided either by the surrounding nature or the thoughts that get sifted to the top of my brain with the repetitive motion. Continue reading