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Journey Insights

Ted Simon"A long time ago I heard Truman Capote describe his idea of a short story as, "a scrap of lightning that briefly illuminates the landscape." The image is so vivid that it has stuck with me over many decades, and I can't think of a better model for Journey Insights. Ideally they should be short and unpretentious. They should deal with a single event such as an incident, a meeting, a confrontation, a revelation, but within the telling there should be something that illuminates the landscape, and that landscape could be the local environment or culture, the journey of which it is part, or it could be the human condition. Some Insights may stray a long way from this prescription, but whatever it is it must be simple, honest and genuine, and to write something honest and genuine is already a triumph."
Ted Simon (2012)

Old Friends

It's great when you stumble into a group of friends and get to see their interactions. That's when language becomes irrelevant and you get to people-watch up close. View Insight
January 2, 2012in All, Film, Japan, Sarah Outen

We Are All One

The fishing town of Ishinomaki on the Tohoku coast of Japan was devastated by the tsunami in March 2011. The residents who remained are now trying to rebuild their lives. View Insight
October 30, 2011in All, Education, Robert Wells, USA

The Changing Nature of Education

Everyone's talking about 'flipping'. There appears to be a consensus here in LA that our basic beliefs about how things should be done are being turned on their heads. View Insight
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