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    paulocoelhoblog When I was interned in Dr. Eiras Hospital, I began to have panic crises. One day, I decided to consult the psychiatrist in charge of my case: “Doctor, I am overcome by fear; it takes from me the joy of living”. “Here in my office there is a mouse that...

    3 weeks ago by Paulo Coelho

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        paulocoelhoblog According to the dictionary: s.f., from the Latin Invidia. Mixture of pain and anger; feeling of displeasure about the prosperity and happiness of someone else; desire to have what others have. In a Jewish parable: A disciple asks the rabbis about the passage in Genesis: “The Lord was pleased about...

        3 weeks ago by Paulo Coelho

          paulocoelhoblog A carpenter and his apprentices were travelling through the province of Qi in search of building materials. They saw a giant tree; five men all holding hands could not encompass its girth, and its crown reached almost to the clouds. ‘Let’s not waste our time with this tree,’ said the...

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            paulocoelhoblog by Keith Parkins An annual tradition friends gather together to celebrate St Joseph Day. What purpose is life without friends? A St Joseph Day Party, Paulo Coelho and friends at Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho. Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho is a fortress-like complex along the coast from Cascais, which is along...

            3 weeks ago by Paulo Coelho

              paulocoelhoblog Illustration by Ken Crane There was once a wave in the ocean, rolling along, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the swiftness of the breeze. It smiled at everything around it as it made its way toward the shore. But then, it suddenly noticed that the waves in front...

              3 weeks ago by Paulo Coelho

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                  lrb.co.uk The Russians and Ukrainians of the 1990s were able to temper regret at the collapse of the USSR with their own knowledge of the dismembered country’s shortcomings. A generation later, this is less and less the case. Many of the most articulate and thoughtful Russians and Ukrainians, those of middle...

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                      lrb.co.uk Richard Branson is the mirror image of a Russian oligarch. This is not to say that where they are bad, he is good. If even half the things in Tom Bower’s new biography are true, Branson is far from being good. He is playing the same game as his Russian...

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                            lrb.co.uk Vegetarians, we say, are self-righteous and humourless; or fussy and weird; or like Hitler; we say that their diet makes them anaemic; that having to cater for them ruins every dinner party; that they are crazy not to eat bacon/lamb shanks/pepperoni because we evolved as hunter-gatherers; that their food smells...

                              lrb.co.uk If there’s a spectrum of Celtic moods then my father tended towards its capricious end. Though he saw himself as rock-solid in the consistency of his principles, you could never quite tell how he would react to anything. The mixture of gravitas and unpredictability made him a remarkable judge, but...

                                paulocoelhoblog As I do every year, today we are going to celebrate (this time in Athens Greece) the day of my patron, Saint Joseph. Together with 120 friends, we will say the prayer below at 8:30 PM. Be welcome to join us! Glorious St. Joseph model of all who are devoted...

                                4 weeks ago by Paulo Coelho

                                  blog.boomerangbooks.au ‘All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.’ ― Friedrich Nietzsche A few years ago, on a stopover in Singapore, I had reflexology on the fourth floor of a haphazard shopping mall on Orchard Road. The man charged with the unfortunate task of reviving my crusty, travel-worn hooves asked, ‘What your job?’...

                                  2 months ago by Jon Page

                                    blog.boomerangbooks.au Great Aunt Lola is about to die. At least ten year-old Stephen thinks she could because she’s that old, and grumpy. And Stephen, labouring under a self and parent imposed ‘shy label’, is more than a little scared of her. He simply wants to flee, but is stuck in Aunt...

                                    2 months ago by Dimity Powell

                                      paulocoelhoblog By Paulo Coelho The yogi Raman was a true master of the art of archery. One morning, he invited his favourite disciple to watch a display of his skill. The disciple had seen this more than a hundred times before, but he nevertheless obeyed his teacher. They went into the...

                                      1 month ago by Paulo Coelho