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This struck a chord with me: "when you soften, and centre, and come more into yourself, your body fills out. It needs to, as it needs more space to breathe." My body has gone the other way and there is less of me, as I must need less now than 10 years ago at age 76. This aging process is fascinating and I am grateful to be an active participant, making notes along the way...

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Tanizaki is a sound choice. A fascinating writer.

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My three children, now all in their thirties, have been central to my life and to my marriage. And I have a natural desire to see my children become parents themselves. One has, giving us a one year old grandson.

Yet, I think it would be the height of arrogance to assume that having children was the right decision for everyone, just because it turned out to be right for our family. As well, we are granted blissful ignorance on counterfactuals regarding our life choices so I have no way of knowing what my life would be like without children.

I'd like to think that if my two other children decided not to have children, for whatever reason, I'd respect and support their choice.

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Loved Thornbirds. And Sharon’s biography - did you know that she contributed to Leo Dicaprios career success? I also enjoyed listening to her on Bruce Bozzi’s podcast. Love your head & heart answer Farrah ✨

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I am always so amazed in each interview you have realized your guest who she is. This time was Farrah. I love it! I was touched by Greta's words that Farrah quoted. Thank you!

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Children or no children—and how do you feel about your decision? Great question and so like an interviewer to ask: Children. Two. Best and worst decision of my life. Best, because now I know love and family and care and how it all creates character, worst because I wasn't wise until they were grown and gone and now, well, now there are too many regrets. Plus, the worry about what life will do to them...so, there you have it.

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Nov 28, 2023Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

Lovely, as usual. Sometimes not having kids is the right answer!

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It's always interesting to read what Farrah is reading and learn that she's adored "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton. I read that book for school, and it also left a lasting impression on me. Thanks for sharing.

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So honoured to be mentioned here. Thank you Jane for this wonderful interview with Farrah Storr.

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Jane Ratcliffe

"They take me out of my head and into the land " Love this. The buddhist say the mind is in the heart! And I think birds and land remind us of that! To be mindful is to be heartful. Empathy - YES! We need more empathy in our world, across the many divides! When it's hardest, we need to practice it the most. <3 Thanks for sharing a lovely interview, Jane!

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