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I believe we desperately need ‘normal’ spiritual people. The ones who swear, and get jealous, and kick their cat once in a while, and sometimes drink too much, or wanna hide under a blanket for a…

I am a romantic. There, I said it. Glad we got that out of the way. Being romantic means ‘characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality’. Or ‘conducive to or characterized by the…

I’m an expert. At least: that’s what the caption said when I appeared on national television, at 8 pm, during primetime news. ‘Marnix Pauwels, Addiction Expert and Coach.’ It was about one and a half year…

Can we change whatever we want to change? Or is everything just totally random, a spontaneous evolving, a creation without any direction? I’ve been a fan of both ways of looking at life, alternately. There were…

Can you ruin the day? Can you really waste time? Is it possible to let the minutes slip through your fingers? Is there a better way to spend our lives, or do we ever only spend…

There’s a fat pigeon sitting in a tree behind my house. It’s probably unaware of being a bird, or full-figured. I tend to believe that animals don’t use concepts and descriptions. Sounds obvious, but the implications…

The blinking cursor. Dread in pixels. A white, empty page, waiting for brilliance. Or is it? SO many people have confided in me their deep wish to write a book. And when I ask them ‘what’s…

The last time I checked, I wasn’t braindead. Or stupid. Yet every piece of writing I do is an exercise in redundancy. I know that today’s pain will be gone tomorrow. I am well aware of…