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Aubrey Davis

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Born
in Toronto, Canada
Member Since
April 2012


I always loved to read. As a boy I had a passion for myths, bible stories, science fiction and Mad magazine. My neighbor was a writer for CBC. Maybe I caught the writing bug from him. I loved to write funny stories. My Grade six teacher liked them. But my Grade eight teacher hated them. So I stopped writing creatively until I was 42.
In 1970, I traveled across Europe and North Africa and discovered a remarkable collection of traditional Teaching stories by Afghan writer Idries Shah. These bottomless tales puzzled, shocked and delighted me. They helped me see the world and myself in fresh, new ways. They made me think like I’d never thought before.
In 1980, I began to tell them, first to my own children, then at weekly gatherings in Toronto. L
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The Enormous Potato

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Bagels from Benny

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The Englishman's Handbook by Idries Shah
"Every time I think I have got a handle on this book it morphs into something else. Much more sophisticated and nuanced than a quick read would suggest. 6/05 2021....I thought I'd try and improve my review and picked (this) passage from the book which" Read more of this review »
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The Englishman’s Handbook is the final volume of Idries Shah’s best-selling trilogy portraying that strangest of tribes, The English. Loaded with hilarious tales, it reveals the hidden strategies and qualities that help the English deal with foreigne ...more
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The Englishman’s Handbook is the final volume of Idries Shah’s best-selling trilogy portraying that strangest of tribes, The English. Loaded with hilarious tales, it reveals the hidden strategies and qualities that help the English deal with foreigne ...more
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"THE ENGLISHMAN’S HANDBOOK by Idries Shah
This is the last book in the trilogy started with Darkest England and followed by The Natives are restless.
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"The third book in Shah's trilogy on the English is in my opinion the best. Published in 2000, it still has great relevance. If you are familiar with current affairs, you will have no difficulty finding examples of delaying tactics, group think, muddl" Read more of this review »
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Idries Shah resumes his role as a friendly Afghan anthropologist in this rib-tickling sequel to his best-seller Darkest England. Loaded with delightful anecdotes, he shows how everyone, including the English themselves, misunderstand their island tri ...more
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A surprising and invigorating book: funny, thoughtful, filled with earthy common sense & insight. It feels like you’re walking from Stonehenge to Lindisfarne with a buddy. But this is no airy-fairy pilgrimage. Twigger doesn’t hide his warts & reactio ...more
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Originally wanderers and warriors, the English have certainly changed with the times. They’ve used their Asian tales and traditions and English noggins plus anything and everything to succeed as businessmen, writers, diplomats and thinkers. This quin ...more
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“From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying:
'Truth is what I happen to be thinking at this moment.”
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“When people have a hard task to do - one which stretches them - they become less concerned with trivial matters.”
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“Learn to be as analytical about things of which you are credulous as you are of those which you criticise.”
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Doris Lessing
“I hated the 1960's feminists," she says. "They were dogmatists, you see. In comes ideology, and out goes common sense. This is my experience of life.”
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“Why did I do such-and-such a thing?' is all very well. But what about 'How otherwise could I have done it?'.”
Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

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Jean-daen couch-davidson being a student of tachi for many years, i kinda agree with alan watts about the diff between eastern and western mind, being that the west over anaylizes the mind, also a hindu opinion..being a potter,
and painting..pretty much work in the now...never know when a storm could rearrange your whole town, farm kid, what do we know..this year i am growing tomatoes for my resident groundhog, huge guy...he is picky though, but faster then the wind, did you know that groundhogs have a separate room in their unground castles, purely for toiletry no kiddin...happy now


Jean-daen couch-davidson smellincoly [ edit ]


smellincoly is a folly
that was made before the rose

it is about the nose's eye,
that from a range of smell

does remember from it's well
exactly what took place
the oldest sense they say

i like nose without any clothes
i love the smell of things
like the spring dirt, it could
be worse, so don't hang no
blame on a nose's leg

the diaper from your nanny
or yes, your first bananay

and the taste of tears of
babies blues taste salty
like a kitchen chair

and lick we did toys and
books anything near
all the tastebud in the
tray for the nose
to have some hay

old barn the smell of
the horse, smellincoly
was my choice

apple pie, from silly sal
maybe pickles wrinkled
up our eyes and all the
seas have their own
smell


even plastic

has a yell lipsticks sweet
and barbeced meat frog
ponds and liliac frocks
even a night in the quiet
of a dark blossomed with
smells to the reason's
contend

whiskey glass ink splash
street heat snow knows

and all about the nose

this lovely lovely rose
in the middle of the face
the queen the king

the one who keeps you
clean takes away
the mouth's control, the
eyes of hate yes,

smellincoly has merit

as the sense that has
no nonsense.


Jean-daen couch-davidson i love that whole group of zen and sufi thinkers, where i really feel connected to a sane and wonderful reality, just did some video
viewing for a few months on alan watts, student of the gurdjieff teachings from my youth, so fortunate to have found these writers


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