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What does a good life look like, and how can we live it?

Life is beautiful . . . and baffling. Any new day may be lit up with beauty and wonder but the next overcast with pain and sadness.

Our time on earth is shot through with questions so vast that we can’t get our minds around them. Humans have always tried to find ways to respond to those questions. It’s usually called ‘wisdom’, and before writing was thought up, it was handed down in stories.

Some of this was bottled in religion and became congealed into creeds and regulations. That’s all right for some, but many of us don’t want to be told what to believe, we’re shy of certainty, suspicious of authority.

We still live with the questions though. Like how the big moments – the birth of a child or the death of a friend – can leave us wondering about how to live in the small moments.

That’s what this book is about. A collection of fieldnotes on how we can live this life, and live it well.

From poets and songwriters, activists and artists, from people with faith, and people without. We’ve nicked their best ideas and added some of our own. Clues and pointers, rather than terms and conditions.

We’re calling it The 95 because 500 years ago, an obscure German monk called Martin Luther came up with his own 95 notes, which he nailed to a church door in Wittenberg. It caused pandemonium at the time but they’re looking pretty tired now. So, we figured it might be time for another 95.

Here’s a sample selection:

The best things in life aren’t things
Justice is what love looks like in public
If the only prayer you ever pray is ‘Thanks’, that will be enough
Good habits are a good habit
Do unto those downstream as you’d have those upstream do unto you
Life is depth not width
Love is a verb
Ritual is poetry in action
Everybody hurts
What you know matters, but who you are matters more

Martin Wroe studied theology before becoming a staff writer on The Independent and the Observer. He won a Sony Gold Radio Award for the Radio 1 series The Big Holy One, and co-authored, with Malcolm Doney, The Rough Guide to a Better World. The author of several poetry books that no-one has noticed, he also produces collections of stories about people in the north London community where he lives. He is a volunteer vicar in his local parish and a contributor to Thought for the Day on Radio 4. He keeps chickens.

Malcolm Doney trained as a fine artist at what Jarvis Cocker called St Martin’s College – now Central Saint Martin’s UAL ¬– before pursuing a writing career in journalism, advertising and broadcasting. He has written ten books, including, with his wife Meryl, Who Made Me? , a sex guide for seven-year-olds. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, and Radio 4’s Something Understood. He lives in the village of Blythburgh, Suffolk, where he is a volunteer priest in the parish church, sometimes joined by his horse, Neville.

Bearing Witness

Friday, 3 February 2017

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Does a million people on a march make any difference? Do two million?

If someone is determined to enact laws which target people for their religious beliefs or their place of birth, will they think twice at seeing TV images of thousands of people taking to the streets to oppose them? 

The Women’s March, the day after the Presidential Inauguration, drew record crowds in the US and beyond…

Damn! It’s happened again... (On Rough Sleepers and Loose Change)

Friday, 16 December 2016

Let’s call him Jack. You pass him most days, propped up against the wall, under the railway bridge. Sitting in a heap of cardboard, plastic sheeting and sleeping bags, encircled by empty takeaway boxes. If he’s awake, he might be tending an upended flat cap, sprinkled with loose change. Perhaps he’s holding it out to you as your eye catches his. 

Damn! It’s happened again. 

You promised yourself…

Extraterrestrial Wisdom

Friday, 2 December 2016

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What’s a good life and how do you find it? 

That’s the substance of what we’re digging into in The 95. Any clues which might light the way to a rewarding existence. 

Clues that might be buried in the past or present, obscure sages from far away or soulful people just down your street. Sometimes illumination comes through the eyes of a total newcomer. What would a visitor from somewhere else…

'Hope imagines the future'

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Together not trump

Some days you wake up and it feels like morning hasn’t come. And that it won’t. You reach for the alarm and turn it off and now the alarm’s inside you. Warning you this will be a dark day. And then that thing which is not light dawns on you.

She’s gone. He’s not going to make it. It’s over.

Perhaps it’s less personal, more political.

It really happened. Change was going to come and it…

A brief ‘Ed’s up’ from a Suffolk field

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Ram and ewe

Greetings, and huge thanks to you who’ve pledged for The 95. Your support means a great deal. Welcome to our shed. Here’s a note and a photo that I’ve tacked to the wall.

I’ve been reading The Barn at the End of the World: The apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist shepherd by Mary Rose O’Reilley. Just the title resonates with me in all sorts of ways. I’m a newbie amateur shepherd in a small local…

One Week In...

Friday, 7 October 2016

One week in and we’re 10% of the way there. As we’ve never done this before we’ve no idea how to measure this but it feels like an achievement. Nearly 50 people like you have already backed us on the basis of a synopsis, some early page layouts and a video which confirms why we should both stick to radio.

Thank you very much!

One of our supporters was in touch to ask whether we  had any plans to…

Cole Moreton
Cole Moreton asked:

What's in the shed?

Martin Wroe
Martin Wroe replied:

not much at present kindly supporter from Eastbourne but we plan to stock it very soon... got any ideas?

Andy Cribb
Andy Cribb asked:

IF you don't raise enough money to do the project we get ours back ?
#yorkshirebadge

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Andy,

Thanks for getting in touch. If a project is unsuccessful then when the book is removed from the site all pledge money is returned to the supporters' Unbound accounts as credit. You can either use this to pledge for another project or get in touch to request a refund.

Best wishes,

Unbound Support

Zana Oriwal
Zana Oriwal asked:

Hi Unbound Support Team,

I would like to suport The 95: Notes on Life & Love, Faith & Doubt with the money I still have on my account as credit but I didn´t find the way how to do it.
Best regards
Zana

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Zana,

Thanks for getting in touch. When you go to pledge, as long as you are signed in the amount of credit that you have in your account should automatically be deducted from the total you need to pay at the checkout.

If you need to you can check your balance over in your account here: https://unbound.com/account/transactions.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Manager

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