The School of Life

Whenever I walk down Marchmont Street in London’s Bloomsbury district, I pass a storefront with the words The School of Life written on the window. What is that, exactly?

In their own words – Designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life, you’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most. Provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals, we offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.


The School is also present in these cities – Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Istanbul, Melbourne, Paris, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Zurich. None in North America, unfortunately.

I’ve just looked at their website to see if there’s a workshop or special event that I could attend while in London. There’s a one-day intensive workshop entitled NETWORKING – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW that looks interesting, albeit a tad expensive.

Or how about HOW TO BE CONFIDENT. No, I don’t need that. I could teach a class on how to be confident. (I’ve often been told that I’m overconfident to the point of cockiness.)


But here’s the one I’ll sign up for when I’m ready for it – HOW TO CHOOSE A PARTNER. Because it would be nice to have a mate again. Next year. Once my book project is done. Maybe towards the end of 2017. When I have more free time. Early 2018, maybe.

This class explores the key influences that affect the decisions we make about love. Placing partner choice in its cultural context, we trace our personal histories, and discover how our attachment styles determine who we’re attracted to – and who we attract. We also consider what we are looking for in a partner, the crucial steps we need to take to make our search more effective, and ways to move towards commitment – or not.

4 thoughts on “The School of Life

  1. Oh, how intriguing! We stay very near there when in London and I always notice the sign! It’s a street I love — for its bookstores, good coffee places, and the ghost of Virginia Woolf, who also loved it.

  2. Loved your post. Maine always here for you to enjoy. Just spent the month of July at the House on Mount Desert Island, weather perfect, alittle Provance,kinda.

    • Sounds tantalizing. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Maine. And it’s so close to the Canadian border! Maybe next summer, Jim. I need to get away from the congestion and air pollution of Paris.

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