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How’s it going…I’m Larry Maguire, writer, psychology graduate and peer-reviewed author, currently engaged in an MSc. in Work & Organisational Psychology at Dublin City University. I’ve been publishing Sunday Letters to my readers since 2015 and recently moved the whole shebang to Substack. Thanks for coming over to check things out.
What Sunday Letters is about
The most important thing to know about Sunday Letters is that the newsletter content is only published here. I don’t duplicate it anywhere else. This is a recent change, and I made it so that both paid and free subscribers have a sense of exclusivity. In other words, this isn’t a marketing exercise.
In Sunday Letters, I pursue answers to burning questions on life, work, & the pursuit of happiness, sending to subscribers on Sunday mornings. Within that, topics are generally centred in philosophy and psychology, but I’m always looking for an applied angle. Abstract concepts are useful, but they need to have a real-world application. So I try to draw on some experience and bring in other people’s stories too.
Daily Work is a topic I turn to quite often. I find it remarkable that so many of us are, let’s be honest about it, at odds with our work. It seems like a constant internal fight between what we love about our work and what we hate. Some of us flat-out hate our work. I know this because people have told me so. Equally, though, some of us love our work like nothing else and would maybe do it for free if all other needs were met.
So I’m looking for a better way. A better way to live both in and out of that thing we call work, and perhaps in the process find the fulfilment and happiness we’re looking for. I don’t believe that’s a naive proposal, and I don’t believe it’s unachievable.
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Brief Background to Sunday Letters
My name is Laurence Gerard Maguire, born south of Dublin’s River Liffey but raised a Northsider. Today I live about ten minutes from the City Centre. I’m an electrician by trade, working-class, with rough hands and an even rougher tongue. I left school at 15 to follow my father into the game, then ten years later started in business for myself. Long story short, I did well for a long time then I didn’t - the 2008 crash came and the party was over. After a couple of years of trying to figure out what happened, I decided to change direction into academia. Recently I graduated with a BA in psychology and I’m currently sitting an MSc. in Work Psychology at DCU. I’m married to Joanne, and we have three kids, Ruairí, Cian, & Cara.
I started writing online in or around 2009, following the idea that writing is marketing, and creating content must be about conversion. However, I realised that premise turns people into objects to be manipulated. I was writing not as a means of creative expression but as a way to make people buy my shit. So I took a break from everything, and although I wrote on occasion, nothing really stuck. Another long story very much shortened, in 2015 I started Sunday Letters. The publication began life on MailChimp, but as subscribers grew so did monthly costs, so I began looking for alternatives.
Now, here we are.
I’m pleased about the move, and I’m looking forward to sharing new material with you here. You can read a bit more about the move to Substack here.
Well, in truth, you don’t have to. My best material goes to you for free every Sunday morning anyway, and you’re under no obligation to put your hand in your pocket. If you do decide to become a paying subscriber, you’ll receive member-only content, and you’ll be supporting the work I do; the hours of research, fact-checking, and the research material such as courses and books that make me a better writer. Your $5 pm helps cover the cost of digital tools, keep my home, pay my bills and all those other things we all have to shell out for every day.
Bottom line; when you become a paid member, you’ll be supporting independent thinking and writing, something I think is rarely heard above the noise these days. However, I know not everyone has a fiver each month to spare, so if you’d like access to paid material and can’t really afford it, email me, and I’ll sort you out with a complimentary membership 🤙firstname.lastname@example.org.
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