Seeing a different kind of beauty


This isn’t the time of year we would typically call beautiful. In its exposed starkness, everything has a sense of hunger and brittleness. The alpacas are grumpy, and I hear more alarm cries amongst the birds. While yesterday the geese were surprised by the ‘hardness’ of the lake when they tried to land. Often our … Read more

Poetic Whispers: The Path


Many are asking questions they haven’t asked before. Are you one of them? I am, and I suspect I am not alone. For all of us, here is a beautiful poem from Gideon Heugh in his new collection: Rumours of Light. Yes, it’s longer than usual, but let it take you by the hand and … Read more

Celebrating the practice of gentle protest


Words change culture. Yesterday I celebrated – via LinkedIn – with Sarah Corbett when The Oxford English Dictionary chose ‘craftivist’ as its word of the day. OED Word of the Day: Craftivist, n. A person who creates and displays handmade objects, esp. items incorporating knitted or sewn text or imagery, to promote a political message … Read more

Smiling as quiet disruption!


Just think how much disruption you could cause today. Just by smiling. Of course, a plastic smile or a mask we put on will only go so far. It struggles to really connect. However, there is evidence that as we intentionally exercise our smile muscles, as an act of generosity, then something does start to … Read more