As we know, paradigm shift ain’t easy. This article has some concrete (and pleasant) suggestions. Just because it is going to be a bumpy ride (and it is) doesn’t mean there will be never any more dancing, as Emma Goldman may or may not have said. The main gist is this. However do read the […]
The Sabbath is still taken very seriously on the isle of Lewis in the Western Isles. There may be Sunday ferry sailings, but not much else. Now I don’t care about not being able to shop one day a week, and I appreciate that if the swimming pool is open, then someone will have […]
Aunt Julia spoke Gaelic very loud and very fast. I could not answer her — I could not understand her. She wore men’s boots when she wore any. — I can see her strong foot, stained with peat, paddling with the treadle of the spinningwheel while her right hand drew yarn marvellously out of the […]
Calthorpe Community Garden Camden, London 2017
The word radical comes from the Latin word for root. Perhaps the most radical thing you can do in our time is to start turning over the soil, loosening it up for the crops to settle in, and then stay home to tend them.
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the […]
Coming up Buchanan Street, quickly, on a sharp winter evening a young man and two girls, under the Christmas lights – The young man carries a new guitar in his arms, the girl on the inside carries a very young baby, and the girl on the outside carries a chihuahua. And the three of them […]
When I visit a city, old or new, I don’t spend so much time anymore on the museums or the cafés. Instead I head for the parks and the gardens and the lakes and the green spaces. Maybe it’s age. But I want to be outdoors and I want to see what’s growing. Access to […]
A thoughful – and terrifying – take on the new era. How are artists, musicians and writers reacting to this new reality? Some responses here: Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet for ever
… time to go cloudgathering.