Tag: enchantment

Get up and dance!

Filed in Episode 3 by on August 1, 2017 1 Comment
Get up and dance!

Maria Popova’s Brainpickings is one of the great joys of the Internet, so it seems churlish to quibble with something that appears there. But I’m going to, because I think the subject matters and never more than now. One of the pieces from this week highlights Josef Pieper’s paean to the music of Bach. Now I […]

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The Wonder of Poohsticks

Filed in Episode 3 by on July 16, 2017 1 Comment
The Wonder of Poohsticks

Walking one of my habitual routes this morning, I stopped by a bridge to play Poohsticks (with myself). One of my three sticks never made it under the bridge. The other two headed straight towards an obstacle but at the last moment were steered round it by the current. Slightly further up they failed to avoid […]

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For Free

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For Free

I wrote this originally as an email to my fellow students on the Ashridge Master’s in Sustainability and Responsibility. It was just a moment’s inspiration but it connected with quite a few people. I thought it might be worth sharing with a wider group. Saturday morning. I was doing my round of food shopping, which […]

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My Master’s project and papers. On Walking, Music and Sustainability

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My Master’s project and papers. On Walking, Music and Sustainability

First the project report, which was the main deliverable. Ashridge MSc Sustainability and Responsibility (AMSR). Project Report And then the learning review, the secondary deliverable. Year 2 Learning Review And here’s a couple of photos of  my wonderful fellow students and our tutors:

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Silly Goose

Filed in Episode 3 by on April 12, 2017 2 Comments
Silly Goose

I’m in the, for me, novel position of looking after some geese these days. This usually involves nothing more than feeding them once a day and trying to keep them out of places they shouldn’t be. But this is breeding season, so there are additional complications. One morning last week I went out to feed […]

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This Is Winter Too, (This is Nature Too)

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This Is Winter Too, (This is Nature Too)

This started out as a photo essay on winter. And then I read an article that disturbed me. I’m a strong supporter of rewilding. I think organizations like Rewilding Britain do great work, so it may seem strange that I was unhappy with this article about them. Near the beginning there’s a quote from George Monbiot […]

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Winter

Filed in Episode 3 by on December 30, 2016 0 Comments
Winter

Winter is life. Winter is alive. That’s enough words. I’ll get propositional about this some other time. Here are a few amateur happy snaps taken over the last month. Click on them for full size (if you want). And here’s some music you might want to listen to while you watch:               […]

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Baynes and Bateson

Filed in Episode 3, Uncategorized by on December 21, 2016 0 Comments
Baynes and Bateson

Back in November we said goodbye to a lovely guy and one of the finest musicians I’ve ever played with, Ifor Baynes. Most people who’ll read this have probably never heard of him. Would that the world were different.     Ifor actually died in April but this was a memorial organized by some of his closest […]

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Ordinary Things

Filed in Episode 3 by on December 16, 2016 2 Comments
Ordinary Things

One of the side effects of illness and injury (in my case a slipped disk) can be that your world becomes smaller. You don’t travel for your work. Your chance of being somewhere new is small. You move more slowly and aren’t up to long trips. It’s not feasible to go to all those special places, where […]

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A few thoughts on (re)enchantment

Filed in Episode 3 by on March 24, 2016 0 Comments
A few thoughts on (re)enchantment

Several people reacted to my last blog with the reasonable question of how we can maintain/retain the sensation of enchantment on the bleak, depressing days when everything seems to be wrong with the world (or at least our own bit of it). I have no easy answer to this (if there were one, it probably […]

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