Book Review: Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald – “hugely readable, yet endlessly thought-provoking”

  Reading Helen Macdonald's 2014 book H is for Hawk was highly memorable for me. As I wrote in my review, "this is a book which makes one look afresh at man’s links with nature. In a time when we are rightly focused on global, big-picture problems, it nevertheless reminds us of the values we derive … Continue reading Book Review: Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald – “hugely readable, yet endlessly thought-provoking”

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Reading for Non-Fiction November

For the last few weeks I have been reading with Non-Fiction November in mind.  It has been an inspiring, thought-provoking and challenging experience. My first read was The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.  Subtitled "A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness", this book is described as an exploration of "the emotional and physical … Continue reading “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Reading for Non-Fiction November

“Happiness Revealed” – a beautiful meditation on this amazing life of ours

We live in turbulent times.  But we also live in times of unsurpassed access to wisdom, wonder and beauty.  This TedX video is 9 minutes of beauty, compassion, breath and light.  Sit back and 'let the gratefulness overflow into blessings all around you'. https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Natural Magic on the Orkney Islands: Part Four – final reflections

There is nothing like a holiday on the Scottish islands for that feeling of getting away from it all. Total rest and relaxation - highly recommended. Over the last couple of weeks, I have really enjoyed the slower pace of the islands, the chance to be deep in nature, and the delights of exploring new-to-us … Continue reading Natural Magic on the Orkney Islands: Part Four – final reflections