chores: an excuse for not doing more important stuff

I read this interesting presentation of Svetlana Lilova’s : Metaphysical Dictionary (2016) over at Caroline’s a few days ago.  Metaphysical Dictionary is a collection of “sort-of-poems” with illustrations by Graham Falk. I say “sort-of-poems” because, as the title tells us, this is also a dictionary – and as a dictionary; a rather untraditional & personal one. If everyone chose to write … More chores: an excuse for not doing more important stuff

Fjøløy Lighthouse

Still testing my new camera, I decided to take a day off and visit Fjøløy Lighthouse, a 45 minutes drive from where I usually spend my days. Fjøløy Lighthouse was built in 1849. The lighthouse station comprises the light, the engine house, a house, an outhouse and a boathouse. The lighthouse was automated in 1977, but the … More Fjøløy Lighthouse

What is Contemplation?

Contemplating Thomas Merton, contemplating contemplation: Nothing could be more alien to contemplation than the cogito ergo sum of Descartes. “I think, therefore I am.” This is the declaration of an alienated being, in exile from his own spiritual depths, compelled to seek some comfort in a proof for his own existence (!) based on the observation that he “thinks.” … More What is Contemplation?

How do you think one gets to be a Nobel laureate?

It’s been a while since I last posted about mindfulness. But some of you might remember me having a few gurus: Jon Kabat-Zinn: for his down-to-earth practical approach to emotional life. (“As long as you’re still breathing, there is more right than wrong with you, no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel.”) … More How do you think one gets to be a Nobel laureate?

how to be alone

Some years ago I read Sara Maitland’s book A Book of Silence. It’s a beautiful book based on Maitland’s own experiences of living alone in the Scottish highland. Now she is out with a new book, in a way it’s a continuation of the first, but How to Be Alone is also an attempt to … More how to be alone

The Inner Landscape of Beauty

you should always carry something beautiful in your mind — Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) John O’Donohue in conversation with Krista Tippett Some of you might already know the words and writings of the late Irish poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue (1956-2008). I must admit: I don’t. All I know is a few passages from Longing and Belonging, which I have been … More The Inner Landscape of Beauty

Why I Write

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS: I write to make peace with the things I cannot control. I write to create fabric in a world that often appears black and white. I write to discover. I write to uncover. I write to meet my ghosts. …    … I write to honor beauty … So many good reasons … More Why I Write

it doesn’t all have to be about Christmas –

I have already told you about my experience with Dani Shapiro’s excellent book on writing called Still Writing (2013). Reading it made me curious about Shapiro’s authorship, so I went on to read Devotion – a memoir (2010). I seldom read memoirs, it’s not that I actively avoid the genre – it’s just that memoirs seldom appeal … More it doesn’t all have to be about Christmas –