happy

Today I’m the happy receiver of a grant from the Arts Council Norway, not a large sum – but enough for some extended traveling. The Arctic is still out of reach, but a trip to London, Berlin, New York or Tokyo …? Tiina Itkonen: House, Kullorsuaq I will spend the money on buying myself some time,…

morning walk

Oystercatcher – bathing in morning sun   Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

here I am –

– trying to get teenagers interested in literature … me presenting books Trying to get them to want to read books (instead of going online :)), and encouraging them to reflect upon what they have read. A very interesting and challenging task. students talking about funny books These 17-years-old are part of a national jury called Ungdommens…

the reason of beauty is emotional

Here is David Brooks; adding valuable arguments to our ongoing study of art & beauty: We really have to trust our emotions, which are much smarter than our reason in some ways – because our emotions tell us what to value. – we don’t have the choice to control our emotions, but we do have…

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…

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…

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…