Curve balls do come at you in life. At the point when things are comfortable, settled, like a well worn pair of shoes, something happens to trip you up and turn you over. Small or great, ‘something’ provokes, challenges or downright wears you to the bone.
Nobody is born with a repair manual. As we move forward through time, we have to write our own largely unedited version. We can navigate back to a better path home, by luck or hard graft, but often only with the right help.
One of our richest assets, as humammals, is to articulate thought, feelings and sensibilities and to share them with others, to learn from one another.
I have always had a passion for nature, the wilder things. Explorations by gentle stick prodding, observation, walking, reading, science, visual art, architecture, poetry and increasingly in studying philosophy and ethics. These are new adventures in affirming my own relationship with nature, to all of Earth’s biota. To life itself.
After a particularly striking curveball in 2008, the suicide of someone most dear to me, I picked up my camera, returned from a photo desert and began to see the world just a little differently. From dark to light. Clicking the buttons, inching forward, regaining confidence, sharing my discoveries in nature with others in small corners of the web that are Flickr, Twitter. Over the past three years, opening up a little more, 140 characters at a time, even selling some images.
Much learned and hope of more to come.
Now this, 1st January 2014, to explore a little more of that nature connection through prose. It ought to be said, this will be neither my life manual nor something complete (as we are never complete). Simply one foot in front of the other….
- Cupilustria June 15, 2018
- Emotion, swift, thermal. (tweets) June 13, 2018
- Ecoliteracy for All June 9, 2018
- Going in for a walk. May 30, 2018
- MA Applied Philosophy submission on the moral status of the foetus. May 26, 2018
- The Wu Wei of Conservation; the personal and the impersonal. May 6, 2018
- Ecologies of fear ~ recalibrating. April 30, 2018
- Why twisting vines do what they do… April 17, 2018
- Natural Capital: ‘Out damn’d spot! Out, I say’ April 16, 2018
- Escape our Castle Walls April 14, 2018
- “Rest in reason and move in passion.” April 8, 2018
- Floloca ~ A Reformation of Landscape. April 2, 2018
- Ben ~ the week after. March 5, 2018
- The Queen’s Nectar Cup. February 21, 2018
- The Manukau Light ~ a little (true) story. February 2, 2018
- Abstract ~ Love and ecology as an integrative force for good and as resistance to the commodification of nature and planetary harms: Introducing Fluminism. January 31, 2018
- Eco-Feminist? Notes. January 23, 2018
- Poem for Buzzard January 20, 2018
- But a tiny grain of protoplasm… January 14, 2018
- Fluminism: Summary of its place in epistemology of environmental ethics. January 10, 2018
- Mental wellbeing, capitalism and fluminism. Notes. January 6, 2018
- The Transilience Gap December 29, 2017
- Introducing Spring Theory. December 19, 2017
- Folk Memory December 14, 2017
- An urgent appeal to the world’s leading humanities scholars, organisations and institutions. November 26, 2017