Category Archives: Place

Wendell Berry and a Day of Honey

I had an unsettling experience last week.  On Monday night I found myself in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., listening to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecture delivered by Wendell Berry. Berry is a poet, essayist, farmer, … Continue reading

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Breathing Deep

Today is the first day I’ve felt like me in a long, long time.  A little restless, a little anxious, sure – but more than that I feel well-rested and alive and as though the unlikely might be possible, after … Continue reading

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Writing and Running

Goodness – it has been three months since I posted anything at all!  So much for a blog encouraging me to write more.  Although, to be fair, I have been writing – several thousand words in the last few months, … Continue reading

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Family

I spent this weekend past with 40-odd of T’s closest relations.  Most of his nearest I had met already, although not his sister, and there were several aunts, uncles, cousins and assorted spouses and offspring to meet and keep straight.  … Continue reading

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A Personal Day

Today I was up, dressed and all the way to the parking lot of my office before I realized that going to work would be a mistake.  I have suspected for some time that this is the wrong job for … Continue reading

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Burns’ Night and Tu B’Shevat

… and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, too, of course. This past weekend my partner and I went to Windrock.  It is a place that, with life’s serendipity, I loved before I knew it.  It is one of the few … Continue reading

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The Island in the Picture

Erraid is an island in the Inner Hebrides.  It is a very tiny island off the coast of Mull, near-ish to Iona.  To get there you take the ferry from Oban to Mull, a bus ride the length of Mull … Continue reading

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