‘I really like it. It looks beautiful, the colours are lush and it’s a refreshing perspective on the world. I love the idea of excellent dates engaging with Pliny’s figs and mushrooms, your thought provoking note on innocence, and the concept of the songs of men deep in the heart of grape buds’ – Nicki

Life as miracle

Life as miracle

Attributed to Einstein, this gives us two clear-cut approaches to life.  Babies and small children seem more alive to the miraculous but a challenge for adults is that of both seeing the world as it is, tragedy and all, while maintaining that miraculous sense. Or, to...

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Life as a reprieve

Life as a reprieve

In the day to day whoosh of things to do and deal with, we may be conscious of our time being limited on a daily or hourly basis, but often forget the bigger time limit, life itself.   The grandmother of the French artist Françoise Gilot reminds us that life is a...

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The virtue of living quietly

The virtue of living quietly

Beware the gilded cage, although I don't believe that living a life on the land need contradict individualism.  In the sense that you may develop a...

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Our land is a poem

Our land is a poem

A lovely description of a landscape as poetry in motion, slow sedimentary layers added by successive generations.  Maybe recent layers showing...

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An amazing day

An amazing day

James Rebanks describes a touching element during a class visit to his farm, where one little boy finds solace in simply gathering some eggs or...

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A father’s wish

A father’s wish

James Rebanks describes a nuannaarpoq moment with his daughter, watching a white owl hunt.  And he wishes her all a loving parent could wish a child...

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More please

More please

As many who dip into some social media realms may have noticed, there's plenty of absolutes, extremes and anger out there.  Peace.  Breathe. ...

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Slow mo long term

Slow mo long term

I love the slowness of timber growth and durability.  Years ago my brother introduced me to the notion of tempering timber to make it more...

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Ode to an orange

Ode to an orange

Elizabeth Bowen's mouth-watering description of eating a Sicilian orange in Rome deserves a place at the Nuannaarpoq table.  And I read it a few...

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A singing sense

A singing sense

This enigmatic statement by Elizabeth Bowen caught my eye, even though I'm not sure what it means.  Only that some roads invite you to follow them? ...

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Man has a long time to go

Man has a long time to go

Some wise words from Aaron Copland to a young Leonard Bernstein.  They maintained a close friendship and correspondence for decades, and I like the...

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Finding peace

Finding peace

An interesting piece of aunt-like advice from Martha Gellhorn to Leonard Bernstein.   She emphasises the importance of not only finding a nugget of...

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Magnificent perfection

Magnificent perfection

Yes, sometimes I'm late to the game.  Such as 'discovering' the Moody Blues in 2021, a mere half century after they were discoverable. We were...

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No outward seeming

No outward seeming

Indeed, often when you love, you take in a whole person, sometimes in an instant, and don't create a composite of features and qualities. And much...

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