A question of landscapes

A question of landscapes

I haven’t managed to answer these questions for myself, but still keep returning to them, and wonder how other people are shaped by their landscapes, and how they perceive them.  How do people imagine the landscapes they find themselves in?  How does the land...
A wild desire for wings

A wild desire for wings

Upsoaring spirit inspired by sky-bright blue.  Sometimes the impossible and measureless azure of it can dizzy you.  Behind the hedge the sky was a bright blue. It dazzled the eyes and got inside the head and exploded there as a wild desire for wings, so that one could...
The dignity we seek

The dignity we seek

It’s years since I noted this quote and it has recently made its way to the front of the nuannaarpoq pipeline. But only reading it again now do I see how much it resonates with the urgencies of rebalancing our relationship with the natural world around us, and...
Mind hoard

Mind hoard

I love the word ‘hoard’, in the sense of a bardic ‘word-hoard’, or here, a hoard of observations you stash in the cupboard of the imagination, a mind-hoard.  And I like the absolution from having to understand those bright-shining things you...
Within and without

Within and without

A thoughtful assertion, that cheerfulness is as much internally derived as externally influenced.   Wish you the conditions needed to have it come to you both from within and without.Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state...
Where I could see an opening

Where I could see an opening

As this strange and straitened year draws to a close, we could do with some fresh openings.  These lines are from the end of Dante’s Inferno, as he takes a step away from the torments of Hell towards Purgatory.  In other words, he isn’t yet out of the...
To make hope possible

To make hope possible

One aim of nuannaarpoq.com is to reinforce joyful people, even when they feel assailed by humdrum issues or simply by the apparent state of the world. I liked this definition of being radical – making hope possible – and if I manage to do a bit of it here,...
Life as luminous halo

Life as luminous halo

This quotation has haunted me for some time, poetically conveying the numinous thread of life; it’s particularly touching given the mental illness that hounded Virginia Woolf and eventually drove her to suicide. I found some packing tape which has the second...
Of life and the world

Of life and the world

This expansive quotation comes from a wonderful novel by Mia Couto, in which a father tries to escape his past by isolating himself and his children from the world, even when this means brutally clipping their young wings.  Among other things he forbids them to read...
Living a full life

Living a full life

What a wonderful affirmation – and invitation – to start inventing, if you haven’t already. Invent to your heart’s content and may your life be full to the brim, in the best possible way. This line is a reflection on the fully lived nine decade...

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