Uncivilised Beauty: finding our roots in modern times

The other day I was at a meeting, having a chat about some possible work. The conversation turned to the meaning of the outdoors for our wellbeing, especially now so many of us live in urban centres. Our discussion was taking place in the ubiquitous open plan office and someone at an adjacent desk joined … Continue reading Uncivilised Beauty: finding our roots in modern times

Writing haikus: an exercise in simplicity and observation

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia A few weeks ago I referred to a recorded talk¬†which I'd found very inspiring. It was by John Paul Lederach who has many years' experience in the area of conflict resolution. It was an easy, although compelling, listen, full of examples and stories that resonated with me deeply. One of these was … Continue reading Writing haikus: an exercise in simplicity and observation

A Dash of Etymology & A Poem Not Prose: Al-Jalama checkpoint revisited

The other day I posted a piece about my experience of leaving Palestine through a checkpoint in the north of the country. It was an experience that did not compare with any other in my life that I could think of. I found it utterly dehumanising. Yet it's an experience that many thousands of Palestinians … Continue reading A Dash of Etymology & A Poem Not Prose: Al-Jalama checkpoint revisited