Book Review: Animals Make Us Human: Edited by Leah Kaminsky and Meg Keneally

Genre: Non-fiction, nature, animals Publisher: Penguin Life Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ The Christmas/New Year of 2019/2020 bush fires scorched through enormous swathes of land across the whole of Australia and killed many millions of native animals. Afterwards, there was a huge outpouring of collective grief from people not only in Australia, but throughout theContinue reading “Book Review: Animals Make Us Human: Edited by Leah Kaminsky and Meg Keneally”

Comforting Thought: Don’t be afraid of repetition and obligation in our lives

“Without cyclical repetition, our lives dissolve into empty noise devoid of content. Without repetition, there is no obligation. Repetition is getting up every morning and making pack lunches for the kids. Itโ€™s visiting old friends, even though they may be depressed and not that fun to be around. โ€œIt is absurd to be eternally mobile,Continue reading “Comforting Thought: Don’t be afraid of repetition and obligation in our lives”

My new project: Palm Oil Detectives & Creatives for Cool Creatures

Hello my friend I hope you are going well… I have been busy with creating a new online community. It is driven by passion and was inspired by a deep love of animals and nature. Two months ago, I watched a David Attenborough documentary and sobbed because what’s happening to the natural world right nowContinue reading “My new project: Palm Oil Detectives & Creatives for Cool Creatures”

Powerful proverbs from Mesopotamia about fate, luck and fortune

If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. ~ Assyrian Proverb Don’t pick things ahead of time; some bear fruit later. ~ Sumerian Proverb If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. ~ Assyrian Proverb The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.Continue reading “Powerful proverbs from Mesopotamia about fate, luck and fortune”

My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books

Here’s a collection of some of the non-fiction I have reviewed in the past, ranked as a top ten. The subject matter and time periods vary, but I really like the history of medicine, psychology, symbolism, medieval history, animals and more. 1. The Book of Symbols by the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)Continue reading “My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books”

10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #33

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of coconut water, welcome to another dimension-coasting, mind-contorting journey into the weird and wonderful world of the internet. Featuring some guest stars and some of the same old cast you know and love. I hope you will join me… A bee-faced mushroom shaman from 9,000 years ago on a cave wallContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #33”

Comforting Thought: Whistling in the dark

“Art would not be important if life were not important. And life is important. Most of us, no matter what we say, are walking in the dark, whistling in the dark. Nobody knows what is going to happen to them from one moment to the next, or how one will bear it. This is irreducible.Continue reading “Comforting Thought: Whistling in the dark”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #32

Godzilla met King Kong when they were just kids! Memento Mori by High Dependency Unit A sweeping and melodramatic post-rock album by Kiwi band High Dependency Unit that’s filled with light and dark. A bustling sushi city by the creative genius in miniature Tatsuya Tanaka A Journey to the Big Cat Sanctuary with Heather SmallContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #32”

Artists & Writers in Their Own Words: Jarod K Anderson AKA The Cryptonaturalist

The Cryptonaturalist podcast is the creation of Jarod K Anderson. It’s a completely unique, poetic and quirky fictional podcast in the genre of a classic nature documentary. Yet that’s where its similarity with the known world ends. This is David Attenborough meets The X Files, or Jane Goodall meets Big Foot. In the lingering shadowsContinue reading “Artists & Writers in Their Own Words: Jarod K Anderson AKA The Cryptonaturalist”