10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #101

Let a cat with a stumpy tail lead you to his other cat friends, a tiny galaxy of sandy stars, some psychadelic art, a funky disco track you never heard before, a poignant lament for lost birds and much more in edition #101 thanks for joining me πŸ™‚

Comforting Thought: Love is the energetic opposite of fear

When we pay attention to the sensations in our bodies, we can feel that love is the energetic opposite of fear. Love seems to open and expand us right down to the cellular level, while fear causes us to contract and withdraw into ourselves. Yet so often, fear keeps us from being able to say yes to love – perhaps our greatest challenge as human beings.

Book Review: Elmet by Fiona Mozley

A dark, crepuscular and gripping Yorkshire thriller about family and loyalty that is timeless, lyrical and immensely satisfying. Rating: πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ Genre: Fiction, Gothic Noir, Yorkshire Noir, Thriller Publisher: Algonquin Books Review in one word: Stygian This debut book by Fiona Mozley was short-listed to win the Booker Prize in 2017 and it is easy to see why. This bookContinue reading “Book Review: Elmet by Fiona Mozley”

Comforting Thought: What natural sound would you preserve forever?

Silence The song of the cicadas Penetrates the rocks In Japanese there are many onomatopoeic words for the sounds in nature. shito shito: the sound of light rain zā zā: the sound of heavy rain  kasa kasa: the light sound of leaves rustling under foot  hyΕ« hyΕ«: the sound of wind blowing goro goro: theContinue reading “Comforting Thought: What natural sound would you preserve forever?”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet Gigantic Gigatonnique #100th Weirdiversary Edition

See a mini pony take his first shy steps on specially made legs, a Gibson Girl riding a lobster, some serene paintings by Iris Scott and some frenetic modern punk music. It’s all here. Enjoy edition #92!

Comforting Thought: The Sun by Mary Oliver

“Do you think that there is anywhere, in any language – a word billowing enough – for the pleasure that fills you, as the sun, reaches out and warms you”: The Sun by Mary Oliver

Book Review: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed. Sixteen writers on the decision to not have kids

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology, Women’s Writing, Feminism, Family, Relationships. Publisher: Picador Review in one word: Provocative This book is designed to be confronting, provocative, emotional and stirring in all of the ways that many people don’t like to discuss in polite conversation. That’s because it tackles one of the most (ridiculously) controversial taboo topicsContinue reading “Book Review: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed. Sixteen writers on the decision to not have kids”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #99

Breton lunar superstitions, a passionate barista champion, ancient Arabic art made anew, a woollen house and how to keep yourself safe during a protest and much more in the 99th edition of Interesting Things – stay cool!

Ancient word of the day: Celandine

This pretty yellow star-like flower is from the buttercup family. It is common to see it flourishing at the beginning of spring in new grasses, hedges and in at the banks of rivers. It blankets forest floors. Commonly thought of as being a weed, it is still absolutely beautiful to behold.

Book Review: Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems Vol. 1

Spiritually nourishing and grounded in the slow rumblings of nature and animals, Mary Oliver’s poems are a salve for the restless and jaded soul. Her poems are steeped in the luminescent beauty of nature and timeless wisdom of land and animals, yet she always has her bare feet planted deeply in the soil Rating: πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ Genre: Poetry,Continue reading “Book Review: Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems Vol. 1”