Book Review: Auspicious Animals, The Art of Good Omens by Jun’ichi Uchiyama

If you have ever looked at a Japanese silk screen print or sculpture and wondered what the cranes, monkeys or bears mean…this book is for you! I found this beautiful book in an art gallery and decided that, despite the hefty price-tag, I simply had to own it! This elegant coffee table book charts the artistic symbolism of animals in northern Asia with a particular focus on Japan and China. Each page is translated and in both Japanese and English.

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #94

Watch a cosy French family film about a boy and a wild horse, learn how to make an easy wild mushroom pasta, how to enjoy rituals in your relationship and some psychedelic AI art in the style of Codex Seraphinianus and much more in edition #94 of Interesting Things

Comforting Thought: Rough Diamonds

Abandoned sites and places that are not aesthetically pleasing can teach us a more sophisticated way of looking at the natural environment, not in terms of the picturesque, or even the care of which it has been tended, but with an eye upon ecological virility.

Book Review: The Secret Language of Animals by Janine M Benyus

An exquisite reference guide to the behaviour of animals, written without clinical distance but instead a warm, familial, empathic understanding of our sentient non-human cousins. Five stars.

Six overlooked, obscure and incredible podcasts for your listening enjoyment this holidays

Are you looking to crunch down on some substantial podcasts but are sick of reading or listening to the same thing? Here are some high quality podcasts that are often overlooked. The Many Minds Podcast Do you enjoy learning about animals, nature, human and animal psychology, environmental topics, biology and history? If so, you willContinue reading “Six overlooked, obscure and incredible podcasts for your listening enjoyment this holidays”

Ancient Word of the Day: Maturun / Binturong

Binturongs, also known in English as bearcats, are long, stocky and heavy tree-dwellers with large bushy tails which they use to communicate. Strangely they have an odd but pleasant scent which people who smell them seem to enjoy – like buttered popcorn. Like all animals large and small they are endangered by palm oil expansionContinue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Maturun / Binturong”

Comforting Thought: The interconnectedness of all living things

Everything in its right place One feels keenly the sense of interconnectedness of all living things: a sense of everything being in its right place. This is biology as teleology, rainforest as pocketwatch fallen open on the path- but instead of the hand of God crafting its workings, coevolution is the force by which theContinue reading “Comforting Thought: The interconnectedness of all living things”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #92

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!

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #90

In edition #90, we take a gander at the threads worn by medieval maidens, wear plastic helmets in the hairdressers, understand female shamanism and sip some healthy drinks and much more. I hope you enjoy these… The colours of medieval fashion were natural, warming and comforting I love the deep marigolds and oranges here. TheyContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #90”

Comforting Thought: Hens are the goodness of the universe

This morning, a friend and I hung over the half door, watching a mother hen feeding her chickens. The hen bustled around breaking up the bread into crumbs small enough to feed her tiny, hungry offspring. The clucking sound she made was the essential sound of motherhood, the goodness of the universe was in thatContinue reading “Comforting Thought: Hens are the goodness of the universe”