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  • Noticing what’s beyond

    This week’s explorations at the intersection of nature, art and wisdom. Kills me with delight We start, as I often do in life, with poet Mary Oliver. Here she speaks to her artistic process, which begins in nature… and ends up with her being lost “inside this soft world”. In my little formula: noticing+awe=wisdom=art. What’s […]

  • Day 0 – Glass

    When it’s minus 29 outside, a house with a north-facing wall of windows isn’t the greatest idea. We’ve a gorgeous view of trees and water… but we’re living with the freezer door open. There was method to our madness when we built our home. We wanted to see the great outdoors – and we wanted […]

  • Repairing our stories of happiness

    Who would have thought the revolution would begin on Maple Avenue in Haliburton village? Hats off to SIRCH, whose repair café is shining a light on consumption run amok and providing a counterpoint that’s 100 per cent in tune with who we are as Highlanders. Back after a pandemic-enforced break, the repair café is an […]

  • Old things, dead things, glorious things

    This week’s explorations at the intersection of nature, art and wisdom. Beauty in bleakness this winter Appreciation of subtlety – of the small things, of the drab things – is important. It’s like enjoying well-cooked meals vs. sugar-salt-fat processed foods. Shifting our perspective to appreciate the usually unappreciated adds value to every day. Take a […]

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  • A square foot of ground

    This week’s explorations at the intersection of nature, art and wisdom. In the ordinary This is something I know I’ll come back to time and time again here: the notion that the sacred is in the ordinary. Look at a square foot of ground and you find a universe; watch a bird take off and […]