The Glass Mountain

The Glass Mountain

The glass mountain. Beautiful, but utterly unattainable. Too large to walk around; impossible to scale. You simply can’t get any traction. There are no footholds, and as soon as you set your foot on the glistening slope of it, back down again it goes. All the way...
Starry, starry nights

Starry, starry nights

At this time of year, Winter Solstice, I’m always overcome by the beauty of the dark. All the more so, because after the still point of this turning world has passed, we slowly begin to lose it. And so Solstice, for me, is a time of both celebration and...
2021: Embracing the Mystery in your life

2021: Embracing the Mystery in your life

I’m not a great believer in the traditional ‘New Year resolutions’. More often than not, they seem designed to put pressure on an already exhausted system – bodies and souls that should be deep in winter repose, resting in the heart of the long,...
Homing In

Homing In

For the past couple of decades of my life, the wild places in which I’ve been fortunate enough to live have centred me and informed me. Taught me the most important lessons I’ve needed to learn. I’ve immersed myself in every bog, headland, beach, loch, wood. Rooted,...
Becoming who we are

Becoming who we are

Those of us who are students of history, and others of us who are walking around with our eyes wide open and something resembling a long view, can clearly see what is happening all around us right now. The crumbling of empire; the excruciating death-throes of a...