My Approach to Gardening

A Naturalistic Garden is primarily a method for the urban or sub-urbanite to feel closer to the natural world. It is a garden to relax in rather than to fuss over. It is a garden that invites visitors of all types, from bugs to birds to like-minded humans. It is a garden that allows us, for at least a short while, to escape the pressures and tensions of modern life and to actively connect with our biophilic needs. In this, it can be considered as part of a remedy for lives and lifestyles that have become separated from the natural world which formed our being.

The Van de Veldes at Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England that has the world's largest collection of works by the Van de Velde's. Now, knowing the history of the family, I can see why. On the 2 March 2023, The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea exhibit opened in the Queens House, now part of the Royal Museums at Greenwich.

Ideas on a Sunday: Rebellion as a way of life.

Trigger warning: this article will touch on the subject of suicide. Absurdism in a nut shell:Albert Camus believed that it was absurd to try to find meaning in a meaningless universe. If one accepts that life is meaningless, there may appear to be only two responses, either a physical suicide--the deliberate ending of your own... Continue Reading →

Gardens Matter

Gardens not only reflect and enlarge the minds of their creators, but they can also contribute to the community and the broader environment.

Elizabeth Throckmorton

Elizabeth Throckmorton, Canoness of the Order of the Dames Augustines Anglaises, 1729. Oil on canvas, 82 x 66 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. I first came across this image on a YouTube video featuring Vivaldi's Filiae maestae Jerusalem. As magnificent as the music was, I found I was distracted by the face of this woman, peering... Continue Reading →

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