Category: Philosophical

Memory, Story and Place

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‘Landscape and Memory,’ historian Simon Schama’s poetic  tome,  journeys into the spatial world of the natural and built environment, through temporal vistas  of history and myth. He maintains that ‘before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is a work of the mind … built up as much from strata of memory as from layers…

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Mindful of Magnolias

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After the technological enthusiasm of my last two blogs, I was reminded of the value of mindfulness in everyday life whilst wandering past magnolias in flower. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, but has been embraced by the Western world as a form of stress management for maintaining wellbeing. Mindfulness is essentially about attention; being fully aware and…

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Homecoming

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Travel and homecoming are intertwined – in myth, stories and experience. From Homer’s Odyssey to Plato’s cave, ancient stories highlight that return from travel can allow the familiarity of home and everyday life to be seen anew, with fresh eyes. In modern times, authors have drawn on variations of  the travel and homecoming  theme, from James Campbell’s Hero’s…

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