The language of nature — Forvie National Nature Reserve

There is a book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris that has seen campaigns to get a copy in every school in Scotland and further afield, you may know it already. The book started as a response to the Oxford Children’s Dictionary deciding to drop nature words such as ‘acorn’ and ‘bluebell’ […]

The language of nature — Forvie National Nature Reserve

Great Big Story’s international hunt for dragons — Life & Soul Magazine

Dragons are alive, well and thriving around the world. In the below compilation of dragon-themed stories from around the world, Great Big Story features a 17-storey temple in Thailand with a dragon wrapped around it, a Dungeons & Dragons master who has people worldwide participating in his games, a sweet in Singapore known as dragon’s […]

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VANISHING BREED? by Baxter Black — Blog.cowboypoetry.com

© 2020, Jessica Hedges VANISHING BREED? by Baxter Black They call ‘em a vanishing breed. They write books and take pictures and talk like they’re all dyin’ out. Like dinosaurs goin’ to seed But that’s my friends yer talkin’ about. Like Tex from Juniper Mountain. He carved out a way of life where only the […]

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#OTD in 1906 – Birth of playwright, Samuel Beckett, in Foxrock, Co Dublin. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

“We are all born mad. Some remain so.” –Samuel Beckett An Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. During the 1930s and 1940s…

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TWO GOOD FRIENDS by Ken Cook — Blog.cowboypoetry.com

© Jessica Hedges TWO GOOD FRIENDS by Ken Cook I’ll tell this one straightforward and try not to leave undone, the building of a friendship I watched while being spun. The scene, a grassy horse trap on a crisp October day after men had saddled up and rode out on their way. I spied a […]

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#OTD in 1923 – William Butler Yeats receives Nobel Prize in Literature. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

Very early, in the first bloom of youth, William Butler Yeats emerged as a poet with an indisputable right to the name. The honour was conferred “for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” ‘The Stolen Child’ (W.B. Yeats) Where dips the rocky…

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‘The Meeting of the Waters’ by Thomas Moore — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘The Meeting of the Waters’ Thomas Moore There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet; O, the last rays of feeling and life must depart, Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart. Yet it was not that Nature…

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Henry Beston quote about animals — Tuesday’s Horse

Below is my favorite quote about animals. It is originally written as one long paragraph, but I have separated it out for ease of reading here. THE OUTERMOST HOUSE by Henry Beston “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, […]

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Review of No Entry: Young-Adult Novel about Elephant Conservation — The Jaguar

No Entry is a young adult novel about Yael: a 17-year-old girl who enrolls in a conservation-training program in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Yael learns that one of the rangers in her training program is involved in an elephant-poaching ring, which turns her world upside-down.

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Travels in Spain, The Don Quixote Collection — Have Bag, Will Travel

“Don Quixote is the national glory of Spain. No one who does not know that has the right to call himself a Spaniard. There is a monument to him in Madrid…he was our first revolutionary.” – Gerald Brenan, ‘South from Granada’ Click on an image to scroll through the Gallery of pictures that I have […]

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