joanna paterson

birds, flowers & landscapes, in words & pictures

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How The Light Gets In

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016

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Walking This Earth

This has been a strange and unsettling ten days in the UK. So many things are in flux, the future uncertain, huge questions being asked about politics, identity, nationality, and at the deepest core about our values – what kind of a society we claim to be, and want to be. I found myself in […]

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Falling

I was half watching a programme the other night about space. The presenter was talking about gravity. One way to think about gravity, he said, is that everything in the universe is just falling through space time. The moon is falling into the valley created by the mass of the earth. The earth is falling […]

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A Sense of Belonging

I read something the other day that started me thinking about gratitude, and belonging. How we feel a sense of gratitude when we feel that we belong – and perhaps that we feel a greater sense of belonging when we cultivate gratitude. A sense of belonging is, for me, inextricably tied to the earth: feeling […]

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