Wild Patience Diaries: Stories of Our First & Last Rooms (After Chōmei)

“I am…an old silkworm spinning his cocoon. It is not a hundredth the size of the house of my middle years. As I complained my way through life, each passing year has added to my age, and each move reduced my dwelling.” After living through fire, famine and earthquake, Kamo no Chōmei (鴨 長明, 1155–1216) made inContinue reading “Wild Patience Diaries: Stories of Our First & Last Rooms (After Chōmei)”

Wild Patience Diaries: Wise Guides to Slow Time

I call it The Slow Time of Accidents: what happens when – through loss, illness or emergency – our sense of time stretches and slows, both immediately and in the long-term. Cut off or cast adrift from the routines that make our days tick past, we arrive unprepared by the tempo of modern life intoContinue reading “Wild Patience Diaries: Wise Guides to Slow Time”

Wild Patience Diaries: Beginner’s Mind

Creative writing teacher Natalie Goldberg calls it ‘The Dead Year’: the time when – at whatever age – a person decides that they want to be a writer so bad that they are prepared to begin. To draw up some sort of regular schedule and attempt it. To a friend who embarked on what sheContinue reading “Wild Patience Diaries: Beginner’s Mind”

Wild Patience Diaries

“A wild patience has taken me this far…” Adrienne Rich At the start of my late and strange life as an artist, I spent two summers beside England’s oldest lido determined to write a mile on scrolls of paper as long as the pool. In the aftermath of my sudden near-death a decade earlier – when IContinue reading “Wild Patience Diaries”

Wild Patience Diaries: Exercises for a Nature Writer

The urge to observe and write about the outdoors has come up through every setting & circumstance of my life. Even when chronic pain and the care of small children have kept me house- and town-bound, I have still made notes on birds, weeds and wildflowers. And yet my finest times are when I can –Continue reading “Wild Patience Diaries: Exercises for a Nature Writer”