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When Iris & the mountains collide

June 2, 2019

Lines written a few days ago / We arrive in the French Alps & I intuit a return to the Patreon idea for writing the OUTSIDER book by following these signs: I am surrounded by Iris (I’ve never seen so many varieties in one place both wild & cultivated), I follow a dream, & have a new & completely unexpected Patreon supporter – heartfelt thanks Anastacia Ackers for your generous support in these early days – it makes all the…

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Only a dream can kill a dream

June 1, 2019

Only a dream can kill a dream. How do we wake from the American Dream, the capitalist dream? It’s the dreamers who are prepared to step away from the system, who are not dazzled by it all, who know that we create the world each day anew along with the rising sun & we do it with poetry & song & art all woven into nature; we do it by planting seeds & mending ourselves & sharing & repurposing; we…

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OUTSIDER is evolving

May 28, 2019

We’ve arrived in the French Alps, crossing borders from flat forgettable agricultural landscapes to once again sleeping in the shadows of mountain gods. The quickfire spring burst of creativity is giving herself over to something more mature that needs time to evolve in these longer days & summer sun before sharing. Still, these travels & insights unearthed as we wander across Europe feel as if they need to be published in real-time, in Slow Time. The longer, more thoughtful posts…

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OUTSIDER password protected content

May 27, 2019

Dear friends – firstly I want to thank you for following this evolutionary journey as we work to slow our lives down & decouple from the stresses & expectations of our hyper-fast culture. Last night in Italy, sleeping under fruiting cherry trees, I dreamed of a strong, wide river. Filled with bravery, I swam into the centre & was carried swiftly downstream. I wasn’t drowning, but the fast-flowing river bundled me much farther than anticipated. I wasn’t able to swim…

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Grandmother spider

May 10, 2019

How do we create? Always, I look deep into myself in order to better understand others; always, I look deep into nature in order to better understand myself. In the past I thought myself a hawk hunting down ideas, or perhaps a galloping horse tossing a great mane on the stage. But increasingly I’ve come to realise that I am a Grandmother Spider, weaving ephemera: that each piece created is joined by the same thread; that I need to stay…

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May 9, 2019

Does the world feel more of a mess lately? Or does it appear so much worse because I’m constantly plugged into the news. I’m not sure it’s that good for our mental health. Trying to find the balance between staying informed & staying sane feels a Sisyphean task. Increasingly I return to the thought that we cannot change the world, or perhaps that the only way to change the world is to focus instead on changing ourselves. I wrote in…

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On the unique experience

May 5, 2019

Take a chance. Go somewhere, anywhere. Become the cartographer. Draw your own map. Do not relinquish autonomy for a curated experience. Ten thousand people may have stood in this place before you – that is irrelevant – what matters is that you are here now. This is what makes a moment unique. Your heart already knows this – the art is the years spent tuning into her so that when she calls you are ready to listen. Make an infinite…

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Cosmic SatNav

May 3, 2019

I wrote this poem as we were making Vanlife plans over three years ago. We’ve now been living on the road full-time for 557 days. Some people ask if it’s starting to get hard, they wonder if perhaps we’re tired and miss being settled. I can only say that for us it’s becoming easier. We’ve developed a beautiful rhythm to our days that took over a year (and an overwinter on Crete) to discover, & we have no plans of…

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April 30, 2019

New collaborative piece with @wolfmumma. I have such huge respect for this artist. Her work speaks to the darkness in me, and of our infinite potential to overcome. There is no self-flagellation here, instead she uses art to draw out the shadows we all contain. I respect her bravery & honesty. Her surreal (self)portraits echo those of Frida Kahlo, in that they are an exquisite representation of the pain of growth as we learn to trust, to explore ourselves blindfolded,…

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