Memories of place, held on the tongue

Cleobury Mortimer in the valley below Titterstone Clee on a sunny, clear day

A bedtime drink brings back a flood of memories from childhood holidays in Shropshire. [Read more...]

Childhood, risk and ‘wild’ places

Harborne Walkway in its current, manicured state. Image by Andy Reeve, used under Creative Commons license.

Western societies have a growing tendency to keep children safe by cocooning them away from risk, and away from ‘wild’ places. It’s a corrosive shift, and one that concerns me deeply. [Read more...]