#ScenicSaturday 04/Feb/2023

I share these pictures, from February (though not this year), to show #ourworldiswonderful. This shot is from 2020 and shows the brook that flows through the beaver enclosure. They were introduced to help reduce the flooding caused by the brook that flows through the village. So far, that seems to be working well. The area …

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Mostly Harmful, by Michael Paulkovich: #BookReview.

Subtitled ‘1001 Things Everyone Should Know About RELIGION’, this is a piece of work, as the subtitle says, everyone should read.That it is a scholarly work is indicated by the comprehensive bibliography, index and accompanying notes, which take up around 28% of the publication. The author lightens a heavy subject by being occasionally a little …

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#ScenicSaturday 28/Jan/2023

These pictures are from January, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.This shot is from the Forest of Dean, taken on an afternoon walk in 2020 as mist slowly cleared from the valley where a small brook flows. Frost remained from the previous evening, dusting the leaves of wild flowers still …

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Boys, Belles, Bikes, and Bells.

I just posted this piece to Medium. In a forest criss-crossed by tracks and trails of many different sorts, three types of users enter for their exercise, entertainment, and escape from the troubles of the world. Pedestrians vary from the agile runner in search of challenges, through dog walkers exercising their pets, groups sharing the …

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#ScenicSaturday 21/Jan/2023

These pictures are from January, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.This shot is from the Forest of Dean and was taken with my second-hand iPhone in 2022. I love the way beech saplings cling to their autumn leaves throughout winter and shed them only as new leaf buds burst in …

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#ScenicSaturday 14/Jan/2023

These pictures are from January, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.From the Forest of Dean, this photo, taken in 2020, depicts afternoon mist lit by the sun’s rays. # Please comment, like, and share these to spread the joy of natural beauty to as many people as possible. It might …

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Contagious Tales, Edited by Andrew Simms: #BookReview.

176 pages.22 modern folk tales. Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian and now editor of Prospect magazine remarks, ‘These stories matter because they help us grasp a world that is seemingly out of control, and imagine what steps we can take to make things better.’ This anthology is subtitled ‘22 modern folk tales in …

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#ScenicSaturday 07/Jan/2023

These pictures are from January, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.From Wales, this one shows the sunset over Caerphilly Mountain. I shot it in January 2019 after a trip to Caerphilly Castle with our daughter and her then boyfriend (now husband) who were on a visit from their home in …

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We Walked 1114 Miles in 2022.

Coastal Path in North Yorkshire For a few years, I’ve subscribed to Country Walking magazine, which features articles, photos, and detailed maps of real interest to those who walk in the UK. Each year they run a challenge ‘Walk 1,000 Miles’. We’ve participated for 2 years now. In 2022 we completed 1,114.8 miles. Valerie’s 70 …

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#ScenicSaturday 31/Dec/2022

These pictures are from December, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.From the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, this one shows a small portion of the brook that eventually flows through the village to join the River Wye, which forms a border with Wales. This particular part of the forest is …

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#ScenicSaturday 24/Dec/2022

These pictures are from December, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.From the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, this one shows a faint, narrow path between beech and fir trees on a hillside north of our home. This one was taken on Boxing Day 2021, with my used iPhone 8+. # …

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A Seasonal Short Story for You. Enjoy!

The picture above is by Larry Krause, on Flikr It is replicated using the Creative Commons License The story is entirely free and posted just below this brief intro. I have a free seasonal story on my site already, but it’s a humorous piece about New Year, and has been on there for some years. …

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#ScenicSaturday 17/Dec/2022

These pictures are from December, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.From the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, this one shows the path following the fence around the beaver enclosure, an experimental project designed to prevent flooding in the village below this stretch of hills. As far as I can tell, …

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Bridport Prize 2022 Anthology: #BookReview.

This anthology from the respected Bridport Prize annual competitions presents the winners of the Poetry, Short Story, and Flash Fiction sections. Of the 35 pieces published here, I’m disappointed to report only one, Kerry Lyons’ ‘Seventeen Weeks’, really moved me. Many of the others struck me as pretentious, overly academic, self-absorbed, or simply incomprehensible. A …

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#ScenicSaturday 10/Dec/2022

The pictures in this series are from December, though not this year. I share them here to show #ourworldiswonderful.Taken in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, this one shows a winding path through an area called Sallow Valets Inclosure. The massive tree in the foreground is possibly a grand fir, but it may be something …

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