All that I cannot understand

Gary Presley considers the symbols and mysteries of nature @ Fringe. I live in a place where the wind blows, not constantly but nearly so. Only on the hottest, most oppressively humid days does it stall. Only on a hard winter morning, all things ice solid beneath the weight of a sagging Arctic high-pressure system… Read more »

Tipping us into the unknown

  Nuria Sheehan remembers the comforting presence of nature @ Anderbo. I woke to the soft slide of wet grass under my legs as my mother pulled me up by the arm, dragging me across the open field where we’d spent the night. The sky was dark, a fragile pre-dawn light just beginning to pierce… Read more »

In the windowless Brain Center

Veronica Gaylie recounts a memory test with her mother @ Geist. In the window less Brain Centre the doctor sits across from us. “You had an appointment for a memory test two years ago. Why didn’t you show up then?” he asks. My mother, a Glaswegian, the research sub ject, replies, “Well, I am never late. I… Read more »

Killing a human being called the mother tongue

Helim Yusiv reflects on his Kurdish childhood caught between two languages @ Transcript Review. The first language is the mother tongue, the language of your home, the language of your brothers and sisters and the language of your neighbours. The second language is the language of the teachers, police, state officials, intellectuals and the holy… Read more »

Would I like to see them again?

Jeffrey Tayler revisits his first travel journal and all that has been lost over time @ WorldHum. Every now and then I sort through my belongings and cull the superfluous. This habit started with my first trip overseas (to Greece, in 1982) and the challenge I faced then in fitting all I needed into my… Read more »