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Terri Windling
Dartmoor, in England's West Country
Writer, artist, book editor, folklorist.
Interests: myth and mythic arts
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“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far beneath ourselves. For the animal shall not be measured by... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Myth & Moor
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Following on from yesterday's post, here's a passage from an interview with Chickasaw writer Linda Hogan noting the role of traditional ceremonies in mediating our relationship with animals: "There were times when animals and people spoke the same language, or... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Myth & Moor
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From "First People" by Linda Hogan, an American poet, essayist, and novelist of the Chickasaw Nation: "When I was younger...I heard stories of the times when humans and animals spoke with one another, but even while I concerned myself always... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Myth & Moor
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I'm sure I was not the only child who dreamed of sleeping with wild animals, although the closest I've come to that Jungle Book fantasy is to curl up with Tilly snoring beside me. The reality of animal life in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Myth & Moor
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Today, songs of love (good, bad, and faery-haunted), rooted in the ballad tradition of the British Isles. Above: "Orfeo" (Child Ballad #19), performed by the American folk/bluegrass duo Anna & Elizabeth, with a shadow puppet video created by the musicians... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Myth & Moor
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This post first appeared on October 1, 2014: Shaken by the news that the earth has lost 50% of its wildlife in the last forty years, I turn to the words of Terry Tempest Williams and the photographs of Joel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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From Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit by Alison Hawthorne Deming: "'Natural forces and human forces have intertwined,' writes geoscientist Paul Crutzen in defining the new geologic epic of the Anthropocene, 'so that the fate of one determines the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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From Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram: "Corporeal life is indeed difficult. To identify with the sheer physicality of one’s flesh may well seem lunatic. The body is an imperfect and breakable entity vulnerable to a thousand and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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From The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World by David Abram: "A story must be judged according to whether it makes sense. And 'making sense' must be here understood in its most direct meaning: to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Myth & Moor
Oh, you've made me laugh this morning, Stuart. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2017 on Tunes for a Monday Morning at Myth & Moor
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I don't know about you, but the world is seeming particularly crazy to me right now, and I need a dose of hope, courage, and inspiration this morning.... "To hope is to gamble. It's to bet on your futures, on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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I'm down with a stomach bug today...will be back in the studio just as soon as I can be. The illustration above is by Marc Simont (1915-2013). Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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From "The Beast in the Book" by Ursula K. Le Guin: "T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone, though about King Arthur, is crowded with animals. In the first chapter King-Arthur-to-be, currently known as the Wart, takes out a goshawk,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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In his essay "Childhood of a Writer," E.L. Doctorow describes how his passion for fiction ignited when he was eight years old: "Back home [from an appendix operation], and more or less on my feet again, I took out of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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This morning, the call of the sea...and life on the coast.... Below: "The Call/Daughters of Watchet/Caturn's Night" by singer/songwriters Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater, from their gorgeous album Findings (2016). Hardy is based in Somerset, and Drinkwater in Exeter, here... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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The Dogs Tales are a series of posts in which Tilly has her say.... When I take my Person out walking in the woods it is my job to scout the path ahead, to lead us through the dark of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Today is National Poetry Day here in the UK -- a day to celebrate and share old and new works of poetry. The theme this year is "freedom." Here's my own favourite poem on the subject: The Peace of Wild... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Myth & Moor
Thank you, everyone. I'm back in the studio this morning.
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2017 on Out of the studio at Myth & Moor
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I'm having a low-health day today, and working from home. Nothing too serious, don't worry; I expect to be back in the studio tomorrow. I wish you all a peaceful and creative day -- or else an exciting and creative... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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"It is not a terrible thing to love the world, knowing that the world is always passing and irrecoverable, to be known only in loss. To love anything good, at any cost, is a bargain." - Wendell Berry ''The more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Music for the magic hours... Above: "In the Magic Hour" by American singer/songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, from her gorgeous album of the same name. Below: "Weep" by American pianist & composer Minna Cho and the Magik Magik Orchestra, from Magik Magik.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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From "Fail Better" by Zadie Smith: "It is deeply unfashionable to conceive of such a thing as a literary duty; what that might be, and how writers might fail to fulfil it. Duty is not a very literary term. These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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From Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin: "In workshops on story writing, I've met many writers who want to work only with memoir, tell only their own story, their experience. Often they say. 'I can't make up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Myth & Moor
Sending love to you and yours, Mo, on the other side of the world. The world is indeed breaking and broken; all we can do is hold it together as best we can, in our many different ways.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2017 on Harvesting stories at Myth & Moor
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