Moments of Memory and the Mind

The Scent of Spring

A lovely spring smell is in the air which takes me back to the scent of grass and earth mixed together on a Sussex farm...

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A Change of Perspective

How seeing the same things around us from a different angle for a moment, might help us gain a little sense of escape from the day to day difficulties that surround us.

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The Meaning of a Place Name

How looking at the roots of the old words for the hills and other places in the landscape around us, can bring us into closer touch with our surroundings.

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Naming a Place

How a place name comes about in the first place and what it might tell us about those who first used the name.

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What’s the Rush?

Approaching the anniversary of one of the most important train stops in English Literature, at Adlestrop in Gloucestershire, I take a mental walk around the history of streets of my local town, Llandeilo, and wonder whether it might be time to think a little more carefully about our experiences of moving around.

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The Memory of Experience

Why is it so hard to access the feeling of the original experience when we revisit a memory or event in our mind?
How is the brain processing to the memory the complex beauty that is all around us?
I think that certain kinds of art can sometimes link us back to this ‘lost’ emotional sense, the artist’s treatment of detail providing a key to replicating the mind’s experience of the original moment.

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