A bit about me
I'm Debbie, a writer and erstwhile academic, based in Cambridge, England, researching and writing about our experience of poetry. There's more about that on my other site. (Yes, a different name, but still me!)
As a child, I was a keen naturalist. Countless hours were spent fossicking in ponds and rock pools, and poring over W. Keble Martin’s Concise British Flora in Colour. So many questions! Is there really such a flower as the improbable snake's head fritillary – and where can I see one? If it's In Colour, why do all the plates with grasses have to be in black and white? And, if this is the Concise British Flora, then what on earth does the Full Flora look like? I drew and painted both flora and fauna in an attempt, I think, to get even closer to it all. In recent years, I have been trying to pick up where I left off.
My spiritual journey has been in the context of my Christian faith. I lead retreats and quiet days, and have led a regular alternative service, 'Breathing Space' at St Mark's in Cambridge. I trained as a spiritual director on the Ely Diocese, Spirituality and Spiritual Direction Course, and I also do odd bits of preaching, being an Authorised Occasional Preacher. (How often is occasional and what will happen if I do it any more than that has never been made clear.)
Sauntering is my attempt to integrate these two aspects of life. It’s an exploration: a creative, joyful, working out of how we can reclaim knowledge of the created world, and the Creator, in all their intricacy, extraordinariness, wisdom, and fear-striking.
I'm no expert; merely a companion on the journey. As the author Richard Bach wrote, "We teach best the things we need to learn," and that gives me hope that I may be a useful one.