About Me

After having retired a number of years ago I wanted to use my time creatively. I walk in the countryside and enjoy observing wildlife. I’m lucky to be in a part of England where we can regularly see red kites. I am part of a team of volunteers who monitor the activities of these wonderful birds. I’m focussing on creative writing at the moment but have also painted in the past and am still inspired by paintings and sculptures.  I hope to post poems and other writing about the natural world, art and the challenges of modern living. I’m concerned about the environment and would like to think we can be caretakers of the earth! We are part of nature; not separate. Many of us find solace when we’re in natural surroundings and can sense a spiritual quality to life more clearly. I’ll also be exploring how we can be spiritual without necessarily being religious. I chose the path of Zen Buddhism over twenty years ago but prefer not to be too denominational in my practice.

I have called my blog, all things creative, as I believe a creative response to life, in its broadest sense, is a big part of being human. You can listen to an excellent TED talk on my blog which shows how important creativity is; and how it is undervalued,  particularly in our educational systems.

2016 update. I am writing a book which I hope to have published in the next few years – it consists of my response to Vasari’s Live of the Artists and is a hybrid of art history, self-inquiry, my poetry about the artists, theology and spirituality for today. It will feature 22 prints of Renaissance art and hopefully be published by an international publisher who specialises in quality hardbacks.

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14 comments on “About Me

  1. Gary says:

    Hi Eric

    like your blog, inspiring me to set one up myself

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  2. Upāsaka says:

    Erik,

    Thank you for visiting and sharing a little about your own practice. May you find true annd lasting happiness in this very life!

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  3. erikleo says:

    And you too Upasaka!

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  4. I agree so much with your view on creativity… Not only enriches our souls but also helps in more stressful times. Apart of having a blog, in my free time I am painting as well. Enjoyed very much the visit to your blog!

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  5. erikleo says:

    Thanks Richard. I used to teach art aand have some of my paintings on my blog. I’m not sure whether I should post some more!

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  6. jesperodlp says:

    I dropped by here looking for Colin Wilson. You sound a very kind an likable person even the about-me is readable.
    jesper o

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  7. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Lovely to meet you Erik. Do feel free to visit my blog when you have a moment or two. 🙂

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  8. agrishaw says:

    Hey, I have nominated you for Sunshine Blogger Award 🙂 Please check out my post: https://agrishaw.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/sunshine-blogger-award/

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  9. erikleo says:

    Thanks Agrishaw but I don’t go in for ‘awards.’

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  10. Erikleo, I ‘m in your Coursera online Modern Poetry class. I read your about page and I can definitely relate to your experiences.

    I have come full circle from my retirement and it reflects in my blog site. ( http://007pandas.com ) I’ve always been an outdoors person, however, now as an amateur photographer of landscapes and wildlife, I see so much beauty of our world.

    You have a great blog sit and I will follow your journey. 🙂

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  11. erikleo says:

    ModPo is an outstanding poetry course isnt it! Amazing that all these MOOCs are free and of such good quality!

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  12. stew1e says:

    You have a great blog. Thanks again for visiting my “War and Peace” poem. I sense a fellow-spirit – and a Colin Wilson fan, too! The world just hasn’t seemed the same for me since his death.

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  13. erikleo says:

    There is a new biog out about Colin Wilson which I hope to get round to reading.

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    • stew1e says:

      Yes – “Beyond the Robot” by Gary Lachman sounds interesting. Lachman seems to be developing into almost a replacement for Wilson himself, as is Anthony Peake, whose “Is There Life After Death” I found to be a stimulating read, full of fascinating yet bizarre theories.

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