Axel Munthe’s house in Capri


“My house must be open to the sun, wind, and the voice of the sea just like a Greek temple and light, light, light everywhere”  - Axel Munthe

A friend, Jeni, is leading a tour to Italy and will show folks the house of Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor who made his life in Italy.

So beautiful, as it appears in this photo, it seems words can’t do.

From Chippo, where I am now, it prompts the question:  where do I find beauty in my life where I am now?

I  don’t have the answer but it’s an important question for me now.  And it’s a question that George Monbiot seeks to answer in  his new book, Feral: the enchantment of rewilding.  I’ve reviewed it for the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum and I’m told it’ll be in this coming weekend’s edition (7, 8 Sept. 13).

If it is and you read it I’m curious whether you have answers to the question; if so, do contact me here and share your thoughts on this blog.



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