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Advent Project – An extraordinary story…

Ordinary people, in an ordinary place… an extraordinary story… A few years back, I helped produce a project that portrayed people from a local village, relating them to characters in ‘The Christmas Story’. ‘Ordinary’ people in their ‘ordinary’ place – we are perhaps all part of an ‘extraordinary’ story.  Recently, Jill Marsh the District Mission […]

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Advent-ure

Advent: “Reaching out to grasp eternal things” (Alfred Delp) Like when you come in from a frosty day and the warmth of the room causes tingles and a buzzing glow to your skin, the vibrancy of life can be incandescent, the warmth of true simple joy can be fervent and intoxicating; …from the fragrant zest […]

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The advent of festooning chiaroscuro…

Have you ever seen festooning bees? Nature? Advent approaches, the advent of a time of expectation… A season of warmth and cold, light and dark… (in Britain anyway) A season of emotion and sharing… Three words resonate in my brain: Chiaroscuro; the use of contrast between light and dark… Festooning; remarkable natural collaboration between bees […]

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Advent of…

Once upon a time…

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Advent week 3…

The smallest steps, the most ordinary steps, the dusty steps… Stop twice, look thrice, over death… random raw life is alive. Be still and know, a comforting labyrinthine path, listen… When all around us is distracting, there is something eternal going on. Waking from sleep we might hear a small voice, with fresher eyes we […]

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Advent week 2…

View post A Joy and Wonder that flows from our own sense of release, a startling revelation of ancient beauty… An infectious smile at the heart of life that changes everything, might slip through our fingers like mist… Embrace it “the Joy of true life is your strength”, it flows through us and from us… […]

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Advent week 1…

‘the Word became flesh’ and walked the earth… Walking, respond physically to ancient ground beneath our feet… From my head to my fleshly heart… Gratefully “Like a craftsman, planing wood, to the glory of God…” Each step like a candle burning in the night… Sharing grace… sharing gratitude… Learning to walk again, easier than you […]

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Advent… what are you waiting for?

OK we all do the calendar thing – well those with kids in the house probably do. But what can ‘Advent’ do for us?  …and I don’t mean the Religious, candley, purpley rituals – although they have their uses.  Waiting at the lights, waiting in line in Alidil, waiting…    I have to admit it, I […]

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Your kaleidoscope

Walking to Tesco recently the energy of people that passed by was tangible, almost sparking…

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Decembral Distractions

In the midnight you awake with a chest ache, with dark dreams, worry and fear, a black dog feeds… Alas, Decembral distractions: Hazel Prior’s Antarctic Penguins, The Bagnold’s suburbia, Mandalorian sci-corn, Home Alone capers, Billy Elliot’s passion, Spiderman’s kingdom’s, various BBC Sounds’ dreamscapes, Grayson Perry’s acute observations, Simon Cross’s Theotokos Nativity, Scott Mariani’s excessive adventures…  […]