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Little red boat…

Little Red Boat            July 1994 I went down to Godreavy, sun, wind, land and sea. The waves relentlessly toil, rolling, the kite struggles with the wind, the gull hovers in authoritative glide, the lovers walk not hiding their pride. The bay sits and looms, like the rocks, the spray of […]

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Blinded by the words – let it out…

When we find ourselves blinded by electric light, or in my case looking up out of a deep dark well, a heavy cloud, a rage of fear or loss… where do we look for assurance? (‘Let it out’ Christ Wells) What might we hold onto, where can we find a hand hold, a rock to […]

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Hope, trust, breath, life?

When the sun’s out, we can be content with the things we recognise; the patterns, habits, and narratives or stories that give meaning to stuff. These everyday assurances or comforts will differ from person to person. Occasionally the sun is not out – sometimes assurances break down. Our assumptions, the things we rely on being […]

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Still outside, it’s been some time…

Sometime around 1997, I wrote the piece below.   ‘We’re going outside and we may be some time’ I reflected back on it eight years ago. I wrote about trying to understand the idea of seeking pilgrimage, finding something significant, central to or ‘at the heart of’ a person’s worldview. A seeking to discover, understand, or […]

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Music…

It’s been 19 days into January and we’ve succeeded todate to go without chocolate, biscuits and sugary treats, but today being a Friday I needed a pick me up mid-day… luckily I had been asked by the college where I work to contribute to their radio station’s Desert Island Discs show. Fullhurst Community College in […]

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A fuller set of sails.

Back with a fuller set of sails. I have hesitated to post this but here it is for the journal… After more than 5 years on reduced rigging, I am now again finally trying a fuller set of sails. Due to a mixture of poor seniority, poor conditions, poor moral, and my failure to see […]

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New route, new horizons…

…and so after a spell in both the doldrums and some rough seas, the little red boat found harbour and anchored up for a while. After leaving the land that hope forsook, it’s a reminder; be mindful who you share your boat with… the last few months have been disturbing, worrying and transformative. I replenished provisions, took another look […]

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Escape and the wild…

Escaping; can you and I make a difference? Construct or constrict? I was talking with someone recently about people’s vulnerabilities, accepting and opening up to ‘others’, and how perhaps space that might allow our essential selves to simply breath ‘with others’ is increasingly less available in our current culture. We build mechanisms, we wear uniforms, […]

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Memories Live On

We recently had cause to search out some material that might help some primary school children think, talk, discuss, understand… people dying and “death”.  I was directed by many friends of friends (a beauty of the internet) to what turns out to be just the tip of a wealth of material, and I’d like to thank […]

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Absorbed… (not cool, but true)

Absorbed… If you know me you’ll know that music is one of those things that floats my boat.  I’ve always had music† in varying forms around me. I, like most, enjoy, value and try to find new ways of seeing through music. However, it’s been a year or so since I valued any ‘specific’ recorded music. […]