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Wild natureness

Do you remember the nature table at junior school?  Most of us are intrigued by nature, wild animals. ‘Back to nature’ and the ‘greenwash’ industry is a big deal. Many of us are currently loving our serving of ‘Blue Planet’ on Sunday nights. Please don’t yawn, it’s discussed ad infinitum elsewhere, but recently I have […]

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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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40 days in a wilderness…

“It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under…” Ok so we might be far from GMM’s jungle but ‘our’ world can still seem wild… And the wilderness can often be as empty, shallow, and scorching as a desert… 40 days in a desert or wilderness… What might you […]

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into the wilderness to be tested …forty days

Be still… Calm down, calm down! “Calm down, and learn that I am God!”  That’s how the Americans’ Contemporary English Version of the Bible puts it. Psalm 46:10 Although “Be still…” is the most popular translation, it’s interesting to note a few others: Be at peace in the knowledge… That’s enough! Now know… Desist, and […]

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Flatbread

Just putting this here ‘cos it’s something we’ve used a lot over the last few weeks of #isolation. Thankfully we are able to usually just go and buy some bread*.  But we have found ourselves short a few times recently.  So we have made flat-bread dough which lasts a few days or more in the […]

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Usefullessness

Facts are all well and good (except the poor and bad ones). Yes, understanding and concepts can help us navigate the wilderness. Despite a big lack of trust in the constructs around us, I do personally ‘hope’ there’s more…  I wrote last week that it is down to us, to rise above the cold, hostile, […]

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Let music define the contours of your emotion… ?

I am not a ‘classical music’ fanatic. I know very little about the history of music, composers or the political or social relevance of ‘classical’ music creations. I can imagine for the creators, there is a lot of loaded significance behind, underneath and inside many compositions. Perhaps I might dig deeper at some point. But […]

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Words

Words…  Go Big Reach Love Find Swim Run Grasp Hello… Without certain words, the futility of everything can seem utterly defeating. So understandably we all look for a validating script, a role, a purpose… As it’s been half-term I have of course been thinking too much, but hey that’s what I do. Yes, I need […]

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Flowering… Giving up Lent?

Who can miss the blossom? I wonder do we all notice it? I think we do. Even the most hardened amongst us sense the growth outside at (almost) Springtime. You may have noticed that my bike commute pictures have recently taken second place, as my mind has been occupied with learning lines (more on that […]

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To Amble…

Verb: amble. Not ‘ramble’: not, to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner. But to ‘amble’: move at a slow, relaxed pace. The word originally denoting a horse’s gait, moving with a slow four-beat rhythm. From the Old French ambler, from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’. We recently took some time out and, much thanks to […]