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Signs of the Times

What is poetry? Only the poets ask themselves this; everyone knows. It’s rhymes and lines and lavender bows.   What is art? The new exhibit’s about this, but nobody goes. The world is too full of television shows.   What … Continue reading

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& the band paraded out

(after Cavafy)   & the band paraded out of Congo Square, marching to the midnight tolls, the enslaved spirits free for a time, between fourth and fifth, between Rampart and the plantation. The music drifted away, toward heaven, outstripping the … Continue reading

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Blessed are the many, blessed are the one

Your Monday Blessing words this morning come from friend and colleague the Rev. Judith Walker-Riggs. These words were the chalice lighting words for Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel’s 2016 Academy Service, a service in memory of the Warrington Academy, the school … Continue reading

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Your Monday Blessing, by Father Pedro Arrupe

It’s been a busy weekend, so taking a few hours off from the writing game. For your Monday blessing, here’s a favourite of mine, written by Father Pedro Arrupe. Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love … Continue reading

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Diary of a visit to the refugees

About a year avon, in Nov. 2015, I went for just a few days to the island of Samos with several others to volunteer with the refugees there. It was a wonderful – if harrowing – experience and I’d love … Continue reading

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Your Monday blessing: “The Back Nine”

I am approaching one of those infamous years with a nothing at the end – the big-four-oh, in my case. There are many metaphors out there for ageing. Ecclesiastes, whose neighbours Leviticus and Judges disparage as being “a bit on … Continue reading

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The Summer Moon

Your Monday blessing: last of the summer reruns and then I mean to dive into the writing again, spirit willing. Here’s one from three years ago.   The Summer Moon (for Abe)   I walked to the moon, but I … Continue reading

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