Dear Pogue, We continue within our meditation of love, because, well, if we are to find meaning in our current correspondence then we need to immerse ourselves in it. I hope you agree? So, I've been looking at and listening to love of all different kinds and we've already agreed it has many faces. OK? … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now💓
Dear Pogue, Love? To love. To be in love. To be loved. To have loved. What does it all mean? Are you aware that the Greeks have multiple words for love? Eros, Phila, Agape, Storge, Mania, Ludus, Pragma, Philautia. Yet we've wrapped many of these into our single term. Curious and yet challenging because there … Continue reading Love, the mountain.
Well Pogue, Did you listen to the songs yesterday? Did you enjoy Clifford T Ward’s Home Thoughts From Abroad ? If you listen carefully to the lyrics you will know that he mentioned Robert Browning. If curiosity then got the better of you, you will have delved deeper and you’ll now know that Robert Browning … Continue reading Monday Musings.
Love is immensely deep and in many aspects unfathomable. The volumes of prose, the outpouring of tormented poets, the hours of study all bear witness to this. But, paradoxically, it is simple, so simple and when we find it we know with a childlikeness that expels doubt. As said, I have been reading around the … Continue reading For All The Lovers
Pogue, It’s Valentines Day. Young men’s hearts are turning to love💕 and roses have trebled in price. That’s romance. But commercialism aside, romance still fills the air and so I have spent sometime listening to and trying to define my favourite love song. There are so many songs about love! Have you ever noticed that. … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now👩❤️💋👨
Hi Pogue, I throw myself on your kindness. I wrote to you last Monday with a Monday Musing on, well seemingly mismatched partners. Remember, tall and small, fat and thin? Well I’d like to add a postscript if you will be kind enough to permit me? I was reading this morning and came across something … Continue reading Addendum
Morning Pogue, I went for a walk yesterday before it started to snow. I think a lot of people had the same idea. So I’m wandering along, wrapped up in my parka and scarf just noticing the other people as I walked and there were quite a few couples out. I saw one pair holding … Continue reading Monday Musings
Morning Pogue, And this is what I've been listening to for the past few days. You know some thing, a song maybe, just pops into your head. You find yourself humming the tune or maybe singing the song, but if you stop and think, you can't see a reason why it might be there. Weird … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.
Dear Pogue, There's a verse in your Bible that has Jesus telling his followers, about prayer, "Whatever you ask in my name, believing, will be fulfilled". That's the Wic paraphrase version in case you are wondering but it gives the gist. You've read it? Thoughts? So, is this some sort of magic solution to all … Continue reading There’s a line that says…
Morning Pogue, Last week was a bit of an up and down week. Something happened in the middle of the week that upset me and I woke on Thursday morning feeling, well, a little sad. Like I didn’t see the point in getting out from under the duvet, plus it was cold so that didn’t … Continue reading Monday Musings
Hey, Pogue, What's up? Yesterday I wrote to you about everyone needing a Little Red Corvette in their lives. A little unusual that will stand out in a world of predominantly grey cars. So, having written that I had to go and play this song, headphones on, strutting around the kitchen like Prince. Today, I … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.
Dear Pogue, I recently mused on a Monday and asked you to think about who Normal Man was. Remember? So who is this person (and I'll take Normal Woman for an answer)? Our new, soon to be iconic, superhero. The defender of all that makes our usual day. Protecting our boundaries from the extraordinary. Our … Continue reading Who Is Normal Man?
Well, this one's down to you Pogue. Another of your imaginative Christmas gifts. A limited edition copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince. First, thank you once again. Unexpected and pleasing. What more could one ask of a gift? If you've never read The Little Prince then you need to know that this seemingly … Continue reading Been Reading
Pogue, ...Monday...alarm clock noises...yawn...turn over and close eyes... But, listen, win the morning, win the day. That's what your brother's motto seems to be and he's right. Because how you approach a thing, how you start out will invariably determine your achievement. I know there's a philosophy that says that it's not how you start … Continue reading Monday Musings
Pogue, So I'm writing away the other day and I just needed music. A fix you might say. Which is unusual as I normally write in silence so I can hear the inspiration (even as I write this I hear you saying, "What inspiration"). I did say "hear it" and not heed it! Anyway, you're … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.
Dear Pogue, Here are some thoughts that have been prompted by reading the book I mentioned in the last "Been Reading". I was not very far into it, not very far at all, when I realized that there were two processes going on. I was enjoying the unfolding of the plot and the development of … Continue reading The Observer
Hiya Pogue, I've polished off my first book for the year and have now launched into the second. The first book was a Christmas gift, the giver knowing that I had read the first of this author's novels and enjoyed it. The book Now and Future Witches by Alix E.Harrow is a fantasy with a … Continue reading Been Reading
So here's a question Pogue. Who is Normal Man? I had a friend when I was in school who, at the time Superman was having some popularity and tee-shirts with the iconic 'S' were being worn, made a tee-shirt with a large 'N' in place of the 'S'. Under the 'N' he printed 'Who is … Continue reading Monday Musings
Pogue, You’ve had Songs To Pogue this week but I couldn’t resist out staying my welcome with a second tune. So I’m standing in my favourite coffee shop waiting for a Takeout because we’re currently not allowed to drink in. Then as I savour the aroma of freshly roasted coffee this noise filled my head.😍 … Continue reading Twice in a Week!
Dear Pogue, I mentioned in a recent Monday Musings that there seems to be some importance connected to right thoughts. You might remember that I quoted: Fix your thought on what is true, and honorable and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable.Phillipians 4:8 This sort of quote pops up in many spiritual texts, almost … Continue reading Right Thought…a new Law?
Well Pogue, The first song of a New Year, a new play list and I’m going to bring you an artist I’m sure you won’t know. A song with some Indian influences because, well we are a blog without borders😎🎷🎼🎵 We will spend the year exploring different music and smiling. So here to start you … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.
So Pogue, My first post of the year, aside from my Musings of course, declared that we live in a world full of potential. It's all about us. Heaven is breaking in whenever the chance presents itself. Yet so many live such poor lives. Not necessarily monetarily poor, but obviously that exists. Rather with no … Continue reading Monday Musings
Well Pogue, We have just celebrated Christmas which, apart from being a wonderful opportunity to over indulge, is the actual recognition of an event. The coming of Christ, or to unpack that just a little, God choosing to take the form of a man and to live a in the backwater of the world. Now … Continue reading New Possibilities
Pogue, We've just ended the craziest of years! And where you and I sit, there's still more to come as the pandemic takes a new turn, mutates and comes up smiling. But we'll get through. Not quite as we might have planned, a more subdued lifestyles for a while I'm sure but let's turn that … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, Last song of the year and I’ve been sitting here playing an old, favourite album. Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan. Sometimes I find myself just wondering how someone can think up the lyrics. Have the thoughts. Capture feelings so accurately. Bob Dylan is one of those people, and this is my favourite … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.
Pogue, Last Monday of our year and it's that time when many people get philosophical over the way they have lived their lives in the year just gone. As John Lennon asked: So this is ChristmasAnd what have you done?Anther year over A new one just begun... And I have got philosophical. I have a … Continue reading Monday Musings
Hi Pogue, Here's a thing. There's a lady who calls herself Wise Hearted when she blogs. Lives on the other side of the world to us but she reads our letters. Obviously a person of great character. How they get to her remains a mystery. But she engages with them, comments and writes nice things … Continue reading Someone Called Me a Preacher!
Pogue, I'm late to put pen to paper for my Monday Musings but some days things just don't seem to flow and we write then screw up the page and condemn it to the paper bin because it wasn't invested with the truth, the emotion, the sincerity that we would want others to associate us … Continue reading Monday Musings
So the years coming towards an end Pogue, I might only get a couple more musical moments in🥺. Best make the most of them and there is so much I want to share because, well, music is the heart beat of life (?). Ok a little dramatic but you get my drift. I looked back … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.
Dear Pogue, I got all seasonal and thought I would write you a Christmas letter. Bit like a Christmas card but low on pictorial content and a lot more words. All in all, much better value I'm thinking. Some years ago I spoke in a church at Christmas. I spoke regularly then. Anyway, I always … Continue reading A Christmas Letter