Dear Pogue, I have a story to tell you today to start the week. You up for that? Good. So there’s this guy who’s a farmer and he grows apples. They’re good apples and they sell OK. Then one day while he’s out walking he passes a neighbouring farm and looking over the fence he … Continue reading Monday Musing
Hi Pogue, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this last week or two, mainly spurred on by being with you and your two children. Their world, the world you create and try to protect, is nothing like the world of my childhood. They have Lego, but I had Lego. Difference is, I use to … Continue reading Monday Musing
Jesus- Things we really know.
So Pogue, I have continued my thoughts around Jesus and my search for the “Real Jesus”. To begin with I have drawn together the things that seem common in the Biblical record and are generally accepted. Let’s start with his birth which is recorded as having taken place in Bethlehem, his mother being Mary and … Continue reading Jesus- Things we really know.
Recently my mind has become a depository of rhyming words Stacked ever higher against the day of needLike a library with groaning shelvesBooks awaiting to reveal secrets yet untold,And now I find my vice become a habitWithout knowing it a collector I’ve become,But for all the resource I possessI still toil over lines that don’t … Continue reading Free Verse
Dear Pogue, Forgive me! This started as a short thought and just kept growing! I have been noticing that amongst people there is often a need to be right. Have you ever noticed that? And being right, there is then a need to prove that they are right. I am sure there are all sorts … Continue reading Monday Musing
Hi Pogue, Remember last Monday we talked about embracing your weird? Well today I’ve been listening to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, on the TV, five days before his first budget statement. And it was refreshing to listen to him because he told it as it is. We’ve some hard times ahead as a country and … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, Do you ever read something and ask yourself: “How does that woman think?” or “What’s gone on in his life that he can write that?” I find myself doing it more and more these days. In fact instead of considering that I’m increasing my knowledge I continually find myself realising how small my … Continue reading Monday Musings
Maybe…a moment from my craziness.
I believe music fills the universe. That the day and night are filled with rhythm but far too many are not aware and never hear it. And that is sad because if more heard and felt that which moves around us all the time, there would be less division, less strife. There would be harmony. … Continue reading Maybe…a moment from my craziness.
I Do Not Understand
There’s so much that I don’t understandThe more I thinkThe more I findThe world is a continuous question getting biggerThe mysteries of old were but a precursor to all that was to comeBut it wasn’t to comeIt was always thereWe didn’t know what we didn’t know Then there’s people whoare a mystery all of their … Continue reading I Do Not Understand
Dear Pogue, I wrote to you in the week about the creative process and suggested that inspiration came from outside rather than within. I questioned whether we had lost our way and turned to our own very limited ability to find creative impulse. So thinking about this and practicing the thought to test its veracity … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, I have spent much time with things spiritual and during that time I have come to recognise certain constants in the world. They are not things that people usually consider or even realise exist. I thought I’d like to share with you the things I have found over a series of short letters … Continue reading Law 1.One
Broaden Your Perspective.
Just a few thoughts to add to yesterdays letter: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.Mark Twain I don’t know … Continue reading Broaden Your Perspective.
I Can’t Be Trusted.
Pogue, Please don’t tell me your secrets or if you do, then when you put them back in the drawer don’t lock it anymore. I am just no good with secrets. I can’t keep secrets. It’s not that I find delight in telling others and making those hidden things public. Not at all. Not one … Continue reading I Can’t Be Trusted.
Only The Good Die Young
Someone has said “Only the good die young” and whilst I’m sure that death is no more partial to the good than it is to the not so good there have been moments when I have found myself wondering why a life has been cut short or finished in it’s prime. I found myself in … Continue reading Only The Good Die Young
Hey Pogue, Sitting here in Copenhagen Airport and whiling away the time until I fly I have been checking out my blog. I wrote another poem, my second which was inspired by a discovery I thought I’d made. Looking at people who had ‘liked me’ I came across someone who’s blog has posted a piece … Continue reading Monday Musings
Dear Pogue, Do you ever know a time when you need to go to a place that’s safe? Not so much a place that’s physically safe but rather a place that’s emotionally safe where no one is going to ask anything of you or put anything on you. In fairness, its usually a place of … Continue reading Monday Musings
Pogue, Monday again. Another week. What will it bring? I remain homeless whilst I await the completion of our apartment so I’m heading off to another bed in a different location and this time…it’s your spare bed! So next week it will be ConversationswithPogue, maybe. Anyway, room for a little craziness, if I may? It’s … Continue reading Monday Musings.
Dear Pogue, I like to write to you and other people. It allows me to give expression to my thoughts and to create something, something that occasionally, I hope, has meaning. I can explore ideas, coming at them from different directions. More than that, I can look towards the consequence of ideas, explore how you … Continue reading Monday Musings.
Hi Pogue, I’ve not sent you a photo before so here’s one I took last Friday. Magnificent silver birches trees. As I stood admiring these impressive albinos a friend said to me, “You could miss the wood for the trees” and that set me thinking. The saying has always made me think. Like, what does … Continue reading Monday Musings
Morning Pogue, So I went Christmas shopping and found myself standing in a bookshop which will come as no surprise. Now bookshops in Cambridge are large. Lots of books. Happy days. And where better to muse than in a bookshop surrounded by all that thought. All that latent wisdom whispering, "read me, read me", caressing … Continue reading Monday Musings
What I’ve been listening to…
Here we go Pogue, It’s Thursday and, well lets start the day with a quick trip around the world in the company of our good friend, Passenger. This will start the day in a really positive way and leave you with a smile on your face. Guaranteed. Today, for your pleasure, and only your pleasure, … Continue reading What I’ve been listening to…
It’s Monday, Pogue, And as befitting any good Monday here’s a thought to start you off. So 2020 has been a year unlike any other, right down to the Presidential elections last week. It’s been a year no one could have predicted, not even the best informed or brilliant mind. We’ve lived in ways we … Continue reading Monday Musing
The Hearts of People.
Dear Pogue, It was really good to see you last week and have the opportunity to sit and talk. I was interested in your concern with green issues, global warming, recycling and things related. Your passion was quite obvious and I became aware that, despite my lifestyle, which I consider relatively environmentally friendly, I’m not … Continue reading The Hearts of People.
Pogue, This is a bit of a departure from my normal musings. Forgive me. The Covid numbers in the city have started to rise which, coincidentally, coincides with the students returning to university. Now if you brought together a group of late teens who were away from home for the first prolonged period what do … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, In a previous letter I mentioned books that are on the shelf and I read more than once. Lost Horizon by James Hilton is such a book and I’m guessing I’ve read it several times over the years. The whole concept of a lost world which is both serene and comforting to those who … Continue reading Been Reading
Hey Pogue, I read a lot of fiction especially when I get into a series. I also read a lot of nonfiction across a wide range of subjects. So I’m going to leave you with some quotes from a book I massively enjoyed and found, opened my understanding. The book is Chasing The Scream: The … Continue reading Been Reading
Dear Pogue Know this. We all have a narrative that we tell ourselves. We elaborate on that narrative at times, and occasionally we will take from it, dependant on our situation, mood or needs. That narrative will determine how we live our life, how we deal with people and situations. But more than this it … Continue reading The Story
Pogue, This week determine to approach the world with an open mind. I think we all need to determine from time to time to open our minds because we establish beliefs, patterns we come to live by and fears of what we do not know. This week ask yourself why you believe the things you … Continue reading Monday Musing
State Your Truth
Morning Pogue, The Buddha told a story which goes roughly like this. A young man, having lost his wife, had been left to raise his son. He loved the boy very much. One day whilst away from the village bandits attacked and when he returned he found many dead and much of the village destroyed … Continue reading State Your Truth
Dear Pogue, How about I start your week with a quote from Eckhart Tolle? Sometimes letting go is a far greater power than defending or hanging on. There’s truth in this which we need to take time to think about. Often the concept of ‘letting go’ is not something that is our cultural norm. Now, … Continue reading Monday Musing
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