Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to.

Pogue, A more recent oldie for you (does that even make sense?). I’ve been singing this in my head for a few days as I travel around. I’m on the road this week. I’ve sold my home. I’ve given away half my possessions and…life feels good and I‘m sitting here and really, really appreciating the … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to.

Monday Musings

Dear Pogue, I’ve been writing to you about simplifying life. About cleansing the space around and about us. Minimising. I’ve told you how, surprisingly, I’ve found a liberty I haven’t known for a long time as I unattached from possessions. Happy Days! Now this theme seems to have resonated with a number of others and … Continue reading Monday Musings

Monday Musing

Dear Pogue, Last Monday I wrote you about my forth coming move, how I’ve got rid of a lot of possessions and the fact that, to my surprise, I’m finding this sort of liberating. Well that letter has provoked a number of comments and, thankfully, they have all been positive😊 It appears that a lot … Continue reading Monday Musing

Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to

Pogue, This is to help you feel good in a hectic week. I follow a lady poet who has a site by the title That Gut Wrenching Poetry. She writes some good stuff. So this week she posted Rambles:Is This Love? And me, my mind went straight to this song. https://youtu.be/vmezIIrFQmY I know, an oldie. … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to

Monday Musings

Dear Pogue, My preparation to move home is progressing. As you are aware the decision has been taken to downsize considerably. I’m thinking that over the prolonged lockdown an awareness of how much space there is and what percentage was being used has been highlighted. This means that more than half the possessions will have … Continue reading Monday Musings

Sometimes You Have To Make The Magic

Dear Pogue, Sometimes all the magic there is is all the magic you make. Like, you’re responsible for how the world functions. Not necessarily the events because in life things can happen to us. You must have had occasions when you’ve just stopped and had to take a breath whilst thinking, “Didn’t see that one … Continue reading Sometimes You Have To Make The Magic

Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To

Pogue, I know we both like a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ve sat and watch all the films together. And the music, the music is so good! Well there’s one song from the first film that came up this week but with a very different interpretation. It immediately caught my attention and I … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To

Monday Musings.

Pogue, A new week starts. I’m back on a road trip…at last and, as the norm for road trips we started our day in a coffee shop, this time in Bamburgh. Yes I’m in Northumberland where I’ve never been and it’s only 260 miles from home but that’s a long way for an Englishman😎. So … Continue reading Monday Musings.

Go Deep Or Go Home (4)

Pogue, So have you decided to be mindful of what you say? I mean after our last letter. And whilst deciding to be mindful did you make note to examine your thoughts accepting that a thought is formed before ever a word is spoken. Yes I know some people will say “I just didn’t think” … Continue reading Go Deep Or Go Home (4)

Monday Musings.

Monday morning Pogue😊 Let’s do things in reverse and start by saying “Have a good one” which we usually finish with. There’s a minor rebellion just there. Good, got that out of the way. Here’s a trade secret. Before I blog I write my words in a note pad. I believe I’m part of a … Continue reading Monday Musings.

Go Deep Or Go Home (3)

Pogue, Let’s continue with ‘Go Deep Or Go Home’ and our examination of all that we are. I have a friend who will listen to a speaker and then shrug her shoulders and declare: “Well that was all froth”. Like, there was no content, just a lot of words. Or maybe there was a point … Continue reading Go Deep Or Go Home (3)

Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now

Pogue, Having written a Monday Musing off the back of a songs lyrics and a song that was being sung before you were even around to matter😳 I thought, you ought to at least have the opportunity to listen to the song. So, here is Robert Palmer singing Every Kinda People. Caring about other people, … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now

Monday Musings

Morning Pogue, There’s an old Robert Palmer song with a chorus of: Ooh it takes every kinda peopleTo make what life’s about, yeahEvery kinda peopleTo make the world go round And this forty years before we got to Black Lives Matter. Yes it does take “every kinda people” because life has the potential to be … Continue reading Monday Musings

Monday Musings

Dear Pogue, There’s a lot to be said for not much. More is less is so true don’t you think? When I last moved house, supposedly downsizing, so, so much went but I think I still have far too much. And the reason I know I have too much is that I find myself becoming … Continue reading Monday Musings

Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now

Pogue, Dropping through your letterbox this morning is a random song that I heard by two artists I like. However I was unaware they had recorded together until I stumbled across this last week. Bonus I’m thinking! I don’t know that you’ll be aware of either artist. Sometimes being young isn’t all good😌 or all … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now

Go deep or go home(1)

Pogue, Try this. Go deep or go home. What are your thoughts on that one? Think, we've had 'go big or go home' and as I cast my gaze around I'm thinking that was a success but, as you know, no judgement here. I looked at myself in the mirror once and, hey, definitely no … Continue reading Go deep or go home(1)

Monday Musings

Morning Pogue, Your post person has just delivered you more wisdom. I hope you appreciate it? I have some money invested in the hope that it will secure some of my future. I use a financial adviser who I’ve used for sometime and have built up trust over that period. There seems to be integrity … Continue reading Monday Musings

Time, the first time around

Dearest Pogue, I have been reading, which will be no surprise to you , a book by Carlo Rovelli, a series of essays on differing subjects, the main one being science. After all, he is a theoretical physicist . So I am more knowledgeable about Black Holes and Gravitational Waves. But he is an interesting … Continue reading Time, the first time around

Thought on Thursday.

Pogue, I like the teachings of Thich Nat Hanh as you will know from the quote at the top of every blog page. The tag line I think it’s called. And as I have continue reading text on love and musing about the same I have happened on this teaching. When we feed and support … Continue reading Thought on Thursday.

Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to…Because I Rode

Hey Pogue, So you read the letter, the Musing, I sent you yesterday? The pain I had endured with a smile, a coffee, a KitKat and a conversation? Well I’m back! BMW delivered my machine back to me, like shiney new. And the sun broke out yesterday afternoon. And I rode. Deep Joy🤩. And while … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to…Because I Rode

Monday Musings

Well Pogue, We had a conversation this week and I’m thinking we concluded that most people really don’t have much to offer. Does that sound a little harsh? Ok, so this is how I got there. We observed a situation where a number of people were offering, no, insisting on stating their opinions and had … Continue reading Monday Musings

Monday Musings

Pogue, Here’s a musing to take into the week for you. Is being kind more important than being truthful? I found myself in a discussion with a person who was adamant that the truth always comes first and this troubled me because there are occasions when insisting on the truth does not improve the situation … Continue reading Monday Musings

The Hardest Love?

Dear Pogue, How are things? Life good? Have you noticed that in our recent correspondence on matters of love that we’ve mentioned the importance of self love more than once? Indeed, this is a requirement of biblical importance with Jesus himself instructing that you should “love your neighbor as yourself”. “The ultimate care for self … Continue reading The Hardest Love?

Love, set it free.

Dear Pogue, Love? Nowhere do we find more said on the subject of love than in contemporary music. It seems every other song that appears wants to tell about love of one sort or another. Amongst these are some deep insights and profound thinking, none more so than Sting’s utterance: If you love someone, set … Continue reading Love, set it free.

Who Is Normal Man?

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?

Been Reading

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

Monday Musings

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

Right Thought…a new Law?

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?