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
Dear Pogue, A singer writes a killer song and wherever he goes the crowd scream “Play…” The singer gets to enjoy the knowledge that they’ve done something good, over and over. But a painter paints a picture and that’s it. No one saw Van Gogh on the street or in his studio and said, “Hey, … Continue reading A Christmas Letter
There’s a crow on the fenceAnd she’s watching meWatching me And I know she knows more than I doBecause she’s been here a hundred yearsA thousand yearsLong before I sat downShe wonders at the futility of my lifeThe strugglesThe effortThe hopesThe dreams She wonders at all men and womenAnd the way they liveNever accepting the … Continue reading The Crow
Dear Pogue, They lied to me! They did, they did! And it was subtle and clever because it started early and I was too innocent to be aware. But the lid came off last week and now I know. It happened like this. I had left a shop and was walking behind a child and … Continue reading Monday Musing
Pogue, There’s been a lot of focus on environmental issues in the last couple of weeks, what with the world leaders meeting to discuss the issues. But for me it’s all a lot simpler. You treat what you have with respect, be that a relationship, a possession or the world about you. Is that such … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m listening to now
Well Pogue, I’m beginning to think that I’ve discovered my superpower! I’m assuming that these youthful good looks don’t count as a superpower? No? I thought not. Shame. You have to try. Anyway, my superpower? I lead people astray. I can do it with ease and often they don’t even know it’s happening. So, am … Continue reading I am the…Devil?
Morning Pogue, Tell me, was it Thoreau who wrote: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front the essential facts of life”? I think it was, and today I went to the woods to immerse myself in nature, to wander without destination through the trees and to receive counsel from … Continue reading Monday Musings
Dear Pogue, The Gods of the Railway Crossing have turned against me! I know not what I’ve done. But yesterday morning their blessing was removed. However I have determined to rise above superstition and live free. So as an act of defiance I had a good day anyway and created my own blessings. And breakfast … Continue reading How Fickle Are The Gods
Dear Pogue, I wrote you last week and sent you a song that I heard while sitting in my favourite coffee house. I go there often and take friends because the coffee is way good and you want to give your friends good things, right? Now, when I go there I play a game because … Continue reading The Gods of the Railway Crossing.
Pogue, There’s a word, a concept, that is largely lost in todays world. In fact, you probably won’t even use the word unless you’re a lawyer. The word is covenant, a covenant being a contract, a binding pledge between two parties. As said, whilst in our day it is a term largely used by legal … Continue reading Prayer, I still don’t understand (3)
Pogue, We've been having a series of rather spiritually slanted letters, what with "Go deep or go home" and "Prayer, I still don't understand". So I have been listening to some music in keeping with the mood. I'm also half way through "Rememberings", Sinead O'Connor's autobiography and as a result I thought I ought to … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To
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)
Dear Pogue, My thoughts on prayer rattle on as I attempt to find some sense in the practice. I am trying to put aside much of what I've learnt up to this point and approach prayer with a blank sheet in front of me. My issue is that so much of what I have learnt … Continue reading Prayer, I still don’t understand (2)
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)
Pogue, This song got a large mention in the letter I sent you this week. It was a driving force behind the direction of the whole blog. It encapsulates the spirit of the blog. It’s also one of the most viewed videos I have ever sent you. https://youtu.be/e3-5YC_oHjE Enjoy the song and embrace the journey. … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now
Hey Pogue, Well my letters to you keep getting out and, BOOM, out of the ether came an email from a stranger who had some interesting observations, asked some probing questions which opened the doors to musing and contemplation but, most importantly, is a restless soul who, like me, has still not found what they’re … Continue reading Begin and Continue
Pogue, Do you remember a letter where I refers to the Rabbi Hillel? No? Then let me remind you. A potential convert came to the Rabbi and said that if the Rabbi could teach him the Law and the Prophets, a massive volume of work, while the potential convert stood on one leg he would … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, I told you recently that I had read Carlo Rovelli’s There are places in the world where rules are less important than kindness. When I bought it I was unaware of the author. I mean, an Italian quantum physicist! I know you think I can be random but even I do miss some … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, Recently we received a text from someone, a person with religious inclinations, announcing that a new chapter of their life was about to begin and God would be blessing them along the way because, well, God had planned this new chapter. I baulk at this sort of conversation because I just can't believe … Continue reading Sometimes it’s just a good thing.
Dear Pogue, You know our letters manage to find their way to other people and they read them which really is rude! Where have manners gone I ask myself? Well, that aside, one of the letters found its way to a lady in America (yes, I know. Unbelievable) and she wrote to me asking a … Continue reading Monday Musings
Dear Pogue, You'll know almost immediately which verses I'm talking about if I said in the Bible there is a chapter that has a section that may well be the most read section in the Bible. Remember our current theme is "love". Got it? Would it help if I was to add it is written … Continue reading Love Overused?
OK Pogue? It’s Monday and another Musing drops through your letter box. I’ve been sitting on this one because...well you’re all medical and will ask lots of questions but here are all the answers you’re getting😎 I had a medical moment. A worry. So here is the timetable. I became concerned on a Monday afternoon. … Continue reading Monday Musings.
Dear Pogue, So here’s a thing. Right smack in the middle of the Bible is a book that gets very little press. In fact, it may even be an embarrassment to some. Why so? Because right there in the centre of the Bible is an erotic love song. The lover calls to the beloved. It’s … Continue reading An Erotic Love Song
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
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…
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
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?
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
Pogue, Princeton University runs a Global Consciousness Project and has done so for some years. The original objective was to ascertain whether, and to what extent, human consciousness can act in unison). That your consciousness and my consciousness are not our own but part of something bigger, something that extends over the world and possibly … Continue reading How Many Hearts?
Dear Pogue, Well you came out from under the covers for the last post and responded with four questions! Pogue was in the House! On its own each question could fuel a book I'm thinking but lets give them a try here and now. Be rude not to, are we agreed? Let's start by reminding … Continue reading Affairs Of The Heart