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
Pogue, Here’s a song that was on my first playlist when I started snowboarding. I still like it but...COVID...I haven’t snowboard in over a year as I haven’t been able to travel. Such is life🥺 Roll on normality. But this week I have listen to Joss Stone singing Super Duper Love. I chosen a version … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now
Hi Pogue, I have never reblogged someone else’s post before but I want to indulge you in a poem that I think is just really good. It’s so good that I’ve sat and copied it into a letter that you’re now reading🤗 One to stick on your fridge with some of those wise sayings you … Continue reading Just Because I like it…
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?
Pogue, Continuing our ‘love’ theme I am about to have a moment of complete self indulgence, which really are the best kind of moments, are we not agreed? A few years ago (actually “a few years” plus a few more but...who’s counting?) I went to an open air concert to see the Rolling Stones. It … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now❤️
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.
Well Pogue, You got yesterday’s letter? You read the poem? You feel...well I won’t ask that question 😎 But I will bring you a song in keeping with the poem and helping roll the mood into the weekend. Here’s a track from the Van Morrison album , Days Like These, which like the poem is … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now❤️
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
Pogue, Following on from yesterdays musing I wanted to say: Sometimes you can be totally right in what you know and be totally wrong when you say it.Wic Yesterday there was a comment: What is the intention of telling the truth? If it is not to be kind, then keep the mouth shut.Irglow I guess … Continue reading So Here’s A Thought…
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?
Hiya Pogue, I thought I needed to drop you a short note to assure you I am still here. This weeks been crazy busy and it’s not that I couldn’t find time to write, I’ve just been writing other stuff😳 But here I am, with Saturday off, a large coffee, some great music and my … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now💓
Dear Pogue, My reading, like this study of Love that we've started, has led my mind into distant places and dusty, cobweb immeshed corners. In my thoughts I'm opening hidden doors down secluded passageways and watching lingering sunsets in a way I don't think I’ve done before. And I'm filling my notebook with all sorts … Continue reading Monday Musings
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.
Hey Pogue, Here’s a love song to curl up and listen to quietly with the lights turned down low. As we explore love and what it’s all about this song brings out some of the mismatch and wrong motivation I’m thinking. A love failing perhaps. But a beautiful haunting song that, I hope, will touch … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now💓
Pogue, A musing continuing the theme of love💕 Last week I set out for a walk on a sunny morning. Despite the sunshine the temperature was near zero but that gave the day a freshness that was embracing. Because I often chose a world of solitude I walked away from town and into the countryside. … Continue reading Monday Musings
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
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
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!
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
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
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
Pogue, Only 12 days to Christmas and the town is looking festive despite Covid. Seems people are making an effort to be cheerful in the face of the year just gone. So, wherever I go I'm hearing Christmas music. The old favorites which come around every December and a few new offerings. Now there's a … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.