Pogue, I sending you a second song this week. Two songs in a week! This one forced itself on me. Let me explain. I went out walking. Literally five minutes from my front door and I have this... And this… Plus this… Then a song started playing in my head as I counted my blessings. … Continue reading Songs To Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now
Pogue, I’ve returned to last weeks Musing when writing you this letter. We talked about energy, positive and negative, and the way we’re affected by it. This had left me thinking about this throughout the week. Obviously I wish to live in a place of good and positive energy. I mean, who doesn’t? And at … Continue reading Monday Musing
Morning Pogue, I went to London yesterday to see the Titanic exhibition. It was a good exhibition filled with detail of the doomed ship, the crew and passengers and particularly the events of that fateful night when it sunk. Many pictures to enable a feeling of what the whole event was like and a continuous … Continue reading Monday Musing
I asked you where the birds went We wondered but we didn’t knowOur enquiry was honest Our interest keen But now a darker question begins to formWhere did the Jews go?Throughout histories darker hoursHere one day and gone the next Then the Tutsi?that Rwandan people Slipped from view While the world noticed not As did … Continue reading Where Do The Birds Go (The Bigger Question)?
Have you ever seen a dead birdLaying on the ground? The trees sing outWith birdsong sweetThe skies are speckled byBirds in flight Flocks gather in the fieldsAnd feast on the cornSeagulls gather on the shoreOr cluster around the fishing boats In city gardensOn wooded hillsIn the summer heatAnd the winters freeze Birds are a backdropTo … Continue reading Where Do The Birds Go?
Pogue, I came across this the other day while reading around. It fits so well with a recent letter I’ve written to you. Better than I initially realised. Written by Rebecca Elson, sharing a view that I’ve suggested towards death, that we are only passing on and shedding our bodies to go to better things … Continue reading Antidotes To Fear Of Death
Pogue, The very first person we referenced in our letters was D.H.Lawrence. Here’s a very short poem by the same which makes a profound statement and makes me wonder at men’s self indulgence. I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a boughwithout ever having felt … Continue reading Monday Musing
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
I have continued my walking in the countryside because, well, it feels good. Even on the day the wind blows and the rain falls over the hills it remains good. It is uncomplicated and easy to become immersed in. So much a world apart from the way life normally plays out. It’s not demanding but … Continue reading Pogue,
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
Pogue, Good Morning. I think we both would agree that the world is changing and doing so at a pace. Most change is part of an evolution, all be it ever quickening, but occasionally we get side swiped as with the pandemic. There are things that we just don’t see coming. But which ever way … Continue reading Monday Musing
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
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
Pogue, I came across this and offer it to you for your Monday Musing. I say “Namaste” because I like what it means, not because I’m a Hindu... A lot of people think I’m a Christian because I talk about Christian values, but the truth is I am really talking about Human Values... I’ve been … Continue reading Monday Musings
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
Dear Pogue, So, here’s picking up where we left off in our last letter. I did warn you that I was already thinking even before I signed off. As a recap let me grab that quote I used by Shakier Orgunwall: We are living in a time of global warming and human coldness. That, succinctly … Continue reading There’s a Spiritual Solution
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.
Dear Pogue, We love a good film don’t we? Like a good book a good film can be visited over and over don’t you agree? One of those is The Last Samurai. Now there’s a scene in the film where Ken Watanabe, playing Katsumoto, the leader of the Samurai and Tom Cruise, playing Captain Nathan … Continue reading The perfect blossom is a rare thing.
Pogue, I finally replaced my sports headset. It was beyond saving being held together with tape🥺 So, mindful of how much use I got from my previous headset I was not precious about spending a little more money and getting a really nice pair of ear buds. My one concern was, I would get them … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, I was thinking how much I had just enjoyed riding my motorbike in the sunshine. I rode through miles of countryside and even saw a kite hovering above the road. As I reflected I said to myself: “This is Soul Food”, which may have been an expression that I had just invented, but … Continue reading Soul Food
Dear Pogue, Yesterday the sun shone and I laid on my back, in the long grass, in the country park. I was in a world of my own, which is the very best of places, believe me, when some distance above me a red kite moved into my line of vision. Maybe a 100 metres … Continue reading The Red Kite
Dear Pogue, You remember that letter I recently sent you on heroes and antiheroes? I trust you read it? Well here’s a thing, our letter once again found its way to other people and one of those people was sufficiently absorbed by the contents to actually write back. Surprised? I was. The correspondent was a … Continue reading Wabi-Sabi
Dear Pogue, I am currently sitting in the quiet of the house just waiting for my mind and emotions to come to rest. The last three days have been chaotic, a little uncertain and tiring. I have travelled half way around the world to be home with a certain amount of uncertainty over actually achieving … Continue reading 3am in the morning.
Dear Pogue, Lesson from our travels. It’s actually really nice to be off the grid for a while. To actually let that compulsion to be checking messages go. I noticed that some people get a bit twitchy when suddenly there’s no signal but, boy, isn’t there a lot of space when that happens? Isn’t there … Continue reading Wot, no WiFi!
Dear Pogue, I thought I’d like to return to the ‘Revolution’ after the last few letters. Stoke the fires if you like. Keep it alive. Are you ready? Ok, take your seats, baseball cap on backwards, sunglasses in position. Off we go. It has been said that God wrote only two books, which is a … Continue reading Here’s a good thing.
Dear Pogue, Are you OK? I haven't written for a while as I have been travelling. Travelling sort of messes with my head and crashes my routine, especially when there's a time difference. When I am not writing I initially don't concern myself. Then, as time passes, concern begins to creep up and eventually a … Continue reading The Articulate Silence
Dear Pogue, Let me tell you about a lady I am getting to like. Let me qualify that statement unless you get the wrong idea. Her name is Brooke Hampton and she appears in several paces on the web including her on web site, Barefoot Five. She's on Instagram but I came across her on … Continue reading Through the wardrobe.