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

Monday Musings

Morning Pogue, There’s this friend of mine who has a dog. Big dog. “So?” you ask. Well my friend noticed a group of children playing with the dog from the other side of the garden fence. The dog was getting excited so he went into the garden to speak with the children and told them, … 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)

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

Go Deep Or Go Home (2)

Pogue, Having consumed the great piece of wisdom I sent you last week, ‘Go Deep Or Go Home (1)’, I must ask you, have you managed to slow down and are you taking life more deliberately? Are you taking the time to think things through, even (especially) the things you do day in and day … Continue reading Go Deep Or Go Home (2)

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

Pogue, You know that it's said that you never get to appreciate something until it's gone. Yeah? Well I want to reassure you that this is so true and its been the source of my musing for the last few days. Like something that is fundamental that, over time, finds its way to the bottom … Continue reading Monday Musings

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

Is it right or is it left?

Dear Pogue, I woke this morning with a writing head on! You know that one? When there are so many thoughts spinning around and knowing where to start is an issue in itself. Plus, despite my best intentions I am not very disciplined and often, having the very best ideas, fail to write them down … Continue reading Is it right or is it left?

Monday Musings

Morning Pogue, There’s a story told about the artist Picasso. Apparently one day whilst having coffee at a cafe he took out his pen and doodled on a napkin. This he did for a few minutes and then, he finished his coffee and made to leave. He was about to throw away the napkin with … 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?

Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.

Hey, Pogue, What's up? Yesterday I wrote to you about everyone needing a Little Red Corvette in their lives. A little unusual that will stand out in a world of predominantly grey cars. So, having written that I had to go and play this song, headphones on, strutting around the kitchen like Prince. Today, I … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…what I’m listening to now.

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?

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

The Observer

Dear Pogue, Here are some thoughts that have been prompted by reading the book I mentioned in the last "Been Reading". I was not very far into it, not very far at all, when I realized that there were two processes going on. I was enjoying the unfolding of the plot and the development of … Continue reading The Observer

Monday Musings

So here's a question Pogue. Who is Normal Man? I had a friend when I was in school who, at the time Superman was having some popularity and tee-shirts with the iconic 'S' were being worn, made a tee-shirt with a large 'N' in place of the 'S'. Under the 'N' he printed 'Who is … 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?

Monday Musings

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

A Christmas Letter

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

Monday Musings

Hey Pogue, It's Monday morning. So, humour me while I take you back a few years. It's to something that you probably have no interest in. It's to a football match, a Champions League Cup Final way back in 2005, between AC Milan and Liverpool. Hang on in there with me, I know you are … Continue reading Monday Musings

How Many Hearts?

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?

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

Monday Musings

Hey Pogue, Another Monday, a little more wisdom. I was talking to a friend about life. We talked about what the future held and I found myself thinking back to the time we built the house. Many years dreaming and planning. Three years in the build. Then people said it was wonderful. They wished they … Continue reading Monday Musings

The perfect blossom is a rare thing.

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.

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

You’re Better Than That

Dear Pogue, Have you ever been in a situation and found yourself thinking, “You’re better than that”? Maybe about someone else, maybe about yourself? Think about it for a moment. It can be a surprisingly powerful thing to say, simple as it is. Some would tell you “That was no good” or “That was hopeless” … Continue reading You’re Better Than That

Monday Musings

Good week Pogue, That’s sort of a longer version of Good Day. In case we don’t connect again this week. I watch people, as you know. Nothing stranger than people. I regularly come across people who want to tell you they have lived so many years. Any number of years will do. I look at … Continue reading Monday Musings

Monday Musings

Pogue, Do you know that we are all story tellers? Yes, everyday. We all have a story in our heads about ourselves and we have the right to write it. Others will, throughout our lives, strive to write the story for us, to fill the book with their words. And you, you have to not … Continue reading Monday Musings