Pogue, You have just moved to new house. A new home. I've moved out of my house, and am pausing for a month or two and then moving into a new house. New home. So I'm out shopping yesterday evening as I have a wedding this coming weekend and had thrown out all formal shirts … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to
Pogue, Well we talked James Taylor in our Monday Musings. So here Fire and Rain which really is one of the all time great songs. That’s official, at least on Letters To Pogue😎 This was written, well, before you were born so I suppose I can forgive you for not knowing it, but, hey, you … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to
Pogue, New artist, at least for me, probably not for you🤔 So I heard this song while enjoying some Chinese food with friends (and a cheeky beer😳). And I had to share it. Not much else to say. So here is Rictor with You and Me and Somehow. https://youtu.be/hizS3hqZ-qk I hope you really enjoy this. … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening to
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, 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.
Hey Pogue Saw this and, well, as said, ‘No judgement here’ and that feels 😊. Sometimes other people say it so well.
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, This is a very indulgent letter. I received an email from a lady who had chosen to share a moment of vulnerability with me. I was humbled that someone who is just a few steps beyond being a stranger should chose me to share something that, despite the context, was precious. I thanked her, … Continue reading 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
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
Pogue, Do you ever say “I haven’t got the time”? I have this app on my phone 📲 that will view a piece of text in a foreign language and offer up a translation. Great for menu’s when traveling. I don’t get unpleasant surprises any more when the plate arrives. That aside I’m suspecting that … Continue reading Monday Musings
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❤️
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
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💓
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
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…
Pogue, When God wore short trousers there was this song 🎵 🎶 Me, I was a wisp of a lad. But anyway, the song was by Sutherland Brothers and Quiver who recorded several albums and, as bands do, disappeared. And, here I am trying to occasionally bring you music you haven’t heard. I think I … Continue reading Songs to Pogue…What I’m Listening To Now.
Dear Pogue, I think one of the things in life that I find hard is trusting people. I am sure that this trait has been preceded by a lot of life experiences on all levels. I don’t trust easily. So when I tell you that ‘I trust You’, please don’t make me regret it.Anon I … Continue reading I don’t want your silver.
Dear Pogue, How about I start your week with a quote from Eckhart Tolle? Sometimes letting go is a far greater power than defending or hanging on. There’s truth in this which we need to take time to think about. Often the concept of ‘letting go’ is not something that is our cultural norm. Now, … Continue reading Monday Musing