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
Dear Pogue, First, if you’re in a hurry or short on time, don’t start this letter. It’s long. I got started and the conversation I was having with myself expanded. It needed to as I was looking for answers. There, you’re on notice. So…. Are you able to stand off and observe yourself? Become the … Continue reading Mental Health, My Mental Health.
Well Pogue, 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; So the well known poem goes and next time I muse, Christmas will have passed…and I’m already wishing it was all over! This year in particular is proving extremely wearisome with Covid being mixed with … Continue reading Monday Musing
Dear Pogue, Do you ever know a time when you need to go to a place that’s safe? Not so much a place that’s physically safe but rather a place that’s emotionally safe where no one is going to ask anything of you or put anything on you. In fairness, its usually a place of … Continue reading Monday Musings
Pogue, Monday again. Another week. What will it bring? I remain homeless whilst I await the completion of our apartment so I’m heading off to another bed in a different location and this time…it’s your spare bed! So next week it will be ConversationswithPogue, maybe. Anyway, room for a little craziness, if I may? It’s … Continue reading Monday Musings.
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, I’m interrupting my Go Deep Or Go Home Series as the other night I found myself laying awake praying and doing so with focus. For a guy who likes his sleep this was beyond unusual. I had even gone to bed tired and then transgressed one of my golden rules. I opened an email … Continue reading Prayer, I still don’t understand (1)
What's up, Pogue, Well, here some craziness that's been running around my head. As Gordon Lightfoot once wrote: If you could read my mind loveWhat a tale the thoughts would tellIf you could read my mind It's the letter I wrote you last week concerning Time. It really got me thinking. In fact, when I … Continue reading The human experience
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, The last letter I sent you, I don’t understand how other people got to read it. Was it sealed when it arrived? Putting this mystery aside, some of those who read it said nice things so I guess, all in all, we got a win (someone even suggested there’s a book in all … Continue reading Get a real job.
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.
Dear Pogue, Sometimes it's the smallest things that matter, that make a difference. A smile from someone we vaguely know that makes us feel welcome. "Thank you" , said with sincerity whilst being looked in the eye tells us that the effort was all worth it. Or a cup of well made coffee on an … Continue reading Does it make you smile?