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Words will win

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Words will win

I wrote this on 26 January 2015 for one of the poets who competed yesterday, inspiring me anew to take up my ‘pen’ last night after what has been something of a draught – a time when I wrote many words to people who matter, to whom they seemed to make little difference, instead of to myself as I have done since I was old enough to string together a coherent sentence. At a time when I have been feeling as though my words have so little effect, he helped me to remember that whether one heart hears you, or a thousand, it makes...

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Every man’s seeing eye dog

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Every man’s seeing eye dog

I know I run the risk of generalising today, but I will take that risk to illustrate a point. I have been taking public transport for many years – since I was a student in fact, nearly 14 years just about. And I have observed a fair share of the blind (or visually impaired, for the politically correct) on trains, train stations, at bus stations. And I know, yes, they are just people too, sometimes they have a bad day or they have their little vices and gnawing flaws in their personalities, just like those who can see. But again today,...

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From the earth to the moon

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From the earth to the moon

It never ceases to amaze me how the idea of space travel captures the imagination. We are confronted all around us, every day, by our mortality and the entropy of our world, and everything we love, and the inexorable atrophy that goes hand in hand with our physical existence. Yet the idea of infinity – largess so inconceivable – and the unfathomable vastness around us inspires every sphere of science, invention, exploration, ambition, art and entertainment. It is the perfect metaphor for infinite expansion, personal growth and the...

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The Art of Possibility

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The Art of Possibility

Finding myself in a space where I urgently needed to work on recovery (Did I really feel so sorry for myself as I did in my post of 2 October? That was a pitiful “Jammer Jannie” moment, as my great teacher would say), I reached out for anything and everything to inspire me and help me through this ‘dark night of the soul’, if you will… cut myself off from the things I would normally do to relax, stopped feeling guilty about feeling guilty about the hurt, nursed a torn intercostal muscle with some outstanding...

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let us live to wear stars

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let us live to wear stars

“And Locaha [the god of death] said: I am a part of you, as are all things. So I say to you, Give me the mortal world and make your better. I will rule here fairly. When a human dies, I will send them to be a dolphin until it is time for them to be born again. But when I find a creature who has striven, who has become more than the mud from which they were made, who has glorified this mean world by being part of it, then I will open a door for them into your perfect world and they will no longer be creatures of time, for they will wear...

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The world outside myself

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The world outside myself

One of the books I devoured during my recent reading frenzy was American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It was outstanding!  And though I don’t use Twitter much to contribute to the global conversation, it is a useful listening tool. In the deluge of voices, there are a few I actively look out for. Neil Gaiman is one of them. And after being so recently impressed again by his writing, what he wrote about his trip to Jordan the past week, completely blew me away again (moving me in a different way but a similar intensity as when I first wrote...

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Personal overhaul 101

Posted by on 9:55 pm in Current events, Inspiration | 0 comments

Personal overhaul 101

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 We have good ideas and good intentions sometimes that are contrary to the path we are meant to take, a path we sometimes stubbornly refuse. And free will gives us the ability to make that choice, but how much greater our peace when our feet are on the right track, our faces pointed towards the light, than to choose a path of rebellion? I learned something very important about myself in the past week – a week that went from a day in...

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For Jamie…

Posted by on 7:38 pm in Current events, Inspiration | 0 comments

For Jamie…

Image: The Phoenix Nebula by Greg Martin   Friday 28 March 2014 @ 23:31 For Jamie – raw, off-the-cuff and unedited, the way you like it. I feel like you have already enriched my life beyond measure – by affirming that my words matter, seeing me for who I am and sharing who you are so freely and openly. I realise that this is how you are, with everyone, and that makes you far more than medium-rare :-) It must seem strange to you that I can form such an attachment so easily, but to hear my own words echoed in yours, to see our...

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Becoming a real girl…

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Becoming a real girl…

I think everyone wants to be adored, even the stubborn, independent souls thirst for it in the secret pockets of their hearts. I didn’t grow up with great examples of marital bliss, but I will always remember how fondly my great teacher speaks of his parents, blue collar workers, and yet at the end of a long day his dad would sit his mom down and wash her feet, a wordless act of the deepest respect, devotion and affection, and an image that has stayed with me for the past 15 years. Tenderness sometimes comes to us from the most...

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The summer of love

Posted by on 7:40 pm in Current events, Inspiration, My Story & Ideas | 0 comments

The summer of love

Yeah… this post is not about what the title suggests. I wanted to still add pictures, but as it is, with everything going on, it took me weeks to write, so pictures would take even longer. Maybe I’ll still get to that. I started writing this piece 3 weeks ago. I was suffering with a fibromyalgia flare after months of relative comfort (I.e. pain levels were under control, predictable and not too severe). When it then hits you out of the blue, you have to work hard to control your mind most of all and manage it as best you can. With a...

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