*45* poetry Monday

A spoken poem today… because it’s amazing, and kind of topical… and performance poetry doesn’t pull any punches. ‘Mathematics’ by Holly McNish

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*44* music Friday

Something a little different… a little bit poetry, a little bit music… I was introduced to Kate Tempest during a lecture this week on poetry slams and music poetry… enlightening and inspiring… Kate Tempest is an English spoken word performer, poet, recording artist, novelist and playwright. In 2013, she won the Ted Hughes Award for her work Brand […]

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*43* 48 years of books (1974)

If Beale Street Could talk (by James Baldwin) yes I’m still plowing along with my challenge, although to be fair I’ve been slightly sidetracked by all the other reading I have to do/want to do… Why did nobody ever told me about James Baldwin before?? I really dislike movie cover tie-ins for books. REALLY DISLIKE […]

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*42* poetry Monday

Where did the handsome beloved go (by Jalal Al-Din Rumi) Where did the handsome beloved go?I wonder, where did that tall, shapely cypress tree go? He spread his light among us like a candle.Where did he go? So strange, where did he go without me? All day long my heart trembles like a leaf.All alone […]

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*41* musings

I originally started this post moaning about being in a kind of funk. Too many thoughts. Never a good thing. And then I thought, no. Funk, schmunk…. it hasn’t been a bad week despite being without dishwasher till tomorrow (god, I hate washing dishes by hand)… and the dog vomiting her dinner on my white […]

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*40* poetry Monday

My new favourite poem: Today by Mary Oliver Today I’m flying low and I’mnot saying a wordI’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must,the bees in the garden rumbling a little,the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.And so forth. But I’m taking the day off.Quiet as a feather.I […]

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*39* music Friday

International Women’s day. March 8th. Its story is fascinating, and I suggest you read it here. The UN began celebrating the International Day in 1975, which was designated International Women’s Year. Over the decades it has morphed from recognizing the achievements of women to becoming a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation, […]

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*38* wellbeing

Do you use make up? I do… not much, but I do, just enough to stop people from saying I look ill or tired or both, which is something they do when I don’t. THE biggest palaver however, is removing the stuff… when I go to bed… I want to go to bed… right? I’m […]

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*37* Eve of Man

You know how sometimes you need comfort food? The cheese on toast after days of healthy salads and balanced meals… the chocolate cake after days of fruit salad… That’s how my brain felt. I’ve been feeding it so many gorgeous theories and thoughts, we’ve been training hard my brain and I and it’s been exhilarating […]

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*36* poetry Monday

Yesterday it was all hands on deck to finish Mr M’s new office. What a ridiculously amazing place… Work Poem (by Henry Van Dyke) Let me but do my work from day to day,In field or forest, at the desk or loom,In roaring market-place or tranquil room;Let me but find it in my heart to […]

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