Pause

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves". - Mary Oliver, Wild Geese. Our society creates expectations to be productive. Even in a crisis... Continue Reading →

Becoming – a poem

They told me I should be the rock, Unyielding, hard and cold. But I longed for the sea, Caressing and inviting. They told me I should be the sun, Bright, shining with illumination. But I longed for the moon, Shifting and alchemical. They told me I should be the word, Logic, truth and power. But... Continue Reading →

Finding What Was Lost

On the day of my initiation into the Bardic Grove of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, my Grove's leader (not that he would call himself that) gifted me a brass oak leaf pendant to mark the start of my new Druid journey. On the cycle home from the ritual, I lost it. I... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Intentions

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them orselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first page is New Year's Day" - Edith Lovejoy Pierce. I hope you all had a restful and happy festive season, whatever you celebrate, and happy New Year to you... Continue Reading →

See You Next Year!

Blessings of the festive season to you, one and all, whatever you celebrate this time of year. I'm taking a proper break for once, so no blogging, no social media (well, ok, maybe sharing photos of the #HerbGerbs on Instagram as they open their Yule gifts), and more resting. I have lots of ideas for... Continue Reading →

Awaiting Autumn

It's hot. In fact, my part of the country has had record-breaking temperatures, including the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK...ever. On a broader scale, the world is on fire. Literally, there are fires raging from the Amazon to the Arctic. This is the new normal, this is climate change revealed, and it's scary... Continue Reading →

Ecce Homo – a poem

When you look at me, do you see a man? Do my rough shapes coagulate in mock virility? These limbs, this chest, these hands, these lips; Dissolve and fall apart, I cannot hold. We are mostly empty space - The gaps between the atoms, the void Between the stars, the catch of Breath Before the... Continue Reading →

The joy of gerbils

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will no doubt have seen many, many photos of my beloved gerbils, Basil and Sage (#HerbGerbs!). These small creatures are a big part of my life, as were Thor and Loki before them (the OGs -Original Gerbils). Why gerbils? More through chance than design in the first instance. My... Continue Reading →

The importance of joy

Joy is never meaningless. Yes, the world is messed up right now, you don't need me to tell you that. Look at the news for five minutes and you will see a litany of horrors, each worse than the last. In such a world, at such a time, how dare we seek joy in frivolous... Continue Reading →

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