There’s a part of me I almost always hold back. Not consciously but by default.
We grip a New Year’s Eve sparkler and hope it will light the year ahead.
‘I love you and you and you and you and me and you and you and me and you and you!’ Pointing at four of my grandchildren in turn and occasionally at myself for comic relief – it was a fun game with a happy message. ‘Funny Pa Pa, you love yourself?!’ said the oldest […]
For nine months of my life I walked this tunnel twice a day and sometimes I wrote down the snippets of conversation as a kind of random urban poem. I decided to do it tonight for old time’s sake. And something unexpected happened at the end. Two male office workers, in Friday casual: ‘Yeah yeah […]
After community breakfast yesterday I visited the home of a friend, clambered over belongings 60cm deep and took in his joy at his painting on the wall. Earlier he had arrived late for breakfast but we unpacked again so we could chat while he munched on a large bowl of cereal. We prayed for his […]
CS Lewis writes of our generous ability to find excuses for our own bad behaviour but our stubborn inability to accept those excuses in another. (Presupposing you accept the existence of something so old fashioned as the idea of bad behaviour…) He continues that even if there is reasonable excuse for a harmful or hurtful […]
Sydney inner west suburb Camperdown has been named among Australia’s most hipster suburbs, according to an article in Domain. I know Camperdown exceedingly well and spend time with people who are invisble to hipster wealth and ideals. Domain refers to Wikipedia for a definition of hipster: “[Hipsters are] broadly associated with indie and alternative music, […]
Don’t lose heart and don’t lose vision! Run your race with perseverance and keep your eyes on the most important things, that are already yours, that money can’t buy: Serving God, strengthening your family, building character, being honourable and generous, finding wisdom, rejecting despair and self-pity, enjoying the little things of life, working hard, always […]
A young professional joined in our breakfast and told of some recent spiritual seeking. Eve: ‘I spent the week at a temple learning some Buddhist meditation.’ Me: ‘Are you Buddhist?’ Eve: ‘No!’ She seems incredulous I would draw that conclusion. Eve: ‘As someone has said, being spiritual is a good start.’ I busily serve food […]