Fresh sight from the quiet edge


Following yesterday’s post, What does this time ask of me? I recalled a phrase I was drawn to a while ago: fresh sight from the quiet edge. So I carried it with me while walking across the hillside after feeding the alpacas. Expecting to see something… FINDINGS AT THE QUIET EDGE At the quiet edge,away … Read more

This is the way of life


This is Jac. I was trying to photograph those beautiful morning-sun-lit trees in the background. But Jac wanted to be in the frame. We all have Jacs. And sometimes, it’s us who assume centre stage. This is the way of life, and we have the opportunity to discern the difference between ego and calling. Because … Read more

Having fresh eyes to see


We think we see reality when perhaps we only observe what we expect. And the stories we tell ourselves become amplified, and our role in them is firm and secure. Until they aren’t, and the world is no longer what we thought. Yet we have this opportunity to see with fresh eyes. If we are … Read more

In the place of bright sadness


‘Bright sadness’ is the term that Eastern Orthodox Christians use to describe the current season of Lent. This year, the phrase is incredibly evocative. And as I’ve been pondering on this place’s calling, I cannot divorce it from what is happening in Ukraine. Because places, while distinct, are connected. My place, here in the valley, … Read more

Hearing again the deep call of place


it is a serious thing just to be aliveon this fresh morningin the broken world + Mary Oliver, from Invitation, in A Thousand Mornings I am feeling the tug of place again. To understand what it means to be here, now, and fulfil that calling. So I go back to Thomas Merton’s words: Humans have … Read more

Beauty as a human calling


This week the On Being podcast re-aired one of the last interviews recorded with the Irish poet, theologian and philosopher, John O’Donohue, just before his unexpected death in 2008. The whole episode is a gift of beautiful words that will feed your mind and soul. To whet your appetite, here is a taster: “Beauty isn’t … Read more