Mushrooms

Mushrooms, by Sylvia Plath, is my poem of the month. Do you want to know what it’s about? One person says it’s about mushrooms. The beauty of poetry is its surplus of meaning. Poems mean a lot – a lot more than the sum of their words and usually a lot more than the poet […]

Some power lines as powerful as can be

Sometimes what comes out in conversation takes our breath away doesn’t it? Conversations are wonderful ways of learning and realising stuff deep within our experience. At a recent workshop on power leaders in ministry were sharing empowering stories and exploring ways of empowering others. What emerged was a radical question, very simply expressed: don’t we want […]

Notes heard above The Noise of Time

I don’t read that much but every now and then I come across something that takes my breath away. Julian Barnes, through his book The Noise of Time, has me intrigued with the noise of time. This is a poetic book that is well crafted and beautifully composed. It tells us the time and the time […]

>Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride;Though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same,That power belongs to God.Psalm 62:10f So, don’t even try to be powerful – just be yourself.That is power enough – for each day to turn on the […]

>Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride;Though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same,That power belongs to God.Psalm 62:10f So, don’t even try to be powerful – just be yourself.That is power enough – for each day to turn on the […]

>Mr and Mrs

>I think I take after my son Leo. From the day he started school he waged a campaign for the freedom to wear his polo shirt outside his trousers. He triumphed by wearing his trousers round his hips – too low for everyone else’s comfort but his own. Our school governors put in a not […]