Faith, Music

On philosophy, writing and songs


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Greetings! Here I am a whole year older. I had a birthday this week. The truth is that I find birthdays a tricky affair as a single introvert. I don’t especially like organising group events or parties for myself, so mostly I don’t, but then I have to endeavour not to be sad at doing

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Faith, Poetry, Uncategorized

Whence all these gifts and graces still arise


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I found this lovely poem on Twitter during the week. Unfortunately I didn’t write down who actually tweeted it (and think it came through the work account), but it apparently comes from the back of a book called Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts by Jeremy Begbie. Anyone in Australia who has seen the documentary For the Love

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Books, Poetry

Chesterton on being a poet


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And now for my next quote from GK Chesterton. This is Father Brown is defence of a poet accused of being a murderer. I love this, plus some of Chesterton’s other comments on poets: ‘Well, that barrister doesn’t know what a poet is. He doesn’t understand that a poet’s eccentricities wouldn’t seem eccentric to other

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Books, Faith

Chesterton on capturing your criminal


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I have made a new friend over the last few months. The sort of friend who asked me, before I could ask them, whether I had read any George MacDonald (let the long-term reader here understand!), whom they called ‘unorthodox in some ways but really powerful’. Exactly. They have since lent me some of GK

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