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The bright shadow on common things


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Packing, packing, packing. It’s all I’ve done today. So now I am sitting down with a cup of Fireside Rooibos — have I mentioned before how much I like rooibos tea? — for a little rest. It’s been a splendid autumn day here, not that I have been out in it so much except for

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How longing is having


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Picture from scatteringthelight. Here is a little excerpt from Surprised by Joy, describing how CS Lewis realised that longing for Joy and having Joy are one and the same (and I appreciate the comment on Wordsworth). At that very moment there arose the memory of a place and time at which I had tasted the

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Little mossy gardens and Joy


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I went and sat in the Arboretum cafe this afternoon, for the sake of leaving the house and driving in the countryside. It’s very pleasant on yonder hill. The cafe is a vast high-ceilinged cavernous space, but is strangely not noisy and stark, and it has this vista in its favour, this being taken from

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Sehnsucht in LM Montgomery


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At our last book club meeting we did a summer reading book club. One girl had brought along The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, calling it her favourite comfort book from childhood. I’d never read this particular L.M. Montgomery, so I grabbed it (not without a promise to pass it on to someone else when

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As through the veil


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Time for a poem. This poem reminds me of what CS Lewis says in Pilgrim’s Regress about Sehnsucht, where he writes: That unnameable something, desire for which pierces us like a rapier at the smell of bonfire, the sound of wild ducks flying overhead, the title of The Well at the World’s End, the opening

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