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Thinking About – Happiness and Meaning

For a number of years in the early 2000s I read hundreds of self-help books. Literally hundreds. I trained as a Stress Consultant, and qualified as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner. I even considered training to be a therapist and councillor. But in truth, looking back

By |2018-03-16T11:07:17+00:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Thinking About|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |15 Comments

Thinking About – Living a Pagan Lifestyle

I received an excellent question via my Facebook page over the weekend. It was this: It's a little complicated, but thinking on Paganism and Druidry as more than a spiritual belief, but as a lifestyle, in today's modern life, is it possible to live in such a

Thinking About – Consensus Reality

I may be late to the game here but I only heard this term a couple of weeks ago. A quick visit to Wikipedia suggests that: Consensus reality is that which is generally agreed to be reality, based on a consensus view. It very soon goes on to say:

By |2016-10-14T11:00:40+00:00January 27th, 2015|Categories: Thinking About|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

To know that life is a constant cycle of life, death, and rebirth

As the dark, cold morning gives way to light, And the world shows its face dazzling in her nakedness, So the twigs and leaf-bare branches, Bow to the passing dance Of old Jack Frost. His crystal breath on the earth, And the corners of houses weep icicles

By |2016-10-14T11:01:19+00:00January 28th, 2013|Categories: religion, spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

The Holly King

I shall be as the Dark Holly King, Darkness and cold in my cloak I will bring, And on Winter's nights to me you will sing, Til the air around me starts changing, And on the Noon of the Solsice I'll give up my crown, To the

There is no separation, you are part of me

As I sit here writing this I can look outside and see clear blue skies, the Bluebells are growing, the Daffodils are in flower, and the Willow is budding. Spring is knocking on the door and, as I do every year, I give thanks to the turning

Major Influences Part 2 – John Denver

My Dad was, and still is, a big country music fan. My very early introduction to music consisted of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Don Williams, Emilou Harris, Dolly Parton but above all of these was John Denver. His songs were the soundtrack of my childhood, and of

By |2016-10-14T11:01:53+00:00February 25th, 2011|Categories: music, song writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |12 Comments

A Lyric – That Happily will no longer be Used

Lore says that the ancient Bards could raise welts on the faces of their enemies just by using the magic and power of words. I rarely write political songs but sometimes the energy of the moment just gets to me and a song is the only way

Sources of Inspiration 2 – Places of Peace

The Quest for the Awen, yearning for those three sweet drops to fall upon my tongue, to open my eyes and see the world through the eyes of a poet is still a Quest that drives me every day. Nature is the world's most intoxicating drug and

The Pressure of the Creative Soul

Having recently turned my attention to writing songs for my next studio album I wanted to write a blog about the pressure we can sometimes feel as creative beings. But then I saw this wonderful video on Philip Carr-Gomm's blog and thought that Elizabeth Gilbert, author of

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