On your birthday

December 27, 2019 § Leave a comment

Just some prose — cos poetry refused to come — on your birthday:

Dearest, most lovely friend (isn’t that how you like to see us — as best friends). I wrack my brain for the right words. To say what a special day it is today. It’s your birthday. But they won’t come, refusing to flow to express all that I’m feeling in my heart.

We’ve walked together these long years. And all the beauty, all the love, all the tenderness and all the terrible bitterness — they are all fused together.

Remember I used to say ‘… as long as we’re better off with each other.’ And I still can’t think of anyone else I’d rather walk with.

Happy birthday my love.

Freedom from the Known — Book

December 24, 2019 § Leave a comment

Some dear friends gifted me Freedom from the Known, edited by Mary Lutyens. I’ve never read anything about Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 — 1986) the great thinker and spiritual teacher, or his teachings. This book is a great introduction to his ideas.

“Can you and I, then, bring about in ourselves without any outside influence, without any persuation, without any fear of punishment — can we bring about in the very essence of our being a total revolution, a psychological mutation, so that we are no longer brutal, violent, competitive, anxious, fearful, greedy, envious and all the rest of the manifestations of our nature which have built up the rotten society in which we live our daily lives.” — J. Krishnamurti.

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December 7, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Anything is possible — Book

December 3, 2019 § Leave a comment

I’d stopped reading Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout several months ago with just the last chapter and a bit to go. Picked up the book a couple of days back and finished it. Strout is probably more famous for her My name is Lucy Barton¬†or perhaps Olive Kitteridge¬†but I’d recommend Anything is Possible as well. Universal theme of people trying to find themselves, find love, peace and understanding in a world full of pain that comes both from circumstances beyond the characters’ control and from the choices they made — set in a small town.

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