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  • Lazy Lens?

    Lazy Lens?

    Eleven years ago, as part of the Biblefresh year, I organised a Bible photography exhibition in the church where I was working at the time. Local businesses... Read more

    Posted on 05 August 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Nothing Planned

    Nothing Planned

    One of the curious things about living abroad is that the 'obvious' special days, the instinctive milestones on your calendar, mean nothing to anybody here. Day... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Landscape Transformed

    This week it has been snowing in the land where I now live. Snow has a soothing effect on the landscape - like a cool cloth on a fevered brow. Sharp corners... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Day 100

    In another land or another context, you might expect the 100 day milestone to mark 100 days of the new adventure. In this one, it is quite simply 100 days... Read more

    Posted on 15 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Mis-remembering the Old

    Mis-remembering

    Sometimes, when living abroad, even the things you did not really like about the old country take on a rosy glow which they never had before.Scented with a whif... Read more

    Posted on 13 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Thin Place on a Wintry Hill

    Thin Place Wintry Hill

    Sometimes when living far from home, people will take a little soil from the 'old country' with them. In the new and unfamiliar place, there is then always a... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Leave to Remain

    If you are going to stay in a foreign land, then the chances are that before too long you will have to work. The time will come when you have to swap 'just... Read more

    Posted on 01 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Alone Together

    Alone Together

    Sometimes when living in a strange land you find yourself drawn to others who also never expected to be here. Like you, they are out of context and looking for... Read more

    Posted on 29 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Adjustment Fatigue

    Adjustment Fatigue

    Yesterday was a good day - infused with the zesty scent of new possibilities and a whole string of new stories to be published. Yesterday was a bad day - stalke... Read more

    Posted on 25 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Stubborn

    Stubborn

    I used to think it was an affectation when people kept on using an aeroplane boarding pass stub as a bookmark long after their flight was over. It seemed to be ... Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • The Treachery of Absorption

    Treachery Absorption

    When living away from home, and once you realise that the stay may be long term - things begin to change. You learn the language. You grow to love the food.... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Between

    Between

    As I sit and write this now, I am in a busy international airport. It is a bit like Narnia's 'wood between the worlds' - except much less peaceful. Everywhere... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Home from Home

    Home from

    I am discovering that, no matter how far you travel here - the things you left in that old country are not far away. As I write this, I am more than 3000 miles... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Out by One Second

    There comes a point when living in a foreign country where your description of how long you have been there changes. There comes a point where you stop referrin... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • 365 Days

    Days

    If I am going to be living in this foreign land for some time, then I shall need a calendar. In fact, I already have two - one fat and one thin. The days and... Read more

    Posted on 27 December 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Silent Night

    Silent Night

    They celebrate Christmas here too, it would seem - just as they did in the place where I used to live. To find old traditions here is reassuring. The sound of... Read more

    Posted on 25 December 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Flare-path 24

    Flare-path

    Alfred Delp was a courageous young Jesuit priest, imprisoned in Nazi Germany for knowing too much. He was held in solitary confinement, hands in chains, until... Read more

    Posted on 24 December 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Flare-path 23

    Flare-path

    Alfred Delp was a courageous young Jesuit priest, imprisoned in Nazi Germany for knowing too much. He was held in solitary confinement, hands in chains, until... Read more

    Posted on 23 December 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Flare-path 22

    Flare-path

    Alfred Delp was a courageous young Jesuit priest, imprisoned in Nazi Germany for knowing too much. He was held in solitary confinement, hands in chains, until... Read more

    Posted on 22 December 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Flare-path 21

    Flare-path

    Alfred Delp was a courageous young Jesuit priest, imprisoned in Nazi Germany for knowing too much. He was held in solitary confinement, hands in chains, until... Read more

    Posted on 21 December 2017 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY