Coniston Water: On there being no Pure.

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I’m back filming for Escape to the Country and away from Daniel and the dog for the first time in months. The first time filming in a year.  And after a day shooting in the Lake District, I leave the crew and head down on foot to Coniston Water.  Like a piece of wrap-around sound […]

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Altogether elsewhere

Mindsprings Altogether Elsewhere Blog

The final two quatrains of W.H. Auden’s Fall of Rome have been circling in my mind during this extraordinary time in lockdown. Especially as I think of my friends in New York. I had to search hard to find this photo I took from the top of the Empire State in the summer of 2005. […]

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“This is The Hour…”

My friend Jane posted this from a shut-down Manhattan. It’s a quote from an elder of the Hopi Nation. And it sends shivers down my spine. “You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.And there are things to […]

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Words of Wonder #1: Martha Graham

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will […]

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SMELLING SALTS #6: Carl Sagan

picture of Carl Sagan

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public […]

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Wordsworth’s Prelude: Stealing a Boat on Derwent Water

Wordsworth is a key figure in Reggie’s understanding of dharma. Strange that a 19th Century Cumbrian poet should feature so strongly in a 20th Century American Buddhist scholar’s worldview but he does.  I studied Wordsworth’s autobiographical poem, ‘The Prelude’, at school and was always struck by some of his childhood recollections of moments of sublime […]

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SMELLING SALTS #4: Viktor Frankl

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies all our growth and freedom. VICTOR FRANKL

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SMELLING SALTS #3: James Baldwin

People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead. JAMES BALDWIN

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