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From The Electrics To Sweet Sorrows

What a pleasure to host my friends Sammy and Kylie Horner and their USA friends Beky and Randy as they paused on the Border between gigs in Scotland and England. I have met up with Sammy and Kylie in Australia, Canada and UK and hope to visit their new...
Posted at 08:41am on 26th March 2017

The Art Of Balance

David Cole, our Community's Facebook Guide for Explorers, and author of 'The Mystic Path of Meditation: Beginning a Christ-centered Journey' stayed with me. Next day we drove to Holy Island and met those booked in to the retreat he is leading on Mindfulness. Before that we drove to Dunbar to...
Posted at 08:45am on 21st March 2017

No. 7's First Personalised Retreat

I celebrated my birthday with a meal at Shalom, on Holy Island, cooked by Carol, our host. Our trustees, Janet and Ray Bissex and Geoff and Joy Holt, our Open Gate Wardens, Kevin and Lesley Downham, and my P.A. Brenda shared in this delightful evening. Among a glittering array of...
Posted at 14:16pm on 13th March 2017

Spanish Omelette

My blog this week is like a Spanish omelette with three ingredients

1) I am on a convalescent package holiday at Fuerte Ventura on the Spanish Canary Islands. I laze by the sun-warmed pool, write sessions for the life-long course on a way of life, take one trip (to the...

Posted at 07:36am on 7th March 2017

Walls Or Hospitality?

Last week, as the world reeled from unholy rows, I undertook four duties back on Holy Island. One of these was to speak about Hospitality of the Heart at a pre-season Thank You Retreat for those who had volunteered to help at our Open Gate Retreat House during 2016....
Posted at 20:01pm on 27th February 2017


This Sleeping Beauty has stirred a little. Enough to lead worship in England's largest parish, so they tell me. A flock of up to half a million? Plus 600 humans, fourteen of whom came to worship and one of whom is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday! I...
Posted at 20:27pm on 16th February 2017

The Forgotten Factor

When we are too weak to act or think, to pray or believe, when death is in the midst of life - what is left? To dream.

In my dreams I revisit a house I had forgotten that I owned. But how can I make sense of this dream?...

Posted at 09:38am on 14th February 2017

Eyesight And Foresight

I have further appointments at the Eye Hospital. This crystallises that my house in Berwick is for the long-term, and underlines the foresight of the Community in securing it.

I have been laid low with flue after being driven home from our brilliant Voyagers Retreat. Which is why I...

Posted at 11:34am on 7th February 2017

The Cell And The Future Of Civilisation

I am at Shallowford House in the English Midlands. Those in Vows (Voyagers) from UK are joined by Voyagers from Ireland and Norway for our Annual Retreat. The theme is CONNECTING WITH THE DESERT CHRISTIANS. My talks explore the relevance of Martin of Tours for our...
Posted at 09:07am on 31st January 2017

We Are Not Owners

Hello! The Berwick Advertiser is our regional newspaper. It has a weekly column called 'Thought for the Week'. This week I am the guest contributor. Here it is:

'I have moved into a new house in Berwick. It is not owned by me: I am the custodian. Gaelic...

Posted at 11:34am on 23rd January 2017
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