ferns growing beside a narrow side door in the chapel wall at Tocal

Returning from a conference on the theme of ‘life and living’ at Tocal Agricultural College in the Hunter Valley,  I feel broadened and deepened by the wisdom of Craig Holdrege of the Nature Institute, of Helmy Abouleish, the leader of Egyptian community Sekem, and of Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm. This came after four days in Melbourne at the moral technologies conference basking in the teaching of Orland Bishop* of Shadetree Multicultural Centre. Continue reading “become”

unexpected visitors

king-parrot-324729_1280For the past two years, a pair of king parrots has turned up at my house for a few days in September. They’ve woken me early to demand that I feed them. Somehow they know I’m a soft touch for birds with festive plumage because I have a policy about NOT feeding birds. This pair insist upon it by peeping loudly  (click this link and scroll down until you get to the audio field on the right to hear just how insistent they are) until I respond. Then they grace me with their sunflower seed eating presence until they are sated. Continue reading “unexpected visitors”

step by step

woman walkingOn the weekend, I was part of a conference on the mystery of the Grail, exploring the medieval story of Parsifal and its contemporary relevance to our lives. As part of my presentation, I shared a few poems which people asked me to send them, so I’ve posted them here as reminders for all of us.

Two poems were from Rumi

I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I’ve been knocking from the inside.

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