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The Grace of Darkness

I’m just back in from a lovely walk. It’s still early but winter is now closing in on us here. There is just the hint of a waxing half-moon behind low, scudding clouds-the whole sky has been bruised by a … Continue reading

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A fall of poems in early autumn

Words i By the stream in the mountains There we found words To nullify the hurt we’d done with words, Bridging the space they made between us Inching our way back by slow steps of instinct and reason There are … Continue reading

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A Gift of Plums and Other Things

Way and weighing Stile and saying On a single walk are found. Go bear without halt Question and default On your single pathway bound.        Martin Heidegger Since moving here some three years ago, I have come to know the local … Continue reading

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Lessons From Hare

I love this land. The season here is turning. I love the way that the mist clings to the hills on the far side of the valley, there is a faint wind from the west and to me the trees, … Continue reading

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The Woodland Garden

The Woodland Garden I was talking with my brother on a recent car trip and the conversation got around to work. He asked me to try and describe clearly what it is that I do with leaders and leadership teams. … Continue reading

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Wholeness and Reciprocity: Lessons in Life and Leadership from Bainbridge Island

Authentic leaders in every setting aim at liberating the heart, their own and others, so that its powers can liberate the world Parker Palmer Last month I was staying on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound. I was there to begin … Continue reading

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Late Winter Poetry

The poets work: For GMB New Year’s Eve, 1968, sober. After the death of his mother, the poet regrets The lifelong struggle to leave her. There is still, the beauty of his work, Rune lit, Lux Perpetua, A growing discipline … Continue reading

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To Live Fierce with Reality:

The following blog was first published on the Centre for Courage and Renewal Site in early 2015-they are personal reflections on the influence of Parker J Palmer’s work on my own life and career in leadership development. I Want to … Continue reading

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Flowers out of Eden: The chapel at Nappa Scar

  It is in the silent and receptive moments  that the soul of man is sometimes visited by an awareness of what holds the world together Joseph Pieper High above the Harr Gill Road at Nappa Scar in the Yorkshire … Continue reading

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What are poets for in destitute times?

We live in troubled times, times that Martin Heidegger described as destitute. Though written in 1946, after the second world war and the final collapse of Germany, we cannot deny the relevance of the judgement today; in many respects we … Continue reading

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