Month: May 2018

The Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You – The Militant Negro™

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
My guest today is the generous, forthright and passionate advocate for civil liberties, The Militant Negro™. Not a day goes by when one or more of my posts are shared on his eclectic blog and I know that I am just one amongst many have reason to be grateful for his kindness. You will find the arts, poetry,…

Jewels in the Claw (iii)

Continued from Part Two The man with the packing case pauses as he passes the place that was the East, the place from which the Queen began her direction of proceedings in this, her favourite palace of Nonsuch, in 1590’s South London. There is little left of the ritual-drama space now. Just the mental image of the chequered floor that was the Royal Court … Read More Jewels in the Claw (iii)

An Orcadian Diary (1) Silent Guns

It ends beneath the ground; it always does. The bones of soldiers buried in fine ceremony, though the organic memory passed long before the corpse was glorified. Collective kindness crumpled by division in the face of another despot whipping up the many faces of our unhappiness. But, perhaps, not always… His name is Johnny Claude. He’s ninety-eight years old – the oldest man on … Read More An Orcadian Diary (1) Silent Guns

Last of the Stoics…

From Stuart France…

Behind the scenes…

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
It is an odd thing to put on a workshop where ritual and drama are mixed. Odd, but old… theatre has its roots in the sacred drama of ancient times. Even the rituals of the Church have a theatrical element, blending light, song, the glamour of embroidered vestments and the fragrance of incense and oil. These things combine…

Study Periods…

THE ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH – STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW

Originally posted on TanGental:
Are you coming to this year’s Bash? It’s on the 19th May and there are no competing attractions, however keen you are on Royal Weddings and FA Cup finals. I’m mean, seriously? Competition? Pah! If not, why not? Here’s where you can get tickets. If you are booked, then this is what you need to know. The Bash is held…

More than survival

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
  One of my all-time favourite fantasy cycles is the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson. They were the first fantasy books I ever read other than the classics such as Tolkien, Lewis and Carroll. My grandfather sent me a copy of the first book in paperback when I was living in France,…

Rings of Sky and Earth

To find that time and circumstance Had placed us in an isle of fertile space Where others led us to a place A ring wherein the sky and earth would quarter meet There is no sense of wonder deeper Than that of being ‘brought’ and left To gaze as heavens’ hands caress the land and sea And consciousness completes the longing three Strange markers … Read More Rings of Sky and Earth

Stratford-Strange II…

Beltane…

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
The ancient festival of Beltane has always been special to me. As I child, I was caught by its magic when my grandfather first read me the story of ‘Borrobil‘, where two children walk between the Beltane fires and are whisked away into a land of myth, magic and the obligatory dragon. For years afterwards, every…

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