Thursday, 2 January 2014

".....something happened to it along the way"

No Sunshine Award for this blog! 

A parishioner (affectionately, I hope) even sent me a New Year message describing me as a 'curmudgeon.' 
So, here's an appropriately realistic view of the month of January: as someone said to me yesterday about the new year, 'So far ... it's done me no harm....'
As they say, Keep it real! 

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons —
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes —

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us —
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are —

None may teach it — Any —
’Tis the Seal Despair —
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air —

When it comes, the Landscape listens —
Shadows — hold their breath —
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death —

Emily Dickinson 

As for the year that has passed, let's sum it up in the words of A.A. Milne: 
“"I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit. "No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way."”
But  let me end on a positive note: despite the cotton wool-wrapped idiocy of the Advertising Standards Authority (let's all complain to the State - dangerous in all kinds of ways -  in a kind of over-sensitivity competition)  here - at last - is a sensible response from the Church of England ... 


  1. Have a special Eccles award for blogs I find spiritully nourishing but didn't manage to give a sunshine award to.

    1. Thank you!
      But it wasn't a complaint, just a would-be-ironic observation on the less than sunny tone of some of my recent posts...


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