That was the river, this is the sea

I heard Mike Scott’s ‘This is the Sea’ for the first time in a gig at the Empire, Belfast about 15 years ago.  It still does the business for me. 2013 was a… Continue reading

Adam and his wife were both naked and they felt no shame [short story]

Simon cleared his throat and rose from his desk behind me. Class was nearly over. “I don’t mean to be hard on you Miss Peterson, but are you saying that if the woman… Continue reading

I went to a ‘Men for God’ conference

Yesterday I attended a ‘Men for God’ conference in Northern Ireland.  My work colleagues imagined I would be hunting rabbit in the woods for my lunch. No, this was an evangelical men’s conference… Continue reading

Badlands – Springsteen’s fight for hope

*   The song ‘Badlands’ could be the heart of Springsteen’s life message. I remember taking it as ‘a song that means something to me’ back in the day at Queen’s University, Belfast… Continue reading

History by Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you ever fell in love with the Classics through the enthusiastic praise of CS Lewis or the word weaving of G K Chesterton then you will recognise a kindred in Emerson.  For… Continue reading

In Memory of W.B. Yeats by W.H. Auden

III Follow, poet, follow right To the bottom of the night, With your unconstraining voice Still persuade us to rejoice; With the farming of a verse Make a vineyard of the curse, Sing… Continue reading

‘Tweet Thyself’

So here’s the thing. I am with Mark Zuckerberg. Not literally.  He is not sitting beside the fire on the North Coast of Ireland as I muse social networks, transparency and ‘who we… Continue reading

Music : Brazen Lunacy 3 (Gone too far)

So… this was me going way too far into indulgent territory… meaningless lyrics on the surface probably Freudian blah blah if we unpack it… When She Said She’d Go Personally I just like… Continue reading