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Mags Blackie · 3W ago

Five years

I began this blog five years ago today. It wasn’t my first blog, I had at two failed attempts at blogging prior to this. Both failed because I was afraid of putting my thoughts ‘out there’. ...
Mags Blackie · 3W ago

Flamboyant trees

I cannot explain why but this image and many like it somehow hit me in a particular way. It is the gathering of the crowds. But it isn’t that moves me in the depths of my being. It is the … ...
Mags Blackie · 4W ago

The cost of compensation

I broke my right tibia when I was 13 (that’s your shin bone). The bone was set correctly, but my knee was at a slightly odd angle in the cast. The result is that lower half of my right leg …...
Mags Blackie · 1M ago

Graven images

Last night, I gave a talk to a group of people from my parish on ‘Creation and evolution’. The reading I have been doing over the last little while has really got me wondering about our atta...
Mags Blackie · 1M ago

The grace of forgiveness

It’s here! The grace of forgiveness This book has been a long time coming. In the end I know that I wrote it more for me than for anyone else. Those who have read it already say that they ha...
Mags Blackie · 2M ago

To suffer through to joy

Occasionally when I read I stumble across a phrase which stops me in my tracks this is one of them: ‘The capacity to suffer through to joy’ It is profoundly resonant for me. We cannot avoid ...
Mags Blackie · 2M ago

The power of a question

Someone I am enjoying getting to know ended our last encounter by saying ‘Next time we meet, I’d like to know what you think about x’. I met her again recently and after we had caught up, sh...
Mags Blackie · 2M ago

Salt of the earth

There is a verse in Matthew’s gospel: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfo...
Mags Blackie · 2M ago

Receiving

I think when most people are on the receiving end of a gift or support we tend to respond as though gratitude and indebtedness are correlated. And most of us tend towards one end of the bina...
Mags Blackie · 2M ago

Slaying (domestic) dragons

I confess I am not good at getting home repairs done. There is no doubt the fact that I have 40 minute commute to work plays a significant role in this. I can’t just pop back home when the p...