Quotidian Mysteries

June 22, 2012

Rest. Just do it. The single most important piece of advice if I was talking to myself at PhD Day 1 would be to rest more. To periodically take time off. To schedule it. I haven’t done that. And I have suffered because of it. My writing has suffered because of it. Having fun actually […]

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This morning is different.

June 6, 2012

It is 6am, and like almost every morning since well before Christmas my brain is wanting to write. Except this morning, I don’t have to force myself out of my sleepiness into thinking about all things thesis. This morning is different. I have reached the stage of a draft of each of the five chapters. […]

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pondering what it is to be known.

June 5, 2012

I’m rolling down the tracks away from Scotland as I type. The coast of fife and the forth and soon newcastle and beyond will be on my left. My heart is full today. I left wonderful friends in Scotland — chubby cheeked happy babies, lovely and brilliant friends who won’t just change the world in […]

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On snake handling and testing God

June 4, 2012

A week ago a preacher named Mack Wolford died a horrendously painful death at his home in west Virginia, USA, with his mother by his side. A photojournalist, Lauren Pond, who’d been documenting the pentecostal practice of snake handling in the Appalachian mountains — which is by no means common — recorded the events of […]

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glimpses of grace in the “daily” life

June 1, 2012

There’s something about talking about the Trinity, and the three persons of the Trinity, and whether they are of the same essence or substance, while washing and drying the dishes that just seems right. It is a conversation which would make Katherine Norris proud. Let us Remember that the life in which we ought to […]

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In which I admit I can be a nervous nellie

May 31, 2012

I am a bundle of nervous energy today. I have a long awaited supervision meeting with my thesis advisors. There are three kinds of nervousness that I generally feel. The first is a kind of nervous excitement; this is the realm of butterflies, and wry can’t help it smiles. The second kind is the pre-performance […]

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In dire need of fun

May 26, 2012

“What’s very important for me is when Dumbledore says that you have to choose between what is right and what is easy. […]. All of them are going to have to choose, because what is easy is often not right.” [Entertainment Weekly, 2000]  This is not a post about J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. I’ve […]

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chasing the sun

May 9, 2012

The weather started to turn cold in the last few days. The crisp mornings have a chill that is making it harder to leave the warm of doona covers where the breath doesn’t fog. To be honest, it’s not that cold. It’s about what the average nice day in St Andrews was. But there’s no […]

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Things I’ve never done

April 30, 2012

Every decision and experience we make in our lives results in experiences and adventures not had or taken. I was reflecting on this, and came up with a list of things I’ve never done. I’ve never had short hair as an adult, actually the last time I had short hair I was 8. I’ve never […]

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Written In My Bones

April 25, 2012

This morning I went to my first ANZAC dawn service in 6 years. I had managed to find opportunities to mark this day while living in the US, but always found it very strange that the rest of the world still turned on one of the few days that are universally marked and respected in […]

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