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Jan 022018
 
Why walking and writing wrecked me for ordinary life

      “There is no song more agreeable to the heart, than the slow even breath of the pilgrim, learning to bless and be blessed by the mystery.” Stephen Devine   The Camino wrecked me for an ordinary life. I’d pretty much failed that test anyway, however walking 32 days straight for more than [read more …]

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Jan 022018
 
Walking and writing are great acts of courage

  “Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.” Unknown   The unknown is good for us. I know, right? It’s terrifying! At times, anyway. Even those of us uncommonly drawn to the Unknown, and its life partner Change, suffer moments of holy f***, what am I doing here! Or, its [read more …]

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Jan 022018
 
But what if I die? . . . tip #1 for meeting the great challenge of journaling

“I write because I don’t know what to think until I read what I say.” Flannery O’Connor   There’s no two ways about it – writing is good for us. I’m not speaking now of the writing of a book or a blog or whatever writing project is calling to us, although for many reasons [read more …]

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Jan 022018
 
Perfect match - why walking, why writing

“When you are in a car, beautiful places are a moment; when you stop the car, they are a cluster of moments. When you walk, beautiful places are an eternity carved into the soul.”   I remember exactly where I was when I wrote that. I was walking through a backroad in Croatia, heading for [read more …]

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Jan 022018
 
Lesson #4 of the pilgrim road

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ursula K Le Guin Pilgrimage has taught me many things and chief among them is this salutary lesson: There is no ‘there’. Twice I’ve set on Very Long Walks – once, 900kms along El Camino, [read more …]

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Sep 292017
 
The Soul Longs to Grow - why writing won't leave you alone until you do it

“Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.” Amelia Earhart   There is a calling within you to write. You know it. You long to tend to it. You ignore it. You are not alone. In more than three years on The Write Road this I have learned: just about every human being [read more …]

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Sep 072017
 
The Voices in Your Head - why writing can make you brave

“The longing is the path.” Anna Davidovich   There’s nothing like a long walk to get to know the voices in your head. It’s hilarious really . . . until you realise those voices are shaping every moment of every day of your life. Some years ago, I walked across Italy and through the Balkans. [read more …]

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Mar 212016
 
GIRT BY SEA - #sortitoutaustralia

I am channel surfing on a Saturday night when I linger on images and footage of the Australia of my childhood. Laughing blonde people at the beach, frolicking in their ancient swimwear, throwing beach balls against a backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Australians in innocence. Playing with free-living days. Loving the waves and the sunshine and [read more …]

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Mar 172016
 
THE NEW YORKER: Collision with an ancient kingdom

There is a quality of person who walks our Earth that can only be properly described as a New Yorker. He – for he is surely a he – is not the brash cab driver of times past, nor the wise crackin’ nanny from Queens (who is surely a she). This ‘he’, this man, stands for [read more …]

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Apr 212014
 
The Sunflower Project

Australia’s political solutions to the asylum seeker ‘problem’ are despicable. On this not enough of us agree, but we have mass enough that we ought to be able to make a difference. We march in the streets, we light candles, we share on Facebook, we sign petitions, we express our dismay when this or that [read more …]

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