Deep and Personal

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
“At what point should we expect the contact with the universe to become deep and personal?” The red-haired man in the corner had asked the question. He always sat in the corner of the talks and always asked a stupid question.  I could feel my lips curl… As a…

The Grampire, Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, An’ foolish notion: What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us, An’ ev’n devotion! Robert Burns: To a Louse “That’s my grandma!” proclaimed…

Silver Tree meets Secret Moon

  What silver magic rises here Amidst the Winter mists and gloom When, darkly frosted, shines the bark Announcing light that drives the gloom Where sleeping tree meets secret moon ⦿ But do you have the eyes of child? And ears curled round our faery song What is not there, yet plainly seen? Or are…

All in the details – A visit to Haddon Hall II

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
Other than the Elizabethan connection, we really had, at that point, no idea why we had felt the need to visit Haddon Hall. We knew little about the place, apart from the legend of the romantic elopement of Dorothy Vernon and the fact that ‘ye harmytt’ of…

The Seeds of Intent

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
An old friend, now sadly departed, but formative in my younger days, used to say that there were two ways to deal with ‘seeds’: one was to bury them so that they could be forgotten; the other was to plant them so that they would catch the ‘tide of…

The song of ‘What the…?’

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
Lost in sleep, all warm and cosy, Wishing morning to perdition, Dreaming deeply, all unconscious, Snuggled down in prime position… Wake abruptly, bedclothes flying, Primal instinct, fear obeying, Stand a moment, get my bearings, Seek the source of awful baying… There, beside the garden window Stands a…

Riddles of the night: Beneath a starless sky

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
After dinner in a cosy inn, warmed by good food and roaring fires, we set off for the final adventure of the day. Officially, the visit was not part of the planned weekend, but something we wanted to share with our companions. We had been granted permission by the…

Into the Dark Earth

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
I have always thought that, from a mystical perspective, we are lucky to have winters. This may seem a strange sentiment, but I have my reasons. If we believe that we are a part of what is all around us, then the seasons assume great importance. In reality each…

The Wisdom of Sun and Moon IV…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* … Benai, the son of Yehoda, said to Asmodeus, “Tell me,  the reason for all the things that you did on the way to the palace.  When you saw that blind man who erred on the road, why did you lift him up and put him on the right…

A dog called Toby? II…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
William-Adolphe Bouguerea * … “If a story is canonical in one tradition and uncanonical in another it immediately raises two questions.” “What makes it ‘canonical’ for one tradition?” “And what makes it ‘uncanonical’ for the other?” “One might have supposed that it would have been more likely to be canonical…

Riddles of the Night: Guardians of the Way II

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
?   Cratcliffe Tor is a rocky crag, prized these days by rock climbers, and a treacherous twin of Robin Hood’s Stride. It was once the site of an ancient settlement and vestiges of prehistoric earthen ramparts remain. Cross the Portway, and a gentle slope leads to an intriguing…