THE HOUSE OF INTELLECT (R16)


I’ve read another book. Judging from the very neat pencil underlinings it looks as though I’ve read it before sometime. Since I often wonder why it has been my habit for sixty-odd years, I was interested to find that the underlinings were very helpful generally but especially during the course of more or less skim-reading […]

The Figure of Eight (R6)


The dynamic concept of the Figure of Eight was introduced in my Blog ‘Somatic Markers’ dated 16th November. The bottom half of the Figure of Eight represents the ground of our being—core self—that which we can become more aware of in meditative exercises of one kind or another: the rush of blood in the ears, […]

HAIKU – another fifty-one


walking now where those who passed the café window walked ten minutes ago * from the train window glimpses of village streets I shall never tread * brief conversation at breakfast during which a whole life is aired * longing for the fountains that play in other people’s gardens (Fernando Pessoa) * today a colony […]

Three Poems (R6)


the soul can either build of itself a work of art or sit and watch the Barbarian inversion of old certitudes— mask of Evil that entices into the wilderness of the future; or it rides out of the Wasteland tramples the vineyards demolishes the shrines giving over soil to sand and the mind to this […]

once upon a time


an angel visited the Earth: for many years he thought everybody on Earth was mad because he could not understand what it was they were enjoying; then he caught the Earth disease and began to enjoy Negative Emotions just as they had always done and he could no longer see the madness; when the heavenly […]

Beach’s Bookshop by Alan Clarke


On the corner of the High Street and Crane Bridge Street stands an old timbered building.  For many decades this used to be Beach’s Bookshop.  It had an incredible range of old books.  Mr Beach would even buy school text books and put them out for sale.  There are quite a few images of the […]

HAIKU BOOK REVIEW – great book for haiku thinkers


The Wild Beyond Echoing (James Hackett’s Haiku Way) – Paul Russell Miller.  Grandad Publishing 2021 145 pages ISBN 978-1-9995931-4-8  Published Friday August 6th 2021 marking what would have been James Hackett’s 92nd birthday. £10 plus postage directly from pr.miller@live.co.uk We write haiku perhaps often by imitating what we see in print. It might be worth […]

AND THEN CONSCIOUSNESS (R18)


Having hunted through the tons of files in my computer as I sometimes do, I seem to have addressed the issue of ‘consciousness’ many times for one purpose or another. My renewed enthusiasm for pursuing the subject of ‘consciousness’ has been stimulated by finding the writing of haiku dumbed down by the popularity in some […]

MOMENTARY ENTHUSIASMS (R18)


We amble along living from day to day, whatever the circumstances, locked into the prison of a long succession of present moments which we don’t normally think about; they add up to what we have grown into the unexamined habit of calling ‘consciousness’; because we have the word we take it for granted that ‘consciousness’ […]

THERE I WAS (R18)


There I was dawdling through Sunday After the War (1944) by Henry Miller (1891-1980), various autobiographical writings randomly put together, when I was suddenly reminded of his connection with Gurdjieff. He had returned from Europe after ten years away from home which he finds greatly changed and spends a good deal of time in tears. […]