Song of the Witches & The Great Pumpkin

It is  Halloween, the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’s Day.   Some scholars believe that Halloween has Christian roots which have been influenced by the Celtic harvest festival.  Some others believe that there is a connection to the Gaelic festival, Samhain.  Whatever the case may be, I am reminded of two […]

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October Celebration

My dear friend at Leaping Tracks advised me that today the United Kingdom celebrated National Poetry Day.  In 1996, Canada set aside April as the month to appreciate poetry.  Most of us would agree, however, that poetry cannot be limited to a day, a month, even a year.  Poetry allows us to exchange complex thoughts […]

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Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why […]

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Trust the Magic of Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”  Meister Eckhart   I have always believed that on New Year’s Day, I must do something that I have never done before.  Beginnings have a mystical energy that motivate me to set aside whatever I am doing to consider […]

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Christmas Eve with Christina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. *** Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign. In the […]

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There is a Difference

I am convinced that we read more now than ever before.  But it’s different. Paper is no longer the medium of choice.  News comes to my iPhone, my books are delivered via the ubiquitous cables to my Kindle and Kobo.  Even my beloved public library lends books over Internet channels. I listen to audiobooks on […]

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Poetry on a Canapé

Kaleidoscopes, those marvelous toys containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass, amuse us with reflections that change patterns as we move a small tube around and around.  There is a random joy in each transformation that materialises as we gaze with rapt attention through a tiny eyehole. These constantly fluctuating designs are a reminder of […]

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