Month: March 2019

March 29, 2019

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Keep away those who could harm me; and keep me away from those whom I could harm. 8.20 am: A communion. The reported rise in the prescription of antidepressants comes as no surprise to me. More people are seeking help for the condition, and doctors are better able to make a correct diagnosis from the symptoms that patients present these…
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March 28, 2019

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And one day will pass into another, one year into the next, decade will proceed decade until the end, and then we shall meet. (‘God is the strength of my heart’.) 8.00 am: A communion. Against the backdrop of political confusion and dissimulations – a resplendent morning. I yearn for the mental space to take-stock, professionally. One must step back…
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March 26, 2019

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8.00 am: A communion, followed by an assault on my inbox. One of the insidious downsides of social-media platforms is their capacity to distract. We can fritter away our time on matters that don’t require a great deal of brain power to understand, and are easy to implement, ephemeral, and often incidental. As a consequence, our capacity to focus upon…
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March 25, 2019

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I flee, but it follows. 8.00 am: A communion. I’d lost a nose-pad from my glasses, which required a trip to the opticians. The day blossomed: 9.30 am: Back at homebase, I addressed emails that required immediate attention and prepared the studio to resume work on the phase-one mix. I began the first of the noise-centred group of compositions. ‘Spittle…
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March 22, 2019

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They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green (Psalm 92.14). 6.00 am: Up. 7.00 am: A communion. The psalmist makes an observation about the righteous. ‘They’ endeavoured to live uprightly according to the law and, like Abraham, believed and trusted in God (Genesis 15.6). The righteous were never self-righteous. Far from…
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March 21, 2019

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6.00 am: Rise. 7.30 am: A communion. 8.00 am: I responded to emails that’d been delivered yesterday evening, and organised next week’s teaching roster. We live in unusual and unnerving times. There really ought to be portents in the sky: comets, mysterious lights, dreadful sounds of tumult among the clouds, and strange aerial objects – like those dark fiery monoliths…
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March 20, 2019

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6.15 am: Awake. 7.30 am: A communion. 8.00 am: An idea. A Bible that can ‘speak’ all the words within it. ‘Interrogate the idea, John!’: 8.30 am: It takes me 7 minutes to walk to my office door at the School. And at the this time of the year, I’ve reason to pause often. There’re moments of wonder and consolation:…
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March 19, 2019

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7.30 am: A communion. I’ve a life, a day, and all the opportunities, challenges, and the good that they offer – both to do and to receive. 8.30 am: I walked to the Old College via North Gate Street, North Parade, Terrace Road, along the shoreline, Marine Terrace, Pier Street, and King Street. It was an unusually noisy morning: 9.00…
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March 18, 2019

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7.40 am: A communion. There’s little to be gained from reaching for what’s already within one’s grasp. I’m drawn to the impossible (or what seems to be): ambitions that require of me more than I can give, presently; projects which must fail often before they succeed, and appear so unwieldy that I feel weary merely at the thought of them;…
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