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It's curtains for me!

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Jan 2018

You find me considering my curtains and you can join me if you wish.

They hang on either side of my window, like yours.

I can’t remember how long I’ve had them, or how many times I’ve opened and closed them…

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The cheery 'Good morning!' dilemma

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Jan 2018

I offer you the ‘Cheery Good Morning!’ dilemma.

Here’s the game: You say a cheery ‘Good Morning!’ to your neighbour and then get on with your day.

Later, however, you discover that your neighbour had just murdered their partner when you saw them.

So how do you now feel?...

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Is Trump sane?

Posted by Simon Parke, 8 Jan 2018

Is Trump sane?

The new book by Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury, certainly presses the issue upon us… though it’s hardly a fresh discussion.

The question: ‘How on earth did that man get elected?!’ has been asked once or twice before, with clues of dysfunction more obvious than Wally…

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a photo from Simon's 2018 advent calendar

Welcome to my online advent calendar for 2018, with a new thought and image each day leading up to Christmas. It’s a contemplative companion on the journey to Christmas; because it can all be a bit of a do.

Cover of The Indecent Death of a Madam

My latest novel in the Abbot Peter murder mystery series is The Indecent Death of a Madam. What brings together the Stormhaven Etiquette Society, Model Services (the town’s only brothel) and Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over 700 mental patients prior to the dubious dream of ‘care in the community’? A cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds.


The Beautiful Life retreat offers a contemplative experience, including input from Simon, meditation, sharing, silence and time for yourself. Here you will find community and solitude, rest and inner search, based on material in Simon’s book The Journey Home (originally published as The Beautiful Life). In a climate of safety and acceptance, we dare to contemplate the truth of ourselves, the mess and the magic, the place to which our journey has brought us.

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