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The merciful shadows

Posted by Simon Parke, 5 Nov 2018

I will be taking a break from blogging for a while.

I need to listen to my asking soul and writing for the public stage does not always aid this, gasping for the oxygen of publicity and response…

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Jason the Juggler

Posted by Simon Parke, 1 Nov 2018

Jason sits quietly on the pavement as people pass by.

He is surrounded by the tools of his trade, the juggling trade, keeping everything in the air – daily and always.

Jason has juggled with all sorts down the years…

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Trusting the day

Posted by Simon Parke, 1 Nov 2018

I will trust this day.

I will trust what happens and the way it works out.

I will trust it comes to bless, and has no intention other than to hold me in its loving arms…

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The popular murder of truth

Posted by Simon Parke, 30 Oct 2018

Is popular opinion important to you? Are you keen to appease it, to ride on the back of it?

Socrates didn’t feel bound by what everyone else was saying. He didn’t feel popular opinion was a guide for anything of value.

‘Ordinary people just act at random,’ he says, which is not a line much in currency today among our political leaders…

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Security or adventure?

Posted by Simon Parke, 29 Oct 2018

Sometimes we want security; and sometimes we want freedom to explore.

Sometimes we long for things just the way they are; and sometimes we want to walk out the door, say goodbye to it all and have a massive adventure…

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Cover of The Secret Testament of Julian

Julian of Norwich, contemporary of both Chaucer and Langland, was the first woman to write a book in English. Yet remarkably, she disappeared from view for 600 years, before her rediscovery in the 20th century. My new novel is Julian’s own telling of her life.

Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.

 
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