On silence: for Mark

Recently, I attended the funeral of a friend. I had not known Mark for a long time. I cannot even say that I feel I knew him particularly well. But I liked him very much. I like his family very much. My wife and I wanted to show our respect. Mark died of cancer. He …

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On walking#1

Every day, I walk. 3, 5, 8 miles. These days it is mainly to exercise the dog. Holly is a Springer Spaniel/Border Collie cross. A Sprollie! Being 15 months old and a cross of two energetic breeds, she demands a lot of exercise. So, I walk. In sunshine, rain, snow, wind, hail, sleet, calm, warm, …

Let It Snow

Tonight it snowed. Not much. Just a dusting, really. But enough to remind me why I love it. Snow changes things. Suddenly, the world is brighter, sharper, more vital. Transformed. That which we have taken for granted is momentarily brought into question. We have to be careful where we tread. Surfaces that we trusted to …