Tourists or Pilgrims?

I watched a Ted talk by Satish Kumar, in which he contrasted tourists and pilgrims.  He said that tourists always complain, but pilgrims always celebrate.  As a race we’ve lived like tourists on the earth, but Kumar’s challenge is to become pilgrims.  Having recently been a tourist in every sense of the word, I likeContinue reading “Tourists or Pilgrims?”

Climate Week

Here’s a contribution to Climate Week – yesterday’s sermon.  Apologies to those of you who don’t like sermons.  At least with a blog sermon, you can argue with the preacher in public. The readings are: Isaiah 55.1-13 and Luke 13.1-9 The readings today hinge on whether or not we can have hope. For the JewishContinue reading “Climate Week”

Nature on ice

Today, Mrs Mabbsonsea and I said a scornful ‘Hah!’ to what passes for snow and ice in this part of the world and headed up country.  I dropped her off at a quilt show, then went next door to Wakehurst Place, which is Kew Gardens in the countryside.  It’s a beautiful place at any time,Continue reading “Nature on ice”

Mud People

While on holiday recently, I read Ursula Le Guin’s story, “The Word For World Is Forest”.  As always with Le Guin, it’s superb, imaginative, thoughtful writing.  The story is set on a distant world, Athshe, which humans from Earth are trying to colonise.   In many ways, the planet has similar conditions to Earth, theContinue reading “Mud People”