MOST RECENT POSTS

In this column you will find the most recent posts unless you have selected a specific poem, meditation or collection/index in which case that single item will appear here.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Reflection on the Gold of an Ikon.

I have spent the last week at Launde Abbey alongside a group of Ikon painters, including Pam, my wife. They have been creating ikons under the expert instruction of Peter Murphy. Early in the week, Peter expressed some thoughts about the provenance of, and theology behind the gold iconographers use. Some of his ideas resonated strongly with my enthusiasm to weave faith and science themes together, and resulted in the poem which follows this photo of the dramatic Ikon of John the Baptist which Pam produced (with Peter’s very helpful and skilful interventions).

Reflection on the Gold of an Ikon.

I know not the breadth of the ikon,
Though I’m seized by its radiant gold.
See! A hallmark of heaven’s bright image,
Lasting joy for the eye to behold.

Gold can sometime be washed into rivers,
Though it’s mined from the deep veins of earth,
And because of its lustre and scarceness
Is the metal of mightiest worth.

It was forged in the heat of a starburst,
Which drove atoms to newly align;
With light elements forced into richness,
Then entombed as the earth grew benign.

Prayerful artists of sanctity realized,
They could draw on this gift of the mine,
To betoken the aura of heaven,
Where earth's gently brushed by the divine.

Friday, 21 July 2017

'Now The Earth is Spinning': Sing of God and Science Song to The Queen of The County Down

Let the children sing!
Ninth (and final) in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ’Now The Earth is Spinning'


Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Thursday, 20 July 2017

I Believe: Lots of reasons to believe - in this NEW song of God and science

Let the children sing!
Eighth in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ‘I Believe'

Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

‘Creation’: I see the moon, I see the stars, I see the planets, Saturn and Mars...I want to thank you Lord for these

Let the children sing!
Seventh in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ‘Creation'




Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Garden Benedicite

A pause from the song sequence (which will resume tomorrow) to celebrate the privilege of having a week at magnificent Launde Abbey to concentrate on writing. Sitting in the garden on a warm summer day, yesterday, I wrote:

Garden Benedicite
For the exquisitely varied patterns of the flight of different birds,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the vibrant hues that adorn the delicate wings of butterflies,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the plethora of insects that drift or fly purposefully through the air,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the gloriously variegated shades of green and bronze that clothe the trees of summer,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the sometimes gnarled and sometimes smooth barks of diverse trees,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the multitude of different grasses to be found in banks and meadows,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the fascinating shapes and colours of gorgeous and homely flowers which invite insects to revel in their pollen,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the cereals, seeds, fruits, nuts and vegetables that provide sustenance for us and for the animals,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the winds that scatter the air and send transient clouds scudding across the vastness of the infinite sky,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the countless stars that make the night sky a dazzling curtain of jewels,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

For the unfathomable mysteries of the deep vaults of space and time,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise

For all the known and unknown diversity of your amazing universe,
Lord, I give you thanks and praise.

Other Beauty of Creation/ Wonders of The Universe poems on this blog can be found HERE







Monday, 17 July 2017

The Wonders of the World are in the Eye of the Beholder, Our Almighty Lord Guides Our Way... Another NEW Science and Faith song

Let the children sing!
Sixth in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - ‘Power of Nature'


Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Another morning. Another miracle, Light returns and life goes on. Another NEW Science and Faith song

Let the children sing!
Fifth in the series of ‘ Sing of God and Science’ songs from Ely cathedral - 'Endless Love'

Find another eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Friday, 14 July 2017

Sing it Loud and Sing it Proud, Science Theories All Around, God The One Who Made The Earth...

Fourth in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’


Find other eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Our Tiny Earth Revolving Around Our Sun Today, Is part of God’s great universe...

Let the children sing 3




Third in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’

Find other eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

God’s Masterplan: From Dinosaurs to DNA...

Let the children sing 2




Second in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’

Find other eight ‘Sing of God and Science’ song video-clips at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 

And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

How Did I Get Here? How Diid I Get to be Me?

Let The Children Sing 1



First in a series of songs from ‘Sing of God and Science’


Find other ‘Sing of God and Science’ song sequences at http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L 


And eleven more scores and words at http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html


All songs in these two series are covered by Creative Commons Licence



Friday, 23 June 2017

NEW Companion You -Tube Video Channel starts

A ‘SCIENTISTS IN CONGREGATIONS’ PROJECT
Today is a very special day! It brings us to the second major milestone of our ‘Sing of God and Science’ project - the opening of a companion You-Tube channel with the videos of nine Church of England primary schools presenting original songs, written in the schools themselves. The schools and songs are all in the Cambridge/ Ely/ Peterborough/ Wisbech area and are:
Bury: Creation
Bourne: God's Masterplan
Anthony Curton/ Tilney: Sing it Loud
Elm: Endless Love

St Andrew’s Soham: I Believe
Buckden: How did I get here
St Peter’s: Our Tiny Earth Revolving
St Luke’s; And the Earth is Spinning
St Botolphs, Orton Longueville:  Power of Nature

You can find the site at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQO_aAvJumbBZibbDtzMUGw (OR, If you want to write it down, maybe http://bit.ly/2tZyC8L is easier! )
and by looking at it, liking it and maybe even subscribing, you will undoubtedly encourage the 300 children who took part and the teachers who led the initiative in each of the schools. Thank you for any support you feel you can give.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Seals Off Lindisfarne (A Care of our Planet poem)


Back on Lindisfarne after 2 years and enjoying 
a view of sandbanks at low tide from the lounge
window! Image originally from Bird of Passage 2012
blog - to whom many thanks for an illustration that
admirably suits this poem.

.
Seals Off Lindisfarne.
The solemn song of several colonies of seals
floats over low water,
borne to the island
on bracing mainland winds.

This symphony of creation;
we, a twenty-first century audience,
with our wide-ranging knowledge,
its meaning, still cannot comprehend.

The ancients would have vested
powerful understandings
in the patterns of the song.
A well-populated sonorous sandbank
at full summer moon, an omen.
An unexpected absence of singing,
a tale to build through winters, long.

Then monks with sea-going ways
would rejoice as these, God’s creatures
rendered their unique praise.

And here we stand,
mesmerised by the tide’s plash,
near-bank splashes,
and the shimmering alto choir,
wondering, ‘Will these song-blessed sandbanks
survive even one more generation
as the seas rise ever higher?'


Other Care of The Planet poems on this blog can be found HERE


Monday, 5 June 2017

LIGHT! (Vib-gy-or) Final addition to Assembly-friendly songs - for now! Together with update on the ‘Sing of God and Science’ project.


This has to be the last Assembly-friendly, ‘Sing of God and Science’ song on my blog for the time being. These and more will hopefully be published later in 2017 in a book by the same name. See below the song for other news about the whole project.

Vib-gy-or, Vibgyor (sing to Jingle Bells)
Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or 
helps us memorise,
all the brilliant colours of Rainbows in the sky-y,
when the sun’s rays shine through
rain both hard and light:
hurrah! The colours all appear
in bows that bring delight.
Chorus (Chant)
Violet, indigo, blue and green,
yellow and orange and red;
these are the colours always seen  
when God’s light’s re-fract-ed.

Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or
helps us memorise
all the brilliant colours in
bubbles rising hi-igh;
when the sun’s rays shine through
soap and water spheres;
hurrah! The colours swirl around
the short-lived surface clear
Chorus

Vib-gy-or, Vib-gy-or
helps recall with fun 
all the brilliant colours in
spiders’ webs in sun;
when the sun’s rays shine through
gossamer so fine;
hurrah! The colours all appear
along their slender lines.
Chorus

You can listen to this song HERE
(You Tube https://youtu.be/bmv1iav-fAc)


Other songs in the ‘Sing of God and Science’ collection can be found HERE 

Sing of God and Science - Project Update
Those who have found any of the above collection useful, may be interested to know that the Ely diocesan project, generously supported by the ‘Scientists in Congregations’ (SiC) programme reached a significant milestone at the end of last month. Nine church primary schools in the Ely diocese presented original songs, written within their schools, at an all-day event against the backdrop of the current Science Festival in Ely Cathedral (also supported by the SiC programme). The 320 children who took part were a delight to work with and an illustration of their enthusiasm can be seen in the following You-Tube video made by a local TV station ’ That’s Cambridge TV’.

 The nine songs presented will now be put together with the songs in the ‘Assembly-friendly’ collection mentioned above and sent to the eighty church primary schools in the diocese. They will be invited to make their own videos to submit for posting to the upcoming ‘Sing of God and Science’ You-Tube channel which will be started by featuring the nine ‘Cathedral’ songs. They will also be asked to evaluate the sons prior to the publication of a larger collection (35 songs in all), hopefully published by a faith-based publishing house in the summer/autumn of this year. News of each of these steps will be posted here as they happen.
The nine participating schools at the Cathedral with their songs were 
Bourne: 'God's Masterplan'
Bury: 'Creation'
Anthony Curton/ Tilney: 'Sing it Loud'
Elm: 'Endless Love'
Buckden: 'How did I get here'
St Peter’s: 'Our Tiny Earth Revolving'
St Luke’s; 'And the Earth is Spinning'
St Botolphs, Orton Longueville:  'Power of Nature'

St Andrew’s Soham: 'I Believe
As Project Leader, I would like to thank the Headteachers and staff of the nine participating schools for a thoroughly enjoyable day and also thank the Headteacher and staff of 
Teversham and Burrough Green church schools for their very valuable earlier involvements in the project.
Trevor Thorn.
PS. In addition to all of this, we used this song in a Baptism/ all-age service at one of our local churches at the end of last month. The very familiarity with the tune enabled a congregation of regular and visiting worshippers that had never seen the song before to join in - some with apparent ease,







Saturday, 6 May 2017

Fossils Are Fantastic! Latest 'Sing of God and Science’ song. VERY ASSEMBLY FRIENDLY

Here’s the most recent addition to the ‘Sing of God and Science’ songs which are written to be Assembly-Friendly for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils. It is sung on You Tube by the composer, my friend Andrew Collier. (There is a link  below the words and the music score which you can access from here.)
Other Songs from the collection, written by local schools will be sung at the Ely Science Festival in Ely cathedral on 24th May. (the Festival runs from 19th May 2017 to 18th June: Link at bottom of this post. The graphic above is abstracted from the official logo for the Festival)


Fossils Are Fantastic
Fossils are fantastic,
They are so very old,
Things died and got stuck in the mud,
They’re awesome to behold.
There’s dinosaurs and insects
And bones and leaves and shells:
God’s prehistoric story,
Is an ancient truth to tell.

(Change tempo.)
Fo-ssils, telling us of yore,
The leaf and the insect and the dinosaur.
Fo-ssils, telling us of yore,
The leaf and the insect and the dinosaur.

Fo-ssils, telling us of yore,
The leaf and the insect and the dinosaur.
Fossils, telling us of yore,
The leaf and the insect and the dinosaur.

Fo-ssils, telling us of yore,
The leaf and the insect and the dinosaur.

The leaf and the insect and the dinosaur.

 © Trevor Thorn October 2016













Click the image to obtain a printable score
Listen to the song at
YouTube - Fossils Are Fantastic
(https://youtu.be/5q49cpoUDGs)

Details of the Ely Cathedral Science Festival can be found HERE

Other Songs of God and Science can be found HERE

Friday, 28 April 2017

CANCER 3: Last Radiotherapy session – and now another wait!


The photo series Incorporated here tries to capture some of the most significant markers of the time since I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in early October. Let’s explain the picture before I invite you to hear something of  my journey through chemotherapy, then radiotherapy. (in CANCER1 and CANCER 2 - Links at bottom of this post)

The somewhat strange mask may only be recognizable to others who have experienced radiotherapy targeted at the throat, chest and other locations in the top part of their body. The mask is moulded to the contour of the face – and in my case to the shoulders as well. It is done by immersing a flat former in hot water which is then dried and pressed down over the head, neck and shoulders. If you look carefully round the edge, you can see some of the nine pegs that are pressed down to keep one perfectly positioned and immobile on the treatment ‘bed’, so that the radiographers can be sure that the residual cancerous cells left after the chemotherapy are precisely targeted. An amazing part of an even more amazing equipment array where the treatment takes only a couple of minutes each day (for 15 consecutive weekdays in my case, though some have much longer spells of treatment). It does feel somewhat claustrophobic, but the staff  have been constantly caring, compassionate and ready to explain what is going on throughout.
It is, when undergoing this treatment, disturbing to think about children who might have to endure such a process but I was told of one of the radiography team who realised that decorating the children’s masks with their favourite cartoon character could make the experience far less fearsome. Good to hear she received a hospital award for her thoughtful inspiration - and I leave you to imagine smaller masks than that in the photo above, decorated as Spiderman or Anna/Elsa from ‘Frozen’.
The ’Scientist in Congregations Certificate' represents the ‘Sing of God and Science’ project I have been organizing, coincidentally, throughout the period of treatment. It has been a splendid distraction from what is going on with me internally. More about it later.

The small display mounted around the orange painted ball represents our sun and its planets and therefore, one of the topics that motivates me to write creatively about faith and science. Much of the material for this blog, which, in bursts, consumes a considerable amount of my time, seeks to encourage people to see faith and science as twin revelations of the glory of God in his universe. (A link at the bottom of this post will explain this more and splodging acrylic paint on to the football-sized sun was another short term but enjoyable diatraction for a couple of afternoons!) 
Pam and I often talk about her enthusiasms being for the beauty immediately surrounding us and mine being for the beauty in the far reaches of the universe. We are not quite that polarized, so the small flower display above celebrates the astonishing bounty of blossom and flower that has grown rapidly day-by-day as we have visited the hospital over the last three weeks. A true blessing.
Finally, there is our photo. Pam has been a magnificent carer since the cancer was diagnosed and has worked hard to ensure I don’t over-reach myself. One of my regular prayers  throughout this time has been for those who have to make this journey on their own: it must be harrowing. The photo was shot during our joint breakfast celebration of the end of radiotherapy and our 36th wedding anniversary. We have looked for little ‘treats’ like this through the treatment period and they too have been a real blessing.

But now another period of waiting. This time some 6 to 10 weeks, being the period that will ensure inflammation from the radiotherapy does not get interpreted as a residue of the cancer when I have a further scan which may, if we are fortunate, end the treatment, though we inevitably don’t know if that will be how it will be.

More or less whenever there is a conversation with another cancer patient, the subject of waiting comes up. Most accept that there is an inevitability of having to wait for consultations to happen: blood needs to be tested, weight needs to be assessed before the consultant can commit the patient to the next treatment, normally the next day. But it is often the waiting between treatments and for subsequent assessments that make the experience tiring and even distressing for both patient and (where relevant) carer alike. How will we feel tomorrow/ three days time/ next week/ a month’s time. One cannot know, so something of every affected life goes ‘on hold’. For those who experience some of the worst side effects these can be gruelling times. For everyone, they add to the air of uncertainty of whether cure will be the outcome or its dreadful alternative. Facing the latter needs all the help, compassion and bravery that can be mustered: knowing that others are praying can be hugely helpful as it has been for us. But never easy, and MacMillan, chaplaincies, hospices and other services do magnificent work in this area and themselves deserve support and prayer.

My path, so far, has been an easy one compared to many of the stories we have heard and I daily give enormous thanks for that. For this reason, I have minimized the writing I have done about the cancer, so as not to discourage those who are suffering far, far more . So, by w ay of just a minor example, losing hair for a man is really no big deal these days; for women it must be so much more difficult. But there are many patients for whom we can only pray and offer a listening ear, whilst knowing that the mystery of healing is beyond us to understand and may be a gift to many, but not to all. It is particularly difficult to have any idea what to say to children and their parents caught in this cycle: undoubtedly, something deeper than ordinary wisdom is needed.

For me, one of the things that has unquestionably helped has been to recognize the gifts and blessings that have surrounded our path, many of which are hinted at in the photo-montage. Broadly these have been;

Knowing just how hugely we have been held in prayer by friends, family and many of the Christians we have encountered in a variety of ways, some apparently quite superficially. We have realized over and over again what an extraordinary fellowship, this world-wide fellowship of Christ, truly is.

Being deeply thankful for each other as we travel.

Being immensely thankful for our surroundings, a comfortable home, a nurturing community and the massive gift of being very close to Addenbrookes, so travel to and from the hospital is minimally difficult compared to that of many.

Noting the changes of nature around us as we have moved from winter to spring. That itself has brought hope, and the changes in the last few weeks are nothing short of magnificent. We have, perhaps unsurprisingly, been more acutely aware of them than ever before.

The involvement with the ‘Sing of God and Science’ project has been enormously helpful. The cancer charities all recommend finding or taking up an interest that can be a diversion from the illness and its symptoms. ‘Sing’ has been extraordinary in doing just that. We have now gathered more than 35 songs for singing in school assemblies or all-age worship, a publisher in the offing (we hope) and enormous enthusiasm from a very wide range of people who have become involved with the project in many, many different ways. Nine schools have contributed original songs and we are now looking forward to the performance of those songs in our Cathedral in nearby Ely at the Science Festival in late May. Pam, illustrating her ongoing deep concern for me remains anxious that I will be fit enough to enjoy the day: this is one of the manifestations of the inevitable anxiety a spouse/ carer can feel. Overall, the project has been a huge blessing (though Pam would also say a tad obsessional at times!) for which I give repeated thanks.

Finally, I want to close this lengthy piece with a tribute and our profound gratitude to all the staff at Addenbrookes in Haematology, Oncology, Radiotherapy, and the Pharmacy - both medical and administrative staff. You have been unfailingly magnificent; courteous, caring, concerned, amenable, helpful when our needs were different to yours and watchful of those needs. Thank you all so much. We have seen small glimpses of the pressures you are under and we know of some of them through the media. Without exception you have managed to avoid passing any stress on to us and we are very, very grateful.

CANCER 1: Can be found HERE
CANCER 2: Can be found HERE



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Alleluia! Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!


Calvary Redeemed

Re-posted from Easter 2014 with thanks that we here can celebrate freely year after year - and with thoughts and prayers for the many who will greet Easter with fear in their hearts.

This song celebrates the bread and wine of the Risen Lord and can be sung to the lovely traditional  Scottish Tune which has been set to ‘The Mingulay Boating Song’ **

Come among us, Risen Jesus,
pour your Holy Spirit on us 
as we gather round your table
taking bread and drinking wine

Bread of life, which ever strengthens
wine his blood, our sweet refreshment:
by our Saviour, freely given,
sacrifice, for you and me.



Double click on the image below to get a printable score



To find other poems, meditations and hymns for LENT, HOLY WEEK and EASTER, Click Here

At the time of posting this was Dedicated to friends-in-Jesus in The Ukraine: that still feels appropriate in September 2014, September 2015 and 2017.


On the morning of original publication we greeted The Day of Resurrection a little after sunrise in the grounds of the ruins of Denny Abbey, which has been a Benedictine Abbey (C12th), A Preceptory of the Knights Templars (C13th) and a House of Poor Clares (14th). The early morning service included members of two Baptist churches, a Salvation Army Corps and our two local Anglican (C of E) churches. So between the history and the inter-church morning fellowship we are reminded of the breadth of Christ’s church.

But the international dimension was not represented. So I would like to re-dedicate the following song to those friends in Ukraine who I have noticed have recently been visiting The Cross and The Cosmos’ more regularly than usual.

Ukranian Friends, here in the UK, we understand only what the media shows us of the complexities of your country’s present situation, but we pray for all of those of you who long for a lasting peace in your land.

**You can listen to The Corries singing The Mingulay Boating Song at This link to sense how the tune fits the communion song above. In due course. 

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'