The Hottest Day of Summer

Behind the hedge I hear the bat of the man in the practice cage at the Ickenham Cricket Club urging the bowler on, his bat drumming the ground in eager anticipation. Thump-thump-thump! Give it to me! Give it to me! "Whack!"  A solid hit.  Instinctively I look to the sky above to see if the … Continue reading The Hottest Day of Summer

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Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise

To be honest I had never heard of this town in northern France until a few months ago when I opened my new (used) Michelin map of Pas-de-Calais. Renata and I were eagerly planning the next leg of our staged pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela ('taking the long way home') and St. Pol presented itself … Continue reading Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise

Farewell to parish ministry. (For now?)

And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them.  - I Samuel 22, 2 That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it, fellow clergy?  Memorize it; it's your life verse. Whether you knew it at the time or … Continue reading Farewell to parish ministry. (For now?)