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Throwback/forward Thursday: moonlit vows

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Throwback: On Wisdom's Wings, debut poetry collection  Throw forward: In His House, debut spoken word album  Listen to 'Such a Night'
In His House - coming soon! 

Midweek Musing: GradSchool Learning Part Four

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This May, I participated in a GradSchool professional and personal development course, run by the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development. In a series of four midweek musings, I reflect on some of the things I learned those three days.



Part Four: someone to listen. 
In that creative session I described last week, we were invited to find someone we'd not spoken to yet over the course, and to be a mirror for each other. As one person reflected on where they would go next from these three days, the other had a series of questions to pose, but would say nothing else.

We would ask about what we wanted to do. What challenges might there be. What is already in place. What first step will we take this coming week?

This is a short conclusion to the series.

All I want to do is to note how profound that was, as a gift to each other. To feel within oneself the commitment to implement the learning, and have someone bear witness to that promise I made to myself added we…

precipitous

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we cast our votes
amid the lies flinging
fear slinging torrent
and the rain fell
bleak teller of fortune

we watched the count
amid hope sliding
faith sinking avalanche
and the rain fell
gentle persistent soundtrack

we heard the echoes
amid our own stunned
speechless shock
and the rain fell
as if nothing at all had changed

Poetic throwback moment

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Midweek Musing: GradSchool Learning Part Three

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This May, I participated in a GradSchool professional and personal development course, run by the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development. In a series of four midweek musings, I reflect on some of the things I learned those three days.



Part Three: Play. 
I was reminded – though did not really need to be so – of the importance of play when it comes to learning and building relationships.

The GradSchool was characterised by play, from the activities described in the first two of this series, to the case study scenarios of interviews, brand redesign and conflict resolution, we were constantly at play. We were experimenting, exploring, imagining and acting various fictitious roles.

I was astounded and delighted at the commitment of us all to these role play scenarios, especially the passionate residents protesting to be heard in the wake of an environmental disaster, and the ruthlessness of the representatives of the company whose materials had spilled.

The creati…

Debut Album - Coming Soon!

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This is the cover image for 'In His House'  – debut spoken word digital album from Sarah Agnew soon to be released
Excitement is growing - I can't wait to share this with the world - and in a significant year for Shakespeare fans, 400 years since he died. 



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Throwback Thursday: pearls falling for Orlando

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Midweek Musing: Grad School Learning Part Two

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This May, I participated in a GradSchool professional and personal development course, run by the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development. In a series of four midweek musings, I reflect on some of the things I learned those three days.



Part Two: Being a Leader. 
I mentioned last week some of the activities that occupied us over the three days of the GradSchool. The first of the activities was a 'marshmallow challenge': with a handful of dried spaghetti, some rope, a yard of masking tape and limited time, create the tallest structure on which to balance the marshmallow.

Our working together was a disaster. We'd just met, so of course it was going to be, and in part, that's the point. We talked all at once, or in twos or threes, or just got on with our own ideas individually. Occasionally we stopped, listened to one person, but never quite managed to form a cohesive approach to the task.

Our tower fell over.

After each activity over the course we…

Dragon's tears

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gay | gei | adjective : ‘lighthearted and carefree’


is anyone lighthearted, do
you think, at one small group
declaring for all the manner in
which we are to be happy?

can anyone be carefree, now
with humanity broken on
the dance floor, in a happy
place turned flooded bath?

will anyone be happy again, smile
again, laugh again? has all the gay
gone from the world? or will
it land in our midst, a giant dragon
with expansive tail bending love around
the mountain?


written in response to the shooting at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, June 2016.


[not by way of advertising, but for information: here is a telling of the legend of the Dragon's tears]

Throwback Thursday: carried home on a golden star

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read 'carried: home' here


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Midweek Musing: Grad School Learning Part One

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This May, I participated in a GradSchool professional and personal development course, run by the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development. In a series of four midweek musings, I reflect on some of the things I learned those three days.



Part One: Teamwork. 
To finish the GradSchool, each of the five tutor groups were invited to present a sort of drama celebrating something they appreciated or learned over the course. Our group stood up with these v-shaped plastic 'tubes' and a marble each and proceeded to talk over the top of one another with ideas about how to approach the task. Gradually, we put the marbles aside and began to talk one at a time and listen, to finally successfully pass the marble down the tubes to one another. Yay!

The marble challenge had been the one group activity on the second day that had us competing against the other groups. Before lunch, we had been over in Holyrood Park beneath Arthur's Seat facing various challenges toget…

A Good Story Well Told: Soon in Edinburgh

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Did I mention my friend Phil is telling the first half of the Gospel according to Mark in a couple of weeks, here in Edinburgh?

Do come along – tickets are free, but you're encouraged to make a donation in support of Syrian refugees.

Living the Good Story indeed.

Throwback Thursday: woeful

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Bit late - but the throwback celebration of poetry is a repeat this week anyway.

Midweek Musing: functioning well within restraints

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I have been musing on this article, which a friend shared on Facebook recently. On the issue of depression in teenagers, the author writes this:
It’s easy to put depression into a box of symptoms, and though we as a society are constantly told mental illness comes in all shapes and sizes, we are stuck with a mental health stock image in our heads that many people don’t match. When we see depression and anxiety in adolescents, we see teens struggling to get by in their day-to-day lives. We see grades dropping. We see involvement replaced by isolation. People slip through the cracks.
We don’t see the student with the 4.0 GPA. We don’t see the student who’s active in choir and theater or a member of the National Honor Society. We don’t see the student who takes on leadership roles in a religious youth group. No matter how many times we are reminded that mental illness doesn’t discriminate, we revert back to a narrow idea of how it should manifest, and that is dangerous.


The author tells o…