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Current notebook

This is the notebook I have been carrying around for most of this year. It is by Clairefontaine, made in France. With high quality paper for fountain pen use it has been a really good notebook to use, the paper is smooth and takes ink well without smudging. Initially I was worried that it might […]

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Let the bugs live

I read an interesting, and worrying, article today from the Guardian: Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers. It discussed the results of a longitudinal study surveying the biomass of flying insects in German nature reserves over the period from 1989 to 2016. Overall, the study found a 76% decline in the […]

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Pencils

I have an odd obsession; pencils. Don’t laugh, I’m serious, there is even a podcast that exclusively discusses pencils. Obviously I’ve used bog standard pencils for years, generally without giving them much thought aside from noting which ones pissed me off when the leads broke in sharpeners, the wood split or they were gritty and […]

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Carried, sustained, rescued

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will […]

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Finding faith in the bible

I always get a thrill of joy when I read John 1:9-13, particularly verses 12 & 13. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and […]

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Travel light

About a year ago I wrote about decluttering my life of old stuff, dreams and ambitions. This task has become an iterative one – after clearing out one layer of clutter I find more underneath that has yet to be dealt with. It also takes time to examine my desires, motivations, dreams, anxieties, worries, priorities, fears, […]

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Desperate people dying at sea

An estimated 6,000-20,000 Rohingya from Myanmar/Burma are at sea, fleeing the ethnic persecution that has been going on for years. Their lives have become worse and worse. The Myanmar government keeps denying more than a million people basic rights, such as food, medical treatment and education. Not to mention the freedom to live in their own […]

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What it means to be fully human

Profound words from an advocate for the mentally disabled To be fully human is really to discover who I am. And who am I? I’m a member of the huge human family, where we’re all brothers and sisters wherever we come from, whatever our culture, whatever our religion. We were born in weakness. We will […]