Author Archives: Hearten Soul

Being a tree

“I want to be, a tree” said the man on the Prudential advert back in 1989.  A few years earlier Tim Pope made a cult video to his song of the same title, in between producing videos for The Cure. … Continue reading

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Hearing from Huldah

Maybe you think Huldah sounds like the latest Avengers villain, or a mysterious place in the Middle East which is probably subject to ceaseless violence but somehow undeserving of media attention. Chances are that you haven’t heard of Huldah as … Continue reading

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Re-viewing the Oscars

The weather-effects team here seem to have put in an Oscar-worthy performance, perhaps having heard that I was supposed to be preaching on the Christmas story.  Sadly they over-did it a bit, meaning church was actually snowed off and I … Continue reading

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Praying and watching

The snowdrops in my garden were in full bloom before I had even noticed. Last year, after my Mum had planted them I was watching much more carefully – noticing the tiny shoots as first signs of spring after the … Continue reading

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Multitasking in church

I’m a bit concerned that this post will read like I’m saying ‘look at me, I’m amazing’ or ‘look at me, I’m an idiot’ depending on your perspective. I’m going to do my best to avoid both and hope that … Continue reading

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Accounting for love

I guess blogging about an ongoing relationship is complicated because the stories aren’t just yours, they also belong to someone else you care about. Perhaps it also feels risky to be putting something down as a record when it still … Continue reading

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Gathering discarded gems

Although we live in such a digital age, I still have many books around my house. Many of them mean something to me and even though I haven’t looked at many of them in a long time, I wouldn’t want … Continue reading

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