There was a time, oh yes it was long ago little ones, when there was such a thing as the Summer of love. Hippie Dippie, oh yes indeedie, but also the innocence of the spirit of the idea was there. A time when there was no xbox or social media, in fact the only social media were newspapers, telephones, televisions and the local post office. They were called ‘Letters’ dear, and you wrote them to people to let them know you cared and that there were things going on in your life. Oh yes and they were person-centric ie. they were addressed to one person and that person chose what to – if at all – share with another. Great love stories were born and died over lifetimes in letters. They were responsible for misunderstandings most notably when they did not arrive at their destination – but that was not often. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whistle through your comb.

Do a loony-goony dance

‘Cross the kitchen floor,

Put something silly in the world

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deliciously simple and stunningly so…it is truly encompassing, embracing and emotive

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frog haiku Whilst my year of adventure is coming to an end, I am exquisitely aware of something new beginning in me. I’ve felt it for a while, and I’m not even sure I can put it into words yet, but it has something to do with my haiku adventure and something to do with trees and something to do with Japan.

As I’ve been doing research for my book, Seventeen Syllables : Cultivating Presence Through Poetry, I’ve become fascinated by the haiku form and its origins. The modern haiku form is most closely associated with the seventeenth century poet, Matsuo Bashō.

In 1686, Bashō composed one of his best-remembered haiku. Historians believe that this poem became instantly famous.

古池や蛙飛こむ水のおと
furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto
An ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the sound of water

For today’s adventure, I’m going to recite this haiku…

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totally out there and inspirational, but what else from Sensei Jane. Cannot wait to have a go at this and if you even remotely feel a tickle of anticipation or curiosity then yes, you go for it too!

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big renga projectI’m sure you may have realised  by now that I’m a bit of a haiku fan 🙂 . As part of the research for my book Seventeen Syllables ~ Cultivating Presence Through Poetry, I looked at the origins of the haiku form. What is now known as haiku was originally known as hokku, the first verse of a collaborative linked- verse poem called a renga.

The renga form has been around since the thirteenth century, and you can find out more about it here. In a nutshell, groups of poets works together to create a linked poem. The first stanza follows a 3-line 5-7-5 syllable format, just like the haiku. It also contains a kigo (season word) and a kireji (cutting word). The second stanza responds to the first stanza, but this time in a 2-line 7-7 syllable format. The renga then gets handed back to the…

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‘ and ‘Midsommer Murder’s meets Quentin Tarantino – so you cannot say you have not been warned this is most definitely adults only

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Haunted by his past and the memories he thought he’d suppressed, forgotten, or denied our dark man stands on the threshold of destruction. Yet, somehow, something drives him on.

What can be so bad that he contemplates his chosen path?

What is The Truth and where will he find it?

How deep is it buried?

So many questions, yet, the road to ruination is laid out before him, one horrific step after another.

How far would you go to see justice served?

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transitions in pictures as one walks, how to capture the magic of nature and see it as another does….perhaps

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Portglenone Forest, Northern IrelandFor today’s adventure, I took my dog for a walk through Portglenone Forest. I recorded my walk by taking photographs of things that caught my eye and then used the images to make a short film.

My dog didn’t like all the stopping ; he was very keen to get on. The “Sparky Effect” is evident in some of the pictures (the ones which are a little blurred are the ones where Sparky was pulling hard on the lead, and I was having a little trouble keeping still!)

I’ve kept in all of the pictures, and I’ve maintained the sequence too. This way, you get to experience the walk as I experienced it. Watching the film, I’m amazed how much there is to see in a forest at this time of year.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

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Again totally loving this and seeing of course the metaphor for the http://www…we are all wrapped up in, silken bonds that tighten whenever we move we cocoon ourselves deeper

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spider webThis morning’s walk with my dog was spectacular! Even though the sky was darkened by a flat grey ghost-mist, the hedges, railings, plants and fences were glinting with dew-laden spider webs. It was as though the spiders were putting on a spectacular show at the edges of morning consciousness.

Before writing today’s haiku, I did a little research about spider webs.  As a result of my research I learned where the term “cobweb” comes from. It turns out that coppe is the Old English word for spider 🙂 .

You can read my haiku about spider webs here, and I read it out loud in today’s video-blog.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

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So simple and yet simply stunning

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poem about school uniformFor me, the things that really mark the changing of the season are the end of the summer holidays and the beginning of the school term. The first full day of school for my son was this monday and seeing him in his uniform again reminded me :

  • How quickly we, as humans, move through our own seasons
  • How tied I really am to my own heritage (I come from a family of school teachers)
  • How I can already see in my son’s Spring, the seeds of his Autumn (I think the leaves will be spectacular)

For today’s poetic adventure, I’ve written a haiku called “Back to school”. You can read it here , and I read it out loud in today’s video-blog too.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

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this has all to do with whether you choose to fall at the first hurdle. Failure is a big country and you can still map your way across it to the island of success…so many authors have rejection slips and for works that when someone took them on finally they made such a success they hit the stratosphere, the Beatles also were rejected at first and look what happened there.

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J K Rowling quoteToday I received my first reply from a literary agent about my children’s story, The Faerie Thorn. It was a standard email – and it wasn’t a “yes”.

In today’s video, I explore my reaction to the email : it’s probably worth watching if  you think fear of failure may be holding you back (or if you’re worried about what others may think if you don’t succeed).

The “take-away” from today’s adventure is : “failure” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be 😛 (and if you’ve got things that you really want to do, go right ahead and do them!) .. oh … and whatever you do…  hold your nerve!

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

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blowing the cobwebs away as the wheel turns again

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Rushes blown over in the windHaving camped out last night, I feel very close to the essence of the wind (it roared at me for most of the night 😛 ). To me, it sounded like a winter warning, a song of things to come ~ perfect material for today’s poetic adventure.

You can read my haiku about wind here. I read it out loud (in very windy conditions!) on todays video too.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

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