Word of the day


Unction – the action of anointing someone with oil or ointment as a religious rite or a symbol of investiture as a monarch; treatment with a medicinal oil or ointment; the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing; something used for anointing; ointment, unguent; a slave; something soothing or comforting; religious or spiritual fervor or the expression of such fervor; exaggerated, assumed, or superficial earnestness of language or manner.

Milne muses




SOMETIMES by David Whyte

if you move carefully
through the forest,
like the ones
in the old stories,
who could cross
a shimmering bed of leaves
without a sound,
you come to a place
whose only task
is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests,
conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.
Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,
to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,
that can make
or unmake
a life,
that have patiently
waited for you,
that have no right
to go away.

Hat tip: The Marginalian

Maya muses


Sunday soapbox


Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Humility is the bet form of warfare; it is the only thing your enemy cannot do. – Keri Harvey

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