I’m a third generation strawberry plant propagator, sometimes poet, backyard theologian and part-time mystic. I live in Katikati, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand with my wife Lucy, my son Sam, and daughters Coby and Caris. I enjoy social soccer with the lads and finely crafted IPA.
What inspires me? I like to share ideas, meditations, word pictures and contemplation. I write words that are meant to be spoken. I write words to make pictures for the mind. I write words because I want to connect. Sometimes words are my friend, sometimes they leave me without warning. But I think it is the act of sharing this creativity that energizes me the most. Hereby witness the value of the One Voice Project!
This blog offers me an opportunity to explore different forms of poetry. For example, by restricting the form to a five line Japanese tanka, or a prayerful ‘collect’ it actually helps the process of writing. Energy, ideas and emotion are channeled and shaped into a polished piece. Hence the blog name, Trembling Crucible. The image of the crucible describes my attempt to handle the word of God with creative expectation and just a little excited awe. It is my prayer that this is where wonderful possibilities and connections can begin.
This blog also offers an opportunity to explore my faith in Christ and experiment with Christian meditative practices. Following the the Revised Common Lectionary offers a path to wander. The heart must be led, but must also be allowed to roam.