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Planting Golden Seeds in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham



“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour." —WILLIAM BLAKE, “AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE”











ON  ...




Ralph Waldo Emerson


To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people

and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics

and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better,

Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,

or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier

because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.




John Keats


    SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,  
        Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;  
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless  
        With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;  
    To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,  
        And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;  
            To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells  
    With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,  
        And still more, later flowers for the bees,  
        Until they think warm days will never cease,  
            For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells. 


    Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?  
        Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find  
    Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,  
        Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;  
    Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,  
        Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook  
            Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:  
    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep  
        Steady thy laden head across a brook;  
        Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,  
            Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours. 


    Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?  
        Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—  
    While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,  
        And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;  
    Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn  
        Among the river sallows, borne aloft  
            Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;  
    And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;  
        Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft  
        The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;  
           And gathering swallows twitter in the skies. 





Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
  But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
  Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
  And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
  If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
  And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
  Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
  And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
  And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
  And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
  To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
  Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
  Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
  If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
  With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
  And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son.




William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
     If this be error and upon me proved,
     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.






"God is greater than all you can hold in your hands. Hence, open them - empty them from the worldly dirt - clean the stains with the joy of undertaking selfless work - graze them, until one is numb to the pain of the body - harden them - strengthen them with the work of love. Let the hands grow - let them undertake all the work, wherever the Lord is present. Let the work of the entire world become their duty, for the largest hands - the cleanest hands will only receive the largest heart that carries the greatest love."  SMD

"In every community, there is work to be done.  In every nation, there are wounds to heal.

In every heart, there is the power to do it."  MW



Reflection 143


The Most Worthwhile Enquiry

If you had a letter from your bank manager saying some well-wisher, some uncle you had never heard of, had left you a million pounds, I think you would check up to see if he had got it right. You might even write a fat cheque to see if it bounced. Now, the great mystics of the world have said that beyond measure you are richer and more splendid than all the millionaires put together. So it is worth, surely, going into this question of Who we really are. (Douglas Harding. On Having No Head. DVD.)



  • Warm regards 
  • Richard Lang



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