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1 day ago
Orna Ross

RIP Thich Nhat Hanh.
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In the 1990s I was given a #poetry book * Call Me By My True Names * written by the zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, whom I and my family came to know as Thay (teacher). It was the most transformative book I’ve ever read, leading me along a mindfulness and meditation pathway that I still follow. After that reading my life was never again the same.

And tonight comes the long expected news: our great master, teacher, poet has passed, aged 95.

Goodnight Thay. May your Buddha nature continue to light the way. Your teaching insists this is no time for mourning. So instead I’m posting one of your poems.

With a bow of thanks, today and forever.

🌹🌹🌹🌹

Disappearance

The leaf tips bend
under the weight of dew.
Fruits are ripening
in Earth’s early morning.
Daffodils light up in the sun.
The curtain of cloud at the gateway
of the garden path begins to shift:
have pity for childhood,
the way of illusion.

Late at night,
the candle gutters.
In some distant desert,
a flower opens.
And somewhere else,
a cold aster
that never knew a cassava patch
or gardens of areca palms,
never knew the joy of life,
at that instant disappears-
Our eternal yearning.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

🌹🌹🌹🌹
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RIP Thich Nhat Hanh. 
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In the 1990s I was given a #poetry book * Call Me By My True Names * written by the zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, whom I and my family came to know as Thay (teacher). It was the most transformative book I’ve ever read, leading me along a mindfulness and meditation pathway that I still follow. After that reading my life was never again the same. 

And tonight comes the long expected news: our great master, teacher, poet has passed, aged 95. 

Goodnight Thay. May your Buddha nature continue to light the way. Your teaching insists this is no time for mourning. So instead I’m posting one of your poems. 

With a bow of thanks, today and forever. 

🌹🌹🌹🌹

Disappearance

The leaf tips bend
under the weight of dew.
Fruits are ripening
in Earth’s early morning.
Daffodils light up in the sun.
The curtain of cloud at the gateway
of the garden path begins to shift:
have pity for childhood,
the way of illusion.

Late at night,
the candle gutters.
In some distant desert,
a flower opens.
And somewhere else,
a cold aster
that never knew a cassava patch
or gardens of areca palms,
never knew the joy of life,
at that instant disappears-
Our eternal yearning.

 – Thich Nhat Hanh

🌹🌹🌹🌹

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Thank you Orna. Thay was loving kindness personified, a great peacemaker, a great teacher, a great writer. At such times I always return to his book “no death, no fear” 🙏❤️

Thank you Orna 💕❤️

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5 days ago
Orna Ross

Came across an old word in research this morning and I think we should revive it. "Feminal", meaning: "relating to a woman".

Collins dictionary shows how this word--so useful in filling the great gap between "feminine" and "feminist"--was popular in the early 18th century (a time of turbulence for women in the Anglo world). Then it fell completely away--apart from a interesting small resurgence in the 1940s. Why did we let it die? Can it live again?

Feminal. Relating to a woman. I think I like it. I think we need it. Would you use it?

Pic is the great Nicole Kidman as Isabel Archer, in the great Jane Campion's feminal (and feminist) adaptation of Henry James’s *The Portrait of a Lady*.
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Came across an old word in research this morning and I think we should revive it. Feminal, meaning: relating to a woman. 

Collins dictionary shows how this word--so useful in filling the great gap between feminine and feminist--was popular in the early 18th century (a time of turbulence for women in the Anglo world). Then it fell completely away--apart from a interesting small resurgence in the 1940s. Why did we let it die? Can it live again?

Feminal. Relating to a woman. I think I like it. I think we need it. Would you use it?

Pic is the great Nicole Kidman as Isabel Archer, in the great Jane Campions feminal (and feminist) adaptation of Henry James’s *The Portrait of a Lady*.

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Yes Orna Ross, I would use it; love it! Thanks 🙂

Just used it in my book. Autocorrect keeps trying to change it to "seminal"... which is rather hilarious. That made me think of another word we need.... Ovumnal! 😀

Lovely word, deserves resurrection. And how about "feminality"?!

And check out The White Goddess

I can certainly see how it would be useful. I'll have to try to remember to use it when appropriate.

That is entering my vocabulary right now!

A beautiful word, useful and graceful in equal measures

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1 week ago
Orna Ross

It's a winter evening in 1885 and my characters have just enjoyed a Sunday meal with friends. Nothing special, just Sunday dinner for six. Tapioca soup, whiting in butter, steaks of beef, cold slices of mutton with salad and sides, lemon sorbet, roast pork, apple charlotte, macaroni cheese, and fruit, washed down with champagne, sherry, burgundy, claret, hock and port. They're flaked out now in front of the fire, I wonder why? ... See MoreSee Less

Its a winter evening in 1885 and my characters have just enjoyed a Sunday meal with friends. Nothing special, just Sunday dinner for six. Tapioca soup, whiting in butter, steaks of beef, cold slices of mutton with salad and sides, lemon sorbet, roast pork, apple charlotte, macaroni cheese, and fruit, washed down with champagne, sherry, burgundy, claret, hock and port. Theyre flaked out now in front of the fire, I wonder why?

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I can't get beyond the tapioca soup - if I had to stomach that, I don't think I could cope with any of the rest of it!

I wonder if the soup is in fact cold? My favourite childhood dessert was gula melaka, iced sago made with coconut milk with a sauce made from palm sugar.

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3 weeks ago
Orna Ross

As dawn rises on a new year, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in better, and for being here, and for all your support last year. A writer without readers is just a person alone in a room. You keep me going. Wishing you the best possible 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

As dawn rises on a new year, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in better, and for being here,  and for all your support last year. A writer without readers is just a person alone in a room. You keep me going. Wishing you the best possible 2022.
4 weeks ago
Orna Ross

However you spend this day--whether you're celebrating with friends or family, isolating with covid or in blissful solitude, or choosing not to notice this silly-selly season at all--I wish you all things merry and bright on this 25th December 2021. And the joys of a good book, of course! ... See MoreSee Less

However you spend this day--whether youre celebrating with friends or family, isolating with covid or in blissful solitude, or choosing not to notice this silly-selly season at all--I wish you all things merry and bright on this 25th December 2021. And the joys of a good book, of course!