Religious people are happier, study finds

I had not spent time with my faithlessness  until I was faced with the emptiness of Brompton Oratory  the vacancy of god between the pews the slow unpeopled creak of confession boxes  and a spectral nod of candle heads  communing with the dust I did not think of it again until the following summer inContinue reading “Religious people are happier, study finds”

What have I built?

I suppose it has something to do with the porch where I opened the trinket shop, selling lumps  of gravel and dandelions through the letterbox, or the cockle shells arranged in a witch’s seance  along the edges of our rug, inhaling the smell of settled soot, door shut, waiting for life to happen. Then somethingContinue reading “What have I built?”

Change of Scene

We are christened by a first blizzard –   not the first in our lives but here in this half-year home, where we nested  on the hottest day, in the hottest year,  earth curdling at the top of those stairs.  Now I’m by the window and though  the stairs pretend to go somewhere I’d never guessContinue reading “Change of Scene”