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Posted by Simon Parke, 24 Aug 2017

My poem of the week is a song lyric by Mike Scott of ‘The Waterboys’ fame.

Breathe it in.

And if it seems a good idea, find the song…


Man gets tired
Spirit don’t..


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The authentic angel

Posted by Simon Parke, 22 Aug 2017

We had been talking for a while, when Leslie told me of a new acquaintance in her life.

‘I have an angel,’ she said.

‘Oh yes?’

‘She’s called Grace.’


‘But she doesn’t stand for any crap; she really doesn’t’...

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Do nothing entirely

Posted by Simon Parke, 21 Aug 2017

We will do nothing entirely.

To do something entirely - to be caught up in a project, trapped inside its claims on us - this is the path of insanity and stress, when we lose kindness, perspective and even the ability to do the job well.

We can be focused in our work, we can be purposeful…

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Cover of The Indecent Death of a Madam

My latest novel in the Abbot Peter murder mystery series, The Indecent Death of a Madam, is published on 21 September by Marylebone House. What brings together the Stormhaven Etiquette Society, Model Services (the town’s only brothel) and Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over 700 mental patients prior to the dubious dream of ‘care in the community’? A cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds.

Simon's Mindful Lifebelts app

Mindful Lifebelts is an app to help when life is difficult; or preferably, to prevent it becoming so. The short meditations come in both written and audio form, spoken by Simon.

On this retreat, through teaching, meditation and silence, we’ll ponder the purpose and practice of mindfulness; we’ll consider how we engage with and process our thoughts and feelings and how, through such awareness, we might live more spacious and more present lives.

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