Thursday, 10 January 2013

"He who laughs, lasts." (Mary Pettibone Poole)

"Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It's the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one's fellow human beings."
(Maya Angelou) 

"There's hope for the future because God has a sense of humour and we are funny to God."
(Bill Cosby)


"Music is the great mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life."
(Ludwig van Beethoven)

One of the truly great things about growing up in and around south London was (and hopefully still is) the richness and exuberance of Pentecostal and Baptist churches in the region, reflecting just how colourful and joyful faith can be for people of all ages and cultures. Happy to be a Catholic, I've also been happy to feel good in others' places of worship; I've always loved Gospel music. A few years ago, a friend in Lewisham introduced me to the sound of urban Gospel duo "Mary Mary", actually two Afro-American sisters from California called Erica and Tina Atkins. They took their stage name from the Virgin Mary and from St Mary Magdalen, some pretty hefty inspiration! They make vibrant, contemporary music which is lyrically uplifting and also gets you off your knees and onto your feet.

"Shackles (Praise You)"  Mary Mary

"Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance"


  1. What can I say :) You know me, I'm always laughing (sometimes at the most inappropriate times)........... SIGH........such is life lol xxx

    1. I know you've always laughed a lot - it's one of the really great things about you Chrissie. I also remember how much trouble our particular sense of humour got the likes of you, me, Margaret, Joan and Kristina into at St U's! Yeah: such is life, thankfully! Bless you hon xxx