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Phosphoresence by Julia Baird is a keeper.

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird is a keeper, by that I mean, a book I won’t lend. It has become a touchstone book for me, like, Joan Didion‘s The Year of Magical Thinking or anything written by Patti Smith.

Phosphorescence – On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark came along just in time. Most of us have be floundering around wondering …What f..k now for the past couple of months, maybe, for some … years!

This book won’t answer that question but it will help to realign the thinking of things. I was a little wary at first about reading the book. I know Julia Baird has a strong faith, a religious faith, I don’t … but it doesn’t matter, she speaks of her religious commitment in a way that makes utter sense, it is at the core of her being not dogma or politics. A strong feminist, however, she rails at the stance of churches ruled by men who so easily disregard women.

I will have to learn to forgive her for being one of the very few women who still look beautiful in goggles and a swim cap, a small ask, given the gift of this book.

A must read and a keeper.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/01/awe-wonder-and-the-overview-effect-how-feeling-small-gives-us-much-needed-perspective

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  1. Looking forward to reading it. I think Julia Baird is a great thinker, journalist, and writer. And of course a great presenter moderator on The Drum.

    Her series of articles about the Anglican Church some years ago about ideology gone awry should be compulsory reading, especially for young men.

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