A rendition of Dolly Parton’s Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? sung by Laura Marling.
I think this should start at the beginning of the song. The chat at the start is interesting too, but I’m here for the music.

NRL is back. I’m interested to see if Penrith goes to another gear after the relief of their players dominating State of Origin (and a few international games last weekend).
AFL’s battle for 8th position goes on.

(Draws count as correct)
NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 79/116)
Melbourne
Newcastle
Penrith
Cronulla
North Queensland
Parramatta
New Zealand
Canberra

AFL (last round 6/9; season tally 84/126)
Brisbane
Carlton
Sydney
Melbourne
Geelong
Collingwood
Richmond
Hawthorn
Fremantle

I’ve never featured Kate Rusby’s song Ghost; this is a re-recording which is part of her album 30 Happy Returns, a release which marks her 30 years as a performing artist.

Sometimes it feels that a lost loved one is still here, but the moment passes and the reality of their absence resumes.

I’m continuing to wend my way through Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow.
The narrative doesn’t seem displeased by my sporadic visitations.

Jayber has inherited the additional tasks of being the town grave-digger and the cleaner of the church in fictional Port William.
Since he now cleans the building, he has taken to attending services.

The commentary here reflects a common experience of churches in smaller provincial areas: being a launching place for the commencement of ministry. I’m grateful for those who encouraged me graciously and patiently when I was one of these.

The idea of seminary or Bible college as Never-Never Land is wryly amusing to me.

The preachers were always young students from the seminary who wore, you might say, the mantle of power but not the mantle of knowledge. They wouldn’t stay long enough to know where they were, for thing. Some were wise and some were foolish, but none, so far as Port William ever knew, was ever old. They seemed to have come from some Never-Never Land where the professionally devout were forever young. They were not going to school to learn where they were, let along the pleasures and the pains of being there, or what ought to be there. You couldn’t learn those things in a school. They went to school, apparently, to learn to say over and over again, regardless of where they were, what had already been said too often.

Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry, Counterpoint, 2000, pg. 160

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