It’s the centennial anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War I – the battle where more British soldiers died on the first day than any other battle in British history. It was a battle that dragged on for months, and when it was over, nothing had changed. Poet Owen Sheers takes a look in The Guardian at what is likely the most famous poem that came out of the war.
Westminster Abbey is preparing a treasure trove of fashion for an exhibition. A hosrt feature describes a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum in London (I’ve been twice and I would go again). And The Telegraph has the first color photos of flying in the 1950s – and yes, the world has certainly changed.
A reflection on Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” at The Rabbit Room. Artist Graham Dean does some wonderful things with paper and paint. Mick Silva on “designing the read” in writing. British singer and playwright sings his way through Brooklyn and creates a street party.
And mother’s hard story about a son with a heroin addiction.
Laying hands – Lise at all the words.
In Parenthesis: in praise of the Somme's forgotten poet – Owen Sheers at The Guardian.
The Shenandoah and a Pattern of Grace – Winn Collier.
Faith’s Concern – Mike Leake at Borrowed Light.
New legalisms: where is grace? – Ted Gossard at Jesus Community.
Treasury of Historic Clothing Revealed at Westminster Abbey – The Guardian.
The first colour photos of flying in the 50s – The Telegraph.
Exploring the Life of Charles Dickens – Rick Millikan at Coast Reporter.
Art and Photography
Burning Out – Tim Good at National Geographic / Your Shot.
Wednesday Artist: Graham Dean – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
Art Stories: Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks — How We Spend Our Days – Russ Ramsey at The Rabbit Room.
Life and Culture
“My Son is a Heroin Addict” – A Mother’s Story of Love – David Rupert at Red-Letter Believers.
Christians Can No Longer be Pharmacists – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.
Designing the Read – Mick Silva.
YOU MUST READ THIS is not a headline – David Murray at Writing Boots.
Let Me Go – Gary Barlow
Painting: Woman Reading, oil on canvas by Alexander Deineka (1934).