I want to say a little more about the incorporation of my blogs Turnstone and Words and Silence within my main blog The Solitary Walker.
Turnstone was a repository for all sorts of extracts and quotations I came across, found memorable, and wanted to record. As I stated in the blog's strapline, it was a home for Shards, Sweepings, Stealings, Sayings, Secrets. Sometimes I would add a short commentary, or a few words of expansion or explanation from my own viewpoint.
Words and Silence was more of a personal and introspective blog, covering subjects such as mysticism, music, the emotional life and . . . dieting! The strapline, rather grandly, was A Journey towards Ecstatic Truth.
Bringing everything back together under the one roof I find an exciting and liberating prospect. And one of my great desires is to widen, deepen and enrich the vein I'd already started to mine in these two satellite blogs. Walking, hiking, pilgrimage, photography, music and my other passions will still predominate. But I want to add another theme, a theme which is the theme of a lifetime, or many lifetimes: the exploration of literature, literature in its widest sense.
The books I choose may be novels or short stories, poetry or play collections, biographies, essays, books on history, natural history, travel, popular science, philosophy, myth or religion. Or whatever I feel like reading, in fact. I'll be led in my choices by a lot of whim and serendipity, but certain sub-themes and connections should emerge.
Why don't you travel along with me? Related posts will necessarily be erratic, but I hope they will be a mainstay of this blog for many years to come. This will be a personal journey of discovery for me, and if it becomes a journey of discovery for others too, then it will be twice-worthwhile.
Pointers towards future posts: I've just finished reading Henry Miller's Stand Still like the Hummingbird and Dark Night of the Soul by St John of the Cross. I'm now looking at The Interior Castle by St Teresa of Ávila and Karen Armstrong's A History of God. If anyone wishes to read any of these texts alongside me, then that would be an added bonus.