Public valproate warning

Valproic acide (Epilim) is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the risk of fetal abnormalities, and all women should be warned of this if they have this medication prescribed. The guidelines are clear. The data is in. But it appears that this is not happening, at least in the UK. Two thirds of women who take … Continue reading Public valproate warning

The Churchian rebellion.

Symbolism and rhetoric matter. It matters that the civil rituals are honoured. These vary from place to place: in the USA you stand for the anthem, in NZ we don't. Because we are not Yanks. But honour when honour is due. And this morning Robyn, being a wonderful person, is fussing, because it is my … Continue reading The Churchian rebellion.

Sunday Sonnet

Twelve Beauty that Parent is to deathless Rhyme ' Was Manhood's maker : you shall bear a Son, Till Daughters linked adown admiring time Fulfil the mother, handing Beauty on. You shall by breeding make Life answer yet, In Time's despite, Time's jeer that men go void ; Your stamp of heaven shall be more … Continue reading Sunday Sonnet

Eliot, and redeeming time from rebellion.

Before we go to the scripture this morning, a notice. Tomorrow (Sunday) the Ilk and faithful should descend on Christ Church St Lawrence, to commemorate the acceptance of Eliot into the church. Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future And time future contained in time past. If all time is … Continue reading Eliot, and redeeming time from rebellion.

Election legal notice.

This is not that a political blog, but... as tomorrow is election day, any comments about the election are not going to be posted until after the polls close. This is local law. It is not rational. The left may ignore it. The idea that Adern is going to do an ask me anything on … Continue reading Election legal notice.

Donne is a Pimp.

The quote is from a wonderful essay around teaching poetry at high school. I have never read Herbert. And I have never, before thought that Donne was a pimp. Perhaps he would have challenged any who said so to him. I was less encouraged when only a couple of kids liked George Herbert. After our … Continue reading Donne is a Pimp.

Contra Euthanasia.

The American College of Physicians, facing the liberal judiciary and legislature trying to legalize euthanasia, has done their duty. They have produced a position statement that reiterates the classical ethical position. To not kill. POSITION STATEMENT The ACP affirms a professional responsibility to improve the care of dying patients and their families. The ACP does … Continue reading Contra Euthanasia.

Satire on a rainy afternoon.

Two Catholic poets writing public, satirical verse. As if they ever did not. Both now dead, buried, and gone. But the pride and denial of our base nature they mock lives on. I see it on the daily news, and think that they are correct to mock. Ballade of Modest Confession My reading is extremely … Continue reading Satire on a rainy afternoon.

Postmodernism is dirt and huts.

The Postmodernist relativism does not work. It cannot work. Because it is based on lies, and those lies are mandatory. I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me because I have railed so long against marriage, but doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his … Continue reading Postmodernism is dirt and huts.

Poem of the day

Julian has a medical procedure soon. Prayers for that: but in the meantime he posted this. The small, white petals run about on the ground in the wind like children in a playground, with no mind for me: and if I were gone next year, the playing would go on. Julian O'Dea.