Learning To Dance by Michael Mayne‘My theme is the dance: the dance of life; the dance of the cosmos, of the natural world and the tiniest particles of matter; the dance of music and paint and words; the dance of those cruel times which feels like dancing in the dark; the dance of relationships, of forgiveness, friendship and love; the dance of faith; and finally, that hidden dance that some call heaven.’ Few writers have explored the borderland between faith and contemporary living more eloquently and engagingly in recent years than Michael Mayne. In Learning to Dance he creates a magical weave of poetry, science and spirituality, touching on the longings, doubts and hopes of all of us. An enchanted and enchanting book. Michael Mayne has brought us through a dance of treasures of nature and a fascinating store of literature, from the mystery of the galaxies to the intricacies of the snowflake. From the Foreword by Dame Cecily Saunders
Michael, Sara and Keke Try Pole Dancing
My hero: Michael Mayne
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Each of the twelve chapters begins with an evocation of the countryside in one of the months of the year. Now, in November, 'The nights are closing in, the landscape is muted and the woods are silent. Maples continue to show flashes of orange and scarlet and gold. The old Saxon name for November was Wind-monath, wind-month, when the fishermen drew their boats ashore and stopped fishing until spring arrived' p. As Michael moves through the year, he evokes the feel of each month, and through the book he builds up a stronger and stronger sense of the cycle of time. For each month, he tells us what were the themes of the pictures in the medieval prayer-books: for November, it is 'gathering acorns for pigs'.
T he Very Reverend Michael Mayne is my hero — as writer, priest, thinker, preacher, teacher, a man of many parts, all beautifully played. That phrase is apposite, given that he once thought of becoming an actor. He loved the theatre and understood its plays and its people intuitively.
Michael Mayne. Learning to Dance. ISBN For my taste there were not enough of them. The running theme of the book is dance in all its metaphorical guises, most particularly as it emerges in science and the arts. There are also some good sections on real dance, circle dance and liturgical dance. The framework is set in counterpoint to the theme.
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