a field in germany and a glorious fragment from rumi.


we have to be Up and At Em early and all day today – tasks and digital lessons and People to Meet and things to Do.

but we wanted to leave a little picture and a poem for you here.

this fragment by Rumi kept coming to mind and we thought about a Suitable picture and the only field we could remember taking a photograph of was in Hamburg in 2009 (who-we-are-in-real-life was being all grown up and proper and speaking at Nokia World in a nice slim-fitting black trouser suit and Prada motorcycle boots).

so here is the field –


and here is the poem

I’ll Meet You There
by Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field. I will meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.

don’t go yet!

there’s a magical bit……….(tis us, after all, darlings ;-)


we saw this sign in Hamburg when we went to buy fizzy mineral water and fruit to eat back at the hotel during jetlag despair.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa full two years before we started to write as teamgloria but something knew; something said “take the bloody picture”

so we did.

isn’t that GLORIAous?



et in arcadia ego: or many roads point to gloria.

thanks to dZ for this one……

and we are especially tickled pink that he stopped the car en route to practicing with the band and stopped to take a picture. we love that kind of behaviour/behavior/kindness.

the most splendid moment in our email conversation (although we believe he was being most modern and using his “smart phone” judging from the “header” in our “string” as the young people say – or, more likely, the geeks we know and love from early email mid-90s might still write) was when we said (with a vast squeal of glee upon opening the picture)

“oh! where WERE you?”

and he said:

“i was in arcadia”

which of course made us think of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited as this is the title of chapter one:

et in arcadia ego

isn’t that completely delicious?

if you require any excuse at all to languish on one’s elongated chaise (as you know we will be from september 9th until the 29th on – sigh – medical leave) and watch the entire mini-series here’s your supplier:

by the way, we spotted THIS sign for gloria in hamburg in 2007 when we were speaking at a conference in our RL persona. sigh. we are/were so ridiculously well-travelled/traveled/experienced in world affairs/romantic entanglements (although in Hamburg, Germany, in case you needed clarification, the romantic entanglement we had in mind never quite got going – gosh no, not a Local Love, but a Visiting American…….so we took a train into the city itself and had a most enjoyable evening instead. Another Story indeed.)