The Monthly Salon: June
Plus a nod to the future
Greetings to all of my readers. The west of Ireland has been basking in unseasonably hot weather this past ten days. Out in these parts we grab hold of this sort of thing while we can, because it doesn’t come often. Here is a cow in the Burren enjoying the impacts of man-made climate change.
Paid subscribers will have noticed, I imagine, my announcement that last week’s essay was the penultimate chapter in the series I began here over two years ago. It seems almost impossible to me that this series would ever end, so deeply have I immersed myself in the entrails of the Machine these past two years. But end it will, in two weeks’ time, when the final essay in the series will hit your screens.
Part of me would like to retire at that point, and spend more time with that cow, but this is not an option that is given to me. Instead, I will be taking a summer break, and then returning to the Abbey with a series of new projects and a slightly shifted focus. I have some new ideas I’m quite excited about, all of which will build on the work I’ve been doing here since 2021 while also giving me some new avenues to explore and some more ways to explore them. The end of one project is always the beginning of another. God willing, it will blossom. We’ll see.
I’ll write more on what I’m planning at the end of this month. For now, I have another essay to get on with. While I do that, please feel free to use this monthly space as your own, and talk about whatever you like. More from me in a fortnight.