Welcome to Parallax. I’m Paul, I live in Bunbury, Western Australia.

I am married to Lyn (37yrs), and we have two wonderful sons in Jon and Hayden, and Jon has brought the lovely Anna into our lives, while Hayden has brought the lovely Bobby-Jo into our lives.

My formal studies have involved me in philosophy, theology, politics, spirituality among many things. My interests are broad and I have a number of hobbies. But here at Parallax I am focussing more on poetry these days. My title Parallax is an admission that there are different views from where we stand.

I am particularly interested in how silence and contemplation enable compassion and engagement. Other interests are social justice, inter-faith dialogue, environmentalism, and community development, all, of course, intertwined.

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  1. Hi Paul,
    Thank you for subscribing to Tarella Spirituality and for the mentions on Parallax. For once I didn’t feel like I was throwing words into cyber space
    where they were lost forever. But you probably are familiar with that feeling.

    No Thomas Merton on your major influences? That surprised me. I would have thought you had a lot in common.

    A lot of my current reading is feminist theology as I endeavour to understand the path of my spirituality – making sense of the choices I have made over the years as i prepare to write about it. .
    A book I have found valuable in reflecting on the Australian landscape is The Solace of Fierce Landscapes : Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality by Belden Lane.

    Paul, I’m delighted to make your acquaintance and thank you for the opportunity.
    Blessings to you and yours,

    Judith Lynch

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    • Hi Judith, sorry this took so long, but I was in a frenetic work phase. I have read Merton but haven’t adjusted my reading list. I have just finished reading Lane’s latest book – and as you may well be aware he’s coming to Australia this year. I haven’t read the one you mention, but will look it up as I am doing a Grad Dip in Spiritual Direction and my project is spirituality and the bush.

      glad to make your acquaintance too,


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  2. Anna Seize the World

    You are not in Bridgetown anymore 🙂

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  3. dmf

    thanks for your interest in syn-zero, afraid we tend towards the atheist/materialist end of the spectrum but perhaps we can be a bit of via negativa for you, have you checked out the work of John Caputo?

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  4. Great information. Blessed me I reach on your website
    by accident, I bookmarked it.

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  6. Pleased to meet you.

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  7. Pat

    Reverend Paul…thank you for following my blog, Life is ON. I look forward to rambling around yours. It’s so handsomely set up and the content is intriguing. Looking forward to getting to know you and your site better. Again, gratitude for the follow.

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  8. Very interesting Bio. You might enjoy Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, if you have not already read it. It is one of my all time favorites.
    Good to connect with you.

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  9. thanks for visiting my blog – am much enjoying your site 🙂

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  10. Very interesting bio information. and I enjoy your blog posts! I am interested in feminist theology, and noticed Sallie McFague on your list. (Yay!) Have you read Karen L. King’s The Gospel of Mary of Magdala? You might be interested…

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  11. Hi Rev. Paul,
    Thanks for visiting and the follow. Your posts share great thoughts and they are soothing to the heart. Lovely words straight from the heart!! Glad to know you! 😊

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  12. interesting, you’re welcome:

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  13. Thank you so much for the follow.Started going through your blog articles.Thank you once again.

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  14. Goodness, Paul! We have some similarities in our backgrounds.

    I majored in philosophy with a double minor in anthropology and comparative religious studies. Bit different focuses though. I was more concerned with the Asian religious traditions. But we seem to share an interest in mysticism.

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  19. May the year ahead grant you all that you wish for and more here’s to a healthy and wonderful year ahead. May the good lord bless you and yours always. Happy Birthday 🙏💕

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  20. Hi Paul,
    It is lovely to meet you. You have a fascinating background! I am inspired by your list of people who have influenced you, and also by your focus on how silence and contemplation enable compassion and engagement. I’d love to hear more about that!

    Sending you blessings. Thank you for following my blog, I’ll follow yours as well. ~Debbie

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    • Thank you very much Debbie, I followed yours as I was so interested in the content and found a really engaging blog and yes, also a very interesting person. So I too looking forward to hearing more. Thank you.


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  22. Good day. Just wanted to let you know that I like your blog.
    Would you like to share your story on “What You Blog About”
    what motivated you to start this blog ?

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  23. Another friend from Australia 🙂
    Glad to meet up at What Do You See? Willow Poetry.
    I’m from the lovely state of Pennsylvania in the US.

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    • Glad to have a friend from Pennsylvania, at the moment we’re in summer I take you are in winter? I’m enjoying Hélène’s prompts.

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      • I’m not sure when they started naming snow storms… but I’m smack in the middle of Jayden now. Last year was wet. This winter is below average cold… yep, winter 🙂

        I had met Hélène a while back (several years ago), but we lost touch when the writing community we belonged to folded. I just found her again toward the end of last year 🙂
        I’ve got a few favorite prompt sites. I see new ones popping up. But there is only so much time in a day, which is why sometimes I smash prompts. My latest for Hélène also includes two others. It fun when the prompts co-operate 😉


  24. No contact page or email, My Friend! This reminded me of something I wrote I was hoping to share!!!!

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  25. Paul, thank you for your concern re “Ennle”…although “dire” sounds melodramatic, when things feel profoundly unsettled/unstable in our lives, they’re ‘dire’ to us, I suspect you’d agree. I needed to make an abrupt blog change, and am not following all the same people as before–you made the ‘cut’ 🙂 So I’ll now be posting as Leyda Bien–and will catch up with your posts soon. If you wouldn’t mind, please delete this comment after reading…lest I be discovered. Yes, cloak and dagger…an intrigante, I remain 🙂 Thank you, blessings to you and family. Leyda

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  26. Social justice is a programme in its own right… 🙂

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  27. Hi Paul,

    I have information that might (or might not) be of extraordinary interest to you. Perhaps you would be willing to email me at paul_sunstone @ q , com

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  28. Paul, I’m so glad that I found your blog. Your poetry is beautiful! Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your work! ❤

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  29. Hi, I came across your blog. Great work! Interesting content and nice pictures. I enjoy to read blogs from people around the world and different places. I am a food blogger from Canada, and I invite you to visit/follow my blog at: https://zest4foodblog.wordpress.com Cheers, Angelika


  30. Hello Rev Paul, Read some of your poems, and really enjoy them. Looking forward to reading more soon.

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  31. Just read your “about” section… very interesting. I simply assumed you were talking about Trump because his existence overwhelms most of the things I should be thinking about. We have something in common. I am an Episcopalian by birth. It made me think how my mother would have particularly appreciated your poetry. She often said us Anglicans have by and large either have keen intellects or were dumb as rocks. I never had the pleasure of Australia… too late now…. but a long time ago I knew a bunch of Aussies. Always said I would come visit. What a bunch… they know how to rock and roll.

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    • We do have a way of having fun that is fast and loose 🙂 nice connect the Episcopal beginnings. I like your mother’s humour. I wonder about Trump, I was listening to a refreshing take by Ezra Klein (one of your bright political analysts) on On Being, he posits that Trump is that natural yin to Obama’s yang, and so we have a cyclical polarity. Damn I wished it weren’t so, I have extremely unsavoury visions of what I’d like for Trump. The poem includes him, but also our very own dimwit Morrison, and that fool Johnson … how did we end up here? Thank you so much for sharing.

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  32. Wasn’t sure who Ezra Klein was until I looked him up. I am a fan of Vox however, did not make the connection. Read his comments about polarization. I don’t think the reasons are as complicated as he does. My humble take is some people who have not realized their expectations feel a need to blame their personal failures on those around them, particularly those from places in society they feel are inferior to them for whatever reason and don’t deserve the recognition they have received. Trump and Johnson certainly know how to capitalize on that ene of inadequacy… not so sure about your Morrison… not much in the news about Australian politics except viv-a-vis the terrible fires you had or when Trump insulted your PM some years ago. Will keep looking at your posts so please keeping writing your poetry. I know very little about it but for whatever reason yours grabs me. Maybe age – I am old.

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    • Thank you Nathaniel, interesting to have your insight into the goings on over there. Our PM is an evangelical Christian who has suddenly appeared incapable of leading, and is wedded to 1950s thinking and carbon, it has, I think, doomed his leadership long term. The fires were his undoing. Thank you so much for the encouragement.


  33. It’s cool! I have some same interests! 🙂

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  34. How strange. I have been seeing the name “pvcann” for so long but never clicked on it. Now I find this cornucopia of delights! Hello!

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  35. Hey Paul,

    It’s Joe from Pandemedium. We had to put down my dog this week. I’m a big fan of your poetry. Do you have any poems you wrote that may help me with the nature of love, loss, grief, and healing? Just wondering. If any thoughts come to mind I would really enjoy any of your recommendations.



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