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Non-Religious Wedding Readings

Summary

"Fair or foul, on land or sea, Come the wind or weather, Best or worst, whate'er they be, We shall share together...." Civil marriage ceremonies are increasingly popular, but it can be difficult to choose readings which are appropriate in a non-religious setting. A few well-known poems tend to appear regularly at civil ceremonies, but if you are looking for something different, this book could be the answer. Non-Religious Wedding Readings contains a selection of 77 poems and prose passages on love and marriage from various writers dating from the 17th to the 20th century. They retain the classic style of traditional church readings, but are entirely secular. Some of the authors are well known: Shakespeare, Hegel, Balzac, Milton - others less so, but all are suitable for the dignified occasion of a wedding. In addition to celebrating married love, many of the readings also offer timeless wisdom for married life, which will appeal to couples who are practical as well as romantic.

©2014 Hugh Morrison (P)2017 Hugh Morrison

Narrator: Cathy Conneff
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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Non-Religious Funeral Readings

Summary

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. In recent years non-religious funerals have become more common, but without an established canon of texts to fall back on, it can be difficult to plan an appropriate service for a loved one who had no religious belief or connections. Texts recommended by secular humanists, especially modern texts, can sometimes sound trite or overly informal. This book, however, provides opening sentences, texts, and sentences for committal and/or dispersal from some of the greatest philosophers and writers in history including Marcus Aurelius, Plato, Christina Rossetti, Shakespeare and Rabindranath Tagore. They retain the solemnity, grandeur and dignity of the traditional language of Christian funerals found in the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, but make no dogmatic references to religion, the supernatural or life after death; beliefs which many today do not or cannot hold. Instead, the texts offer a positive philosophical approach to death, and a celebration of the life and memory of the departed. This book will be suitable for anybody planning the funeral of a loved one, or for officiants at secular humanist funerals.

©2016 Hugh Morrison (P)2016 Hugh Morrison

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A Little Book of Limericks

Summary

This book contains over 200 funny, non-rude limerick poems old and new, suitable for children as well as adults. Laugh at the antics of the woman from Chippenham, Wilts, who walked up to Scotland on stilts, the old lady of Rye, who was baked by mistake in a pie, the young man called McLeod, who played the trombone far too loud - and many, many more.

©2015, 2016 Hugh Morrison (P)2016 Hugh Morrison

Narrator: Troy Johnson
Length: 46 mins
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