Glass 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? …… either way you can only go so far with out a top up …and if you keep spilling it without a refill you’ll end up with an empty glass

So …this girls off to top up with something she KNOWS is reliable ….and KNOWS is always there and won’t let her down WHATEVER is going on externally:)

Often …when life seems at its most grey and bleak … Maybe even downright frustrating and anger inducing …..there might just be a yellow dandilion popping through a crack in the pavement ….the choice is then ours …do we see this remarkable little yellow flower or the mass of concrete?


ANYWAY …time to ‘check out’ ….or maybe it’s ‘check in’

Tuning in to Ommmmmmmmmmmmm………

2016 coexist

Another wonderful blog I am following …..this time an artist sharing her beautiful photographs  in the ‘bloggersphere:):):):):):):) …..

fotografia najwidoczniej realna


Napis “coexist” w takiej ciekawej formie wymyślił polski grafik Piotr Młodożeniec. Współistniejemy, a nasza koegzystencja jest nieunikniona, czy nam się to podoba, czy nie… musimy się szanować wzajemnie. Tego właśnie, w nowym 2016 roku, sobie i wszystkim życzę.

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Best part of the word Compassion is when you look for that word into dictionary you will find that compassion means, “Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others” that itself describes all, no other words need to express. Compassion has such power. In this current situation  we need that most. Compassion […]

Thought I’d better write a post about this as odd blogs that I have been following have posted inviting folk to make a donation or sponsor them personally via cash donation.
Now I am just starting to find my way around the ‘bloggersphere’
But I know for sure I won’t be doing this and here’s why

Again …partly due to my upbringing I used to call myself a ‘socialist’ …hmmmm yep …a dirty word these days …and as I’ve grown and matured …I have kind of accepted the majority of folk seem to prefer capitalism ….but I would argue has it REALLY won the day?…hmmmm …a new way is needed really …incorporating entrepreneurship and craftsmanship into a kind of modern social/environmentalism for the 21st century I feel …incorporating some kind of moral compass too…hmmmm maybe just tuning into Om and applying the ‘Golden Rule’ could suffice ….but who the hell am I to say …getting ideas WAY above my station and going off on a MEGA tangent which I am prone to do from time to time:D:D:D

So ANYWAY …yes …my relatives fought and I mean FOUGHT for the ‘Welfare State’ in this country …a comprehensive education and health system available to ALL …a financial safety net for those in poverty ….clean water and sewage ….quality affordable housing ….subsidised public transport ….swimming pools and sports centres ….free library’s ….subsidised and free access to galleries and museums …the list goes on
We never got it QUITE right …but for a very brief period just after the Second World War it looked like we might be starting to get there …the future looked ‘bright’ the future looked ‘orange’ as they say

I have worked for the ‘Public’ sector BY CHOICE like the vast majority of my colleagues …….and almost all my adult life ….and although I am not a ‘proud’ person think it’s something we SHOULD be proud of WE ARE NOT THE ENEMY!!! …although you would not believe this in the press …Phew! …blimey …THAT was QUITE a rant wasn’t it?:D:D:D

So …yep …there you go …another little insight into this particular blogger and where she is coming from:D:D:D

So …to Charities …Yep …have ALWAYS thought they do some excellent work …but they should be free to do do the pioneering stuff …the research …the lobbying …maybe provide services ‘complementing’ what is provided by the state …but the expectation we seem to have now that charities and private organisations will do it all …and mostly use an army of either volunteers or folks on (the frankly immoral) O hours contracts WILL NOT provide the comprehensive …fully inclusive services we had in the past …I hope I’m proved wrong on that one …but I guess it’s a case of ‘watch this space’ ….will need a damn site more of the uber rich to step in with philanthropic gestures and maintain them if you ask me …and your left with services etc that are not accountable to the public …oops in danger of going off on one again:D:D:D

I guess what I’m saying is …there are SOOOO many charitable organisations …and I guess individuals in need too …that we can’t give to all

The charities I have regularly given to for most of my adult life are
Greenpeace …the environmental campaigning charity
MIND …which aims to promote better mental health provision
The Big Issue …giving homeless folk a purpose and step back on the ladder and a fabulous mag to boot ( and Yep we do have homelessness here …in recent years PARTICULARLY its like the clock is being turned back …it’s rarely reported in the press tho …there’s a kind of ‘ignore it and it will go away’ attitude
I also buy an extra tin or packet of food to pop in the collection points for the food banks round here
Buy my poppy every year …and NO it’s not a glorification of war …it’s a ‘let’s not forget how bloody awful and futile war is’ …or that’s what it SHOULD be …the fields in France during the First World War were turned into a hellish death swamp …soldiers on BOTH sides were rebelling and getting mentally ill in their droves …in the end they had to call a ‘truce’ ….it was after it all ended …nature did her healing thing and the fields were FULL of poppies …it’s symbolic

God ….where is all this stuff coming from …BHAM …my brain is off on one …please excuse me if you happen upon this and it makes no sense at all …maybe it might be wise to move on:D:D:D

So …yes back to ‘Charitable Giving’
I also subscribed last year to ‘RESURGANCE’ magazine …that’s where I descovered old Satish and his book ‘Soil, Soul, Society …a new trinity for our time’ ( see earlier post
However, I let THIS and my previous giving to Greenpeace, and MIND go …BECAUSE like many other people I was slapped in the face by the image of little Alyan Khurdi this summer …so like everything else in my constantly juggling life …I had to prioritise ….and started giving instead to
The UN refugee agency …which provides tents,water,mosquito nets and healthcare
The Migrant Offshore Aid Station …which is dedicated to preventing deaths at sea

So …please don’t ask me to give you money personally …I am just a single Mum living in the north of England and works for the public sector so is not loaded by any stretch of the imagination although admittedly better off than many in this world …I …like everyone else …CAN’T DO IT ALL!!! ….I’m bloody exhausted right now …need a bloody break …but yes …if one of those women came to my door with her baby …and was GENUINE …I WOULD take her in!!!

And interestingly …I now descover there are 2 further Resurgence Magazines …One is ‘RESURGANCE of the third world’ which looks interesting
And the other is RESURGANCE Islam …which I hope is advocating the peace of Islam and not the corrupted view ..but not having read it I don’t know …..Hmmmm the Internet is a double edged sword isn’t it …depends what it’s used for

I really …really feel tired …it’s funny when you actually stop …like for the Christmas break …the mind kind of takes over …

The boys are going to their Dad for New Years …we’re back to work, school etc on Monday …I’m checking out to go on ‘retreat’ again …albeit only for a couple of days
Might get back to blogging or might not have the time ….will certainly carry on reading tho:)