Saturday, 25 October 2014

10 ~ YOU

10 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge - YOU

 "You can be the change, my friend."

Bright Light, by the ever-amazing and inspirational Just Jinjer.





Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Partridges Passing Through

Today, we had some unusual guests in our back yard - Grey Partridges! I took some photos through the kitchen window...


 You can click on the pictures for a bigger view.

They are quite small and very round. Almost... pear shaped? ;-)


 They noticed me here, so I had to stop taking photos.


I found a short video on the RSPB website, so you can see them in action. Very charming little birds.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

20 ~ Vote for Peace

20 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge - Vote for Peace.

When it comes to politics... be picky. Choose who you vote for wisely.

Which political parties have a history of supporting unnecessary wars? 
Which parties are anti-nuclear? 


I know who is who in my country. I know who I choose to vote for. 

How about you?



 





Sunday, 5 October 2014

30 ~ Peace Starts Here

30 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge - Peace starts here. The video I made for blogblast 2009.







Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit for October

Happy first day of October!


October birthstone is Opal.
Birth flower is Calendula.
The zodiac signs for October are Libra and Scorpio.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

40 ~ Stand Up

40 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge -Stand Up. I've made a poem I wrote for blogblast 2011 into a graphic. Feel free to use it. :-)








Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Bridging Worlds

Years ago a friend sent me a link to Mayan astrology. For fun I popped in my birth date and came out as... White World Bridger. At the time the write-up amused me, because it fitted my personality so well. I am and always have been a world bridger. In fact... I even won a blog award for it!

http://crows-feet.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/international-reach-out-award-bloggers.html

 As a long-standing member of Blog4Peace I've recognised the vital need for our planet to build bridges... between the divides of countries, races, religions, and political aspirations. We can accomplish nothing unless we work together.

On the surface that might make my recent stand on voting Yes for Scottish independence seem strange. You would think the alternate side slogan of "Better Together" would fit a world-bridger better. In theory... it should, but bridges can only be built when both sides are strong. You cannot bridge a divide when one bank is weak and crumbling. It just won't work. Plain and simple - your bridge is going to collapse. The truth, sadly, is that the United Kingdom is not made up of equally strong and respected sides. Most simply summed up by the coat of arms...

Ever notice that the Scottish unicorn is chained? I never did until recently, but I've certainly felt it since I've lived up here. There are words for partnerships where one side is chained up... and none of them are good! 

And that is why I voted Yes, because I believe bridges between equally strong sides will do more to unite this planet than simply ignoring the issues and trying to hide from them. Our planet is divided. We are never going to be all the same. We are of different skin colours and language groups. We worship in different ways, or not at all. We have issues special to our particular cultures. We will never all be the same and why should we? We glory in the diversity of Nature, don't we? We don't want a planet with only one bird species... so why do we try to enforce a world with one humankind? One religion? One political viewpoint? One country?

In a strange twist of fate, Mayan astrology links this fortnight back to that White World Bridger symbol. 



Action for Transformation... forgiving the other side in order to build the bridge. Letting go of the illusion that there is no hope of changing things for the better. Bridgers see the bigger picture, I think. We see the fact that you can work together and still keep your independent unique identity. It's all about building those bridges of mutual respect. 

And this brings me back to the recent referendum in Scotland. Whether Scots voted Yes or No, most of them voted with a passionate hope in a better future. Now comes the tricky part - building the bridges between those two sides. Both are equally strong, since the voting was an almost equal 45-55%. We can build across that easily, with determination. We can create a better future. 

What would you like to do?