Sunday, December 25, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I am feeling a bit of rage and malaise these days. It used to be fairly diabolical and downright clinical for me. For years. But I learned how to find my way to contentment and peace, for the most part. I had to stop watching television, stop putting chemicals into my brain and body, stop entertaining my pain body in all sorts of unhealthy ways, stop walking the path of blackness and embrace life as it should be, a gift of joy and wonder...
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I must start this writing by first apologising to the 4 people that read, and lately just check, this blog, for leaving them with the longest dry spell in the history of us bothering to write it all down...
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
HALIFAX — An animal rights activist says a European court ruling has put another nail in the coffin of Canada's commercial seal hunt.
The European General Court rejected yesterday a bid by Canada's largest Inuit organization to challenge the European Union's year-old trade ban on seal products.
The court in Luxembourg dismissed the group's case, saying the challenge from the Inuit, several seal hunters and industry organizations was inadmissible.
Rebecca Aldworth of the Canadian wing of the Humane Society International says the ruling means seals in Canada and elsewhere will be spared a horrible fate.
Aldworth says it's time for Canada to realize that the writing is on the wall for the annual seat hunt.
Even though the E-U ban exempts the trade in seal products from aboriginal groups, the Inuit claim their markets will be hurt along with the rest of the commercial industry unless the ban is overturned.
A spokesman for the Inuit group says it will comment on the ruling at a later date.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
That I could hear
With my head pressed against your chest
As you spoke with your friends
And drank coffee
Your bags of wool
Cut-outs of paper
Plans for future sweaters, hats and mitts
Driving Ian to school in Squamish
In the big, blue Ford
Wearing your slippers
and stopping at the Brackendale store for milk
Taking me to my first day of Grade 1
I cried and begged you not to leave
You held it together
And probably snuck out
When I wasn't looking
Teaching Gina how to walk
in the living room
in the house on Maple
You were patient
Never gave up
All the years of childhood
You listened to our problems
And put in as much effort to solve them
As if they were your own
Accepting our friends
Even if they were of questionable character
And some were
Some still are
As I grow older
I see that other parents need parenting
Acting as children themselves
And I am blessed
That you are you
Always work hard
At the office for others in need
For your family
Taking pride in our accomplishments
No matter how small
Sacrificing your time for others
Maybe too much sometimes…
Never instilled fear in us
Only courage and awareness
It is your fault I became such a bleeding heart!
Passed your caring on
All our whims were entertained
Music lessons and baseball games
Walking the dogs and getting them trained
It came from love
From your heart
We moved around more than most
But we always had a home
Wherever we were
Safe, warm, fed, full of hope
It was you
It still is
Your home is full of laughter
Security of self
Wealth of character
Trust, joy, confidence
A mother can be many things...
You are all these things and more
Everyone that knows you
Everyone in this room
Will concur with what I have said
They know these words are truth
Sixty years of living life
Sixty years of giving love
Sixty years of teaching others
What it means to live by your code
Passion to give
Is the way
You have always lived
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Skeleton for rent
Date: 2011-09-14, 12:46AM PDT
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Monday, September 12, 2011
Does nobody else here see that the Emperor is totally fucking naked and freezing?
What a bunch of assholes.
What the original thinkers of these systems neglected to consider was, of course, human nature; the search for power and inherent greed, based on fear, which have brought all of these great systems into disrepute and have left the world in its current broken state, slowly reverting to corporate kingdoms and unnecessary serfs. Democracy dies when it is suffocated by money and secrets. Lobbyists, selective media, marketing and greedy interests have seen to that.
The remaining royalty in Europe, some before, some after the revolutions, took the hint and evolved their kingdoms so that they were no longer in power, but retained important ceremonial and traditional roles to suit the new culture. They survived.
Again we are seeing revolutions throughout the world; the people are marching across Europe, Israel, the Arab lands, South America, North America. People are tired of their corporate rulers and puppet governments who take and take and take for themselves, such as the trillions of dollars recently given to banks and the car industry followed by taking away all the services which the serfs need and depend upon for their life and livelihood, hospitals, schools, the arts, libraries etc..
The problem now is that most governments across the world are so corrupt and so blind to any progressive vision and so afraid and so greedy and so addicted to power and game playing and finger pointing and control that they do not see what is happening right before their eyes and continue to play the same game.
Anyone with any vision can see a new system, a new idea, a new hope is needed, and not just words like “Yes, We can”, but a real change, like something that gives back to the people and the planet, like something that does not put economy first before all other things in our world. The corporate royalty and their hangers on need to take the hint for their own survival if nothing else and adapt and consider new options. It doesn’t have to be a system that will work forever, but one that works for now, because things will change, as they always do.
Clinging to old, outdated ideas, systems or relationships is harmful to everyone involved. Remaining stuck to the television and to old habits and choosing harmful pharmaceuticals (if unnecessary) and imitation food kills the physical and mental body.
Anger and fear destroy all hope.
Greed steals dreams.
A new way for the world starts with each of us taking back responsibility for our own life, our own health, happiness and dreams. Give more to your neighbours and to strangers. Make your “enemy” feel safe. Make do with less. Simplify. Your happiness will skyrocket and it will be contagious, like laughing. One day we will see a world leader laugh when he gets hit with a protest pie and that, my friends, will be a sign of real change.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I was scrolling through the arts section of the Vancouver Craigslist site and came across the following posting:
Date: 2011-09-02, 7:29PM PDT
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Well, here we are again, another evil dictator has fallen, by the 'triumph of the people'.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
It's your birthday again
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I am on a media 'black-out' right now, so I have only caught small glimpses of the riot aftermath in the UK. It seems to be taking the lead on all the news stations, which is interesting. I was puzzled at first because the media rarely report on civil unrest if it is not in a poor, developing, Muslim country. Our keepers do not like to show that they have lost control in any way. The only way they show unrest is if they can blame it on immigrants, radicals, people that are not white. Basically, not 'us', it is 'them'.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The following is from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's website:
"...The Steve Irwin is Free, Thanks to Thousands of Donations!
Due to the generosity of our supporters around the world, we have raised over USD$735,000 to save our flagship Steve Irwin—less than two weeks after the launch of our SOS! - Save Our Ship fundraising campaign! Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible for us to fund a bond to release the vessel from detainment! Together, we will continue to make a difference.
As many of you are aware, on July 15, our flagship vessel the Steve Irwin was detained in the Scottish Shetland Islands pending our ability to fund a bond we estimated to be in the amount of USD$1,411,692.87. The detainment was ordered by British courts due to a civil lawsuit brought against us by Maltese fishing company Fish and Fish Ltd.
The British court set the bond today at £520,000 (approximately USD$846,290). Thankfully, we were able to post the bond earlier today, and the Steve Irwin will soon depart to the Faeroes for Operation Ferocious Isles. The Steve Irwin will join the vesselBrigitte Bardot and her crew, who are already onsite defending pilot whales.
I sincerely thank everyone who donated to help Save Our Ship. Your help enabled us toFree the Steve. However, despite everyone’s best efforts we didn't quite raise the entire amount and had to cut into our already scarce budget to meet the bond amount and Free the Steve. We face the ongoing costs of Operation Ferocious Isles, the transit of our vessels from the northern hemisphere to the southern for Operation Divine Wind, and then the cost of that Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign as well. We are all on the same crew, despite our different roles and varying locations. We all feel that inner drive to protect innocent lives and ecosystems, and I know many of you have given what you can— but please keep your donations coming in. Without your help, we cannot continue this important work.
We are in a war to save our oceans from ourselves, and if we lose, we all lose because if the oceans die, we all die – it’s as simple as that. Thank-you!
For Our Oceans and for the Steve Irwin,..."
-So, who says a small group of dedicated people can't make a difference in this world?