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As the Covid Story unfolds... more thoughts...

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You know what, I'm all for adjusting, moving forward and making the best of what ever happens...but right now, at this moment in time I am taking to my blog once more to register a few thoughts from 'NOW'... 
I have to be honest, recent events have dismayed me. Back in February 2020 people were walking around, working hard, but enjoying a lifestyle that had remained unchanged pretty much for decades with the odd blip here and there. Restaurants, pubs, full sports and arts programmes...  and then the unthinkable... a deadly virus killing by the millions we were told was upon us... Lockdown!! ... for the first time ever, healthy people were being placed on a kind of "house arrest" for fear they would spread / catch a virus.
Now, I don't want to die. I don't want my family and friends to die either, nor do I want to contribute to anyone else's death. To my knowledge I have succeeded in this endeavour. I am also fortunately (so I believe) healthy, I take ca…

What a Bonsai present...

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I've been very keen on Bonsai Trees for years. The whole idea of a mini tree in a pot (the meaning of Bonsai) has fascinated me and I'm always curious to stop and gaze at them whenever I see one.

Funnily enough Bonsai Trees had come up in conversation just recently (planned or not the jury is still out) and then "lo and behold" on Sunday 21st June on Fathers Day at my daughters I receive my very own first Bonsai tree.. A present from my Daughter and Son; Eleanor and Otis. Now as presents go... I think this is up there at the top, if not first... then probably first!  I just love it.

Now I know very little about Bonsai... roots need trimming, they need feeding regularly, watering and generally a bit more attention than your average house plant... but... to have one and be responsible for it... I felt a little bit like a father taking his first baby home... full of trepidation and anxious about what I needed to do with this very dependent thing. It's life quite sim…

The universe it seems is not without a sense of irony...

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No sooner had I put the finishing touches to the blog piece on "If you haven't got your Health..."than the universe decided to re-enforce the message through taking my health away from me.

It is true to say I have been blessed with good health with hardly any days off sick in my working life. That track record has not been compromised as I can still work, although now for the second time in 57 years I find myself amongst the unenviable group of back pain sufferers.

I don't know how it happened, possibly a slight twist of the back at the wrong time, and then a gradual increase in pain over the week as the 'Pinching of a nerve' played out across my lower back. Although easing a little now, the pain returns swiftly and uncompromisingly to remind me, I'm still here... if I do not proceed with the utmost of caution in these 'tender days' of recuperation.

I could have sided with the views of my 'late mother' who I can hear (and see) now saying, &…

If you haven't got your health...

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A long while ago now I remember my father saying on more than one occasion,"If you don't have your health you have nothing." My father had enjoyed good health for most of his life as far as I could remember rarely taking any time off due to illness.  During his later years I witnessed his deterioration as cancer slowly and insidiously took away his health, capabilities, and his happiness.

Mum also experienced slow deterioration of her health up until the time she passed in February 2018. For the last few years, heart and kidney issues along with instability resulted in repeated falls. This led to decreased mobility and associated reduction of the enjoyment in life. When life itself becomes a chore and seemingly a burden on others with no apparent useful contribution to make, it is not surprising that people want to move on. So it was with mum, who often declared, I am ready to go, my life's work here is done.

As we age, we are able to observe through our life experien…

Life explained in a puzzle...

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I was fiddling around with this puzzle the other day...This is one of those puzzles that you pick apart piece by piece and then find it almost impossible to put back together again, as happened to a good friend of mine just recently.

As I reflected on this puzzle I became aware that this puzzle in its own way mirrors our lives. How could this be so? ... a few pieces of wood fashioned into some child's amusement piece to idle away a few minutes or hours.


Each piece is important. Every part of this puzzle is essential. Without every piece it would not work, and it could not provide the outcome for which it was created. As is so with us humans. We are all essential regardless of whether we think so or not. I doubt the pieces of this puzzle consider themselves important, nevertheless.Each piece has a part to play. It matters not what other pieces of this puzzle think about the other, or if they are even aware of them... they all participate in their own way and without all of them ther…

Pandemic Times

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Over the Easter Period I had plenty of time and space to reflecton the current, fast changing situation that we find ourselves in with this pandemic. It is a difficult to understand, and complex situation, with a huge variety of factors. There are no easy answers in reality. Our perception depends on who you listen to, your upbringing and history, how your family, friends, and work colleagues think, and what they believe... add to this the incessant News coverage, TV & Media, and social networks it creates a minefield of information, which is often confusing, unclear and divisive.

We're very familiar with divisive events though. We've had quite a few over the years, as well as the routine general politics of democracy that keeps on rumbling along in the background. Some of the events that have polarised folk are John Kennedy assassination, the 911 terrorist attacks, Climate change, Brexit, Trump, and now this pandemic.

All these events have created division. People arguing…

We will be irrevocably changed by this Lockdown

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There is absolutely no question in my mind that the events of the past 3 months(and the next 3 too) will bring about probably the swiftest and most radical changes to how we live our lives, bar none!

If we look back in history, the discovery of bronze, steel, printing press, radio, tv, computers, Internet... they all brought about sweeping change, but it took years, sometimes centuries for the changes to be absorbed into societal change. Here we are talking about "a year or two".

Some of the changes are undeniably overdue, but in a world governed by money, greed, materialism and control it's difficult to persuade those benefiting the most, from seeing the need to change anything... quite simply they are doing ok... bugger the consequences.

And yet... regardless of whether you believe in climate change or not, it makes perfect sense to clean up our act and stop polluting the only home we have ever known; our planet.

Of course in the endless chase for growth (GDP- a meaning…