poetry and secret pound cake

The sky fills the world today, singing, raining. I am up to my elbows in storm and tea and story, so only have links and random thoughts to offer you today. I hope you find something here which brings you value.






As you know, I am wary of the gratitude movement, because although it obviously has benefits, and we of course should be more positive and thankful in our outlook, to make a daily conscious practice of it seems perhaps to focus overly on the self? I know I am the only person saying this, however.

Imagine if we all made THIS our daily conscious practice instead.

Inequality does exist.

Nineteen photographs of human impact on the planet. When I look at those cities and think of the individuals living within them, I wonder what voices are going unheard, what soul beauty is lost in the thicket of concrete and plywood.

If only we could talk to each other, make spirit roads for each other, in poetry.

Did you know that mice sing love songs to each other? Did you know that vegetarian diets cause more animal deaths than carnivore ones? I didn't.

Graphs for writers.

If super heroes lived in the Elizabethan Age.

"It is wildly romantic, a Keatsian dream." Suddeley Castle. The home of Katherine Parr, who was my favourite of Henry VIII's wives because she has such a fascinating, dark, powerful story.

Tell me, if you had this guy writing you poems, would you turn him down? Maude was crazy.




16 comments:

  1. I'm loving these links Sarah!

    Thanks for the excellent article on vegetarian eating - very interesting indeed. We're mostly veg in my household, but not fixed on any one way of eating, or food philosophyI/ideology. This was illuminating.

    The writers graphs had my whole household giggling. Same with the superhero pics : )

    In regards to the gratitude movement - you're definitely not alone. Love it. x

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    1. The graphs were hilarious, weren't they? And there was something kind of poignant about the super heroes. My favourite, for unfathomable reasons, was the storm trooper.

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  2. Thank you for providing so much to think about.

    My thoughts about the gratitude movement are that while some of the language used has become cliché and annoying, practising daily thankfulness and not taking the little things for granted is hugely beneficial to many people, myself included. Scientific studies show the benefits are vast, and, I think, far outweigh the annoyances. It has also become rather fashionable to criticise trends, but there is always an element of truth or reason for what becomes popular.

    I did know about the vegetarian diet issue. I have been following a free edx course called 'The ethics of Eating', which addresses this and other issues in a lot of detail. Though I haven't finished the course yet, considering all the evidence presented so far, and taking into account issues like human health, animal welfare and the environment, the most ethical way for humans to eat seems to be a vegan diet grown on a small personal or community scale, without the use of industrial farming methods. Of course, this is not easy nor even possible for us all at the moment. (I have difficulty being vegetarian never mind vegan). However, I do think it is an ideal to aim for and that we all have a responsibility to do what we can to work towards it.

    Yeats? I think I might be over dark and brooding... but then again he wrote some beautiful poems :)

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    1. I'm not trying to be fashionable in my critique of the gratitude movement, I honestly believe people have become too self-absorbed, and its more than an annoyance, its absolutely imperilling the whole planet because so many people only care about what is good and profitable for them. Yes, absolutely be thankful, but some are taking it to the level of a religion, and that I find disturbing.

      I completely agree with you about ethical eating. I have believed for years that, if we could sebsection our communities, create a hub for each, grow our own food, etc, we might actually save the world.

      As for Yeats, I have been wildly in love with him (er, his poetry) for years now. ;-) If I'm being sensible, I think it would probably be a mistake for any woman to marry him though.

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  3. I am wary of all 'movements.'

    And of all blogging "Let's do this, every day, every week, every month" pushes. Let's have a 'Wordless Wed." and a "Blue Fri." and a "Sunny Tues." (Never saw this, I just made it up. -grin-) I prefer to use my own mind and will, in all my endeavors, thank-you-very-much. -smile-

    Tessa

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    1. There is a lot of pressure about blogging, which seems crazy to me. It's not just let's blog every day, but let's have a fashionable template, and let's have beautiful alluring photographs, and let's all be really real ... I've watched blogging go from mostly women forming communities and encouraging each other and sharing wisdom to it being almost like a business. Good on those who can make money from it! But the wee little personal blog is dwindling away, that's for sure.

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  4. "I am up to my elbows in storm and tea and story," -happy sigh- How lovely....

    Where someone else might say; "It's raining cats and dogs! I'm sloshing down tea, by the kettle full. My writing is on-a-roll." -smile-

    Tessa

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    1. Ah, but someone recently commented that my writing style was fanciful babble, so ... ;-)

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  5. "When you are old and grey ........"

    Oh sigh....... Must look up 'Maud,' but she certainly was crazy.

    Tessa

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  6. Oh the vegetarian link....I was a veggie for over 20 yrs. Then last year, for health reasons, I tried to eat meat but found it too upsetting but was ok with fish so have been a pescatarian since. However, as it seems not to have improved health, I have been debating whether to go back to veggie or even vegan. In fact I was reading up on it last night! So now, having read this, I don't know again....Ho hum.

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    1. It's a complicated issue and I honestly believe how someone eats needs to be a private, personal choice for them. I myself am passionate about not torturing animals, stealing their babies, etc, just so we can eat a kind of food most of us don't need ... and that is unhealthy for most of us ... BUT some of us do need it, for health reasons, or financial reasons, or whatever reasons we have. When I read about how plants suffer from our harvesting them, I became almost paralysed in nutritional anxiety for a while before I accepted life and death are interwoven and the only remaining question is how kind can we be, including to ourselves.

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    2. I agree, it's always been about personal choice for me. I only ever talked about my vegetarianism if people wanted to know. I found this http://www.monbiot.com/2014/12/16/overgrowth/ earlier about Monbiot going back on the pro-meat eating. I think it just shows again how complicated an issue it is and that a large part of the issue is the way we farm today.

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    3. Thank you for that very interesting link. In my country, cows are pastured, but we still have issues with factory farmed chickens and pigs. Social pressure against these is growing. But even then, I never considered the environmental impact of free range. Small community farms are the ideal solution - but if anyone can look at those photos of vast cities in one of the links I provided, and then tell me there is any real hope for small community farms to sustain our population - well, sigh. I think George Monbiot is closer to a realistic truth when he talks about synthetic meat. It goes against everything in me to like the idea of fake food, but we seem to be running out of options.

      Of course, the zombie flu apocalypse is coming (according to a newspaper article I read this morning) and when the population is quartered our farming habits will be less of a problem ;-)

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  7. Beautiful photos, and interesting links, Sarah. That vegetarian one in particular shocked me a bit.

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  8. some amazing links
    the pound cake story is amazing and inspiring
    thank you for them all!

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