Take aim, and fire!


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If I was an American who would I vote for? With all the slurs of character defamation going on, at the moment, it is very difficult to recognise a true leader between the two on the stage at the minute. This week’s thought struck when I heard about Norway. Norway and its fence. Ever so quietly Norway has been building a fence between itself and Russia in the Artic. It says to stop the influx of migrants coming across its border.(Yeah whatever!) What a shocker!! But then a number of things crossed my mind:-

Trump is no different from others already in power. And previously I had denigrated his idea of building a wall. He who Trumps the Pope!

Walls and fences are built to keep other out. In centuries past Man fortified where he lived and hunkered down to protect himself from danger and surely with the state of the world at the moment, these are dangerous times we are living through. Thinking of world leaders and mindsets of today; Putin, Assad, Kim Jong-il, Mugabe etc, IS,etc. You realise that who ever is to be elected to this ‘Wonderful Group’ of people is going to have to be pretty special. A very tough cookie. And my other succinct thought was this; These are the sort of leaders who aren’t going to pay any heed to the opinions of a female leader…Don’t delude yourself by thinking voting a female will in someway show ’em. It won’t. World leadership is a pissing contest of the highest order.

(to paraphase)… I’m only saying…I’m only saying!


Ps Google phrase of the day ‘pissing contest’

Back of the cupboard beauty…


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confucius_tree4A pleasant surprise had I the other day when an elderly person gave me, quite unexpectedly a present of some lovely plates and a box of unused knives from the sixties. The box of knives were completely original and even still had their paper sheaths on the blades.

Looking at the box I was predominately struck by this one thought: what is the point of mankind making useful implements only for them not to be used? This then led me to think what does this say about mankind and his ideas of wealth and collection? You can collect and collect but if the items do not get used, then they may as well never have been manufactured in the first place. Collections of unused things then equates to over-consumerism. This in turn highlights an ugly truth or two- greed and waste.

As beautiful as the knives were they should have been used. What good is beauty doing if that beauty never sees the light of day? (The Rapunzel Knife set!!)

Beauty is a way off adding to the world we surround ourselves with. It is more pleasant to live in a world in which we use beauty to add to our every day experience and not just save it for a special occasion.

Beautiful or not, though, there is still nothing worse than waste.



PS Google phrase of the day was ‘to beautify things around us’

For the two women that travelled


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I have been thinking lately of the  issue of two women travelling for the sake of an abortion that wasn’t available in Ireland. And this is the conclusion I have come to: Abortion can be a many headed beast if you wish to overly complicate things. Pro-life v. No life, person, child, baby, foetus, sac of cells, things etc but the bottom line is if you are a woman you have a choice  to make: either you will carry to fruition or you won’t.

What then helps you decide?

And this is when you have the infamous rub of morality against reality. Abortions happen- sex happens- even if you don’t necessarily wish it to be so. Love happens – rape happens. Changing your mind happens. Why should Abortion happen? Because it is, in some instances, a needed thing. When should Abortion not happen? When it is against a woman’s will. And yet miscarriage happens.

Abortion, in my mind, is one of those issues that highlights our degree of humanity to others. As much as you may disagree the choice to have an abortion should ultimately rest with the female.

And yet, I met a woman to whom it didn’t and she was destroyed in that decision. It reminds me of the truth- someone always gets hurt. Either the person receiving the truth or the truth messenger.

Tying the issue of Abortion to pro-life: God and the sacredness of life only muddies the water unnecessary. You cannot force the belief of God on another. And without a belief in God why would you uphold a law that states no abortion under no circumstances?

The fact is that from the dawn of time abortions have been happening  and will never be stopped from happening. Take the issue out of the dark and shine a light on it. The most important thing is to be non judgmental on another and their issue of why they need it.

Society will never be able to rightly guess the outcome of the action of abortion. Was it the right or wrong thing to do? Did it help the woman in her circumstances? Is there a God or isn’t there one? Is life truly sacred or are we all just a number?

The only person who can say whether it is the right thing or not is the woman herself. And if she does not know the truth of  ‘know thyself’ she will inevitable be hurt by the outcome of her decision.

Abortion was an option I looked at myself but knew deep in myself I could not carry through and instead took the option of a fifth C -section. Yes, five C- sections. Pain with a captial P – I know all about it.

Physical pain comes and goes but mental anguish you can spend a life time fighting.

God bless any woman facing that decision.


Ps Google words of the day were ‘If I had one wish’