Here we are at Christmas 2016. Has the World improved since this time last year? Not a lot.
Hopefully with the fall of Aleppo and the current removal of all the civilians from the last remaining parts of the city all the Western soldiers will feel able to depart Syria. With Russian forces there and no-one wanting to confront them we’ll have to let things fall as they will. If wee go in to take Assad out and put him on trial the killing of civilians will probably continue under the Russians and we could end up at war with them if we interfere.
In America my friends are worried because the President elect is continuing to appoint totally inappropriate people to his cabinet posts. He himself is still making statements about what he’ll do when January is over. It doesn’t always make sense but when it does you can guarantee it’s usually something nasty designed either to hurt the planet or to hurt the gay community. It seems Mr Trump and the Republicans don’t believe in live and let live. Since they now control both houses and will also control the judiciary it looks like they can do as they like. And with appointees in all the key positions in direct opposition to what the Office is for it seems climate change will take a bashing and the opening of more coal mines and oil fields will go ahead. The Country may never recover.
So, as we approach Christmas Day 2016 I shall be hoping the World can achieve a little more peace as the year changes and that mankind might find his taste for killing his own kind has left but his taste for rebuilding and for tolerance have grown.
I shall also be hoping that Trump will surprise everyone with a change of heart. Where the coal mines are left untouched and global warming is accepted as the threat it is. Maybe he’ll leave Gay marriage in place, accepting that gays have the same rights as the rest of us to love.
We’ll have to enter 2017 with an air of hope and eternal optimism.
Have a Happy Christmas and a Brilliant New Year.
Hugs to You All.
Tomorrow is December 1st and we start the month when typically loving and giving are to the fore. It seems an automatic thing to keep in mind the persons you are buying gifts for. Usually family or friends but sometimes the Secret Santa for someone at work you don’t know very well. Nonetheless there you are making a great effort to find just the right thing.
Also sharing our lives at this time may be people who don’t celebrate Christmas with us, like followers of Islam or the Jewish faith. That they don’t share the celebration is no reason to exclude them from the smiles you find yourself granting to others. They in turn are always ready to share the joy of their own celebrations with you. It would be wonderful if those smiles could be extended beyond this new month though and at last a genuine understanding of what peace can bring could be found in the recognition that we are all one under the skin.
If we can find within us acceptance of all people and make the extra effort to enjoy the differences that make us so special individually then maybe at last we can ALL concentrate on repairing the planet for our children, grandchildren and generations to come. We can find new eco-friendly ways to generate electricity and allow those huge holes from mining to repair themselves over time. We can stop destroying the planet further by fracking for oil, especially at the expense of all those communities who have said no to it but had their wishes overridden.
I hope the new month brings you all great joy and that those of you who celebrate it have a Wonderful Christmas. Massive Hugs to Everyone whatever your beliefs.
On 30th October the Hindu celebration of Diwali starts. For 5 days The Festival of Light celebrates good overcoming evil.
I’m known for not holding any religious faith as I believe that many of the problems this world has had or still has, come from the divisions religion cause. I’d rather see mankind come together as one, keeping their beliefs personal, and strive to live together in peace and love.
This particular celebration seems to transcend religion and it seems the whole of India comes together to celebrate as one. Each year people of all communities welcome new hope into their lives through this festival, negative forces are believed to be removed from one’s home and one’s life. Very often the home is painted in attractive colours but each corner is lit up to dispel shadows.
Wouldn’t it be good if we too could join in and dispel the shadows from our lives and shine some light and bring fresh hope? I never get tired of the idea that maybe hope will eventually lead to something more. The granting of our wish of Peace between us all recognised by those who send our children off to fight and die for the control of oil.
I send Hugs to all my friends known and unknown and hope you remember the joy a hug can bring to others. To all my friends who will celebrate Diwali I say…..
May this diwali light up new dreams, Fresh hopes, everything bright & beautiful and fill your days with surprises.
Happy Diwali 2016 !!
It saddens me beyond belief that the ceasefire in Syria broke down last week with an attack on an aid convoy heading for Aleppo the Northern Syria city in the hands of the rebels. Both sides are blaming each other for the breakdown but in all conscience this time I can only see that Syria and Russia are to blame. Since that time they’ve kept up a constant regime of bombing during which the main hospital has been hit twice. Even those suffering illness and wounds are not safe.
America set itself up as the arbiter of peace in this instance and I think it wrong that there should be an attempt to walk away now. John Kerry must attempt everything to re-engage with his Russian counterpart to bring the ceasefire back. There are about 100,000 children in Aleppo and we need to bring them some respite from the war that is the only thing some of them have known.
France is pushing the United Nations security council to adopt a toughly worded resolution to the Syrian Government to halt aerial bombardments and let in humanitarian aid. I understand there is also the threat of accountability for war crimes as an inducement. Whatever else happens we must push out Governments to vote for the resolution and also to do everything they can in an individual approach to the Syrian Government to show some mercy to those trapped in the city. Also to register their dismay at the Russian action as the allies of Syria. The agreement between Russia and the U.S. to target the militants from the jihad groups needs to be restarted or the Government will be destabilised even if the war should end.
First and foremost our thought must be with the non-combatants inside this besieged city and getting them food and medicines so badly needed. Mankind seems to be missing a heart.
Hugs to all.
I woke at 1.18 am today and since I couldn’t get back to sleep I decided to hit Youtube and listen to James Taylor. He’s had amazing longevity since his breakthrough in 1970 with Fire and Rain. He was just 22 when that happened. He hasn’t stopped since then. Many of his songs have a real significance in the lyrics that resonate with his fans, and they are legion as James Taylor is one of the biggest selling artists of all time ….over 100 million.
Another set of artistes from the same era were Simon and Garfunkel. They wrote superb songs with lyrics that could bring tears to the eyes and make those tears flow once they started to sing. Lyrics are what define a generation and for me the generation I grew up in sang about love peace and friendship. That’s never changed for me. I added this particular James Taylor song and now this Simon and Garfunkel song just to let you all know how I feel and to remind you that though I can’t be around very much I will be here for you.
I’m sure you all know many songs with special lyrics that affect you. No doubt some of you are wondering why I haven’t used Motown songs since I’m such a fan but I’ve tried to go for two that say just what I want .
I send you Massive Hugs and ask you to pass them round, especially to any Muslim friends you have to let them know we realise they are not responsible for the actions of a few savages.