What’s app? iWorry about that

The poet Matt Harvey has written a brilliant short article in the recent copy of Resurgence. He finishes it by saying:

So my message to you is: don’t worry – or if you must, worry efficiently with the new iWorry app, which itemises your worries and organises them according to their capacity for cortisol leverage. And remember: there’s still no ‘i’ in team, but there’s definitely one in anxiety. And it’s stressed.

A magazine well worth reading!

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Generosity Ninjas

Generosity Ninjas.

What a great idea this is, and the fact that it helps both the recipient and the giver! Advent is already several days in but I am going to try and be a Generous Ninja for the rest of Advent, and hopefully, all year round!

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Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever

I came across John Ruskin’s “therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever” quote recently and, having been taught that if something starts with a “therefore” there must be something that comes before and I should therefore read it, I went looking for a bit more of it’s context. So here it is:

Men cannot benefit those that are with them as they can benefit those who come after them; and of all the pulpits from which human voice is ever sent forth, there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave.

Nor is there, indeed, any present loss, in such respect, for futurity. Every human action gains in honour, in grace, in all true magnificence, by its regard to things that are to come. It is the far sight, the quiet and confident patience, that, above all other attributes, separate man from man, and near him to his Maker; and there is no action nor art, whose majesty we may not measure by this test. Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labour and wrought substance of them, ” See! this our fathers did for us.” For, indeed, the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, or in its gold.

Its glory is in its Age, and in that deep sense of voicefulness, of stern watching, of mysterious sympathy, nay, even of approval or condemnation, which we feel in walls that have long been washed by the passing waves of humanity. It is in their lasting witness against men, in their quiet contrast with the transitional character of all things, in the strength which, through the lapse of seasons and times, and the decline and birth of dynasties, and the changing of the face of the earth, and of the limits of the sea, maintains its sculptured shapeliness for a time insuperable, connects forgotten and following ages with each other, and half constitutes the identity, as it concentrates the sympathy, of nations: it is in that golden stain of time, that we are to look for the real light, and colour, and preciousness of architecture; and it is not until a building has assumed this character, till it has been entrusted with the fame, and hallowed by the deeds of men, till its walls have been witnesses of suffering, and its pillars rise out of the shadows of death, that its existence, more lasting as it is than that of the natural objects of the world around it, can be gifted with even so much as these possess, of language and of life.

– John Ruskin in The Seven Lamps of Architecture

I think that if we apply this to our actions then it makes a lot of sense and I want to think this through a bit more but I am not so sure that I agree with him when applied to architecture as a whole.

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Hope for the future

“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.”

– H G Wells

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I’m not sure who this saying is attributed to but it’s quite good!

“Democracy is not about changing the people in power but about changing the minds of the people in power.”

It seems to me that, too often, we change one set of people for another set of people who have the same or very similar mindset. Economic growth seems to be more important than people and the planet. Somehow, it must be easier to change the minds of our elected leaders than to find people who think differently and get them elected!

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Buster’s Rainbow

Buster goes in search of a pot of gold!

Buster goes in search of a pot of gold!

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A dog’s eye view

It’s October 14th, I was sat in the garden and I realised how long it is since I last put a post on this blog. It’s probably because I am involved in so many other blogs I keep forgetting to add something to this one. It has been such a busy year so far and a big chunk of it seems to have been taken up with having a hernia operation and recovering from that (more on that another time) but the biggest change in our lives this year (besides our daughter leaving home!) has been the arrival of Buster. In fact it was he that suggested that I should be posting something on this blog.

We were sat in the garden on this lovely sunny morning, I was drinking a cup of tea and he was eyeing up my chocolate biscuit when I realised that I hadn’t taken many photos of him, so out came the phone and I took a photo of him and then he took one of me. What a handsome pair we make!

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