Kindness is key to health and happiness, and it’s free!

I’m sharing this blog post by Jane Fritz, who writes from Canada – and she writes a lot of sense too. This post about kindness, and how it can benefit everyone, is something to consider, embrace and act upon. Be kind. It costs nothing but the gains are temendous. Give it a go… smile…and be kind….

Robby Robin's Journey

Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and, just as with Thanksgiving in Canada (which is a little earlier, when travel is more predictable), it’s a time for many people to consider all that they have to be thankful for and to be reminded that gratitude is good for our health. In fact it’s very good for our health. Just google “gratitude and health” and you’ll find out.

As it turns out, being kind to others is also good for your health, maybe even more so. You can google that as well! Engaging in kindness has all kinds of positive physical effects. Ongoing research shows that kindness can actually extend your life. It lowers your blood pressure, reduces anxiety and depression, and helps the immune system. Research shows that kindness can help you live longer and better, both in the giving of kindness and in being the recipient of kindness. And…

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Reflections on our climate emergency #1

A powerful, personal story of a wake up call which resonates strongly with me. I hope it will do so with you. Time is getting short and we all have to do something, however small, to combat the disastrous effects of our cushy and sometimes uncaring/unawake lifestyles. Change startes here, with each and every one of us, is we want a future for our planet and the precious web of life upon it.

Abigail Hopewell

Whoever we are, whatever we do, and wherever we live, every single one of us will be increasingly affected by anthropogenic climate change and the world’s unfolding sixth mass extinction.

My wake-up call

I remember being concerned about the health and wellbeing of planet earth from a relatively young age. My first proper wake-up call occurred in the late 1980s; as a pre-teen I learned about the escalating worries about the effects of CFC gases on the ozone layer, I cared deeply about the plight of endangered animals, I felt upset by humanity’s cruel and destructive actions on the planet and her inhabitants. Resolute that I had to do something, I joined Friends of the Earth, became a vegetarian, and got into politics. So began an interest and passion for the environment and natural world that has never really gone away, albeit has ebbed and flowed over the years.

Fast…

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Truth: what’s in a word?

I wrote this post back in 2017, when post-truth became a buzz word and it was wise to question or doubt what was reported in the media, and necessary to take what prominent politicians said to us with a pinch of salt.

I’m reblogging it now because of the lack of trust in the words, claims and promises of  many of our politicians is in doubt. Trusting the words and truth from of our prime minister – the highest office of public service in the land – is currently not easy. Truth seems to be out of fashion and making things up on the hoof appears to be the modus operandi of our PM.

As we in the UK enter this ever-crazier phase of the Brexit fiasco by having a general election 2 weeks before Christmas, it might seems that the pantomime season has started a little earlier this year. In which case, it’s upon us all as voters to examine the qualities of truth and trust alongside what is being said and how it is being said and presented in our media.

Eyes in the back of my Head

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As we entered the uncertainties of 2017, The Oxford Dictionary announced that the word of 2016 was “post-truth”. This word travelled from the old to the new year and from all observations and experiences to date, will probably be around for quite some time to come.

Now, over half way through the year, the word is well-established, used and understood, often in media reports but also in everyday speech. It has entered the language. But what does post-truth actually mean? And do the journalists who use it acknowledge what it means? Do they spell it out for us, or are we left to wallow in this buzz word of the times?

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Shooting Wildlife

Important to ask WHY? Why do people still do these out-dated, so-called “traditional” pursuits of killing wildlife. For fun? Our wildlife needs all the help it can get, so exposure of all kinds pointing out the weird futility of killing for “sport” get a bit shout out from me, hence the reblog. Please read on….

I can't believe it!

We’re driving through the Limousin countryside on a Sunday morning. I become aware of strange goings-on.  A man is sat on a chair on his own on the edge of a field. A car is parked in a field entry. A man is striding along with a shotgun. Two men are in a raised wooden platform in the middle of a field. All men. All with guns.

Yes I’ve heard that shooting anything that moves is a French country pastime, this is the real thing.

Now, as far as I can see, there is no great preponderance of wildlife in this part of France. It’s much like the rest of Europe, over-cultivated and lacking in the huge biodiversity of some other parts of our planet. Even perceptibly over a lifetime, nature’s abundance has been reducing, notably with declining populations of insects and birds.

Yet still many thousands of country dwellers…

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Crocosmia Lucifer

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There it was, flowering in the garden. Familiar-looking and vermilion, but I couldn’t remember what it was called and ended up asking my far more knowledgeable neighbour. “Crocosmia” she said. I was none the wiser.

But I took a photo of one virile, prehistoric-looking budding stem because of reminded me of a dinosaur’s head – maybe a pterodactyl?

Fast forward a few days and we were talking again, me and Mrs Greenfingers next door, and she dropped into the conversation the other name for this flower, which I remembered right away. Montbretia.

I couldn’t help thinking that naming this version of the flower Lucifer was rather appropriate. It’s light and bright, and has a devilish look to it when seen from the angle  photographed.