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Day 1 – Lyric challenge

Anthem – Lyrical Challenge Day 1

A big thank you for this challenge nomination to https://ojspride.wordpress.com If you haven’t been to her blog then you really must, it is vibrant and full of all sorts of things to read and enjoy, and OJ is a great host and a generous conversationalist.

 

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Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2017

 

Anthem

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We ask for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government –
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells …

You can add up the parts,
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, Every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells …

Ring the bells …

Leonard Cohen ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Released in 1992.

 

I now nominate the following three bloggers:

WoollyMuses

A Voice From Iran

Moira

 

Paul,

pvcann.com

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That Place

Debilitate – Word of the Day

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Debilitating

To be held prisoner in
that place we dare not speak its name,
that dark tower
with manacles of indecision,
and misguided discernment.
Plausible voices of “what if”,
the self-flagelation of inaction.
That tower where my heart is
captive to my doubting mind.

©Paul Cannon

 

Paul,

pvcann.com

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Mystery Blogger Award

A big thank you to michelesorganics.wordpress.com for the nomination, a pleasant and welcome surprise. There’s something about how we can encourage each other and at the same time learn more about each other this way. Please visit Michele’s Blog and soak up the goodness.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The “‘Mystery Blogger Award’ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Questions
  • 1 What is the most moving part of blogging for you? For me it is the acceptance and encouragement of the blogging community.

    2 Where do you draw your inspiration from for you blog posts? Nature, relationships, love, philosophy, life, experience, spirituality, the list is long.

    3 Why did you choose WordPress as your blogging platform? I had tried other forms but WordPress has a very positive and active community.

    4 What has surprised you most about blogging? The generosity of encouragement has been a very pleasant surprise.

    5 How has blogging enhanced your life? Blogging has given me a wonderful network of inspiring and creative people, I have a place to share my writing, I have a community of encouragement around me, and I am able to encourage others, there’s a healthy mutuality.

    I nominate the following 5 bloggers:

    Rolandomio Travel

    English On You Mind

    Midwest Fantasy Writes

    Philosophy Through Photography

    Life, More Than Existence!

    My Questions For My Nominees
    1 What got you started in blogging?
    2 What do you avoid in blogging?
    3 Is there a style of writing you’d love to try?
    4 have you changed in the way you blog since starting?
    5 What is your next move in blogging?

    Thanks again to Michele’s Blog for the nomination,

    Happy blogging everyone,

    Paul.

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    Wallowing

    5 Lines or Less – Wallowing

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    Image from businessinsider.com

    Wallowing

    We were so wed,
    though no knot was tied.
    But rather, ribbons were loosed instead,
    as we rejoiced in reaching thresholds
    and wallowing in that sweet nectar.

    Paul,
    pvcann.com

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    Stellar

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    RDP # 18: Stellar

    The night sky is certainly stellar in ever way, but that’s also a tautological statement, because stars are stellar. The word star comes from the Latin stella and stellar which gives us star. I love the night sky. The sun actually hides the universe to the human eye, it only comes clear at night, and when it does it is stunning.

    ”Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” Stephen Hawking

    The sun is blinding
    The light hides everything
    darkness makes all clear
    
    ©Paul Cannon

    Paul,

    pvcann.com

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    When Truth Disappears

    via Daily Prompt: Disappear

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    Daniel Ellsberg.

    Last week I watched the movie “The Post”, it has a stellar cast with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, Spielberg directing. For me the technical side of the movie was irelevant, because what was more important in this movie was the story itself, the publication of the Pentagon Papers.

    Ellsberg, who had served in the marines in the late 50s, joined the Rand Corporation as a strategic analyst focussing on nuclear strategy. He completed his PhD in economics in 1962, and then in 1964 went to work at the Pentagon as assistant to John McNaughton. He then went to Vietnam for two years, working for general Lansdale through the State Dept. It was while in Vietnam that Ellsberg began to question the US involvement in the war.

    When Ellsberg returned from Vietnam he returned to the Rand Corporation, and in 67 he contributed to the top-secret study on the Vietnam war commissioned by McNamara. This study was completed in 1968 and titled The Pentagon Papers. Ellsberg now understood the war to be one of US aggression and not one of support for a legitimate govt. under attack, and was therefore an illigitimate war under the UN Charter. Ellsberg could see from the study that from Kenedy to Johnson to Nixon the US Administration had known they would never win the war the way they were fighting it, so they were simply face saving and condemning a generation of young men to death while destroying another country. Ellsberg with help from a colleague, made secret copies of the Papers. In 1970 he tried to persuade selected US senators to bring them to the senate floor as evidence. This failed, and in 1971 he sent a copy to the NY Times correspondent Neil Sheehan, who published an excerpt with teh promise of a serial. The Nixon Administration sought a court injunction, and succeeded. Ellsberg then gave the papers to The Washington Post, and several other newspapers, who printed them. Another injunction was sought, but the Administration lost and the ruling allowed freedom to print, and they did.

    As an aside, Nixon aide Erlichman authorised the formation of “The Whitehouse Plumbers”, Hunt and Liddy, as they were infamously known, to break into Ellsberg’s Psychiatrist’s office and get his files, they did but found nothing worth using against Ellsberg. This action was recorded on tape, and was the undoing of the Administration’s attempt to convict Ellsberg. Notably, shortly after this, the “Plumbers” raided the Watergate office of the Democrat Party, and so Nixon’s fate was then sealed.

    The publication of the Pentagon Papers were deemed by the US Supreme Court to be a right of free speech and this ruling was seen as a landmark case. The publication damaged the war effort and was part of the turning of the tide, it shocked a nation that they had been so blatantly lied to by successive administrations. The truth had been a casualty, the truth had disappeared.

    But then, isn’t that the story of politics?

    • The fabrication of stories to create a power block in Argentina 74 – 88, which included the systematic murder, rape and torture of citizens deemed to be in opposition to the Junta.
    • The illegal coup by Pinochet based on the projected fear of communism, also resulting in systematic murder, rape and torture of citizens deemed to be in opposition to the Dictator.
    • El Salvador – ditto.
    • Bush Jnr., Blair, Howard and the cooked up (the never found, mythical weapons of mass destruction) need to invade Iraq (not forgetting Somalia and Afghanistan before that).
    • The current rhetoric coming out of the US and UK on Iran is going the same route.

    The truth has disappeared in politics, and when truth disappears we should be concerned to restore the truth. I do not believe that governments have any right to hold documents in secret. The argument that secrecy protects the government and security is clearly an oxymoron. Secrecy in government is about staying in power and hiding unethical and criminal behaviour, as a series of whistleblowers have shown over the decades.

    Whistleblowing is a dangerous role in any society, and one where any govenrment can cast you as the enemy, but one that some people take seriously as the only action they can take for the good of the people. Ellsberg, Felt, Bukovsky, Ponting, Silkwood, Wright, Vanunu, Serpico, Gun, Manning, Asange, Snowdon, and dozens more have surrendered their own safety and rights to expose the lies that governments and corporations (sometimes colluding) concoct for their own puposes. Sadly, while many western governments have legislated to give some protection of whistleblowers, it usually falls short of full protection and such legislation is still prejudiced in favour of governments and corporations.

    Daniel Ellsberg set up “The Truth-Telling Project in the early 2000s, but that is now defunct (though other groups now use that name for other puposes). He spends time writing about the importance of whistleblowing, and supporting those who take that step.

    The Pentagon Papers release and whistlebowing in general reminds me of that famous dictum of Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good (men – sic) people do nothing.” And that beautiful quote from Ann Frank: “How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

    Let’s not be ostriches, let’s be truth tellers where we are, let’s make truth reappear.

    Paul,

    pvcann.com

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    From Fellow Blogger David White

    David White at The Encouraing Word has something to say to us that’s well worth the read:

    Life gives Out Participation Trophies

     

    Paul,

    pvcann.com

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    Laughter Is The Good Medicine

    via Daily Prompt: Laughter

    Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.

    In a documentary he did on comedy I remember Atkinson saying that he’d modelled Bean on the great silent comedy actors, Buster Keaton in particular. Atkinson was quite serious about his comedy. Mr. Bean is not everyone’s cup of tea though. Comedy is a matter of taste, some people struggle to laugh at contrived misfortune, others don’t get certain types of jokes. I love all types of humour, and I struggle to be serious for too long. I think life without humour becomes a rut, which “is a grave with both ends kicked out” (attributed to Earl Nightingale). Unfortunately we have entered an age of poltical correctness that won’t allow for certain types of humour –  it would be hard to imagine Benny Hill starting out now.

    I thoroughly enjoy the slapstick of Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, the satire of Monty Python or Littel Britain, the black humour of Blackadder, the innocent humour of the Vicar of Dibbley or Keeping Up Appearances, and the pointed humour of Yes Minister. The gentle humour in Friends, or the raucous Seinfeld, political humour with John Stewart. Some of you may remember Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, in Australia the Graham Kennedy Show, the Glass house and so on, too many to list here.

    Humour is even acknowledged in religion. Osho taught that laughter was releasing, and held sessions in laughter release, he also taught that laughter brought energy to the fore and was for a few moments a meditative state. Both Jesus and St. Paul used sarcasm. The Christian Pentecostal movement encouraged holy laughter as healing. In the Medieval Church a mass was developed in France where the lowest of society were invited to take high position and celebrate their own version of the mass, a social inversion, pure comedy. It was an attempt to offer an opporunity to release social pressure.  Naturally, the Church hierarchy were horrified, but the Feast Of Fools is still celebrated (and still upsets serious minded purists, which in my view is a good thing). In his book, “My Spiritual Journey” the Dalai Lama, reflecting on the many sadnesses of exile and hardship, says: “… I am a professional laugher …”  There is even laugher yoga.

    Laughter is also homespun, families have their own treasure chest of humourous moments. Some yo uhave had to have been there to really get the humour. Mine include dad handing mum the steering wheel when it detached from the column (as we entered the school parking lot). Or when our family were at a Chinese restaurant and the vegetable oil for the sizzle dish spilled onto a napkin and my yongest son said: “I’ll help” and tried to blow it out, turning it into a blow torch that set fire to my beard (fortunately quickly doused). We are still laughing.

    Laughter is releasing and it is claimed that it brings several health benefits. It destresses, uplifts, it is contagious, breaks down barriers, is enjoyable … Some of you would be familiar with the maxim of the Readers Digest – “laughter is the best medicine.” I certianly feel much better after a good laugh.

    I love a good laugh and I don’t mind being laughed about. I like ot think I’m a professional laugher – I hope you are too.

    For those who are more serious minded a video about laughter 😊

    sitting for dinner
    my beard is aflame now
    laughter douses it
    
    ©Paul Cannon

    Paul,

    pvcann.com

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    Rivulet of Hope

    via Daily Prompt: Rivulet

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    Every year the creeks would dry up, the rains would cease, summer would arrive, the heat would brown the paddocks and turn the soil to hardpan. As summer streched into pseudo summer, the early part of autumn, we’d be craving the rains. The damns would be low, the pools down the creek almost gone, and the land crying in thirst.

    But then the rains came, slowly, a shower here and there. And then the heavens would open, and down it would come. Some days after the water had prepared its own path, soaking into the creek beds, the soil would take no more and, at first a rivulet of water would appear, then a trickle, and then a flow, and the granite would shine, wet and glossy, the cascade decked with white froth. The sound of running water, a sound that brings joy, relief nd new life fills our ears. Soon the frogs would be calling.

    Nature’s like that, it gives what is needed, it takes what is needed.

    The economy is a whole other world. Conservative politicians the world over talk of ‘trickle down’ economics. Give the money to the rich and it will eventually trickle down to the poor. It never has, it never will. The economy, unlike nature, takes and takes and keeps on taking and only gives back to the rich and those in power.

    I my view, an economy that is based on sharing, taking only what is needed and also giving back is a balanced one, but one that ensures there are less cracks to fall through, less barriers to surmount for the poor, more opportunity for all. A shared economy has to bid farewell to greed and selfishness, and requires a change of heart towards consumption. The dog-eat-dog cycle we’re in is doomed and the world cries out for releif and justice. But we are the change that needs to happen.

    For my part that requires an ever growing awareness of others needs both near and far. It requires an awareness of my responsibility in my love affair with nature. It requires that I give back in generous ways. It requires that I model the economy I beleive in by not consuming the very lives of others. If everyone dropped a pebble in a pond it would cease to be, but if everyone took a breath and backed off from supporting the madness of consumption we’d make a dent. Of course, realistically, the other thing we need to do is exercise our vote with discretion towards those goals. And then the trickle will flow and become a stream, a river, a torrent of justice, a rivulet of hope.

    The late Brazilian archbishop Helder Camara, an advocate for the poor, especially the slum dwellers, named it when he said: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

    We still need to ask why!

    politicians lie
    money will not trickle down
    let love flow instead
    
    ©Paul Cannon

    Paul,

    pvcann.com

     

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    Weather Lines

    via Photo Challenge: Lines

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    Wave Rock near Hyden in Western Australia, I took this a few years ago on one of my many visits, I just love the weather lines, rain, sun and cold, and how they have affected the granite rock. they shine glossy after rain, but the rich colours of iron and other minerals show through even when dry. Impressive lines.

    Paul,

    pvcann.com

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