Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

I remember learning the biblical story of Noah and the Ark when I was a child, and have always felt comforted by the idea that rainbows are a covenant: a symbol of hope and a promise that the world will never again be deluged in such a massive flood.  So far, so good.

Rainbows make me feel hopeful in general because the sun is shining, even if it’s still raining:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

This is the dress I want to make:

I found the dress at: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/olive-branch-dress, but it’s been discontinued.   The dress is simple, which I like, but I doubt it will be easy to make.  I’m not a dress-maker, or much of a seamstress at all, but I could attempt it.

I think it’s a flattering cut for me, but my arms are larger and I hate the way they look in sleeveless dresses or shirts, so I’d have to add sleeves.  Then there is the cost to consider too.

This dress works as casual attire, or it could also be accessorized for more formal occasions.  At any rate, it’s a pretty dress, and I feel happy when I look at it.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

As for many of us, nature is where I find the most peace.  I took this picture from Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation several years ago when my son and I went up for a picnic before school started that year.  I visit the Reservation a few times a year, but try to go as often as I can.  You can drive up to the top from April through November (or before the first snowfall), but hiking up is a good trek as well.

It’s not just the river and mountain views that sooth me, but the bucolic scene spread out before me lends a peaceful sense of order and rhythm, and even if I’m off-kilter, I usually feel harmonious, or universally connected, on sunny, quiet days such as the one depicted here.

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© seekingsearchingmeaning (aka Hermionejh) and Life On Earth’s Blog, 2010 – infinity.

Personal Political

I have a number of friends and acquaintances who ‘don’t do politics’.  I know what they mean by that, and I don’t think we should be up in arms about issues all the time, but democracy requires participation and vigilance.  Thankfully, there are plenty of people on the front lines, picketing, discussing (sometimes loudly), and doing what they can to effect change.

We all have different agendas – even if we follow the same basic course.  I have several family members who are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, and as long as discourse stays civil, I can learn at least why someone believes the way they do, even if it doesn’t change my position.

I think consensus is far too difficult to achieve, but approaching consensus is possible.  There will always be people who will not budge one iota, so they represent the absolute.

I typically fall somewhere in the middle, although I, too, have my absolutes on issues like rape, molestation and other forms of violence, as well as several other issues that I would die rather than disavow.

I’m grateful for those who work in the democratic vigilance field, and I do what I can to participate.  Tomorrow, I won’t post, in support of the Internet Strike: http://sopastrike.com/strike/

The current bill before the Senate (SOPA, S. 968), does more harm than good.  You can read more about it here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/ and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act, or go to Open Congress for the full text: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/text

If you like to laugh while being educated, Stephen Colbert obliges you here: http://boingboing.net/2011/12/02/stephen-colbert-explains-sopa.html

This is the end of the service announcement.

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© seekingsearchingmeaning (aka Hermionejh) and Life On Earth’s Blog, 2010 – infinity.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

The boys I watch and I made this snowman last winter.  It was a battle getting it made because they just wanted to keep smashing the snow rather than make anything with it.  I convinced them that they would like the completed snowman, but they had to let me finish.  I got them to find sticks we could make into arms, and where the melting snow had dripped from the roof and gutters there were some uncovered rocks on the ground that we used for the eyes and nose.  I didn’t dare go inside to see if there was a carrot we could use for the nose because I’m sure the snowman would have been a snow pile when I got back outside.

The boys did like the snowman when it was finished, but they wanted to keep adding rocks and sticks on, so we built another snow mound that they were creative with and let me keep the snowman as he was.

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