Sticks and Stones…

There are a number of issues in this story: (1)no one should be ridiculed; (2)no one should be called names of any sort; (3)Personally, I do not have an issue with anyone’s homosexuality–nevertheless, in this story, being labelled “gay” is said in an offensive way to this young boy–this should never happen! (4)WHO teaches children to “name-call”…to call someone “gay?” in a derogatory way? This is a sad reflection of the adult models in the lives of these children.

The Musing Maven

We all grow up in a world where there are bullies. Most of us, if we are lucky, reach adulthood without too many scars. As a mom, I can now see that the physical scars aren’t really what caused the most damage. The real long-term harm came from the mean things people said and did along the way. Those mean words that planted themselves into our self-image. They play, like broken records, in our minds. The words that we adopt as our own, until we bully ourselves into submission.

My son has been bullied since he was in 2nd grade. The term bully congers up images of a big kid, with big-bad words, and even bigger fists.  My son’s bully doesn’t really fit that description. For him, it’s a group of sweet little boys and girls who somehow, at the age of 7, decided that they would use their big…

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Thoughts on SCOTUS and Gay Marriage

A very open-minded, constructive and sensible approach that would help us all travel to respect for one another.

Poesy plus Polemics

The two court rulings this week relating to the whelming social issue of gay rights provoke fiery passions and deep conflicts. I wish it were not so, but it is, and I think I understand it. But I believe it’s best for everyone to take a few steps back and try to view the larger frame. Regardless the technical strengths and weaknesses of constitutional jurisprudence, and there are both, in the arguments made before the court as well as in the decisions and dissents of the justices, the core issue grinding these judicial proceedings is simply one of human decency and social equity.
My citizenship credentials are conservative; philosophically, politically, economically and ethically. I am Roman Catholic by birth and by informed adult choice. So I understand much of what motivates protest against gay rights. But the good Lord blessed me with a free will and a soul I…

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A drop of water on a leaf. The leaf is hydroph...

A drop of water on a leaf. The leaf is hydrophobic so the droplet forms into a spherical shape to minimize contact with the surface. The hydrophobic effect occurs when water excludes non-polar molecules. (Original title: The world in a waterdrop) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the green of the leaves

lightly dances in the rain

hoping love’s reclaim


loss of a friend

the stream flowed through the forest bend

and i always hoped i would speak with you again

the flowers danced delightfully when you were around

now all i see are the stark stems…the life snapped to the ground

the water crystals once spun…the spider built its glorious web

then the awful words by me were said…and now i am a broken thread

the stars struggle to shine through the night

my heart is torn…i did not plan to fight

the moon is rising in the sky so high

but you have not returned and i weep a heavy sigh

the wind blew…the sun was you shining through

you were the breath that gave me life as our friendship grew

moss now covers the roots and stone

i call your name but there is no one home

the caterpillar struggles to become the butterfly

but the wings have been clipped when you said goodbye

not that i did not deserve it…deserve it I did

i wish that i could undo…all that i said and hid

like the seed that doubts the sun and rain will come again

i doubted you…did not believe…and left myself to the henchman

Old spider web

Old spider web (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

if only i could have realized beauty in my midst

that was offering me a deep gift that i should not resist

the silence of loneliness

Margin of Silence

Margin of Silence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the silence of the night

caused serenity’s flight

dipping  into your consciousness

you failed with your bluntness

awakening your questioning thoughts

of all that was lost while your loneliness fought

thinking of those who stepped into your life

for a brief time you had it until out came the knife

their faces pass before you, one by one

like the stars of the night, until you were shunned

glistening feelings deep within

where are they now…when did it wear thin

what are they doing…why did it end so soon

did you ask too much…did they fly to the moon

did you ask more than they could give

did you forget to forgive…allowing it to live

did you not understand…did you have to demand 

do you not have a right to be heard…your brain was banned

why did it become so absurd…did you really have to be heard

why do humans sift away…and you are left with an empty day

why does emptiness loom looking for a  home to stay

why can’t we be more open and receive

why do we run and deceive

why do we burn what we are given

do you enjoy the feeling of being beaten


Photo- Erdogan has praised the “legendary heroism” of police forces

Freedom to demonstrate should not be curtailed in any country. People should have the right to express their concerns without the fear of being bullied and killed. My heart bleeds with the citizens of Istanbul and those who were trying to keep Gezi Park open.

Piazza della Carina


tayyip_erdogan_kizginTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has praised the “legendary heroism” of police forces in quelling anti-government protests that have rocked the country for more than three weeks.

Speaking at the Police Academy in the capital, Ankara, on Monday, Erdogan thanked the country’s security forces for their “patience” and “discipline” during the demonstrations.

“Our police successfully passed a very important, very challenging democracy test,” Erdogan noted, adding, “Our police have responded to attacks, provocations without violating the law … and have written a saga of heroism.”

Erdogan’s remarks came as his government has been widely criticized by human rights groups and its Western allies for using excessive force against protesters.

The unrest in Turkey began on May 31 after police broke up a sit-in at Istanbul’s Taksim Square to protest against a proposal to demolish Gezi Park.

The protesters said Gezi Park, which is a traditional gathering point for rallies…

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Bee killing isn’t only about neonics

This blog by Arglysock is very important to all of humanity. She writes about science and its impact on the landscape and the seas of the world.

Science on the Land

A few weeks ago, great news! The European Union banned three ‘bee killers’ – neonicotinoid pesticides. Three neonics with the, er, catchy names clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. The ban will come into force on 1st December this year, and it will last only for two years, so let’s not get complacent.

The bee-killing story doesn’t end with neonics. It’s also about another insecticide called fipronil. This one isn’t a neonic, it’s a phenylpyrazole.

Like the neonics, fipronil is a broad-spectrum insecticide. That means it kills all kinds of insects – ‘good bugs’ as well as ‘bad bugs’. It’s a neurotoxin, attacking the insects’ nervous systems. In fact it can attack other organisms too. Here’s some science from a decade ago, telling us how fipronil can be bad news.

This week the European Food Safety Authority said that scientists there are concerned about fipronil. They’re concerned about ‘dust…

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Ecuador is leading the way with their rewritten constitution to save Mother Earth, or as they named it, “Pachamama.”


In Ecuador Mother Nature is Pachamama – she now has constitutional rights. In 2008 65% of Ecuador’s population voted in favour of re-writing the constitution, giving legal rights to Pachamama. Her new bill of rights was written by a group from Pennsylvania, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

CELDF wrote –  “nature or Pachamama, where life is reproduced and exists, has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution.”

Ecuador’s president Raphael Correa dubbed his countries new approach “living well”. One of the smallest, poorest countries in South America, oil production is the life blood of Ecuador’s economy. Millions of barrels of oil beneath rain forests so ecologically diverse – one hectare contains more species of trees than all of North America.

Here’s the catch – Ecuador estimates oil worth $3.6 billion pool beneath Yasuni National Park. Correa asked the world…

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