Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best Wishes for 2016

I don't want to get into predictions at this time. They are actually too easy. 

Instead I will make a list of changes I would like to see take place in 2016
All equally important - Make an earnest contribution and it'll be added to the list

1 - More people talking to one another- FACE to FACE- Not through anti social media
Talk about important issues loudly so others can 'eavesdrop'

2 - Less gadget uses- Dump the smart/pain/spy phones  They are destroying the art of conversation as they suck  your souls And enough of the narcissistic 'selfies', please!

3 - Plant a frikkin' vegetable garden people! Even if it's just a few pots full of some fresh herbs. Do something to feed yourself some good quality, organic food- Save your seeds- As man has always done-  That's the real/true sustainable method of food production

4 -Learn a new skill- gardening, painting, sewing, laying floors, whatever- do something yourself.  The loss of skills in just a few generations is shocking to think about

5 - Get back to nature- for real

6 - Be kind, not cruel.  Thanks to Gwen for expanding on the kindness factor:
"LOOK for ways to be useful or kind. Some examples are: if you're at a store and you see some item that's fallen off the shelf, pick it up and put it back, even if you have to detour a little to do so.. Are you behind the elderly person who is moving too slowly for you? Slow down, take a quiet breath and be patient then look to see if that person needs help in some way - is he/she looking for something? Does he/she need help reaching something? Nothing like that? Then make a point to smile and say "hi!"

7- Stop looking for a hero- cause you're already here. And you are all that is needed to save yourself

8 -  Don't be so quick to take a pill. It often is not the easiest or most effective method of treatment

9 - Stay away from the Tell-a-vison- Intelligent people think for themselves.

10- Value yourself, your family, your neighbours and your community

11 - Support your local farmer and your local business- they spend their money locally more so then the multinationals

12 - Take good care of your pets, if you have them.
  
13- Always learn something new- Every single day. 





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15 comments:

  1. Hi Penny!

    Great list - I've been trying to think of something else to add but nothing comes to mind at the moment.

    I've had the urge to start practicing drawing again and have recently bought some pencils and a sketch pad. I am not an artist at all but periodically I get the urge to sketch. I first tried it about seventeen years ago using the book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". I would highly recommend that book. Not only was I able to break through some mental barriers in sketching but some of the exercises require a lot of concentration which I thought was a good thing. It's not a "New Year's Resolution", it's just something that I've had the urge to do, and I think it will be a positive thing instead of dwelling so much on all the deception in the world.

    Oh, now that I think of it, maybe I do have something to add. This is a small thing and most would probably think inconsequential, but I'll tell you why I think it's important in its own right. LOOK for ways to be useful or kind. Some examples are: if you're at a store and you see some item that's fallen off the shelf, pick it up and put it back, even if you have to detour a little to do so. Are you behind the elderly person who is moving too slowly for you? Slow down, take a quiet breath and be patient then look to see if that person needs help in some way - is he/she looking for something? Does he/she need help reaching something? Nothing like that? Then make a point to smile and say "hi!".

    I think that if more people would look for small ways to be helpful or kind that those things would add up and make a larger difference.

    Anyway, I hope your New Year finds you and family healthy and happy and I look forward to your posts in 2016!

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    1. Hi Gwen- Loved your comment :)
      Thanks and I wish the same to you and yours!

      I'm going to find a way to work your suggestion it into the above post later, for now?? It's coffee time!

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    2. Gwen I've added your comment to the post as an expansion on the be kind not cruel suggestion
      It was a wonderful thought

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  2. Happy New Year Pen! Best wishes for you and your family and loved ones.

    Interesting list . . . my comments:

    1 - More people talking to one another- FACE to FACE- Not through anti social media
    Talk about important issues loudly so others can 'eavesdrop'

    -ironic first point to say the least ;) knowing that the only reason we (you and I from my perspective, but also many others I don't see who read and listen into our open conversations) can have interesting discussions and comments and even KNOW each other is through this anti-social media.
    -it's mostly anti-social and yes, I agree with you for the most part it stunts all kinds of social growth and learning and discourse . . . BUT . . . it's also an amazing far-reaching tool to speak to far-flung groups of like-minded people, and gain amazing insights I would otherwise never find out.
    But I agree with you actual point - make public discourse about real social, economic and political issues more voluble so that it opens up ideas in the minds of the great unwashed.

    2 - Less gadget uses- Dump the smart/pain/spy phones
    They are destroying the art of conversation as they suck your souls
    And enough of the narcissistic 'selfies', please!

    -no selfies, definitely. But I also definitely use a phone for quick communication and occasional quick look-ups for info.

    3 - Plant a frikkin' vegetable garden people! Even if it's just a few pots full of some fresh herbs. Do something to feed yourself some good quality, organic food- Save your seeds- As man has always done- That's the real/true sustainable method of food production

    -DONE! This was already on my list - plan for spring.

    4 -Learn a new skill- gardening, painting, sewing, laying floors, whatever- do something yourself. The loss of skills in just a few generations is shocking to think about

    - Or, as I am doing, expand and increase your expertise on a hobby/skill you already have.

    5 - Get back to nature- for real

    -Too vague, sorry . . . and not to be too trite, but you give us an example of what you think this means and what you will actually be doing in this regard, and then I can comment.

    6 - Be kind, not cruel.

    -always agreed.

    7- Stop looking for a hero- cause you're already here. And you are all that is needed to save yourself

    -Yep. The key to self-reliance, then independence, which leads to independence of thought and critical thinking, the ability to truly question and postulate. Tough one though for the average Joe.

    8 - Don't be so quick to take a pill. It often is not the easiest or most effective method of treatment

    -agreed. I never take a pill.

    9 - Stay away from the Tell-a-vison- Intelligent people think for themselves.

    -agreed. I've been clean of that for 10 years now.

    10- Value yourself, your family, your neighbours and your community

    -absolutely, but it bears reminding, for sure.

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  3. CONT'D

    11 - Support your local farmer and your local business- they spend their money locally more so then the multinationals

    -one I struggle with. I'm being truthful. And if I were to open the fridges and cupboards of any of you, I can be very very sure 95% of you would be caught as hypocrites in this regard.
    Honestly, my food integrity index starts first and foremost with MY needs. That is, healthy food options, with a sprinkling of cheaper "cheat" foods I still enjoy and haven't completely weaned myself off from.
    So, no hypocrisy from me - I am pretty far off target here, and I can guarantee I eat very healthy compared to the average NA diet for sure . . . but it's far off from my truly idealist notions.
    But it's a good thought to try and improve on.

    12 - Take good care of your pets, if you have them.

    - I think that most pets should not be pets. A subject for another day. But yes, we take great care of our hermit crab :)

    13- Always learn something new- Every single day.

    -on an intuitive, sub-concious level, impossible not to. But on a conscious level, very difficult.
    For me, the exercise isn't some stark need for one a day - it's a general idea that is summed up perfectly in one short sentence:

    ALWAYS BE CURIOUS.
    Love ya Pen, keep it up in 2016.
    Oh, and my wish list for your amazing abilities to dig up the real story and report on the unreported? Here goes . . .

    1) Canadian (and US I guess) stories on corporate pollution, especially in water, and how unreported it is. What the pollution restraints are on our freshwater. That'll branch off into the fluoride thing, metals in water, paper mills, oil obviously, but you get the picture.

    2) PR Firms, the propaganda masters
    Who are the big players? Who works for Israel, the US gov't agencies, Monsanto, the Fed, other banks and large corporations? Who are they and how do they do it? Names.

    3) Continue to post, and expand on, your own real life examples of how you yourself set the example for anything you speak about - or even what you don't do a good job on, and are trying to improve in. Basically, this is to invoke true dialogue and discourse within us, to potentially force gradual change for behaviours or ideals or habits we want to make better.

    As a writer, the more personal it is, the more personal your examples are . . . the greater we will all as an internet community be pulled into your sphere of influence to perhaps change for the better ourselves.

    Happy 2016.

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  4. Crap - first post disappeared. Can you assist Pen?

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    1. It's done slozo- It ended up in the spam file. One of those google mysteries

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  5. Hi Slozo: Get back to nature for real- means the already mentioned plant a garden as one example.

    But more I was thinking along these lines
    Understand your local environment. Identify the plants in it. Observe the changes in the local environment. View the local animals in nature. A trip to the zoo is not being in nature. Those animals are not in your local environment- There are no lions, or tigers here in Ontario- There are coyote, further north there are some big cats- Lynx perhaps
    But African animals? No

    Participating in a contrived greenpeace march is not being an environmentalist or participating or even saving nature

    I was thinking about all these beautiful experiences I've had in the woods- watching the deer run, watching a hawk stalk prey and yes even catching prey, having a hawk swoop so low over my head I could feel the whoosh of air. Happening upon a fox den and getting two watch two young fox kits sunning themselves at the opening of the den
    One left, but, one seemed quite happy to entertain us with his/her antics- It was beautiful, truly beautiful.

    Hope that helps Slozo?

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    1. As for my other suggestions- We've had a garden for better then 20 years- I save the seeds from our heirloom tomatoes, but, need to get better about saving others. We saved beans and planted them, but, it got cold too soon and we didn't have a chance to get seeds or much beans this year

      I freeze everything I can. Tomatoes. Zucchini. Beets.
      Eggplant has been made into breaded eggplant then frozen in layers- for Eggplant Parm
      Zucchini is made into Zucchini fritters, baked, used in sauces and soups

      Beets, frozen- used for whatever- Love them bbqd with goat cheese- fresh

      I hang out in my local environment- I can identify a bunch of birds by their songs and have fed numerous birds from my hand. I've had numerous interactions with many of my local animals- I've been so close to deer, I can see their breath in the cold- I looked at a full grown fox just a week or so ago from a distance for a good minute- We looked at one another..

      Dropping memes, I've done it for years
      No smart phone- just a cell for emergencies

      I go to my farmers market for other produce- potatoes etc- I don't have room for those items in my garden
      If I could get away with chickens, I'd have them for fresh eggs- and that is something that irks me to no end- people can have dogs galore- and they shit all over the place- but I can't have a couple of chickens

      I could write more and maybe I will but for now that's it

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    2. Fair enough!
      Zoos are a tough subject for me, because there's good in them, and there's some evil there as well. I visit the zoo often with the kids, actually . . . it's very informative for the kids, for all the parts - good and bad.

      But yeah, hiking in nature and being "close" to nature is nice, for sure. Organised camping the way it's set up now is a bit of a laugh at nature, but with very young kids that's the only option really.

      But in many ways, I think we should leave the wild in wildlife, and leave them alone and stay close to our human dwelling collectives.

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    3. Hi slozo
      not sure how old your kids are, but, we took our daughter for wonderful hikes when she was about 8 or 9
      She may recall seeing a great horned owl take flight from a tree on early Sunday morning... never underestimate the willingness of kids to walk in the woods- they may surprise you

      "I think we should leave the wild in wildlife, and leave them alone and stay close to our human dwelling collectives"

      That would be contrary to our long human history- We've always walked among the animals. Always. And I can tell you considering the many beautiful experiences I've had- The animals know it.

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  6. Yes, Best Wishes for the New Year. The list covers everything very nicely.

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    1. Hi jo!
      I've missed you! As I drink my Gnarly Dude Zinfandel
      Happy New Year jo!

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  7. Here's some homework, I haven't watched it yet but will later in the week when it's stormy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNhYzYUo42g

    By way of https://consortiumnews.com/2016/01/02/hearing-the-russian-perspective/

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    1. Sorry it's only in Russian looking to see if there is something In english

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