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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lent Madness

Lent Madness 2012

 I know that Lent has nearly ended but this site is rather fun, I'm learning about saints I've never heard of  and some of them are very interesting.The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

Today the battle is between mystic and theologian, Evelyn Underhill and Monnica, mother of St Augustine.  I'm going to vote for Evelyn, as this quote resonated with me:


“We mostly spend [our] lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do.  Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual—even on the religious—plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest: forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in, the fundamental verb, to Be: and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of a spiritual life.”
                                                            The Spiritual Life (1936)

And you can download some of her books free for the kindle: Practical Mysticism A Little Book for Normal People , The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My macrame necklace is finished.  Made from paper twine from Paperphine that I won in a Selvedge giveaway.  This was an experiment to see  what working with the twine was like but I'm happy with the result.

Monday

It's a grey, damp Monday morning here.  Autumn is well and truly here, the garden is starting to die back but here and there are still some surprises.

 A late crop of raspberries.  The canes were only planted at Christmas, cuttings from my father's garden.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

International Women's Day 2012


The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has been selected as the official charity partner of the International Women's Day (IWD) website for its work to empower girls worldwide.

 The Global Girls Fund was launched by WAGGGS to mark the Movement's centenary celebrations.The Global Girls Fund was established to provide the means to empower each and every girl with whom WAGGGS is in contact, through a 3 step process:

  • Increasing sense of self by offering girls and young women peer support and a place to belong, so that they can create a safe space in which they can start to explore issues that affect them and those around them. 
  • Increasing sense of confidence by helping girls and young women develop as leaders, empowering them to become active in their world and agents of their own destiny. 
  • Increasing sense of impact by teaching girls and young women about effective advocacy: educating them on core issues and giving them a platform on which to speak out on issues that affect them and those around them – so that the voice of the girl can be better heard.
Through the Global Girls Fund WAGGGS aims to raise £10 million by June 2014 in order to create and develop related projects and programmes that will ensure each and every girl has the opportunity she deserves to research her fullest potential.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Look at what I've found, Dalek 1. "
"What a find, Dalek 2. A joke book, you don't find them very often in the wild"
"Do you really think it is a joke, Dalek 1?"
"Surely it is, why would people be knitting Christmas balls when we are ready to take over the earth?"
"Humans are very strange! What should we do with this book?"
"Do you really need to ask, Dalek 2?"
"E X T E R M I N A T E,   E X T E R M I N A T E!!"