Happy Turkey Day, Syndicate Style

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

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If….& …Then……

On May 15th  2013 I posted a blog post entitled An exceedingly good poet.

Today is August 16th 2013, it has taken me since then if not longer to add an addition to the famous poet Rudyard Kipling’s  words in his poem If ,  that would fit but also ring true to the rest of the poem to illicit the faithfulness, loyalty staminer and honour  of the content of the poem, yet make it apply in this century, as we can sometimes lose sight of these qualities. I have spent the last 32 years trying to instill these values into my charges, one day, as most days, it will ring true!

Pay special attention to the end of the poem if you are already familiar with it, I feel it will answer Bastet’s querie of May 15th.

And I dedicate this poem to all our Grandchildren, and hope they come, as we have, to live by it.


IF…..


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Addition ©G.W.W.Aug.2013

-And then again, if you’re a woman,

Then you’re day is not yet done!

(For all my girls!, & all of my grandchildren of whatever gender & Bastet )


 

Today is August 16th 2013, it has taken me since then, if not longer to add an addition to the famous poet Rudyard Kipling’s  words in his poem If ,  that would fit but also ring true to the rest of the poem to illicit the faithfulness, loyalty staminar and honour  of the content of the poem, yet make it apply in this century, as we can sometimes lose sight of these qualities. I have spent the last 32 years trying to instill these values into my charges, one day, as most days, it will ring true!

Pay special attention to the end of the poem if you are already familiar with it, I feel it will answer Bastet’s querie of May 15th.

And I dedicate this poem to all our Grandchildren, and hope they come, as we have, to live by it.


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From Clogs to Blogs!

Lately I have been complaining and be-moaning that there are not enough hours in the day! In particular not enough hours to devote to my blogs, which I take pleasure in writing. So with that in mind I wanted to join up a few things and prove to you the reader but most of all myself that we really have never had it so good! For instance in this day and age, some things just really flow together, with all this wonderful technology and media we can learn so much from the past, for example Channel 4’s timely appearance of the drama The Mill based on true accounts of Quarry Bank Mill Cheshire England and not so very long ago! 0fe4f9c4-6d35-4b4a-b25b-c5dacc43fc5a Click on the link to watch the trailer http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-mill/videos/all/the-mill-coming-soon-trailer and recently a wonderful lady- Pamela- sent me this amazing poem which truly evokes the period too!  

©P.M.Jones 14.12.07

Clogs are black with holes for laces

clogs for work that take you places

to the pit and to the mill

down a hole or up a hill

mining coal or spinning cotton

skills that will be soon forgotten

every town had mills for cotton

every mill used many skills

spinning

weaving

docking looms

oily floors and noise that booms

miming words you could not hear

cost in hearing did prove dear

mill so hot your milk would turn

into cheese inside its churn

sterilized is what you got

if the mill was very hot

we had three mills in our village

people filed out like a spillage

workers tired, going home

to their loved ones,  some alone

clip, clip clop in clogs you’d hear them

up the street and through the gate

clip, clip clop the door is open

clip, clip clop sorry I’m late

oh! my poor feet

take my clogs off

where’s the salt and water hot

soak till soft

outcome the darners

taking out splinters

quite a lot

I’ve got Irwell in my body

I’ve got Irwell in my sole

I’ve got Irwell in my feet

love,

where it was,  now is a hole

now they’r building 30 houses

where the heart of the village was

they knocked em down

cause they were’nt needed

houses are because, because 

PEOPLE NEED HOUSES!

©P.M.Jones 14.12.07

Pamela now writes fairy stories which can be bought online visit her at http://www.celrinfairies.com/

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FRIENDSHIP a Cinquain of Thanks !

Magical Sunset at Steinhuder Meer

 

 

Sailing

through cyber space

finding safe harbour of

like minded souls who enlighten

and thrill.

 

Dedicated to Elizabeth

http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/awakening-a-body-once-living/

 

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May I Take Stock?

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A Reflection on May 2013

It’s that  time of the month again, ( not THAT one  smutty brain!), the time where I reflect on my progress as a so-called writer, blogger, and poet  mmm..Wordist, mmm.. creator…. muhahaaa!

Well I dare not look at the stats page, and in  fact I need  not, for  I  already have a pretty good idea what they will say, nothing I do  not already know! – Nil Points-.

I have been AWOL, ( Absent without leave)  which  is not strictly correct either, Stay with me this is going to get complicated!

Seeing as I am the one, who I, must seek leave from, and I knew I was away  doing other things then it wasn’t  really without my knowledge or my consent, therefore I wasn’t really AWOL, but you see that is where I am wrong!

I told you it was complicated, you see, me, myself and I are the writers’ of A WORD A DAY, where we come to play, (using we in the first person is now getting quite disturbing, so grammatically correct or not I shall revert to I ) I could get all my words from a dictionary  I have several, or even the vast resources online, but a writer needs inspiration for the words to flow from the dictionary to the page and  put them in a context that is both meaningful and entertaining  not only to me but you, the reader too!

So I have been trying to combine all elements of my new life  as  a  volunteer, an activist for Grandparents and writer together, whilst at the same time looking for paid employment, not forgetting my  role as wife, mother, Step-mother, grandparent, sister and Aunt,  although I have neglected a few Nieces & Nephews  birthday’s in May  and although none of them actually read this blog,(that I know of) my wholehearted apologies and a special belated birthday wish to you all-  in particular Happy Birthday greetings to you Nephew- Brendan Baggins for yesterday!

Back to taking stock, where was I? Oh yes! Combining elements, (picture Geraldine; the nutty writer in a lab coat)  as I said one of those elements is inspiration, it is people who inspire me, the things they say and the way they say them, who they are and what they do, they make  words come alive, put thoughts into actions and create dreams that are reality, that is truly inspiring. I have met quite a few on my travels over the last month or two, you will soon be able to read all about them on the  http://getexperiencedblog.wordpress.com/  website that Julia from Get-Experienced and I set up in May.

I spent yesterday with some lovely older people, they really made me laugh and shared  some of their wonderful sayings of times gone by and a few that are still around  and I will be sharing those with you on here and on http://grandparentsupportuk.wordpress.com/quotes-from-yesteryear/ the other website I set up in May. This site is probably the most important and the closest to my heart as I return to court in ten days  time, I will keep you posted on GP.S.U.K. (An unfortunate acronym but you get to a certain age and given the state of our NHS at the moment and it somehow fits!)

So in combining all elements and ever mindful of the  future, I  have made  a  huge decision……….drum roll please……..

I have decided to return to education, I have looked at different courses online, and their extortionate fees and their non-recognisable accreditations, I took a creative writing course a couple of years ago and I enjoyed it but what I learnt most of all  is if you want to be a writer, then just get on and write and do it  in a way that you enjoy regardless of critics, but  it also made me realise I had more to learn but in a way that suits and fits in with me  and what I want to do.

So  starting October I will begin an access  to success module to get me used to formal education again with The Open University, if that works out, I will do an Open Degree which will be tailored to what I want to achieve as a writer, including the ever elusive I.T  element, and Business Management too! I’m really excited, a little nervous but very much up to the challenge!

Back  to A word a Day and you dear reader,  I realise I should be putting out  a word a day for  you and hope you will have patience and forgive my absence occasionally, with that  I wish you joy and happy writing  and for now with your permission  I will take my leave.

Back  soon

Geraldine

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A fun day in the community!

This event was a great day with some awesome people!

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Today’s post belongs to the vibrant venue, people and volunteers of The White Moss Youth and Community Centre.

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On Saturday May 18th White Moss held their 5th Annual  free fun day and although the weather was miserable the centre was far from it, with a range of activities, information and stalls catering to all aspects of the community, “a great day was had by all!”

Here are just a few of the dedicated volunteers;

Lee

Liam 18, who volunteers twice a week rotating between the gym and the music studio, he would like to have a career as a youth worker.

Jasmine

Jasmine a 12 year old volunteer, who generously gathered her  Bric- a- Brac to sell, and donated the proceeds to the centre. ( update : Jasmine raised £72)

Johnny Biggs

Johnny Biggs “a chip off the old block” Johnny has volunteered for over 16 years, helping his father John Biggs…

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I Have Funeral Etiquette Questions….

A hard time for a great guy! Made worse by people’s total lack of respect!

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