Many thanks to all of my followers, both old and new. I appreciate that you read my posts when you do, like them if they appeal, and offer your tuppence worth when the moon moves you.
On the subject of followers, I do not much like that word to describe people that subscribe to a blog. It sounds like devotees of a guru or a cult. Now that’s a thought, if I had a cult, what would I promote? Well, it would have to espouse freedom because that’s a big one for me, but also compassion. Maybe my ‘followers’ could also do some good, try to make the world a better place… Yes, and we could call ourselves…..hippies! For those who’ve been there, done that, burned the bra and smoked the illicit substances and wore the tie dyed t-shirt, don’t worry, I have not taken leave of my senses. I’m having a whimsical moment and the gratitude has gone to my head. Thank you once again!
(Not an afterthought but an important thought, these photos came from the grooviest of blogs called “Awesome People Reading.” Go on, click here to see the famous enjoying their literary pursuits.)
"Men insult their friends but don’t mean it, women compliment their friends and don’t mean it……."
~ John S.
In response to the post, “The Dressed Word,” click on source link to read the piece. Thanks John, I wish there was less truth in your statement.
"We may be together in our humanity but at times of acute embarrassment, we feel completely isolated. The spotlight is shone on our shame and it is a singular experience, we alone suffer it."
© S. Marian, July 10, 2012
An excerpt from a lighthearted piece titled, “It’s All In The Blush,” to be found on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue
If embarrassment is a state of discomfort due to something you’ve said or done being witnessed by others, I ask, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? In this case, no.” There is no embarrassment without someone else knowing about it.
© S. Marian, July 9, 2012
So, I share with you some light embarrassing stories for your entertainment, perfect reading for the summer. Please find your way to, “A View From Outside the Box,” tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10 to read, “It’s All In The Blush,” url: adialogue
"Before twin tubs or mangles there were just tubs, no running water, gas or electricity - needing plenty of time and hard labour. A single load involved boiling, rinsing and you would need over 50 gallons of water to do that one load. This had to be transported from pump or well or possibly the tap to whatever receptacle you were using. Consider the carrying, lifting heavy water and water sodden clothes, sheets and all in the days of weighty wood and cotton and voluminous clothing."
"It’s apparent that labour saving devices such as washing machines have liberated us in one regard, probably freeing us up for other work and expectations that ensnare us in different ways."
© S. Marian, July 3, 2012
Take time out to read this piece about the one object the Vatican thinks has had the most profound effect on liberating women - “Liberty is a Washing Machine,” to be found on a “View From Outside the Box,” url: a dialogue
We were wrong! It’s not equality or the vote that we should have been fighting for and burning our bras was just a waste of good engineering. For real emancipation, all we required was washing machines! Next time you’re feeling stifled, as if the distribution of labour in your home or work is unbalanced, when you feel as if your voice is not being heard - just do a load of wash, that’s true freedom!
If you’re not too busy striking a blow for freedom by doing the laundry, read, “Liberty is a Washing Machine,” to be posted on Tuesday, July 3rd on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue.
"…I thought to put her recently poor listening to the test.
"Hi Boudica, how was your day?"
"Oh fine. How was yours?: She likes to get this question out of the way to make way for really important topics.
"Mine was okay. I had to go to the doctor who referred me to the hospital for that little scratch on my leg. It turned out it had become infected badly and with the presence of gangrene, they decided to amputate. It wasn’t pleasant but now I have a new, top of the line prosthetic leg and you’d hardly know the difference. I’ll have to learn to walk again but am pleased I’m managing to drive. I shouldn’t complain though, at least I have one leg. I’m thinking of painting it purple and calling it Miranda - what do you think?"
"Oh, that sounds good - oh my God, did I tell you about the hilarious thing Chelsea did in class, lol, you won’t believe it…"
© S. Marian, June 26, 2012
An excerpt from “Toddlers with Tampons,” a scholarly study applying T.I.C. methods to the complex world of teenage communication, amongst other things. To be found on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue.
(Love this tune, “Baba O’Riley, The Who)
*T.I.C. - Tongue In Cheek. Image credit to Liverpool John Moores University
What does this famous colourful bird have to do with 44% of Lithuanian people, Plato, Socrates, but only 12% of former East Germans?
Find out tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19 - please read, “Echoes From Another Life,” to be found on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue.
"At a time when at your lowest ebb, after the most monumental effort of preparing for and moving home, you find you need even more energy when you arrive."
© S. Marian, June 12, 2012
An excerpt from “Waiting For My Soul To Catch Up,” to be posted tomorrow on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue. For those who are moving home, taking up internships or embarking on a foreign exchange placement - this is for you.
"Most of what we’re reacting to is simply change, some changes we will come to like and some we will never like. It has an impact on every part of our life…"
© S. Marian, June 6, 2012
An excerpt from “Waiting For My Soul To Catch Up,” to be posted tomorrow on “A View From Outside The Box,” url: adialogue. For all your people moving, taking up internships or exchange placements, this is for you.