Monday, 25 May 2015

Special Things this week



In the B&B on Thursday night it was a treat to have a couple of hours to check out blogs and to follow some links on Facebook.    I thought I'd share a few treasures with you here.  

I had seen this video a few years back and it was lovely to be reminded of it by Denise at Denise's Planet.   These children are remarkable and indeed so are the adults who came up with this wonderful idea to recycle rubbish.

We take so much for granted in our wealthy Western worlds - look at what can be achieved.




This one is especially for my lovely blogging friend Deborah at Temenos of the Blessing Light in Chicago - I know you'll be in love with this project :)  A Children's Book you can Plant and it will grow into a tree.



I've been at a lot of funerals this year already and the topic has been at the front of our minds, how would our own final farewell be dealt with.  For one I was asked to sing a special song for the couple - called One True Place - the lyric talked about the person not being gone, but being in the room next door.  This piece of writing is from that angle and it just summed it up for me my feelings on the next life.   I want to post it here so that I can keep it for myself.  It was a lady that I met at a writing retreat last year had shared it on her Facebook page and I hope she doesn't mind me passing it on.  It came via the blog of the writer M.J.Rose

Written by Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford

What interesting things have come up in your week? I'd love to hear.

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    1. Dear Fil, what a present it was to get to know you! I hope next year, after my year at the faculty, I can go to one of your gigs :) I am very glad that you liked the video! I always think like that, we have so much, and want more and more, while those kids have so few and can play that way with oil cans. Impressive, thumbs up for the adults of this project, no doubt! As for the song you sang, I heard last month this, that is more or less the same as the next door-song and text: "our beloved ones are sleeping". Just that. All the moments we had together remain. All the good they did, too. Thanks for that text, I copied it!
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    2. Thank you for sharing it in the first place Denise :)

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  2. Oh, Fil - you have made me have goosebumps watching that video of the children making such music from waste materials, I have smiled at the thought of planting a book and my eyes have been filling with tears reading the passage thinking what wonderful words and how true this should be about the passing of loved ones - thank you for sharing such pleasures with me and everyone else who reads your blog :)

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    1. My pleasure Tempi - it makes a change for me not to be droning on endlessly about work :) Have a great week x

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  3. I loved that video on Denise's blog too!!! Love that text- SO beautiful and poignant!x

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    1. Thank you for introducing me to her Kezzie - it's a small world here in Blogland (my auto text thingy keeps wanting to change that to Bogland!!) I'll have to be careful :)

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  4. Now that is a pretty cool obit, or rather, farewell to family and friends.

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  5. I have that last writing. My friend's wife left it in her purse for her husband to find when she died. I took a copy of it and have loved it ever since. I am astounded at the ingenuity of those youngsters making instruments. They have a pretty good sound too.

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    1. They do sound pretty good, don't they?
      What an amazing thing for your friend to do for her husband. I really must keep that somewhere safe cos I tend to save things and then forget totally about them!

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  6. Thanks for sharing All Is Well ... very beautiful !

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  7. Hi Fil ... loved the LandFill Harmonic and Recycle Opera - so clever ... and yes - we should all be doing this ... reducing our waste to the bare minimum. Loved the tree project - the only note I'd mention is that we want to plant trees that are native to our country ... Jacarandas are stunning .. but in South Africa they are weeds ... but in Argentina and Brazil they're native ... we have many problems now with beautiful trees and shrubs and water plants brought in in the 1800s ... which are causing us huge amounts of problems .. but I love the idea.

    Brilliant .. thanks for sharing .. cheers Hilary

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