Creating people's geographies
Don’t know about you in this Christeidhanukwanzaamas, but I’m exhausted. Seems that just when you get a break after a busy year, the body says to itself “OK, you can get tired now, the mind’ll allow it!”. You know how it goes, when you’re too busy to get tired or ill, so when you slow down it hits you. The body is wise, should listen to it more often.
For those of you who celebrated (and are still visiting relatives and friends etc), hope the revelry was judicious. I managed not to down too many Lebanese pastries but mum’s cooking is always delectable.
In current news, vale James Brown* and the other unelected US President, Gerald Ford. Vale also the 250+ who died at an oil plant explosion in Nigeria and the soon to be executed Saddam Hussein, another stupid and ill-timed decision and missed opportunity in Iraq. Enough killing, enough! And enough whitewashing of occupation as we see the Israeli spin of somehow being generous and allowing crumb concessions to the Palestinians it is killing and squeezing while continuing its strangulation and starting a new illegal West Bank settlement. US taxpayers are paying to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars per settler (2005 figures). In other news, a recent population survey now has American Jews outnumber Israeli Jews by a million (6.4 million of a total US population of 300 million).
[*Yes, the sharp-eyed eagle Servant noticed my funny goof-up: I had originally typed in James Dean. Really behind the times or in a time recursion Star Trek episode! Well spotted – winner of a year’s subscription of The Eagle-Eyed Editor]
The tree below is from my second cousin Lillian, a talented and funny woman from whom its always a pleasure to hear, as we get to see each other so rarely but have a ton of fun when we do. Thanks for sending this Lil., had to share with an international online community of appreciated friends. Now I know you won’t all think its too soppy given the doom and gloom content of the other posts today! (and if you do, I’ll exercise some biffo action on ya! That’s right, ’embrace non-violence, unless you want your head smacked in’! heh … world politics is hard-hitting enough …)
Reasons Greetings, friends …
like to put
up a tree in my
heart, and instead
of hanging presents,
I would like to put the
names of all my friends.
Close friends and not so close
friends. The old friends, the new
friends. Those that I see every day
and the ones that I rarely see. The ones
that I always remember and the ones that
I sometimes forget. The ones that are always
there and the ones that seldom are. The friends of
difficult times and the ones of happy times. Friends
who, without meaning to, I have hurt, or, without meaning
to have hurt me. Those that I know well and those I only know
by name. Those that owe me little and those that I owe so much.
My humble friends and my important friends. The names of all those
that have passed through my life no matter how fleetingly. A tree with
very deep roots and very long
and strong branches so that
their names may never be
plucked from my heart. So
that new names from all
over may join the existing ones. A tree with a very
pleasant shade so that our friendship may take a
moment of rest from the battles of life. May the
happy moments of Xmas brighten every day of
the New Year. These are my sincere wishes.
*** Wishing you every Success in 2007 ! ***
And as a wise man and friend once recently inspired me to think, may you not so much have dreams in life as live a dream that has you … with great friends and experiences in your orbit. xo Ann