I wrote this poem just after my 60th birthday (end of September) and am delighted it was published yesterday in haikuKATHA. Warm thanks to the editorial team and congratulations to all the other poets featured in this issue.
Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and to our friends in the US, a happy Thanksgiving too.
These beautiful seats and hand-painted stones have been created with love by members of the Corbenic Camphill Community, a home for people with social, emotional, intellectual and learning disabilities in the heart of Scotland.
Clan Cancer Support, in partnership with Wild in Art, shone a light across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland with Light the North, a lighthouse trail from 9 August to 17 October 2021. It was designed to provide a light in the dark for people affected by cancer and the lighthouses were later auctioned off to raise funds for the charity.
The above lighthouse, Riding Out the Storm by mosaic artist Rachel Davies, stood on a plinth at Portsoy harbour during this time and the local community loved it so much they wanted to keep it. With the help of crowdfunding organised by the Portsoy 75 Club and the local community, they succeeded in offering the winning bid.
We have been meaning to visit the area and this particular lighthouse for some time and it is lovely to see every little detail of the mosaics up close.
Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and may you always have a light to guide you through the storms,
Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, 9 March 2022
It is heart-breaking to see what is happening in the world today because of one man’s fear of open and honest conversation.
It is heart-warming to see how many of us are working together for peace and freedom at the same time.
Yesterday’s visit of friendship to Kyiv by the Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia and Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister hopefully marks another step on the road to peace.
When you look more closely at the actions taken by people in support of peace for Ukraine, they all come from a place of kindness and compassion. Each and every one of these actions make a statement and make a difference.
Last Monday I signed an Open Letter (organised by The Society of Authors) to the writers, illustrators and translators of Ukraine expressing our solidarity. When I looked at the signatures more closely, I noticed that the name above mine was almost the same as my late grandmother’s. She was nearly 101 years old and lived through two World Wars.
Had she been alive today, I’m sure she would have signed the Open Letter too.
Wishing for peace and freedom in Ukraine and wishing you all a blessed Wednesday,
Just as Tina invited us to an Odds and Ends Lens-Challenge, I came across this beach art installation made from driftwood, rope, netting, a creel, leaves and berries, sea shells and seaweed, covered in sand.
I am taking a short blogging break to focus on a nature writing project and will be back on Wednesday 16 March 2022.
Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful week ahead,
Following the decision by local authorities to close Cullen’s public toilets in the town square and at the beach, a group of volunteers raised funds and re-opened these vital facilities. The toilets are now managed by Friends of Cullen Toilet Group and these lovely tiles adorning a wall at the beach amenities were painted by pupils from Cullen Primary School.
Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,
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