December 24th, 2019

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I wonder...

..what we'll really remember about 2019?

The bickering in Parliament (UK).


The continued destruction of this once great planet?

Or something more profound?

In what way, Ju?

Oh I don't know. It's easy to succumb to the cacophony of bad news and the vitriol and bile that pervades so much of social media, but when and if you're able to step back from it all, I'd like to think — as simplistic as it sounds — that simply acknowledging this moment, recognising that we're alive and that life is a gift should inspire us all to look to the future with hope and not despair.



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Charles Bukowski

There will only ever be one Buk.

And he lives forever in my heart.

Yes, he was a hard man to be with, a misogynist and never gave a f* save for his drinking and the women but then again he wrote some of the greatest poetry in living memory.

PS. I wish I'd found his work earlier. 

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a few lines

2020 will see me write poetry for the first time to Livejournal; I also intend to publish some of them; I may also decide to enter a few competitions — the odd slam or two. 

I'm excited.

No, no. I'm really excited to see this time where the rabbit hole goes.



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The main man

Here's a picture of Alfie, my youngest daughter's dog. He's one of the most loving and kind dogs we've ever had the good fortune to care for.

Bless you.


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Be the change

Rob Greenfield walks his talk.

"Individual actions can amount to change at a large scale. In his talk, Rob explains how this applies to environmentally friendly living. His extreme activism initiatives, such as the “Trash Me” campaign he ran in New York in 2016, are meant to awaken our consciousness on the impact our actions have on the planet. Rob invites us to commit to small daily changes to become the change we wish to see in the world.  Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. His activism creates eye-catching visuals that inspire people to self reflect on how they can make positive changes in their lives to be a part of the solution to our current environmental and social problems. He lives a near zero waste lifestyle with just 111 possessions to his name and donates 100% of his media income to grassroots environmental non-profit organisations."



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No going back

Too often we live in the past.

But it's over. Done. Finished.

Sure, there's something pleasurable to be gained by reminiscing about the good old times, but there is only now.

If only we spent more time there.

Right here; right now.

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”
― Martha Graham

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Writing platforms

If you're interested, most of my writing is written on Draft.

It's free and does exactly what it says on the tin.

I used to use Google docs and Word (occasionally) but both seem too bloated for me. That's not to say that some of my longer pieces and the memoir that needs finishing won't be written off of one of them but for everything else, Draft is perfect.

I'd be interested to know where everyone else writes? 

Do you write directly to Livejournal? I do sometimes but I like to check my work and Draft just works for me.



PS. I'm listening to Eddi Reader as I write this, and I'm feeling quite emotional.