STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING BY ROBERT FROST

 

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

 

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

 

FEELING NOSTALGIC FOR SNOWY LANDSCAPES OF MACCLESFIELD.

DALE ‘M’

FIRST SNOW OF CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

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FIRST SNOW OF CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

  1. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – THE POGUES
  2. I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING – JACKIE WILSON
  3. RAY OF LIGHT – MADONNA
  4. SNOWFLAKE – KATE BUSH
  5. TELL ME ABOUT THE FOREST – DEAD CAN DANCE
  6. SNOWBLIND – SUEDE
  7. NE ME QUITTE PAS – JACQUES BREL
  8. OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – DAVID BOWIE
  9. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – LOU REED
  10. ON THE STRIP – SONIC YOUTH
  11. FEAR (OF THE UNKNOWN) – SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
  12. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT – MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
  13. HA HA SAID THE CLOWN – MANFRED MANN
  14. RAINY DAY WOMAN – ST.ETIENNE
  15. IN YOUR ROOM – DEPECHE MODE
  16. SERENADE – ROXY MUSIC
  17. THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE – PRINCE
  18. MYSTERY ACHIEVEMENT – THE PRETENDERS
  19. A DAY IN THE LIFE – THE BEATLES
  20. SADNESS IN THE NIGHT – TARJA TURUNEN

IT SNOWED FOR A MOMENT HERE LAST NIGHT… SO IT BECAME THE 3RD ACROSTIC PLAYLIST FOR XMAS.

DALE ‘M’

SUPER POWER

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SUPER POWER

WHAT WOULD YOUR SUPER POWER BE?

It’s a common question, in this world where all movie narratives are obsessed with super heroes, having a supra ability, is high in the collective consciousness. For myself, I will have no truck with any of these narratives, like the other dinosaurs of my generation, I prefer my story-lines based in reality. I don’t want my heroes to solve real-time problems with outlandish abilities, I don’t want retractable steel claws or to fly across the ocean at the speed of light… I don’t want laser beams to shoot from my eyes or ice to flow from my heels. I would prefer my heroes to solve dilemmas by the power of thought. I would prefer natural powers to be used to solve the problems we all face as a species.

The only super powers I have are dull. I have the power to love, I have the power to be honest, and I have the power to nurture. My Kryptonite is : my lack of  understanding when people lie to me; my inability to recognise when people have an agenda; my lack of the need to be acquisitive… I’m murder to buy presents for… I really do not want anything!  The inevitable question at this time of year: What do you want for xmas? Is one that really bugs me, I don’t want anything. Nothing that can be bought. I would like my beloved back. I would like to live without pain, both physical and mental. I would quite like to be able to run again, though yesterday, just the ability to walk would have been nice! Today, my back is freer and I can walk again.

If pressed the only power I would like is the ability to time travel… But that is a double-edged sword. If you go back in time, would you save those you love from their untimely deaths? The urge would be irresistible, but whose to say that they have not died to free their souls from this reality to be able to aid lives in another? Our knowledge of other realities is limited, probably for good reason, perhaps to keep our souls from trivialising our efforts in this reality… Nothing concentrates the mind more than the feeling that this is your one shot at living a decent life! If you were aware that your soul is immutable, that it will exist in many lifetimes, your cares and worries in this life would not feel so important.

I have one super power, I can connect to people I love, I can empathise. Empathy is a very under valued super power, it doesn’t get a lot of airtime in the narratives of the modern media, but the power to feel what other’s are feeling is the bedrock of social interaction, its what enables us to live in communities. It makes us Human. And it is this ability that is most under attack by the concept of super  human powers, we do not need x-ray vision to perceive our neighbour is suffering; we do not need to be able to fly  across oceans, to be able to help the homeless or the hungry…

The real world requires empathy, and from a position of empathy we can actually do something to help real people along their life journey.

Yes. This is the super power we should all aspire to.

Save the world, one person at a time.

That’s a goal which is attainable.

Dale ‘M’

CLIMATE CHANGE – THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

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There are now 250, 000 scientific papers on climate change (source: inside science radio 4) can you imagine that? How much paper does that in fact take? Are papers about climate change actually contributing to climate change? I mean, you imagine the amount of trees that amount of papers consume. Poor innocent living, breathing trees chopped down in the prime of their life… and for what? To  go to describe the destruction of rain forests?

Ok. I shall say this only once. I have been campaigning for green issues for over 30 years, and this is the simple truth and nobody will say this. World pollution is a product of capitalism. That’s it. very simple. Dismantle capitalism, stop creating exponential growth to create interest which can be skimmed off for the capitalist moguls, and we can save the world. Stop consuming and start sharing, create small units of humanity who work together in meaningful ways to make their community better.

That is the only way to stop pollution, climate change etc etc etc. Of course nobody will accept this analysis, because Capitalism is God. So thanks for all your campaigning against plastic waste in the ocean, about the destruction of the forests, about the loss of bio-diversity, but if you do not take this bitter pill… Your world is doomed.

Dale