Rain, Sun, Resolutions & Hope

Earlier on today I wrote the date on a postcard and noticed that it's the 17th day of the first month of the 17th year of this millennium: 17.01.17. I've always liked the neatness of these kinds of calendar numbers. And I noticed it's the middle of January already. This week has been looming large, … Continue reading Rain, Sun, Resolutions & Hope

Poem for Palestine: As Far As The Eye Can See

In my previous post I wrote about just one of the many stories I heard and distressing sights I saw while in Palestine last autumn. This is a poem I wrote the day before going to help with the olive harvest in a village called Deir Istyia in the West Bank: As far as the … Continue reading Poem for Palestine: As Far As The Eye Can See

Palestine; Israel

Palestine and Israel in the headlines Palestine and Israel seem to have been in the news a lot recently. On 23rd December a resolution was adopted by the UN security council for all Israeli settlement in the occupied territories to be halted. This resolution was passed by virtue of the US abstention from voting - as … Continue reading Palestine; Israel

Brand New Day

Early start, quiet walk On a couple of mornings between Christmas and New Year I got up in the dark and walked through the frost and the dawning day to do some voluntary work with Crisis at Christmas. That short period between 25th December and 1st January often feels quiet, feels peaceful; and pregnant with the … Continue reading Brand New Day

The Giving Season

Reindeers are on my mind. And Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and fortune. In the run up to the 25th December, I heard that the population of reindeers has decreased by 40% in the last three decades. These mammals, associated so strongly with the merry chap who once a year delivers presents from … Continue reading The Giving Season

Revolutionary Spirit: the Dalai Lama, Bob Dylan, JFK and MLK

A kind of revolution I've been dipping into a book over the last few weeks and wanting to write about the key premise explored there. In Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the New Millennium, published in 1999, the Dalai Lama sets out his call for a spiritual revolution. In the second chapter, entitled 'No Magic, No Mystery' he … Continue reading Revolutionary Spirit: the Dalai Lama, Bob Dylan, JFK and MLK

BDS: activist-related acronym #2

Boycotting: help or hindrance?  The other day the subject of hummus came up. I said I didn't buy the brand 'Sabra' anymore as it's made in Israel and this is a way for me to take a stand against the military occupation of Palestine by Israel. A conversation followed about the pros and cons of … Continue reading BDS: activist-related acronym #2

DAPL: activist-related acronym #1

Defeat of DAPL at Standing Rock On Sunday evening I was looking up details about a protest due to take place the following day outside the American Embassy in London. It was being organised to coincide with the scheduled eviction of the Water Protesters' Standing Rock Sioux peace camp in North Dakota, planned for the … Continue reading DAPL: activist-related acronym #1