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The glory of gardening:



“The glory of gardening:
hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”

~ Alfred Austin

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Working in a garden…



    Working in the garden . . . gives me a profound feeling of inner peace. Nothing here is in a hurry. There is no rush toward accomplishment, no blowing of trumpets. Here is the great mystery of life and growth. Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently, unboastfully, taking its time.
    ~ Ruth Stout

    ~ Art by Lucy Grossmith.

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            Work is not a curse

            Lots of people may find work  to be a curse. But work should not at all be a curse. Everything you do in life you should do with pleasure. Though we do agree that for the present generation that is not easy at all.

            In the beginning, God created also work. Lots of people seem to forget that or do notice it. One of the first things we learn about how God made us is that he designed us for work.

            “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28),

            God said. And just so we didn’t miss his point, the author tells us,

            “Jehovah, The Lord God, took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Gen. 2:15).

            That we have to take care of the earth, most people have forgotten. They mostly misuse the earth. These days and in the coming years, we shall feel the consequences of how man mistreated mother earth.

            Throughout the Scriptures we can read how people treated their surroundings.

            God shows us that work is part of His perfect design for our lives and the Bible tells us that one day we shall be able to find the restored paradise.

            In fact, work is as much of a basic human need as food, beauty, rest, and friendship. Sociological studies show that without meaningful work, people suffer emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The loss of work is harmful to us because God specifically designed us for work.

            Our work helps us discover part of what it means to be a human made in the image of God. It also helps us understand our own abilities and gifts. Working also allows us to feel useful and get satisfaction for those things we manage to achieve. Moreover, work is one of the main ways that God uses us to bless other people. He designed the world so that our work benefits others.

            If you think of all the things you own and use — from toothpaste to highways to clothing stores — you will see that you have been immensely blessed through the work of countless people. Work is such a wonderful thing!

            But we can safely admit that a large majority of people are not so happy with the work they do. Work doesn’t always feel good.

            In fact, polls show that seven out of ten people “hate” or “strongly dislike” their jobs.
            Why is that?
            Why do so many of us despise what God created us to do, and which God uses to bless the world?

            You probably already know the answer. The problem is not with work, but with us, human beings. We are sinful, which is not just a description of our guilt before God. To say that we are sinful also means that our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions are backwards, upside-down, twisted, polluted, and every other word we might use to say that our hearts and minds and souls and bodies are just plain broken. We can find people on this earth who misuse other people or let other people work for them, those doing all the work not gaining as much as the one who let the others work. In many companies, there is inequality between employers and workers. A lot of people are exploited and have to work at a pittance while the employer manages to line his pockets with the much-earned money on the backs of those workers.

            On May 1, Labour Day, those relationships between employer and employee are discussed in many places. It is a day to think about the work that does need to be done.

            Each of us bears responsibility for the work that belongs on this globe. Provision must be made that everyone can eat and sleep well, but that none of this happens by overburdening nature, through overfishing or overhunting, for example.

            If everyone showed respect to the person, plant and animal around him or her, there would be no reason at all to be displeased for what one can do to advance the other as well as oneself.

            Each time that our jobs seem stressful, difficult, taxing, boring, un-fun, hard, etc., we ought to remember why this is the case. How was it possible that it could come so far. Who or what is the cause of the burden of work.

            For those who misuse other people, we should talk to them and try to bring them to other ideas.

            If we know that goods are produced under poor conditions or made by child labour and/or at too low a wage, we should certainly not buy them in order to stop exploitation. As long as consumers choose the cheapest goods, they contribute to the exploitation of people and make themselves sinful according to the Laws of God.

            We ourselves when we look for work, we must always check whether the work is responsible and whether the employer also gives his workforce the necessary respect. Someone who cannot show appreciation for the people who help him earn a living is not worth being helped. So, it is up to us first and foremost to do the right work so that we can make or accomplish worthy things under worthy conditions.

            It is also notable how certain people have started to shift emphases in their lives. By focusing largely on accumulating as much material gain as possible, they have lost sight of the real values of life. As a result, work can sometimes be harder than it should be. Their materialism then kills them.

            We should remember that no honest job is too hard, too insignificant, or too boring if done for the glory of God and for serving His son. That is why Paul exhorts us,

            “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23-24).



            The Necessity of Rest

            Believe me! Everything is Possible


            Find also to read

            1. Man enticed to long for more
            2. Begin by carrying away small stones to remove a mountain
            3. A look at materialism
            4. Welfare state and Poverty in Flanders #8 Work
            5. I want to get paid for changing diapers, but i don’t want to run a day care
            6. Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief
            7. How do you keep people from stealing your joy?
            8. A treasure which can give me everything I need
            9. A look at materialism
            10. a Strong Family doesn’t just happen
            11. Work and career a major focus of young adulthood
            12. Brilliant.
            13. A risk taking society
            14. Jehovah shall make the earth waste and turn its ground up-side-down
            15. Today’s thought “Bible Tip for Life: Work Hard!” (November 20)
            16. Today’s thought “I know your works” (December 22)
            17. Do we have to be an anarchist to react
            18. Finding our identity in serving God
            19. The work I do, let it be done good
            20. Work with joy and pray with love
            21. Your New Job Description — Bless!
            22. God should be your hope
            23. God make us holy
            24. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies
            25. A way to prepare for the Kingdom
            26. Paradise restored



            1. Is that all there is?
            2. Common But Misaligned
            3. Why Must We All Follow One Definition Of Success?
            4. Respecting Ourselves
            5. ’tis the Season To Think Clearly
            6. “…Drop your weapons of greed and gluttony …for when you do, peace
            7. Workers’ Day Celebration: Plight of informal and domestic workers
            8. Government Withdraws Permission For Workers To Hold May Day
            9. May Day Celebration: Eagle Square remains sacrosanct — FG
            10. May Day: Ortom commends Benue workers for remaining undaunted
            11. Workers Day: Obaseki Hails Workers, Lists Promises
            12. Cosatu encourages workers to march on Workers Day
            13. May Day: Keep the flag flying, Oborevwori tells Nigerian workers
            14. Servants sewed from morning until night
            15. May Day: It’s been terrible, excruciating for workers — NLC
            16. May Day: Peter Obi Sends Message To Nigerian Workers
            17. International Labor Day – 2023 Sona Yukti thanks every brave person
            18. International Labor Day – 2023
            19. ‘Treat workers with respect’: CAN urges FG and employers on May day
            20. Happy Workers’ Day –From Complete Sports
            21. The History and Significance of Malta’s 1st May Public Holiday
            22. NAOSNP Hails Workers on International Workers’ Day
            23. International Labor Day – 2023
            24. Worker’s Day Honour Today we honor all of the #Workers in our Country
            25. Workers Day: Obasa Praises Nigerian Workers, Urges Increased Support
            26. Praying to find meaning of life in our work
            27. Workers’ Day
            28. Different stages of work
            29. We must continue the historic work of reducing working time
            30. Monday Morning Wake-Up Call
            31. Rethinking the relationship to work is ultimately all that matters!
            32. Fire At Will
            33. 5 Important Purpose-Driven Questions
            34. Human Being, Not Human Doing


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            Making acorn flour an easy, affordable habit

            English oak (Quercus robur) in autumn.

            The acorn is the  nut of the oak, the genus of about 450 species of ornamental and timber trees and shrubs in the beech family (Fagaceae), distributed throughout the north temperate zone and at high altitudes in the tropics.

            In our regions, you shall be able to find lots of oak trees, one of the most widespread trees in the world. For centuries the acorn was a staple of the human diet, but it got somehow left into the background only to be used in animal food. In the 1970s is became also very popular as an alternative to a ‘coffee drink’.

            Acorns provide food for small game animals and are used to fatten swine and poultry; the acorns of some species can be made into a flour for human consumption.

            Acorns hanging from a northern red oak tree (Quercus rubra).

            If you’re ready to enjoy a flavourful, healthy flour that’s a pleasant blend of sweet and nutty, then you’ll want to try making acorn flour. It’s an easy, affordable habit that not only makes meals more flavourful but is also one that puts you on the fast track toward self-reliance. And these days, just about everyone knows that self-reliance is essential, especially as society stands on the brink of collapse.

            Mike Adams has been warning NaturalNews readers of society’s impending collapse for quite some time. He wrote about it in the summer of 2014, in a story where he revealed his poverty-stricken-turned-successful life and detailed key points on how to fight for the future of mankind.

            The Health Ranger continues to encourage self-reliance, suggesting that people turn away from dependency on traditional food purchases and instead, become involved with “revolutionary, low-tech technology.” One such technology is his Mini-Farm Grow Box, a 100 percent non-electric manner of producing nutrient-dense vegetables and herbs, which is found on

            Making acorn flour involves a few steps but is very easy to produce

            Come to read:

            1. Acorn Flour
            2. How to make all-natural acorn flour
            3. Making Acorn Flour
            4. Edible Acorns
            5. Acorn Flour Cookies and Acorn Coffee.
            6. Experiments in eating acorns (part 1): tutorial on how to make acorn
            7. A Nutty Fall: Eating Acorns
            8. 10/10/2021: Adventure with Acorns
            9. Acorn flour muffins
            10. Acorns: Gathering, Processing, and Grinding into Flour
            11. Red Oak Recipes: Acorn Cakes
            12. Chocolate cake using acorn flour.

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            Proud Vulnerability

            Roth Poetry

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            Proud Vulnerability

            Yellow seems to me to be the most vulnerable color

            as seen in the Japanese Iris blooming in the spring


            Like an exotic dancer she rises gently from the floor

            into the spotlight of sunshine glowing brightly


            Totally hidden behind the green veil, she shyly peeks out

            leaving her warm shroud of protection for the fragile life


            Edges of lemon yellow slowly begin to unfurl revealing

            silken fans displayed in magnificent array around her


            Basking in the sunlight she seems unconcerned about

            her fragile petals nor about her ‘fifteen minutes of fame’


            Instead, she proudly displays her royal beauty

            fully exposed and vulnerable


            for all the world to see


            Click to enlarge Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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            Nature’s Song

            Roth Poetry

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            Mountain storm passes through

            Pisgah National Forest

            Water roars over Looking Glass Falls

            Thunder booms… Lighting flashes

            Tons of shale hang out over the falls

            unfazed by natures fury


            Today’s Carolina Blue sky

            embedded on flat rocks

            Mountain stream gurgles over

            wet stones

            polished and shaped

            over ten thousand summers and winters


            Native Americans sat on these rocks

            drank from this stream

            enjoyed the beauty of the falls

            long before we arrived…

            to claim it!

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            Photos: Dwight L. Roth

            This is a poem I wrote a year or two ago. I reworked it and added to it so I could present it for an upcoming Old Mountain Press Anthology. I got word today that it has been accepted.

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            The Old Man of the Mountain

            Roth Poetry

            EER_0721 (2)EER_0749 (2)The Old Man of the Mountain

            “You must see it,” Robert told Jen. “It’s breathtakingly beautiful sitting five thousand feet above sea level. The rock formation looks just like an old man in repose. That is why they call it Grandfather Mountain.”

            The more he talked, the more excited she became. “And there is a mile-high swinging bridge stretching from the gift shop to the foot of the climb. It is made of metal and anchored with thick steel cables keeping it from swinging too much on windy days.”

            As they drove along, Jen’s mind floated in and out trying to visualize what he was telling her. Winding their way up the narrow road, they arrived at the gift shop. The view was spectacular.

            As they sat atop the “Old Man’s” head, Jen turned to Robert and said,“In space in time I sit, thousands of feet above the…

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            Aeronautics, TikTok and Life stories

            My search for female gardeners’ life stories helped me combat loneliness – and make great friends

            I was lonely after lockdown and wanted to know why women gardened so wrote to those I admired. Now I have a host of new friends from different generations and backgrounds

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            Star players – how Kerbal Space Program’s little green aliens are helping the space flight experts of the future

            It may be just a game but some players have gone on to careers in physics, engineering and aeronautics. Now the team behind Kerbal Space Program 2 is working with the European Space Agency to make it even more realistic

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            What makes me happy now: gymnastics at midlife

            A novelist’s childhood passion came back with a vengeance – there is nothing like the thrill of a new skill, that combination of speed, timing, muscles, guts

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            Brazilian TikToker goes viral showing the ‘cheerfulness of the favela’

            Raphael Vicente, who has 3 million followers, wants to show that there is much more to favelas than crime and poverty

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            ‘Mmm, straight back to the 70s!’ Writers revisit the foods they loved as kids, from Smash to Angel Delight

            Arctic rolls are back on the menu, with sales up more than 140% at Ocado. But which other retro delights deserve a comeback? We taste-test some old favourites

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            Friends: Ebb and Flow

            For many, the sea can be an attractive thing. For others again, it is valleys and mountains that are preferred. For the latter, the sea is too big a lonely plain that can be wildly raging now and then, one then certainly cannot bring peace.

            Wherever we live, up in the mountains, in the low countries, in flat areas or by the sea, everywhere we can look out to the best beacon in life, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah. He is our best Friend, Who never leaves us alone.

            Roth Poetry

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            “One must live by the sea to understand…”

            the importance of friendship in one’s life

            Friends like the sea bring constancy to life

            Whether it be ebb or flow they are there

            sometimes like a storm // other times like a calming surf


            When one lives by the sea they understand

            the peaceful respite knowing there is one to call

            to help wash away the stresses of the day

            Most true friends can be counted on one hand

            Always in your heart whether near or far

            Standing with you like a lighthouse in a storm

            sending you a beacon of trust in your time of need


            Friends are with you through thick or thin

            “One must live by the sea to understand…”

            Today at d’Verse, Punam asked us to choose a first line from a blogger friend’s poem and write a poem about friendship. I chose my…

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            Caring for an orphaned elephant

            In India they do not always treat elephants how it should be done; Always there are exceptions.

            2023 Oscar Nominee

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            Paint me in the Shadows

            Roth Poetry

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            When my time has come and I am gone

            Take my ashes and paint me in the shadows

            Under the oak tree where memories were made…

            In the shadows with the fungi and let me watch it grow

            And feel the coolness of the wind floating through the leaves


            When my time has come and I am gone

            Brush me smoothly under rocks of overhanging cliffs.

            Paint me in the shadows where cool water

            Trickles its way gurgling neath the trees

            And deer quench their thirst on hot summer days


            When my time has come and gone

            Blend my ashes onto boardwalk pilings.

            Paint me in the shadows where I can hear

            Excited children walking as the waves roll in

            Splashing in the shadows and rolling out again


            When my time has come and gone

            Take me to the farm I loved so long ago

            Paint me…

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            Dandelion Stars

            Roth Poetry

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            Aging flower wild and free

            Sunny yellow color gone

            Silver stars cover its head

            reflecting sunlight

            Beautiful seeds waiting for the breeze

            Like Nature’s poetry

            Blowin’ in the Wind across our minds

            Beauty for some

            Weeds for others

            Daylight stars waiting

            to be appreciated


            Photo: Dwight L. Roth

            Today at d’Verse, De Jackson asked us to write a Quadrille, of exactly 44 words, that includes the word Star!

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            What 2022 brought to us and looking forward to 2023


            Lots of people thought 2022 would be the year of liberating us from that terrible virus which got the world in its grip. Though not a liberation became several people on their part, an even more senseless killing ‘disease’ came unto Europe.

            The leader of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, who would love to find a renewed Soviet Union, said at the beginning of the year he would bring liberation to the Ukrainians. Instead, his “bloodstained” tyranny plunged Europe into the war on a scale not seen since 1945 as Russian troops advanced on Kyiv on Thursday night, February 24th.

            The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is shocking and disgraceful. It is the latest terrible aggression by the Putin regime and the latest damaging conflict in our world, with so many people being killed or injured, losing loved ones and seeing their homes destroyed.

            2022 has been a tough year to navigate, with a series of political and economic crises that continue to shape our world.

            One powerful man

            Who could have ever imagined that one man, from up north, would single-handedly turn the world upside down? However, he has succeeded very well in not only bringing black snow over several people, and literally turning the landscape blood-red, he has severely disrupted economic life in several countries.

            Following two long pandemic years – with many still experiencing the effects – we’ve witnessed the outbreak of war in Ukraine and could feel in our purse how it affects us also in our region. We cannot ignore this war that has affected many citizens. At our new WordPress Site “Some View on the World” we have given a voice to those suffering in the conflict as well as reporting the situation on the ground and providing the expertise needed to understand geopolitics.

            Picturing what is happening in the world

            As best we can, we try to give a picture of what is happening in the world on the continuation of “Our World“. 2022 was another year of figuring out how we would be able to keep up with bringing political and religious news alongside our other spiritual websites. We hope to find that balance further in 2023.

            By nature, I am not an easy person and have dared to clash several times by speaking my mind outright. Even in the articles, I publish here and on my other websites, my thinking is based on my personal opinion. One can agree or disagree with that view. I, therefore, appreciate that people also dare to express their opinions. But in general, there is a little reaction in that area. Still, I hope the articles brought, can make people think. For instance, I was happy to find that my op-eds on Christmas in the Daily Telegraph were able to bring a debate after all.

            Hoping to expose wrongdoings

            With the news we place at Some View on the World we do hope we also could be able to expose the mistreatment and deaths of migrant workers in Qatar for almost a decade as well as other wrong attitudes towards people as well as animals and plants. At my personal site and this site as well, in particular on “Some View on the World” we continue to bear witness to the climate crisis as it destroys lives, uproots whole communities and changes the course of our shared future. We hope for 2023 to be able to bring regular news about our environment.

            The fallout from the January 6 hearings and Donald Trump’s presidency could get our attention, and we hold our hearts for the intentions of Mr Trump, wanting to come back as president of the U.S.A..

            Independence of my websites

            For all the reporting we do here, and on my other websites, I would like to remind you, readers, that there is no financial support from companies anywhere and that all reporting is based on personal and independent reporting, where I keep searching for this site among texts that appear on the net what could possibly be fascinating for you to read as well, and thus to reblog them here.

            2022 could bring lots of blogs on the net of which we presented some selections over here too. At Firefox several could find their way into ‘Pocket’, like: Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid, How to Want Less, A Neurologist’s Tips to Protect Your Memory, Why You Should Really Stop Charging Your Phone Overnight, A Guide to Getting Rid of Almost Everything, a.o. most read.

            Uncovering and unravelling

            Whether on social, political or religious issues, we are eager to seek the truth and expose false reports. Exposing wariness is not always appreciated, but is very important in our view. To do that, we can count on several investigative journalists and some newspapers to join in the pursuit of that muddle, so that together we can make certain things known to the world while others would rather see them covered up.

            At Some View on the World we have maintained round-the-clock coverage from several places, not always bringing nice news, like mass graves of Bucha, Izium and many war crimes.

            The war accelerated a global economic slump, sending costs soaring, throttling energy supplies and raising the spectre of blackouts, malnutrition and a winter of discontent across dozens of countries. As global food supplies fluctuated, we reported on the hunger gripping the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan. In 2022, it became impossible to ignore those victims in poorer countries. But sadly, we had to observe how little the public cared about those people living far from their homes. And closer, many did not wish to have refugees, so we could speak of a refugee crisis again this year.

            Here in Belgium, the influx of refugees seems completely uncontrollable and many, even with small children, shamefully had to sleep outside several nights through rain and wind. This while in Great Britain, the reception was also not going smoothly and people started looking for a housing solution in Rwanda, and proceeded to deportations.

            Condition of mother earth

            A lot of people do not want to realise that things are very bad for Mother Earth. To this, in 2022, several scientists again tried to make it clear to the world that we need to think seriously about this and take action. We were confronted with UK’s hottest summer, a very early and long great Summer in Belgium, drought in Europe, and the accompanying fires.

            Heating the houses became for many difficult to keep in the household budget. It looked like mother nature felt the pressure on the energy market, as well. Everywhere in Europe, we had extremely high temperatures for the time of year. In Belgium 2022 became the warmest year since measurements.

            The climate emergency ran as a constant thread through much of our Some View on the World journalism in 2022.

            While many European countries were suffering from a shortage of water, they had it in other countries, like Pakistan, too much. Devastating floods in Pakistan, encountering one of its worst natural catastrophes, Sydney’s wettest year on record, ferocious heatwaves in the US southwest and the costliest Atlantic hurricane for years, could catch our attention.

            At Cop27 in Egypt, the Guardian asked the tough questions. Though, we did not give so much attention to the changing tactics of activists, now more likely to throw soup at a painting as they are to glue themselves to a public highway.


            In my view, many other protests could get our attention earlier, as they were carried out in a more correct way. Coming from a not expected corner, sparked by the death in custody of a young woman, Mahsa Amini.

            Once again, we were able to conclude in Afghanistan and Iran that there is no improvement in human rights yet. The Iranian authorities tightly control reporting inside the country, so we counted on the teams of the Guardian to redouble efforts to reach protagonists to tell their stories. Social media remained also important for this, so it was satisfying to see the Guardian Instagram video on why Iranians are risking everything for change reach more than 2 million viewers.

            It is impossible for me to have news sources everywhere, which is why we must also call on professional companies, for which we must also pay. Financial aid is therefore very welcome to cover these expenses. Nevertheless, we try to be as aware as possible of the general events, for which we also make further use of the known news channels and reliable TV channels and newspapers.

            United States debacle

            In terms of exposure, it was imperative to look at the Trumpists who still claim high and low that the US elections were forged.

            The country which was formed on the idea that it could be a free world where everybody could express himself freely and would not be bounded by limitations through a government, in 2022 came to see deep political divisions, caused by a man who as 45th president of the U.S.A. did mutiny on that state and brought democracy in danger. His party made the ongoing climate crisis and racial, economic and health inequalities worsened. It was impossible to ignore the fallout from the January 6 hearings and Donald Trump’s presidency, as well as his willingness to come back as president.

            The repeal of Roe v Wade provided a divisive backdrop to the November midterm elections. The conservative, or better said, the extremist Christians in the U.S., made it possible that women lost even the right to their own bodies. They also did not want to give an eye for mother nature nor for all those poor Americans who have no house or anywhere to live except on the streets, where many in the last weeks of the year found their dead by Winter storm Elliott. Buffalo got the worst hit by that bomb cyclone.

            Political storms

            In 2022 there were more significant elections in America which caught our attention. In Brazil, there were an anxious few weeks as Jair Bolsonaro wanted to do like his friend Trump, saying the votes were falsified. Finally, he suffered a chastening defeat by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who completed a comeback from prison to the presidential palace.

            To our annoyance, we in northern Europe had to observe an inverse movement towards South America. The far right in Sweden, Italy and Israel, could get most seats in parliament. Despite her political prowess, the 45-year-old from Rome, whose strong will and determination has drawn comparisons to Margaret Thatcher, Giorgia Meloni has spent three decades fighting her way to the top of Italian politics. She is clear evidence that go-getters win. In October last year, after Brothers of Italy managed to draw votes away from the Northern League in its northern strongholds in local elections, a secret recording revealed Matteo Salvini hitting out at Meloni, calling her a “pain in the ass”.

            In Belgium, too, the newspapers disguised several polls, clearly showing that the right is making a strong rise and where voices can already be heard that NVA will have to make the choice to form a majority coalition with Vlaams Belang.

            As for British politics, prime ministers came and went with alarming regularity and the nation buried the pound, Queen Elizabeth and its global standing in quick succession. For 10 days in September, the future of the monarchy dominated the newsroom. The crazy game of the English conservatives who wanted their leader to put his capsones under the benches and to ask the people to stay at home because of Corona and not to have parties seemed to think it normal that their leader could do that and lie about it too. The whole world could laugh at the blunders of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, while the British citizen seemed not to mind. In any case, they did not demand new elections and left it to the Tory members to elect the new prime minister.

            In Australia Labour could note a historic federal election victory.

            Economical storms

            The struggle between Russia and Ukraine is also a struggle between the Putin regime and Western Europe.

            The war accelerated a global economic slump, sending costs soaring, throttling energy supplies and raising the spectre of blackouts, malnutrition and a winter of discontent across dozens of countries. But we also noticed that certain companies were abusing the war in Ukraine to raise their prices.

            Cereals and gas were not released enough by blockades from the Russians, which caused major food problems, especially in Africa. In Western Europe we felt our energy prices skyrocket due to the pressure on the export and import markets. In Belgium, it took forever for the government to take measures to mitigate the costs of its citizens. After several months of calls by the Labour Party PvdA/PtB to reduce VAT to 6% and by their appeals to the public to put pressure on the government, things finally came to a head.

            Health matters

            2022 received big leaps forward for Alzheimer’s treatments, bowel cancer prevention and understanding depression.

            In several countries there was joy that people could come together again to party and that the elderly should no longer be separated from their children and grandchildren. The lockdown had made it very clear how important personal contact is. It was striking how in 2022 teenagers and twens still had many psychological difficulties, which were not resolved. Bad enough, many could not be admitted in time, causing unnecessarily too many young people to die, while this could have been avoided.

            Post-pandemic in Europe in danger

            For months Europe tried to combat Covid-19. We started the annual overview with the relaxation of the Corona measures. But at the end of December, they now appear to be endangered because Europe does not want to take strict measures for the Chinese who are now allowed by their government to travel outside China again, which will allow them to spread the increased disease further outside China. With the coming Chinese New Year, they could start a new pandemic as in Belgium, it started in Antwerp.

            For much of the world, a sort of post-pandemic normality has resumed – with one striking exception: the country where it all began. Chinese leaders faced a rapid spread of public anger caused by their draconian Covid lockdown policy. Only after some activists could ignite a revolt against the lockdown and more people joined them on the streets, even coming to shout to get rid of the Chinese leader and communist party, the government got seriously afraid and eased the lockdown measures. After they had done that another hell broke down, the virus rapidly spreading and killing so many people the mortuaries could not handle it anymore.

            While the Chinese seem to be in the first Corona wave, as it were, the rest of the world has gotten out over time and everyone is now looking forward to a shock-free 2023.

            We too look forward to an ending of the war in Ukraine and to a peaceful solution between Kosovo and Serbia.

            At Some View of the World and at my other personal Space, we shall try to bring you up-to-date news of the happenings in the world, and here on this website, we hope we shall still be able to offer you and share with you, some worthwhile articles to read in this coming New Year.



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            we wish you a wonderful end to 2022 and an optimistic 2023.


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            Additional reading

            1. G7 agreed to ban or phase out Russian oil and gas imports
            2. 2022 the year of fearing some wars


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            Beautiful Breathtaking Sunset And A Poem

            Dra. Martha Andrea Castro Noriega, MD


            Now the sun is sinking
            In the golden west;
            Birds and bees and children
            All have gone to rest;
            And the merry streamlet,
            As it runs along,
            With a voice of sweetness
            Sings its evening song.

            Cowslip, daisy, violet,
            In their little beds,
            All among the grasses
            Hide their heavy heads;
            There they’ll all, sweet darlings,
            Lie in the happy dreams.
            Till the rosy morning
            Wakes them with its beams.

            art taking pictures photography sunsets puestas de sol en este bello mundo en el que vivimos dra martha castro noriega tijuana mexico

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            Gone away from the suntimes

            The Boom children or Boomers knew very well how important our relationship with sun and earth was. Many of them, being called flower children or hippies, enjoyed the rays of the sun, letting them infiltrate on their bare skin, swimming naked in the wild rivers.

            Mankind has evolved under the sun and at regular intervals had a very close and special relationship with it. It even became so bad that some people came to worship the sun. Others considered themselves the centre point of the universe and thought that everything circled around them.

            Not everywhere on earth have people got the same cycles, though in fact there came to be counted 365 days, with short ones and longer ones (though now they know it is a 24-hour cycle). In some countries, the sun became too hot, in other regions they were pleased to get some warmth from the sun, whilst at other places, they were happy to have summer and winter. Though the dark winter period was not loved so much. For that reason, some brought more light in those darker days by fires and lights.

            Summer, winter, hot and cold, we are part of it and can not escape it, even when we try to go to other places every time the season changes. Lots of elderly British overwinter in Spain. They move around like birds move around when the season changes. As such, we can not ignore that the cycles of nature have a profound effect on us and our health, even when we have evolved as humans to be part of this cycle.

            Unfortunately, our modern world breaks these laws of nature. We don’t truly experience the sun, or true darkness, winter, or even hot and particularly cold. We have moved indoors with our artificial blue lit world and temperature control environment.

            We are not going to bed to sleep, like the chickens go to sleep when it gets darker. Even if it gets dark, and we have to turn on lights to still see something, we want to continue our day, instead of laying ourselves to rest. Living this way, in a certain sense, we have brought our body (and soul) in imbalance with nature.

            Instead of doing natural hunting to get to their food, the majority of mankind became a sedentary society. Sitting most of the day and not giving their body enough physical work to stay healthy. In the 20th and 21st centuries, they became aware they had to do something about physical fitness and as such created several systems for exercising their body.

            Having lost the intense relationship with mother earth and the physical food, man also lost the spiritual food.
            Throughout the centuries, humans did search for a relationship to be taken between the components of nature and its phenomena. He even went so far as to view natural phenomena as gods that could overpower him, because they were no match for that mother nature.

            But with the advancing centuries and new knowledge, man came to understand natural phenomena better, but increasingly forgot who was actually behind them. To supplement what man lacked, he began to acquire more materialistic things that also took him further away from spiritual matters. Due to the fast pace of our lives, man lost control and lost the connection with his Creator, overlooking the necessity of spiritual food!



            Being alive and living life don’t always go hand in hand

            The Cares of Life

            Looking at an Utopism which has not ended

            Misleading world, stress, technique, superficiality, past, future and positivism

            New form of body exercises gaining popularity

            Everyday activities to keep you fit and healthy

            Mini-MAX-malism: A Bigger Approach to Less is More


            Additional reading

            1. 2015 Health and Welfare
            2. Religion and believers #4 Order of Nature and Polytheism on the way to monotheism
            3. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
            4. People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
            5. Food as a Therapeutic Aid
            6. Consciously or unconsciously forming a world-view and choosing to believe or not to believe in God
            7. Melt the Ice of Form and Become a Blessing to the World
            8. The Garden Outreach Project: GOTYOURBACK Initiative
            9. Soar to Places Unknown
            10. Keeping healthy whilst not going to far away from home
            11. Brits have less access to green space than ever – and it’s getting worse
            12. Inner feeling, morality and Inter-connection with creation
            13. Being religious has benefits even in this life
            14. Reasons why Christianity is declining rapidly in America



            1. Beautiful Breathtaking Sunset And A Poem
            2. The Crone of Winter, by Molly Remer
            3. Full Cold Moon
            4. Last Full Moon of 2022
            5. Winter Solstice
            6. Orion On Relationship With The Beauty & Bounty of Mother Earth
            7. Mother Earth Within
            8. The Inlet
            9. God Has Competition
            10. With God on Our Side
            11. We are all brothers and sisters of the same human family
            12. Unsullied Minds
            13. Seven Deadly…Gyms?
            14. What Would it Take?
            15. How can I change My Lifestyle?
            16. Changing your source of motivation
            17. Surviving Winter: A Guide to Maintaining Your Fitness Levels
            18. How Stretching Can Improve Flexibility and Health
            19. How Physical Exercise Makes Your Brain Better?
            20. The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Loneliness in Older Adults
            21. Endurance Pilates-why we do Pilates the “correct” way!
            22. Self-Assessment, a Psychological exercise
            23. Right way at of living
            24. What is health and its importance?
            25. What Is The “Exercise Flu”?
            26. Feed the Body and Nourish the Soul this Thanksgiving – Eat with an Attitude of Gratitude!
            27. The Beauty of His Temple
            28. Five Ways to Accelerate Your Spiritual and Emotional Growth This Year: Adding a Spiritual Exercise
            29. More New Year’s Exercises
            30. See beyond our own time
            31. Taking care of Mother Earth like how I take care of myself
            32. Come Spirit, Come
            33. Prayer Life

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            Evergreen trees and Decorations with festive foliage

            For the festive events throughout the year, there are lots of people who not think about the reason why those celebrations are there. Others perhaps do know the origin of the festivals but consider it not so important anymore for what reason there was a celebration or why we should not take it as an ordinary civil celebration without any connotation to earlier connections.

            There are people who consider it a special day for a special event of which the actual day itself is not important and as such Jesus might be born in October though many celebrate his birthday in December. They forget that the day they celebrate the birth of Christ is really a day celebrated by heathen people for the god of light. That is also one of the reasons real Christians would abstain from celebrating December 25 as the birthday of Jesus Christ.

            Legalistic people are very scrupulous about observing a festival on the exact day. Others consider every day as a gift from God, to be equally received with thanksgiving. {Christmas is Tammuz’s Birthday?}

            Later, even people came to believe that they were celebrating the birth of God, forgetting that the Only One True God had never a birth and is an eternal being (= having no beginning or birth and no end or death).

            It is wrong to think that early Christians would have taken over the pagan festival and converted it into a celebration of their lord’s birth.  It was only many centuries later that the Roman Catholic Church, to gain more baptisms, introduced those Celtic festivals into their own year circle so that the people could continue their long traditions.

            The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the Devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime. It survived further in the custom, also observed in Germany, of placing a Yule tree at an entrance or inside the house during the midwinter holidays. {Christmas tree holiday decoration – encyc. Britannica}

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            Silver fir (Abies alba)

            The evergreen tree for many people has something special, it’s resisting warm and cold weather, seemingly growing for ages, in a certain way as many people surviving tree, declared possession of eternity. Those evergreen trees were and still are considered to provide oxygen, beauty, wood, paper, food, and medicine. Some people thought that by cutting down such an ‘eternal tree’ they could bring over endless life to themselves when they made it more beautiful with decorations and honoured it. By worshipping that decorated tree they hoped to show the gods how much they appreciated that tree and as such recognised their god’s creation and showed how it had become part of their life.

            The Divine Creator did not create those evergreens to be cut to decorate it and not to use it for proper things, like using the wood for heating or making houses and furniture. Jehovah God knows the world loves those evergreens in another way than He wanted. But He wants His people not to do like the majority of mankind.

            “2 Thus says the LORD,

            “Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them; 3 For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.

            4 “They decorate [it] with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.” (Jer 10:2-4 NAS)

            Today too, we see people adorn the evergreen tree, with the idea it will not rot and stand long enough to pass the darker days, with silver and gold, like their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands, as is written in the Scriptures. (Ps 115:4 135:15 Esa 40:19,20) Many people bear it upon their shoulder or carry it into their house, and set it in its place, and it stands, from its place shall it not remove. They put gifts around it and have nice times around it, but also moments that they may cry unto it, yet can it not answer, nor save them out of their trouble. (Isa 46:7)

            When we undertake such an action, we must be very careful how we have that decorated tree in the house and how we stand before it.

            In many nations so-called Christians sing hymns to the Christmas tree, making it clear that in a certain way they are adoring it. How many on Christmas Eve do not sing: O Tannenbaum (Oh pine tree/O fir tree) It might well be that

            When winter days are dark and drear
            You bring us hope for all the year.

            and as such one could agree that having the green tree with its lovely smell in the house, full of little light or small candles, it cheers the dark days up. We do agree that it can

            bring us light in winter’s gloom

            Some people do think those evergreen fir trees do not much good to our planet, because they do not clean the air like trees and shrubs with leaves. For them it does not matter so much to cut down such trees because that will not have a lot of impact on the carbon footprint.

            Others who want to excuse themselves for keeping up that tradition of putting up all those lights at the end of the year and saying that they celebrate the light God has given us, claim that Jews do that too around this time. Probably they think of Chanukkah, which is by some Christians called the “Jewish Christmas”, though they are mistaken to connect it with Christmas, where many Christian also have a Santa bringing gifts. Historically the Jewish festival Hanukkah, which begins on Kislev 25, historically may have become one of the most popular Jewish religious observances that this year is celebrated from Monday, December 19 to Monday, December 26. It is not a big gift-giving event, so you won’t find massive “post-Hanukkah” sales on the Internet. Similarly, there are also no stockings hung by the chimney or anywhere else.

            In Jewish and Jeshuaist families you shall mostly not find cut and decorated trees in the house. It can very well be, that dried flowers can be found in the living room here and there throughout the year, but that has nothing to do with Christmas or to be part of glorification. Though for Jeshuaists and Jehudiem that are married to a Christian it can be a “Hanukkah bush” or some Christmas decorations can also be found in the house. For them, it is 8 days for commemorating the miracle of the long-lasting oil in the rededicated Temple. It is not a high holiday as Christmas is for several Christians, but a minor holiday. Most of them choose a candle whose light is strong and beautiful and place it at the window so that it can be seen from outside as a sign that in the house lives a person who believes in the miracle of the single vial of oil that burned for the eight days of Chanukah during the time of the Second Temple. In a spiritual sense, oil represents Chochmah, or knowledge.

            Further similarities might be the gathering and sharing of nice food. On Hanukkah, it is e.g., latkes or laht-kuh(s) (fried potato pancakes and sufganiyot (donuts).

            Nothing beats the smell of fresh pine and spruce in the house.
            The innate cosiness of twinkling lights is unbeatable when the sun sets before 4pm and by those extra lights we do not feel so depressed by the darkness of the season.

            Christmas trees are not as bad for the planet as some might think, but their carbon footprints are still not great. It is hard to beat the smell of fresh pine and spruce at this time of year, so gardening writer Alice Vincent enlisted the help of florist Katie Isitt to help her dress her home for the festivities without relying on a tree.

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            Making wreaths and hanging them up in the house brings something from mother earth in the house. You can make them in such a variety and with so many sorts of plants and grasses that none has to be the same. We only may not forget to have a balance of lots of different things.

            For colouring and decorating the house so that it feels “warmer” you can use a lot of materials. You can use as much home-grown, recycled and edible decoration as we could, and to go for different ideas, discuss it with friends and amateur gardeners.

            Many gardeners have a selection of evergreens, and most of them use it to decorate their and other’s houses. when having selected armfuls of foliage, both deciduous and evergreen, you can recut the stems and put them in deep water to condition them.

            Pooling foliage, flowers and decorating ideas, would be a perfect start to the festive season.

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            You also shall come to see how making decorations your self attributes so much more to the end of year season and fun. You shall come to feel thaa half the fun is trying different additions and deliberating what to discard and what to keep. It is tempting to throw too much in, and there you shall have to decide for certain pieces to definitely avoid evergreens and berries, just to ring the changes.

            Katie comes up with some innovative suggestions – and five top tips you might like to try.

            1. Don’t be a fashion slave
            2. Rummage around for what you’ve got
            3. Don’t be afraid to let the mechanics show
            4. Speak to a florist
            5. Compost or keep it afterwards

            Please consider finding our more, reading

            about making your home into a feast for the senses with seasonal greenery – and yes, that includes sprouts. Emily Watson (, who specialises in flowers for weddings, events and weekly contracts, magnanimously offered to come and share a few pearls of design wisdom and artful techniques,: The Christmas decorations hiding in your garden

            to fill your home with fragrant festive foliage – with a little help from innovative floral designer Katie Isitt, com to read the article: Forget the Christmas tree, here’s how to decorate with festive foliage

            From stocking up on winter vegetables to protecting plants from frost, there is plenty to keep you busy in the garden this month: Gardening in December: what to plant and tidy in your garden this month



            Solstice, Saturnalia and Christmas-stress

            The True Significance of Jesus’ Birth

            Sunshine for a New Year

            The Proper Place of Excess


            Additional reading

            1. Only One God
            2. Jesus son of God
            3. Jesus Christ (the Messiah)
            4. God’s salvation
            5. Salvation is of the Jews
            6. When you believe Jesus is God: who do you think is the mediator? #1 Son of man
            7. Biblical Yeshua/ Jesus or Another European Greco- Roman Jesus ??
            8. Matthew 2:1-6 – Astrologers and Priests in a Satanic Plot
            9. The nativity of Jesus is the sunrise of the Bible
            10. Focus on outward appearances
            11. A Christmas thought: Abiding in Christ
            12. Germanic mythological influences up to today’s Christmas celebrations
            13. Thought for the Christmas time: A sense of history
            14. Framework and vehicle for Christian Scholasticism and loss of confidence
            15. No shepherds in the field in December
            16. Christmas in Ancient Rome (AKA Saturnalia)
            17. Irminsul, dies natalis solis invicti, birthday of light, Christmas and Saturnalia
            18. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 2 Summersend and mansend
            19. A birthday passed nearly unnoticed
            20. People believing they need to celebrate the birth of God
            21. Which hero to celebrate in December 2020
            22. Objects around the birth and death of Jesus
            23. Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God
            24. Hosea Say What?
            25. Chanukah (Hanukkah) / Christmas – Facts or Fabels?
            26. The imaginational war against Christmas
            27. Tekufat Tevet – Darkness, gold moon and Light to look forward
            28. Ignorance of Today’s Youth (and Adults) (Some View on the World)
            29. Ignorance of Today’s Youth (and Adults) (Our World)
            30. Eight days of sprinkling lights
            31. A season for truth and peace
            32. Today’s thought “Those following the policies of the wrong leaders and popular people” (December 08)



            1. Christmas is Tammuz’s Birthday?
            2. Christmas: Is it “Christian” or Pagan?
            3. Is Christmas Pagan?
            4. Christmas Origins Part 1 of 2
            5. The Origin of Christmas
            6. 25th December…why?
            7. The History of Christmas, simple to remember
            8. Caesar’s Census and God’s Sovereignty
            9. Pagan Roots? 5 Surprising Facts About Christmas
            10. Should we Celebrate Christmas?
            11. Should There Be Idolatry in Our Worship?
            12. Worshipping created things. The outward acts of their idolatry. Idolatry is Forbidden.
            13. Merry… What?
            14. Matthew 1:18-25 Commentary, Reflection, and Prayer
            15. Mary Listened
            16. Thoughts on the One behind Christmas
            17. The war on Christmas trees
            18. The Holy Tree of Glastonbury
            19. Chanukah (Hanukkah) / Christmas – Facts or Fabels?
            20. O Tannenbaum, 2018 Edition
            21. Oh Christmas tree, MY Christmas tree
            22. Christmas Tree
            23. christmas parties with nosy family
            24. Party Like a Celt: Festivals in Celtic Spirituality
            25. Celebrate heritage and history at the Dayton Celtic Festival
            26. Black Cats Howl and Pumpkins Gleam
            27. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
            28. If I Were a Tree What Tree Would I Be?
            29. Warming the Heart – A Christmas Devotional
            30. A Christmas Story
            31. O Holy Night! (Repost)
            32. A Time of Hope
            33. Share the Spirit of Joy and Giving 🎁
            34. Subversive Joy
            35. Disconnections: December 31.18
            36. Cedarwood-Did You Know?
            37. Evergreen Beard Oil
            38. Pine Tree Information, Care, and Problems
            39. AList20: Gemma
            40. December 19th Look For An Evergreen Day
            41. Oh, Say, Can You See…a White Pine?
            42. Australia’s massive Christmas crisis looms
            43. Pennies from Heaven
            44. Rare Ingredients
            45. Christmas Eve – Lessons and Carols
            46. Regifting: Taboo or To Do?
            47. What Hanukkah’s Really About
            48. Tree Ritual
            49. O Christmas Tree, NO Christmas Tree?
            50. The Idol Christmas Tree
            51. Odds n Ends
            52. Bridging the Gap between Santa Claus and Jesus
            53. Tree Talk
            54. Tree worship and tree of wise ancestors’ spirits
            55. “Faith sees […] a giant oak in an acorn.” William Arthur Ward
            56. Tree Worship
            57. Worshipping the Seen and Unseen
            58. Will other religions survive your teachings or live in harmony with you Maitreya?
            59. Get outside and worship in the Tree Church.
            60. Triple Update: Demoniality, Cultus Arborum, Sickness in Hell
            61. Thus began the pulp-worshipers
            62. Finding the gods among their sacred trees
            63. The Real Meaning of Christmas


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            Learning From Trees

            The Little Mermaid

            “There is a lot to learn from trees: their graceful free spirit when they fluidly sway in the breeze, their munificence when they open-heartedly give us shade and sustenance, their dauntlessness in the wildest and most tumultuous of storms, their endurance during a scathing drought and, in particular, their forbearance when we go about destroying them without a second thought.”

            -The Little Mermaid, MMXVIII

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            Ecogreen Christmas ideas for gifts

            Although Christmas is a pagan festival that is also anchored in many Christian communities, this period is also a time of cosy togetherness that no one can be against.

            In these dark days, many families make time for socialising as well as giving presents and wishing each other all the best for the coming year.

            It’s not a bad idea to think about these gifts and how to make them as pleasant as possible for those around us.


            Do you really want to save the planet and the lives of your children and grandchildren?
            Then buy gifts that don't destroy nature.
            Make the right choice.
            Here are 10 supportive and sustainable gift ideas:
            Books printed on recycled paper, notebooks and diaries made from recycled paper.
            Gift voucher from an NGO or a non-profit organization.
            Gift certificate from WWF, Greenpeace or SeaShepherd.
            Give a tree.
            Fair trade products.
            Cosmetics not tested on animals
            Sustainable and natural clothing.

            Today more than ever it is important to choose consciously because our choices as consumers are the only possible tool to be able to really change things. Unfortunately we tend to forget it (me first of all) and let ourselves be carried away by compulsive buying, but we must learn more and more to ask ourselves questions when we buy goods or services, because only in this way can we hope to…

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            Seasonal Writing

            Random Specific Thoughts

            “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
            ― John Howard Bryant


            Autumn breeze rustling brown leaves,
            Littering the path home,
            Veiled by an ochre gradient of life
            Mortal, stunning and gorgeous –
            Life is beautiful.


            Large columns and broken tiles,
            Newspaper scraps blanket the floor.
            Abandoned sculptures and
            Half-burnt manuscripts
            Dwell in these hallways.


            Gauzy clouds and a drizzle,
            Deafening thunder; bursts of lightning
            Shed light on these secrets of old
            Unspoken whispers of pain
            Drift through these carpeted halls.


            Midnight blue ink bleeds through
            Struck out words, dry ideas
            Wander lost and dreamily through these pages,
            Twirling in the moonlight –
            They sink into forgotten worlds.


            The world outside cowers under nature’s wrath,
            While words fail to appear,
            These thoughts scream themselves sore;
            Silenced by the downpour
            But forever inspired by the falling leaf.

            “August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall…

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            How far does one wants to go smash and grab raid on drivers

            It looks like London mayor Sadiq Khan wants to have less pollution by cars in Greater London. This can only be welcomed if such a plan takes into account the citizens of the metropolis, who are less able to buy such non-polluting cars.

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            Mr Khan has confirmed the Ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) will be extended to the whole of Greater London by the end of August 2023. This includes Britain’s most popular airport, where travellers will be asked to pay £12.50 to drive into the Ulez zone, plus Heathrow’s existing £5 drop-off charge. For sure, this shall make it more expensive for all those who come out of the UK to visit London. (You also may not forget the continental Europeans now also have to buy a passport to visit the UK. – In my village that will cost me 350+ € for a passport valid for 5 years – but a person is not going to give so much extra money just for one visit to Britain.)

            The previous Ultra-low emissions zone (launched by Mr Khan in April 2019) took already care that most tourist places in London were places to be avoided by car for many tourists. In a way, such low-emission zones can act as a deterrent to road users with older (and therefore more polluting) cars by charging them a daily fee to enter the zone.

            When first introduced, the Ulez operated in the same area as the congestion charge, which currently charges £15 a day. In the mayor’s first expansion in October 2021, the zone stretched to cover everywhere within the North and South Circular roads.

            However, what Mr Khan now presented would mean that the ultra low-emission zone will cover the whole of Greater London from August 29 2023. This including the area of Heathrow Airport.

            Most petrol car owners whose vehicle was first registered before 2006, and most diesel car owners whose vehicles were first registered before 2015 will face the Ulez charge if they enter the zone. But also driving vans and motorcycles registered before 2007 shall have to face the charge.

            It is hoped for that the new zone will reduce the number of the most polluting vehicles in the capital by a further 20,000 to 40,000 each day, City Hall said earlier this year.

            Mr DiCaprio, the star of films such as Titanic, Catch Me if You Can and The Beach, is pleased with that proposition and took to social media to lavish praise on Mr Khan for expanding Ulez, saying:

             “[It] will mean five million more people breathing cleaner air, and will help to build a better, greener, fairer London for everyone..”

            In 2019, he already praised Mr Khan

            “for taking the lead on tackling air pollution in London”,


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            “Clean air is a human right.”

            But there are a whole bunch of Greater London residents who do still have older cars or have relatives living outside London who want to visit them now and then, but will now face that extra toll.

            Now Boris Johnson with several Tory members, like Mr Johnson’s fellow former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith; the former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling; and current minister for London, Paul Scully, are facing off against Leonardo DiCaprio in a row over Sadiq Khan’s decision to target motorists by expanding the London Ultra-low emission zone (Ulez).

            Some 60pc of respondents to a public consultation opposed Mr Khan’s plans to expand Ulez across all of Greater London.

            In the letter, which was coordinated by the Orpington MP Gareth Bacon, MPs said Mr Khan’s decision is

            “undemocratic and a hammer blow to households’ budgets”.

            However, they rightly point out that several households in the now designated area will fall under this additional cost, even though their housing already causes a heavy cost in the household budget. Of course, it cannot go on that those who have to work in the metropolis will have to watch how now from their wages that extra cost will leave them with even less household money.

            The MPs said:

            “The Ulez was never intended to apply to outer London. This is a smash and grab raid on drivers’ wallets that has nothing to do with air quality and everything to do with Khan’s mismanagement of [Transport for London’s] finances. And it comes at the worst possible time for household income.”

            Despite insisting that he would not go ahead with Ulez expansion if there was overwhelming opposition to it, Mr Khan told the Telegraph last week:

            “I didn’t call a referendum; this was a consultation.”

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            The idea of reducing emissions from cars can be lauded, but then one has to provide a dignified alternative. In that respect, public transport, especially with the underground, is not so bad, but it will still need further improvement so that people are not stuck like sardines to each other in overcrowded underground cars.

            Mr Khan wants to go even further, having direct charges levied for the use of roads, including road tolls, distance or time-based fees, congestion charges and charges designed to discourage the use of certain classes of vehicle, fuel sources or more polluting vehicles. He is considering to roll out a “Singapore-style” network of toll roads across London once drivers have switched to electric vehicles. The London mayor said that road pricing will be introduced to replace the congestion charge and levies for the Ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) that could use a network of cameras across the capital.

            Mr Khan reaffirmed his flagship Ulez policy on Thursday as part of Transport for London’s business plan to invest £8.1 billion in London’s road and rail networks.

            Improvements to the capital’s public transport system include replacing Piccadilly line trains with a new fleet that would have the capability to be run driverless if the Government signs-off money to upgrade signals and platforms.


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