This vignette in Fairhope, Alabama, made me smile. While the words on the artwork may seem naive or optimistic in our fractured times, I read this as a reminder to find pleasure in life if we can. Continue reading “Do What Makes You Happy”
We Were So Happy
“We were so happy… all the train’s crying.”
– Lady leaving her husband at a station as she flees with her children from war in Ukraine
Rosa ‘Tranquillity’ After Dusk
“You live a normal life and it’s quite difficult to realise that this normal life is coming to an end.”
– Man in Ukraine, BBC interview, 24th February 2022
The Mersey Ferry, Snowdrop, Dazzled by Sir Peter Blake
It was a joy, even on a dull day, to watch the brightest Snowdrop in England take passengers along Liverpool’s Mersey river, providing a living art and history lesson as she sailed.
One of two ships painted as contemporary dazzle ships, Snowdrop is the only one in operation. The design was originally conceived in monochrome, but the artist added bright colours to make the design cheerful. Continue reading “The Mersey Ferry, Snowdrop, Dazzled by Sir Peter Blake”
Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind
Though I remember going to see the film, I had no idea what the number referred to, so I looked it up. A mere sighting of an alien ship – a close one, mind – is the first kind. The third kind that gave name to the film means seeing an alien. If you speak directly with one, it’s the fifth kind.
It baffles me why we don’t have the same avid fascination to talk to the wild creatures we have on Earth, to find out what they can tell us. You can pooh-pooh this, but if we spent the money collectively invested in looking for the man on the moon to achieve a close encounter of the fifth kind with intelligent life on our own planet, dolphins, say, would we have had a breakthrough by now? Continue reading “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”
Daffodils, Past, And At Holehird Gardens
My picture today is another one for dreaming over for those who have the power to sit down here in their minds and spend a moment enjoying the spring flowers, the view and the fresh air.
Sixteen Snippets Of Happiness In Trying Times
The International Day of Happiness is on Friday 20th March in 2020 – happiness has never seemed so important or elusive.
I’m sharing sixteen more of my favourite happiness quotes as a gesture of solidarity. Every little helps as we try to reach out as cheerfully as we can to others, in a world where society is hunkering down.
Please join in and commemorate the day if you can. Continue reading “Sixteen Snippets Of Happiness In Trying Times”