Only Human.


from July 2014

Song Bird Songs


To be human means of necessity flawed, not perfect. It would be nice if we were demi-gods of some sort with divine wisdom and strength of character, supermen or women,but early on, as childhood banter ceases, we realize perfection eludes us. We either lower the bar or live a life of frustration.
Some transfer their ideas of perfection to others, their partner, government, doctors, evangelists… then, when some awful truth comes to light, abandon them, leaving behind a trail of broken families, law suits and lost faith. Should we then abandon our ideals, cheat, lie, steal and live for “number one”? That road leads to anarchy, hate and destruction.
My philosophy tends to be, aim high but try not to get all bent out of shape if I fail – I’m human right? Of course this is a philosophy which is often flawed by my failure to implement it.

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31 day challenge day 7


Your Pet Hates.

Ah this one is easy! After many years as a teacher and parent I’ve got these tagged!

Selfishness, unloving behavior and lying.

My kids would tell you that from the frequency, and intensity of their lectures on these subjects LOL! (That’s why they turned out such saints!) I have zero (internal) tolerance for these things and “friends” exhibiting these qualifies to any extent tend to get dropped rather rapidly.

Selfishness tends to be rather tolerated (even promoted by greedy advertisers) these days, but I’m from a different post war generation and learnt young to share and look out for each other. This mind set still exists in many nations, I’m sad that in my beloved England it seems to be fast vanishing in this generation.

A lack of love and concern goes along with the selfishness. I’d consider my grandson a very caring little chap but even with him I often need to point out when he is being unkind or mean to others. It doesn’t seem to be as obvious to him as my kids found it. I blame the media a lot for this – heroes and role models in my day were usually kind and compassionate with good manners.

Lying? A lot stems from my Yorkshire father.

For those who are unacquainted with the famed qualities of Yorkshire-men, among other things (quiet strength, strong independent natures, loyalty etc.) they are known to be almost offensively honest (no “white lies” permitted). If you want the truth ask a Yorkshire-man! (At least that’s how it was back when I was growing up). I hugely loved and respected him so emulated this.

31 day Challenge Day 5



Ten songs you love right now?

This is going to be the toughest assignment! Why? because I don’t like music? No, I love listening to music. The problem is that as I don’t partake of TV or radio my contemporary music exposure tends to be an occasional face book post from my kids etc. Add to this I generally listen to Christian music (encouraging with all the bad stuff right now) 60-70’s songs or classical and with my non-existent memory and IT lacks I frequently don’t remember the artist or even titles of songs. So enough with the excuses! I’ll try to come up with 10 songs.

  • “Mary Did You Know” by Pentatonix (the guys who make the musical accompaniment verbally – amazing! and they bring a new one out every Christmas.)
  • “California Dreaming” by Mamas and Papas (great for drab, rainy, English winter like now – of course I’m not visualizing California but all those sunny places I’ve lived.)
  • “Nights in White Satin” by Moody Blues (beautiful dreamy old song that brings back 100 memories.)
  • “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf (the rush of the road and the past energy of youth overwhelm me again every time I hear it.)
  • “Carry On” by Crosby Stills and Nash (Memories of when hope was new and fresh and world peace seemed attainable – if you are wondering “why so many hippie type songs?” my son in law downloaded a bunch for me at Christmas – I was surprised to find he liked them too.)
  • “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan.
  • “Where Have all the Flowers Gone” Joan Bias (Two classic anti-war songs that can still tear me up.)

After two sad songs gonna cheat a bit here for 8-10 and add some real “feel good” music from Abba with the “Mamma Mai” songs (I love them all and listen again and again but don’t know most titles.)

Can I get a pass please teacher? Please? pretty please?