THE STRANGER ON THE BUS RESTORED MY FAITH IN HUMANITY!

It is becoming more difficult to know what to believe from social and commercial media outlets, so blogging from real people is a future force to be reckoned with. We can give good news, positive, inclusive, stories the “air time” they deserve.

This is a blog post that is worthy of re-blogging over and over again! I think it has positivity, addressing judgemental ism and prejudice and definitely restores one’s faith that we can all feel that we are in this together – we, as humans of all kinds and persuasions, but the world’s people first and foremost.
Thanks to Leggy peggy for directing me here!

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The bus was empty so I decided to sit on the lower deck, at the front, there was only one other passenger on the bus who sat in front of me, a few minutes went by and I noticed that she kept turning back and looking at me. Every time I smiled, she would quickly look away, as funny as it seems she was not very good at disguising it. I didn’t mind the starting it was normal I know some people do it out of curiosity, because they feel sorry for me and others do it out of ignorance, but whatever the reason it didn’t bother me. The glances kept exchanging back and forth throughout the entire journey.

Until we came to a stop where she picked up her bag and stoop up, to my surprise she turned facing towards me and slipped a folded note into my hands…

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Don’t get fooled. I am not out to self-promote, but merely spread the good word about other blogs worthy of perusing! We are, after all a community here and should support those who have the same purpose!

Discover some new blogging friends and share the post from Just plain ol Vic, and promote yourself.
Leave a comment here or on the original post and tell us what is your blog about?

That won’t leave me pondering something about you!

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I have been trying to do this on a regular basis, giving bloggers an opportunity to share a post and spread the word about their blogs.  Please feel free to tell us a bit about yourself in the comments and leave a link to a specific post or your blog.

Come on, don’t be shy – drop a line, promote your blog and make some connections!  Help spread the love though, take time to look at other bloggers and re-blog this post!

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you think so too.

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You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep –

Navajo Proverb

“And this is what really counts, not just achieving things, but the advantage you have taken of your opportunities and the opportunities you created. Each of us has to discover his own path, of that I am sure. Some paths will be spectacular and other peaceful and quiet and who is to say which is the most important? For me the most rewarding moments have not always been the great moments, for what can surpass a tear on your departure, joy on your return, or a trusting hand in yours? Most of all, I am thankful for the tasks still left to do – for the adventure still lying ahead”  –

Sir Edmund Hilary

Lunch with Edmund Hilary at 760 metres at MT Cook /Aoraki

I may be with the statue of the great mountaineer, here, but as a young child, I was fortunate enough to have him visit our school,  shortly after his  successful assault on Mt Everest. Hilary was someone who contributed to many and various social projects in Nepal, and maintained close relationships with the country and the people, all throughout his life.  This is Nepal. It touches one’s soul, and one can never completely eradicate the desire to one day, return again.

I think Hilary’s words are profound and inspiring to a younger generation for whom the conquest of the world’s highest mountain is merely not if it will be done, but how many will succeed.

What do you make of his words?

Is the Navajo quote referring to something deeper or merely pretense?

Lunch with Edmund Hilary at 760 metres at MT Cook /AorakiThat is Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last week Granada

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. This week’s photo was very kindly submitted by a follower of Something to Ponder About, named Ineke, who lives in New Zealand and blogs at Iscrap2. Thanks ever so much for sending in the great photograph, Ineke!

Does this scene look familiar? Do you know where it might be located?

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I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you know where the photograph is located.  *If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer is revealed, the following week.

*N.B. If your comment/guess isn’t showing immediately, it is because comments are released on the following Thursday or Friday, of the week the Monday Mystery photo, is posted. That way, everyone gets a chance, without peeking at any of the answers.

By the way, new guest submissions of Monday Mystery Photos, are very welcome.

Drop me an email, if you would like to submit a photograph, to my Monday Mystery Photo feature. You will find my email by hovering over my gravatar and clicking on Complete Profile.

Last Week’s MMP

The solution to last week’s photo, supplied by Jane over at SustayableMe, eluded most of us, including me, before Jane supplied me with the answer.Although Pooja from Stories from Europe, was definitely on the right track.

Last week we were in Granada, Spain looking at the following scene.

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Granada is in Andalusia, Spain and offers some of Europe’s highest mountains, the Sierra Nevada being the principal mountain range whose peaks are snow covered all year; they reach their maximum altitude in Mulhacen (3,481 m), Veleta (3,470 m) and Alcazaba, (3,314m).

Let us see how we go at determining the location of the Mystery Photo this week. Could we really stump the champion Drake two weeks in a row???? That is Something for regular followers to Ponder About.

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking and hope you do too.

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

-Spanish Proverb

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“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”*

― Edmund Burke

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World history is such an interesting topic, but also can be heartbreaking to study. We seek to learn from it, yet so often I can see recurring themes and incidents. Different places and people but the same lesson over and over again. Do you see them too?

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Cambodia, Auschwitz, Bosnia, Syria, Australia! Even in Australia, a country that has, by and large, been untouched by civil and international wars, conducted planned and unplanned genocide on parts of its indigenous population. Why do we never learn history’s painful lesson? Are we doomed to repeat this over and over?

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Something awfully tragic to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last week – Rio

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. This week’s photo was very kindly submitted by a new follower of Something to Ponder About, named Jane, from Sustayable Me.

Thanks ever so much for sending in the great photograph, Jane!

Does this scene look familiar? Do you know where it might be located?

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I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where the photograph is located.  *If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer is revealed, the following week.

*N.B. If your comment/guess isn’t showing immediately, it is because comments are released on the following Friday, of the week the MMphoto, is posted. That way, everyone gets a chance, without peeking at any of the answers.

New guest submissions, of Monday Mystery Photos, are very welcome. Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photograph to my Monday Mystery Photo feature. You will find my email by hovering over my gravatar and clicking on Complete Profile.

Last Week’s Photo

Last week’s photo was kindly submitted by Peggy from ‘Where to Next? and was correctly guessed by Drake from Ledrakenoir.

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Peggy elucidates about this beautiful structure:

“… one of four massive stained glass windows in the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The cathedral was designed by Edgar Fonseca and resembles the Mayan architectural style of pyramids. Construction began in 1964 and was completed in 1979.

The cathedral can seat 5000 and has standing room for 20,000. The windows are 64 metres (210 feet) tall.”

Thanks, Peggy! It really is a stunning building!

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“A Photo a Week Challenge: Details

SHARE A SERIES OF PHOTOS THAT SHOW THE GRAND SCALE AND THE DETAIL OF THE SCENE asks Nadia Merrill

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The Grand Scale…..Lindis pass'lotr7img_6972-001

And a small detail:

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Is Every Day a New Adventure, or Not?

Today we call ourselves developed, as if we have nothing left to learn. But in a hundred years, when people look back at our generation, will they too ask themselves: how did anyone accept that world?
When we look at other life, we say our technology makes us more advanced. Yet all we seem to advance is the destruction of the world surrounding us. You look around and there’s little life to be seen. Most animals we know, we’ve only witnessed on screens.

-Spenser Cathcart

http://theliewelive.blogspot.com.au/

I do like to look at life as an adventure and every day, one filled with new possibilities. We only inhabit this world for a short time, and during that time, society tries to shape us with conformity, first at school and then university or the workplace; I feel this endless drive to make profits, to progress, to move forward,  but just where are we moving forward to?wpid-wp-1414138171365.jpg

Is power what really drives our society and our species? Or is the elusive quest for happiness that we all seek?

I could have an existential crisis watching this video, from Spenser Cathcart, but it is powerful stuff that makes one stop and think about mastering the art of living! It poses many provocative questions and issues. Including:

  • We are destroying the very environment on which we need to survive.
  • Money is a tool used to control us.
    Questioning the real motives of progress in a world where resources are finite.
  • The real purpose of conformity and rules.
  • The indulgence of feeding 70% of the world’s grain crops to animals that we eat.
  • The hypocrisy of acceptance of killing of pigs, cows, chickens as food, whilst the thought of killing or eating dogs or cats barbaric.
  • We all want happiness and strive to get a larger house, car, TV, phone, in order to achieve it.  Profit and making money is the inventive to progress. But we become disconnected from the real world once we have it.
  • Idolizing celebrity and people we have never met, yet ignoring or dismissing our neighbours.
  • Time is slipping through our fingers, but what have we done with it?

We all want happiness, so take the positives from this video:

  • The planet will be here whether we, as a species are here or not!
  • Value the importance of working together.
  • Master the art of living.
  • Use the internet to bring us together not to separate us from one another.
  • Look at life as a new adventure with a unfettered realm of possibilities.
  • Stop and smell the roses, and observe.
  • Imagine what can be done, not what can’t.

Have you mastered the art of living? Have you developed a purpose? Are you truly happy?

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverb and Sayings

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I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you do, as well. I would love to hear your comments on the words shared here.

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first

– Chinese Proverb

 

 

Do you agree with the Chinese proverb that those receiving things for free undervalue their gift?  If so, then are the paying customers artificially inflating the worth of the play because it has cost them the entrance ticket.

And what of the specialist paid critic, who may receive a free ticket but gets paid to do a job? is the line blurred?

 

and this:

“The only way to be cool is accidentally”

-Benjamin Taylor (son of James Taylor)

Is this necessarily true?

Ben Taylor may have felt he was ‘cool’ due to his fortuitous birth to two music icons, but what really is ‘cool?’ Is it the ability to read people and be articulate, attuned to others, empathic and an all round nice person, that makes for popularity?

The cool kids at school were not always the nicest nor the most articulate, more sassy, I think. So did they have an intangible charisma? Is this really the definition of cool?

I invite you to comment or post your thoughts.

 

Something to Ponder About this Thursday.

 

 

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last Week Gydnia

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment,* if you think you might know where this week’s photograph, shown above, kindly submitted by Peggy from ‘Where to Next? ‘, is located.

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Mystery Location – Do you know it?

If you guess the location correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer will be revealed the following week. New guest submissions of Monday Mystery Photos are very welcome. Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to my Monday Mystery Photo feature.

 

Last week Pooja from Stories from Europe set us a tricky task to determine just where the above pier was located. Pooja tells us that this photo “is taken on a beach in Gdynia, which overlooks a wooden pier on Baltic Sea. Gdynia is a part of three cities which form Gdansk greater region in the Northern part of Poland.”

There was some really wonderful guesses last week, but we were all stumped. The good thing about this photos, is that we know that there are many piers like this is various parts of the world, to further investigate, if we wish.

Many thanks Pooja, for being so kind to submit your lovely photo. Pooja has a few more intriguing photos from different locations, that I look forward to posting, in coming weeks.

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Monday Mystery Photo* always gives us Something to Ponder About

Comments on MMP, will be released on Friday, (AEST), to allow everyone in different time zones to have a chance, to guess the location, without peeking at the posted comments!

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Proverbial Thursday – Global words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

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Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

The proverb this week comes with thanks to Tidious Ted:

Never talk about ropes when visiting a hanged man’s family

– Spanish proverb

You can not depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus 

– Unknown

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And finally, this week, a quote that is subject to many interpretations:

Many a small things has been made large by the right kind of advertising

-MARK TWAIN*

*Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known by his pen name, Mark Twain and was born on November 30, 1835…  [More: here]   Mark Twain traveled many roads during his life and patented a variety of inventions. Despite experiencing poverty during his younger years he became a household name, received a honorary doctorate and advised politicians on copyright law.

 

I can see a connection between the quotes and sayings albeit a little oblique. Tell me if you do?  If not, perhaps I have given you Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last week Cahuachi

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s photograph, shown immediately below, is located. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer will be revealed the following week. Guest submissions of Monday Mystery Photos are very welcome. Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to Monday Mystery Photo.

Thanks goes to Pooja from Stories from Europe for submitting this week’s Mystery photo.

Where in the world might the following scene be located?

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Last week we were with Peggy from Where to Next? in Peru

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Were you correct? Don’t worry if you weren’t, as this one stumped quite a few well traveled readers. Drake took out the first correct guess for 2017, correctly identifying the site, as Cahuachi, located in Peru. I will let Peggy elaborate further:

Cahuachi- Is a South American wonder. It’s in Peru and was mostly likely the major ceremonial centre of the Nazca culture that dated from 1 AD to about 500 AD.

The site was ‘rediscovered’ in 1922 by a Dr Frabee and has been studied and excavated regularly ever since.

At first, scholars thought Cahuachi had been the Nazca capital (it overlooks some of the famous Nazca lines), but research indicates that it had a very small permanent population. For this reason, archaeologists believe it was a pilgrimage centre, with a population that increased only for major ceremonial events.

The site has 40 mounds (the one pictured is the largest) with adobe structures on top. It appears these were naturally occurring hills.

Restoration work is being carried out now. Unfortunately, looting is a major problem. Thieves aren’t interested in the tools or building materials, but the burial sites that have been discovered in recent years.

Many thanks to Peggy for this excellent submission for Monday Mystery Photo. I think it has given us all Something important to Ponder About in regard to human history and experience.

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

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As politics in the Western world is front and centre, the proverb and quotes this week are my own reflection on the current situation. You may be someone who is not interested in politics, but as it affects how each and every of us live our lives, to varying degrees, it is vitally important to have an opinion.  As we can see things can so very quickly change from one day to the next.

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Something to Ponder About?

To deceive a diplomat – speak the truth, he has no experience with it –

Greek Proverb

A few words from the Women’s marches in America earlier this week:

Women’s Rights aren’t up for GRABS.

Disability Rights are Civil Rights.

Respect for Existence or Expect Resistance.

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and a final quote on materialism:

 

“Things that you own, end up owning you.”

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Do you agree with the final quote?

The Greeks invented Democracy and yet their proverb sound quite cynical, don’t you think? Why would this be?

Were there marches in your city? How did you feel about them?

I would be pleased to hear your thoughts. Add to the discussion!

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Monday Mystery Photo – 2017

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s photograph, shown immediately below, is located. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer will be revealed the following week. Guest submissions of Monday Mystery Photos are very welcome. Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to Monday Mystery Photo.

Thanks goes to Peggy from Where to Next?  for submitting this week’s Mystery photo.

Where in the world might the following scene be located and what is it?

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NB.  I  hold the comments and approve them manually, releasing them on Friday/Saturday each week, so if your comment isn’t showing immediately, this is why. It will give everyone a chance to guess, without looking at the previously posted comments.  Good luck everyone!

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Everyone then has a good deal to ponder about!

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Solidarity

No matter what you political affiliation, it is hard to steer a conversation away from the Trump phenomenon in America. People are concerned for the future, and few are jubilant. Democracy has a failing in that everyone has a choice to vote, but if voting is not compulsory, is it really indicative “of the people, by the people, for the people?”

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When time become difficult, it is the girls, the women, and the Mothers who often worry about the children and the future, and yet it is conversely, often the men who are invariably in positions of authority, who decide everyone’s future!

We are not at war, but we have every right to be concerned about the future.

Clearly many people are, looking at the map of women’s marches around the world.img_13831.jpg

Source: https://61musings.net/2017/01/21/womens-march-around-the-world/

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A Danish writer, Andrea Heiberg, penned the following to express her concerns:

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE II

Who’s the lady with the torch

Boko Haram hates to see?

Who’d bid me welcome

if it should be?

 

She’s my independent friend who

voices freedom

loving

care.

 

She’s still standing

sending out hope

to me

and

my sisters in

Afghanistan,

Nepal,

Nigeria,

Syria

and elsewhere

everywhere

when not grabbed by her pussy.

 

So go

Pearl,

go.

Andrea Heiberg

Denmark

January 2017

 

What do you think of her words?  Something  Serious to Ponder About

 

 

 

 

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