Thursday, June 25, 2009

Want

(CityGirl by monislawa via deviantArt)

The weakness comes in waves
When it washes
I am faced with two choices, swim or succumb.
Do I endure or cave to my own desire?
The latter is pure instant pleasure
So I succumb
The need subsides – temporarily
The weakness creeps in again
I can see it watching me
I feel it poking me, tempting me
I taste it as I swallow
I know it is there, stalking me
It can be overwhelming
All encompassing
Insurmountable
The weakness comes in waves

Sometimes we bend the rules...The NaiSaiKu Challenge http://naisaiku.blogspot.com/

Janet

Friday, June 19, 2009

'There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation'

Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Broadcast Date: Dec. 21, 1967

Clearly, a man before his time. His compelling leadership haunts Canadian politics. Since his departure as Prime Minister, we have yet to be lead with such charisma. I was all of 14 at the time of his retirement in 1984 and just starting to pay attention to politics. I knew that we had a love affair with Trudeau and that the nation was now going through some withdrawal of sorts.

At the time, I was attending a Catholic school, I had been brought up in a conservative town and I was not satisfied with the conservative stand on some major issues. I was eager to see positive movement with respect to the right of women to choose in abortions, an issue that politicians continue to fail to resolve, let alone take a stand on. Further, I was eager to see change in attitudes with the myriad of issues surrounding homosexuality. Again, we were and remain, disappointed.

Over the next few years, candidates came and went vying for the Chair. I clearly remember listening to Brian Mulroney belt out his platform at Century Place. The crowd was much more smitten - for lack of a better word - with the beautiful Mila that day and absorbed very little of Mulroney's so called promises. Later, I attended a rally at Centennial Secondary to hear John Turner defend his ‘Reign of Error’ (I actually owned a copy of this book, my father was not impressed). All the while, there was this sadness in the public; we wanted Pierre back!

Trudeau’s prolific reign as Prime Minister has left Canadians hungry for another passionate leader, one whom can really inspire, unite and motivate us. We are still waiting…


The following is an excerpt taken from the CBC Digital Archives
http://archives.cbc.ca/politics/rights_freedoms/topics/538/

Trudeau's Omnibus Bill: Challenging Canadian Taboos

"There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation."

Those unforgettable words made famous by Pierre Trudeau in 1967 caused a tidal wave of controversy that rippled across the entire nation. Trudeau's Omnibus Bill brought issues like abortion, homosexuality and divorce law to the forefront for the first time, changing the political and social landscape in Canada forever.

A young, charismatic Pierre Trudeau, acting as Justice Minister, has introduced his controversial Omnibus bill in the House of Commons. The bill calls for massive changes to the Criminal Code of Canada. Trudeau makes an appeal for the decriminalization of 'homosexual acts' performed in private, telling reporters in this CBC Television clip "there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation." Trudeau goes on to say "what's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code." The other controversial parts of Trudeau's comprehensive Omnibus bill concern revisions to abortion laws, making it legal for women to get one if a committee of three doctors feels the pregnancy endangers the mental, emotional or physical well-being of the mother. The bill also calls for the legalization of lotteries, new gun ownership restrictions and would allow police to perform breathalyzer tests on suspected drunk drivers if they have reasonable and probable cause.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Open

(via deviantArt)

Say you are a bird
Bare your mind and body free
There are no limits
Be open to your imagination and your visions
There are no limits
Bare your mind and body free
Say you are a bird


By the way, and certainly related, I recommend to anyone watch The Notebook again.

Still 'open' to The NaiSaiKu Challenge http://naisaiku.blogspot.com/
Cheers
Janet

Celebrate



Why do we blog? Or, I guess I should ask, why do you blog? I suppose there are a myriad of reasons for doing so, there must be for there are millions of blogs out there, literally. If you have ever looked at the catalogue of blogs, you know what I am talking about.

I am quite fascinated by the many blogs I have stumbled upon; some I quickly dismiss, some I am indistinctly interested in and visit at random, and then there are the few that I visit regularly. I am sure, if I permitted myself more time, the list for the latter category would be much longer.
Of note, something that truly fascinates and inspires me is the many different approaches to blogging. I have come across some really beautifully decorated blogs that say nothing in particular and, conversely, I have come across some rather crude looking blogs that truly have something to say that captivates me. This, of course, is all my own personal opinion and subject to my perspective on, well, everything.

I started blogging as a way to discipline myself into writing more often and further to allow others to read my writing, moreover, to criticize what I put out there. In some deluded fashion, this is giving me confidence in my writing. What I did not expect to get from the feedback was the inspiration to keep going.
One aspect of the feedback that I have been grappling with personally is the blog awards that are floating about. I have received a few of these awards but they have strings attached. This last point defeats the purpose of the award, in my own limited opinion. However, I do want to celebrate a few blogs that I visit on a regular basis that I believe make a difference – if only to me.

Here I celebrate;

Kenia at http://diariosdefilosofia.blogspot.com/
because she is fantastic, positive and genuine. I visit her daily. Her feedback is food for me.

because she does inspire serenity and touches many people with her story.

simply because I am inspired by the way she sees the world.
because she says it the way she thinks it. We should all be so free (and young!) Sometimes she scares me and that is good too.

I am going to stop there for now. Like I said, this list would be much longer if I could spend more time online reading.

Who would you like to celebrate?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Desire


Temptation, failing
Succumb to thee, desire
Do not placate me
"The safest path to hell is the gradual one."
Do not placate me
Succumb to thee, desire
Temptation, failing



Still 'tempted' by The NaiSaiKu Challenge http://naisaiku.blogspot.com/

"The safest path to hell is the gradual one."
Quote from The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Insight from the Dalai Lama

"We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection."

(I'm with you by archlover via deviantArt)

Early Saturday morning, as my girls and I were shuffling around the house readying ourselves for a day at the beach, I was presented with a hug from my teenage daughter. This moment of affection truly had a lasting impact on me, lifting my spirits for the rest of that busy day. I reflected on the significance of this simple gesture. I am not sure if she realized the effect it had on me, as it stayed with me.

I have come to understand our desire to be loved and appreciated has derived from a fundamental human need. The need for human affection. Extending human affection to the people in our lives by way of a simple touch, a warm hug or a soft kiss has a positive impact on our relationships. This basic physical interaction enhances the health and well being of both the giver and the receiver. A true win win! By being open to affection you invite those around you to show their affection in return. Furthermore, by extending yourself to your loving partner, your independent teenager, or whoever is important in your life, you are helping maintain the longevity of that relationship.

Somehow, I stumbled on this quick blog relating to Human Affection and I thought I would share the link. I like the quote and the way it was interpreted too.

http://kevin-dunn.com/?p=337

It is simple and sweet - love and be loved today.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

NaiSaiKu

(via deviantArt)


Ravenous
Unfulfilled hunger
Desiring
Visceral semblance
Lascivious look
Desiring
Unfulfilled hunger
Ravenous



Janet Jarrell

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nino Ricci The Origin of Species

As the site reads,

“Nino Ricci's newest novel, The Origin of Species, is the winner of the 2008 Governor General's Award for Fiction. Set in Montreal in the 1980s, it tells the story of one man's search for love, meaning, and guilt-free sex while trying to get over the scars of an ill-fated trip to the Galapagos.”




I have been waiting in the long queue at my local library to read this book. The last time I checked, my placed had dropped to 4th in line. I have been busy with other books, so I was none too concerned about the wait. But then I noticed, while looking at the upcoming Writer’s Festival in Elora, Ontario, Nino Ricci is on the list of readers.

Again, just another motivation for me to stay in touch with these local festivals.

The Elora Writers' Festival, June 7
http://www.artscouncil.elora.on.ca/

It is written.
Janet