The Power of Community

This artwork is to acknowledge the mighty power of community which swung into action after the Grenfell Towers disaster. It’s a reminder of the goodness and kindness in people when times get difficult and challenging.

As the Labor MP, Jo Cox, so sadly murdered last year, said: ““We have far more in common than that which divides us”.

Streets of London

A friend just posted a link to this song, Streets of London, by Ralph McTell, so I’m posting it here too with a more subdued version of an image from an early post.

It’s one of my favourite songs, one I played forever and a day when I lived in London from 1970-72. So poignant!

In this instance, I dedicate it to the courage, humour and resilience of all who live in London given recent events, and see this powerful song also as a call to our humanity to show compassion for all, regardless of their circumstances!

Kindness Among Us

This started out quite differently – a quite bright blue – but along the way it softened until this final image emerged. I looked at it and felt it represented the grace of kindness among us as I’ve seen a couple of examples of kindness from strangers in the past couple of days. One image was of people hugging someone who was suicidal on a bridge for an hour until help arrived to lift him over and back to safety. Then I saw a video of a cat fight where one cat fell into the water and a complete stranger rushed over, fished the cat out (the ungrateful moggy stalked off!) and then casually walk away. When you open your eyes, kindness is all around us – something to remember and console and hearts and souls given all the negativity which gets so  much attention.

Bright Blessings

I love images of humming birds and I thought that this image with the background reminded me again of staying positive in a challenging world. I make a point of reading good news stories and about the kindness of people around the world as it shows me again and again that the good in this world far outweighs the negative.

Love – the Infinite Blessing

Love for people is far more important to me than love of money.  Love is the engine of the universe and those who worship the almighty dollar and live for the dollar are denying their hearts the power and wisdom of love which, to me, is the engine of the universe.

Love – the Healing Fire of the Heart

I sat and worked on this on my Lenovo tablet this afternoon.  I had no idea how much you can create with apps on a tablet, like a whole new creative door has opened for me. My favourite app is Toolwiz, an amazing app with so many functions that I still keep finding new ways to create art with this app.

I’m also rather indebted to President Trump because the awfulness of him and the swamp around him is inspiring me to work on creating images of beauty and colour rather than the turgid grey and black of the billionaire bloodsuckers.

One more post to finalise and then I’m off to sit with my foster dog, Rolo, who – after seven months with us – is off to the UK early Thursday morning to his new family.  I shall miss him immensely but I’m so glad we were able to provide him with a holding space until a new family became available to offer him a loving home, complete with garden, cats (he loves our cat) and someone who works from home each day. So he’ll be a complete lap dog with company so he can loll around as he does here – he would have to be the most bone idle dog we’ve ever come across but so affectionate and good-natured.

Together – We Rise Up!

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I created this because I saw yet again a comment about baby boomers being selfish and the root cause of economic problems in Western nations. You know, we baby boomers are told we’re leeches on the economy, we’re blocking beds, we’re a drain on resources because we’ve had the gall not to die early and save the community a whole heap of money. We’re also told that we’re a greedy bunch for saving up, buying a home, and having the nerve to continue to live in said home when we get old instead of sloping off to an old folks’ home and making housing available for those younger than us.

Bollocks. Absolute bollocks. We baby boomers have as much right as younger generations to live well, to live in our own homes or to get good care as we age. Don’t forget – a portion of our taxes is supposed to be set aside for the ageing population and if governments are unable to operate the economy in a responsible way, don’t blame people who’ve paid their tax dues over the years!

Beyond that though – dividing us into Baby Boomers, Generation X and so on and so forth is simply a diversion from those who should take responsibility for economic ills besetting Western nations. It’s a very nifty little divide and rule tactic which needs to be shouted down every time some corporate bullshit artist tries to puff it up to divert blame from deviant governments selling people down the drain.

Why deviant? Because there’s a damned big spotlight shining on governments in the US, Australia, the UK and other European nations which illuminates the fact that governments don’t serve the general population – they’re at the beck and call of corporate monsters whose only allegiance is to overweening greed – the dollar, the almighty dollar. The “trickle down” effect of reducing taxes on the super-rich is one great big con trick, because it’s trickle-up as a small billionaire class gets ever richer at the expense of ordinary folk getting ever poorer while facing cuts to education, housing, social services and cultural life.

If we fight among ourselves about who’s to blame for current economic conditions, we are allowing the corporate elite to divide us from each other and to hide the fact that it is this tiny minority whose greed is the root cause of economic problems around the world. It’s why I, as a baby boomer in North Cyprus, stand with people of all ages in the US, UK and Australia because we need to support each other and stand united against the divide and rule efforts of the billionaire class.

TOGETHER WE RISE reaches across oceans, all strata of populations, across nations, ignoring cultural and religious differences, to stand together in love, compassion, tolerance and an end to the 1% screwing the rest of us.

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