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Rolling Round Corners & Corridors September 16, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Mindfulness.

Pluto-RollerskatingIn the blogosphere, articles come and go at a rapid clip.

Some stay with us longer than others . . .

Rolling round the corners and corridors of our minds as we attempt to make sense of the non-sensical.

Some recent examples:

* A month ago, PiP (Piglet in Portugal), responded to a photo challenge by asking, Is Bullfighting “Wrong”?   Responses varied across the board ~ some defending tradition, others defending the bulls.  Seeing red, and refusing to sidestep the issue, I charged full speed ahead:

“Bullfighting is neither ART nor SPORT . . . it is IGNORANCE in action.”

Wikipedia ~ Bull Fighting (in Public Domain)

I stand by what I said . . . and would extend the same sentiment to Cock-Fighting, Bear-Baiting, Dog-Fighting, Canned Shoots, Rodeos, Circuses, and more than a few Zoos.

* Months ago, Renee (Life in the Boomer Lane) posted an eye-opening, blood-boiling,  wallet-closing article from Ed at www.ginandtacos.com ~  Komen Foundation: Race for the Consumer.   I agreed with and applauded the sentiments expressed:

clap * claP * clAP * cLAP * CLAP –> wild applause

As Ed pointed out, with finesse, non-profits often use the “cause of the day” to advance their own agendas and pad their own pockets.

“[M]any organizations . . . use the funds they raise primarily to raise more funds and pay handsome salaries to the administrators and their talentless family members.” 

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is “a fake charity run like any other company with a product to sell. In this case the product is a combination of guilt, pity, and hope dissolved in a weak acid and dyed a nauseating pink.”  

Caveat Emptor.

* How do we KNOW the unknowable?  By tapping into our intuition . . . our sixth sense.  When we circumvent reason and logic (and tell Ego to shut up), we tune into the Universal Internet and can read each other’s minds via “the collective consciousness.”  Or so say I.

Animals do it all the time:  Dog is home alone. No distractions. It tunes into its owner’s mind and “sees” owner on the way home. It waits by the door, tail wagging.  To read more, visit Colonialist:  Pets Give Proof of Telepathy?

* Kate’s wanders cause us to wonder and ponder.  One that stayed with me, A Psycho in Chaucer’s Canterbury, focuses on the little used, frowned upon lexicon entry ~ psychogeography.  In Kate’s words:

I am in leurve with a word which, it is possible, does not even properly exist: a beatnik-word, a shady semi-respectable possibility.

I stumbled across psychogeography as I was searching vainly for the source history of the strangest piece of street furniture. I had entered: “Canterbury wooden demons Mercer Street.”

* * * * *

Which brings me to psychogeography: a word the dictionaries seem to shun, the urban dictionaries mistrust. Wikipedia, that strumpet, will talk about anything, but even it insists that its entry needs to be re-written completely to comply with its free-for-all standards.

* * * * *

And what an environment Canterbury has set: a place designed to awe and cow pilgrims in equal measure, to stun with towering architecture, to crowd with overhanging buildings, to instill fear and superstition with those grotesques and carvings which people the city.

It is as if someone thought: how shall we best get money out of those trusting pilgrims to Canterbury?

And then , they built it.

Kate’s Canterbury Tale exemplifies how “we shape our environment . . . and then our environment shapes us.”

Perhaps the Komen Foundation took its cue from the Canterbury Tales?

* As Don (Candid Impressions) recognizes in Perceiving the Whole, when we can’t see the forest for the trees, it’s time to take a giant step back so we can view the big picture:

The great masters of life teach us not to see in an isolated way. They call on us to see things as a whole, not as fragments, but in context. Seeing in this way enables us to truly grasp the full implications of what we do and what we decide upon. All things are mysteriously connected at a level we have not yet even begun to grasp. Only this kind of perception awakens a true compassion and a true ethic for life.

When we perceive the connection, “us” and “them” fades away to become a more unified “we.”

* Life’s curveballs often are both beyond our ken . . . and outside our control.  Kathy (Pocket Perspectives) creates visual reminders that  we can change our lives by changing the thoughts we think.

When I replied to her post, Brainstorming Strategy Charts for Opening Up To and Creating a Good Outcome, Kathy incorporated my thoughts into a new page:

How’s that for going with the flow . . . as the path unfolds before us?

* With practice, we can control how we relate to the challenges tossed our way.  This week, Joss (Crowing Crone) shared a powerful post, Facing the Moment, which included a link to A Leaf in Springtime ~ a breast cancer survivor who is an inspiring example of how to transform life’s  challenges into Life Lessons:

2. Some parties are not worth attending. Especially the pity-parties where we indulge and celebrate ourselves. Stop pulling out your favourite chair to watch re-runs of your life.

3. Once in a while it is useful to stop and ask oneself this question – “What if I am wrong?”

7. The surest way to know what kind of person you are becoming is to watch what things you are feeding your mind, your eyes, your ears and what kind of speech filters from your mouth.

11.The single most powerful thing on earth is the power to choose a thought, a response, a habit, a life.

17. One of our greatest failures is making ourselves victims of the failures of others.

18. If life is a gift, then the simple act of chopping tomatoes, brewing a cup of tea, even getting down on my knees to clean is a sacred act of service I can render.

22. Stop. Wait. Rest. Listen. Sometimes that is the best kind of doing.

Yes!  Exactly.


Don’t just do something . . . sit there.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Crowing Crone Joss - September 16, 2012

“All things are mysteriously connected at a level we have not yet even begun to grasp.” as are each of us, connected at a level we are just beginning to grasp, connected in a way that supports, that declares, that refines and defines us as one. walk in beauty!

nrhatch - September 16, 2012

Thanks for your contribution to this post, Joss. Invisible threads connect us all to the source of all. We are one.

Walk in Beauty!

2. Don - September 16, 2012

Loved your post Nancy and thank you for the link – appreciate it. So much I connect with.
I stand with you on Bullfighting and all those other so called sports.. Your description, Bullfighting is neither ART nor SPORT . . . it is IGNORANCE in action,” is classic. No dancing around it, just telling it like it is. I like that. We need a lot more outspokenness in our societies.
Intuition and dogs – I’ve watched this virtually every day with our little dog. It’s beautiful to see.
I’ll never forget reading a little book called “A Primer on Jungian psychology.” It introduced me to the Jungian approach which changed my life and one of the greatest impacts was being awakened to the collective unconscious dimension of life.

Really enjoyed the post. – thank you.

nrhatch - September 16, 2012

Thanks, Don! With so many posts swirling through cyberspace, it’s hard to highlight all those that deserve highlighting. These, of course, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Shades of gray abound, but when we see areas of black and white, we should be brave and call “a spade” a spade. If nothing else, it jumpstarts a conversation. 😉

I hope you noted that Joss latched onto the thoughts in your post . . . that connection between the trees and the forest, between the one and the many. Here’s to being awakened to the collective unconscious dimensions of life.

3. timethief - September 16, 2012

I want to share this with your and your readers. An international group of scientists signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, proclaiming their belief—based on decades of research—that animals are indeed conscious and capable of experiencing human emotions. The scientists are not making any special claims about animal intelligence — just that we have to recognize that these animals — mammals, birds, and octopuses — are conscious like we are. The body of scientific evidence is increasingly showing that most animals are conscious in the same way that we are, and it’s no longer something we can ignore.

nrhatch - September 16, 2012

Of course they are . . . experiencing emotions (and pain) is not the exclusive realm of humans. Animals can be happy or sad. Sometimes they even dance for joy!


That’s just one reason why I became a vegetarian.

4. colonialist - September 16, 2012

Thanks for the mention!
I am with you 100% on the bullfighting etc thing. Bullfighting is more barbaric even than Roman gladiatorial shows – at least, there, where bravery had been shown the life was spared. The bull gets bumped off regardless.
When tradition involves any sort of ritual harming of animals, as with African ritual slaughter before a ‘feast’, then it has no place in the modern world. That goes for foxhunting and all of those as well – except that for the latter it is possible to lay on the whole pageantry, spectacle and excitement without the poor fox coming into it at all.

nrhatch - September 16, 2012

That’s why I say . . . barbaric traditions (involving man OR beast) are best left to fade away into the annals of history.

Fox hunting . . . which leaves the fox unhunted, unharmed, and uninvolved in the pagentry. . . has my whole hearted support ~ as long as the horses and hounds survive unscathed too.

5. kateshrewsday - September 16, 2012

What a wonderful round up Nancy, and thank you so much for including Canterbury’s psychogeography! So much to potter off and read! Thank you for all these great introductions.

nrhatch - September 16, 2012

You’re most welcome, Kate. Your wanders are perfect for pondering ~ they leave lots of leeway for those of us who wish to jog off on any number of tangential curves. 😀

6. jannatwrites - September 16, 2012

These are all new posts to me, not blogs I normally visit. I really enjoyed the last bit about transforming life’s challenges into life lessons. All excellent points!

nrhatch - September 16, 2012

At times, I’m surprised to see familiar faces in comment threads . . . “oh, look, X is here!” Other times, I’m surprised that there is such diversity in the blogs we follow. It’s a huge cybersea!

Her Life Lessons list is uplifting.

7. sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 17, 2012

“Bullfighting is neither ART nor SPORT . . . it is IGNORANCE in action.”
“I stand by what I said . . . and would extend the same sentiment to Cock-Fighting, Bear-Baiting, Dog-Fighting, Canned Shoots, Rodeos, Circuses, and more than a few Zoos.”
I agree Nancy.
Great post!

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

Thanks, Pix! Puppy Mills too. People who abuse animals (or enjoy watching them suffer) are S~I~C~K puppies. 😦

sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 17, 2012

I’m not crazy about horse racing either. Those horses have no choice but to run and I cringe when I hear people say they love to run. Yeah, maybe, but too many of them run hurt and injured. I stopped watching the Kentucky Derby years ago when I could no longer watch horses break down on the track and be euthanized right there. Ruffian broke my heart and Barbaro did me in during the 2006 Preakness.

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

I’m with you, Pix. The last time I watched the Kentucky Derby was THE LAST TIME. The track was muddy and my heart was in my throat. Dog racing holds no appeal either.

8. William D'Andrea - September 17, 2012

Along with all those activities in which animals are killed, I’d like to add boxing, football, and other sports in which people cause harm to each other. How many high school students are seriously injured or killed every year, while engaging in football; the modern equivalet to gladiator games?

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

Excellent points, William. Besides there is way to much focus on “healty” competition . . . maybe it’s time to focus on more cooperative endeavors?

William D'Andrea - September 17, 2012

In baseball, on the other hand, nobody is supposed to get hurt, kids learn teamwork, and they have healthy competition, except when the parents of Little League players interfere.

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

Well . . . they’re not “supposed to” get hurt, but I’ve heard of Little League players DYING on the field ~ after getting struck in the chest with a pitch . . . or running too hard in the heat.

9. Three Well Beings - September 17, 2012

I don’t disagree with you, I don’t think, I simply haven’t previously thought about the varied topics too much. I will now, that’s for sure.

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

I am surprised by epiphanies at the oddest times, Debra. All of a sudden, something *clicks* and I have that “Aha!” moment.

10. Perfecting Motherhood - September 18, 2012

I can’t stand any type of animal fighting where humans profit at the expense of the animals. Oh, that includes horse racing for me too. It’s a very, very dirty “sport”. Some people justify it saying the horses are very well taken care of. Yep, unless they get hurt and shot and discarded to the glu factory. Pleeeeaaaase… I know I’m going to sound very sexist but I totally believe that only men can come up with this type of animal cruelty for monetary purposes.

nrhatch - September 18, 2012

Some of the horses are well cared for . . . but only some of the time. And only as long as they are still potential money makers. Horse racing is exploitation of those with no vote by those with money who want MORE money.

11. Paula Tohline Calhoun - September 18, 2012

Oh, I have so missed visiting those corridors, lately! Hopefully, I will get back to it one day soon. But, I am amazed how much other work I am getting done – especially as I am getting a bunch of stuff ready for submitting. That has been a huge time commitment for me, because I am never satisfied with what I call my “final draft!” HAH! But, I am improving. . .(I think.)

Anyway, I added some captions. I did a couple to fill out the set! Thanks for the laughs! Here’s the link, so you can see:


nrhatch - September 18, 2012

Excellent! They look great . . . and now I can say I’m a published captionist!

Love your fish captions too, especially the starfish. Note to self: Always remember to read the fine print.

Glad you’re getting things done. Blogging can be a great big time suck if we’re not careful.

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