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I’m Back!

When I started this blog I said I’d try to keep it afloat. Well, that didn’t really happen (I got sucked back into my cat blog again). Anyone who’s read my other blog recently will know that I have had to make a tough decision this week and because of that my cat blog will probably slow down a lot for the time being. I will try to get this one up to speed in order to feed my blogging habit. I’ve had some ideas for a few posts, and also, I have lots of plans for the next 12 months so that should give me things to write about on here (I’ve decided that the best thing to do now is to keep busy).

I’ll put some more photos on here soon. I have a collection of nice pictures of my travels from the last couple of years. Then hopefully, I will have some good things to report about my current goals. I may even post a tick list so you can all support me (give me a kick up the arse!) if you don’t see those ticks appearing. I am one of the world’s most accomplished (or least accomplished, depending on how you look at it) procrastinators!

I’m writing a proper blog post at the moment. This is just a re-hello after Mrs O. of Team Oyeniyi linked to my atheist/morals post  and reminded me that I do in fact have a second blog!
Thank you Mrs O! 🙂

But Surely Atheists Can’t Have Morals (!)

I have just finished The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I found it to be a very fascinating and engaging read. This is the first book that I have by Dawkins and it has definitely got me eager for more. I was already an atheist, so I can’t say that this book changed my beliefs, but what it has done is open up a new need to learn, renewing my thirst for knowledge.

I won’t do a whole book review here. A fellow blogger (Sift Through The Static) has recently written a great review that I don’t feel I could really match. So I’d like to concentrate on what I personally got from the book. Read the rest of this entry

Brazil: A Country of Extremes

favela_kids

A couple of kids routing through rubbish. It was not clear to me whether they were playing or looking for something. As all the rubbish on this embankment has been thrown there from the houses these kids live in, I tend to think that they’re playing. Two more kids look down from the top of the wall, pointing. I think this scene is equivalent to retrieving a ball that’s gone over a neighbour’s fence.

This is the view from the side window of my apartment. These are my neighbours.

This rubbish strewn embankment (and our condo’s high wall with electrified fencing on it!) is all that physically distances us from the inhabitants of this small favela. Read the rest of this entry

Dark Compassion

Large Butterfly

This is a butterfly that I saw in a national park near Gramado, south Brazil. It was huge, the distance from wingtip to wingtip being about 20cm.

Dark Compassion

A hole, so deep
A dark, so midnight black
A soul, lost, forgotten…alone
Alone, alone, alone

A hole to hide in
A dark compassion
A soul afraid to leave
the comfort found within
Safe, safe…alone

A hole to fly from
A dark place lighted
A soul, brave, bathed in new light
stretches tired wings
A moment’s hindsight
for the blind safety left behind
Not safe…not alone

Me 22.10.08 (before I became the gringa)

This poem was written during a very difficult time in my life. When I wrote it I was just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the end to a period of unrest and confusion. I had carved out a new life for myself, a new identity in many ways. I was so hopeful for the future, but also, still feeling somewhat mentally scarred from the past.

Hello world!

Hello eveyone,

I’ve started a new blog for everything in my life that isn’t cat related. The header pretty much says it all. I’m hoping to include stories and photos of my life here as well as any poems I may write (there probably won’t be a lot of those) and pictures of art and craft projects that I am currently working on or have completed (when I finally get my arse in gear and start to make things again).

I don’t forsee this blog being updated as regularly as my other one, but I will try to keep it afloat.