A Pirate’s Life: Captain Jack Sparrow

The Rum Ration

A Pirate’s Life focuses on the lives of fictional and real-life pirates, imagining what kind of rum they’d collect if they were around today. And if there’s one character that embodies the rum lifestyle it’s Captain Jack Sparrow. From constantly asking why the rum’s always gone, to seeking out adventure with a tot in hand, Sparrow’s love of the spirit is as legendary as his reputation.

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Links of Chain.

Verses of Life

Like links of chain,
Lock in lock,
We are two
Like time and clock,

We share the strain
Coequally among us,
We stick together
Through all the fuss,

We’ve been pulled
We were shook,
A strong vow
Is all it took,

We need to be strong
To the last of our blink,
As a chain is as strong
As its weakest link.


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Rāhui Day 30

Garden Dreaming at Châtillon

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What’s this all about you say? I thought we were in ‘lockdown’?

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Yesterday a blogger in New York (Amy Rose) commented that she found the word ‘lockdown’ (widely used in the British press and even on my beloved Channel 4 news) a bit negative, with connotations of prison.

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Hey Jude! (a blogger in Cornwall) says that she has a New Zealand blogging friend who is using the word ‘rāhui’, which has a subtler, more benign connotation, implying (by my reading) consensual closure.

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In her words it means ‘to put in place a temporary ritual prohibition, closed season, ban, reserve – traditionally a rāhui was placed on an area, resource or stretch of water as a conservation measure, or as a means of social and political control for a variety of reasons … A rāhui is a device for separating people from tapu [sacred – my translation?] things. After…

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Common Sense

Heaven On Earth

Two days ago, New York State law was changed making it mandatory everyone must wear a mask while outdoors. Of all the idiotic things to mandate! Well, evidently some doctors spoke up immediately stating how unhealthy it is to wear a mask for people who run. That very same day at about 8pm, the law was changed back to what it had been. As long as social distancing is maintained no mask is needed.

Regardless of any law, I decided no one will force me to wear a mask especially when carrying about 17 pounds of equipment and handling a very heavy long lens. Throw in the fact I have asthma. No. No. And no! I need to be able to breathe, darn it! Besides, fresh air is so good for me!

When yesterday dawned it came with sunshine. Since I haven’t been to my fav place in way too…

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Samurai: The warrior monks

light of love

Japanese art Japanese samurai warrior Kuniyoshi FINE ART | Etsy

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I have always been very fascinated by Samurai Warriors.

What is very remarkable about them is not that they were just Warriors but they also had the discipline like that of monks.
The code or the self help book that they used are follow was called bushido the way of the warrior.
I think many of the elements /ideas present there have influence from Buddhism.
Death for a Samurai was not a big deal it was an ever-present phenomenon and being a Samurai meant embracing death in all its entirety.
A Samurai and his family knew that he not returning home the next day was always a possibility.
The the way the Samurai handled his sword was also very influenced by buddhism.

They believed not in passion and anger but in strategy and calmness. Samurai meditated everyday. Being a monk is what made them accept death in its entirety. It…

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In your quiet time, begin with gratitude.


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

~ Melody Beattie

Text and image source: Contemplative Monk https://www.facebook.com/ContemplativeMonk/

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Happy Easter 2020

Mike Powell

Many Easter traditions will be put to the side this year. No boisterous crowds filling the churches, no special clothes or big hats, no joyful greeting of  “Alleluia. Christ is risen” to all we meet and the equally joyful response of “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.” A good number of us instead will celebrate alone in front of a computer screen.

Yes, Easter will be celebrated differently this year, but for many of us there will be even greater beauty and meaning in our more simple celebrations. At a time when most of the world news is full of doom and despair, today is a joyful reminder that God loves us and will have the final victory.

So what do we do? I recall some words from a sermon that I heard on Good Friday—the priest cited the opening line of a prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “Above…

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Friends or Soul Connects 💕

Musings of a Wanderer

Life is an adventure in friendship. Every person we meet, let us make him a friend. There are no strangers; there are only friends-in- the making

Dada Vaswani

You may enjoy this post more if you first read my earlier post: Time heals nothing …. and HOPE and WAIT

Anita and I used to talk often about souls and life after death, incarnation etc. Both of us had read and loved Dr. Bryan Weiss’s – Many Lives Many Masters. One day, in 2010, a friend of mine presented me with Laws of The Spirit World by Khorshed Bhavnagri. It sounded so true and was very helpful. Both of us read it, though she used to get tired very quickly. By this time her health had become worse 😌 In fact she was never a great reader of books 😊 As far as our love for books was concerned we were…

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