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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    Yes, I feel confident that 'The Government' does not essentially represent the British people. When quibbles are stripped away, the Monarchy is much closer to who we are deep down.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole created a new blog post, Uriel's Token

    Uriel's Token

    Posted in Blogs on Thursday, 08 August 2019

      'Flowers appear on the earth;     the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves     is heard in our land.'   Song of Songs                   To capture images of a summer garden is like culling fruit  to preserve and savour parade on the screen-shelf fit for winter, when sap drains colour shrinks from truant sun, and the fulsome songs of birds and fevered insects are muted This once was and will be again an ever-amplified rebirth   Though sticks of winter cringe in silent frost bones ache in cruel winds that claw at heartbeats and circumvent the frame cocooned in quilting, the Archangel of Summer will one day appear  and reveal his abiding realm   ©RosyCole2019                                                   

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, Memory

    Very kind! :)

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Memory

    In view of the above theme, I feel bound to add this:

    Back in the theater again after too many years. My new play, MONUMENTS opens next week in Annapolis - along with two other one-acts written by old friends/amazing writers Morey Norkin and Michael Gilles. Or is it amazing friends/old writers... Stephen Evans https://thecolonialplayers.org/

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Memory

    Some mischievous ambiguity here :-)

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, Memory

    Memory

    Posted in Blogs on Saturday, 27 July 2019

    "I am grown old and my memory is not as active as it used to be. When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened."            Mark Twain Autobiography

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    I don't blame the Queen or the monarch. They have little say in Government decisions. I hold Her Majesty in great respect, although I do not agree with the way this particular monarchy is set up. I feel dreadfully sorry for them, actually. I seethe whenever they are "put back in their place" if ever they express an opinion.

    I blame the Government. That is what I call "the management".

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    Where the UK is concerned, we're indebted to our Monarch for her lifetime of dedicated service. There have been plenty of occasions over the decades where spectacular celebrations have been shared with the world, apart from her keeping in touch with visits to the regions and what goes on routinely on our behalf. The Queen owes this nation nothing further, yet she will see her Coronation Oath through to her dying day. Honour the Constitution and principled leadership will follow.

    It is the responsibility of ordinary people to celebrate their culture and, as far as I can see, that is going on apace in Britain as never before. Such freedom is an immense privilege.

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    Very interesting. Thank you!

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    The Queen's Official birthday has been allocated to a Saturday – which highlights my point about the management stinginess. I think we may agree to disagree on this one, while smiling at each other, Rosy.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, The Butterfly and the Bee

    Thank you Rosy!

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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    It seems that we in the US see the purpose of a holiday as a reason to have a three-day weekend. We sometimes lose the connection to the event. We used to celebrate, or at least observe, George Washington's birthday and Abraham Lincoln's birthday and even Thomas Jefferson's birthday (in some places) on the actual anniversary day. Now we celebrate Presidents' Day on a Monday in February (even though some Presidents are not worth celebrating).

    We might have some military hardware on display on Memorial Day or Veterans' Day or Armed Forces Day in some places. In small-town America, there are parades for almost everything but especially for Independence Day. Almost everyone in town (not on vacation) is involved either as spectators or marchers. The local Son's of the American Revolution (in colonial garb) march by with the flag followed by the four or five little league baseball teams, the boy scouts, and a small contingent of the high school band attempting to play a patriotic tune. The town fire engine will be next periodically sounding the siren and drowning out the fledgling band. Then comes the girl scouts, the Junior Taekwondo martial arts class, and the Future Farmers of America. Local elected officials will be next in swanky or antique cars (they only walk in election years), a police car, the local modern dance class, the local gymnastics class, and a dozen or more, semi-inebriated, adult former school band members trying to perform a patriotic tune. They will be followed by a town ambulance (with occasional siren). Finally, there will be the volunteers walking the dogs imprisoned in the town's animal control center (available for adoption) and a dozen or so costumed western riders on horseback -- always followed by a glum clean-up crew. The cast of characters is usually the same but with Pilgrims at Thanksgiving and with Santa Claus and angels and elves (replacing the little leaguers) and twinkle lights for Christmas. The more "ethnic" parades like St. Patrick's Day or Columbus Day have fallen out of favor in many places over the past few years. One local exception is the traditional Marigold Parade for Dia de los Muertos in Albuquerque...a sight to behold that breaks almost all the rules for parades. I can hardly wait.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, The Butterfly and the Bee

    This is so beautiful...and profound. A Christian friend said recently that he thought our view of heaven tended to be Platonic and subject to many influences, not least individual perception, but that the Reality of heaven was within and all around us. You have illustrated this so vividly. Thank you.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    As the Queen's official birthday isn't a fixed date, but falls on the second Saturday in June, it solves the problem. But days of national celebration, when holidays are granted, are left to an employer's discretion and largely community based anyway. People who want to recognise them generally do. There's no obligation involved, unfair though that may seem. At least HMTQ gives her garden parties and does her best to recognise the part played by a representative selection of her subjects in all walks of life. It's not just Birthday Honours to celebrities.

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    Stephen Evans

    The Butterfly and the Bee

    Posted in Blogs on Saturday, 20 July 2019

    As we all know, I have a low threshold of fascination. Today for example as I have been working on a book, I have also been keeping an eye on my petunias. I have never had petunias before, so perhaps that accounts for some of the fascination.  But really what garnered my attention for the last few hours is two visitors: a butterfly and an bee. Initially actually I was watching a pail of water. It’s very hot today and I had set out what I hoped would be a makeshift birdbath. As I watched the pail, the water looked still and undisturbed. But the bright sun threw a reflection of the water onto the roof of my porch. In the reflection I could see the water moving, from the wind or maybe convection currents as the water heated in the brutal daylight. The reflection also showed the rippling waves as my gift evaporated. I felt like I  had my own little Plato’s cave, except the reflection was truer than the actual. Though I suspect that was true of Plato's as well.  But then the butterfly appeared, a large one, likely a swallowtail  (my older brother would know), black wings with blue and gold spots. She (I think) kept flying around the weeds in my little garden. I have weeds in my garden, a lot of them this year. I leave them there because I don’t hurt anything if I don’t have to and they seem to feel the same. Anyway, the butterfly kept landing on one after another of the weeds, continually disappointed I assume, and completely ignorant of the cornucopia of petunias in the hanging basket not five feet overhead. Every once in a while she would float up and I would think—there, now she’s finally got it! But, so far at least, she has not made the leap. Perhaps it was an aesthetic choice and green is her preference. But the purple and pink treasure remained unclaimed. By the butterfly anyway. The bee came later. A tiny one—though as scarce as bees have become around here I was glad to see any—found the petunias. But instead of gorging on the large full flowers, he instead insisted on trying to make his way into the nearly closed nearly dead blossoms, skipping entirely the glorious siblings. I watched him disappear into the narrow passage, and could see the from the turbulence outside the tunnel how difficult his passage was. I don’t if he made all the way it in, nor what he found when he got there. Maybe he just wanted a challenge. Or maybe the ripened juice is sweeter. Perhaps the bee knew his business better than I. There are many morals that could be drawn here. But I will leave it to you, and the butterfly, and the bee. My wish is simply this: May you be  fascinated by flowers. (Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay )

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    Independently of my own views about the monarchy, I feel it is poor show not to make the Queen's official birthday a day off. How can you have a celebration when people have to go to work like on any other day? As for holidays on Royal special occasions, I'm afraid our boss at the language school made us work on the day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding.

    I do agree with your first paragraph.

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Rosy.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    No - In DC, a big concert on the mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial and lots of firework.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, Living Poetry

    More things in heaven and earth...

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Living Poetry

    This is so consoling.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Paris, 14 Juillet

    I think there are some complex answers to this question to do with the economy, sensitive racial issues and a departure from our Christian heritage. Widespread urbanisation has also severed us from our roots once marked by church and community, which were not separate entities. Right up until the filofax, diaries marked all the seasonal events of the natural year, together with religious observances and the phases of the moon. Holidays were part of that. This was long after such reminders were relevant to the way most folk lived.

    However, I believe the overriding reason we don't have days of national celebration is that Great Britain has a monarchy, dignified by a long historical tradition (and a resounding failure at Republicanism in the 17th century). It's graven deep in our psyche. It's who we are. We're proud of our monarchy, no matter that some disparage and misunderstand it. We are privileged to share in their lives, to know all they're doing to promote this country diplomatically and apolitically where governments fail. The daily routines surrounding royal life are a spectacle that draws tourism to these shores and includes the annual Trooping of the Colour on the Queen's Official birthday. And when they have a really special occasion, they grant us a holiday so that we can enjoy it with them!

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Rosy Cole Paris, 14 Juillet
08 August 2019
Yes, I feel confident that 'The Government' does not essentially represent the British people. When ...
Stephen Evans Memory
29 July 2019
Very kind!
Rosy Cole Memory
28 July 2019
In view of the above theme, I feel bound to add this:Back in the theater again after too many years....
Rosy Cole Memory
28 July 2019
Some mischievous ambiguity here :-)
Katherine Gregor Paris, 14 Juillet
25 July 2019
I don't blame the Queen or the monarch. They have little say in Government decisions. I hold Her M...