This website has been created by Anne Yarwood, resident in Ascot for over 50 years, to show how individuals CAN effect change… can DO something about their concerns, in an imaginative way.
This month’s theme is:-
This is my 85th Birthday Edition. Its theme is HOMES HOUSES; my most cherished subject; the instinctual drive in all species, to provide a place of SAFETY for the next generation.
The theme HOMES HOUSES is twisting around, as our themes always do. So as I write, ideas meander or gush out. In my comfy setting – I can think of the heart-centre of homes everywhere…of beauty, safety. Then of the fabric and the inhabitants, from my home here in comfortland… then in gushes HURT ( in the terms of the website’s last edition: Opposites of Hate). Hurt within the confines of the home … hurting one another … and myriad ‘households’ forced to risk the ruinous hurt of Nature’s onslaughts.
So I invite us to look at our own experience as humans, of the distinction between a built HOUSE … got my own … no hope of my own … AND HOME … safety, close the door on the world; intimacy.
Sections of the website keep on waving at ideas of INDIVIDUAL’s IMAGINATIVE, BOLD ACTION; honours LISTENING particularly to the ignored; sloshing around because you’ve been thrown into the mud as opposed to chosen PLAYFULLNESS; FURY at power researched , discussed , ultimately unchallenged; above all … humankind’s RESPONSIBILITY for destruction of safe habitat for all species.
Blog imagines the essence, the soul of the home: Greek goddess Hestia –HERE
Story listens to a young man’s devotion to beauty, to flowers – HERE
Wakeup is energy-draining awfulness..rousing sufferers’ anger- in -action – HERE.
Gallery scans contrasting images which may sprout answers to a few questions – HERE.
Tales reflect one thinker’s experience of home, as space to Be – HERE.
Elsewhere : two INNOVATORS’ definitions of “ home” – HERE .
The first takes us to an inspired home-creator, for the child in all of us. We also hear an Environmentalist explain her listening and empowering work alongside Indigenous people.
AND , WE SLIP IN A BIT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR HOME , THE COUNTRYSIDE…FARMING POST BREXIT in the U.K.
Finally, the triumph of a health campaign to save a local HOSPITAL : most valued home here, for 90 years ..as so many locals bewailed in the campaign “but my baby was BORN there”. And a closing note … drone research from Syria.
MARCH TIA – we’re delighted that KESTY JAKES will be our Guest Editor for March. Kesty and her husband, Martin, own a small woodland in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Over the last twenty years they have transformed 5 acres of neglected woods on the urban fringe. Kesty loves her family, home and woodland and has no aspirations to travel outside Laurie Lee’s beautiful Slad Valley. She is now entering a new phase of her life as her two children have grown up ….. READ MORE IN MARCH !
Warm greetings to you all and I hope you enjoy HOMES HOUSES.