Beginning with a couplet from Carmina Gadelica
and with grace notes from the same source.
I have a charm for the bruising
a charm for the blackening
a charm for cheats and impostors.
I summon from the cold clear air
from the bare branches of the trees
from worms coiling under the ground –
charm against cruel intent
charm for neglect
charm against wicked indifference:
may... 
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satanachist:
I wanted this to be written by you but after such a barrage of deeply penetrating words it was a little relief to see another as author. "A salve for those that would cram whatever life they have with possession". Bring this salve forth and spread it as wide as it is written
ferkixlll:
A charm & salve that this world is in desperate need of.

An entirely different colour palette from the Mediterranean. The turquoise blues and iridescence of Greece is certainly more uplifting but when you are here on the east coast of Scotland it has a wonderful effect too. And I still swim in this sea, at least once a year but it's bitterly cold and you come out blue and white and your skin stinging as
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satanachist:
Thank you for sea glass and the idea of you blue lipped and bitterly (sweetly?) frigid from a need to feel the oceans embrace (how high off the surface of skin can the wee hairs rise?). I know that water that seems colder than ice by far but I prefer the ocean your body feels no need to rebel against
l_f:
Monumental.

I was interested in the anniversary today because we have some family history connected to this bleak event. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki 70 years ago, my grandfather was in a Japanese prisoner of war camp about 10km away. He was a captain in the merchant navy and their ship had been sunk by German U-boats. The Germans handed him and his...
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keys96:
Excellent blog Annalee.  
kentbob:
I love this blog.  This passage from the Kazantzakis speaks to me, even though I'm unfamiliar with it.  I think it speaks to the idea that at the end of the day, we all want to be able to grow our crops without interference from anyone else.  All my travels with the U.S. Army, and my wanderings elsewhere in my life have borne out this observation.  Having seen the trouble that the people of Afghanistan and Iraq are going through to try and become a singular nation instead of a group of tribes, not to mention the longstanding resentment that still simmers beneath of the surface in parts of Europe, I do not wish to separate myself from everyone, or everyone from me by something so simplistic as the group into which I was born.  I only wish that more people could see some of the things I've seen with regards to humanity.
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bluberry_:
Beautiful photo 🙌 
lorii:
Wonderful. 

I spent the last 10 days in Greece and arrived home yesterday. I was in Athens and on a beautiful little island called Agistri which was an hour from the city by boat. It was my second time in Greece. When I went last year I started to learn a few words and this time I had a little vocabulary, maybe 100 words or more...
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gmuller:
A couple of years ago myself and my partner travelled part of Italy - the mountains to the north of Tuscanny.  We slept over at a small hotel in the mountains.  We had no Italian and the owners no English.  However we had a reasonable conversation over breakfast as to where we were going and the fact that some of the roads we were planning on travelling were washed away the beginning of the season :) 
gmuller:
Greek has to be a fantastic language.  Its was the language of the culture the West is built on.

Soft, transparent drapery carved from marble and stone...

I was overwhelmed when I was confronted by these suspended fragmentary sculptures in the archaeology museum in Athens last year and remembered to post these pictures today because I'm going back there soon. I haven't travelled since Spring last year and I feel so something-or-other (I can't think what word.. glad, grateful?) to be
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estrada:
Thanks to your posts on the debt crisis I read the Current Affairs group. I really hate austerity measures. 
shadowbard:
The human race is capable of creating such beauty--art, poetry, music--that is can cause the soul to weep unabashed tears! When I lived in Turkey in the early '80's, and in Germany in the early '90's, I spend long hours over many many day exploring long abandoned sites, the usual tourists attractions,  and museums marveling at man's creations.  Now my traveling days are waning and I envy you...but am gladdened that we can will get the chance to experience these wonders through your eyes, words, and lens! Happy travels @annalee  

This was a walk I went on the other day, I felt like I was in heaven. I was in fact. I've walked around this hill hundreds of times but still feel like I found new routes and paths. It's not all that big but once you get there it seems to grow and grow. I came to a little peak and climbed
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bighosstx:
Beautiful.
bitbox:
Amazing!

Thank you so much for your sweet words about my cat disappearing. She came back this morning smelling very strange so I imagine she had been stuck somewhere small and damp for those 3 days! If only we knew what those little creatures got up to.. So glad she's home. Hope you are all well :-) xx


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ginary:
Glad your cat made it back , I would be so sad if that happened to me  too !
lordskrappy:
So happy for you!!!!!