such small hands

conversations into the wee hours. conversations. coffee. milk no sugar. coffee shops, used book shops. good books. childrens books. cosy jumpers. summer evenings. evenings with you. wendell berry. poetry. rosy cheeks. learning uninterupted rythmes of grace. belly laughs. bass players. into the woods. music in green spaces. fresh cut grass. walking. walking on the beach. ee cummings. people who make things make sense. practice ressurection. interrupting patterns of injustice. people. him. living. these are some thoughts from my journey.

Fridays Find: The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski (read by Tom Waits)

Precious: Every piece tells a story.

On 7th May 2009, on bended knee, in Kensington Gardens, with the Albert Hall in view and the church bells ringing, the delightful and dapper Mr F whispered the most wonderful invitation ever… To a life spent adventuring together! When I dried my eyes, caught my breath, I said yes with more certainty than I have ever known. Simon then placed his handcrafted ring, made out of a bass string., on my finger. A week or so later a commissioned ring arrived to replace my bass string ring. When I look at my left hand, this is the story my ring tells… A happy story, a story as bright and hopeful as the chocolate diamond it holds…

But the story of my ring began way before it reached me, when the gold to make the bezel was mined in an artisan mine in South America, where miners got treated with dignity and received a living wage, or the diamond, cut out of rock in a Canadian mine, where the hardworking of miners is respected and rewarded.

My precious ring reminds me of the promise of being loved endlessly, but it also reminds me of how trade when it values humanity can hold out the promise of hope. Here is a little bit more about hope that fair trade offers those who mine for gold.

For more check out www.fairtradefoundation.org.uk

Mixtape four: For Sunny days that take you by surprise.
This is a little mix tape compilation I put together a few weeks back for a wee blog I collaborate on (http://tracksoffoxes.wordpress.com) Inspire by some January sunshine and capturing the heady wiff of spring it brings…
Another day… Jamie LydellStrange and beautiful… AqualungMushaboom…. FeistThere goes the fear… The dovesHome… Edward sharp and the magnetic zeros
Happy Monday!

Mixtape four: For Sunny days that take you by surprise.

This is a little mix tape compilation I put together a few weeks back for a wee blog I collaborate on (http://tracksoffoxes.wordpress.com) Inspire by some January sunshine and capturing the heady wiff of spring it brings…

Another day… Jamie Lydell
Strange and beautiful… Aqualung
Mushaboom…. Feist
There goes the fear… The doves
Home… Edward sharp and the magnetic zeros

Happy Monday!

(via meggielynne)

Fridays Find:

Simon shared this with me this morning… combining two of my great musical loves.. brace yourselves for brilliance!

Happy Friday y’all

The way of grace & the way of nature.

Every once in a while a film comes along that lodges itself a bit deeper than most others.  Since watching the breathtaking “The Tree of Life” a few weeks ago (as ever, a little late to the party, I know) the story, characters, images and questions have followed me around.  Here is a monologue that has stayed with me:  

"The nuns taught us there were two ways through life - the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow. 
Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. 
The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end.  Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things. 

The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end. 
 

I will be true to you. Whatever comes. `’

Mrs O Brien (The Three of Life)

 
JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING WORKERS WHO STITCH FOOTBALLS.
Let us make our voices today to put pressure on FIFA. New research reveals that workers stitching soccer balls in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand continue to experience alarming labour rights violations.Problems highlighted in the report are:
child labour still exists in the Pakistani industry especially within home-based work.
gender discrimination of female home-based workers, being paid the least and facing the constant thread of losing their jobs due to pregnancy;
overtime working hours as in one Chinese factory, where workers were found to work up to 21 hours a day every day for an entire month;
the lack of proper drinking water or medical care facilities, and even toilets, as found in Indian stitching centres.
About 75% of the over 200 workers interviewed in Pakistan were not permanent workers and therefore didn’t have access to benefits and social security.Over the past decade, regular reports of violations of human rights in soccer ball production have been presented to key players in the industry including global brands and FIFA.The CCC is shocked that after all of these years, low wages and other labour rights violations are still the norm and not the exception in the industry. Please remind FIFA that they are responsible for their sport, and that as fans worldwide get excited about the games, the public expects the soccer ball industry to finally live up to its promises.
Make your voice be heard today to put pressure on FIFA. New research reveals that workers stitching soccer balls in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand continue to experience alarming labour rights violations. 
To send an email to FIFA follow this link 

http://www.cleanclothes.org/campaigns/soccer-ball-stitchers-need-your-support

JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING WORKERS WHO STITCH FOOTBALLS.

Let us make our voices today to put pressure on FIFA. New research reveals that workers stitching soccer balls in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand continue to experience alarming labour rights violations.

Problems highlighted in the report are:

  • child labour still exists in the Pakistani industry especially within home-based work.
  • gender discrimination of female home-based workers, being paid the least and facing the constant thread of losing their jobs due to pregnancy;
  • overtime working hours as in one Chinese factory, where workers were found to work up to 21 hours a day every day for an entire month;
  • the lack of proper drinking water or medical care facilities, and even toilets, as found in Indian stitching centres.

About 75% of the over 200 workers interviewed in Pakistan were not permanent workers and therefore didn’t have access to benefits and social security.

Over the past decade, regular reports of violations of human rights in soccer ball production have been presented to key players in the industry including global brands and FIFA.

The CCC is shocked that after all of these years, low wages and other labour rights violations are still the norm and not the exception in the industry. Please remind FIFA that they are responsible for their sport, and that as fans worldwide get excited about the games, the public expects the soccer ball industry to finally live up to its promises.

Make your voice be heard today to put pressure on FIFA. New research reveals that workers stitching soccer balls in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand continue to experience alarming labour rights violations.

To send an email to FIFA follow this link 

http://www.cleanclothes.org/campaigns/soccer-ball-stitchers-need-your-support

Its Friday!! May your weekend look a lot like this.

"Brew me a cup

for winters night

for the winds howl loud

and the furies flight

spice it with love

and stir it with care

and I’ll toast our bright eyes

my sweetheart fair”

This week I begin my new position, in the youth team at tearfund, for the next 9 months or so i get to spend time with young people and young adults conspiring about changing the world to make it a fairer, kinder place.  As i gatheered my thoughts this morning I read this blessing.  This is for all of you who begin new work this week,

for a new position by john o donohue
May your new work excite your heart, Kindle in your mind a creativityTo journey beyond the old limitsOf all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you toward New frontiers that will emerge As you begin to approach them,Calling forth from you the full forceAnd depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul, Enabling you to draw from the invisibleNew ideas and a vision that will inspire.
Remember to be kind To those you work withEndeavor to remain awareOf the quite worldThat lives behind each face.
Be fair in your expectations, Compassionate in your criticism. May you have the grace of encouragementTo awaken the gift in the other’s heart, Building in them the confidenceTo follow the call of the gift.
May you come to know that workWhich emerges from the mind of love Will have beauty and form.
May this new work be worthyOf the energy of your heartAnd the light of your thought.
May you work assume A proper space in your life; Instead of owning or using you, May it challenge and refine you, Bringing you every day furtherInto the wonder of your heart.

This week I begin my new position, in the youth team at tearfund, for the next 9 months or so i get to spend time with young people and young adults conspiring about changing the world to make it a fairer, kinder place.  As i gatheered my thoughts this morning I read this blessing.  This is for all of you who begin new work this week,

for a new position by john o donohue

May your new work excite your heart, 
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.

May this work challenge you toward 
New frontiers that will emerge 
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul, 
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind 
To those you work with
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quite world
That lives behind each face.

Be fair in your expectations, 
Compassionate in your criticism. 
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart, 
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.

May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love 
Will have beauty and form.

May this new work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.

May you work assume 
A proper space in your life; 
Instead of owning or using you, 
May it challenge and refine you, 
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.

(via eleanorstones-deactivated201203)

Tearfund have written a great blog post in response to the recent piece in the Huffington Post, appealing for us to boycott Topshop to show solidarity and support to the workers whose rights are violated both near and far… mostly women, making me think about the meaning of sisterhood and what that means for my shopping habits… a thought provoking read ( the blog also links through to the Huffington post article..http://livingthedream.tearfund.org/2012/01/12/is-topshop-a-top-shop/