Archive for March, 2014

Schumacher storytelling

March 31, 2014
ideas that come to us in the middle of the night are always the best

ideas that come to us in the middle of the night are always the best

In a half sleep, he dreams of better worlds,
And dreaming hears thee still.

— Coleridge

Following a dream, six moons in the planning, six moons in the walking, WynnAlice set off from the town that was not too big, not too small, collecting tales, telling tales, writ in the great book, Tales of Our Times, a book of 13 chapters and 13 copies, there being 13 moons in a year.

But how did it all begin?

Invited to Schumacher College to tell a few tales, our narrator tells of how it all began …

Sound quality is unfortunately very poor.

Flip Flop is a new book in the offing. Unfortunately it failed to reach its crowd funding target on sponsume. One third was raised, 40% if count those who paid direct to the author to avoid charges.

Flip Flop will now be published in serial form on leanpub as an e-book. Everyone who pays to download leanpub, will receive Flip Flop chapter by chapter, until they have the complete book through regular updates. This has the advantages for both reader and author, and the author can get feedback and interact with the readers as the books is being written.

This is how all the classics were published. They they were first serialised in magazines, then published as a book.

Once the funds are raised, Flip Flop will be published as a paperback.

Contrast the vision of the future envisaged in Flip Flop with The Country Formerly Known as London.

With 100 advance orders, there is the possibility of Tales of Our Times being published as a paperback.

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Bible bashing

March 31, 2014
Bible bashing

Bible bashing

If you’re using the Bible to hurt other people, you’re using it wrong.

Love does no harm to its neighbour, therefore love is the fulfilment of the law. — Romans 13:10

El mundo cambia con tu ejemplo no con tu opinión

March 31, 2014
El Mundo Cambia Con Tu Ejemplo

El Mundo Cambia Con Tu Ejemplo

El mundo cambia con tu ejemplo no con tu opinión. — Paulo Coelho

The world changes with your example not your opinion.

Phrase on a Poetic Action Wall.

A Little Bit of Paradise

March 30, 2014

WynnAlice had a dream, she was to walk the length and breadth of England, telling tales, collecting tales, six moons in the planning, six moons in the walking, she set out from the town that was not too big and not too small. The tales she writ in a great book, Tales of Our Times, a book of 13 chapters and 13 copies, there being 13 moons in a year.

We catch up with WynnAlice as she sets off from Nottingham to Derbyshire.

The good folk of Derby brewed their own beers, until Bass the Transport Man found there was more money to be made brewing than transporting beer, and set up his own brewery in Burton-on-Trent, famed for its ideal water for beer making, and put the brewers in Derby out of business.

Derby is too dependent on a few large employers.

Once a market town, Derby needs to reclaim its status as a market town, with a real market.

Creating a forest garden in a school with the help of the children. To be replicated in more schools, not just in Derby, but across the country.

Our narrator is working on a new book, Flip Flop, but she needs your help to make it possible.

Based partly on true stories of the many people today who are already living their lives in a way that makes the world a better place to live in, Flip Flop seeks to give us a glimpse of a very different world; a world where debt is unknown, a world where people’s access to land and a home is their birthright, and where each and every child born is wanted, loved, and knows their purpose.

Please sponsor, please spread the word, tweet on twitter, share on facebook, tell all your friends.

If everyone who follows this blog, contributes something, spreads the word, the deadline will be met and the book published.

If every transition group sponsored and shared, if they asked all their supporters to do the same, we would see the crowd funding for Flip Flop many times oversubscribed.

Our narrator is rapidly running out of time, with less than a day left to raise the money to make publication possible.

You, who they call Lord

March 30, 2014

You, who I can feel deep inside my soul.
You, who has created this world.

When I look into the microcosmos, in the macrocosmos, everywhere I find you.
I sense your greatness.

You, who they call Lord,
who they call Father,
who they call Allah,
who they call Jahwe,
You, who is there.

Who is with us. Who walks with us.
The older I become, the more I can call you friend.
You are the friend of my life, who loves me and who called me to carry your message to the people.
Thank you.

I want to ask for everyone who is here today, to feel some of God’s Greatness and His love, who wants us, who loves us.
Jesus Christ showed us a way which we can walk together.
In spite of everything and everyone, we can find ways together,
seek and find ways which will gift us with a better and more beautiful life.

Paulo has written that he is searching for the sense in his life.
And while searching he went across new paths, wrong tracks and detours, like the all of us.

Let’s keep on looking for you in the humans beings that are present in our path.

Amen

— Abbot Burkhard

Abbot Burkhard is Abbott Emeritus at the Benedictine Abbey at Melk.

It is a tradition of Paulo Coelho that he marks St Joseph Day with a party with his friends. Abbot Burkhard is one of his friends. The evening will always have prayers in many languages, many traditions, starting with Portuguese led by Paulo Coelho.

This prayer by Abbot Burkhard, translated from German by Nayla, is from Istanbul.

Synchronicity: The day after Festa de São José I was in Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção talking to the Parish Priest. I mentioned this prayer by Abbot Burkhard. One week and one day later, Paulo Coelho in a tweet, referenced this prayer on his blog.

Library books

March 30, 2014
Russian library finds a use for its books

Russian library finds a use for its books

Russian library finds a use for its books.

Books prop up the architecture of a crumbling library in Samara.

A Trip in the City of Caves

March 29, 2014

WynnAlice had a dream, walk from village to town, town to village, collecting tales, telling tales. Six moons in the planning, six moons in the walking. The tales collected in a great book, Tales of Our Times, a book of 13 chapters and 13 copies.

Nottingham, a city of caves and lace, and Robin Hood.

Old Jerusalem, the oldest pub in England?

Need help in the garden? Make use of the local time-share scheme or share the garden, share the produce.

If people hoard money, the system breaks down, money has to flow.

Trust is vital in a Gift Economy.

Too large a group, and people do not know each other. If, a group is too large, spin off and form a new group with a wide range of skills.

Networks. The people in the group have the skills to make the group possible, the group brings together those with the skills. Each group can support each other.

Our narrator is working on a new book, Flip Flop, but she needs your help to make it possible.

Based partly on true stories of the many people today who are already living their lives in a way that makes the world a better place to live in, Flip Flop seeks to give us a glimpse of a very different world; a world where debt is unknown, a world where people’s access to land and a home is their birthright, and where each and every child born is wanted, loved, and knows their purpose.

Please sponsor, please spread the word, tweet on twitter, share on facebook, tell all your friends.

If everyone who follows this blog, contributes something, spreads the word, the deadline will be met and the book published.

If every transition group sponsored and shared, if they asked all their supporters to do the same, we would see the crowd funding for Flip Flop many times oversubscribed.

She is rapidly running out of time, with less than two days left to raise the money to make publication possible.

Spring afternoon in Farnham

March 29, 2014
River Wey flowing through Gostrey Meadow

River Wey flowing through Gostrey Meadow

What a difference does a month make.

A month or so ago, the River Wey fast flowing, overflowing its banks.

Today, although still fast flowing and higher than usual, nothing as it was a month or so ago.

What a difference does a week make. What a difference does a couple of days make.

Last week cold, the following days each day getting colder, mid-week frost in the morning and very cold nights.

Yesterday, no longer cold.

Today, last weekend in March, a lovely warm sunny spring day in Farnham.

I did not get to Farnham until late afternoon, as went on a wild goose chase in Aldershot.

I walked through Gostrey Meadow, then sat in the churchyard and read Sacred Economics on Kobo Touch. The warmth though had now gone from the sun.

I walked to Waitrose. I wish they would improve their awful service and man the checkouts. Better service in Morrisons in nearby Aldershot. I like though the free coffee and wifi.

Late lunch at The Barn.

Leaving The Barn, now dark, I thought it would be cold, as clear sky, but surprisingly not.

Spring day in the garden

March 29, 2014
grass mowed

grass mowed

wood anemones

wood anemones

wood anemones

wood anemones

What a difference does a week make. What a difference does a couple of days make.

Last week cold, the following days each day getting colder, mid-week frost in the morning and very cold nights.

Yesterday, no longer cold.

Today, last weekend in March, a lovely warm sunny spring day in the garden.

Grass mowed, tomorrow will sow more broad beans variety Bunyards Exhibition.

The City In The Mid Lands

March 28, 2014

From Rutland to the Mid Lands.

WynnAlice continues her epic walk, telling tales, collecting tales, as she walks from place to place, to be writ in the great book Tales of Our Times, a book of 13 chapters and 13 copies, because there are 13 moons in a year.

Six moons in the walking, inspired by a dream, inspired by the great Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, who encourages dreamers to take the risk and follow their dreams, and not let naysayers deter them.

Solutions are many, not one, the failure of -isms.

Solutions grow organically, they adapt to their surroundings, as the natural world does.

Why is dance so important? Athena in The Witch of Portobello.

Cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End, we reached I think Edinburgh, we had cycled all day, and yet, to the amazement of the locals, we were able to dance all night and them not.

Tales collected, tales told. All destined for the great book.

Our narrator Steph Bradley, has a new book in the offing, but she needs our help. She is running out of time to raise the money for the book.

Please sponsor, please spread the word, tweet on twitter, share on facebook, tell all your friends.

If everyone who follows this blog, contributes something, spreads the word, the deadline will be met and the book published.

If every transition group sponsored and shared, if they asked all their supporters to do the same, we would see the crowd funding for Flip Flop many times oversubscribed.