Monday, March 07, 2022

Avoiding All Talk Of War

I don't watch the news. I see the headlines in all of our online subscription newspapers. There's a war. There's a war. Right now. On our planet earth. A war. I look away. I have no words. I only want beauty. Do I have my head in the sand? Maybe. I don't mind being uniformed. It's peaceful that way. I look out the window and see funny things like this.

The sky is looking back at us with many eyes. It's wondering what humans are doing on earth right now. Crazier than usual stuff it seems. 


Facebook reminded me that I photographed this Pileated Woodpecker ten years ago when we were still living in the Sierra foothills. Oh how I miss seeing these beauties. 

On a very sunny Sunday morning we went for a walk. This Robin in the tree called to me. 


I was so happy to see this lovely sign of spring here and a reminder that even if we don't see Pileated Woodpeckers we still have Robins!

The weather forecast says that we're in for a nice sunny week ahead. That will really help us keep our eyes on the beauty of the world around us and completely off the news.

We hope you are all finding ways to stay sane and see the beauty all around you. 

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  1. Looking at raccoons right now...

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    1. Linda-- Always nice to see those raccoons there!

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  2. Much as I would like to pretend there's nothing happening, I find I can't just forget about Ukraine. All I can do is make a small donation to humanitarian aid, but that at least helps me to stay sane. Don't worry; I'll be out looking for beauty too as sitting listening to the news all day isn't going to help anyone.

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    1. John-- I think about Ukraine. I think about my grandfather who was born there. I am just disheartened by the modern world, the decline of humanity and justice, the overpopulated earth, the competition for resources, humans.

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  3. I understand (about turning away from the war coverage) and it's no one's job to force you to do so. I feel I must, however horrible things get. And yesterday it got even horribler. A whole family wiped out, the eight-year-old child lying on the road in a bright coloured anorak and pink rubber Wellington boots. What more can one say?

    Well there's this. More than 20,000 (or was it 100,000?) people, from all over the world, have volunteered to join the Ukrainian armed forces, appalled by the monomaniacal cruelty of Putin's political ambitions. At 86 I would be far more of a hindrance than a help. But just suppose I was forty years younger. Would I have been a volunteer? Nah, I am - honestly - too much of a coward. My two-year military service in the air force consisted of a lengthy period of training, the rest repairing airborne radio equipment in the comparative safety of an RAF station on Singapore. Ukraine doesn't need my so-called skills. That would be my excuse. But deep down I'd know the real reason: my unwillingness to go in harm's way.

    Eventually I'll send money, surprising myself by the amount. Buying my own peace of mind which I'm not sure I deserve. One pathetic reaon why I'll keep watching.

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    1. Roderick-- I just want to live in a different world. I don't want to have to consider if I were younger or stronger would I go to help. I want to live in a world where these things just don't happen, where kindness was the underlying motivator of actions rather than self-interest and power.

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    2. Robin , that is a common "want" but it is not going to be so , not on this planet of humans.

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    3. Linda Sue-- It's true. It's never going to happen. I have often said I want to live in the ashram of my dreams.

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  4. That is the 2nd photo of a woodpecker that I have seen today... Steve has one on his blog too! Your robins are so different to ours. I love it when I see one on the bird feeders.
    I am trying to not get too upset about what is going on in Ukraine. I don't watch TV news, but I get caught out often, turning the page of the newspaper, or the news on the radio etc.

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    1. Frances-- I loved seeing Steve's woodpecker photo. I've seen photos of robins there, and it always surprises me how different they are.
      I'm just hoping that things unfold as peacefully as possible, that Russia will pull back, that some resolution can be found.

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  5. I can't stay away from the news. I just can't. But that's me. I AM going to take your message to heart, though. More beauty, more paying attention to the world around us. Luckily it is a time of year here in Central Florida where I can ground myself by weeding and digging in the dirt. That always helps.

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    1. Colette-- I'm just hoping for peaceful resolution and for things to calm down rather than escalate.
      I'm so glad to see your comment here. Yay! You can comment again.

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  6. I don't watch the news either but I do scroll through FB and Twitter getting glimpses. I've been spending as much time outside the last several days as possible looking for signs of budding life, working on one task or another.

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    1. ellen-- I scroll through Facebook too and see the headlines on news sites. That's all I can take. I don't read any of the reports. It's better to work outside on a beautiful day.

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  7. I do watch some news but mainly looking for signs of hope and maybe a little human decency.
    I am glad the weather is cooperating and letting you out to clear you mind with beauty.

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    1. Patti-- Signs of hope and a little human decency would be so wonderful. Yes, I could look for that.
      Clearing our minds with beauty if the best balance to these times.

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  8. Yes, get out there. There are many more birds waiting for you.

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    1. Red-- I love your attitude. Yes, time to look for more birds!

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  9. What a beautiful woodpecker! I also blogged a woodpecker today -- but warning, I also talked about the war. I know what you mean about avoiding it, but at the same time, I think we have to be aware and bear witness. (To the minor degree I can from this great distance.)

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    1. Steve-- I loved seeing the woodpecker there on your blog. Beautiful!
      It's true we do have to be aware and bear witness. I'm just trying to figure out how and still stay somewhat sane.

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  10. Man's inhumanity to man...it's awful, awesome, and prayed to be avoided...but it continues to happen. I also avoid a lot of visuals of war. I lived through Viet Nam when my parents watched the evening news over supper, and I was revolted. I think beauty is part of the answer, a peace of sorts. May those who suffer from this war find peace somehow.

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    1. Barbara-- Yes, may those who suffer from this war find peace somehow and survive to help make things better.

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  11. Thank you, Robin, for speaking the truth of your honest and vulnerable heart and for the beauty you continue to share.

    During the year R was in Vietnam War and ever since, I have been acutely conscious of the endless wars while keeping my focus on rumors of peace. Not once during the year that R was in Vietnam did I watch the war on television or do more than glance at the headlines. With a past diagnosis of PTSD and a current diagnosis of Trauma, Otherwise non-specified and Complicated Grief from that era, my current mental health counselor has suggested that I be careful about re-traumatizing myself beyond that which cannot be avoided. Thich Nhat Hanh's non-judgmental insights about "Being Peace" come to mind. Nothing easy about being peace against all odds.

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    1. am-- I was very active in the anti-war movement in the mid to late 60s. I marched, protested, did draft counseling, etc. Even though I was young and there was no internet, I stayed informed. I am now in the phase of life of wanting "Being Peace"-- Yes.

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  12. We have snow this morning here in Illinois. Not too much and it will melt soon so not a big worry.
    I feel so sorry for the people in Ukraine. So many tragedies, so much fear and danger - "when will we ever learn?"

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    1. EllenD-- I hope your day warms up there and that there's plenty of sunshine.
      "When will we ever learn?"-- I don't think we ever will.

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  13. We've got a forecast of rain and blustery wind. Very much like March should be. It's oddly reassuring considering what is happen in the Ukraine.

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    1. Ally Bean-- We have a forecast of a sunny week. It's supposed to be our rainy season, but there has not been much rain here at all. Not a good sign for this summer's fire season. I'm hoping that things will resolve in the most peaceful way in Ukraine. (I am often reminded of what Lewis Black used to say on Jon Stewart's show: "Keep false hope alive.")

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  14. We must come to terms with this war, who started it and how to help the Ukrainians win it. I have no guns and tanks; I send money.

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    1. Joanne-- I agree we must comes to terms with this war. I hope Ukraine and its supporters prevail.

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  15. I get it. It's very distressing watching things you can't do anything about. Enjoying the beauty in the world isn't such a bad thing to focus on.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Beauty is one of the truly calming balances to the madness of humans.

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  16. I'm like you I do not watch the news, life at the moment is depressing enough with out adding to it more. I let my wife watch and worry about things I just have a quick look at the headlines I' do not want an in depth view of the world. Love the photos this week which was a coincidence but read the email to see why. Ps if you want to use the photos I send feel free. I just want to spread the joy

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    1. Billy-- Yes, the headlines are enough for me as well. Who needs the details of such insanity? Not me. I love the photos you sent. Thank you so much for that. You are seeing some very lovely stuff there in your neck of the woods.

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  17. Yes, sometimes it is best to concentrate on what is only within our direct eye view to stay at least partially sane. Your photographs do it well.

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    1. Catalyst-- I like that perspective, concentrating on what is only within our direct eye view. It really does help.

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  18. That Robin is fat and happy! I know what you mean about the news...today I am taking a break. Very difficult to maintain my hope and faith when I watch/read too much.

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    1. Tara-- Yes, that is a fat and happy Robin. We love when they run around on the ground in our yard looking for bugs to eat. I'm glad you're taking a break from the news. Good for the heart and mind.

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  19. The news of war is so much the same every day, unrelenting. You are wise to look away, to put your eyes on what is beautiful around you, to keep your spirit intact for us all.

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    1. 37paddington-- The headlines are enough. We never turn the TV on. We look away, but know in our hearts what's going on.

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