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A Moorland Muse

Show us your muse, says Brie Anne Demkiw. What subject keeps me coming back? Devon of course, it’s the most wonderful place in England and I’m very lucky to live here. I’ve posted many times about the coast, the estuary and the river, and a little about my city. If I think of a muse, what springs to mind is Dartmoor, that expanse of wilderness that I love. Here are a few images from the moor, I hope you find them inspiring too.


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When the Abuse Stops

Lucid Gypsy:

Read and try to understand.

Originally posted on Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger:

Assuring years earlier, your step-dad would never touch you again, taking his body from the world, but still lived under his spirit of dread.Racing toward the finale of your life, you finally rid yourself of your abuser’s ghost. With the burst of an imagined gunshot sound, you blew away his memory, all the way to kingdom come.
– BREATHE, episode iii Imagine

When the Abuse Stops

written by – introducing – Heather Workes,
This is Naked Me & Kirby Workes,Workesforme
written, arranged & edited by Kendall F. Person

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When blue skies give way to rolling black clouds and howling winds drown out the sounds of the city, we know a storm approaches, we race to safety. Driving  across the  tracks, lights and sounds of an approaching locomotive, sends triggers from the brain, down through our body, into our feet, triggering an immediate reaction of pedal to the metal. And when…

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Raku Cats and Amethyst, the Archaeology of Me

Lucid Gypsy:

Sue’s quote from Susan Sontag today, http://suejudd.com/2015/06/21/quotes-2-susan-sontag/#comment-14798 reminded me of a post from my beginnings. What will your personal archaeology consist of?

Originally posted on Lucid Gypsy:

Naturally I want to leave behind something wonderful that creates a perpetual image of an interesting woman of the third millennium AD. But what is there to me really, what makes me ‘me?’ I have watched documentaries about the spread of mankind around the planet, the long walk from Africa, and have often said that all people are African, but some are more African than others. Half of my genes are English and I stake a claim to those being of good Celtic stock. I feel a strong tie to this south western land of green hills, red sandstone and mellow climate, and feel that I’ve been here a long time. But I may have only arrived with the Norman Conquest, with the Vikings, or on a coach from Llandudno. My other half is from the West African Igbo tribe, but those borders were only laid down by the raiding Empires in…

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Across Women’s Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally

Lucid Gypsy:

A very informative article from Eliz Obih-Frank with statistics on issues that affect women globally. A must read.

Originally posted on Mirth and Motivation:

“Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act.” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary – General

Across Women's Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally Across Women’s Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally


UN: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Worldwide, women live an average four years longer than men. In 2011, women’s life expectancy at birth was more than 80 years in 46 countries, but only 58 years in the WHO African Region. Girls are far more likely than boys to suffer sexual abuse. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Almost all (99%) of the approximate 287 000 maternal deaths every year occur in developing countries. Globally, cardiovascular disease, often thought to be a “male” problem, is the number one killer of women. Breast cancer is the leading cancer killer among women aged 20–59 years worldwide WHO factsheet

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Back to Guell

Several hours have passed and my friends and I are back in the area of Parc Guell, still too early for our 5.30 – 6pm entry time. Even my ‘souvenir shopping’ friends have exhausted the junky gift shops now and we are little peckish, so tempted by a shady garden we settle for a quick snack and some sangria.
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to get closer to these intriguing buildings.

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There are columns created to mimic nature

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Where a stone woman

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and a bunch of crazy women from England lurk

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there are stunning views of the city

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wonderful mosaics on the towers

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A whole forest of columns

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that I really fall in love with. The Sala Hipostila was originally intended to be a market hall.

There was even a very beautiful young bride and her groom, imagine getting married there, although escaping the crowds would be difficult.

and I have some more photos to show you from Parc Guell, so I’ll be back.

5 Photos 5 Stories Day #2

Butt’s Ferry down on Exeter Quay is operated by man power, it’s a floating boat that is pulled 150 feet by a cable across the river Exe.  The current boat is 27 feet long and has been in use since 2005, but there has been a crossing there since the 17th century.

There is a sign on the riverbank that reads.

Butts Ferry

Tis yer you catch the ferry

A funny boat it be . . .

But it gets you cross the river

For only 30p

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Jude at Travel Words has nominated me for the ‘Five Photos, Five Stories’ challenge, and I would like to nominate Ruth, a photographer and art teacher from Pittsburgh who also writes poetry. This would be an easy challenge for you Ruth, if you feel like taking it up, no worries if you don’t have time.

The challenge is to just  “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.