Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Tuesday Treats to Remember

It's my turn to host Tuesday Treats, a round-up of memorable reads hosted by Chris and Thinly Spread; Ruth at Dorky Mum and Becky at Baby Budgeting.

Well, it's been quite a week in blogland.  All kinds of contentious and emotive issues discussed at length. Arguments from both sides of the fence.  We're seen the feminism issue hotly debated; freedom of speech vs a very controversial book; and now the debate about the latest proposal to promote breastfeeding.  

I think it's amazing that with social media and free blogging platforms, everybody can now have a voice and share their opinion.  But this post from A Place of My Own reminded me that we need to be mindful of how we use it, and remember to not (inadvertently or otherwise) cause upset or offence, and not to judge others for how they chose to live their lives.  

On a lighter note, the lovely Bear Blue Wood has been creating some memories with her family down at the beach this week.  I adore going to the coast at this time of year, the isolation of a beach out of season is very contemplative for me, and gives me time to think and just be.  Take a look at the stunning photos, and you'll see how you can easily by moved by the powerful force of nature, and the calm that prevails.

Of course, it's been Remembrance week, and lots of us have been thinking of loved ones who have been involved in conflicts.  It's put into perspective for me what's worth fighting for, what's important and how lucky we are to be able to express our opinions and to live in a tolerant society where we able to respect different perspectives.  

The beautifully simple words of White Lily Green's daughter remind me of a conversation I had with my own daughter a couple of years ago, and conversations we've had this week about her grandfathers who she never got to meet.

Finally, I was touched by a tweet I saw shared which concerned a 99 year old veteran who had passed away leaving no family or friends.  There was a call for someone to attend his funeral, for him to be respected and remembered with dignity.  It saddens me deeply that in this hugely populated world in which we live, there are still those who live alone, with no contact or friendship from another human being.  What happened next was truly remarkable and a testament to so many people's kindness. If this story has moved you, Age UK have a befriending service, and they are looking for volunteers to pair up with an older person to offer companionship and support.

Those have been some of the memorable posts I've read this week, what have been yours?  


  1. Respecting difference is where it's at! Loved the beach picture think that's just what I need this week!

  2. What a lovely post and a beautiful image. I shared that post about the veteran and it really saddens me that people are left with none. I used to work for social services as a carer and the amount of people we visited in that situation scared me. I do miss making a difference by visiting them ad spending 10 minutes chatting.
    Have a great week

    1. Thank you Kizzy. i'm going to look at the Age UK programme and see if i can sign up.

  3. Thank you for including my post and for drawing my attention to these others.

  4. Aw, what a lovely post. I was very moved by the way people pulled together for the old veteran. Deep down the world is still full of beautiful people.