Occupy Blogoshpere 27

Last Thursday, Amy, author of Souldipper decided to ‘Occupy Art’, inviting comment on a well known painting. Joss, at Be W.E.L.L. continued the theme ~ but I had already written my ‘Occupy’ post, about my birthday. (Old news, I know, move on!)

Here is one of my all-time favourite paintings (apart from The Artist’s work, of course ~ but we showcase that each week, on Tao of Scrumble)

The Light Of The World by William Holman Hunt


Inspired by Biblical references, ‘The Light of the World’ portrays the story of Christ, in symbolic language: the lamp; two crowns of thorns, (one of which is budding); fallen fruit; the sadness on His countenance…..Interpretation and further information can be found on~line.

I’m not sure why this painting touches me so deeply ~ although I do have spiritual faith, I don’t follow a religion. But I’ve loved it ever since I studied art at school.

What stirs me most is the closed door, on which The Saviour knocks. Overgrown with weeds and bearing rusted hinges, it has clearly been neglected for some time. There is no handle, so like the heart it represents, it can only be opened from within.

Other ‘Occupy Blogosphere’ posts:


Be W.E.L.L.

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in ~ please click here: http://souldipper.wordpress.com


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Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see

the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from


As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn’s future has never

looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Overview of Enemy in Blue

;The streets aren’t safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold


What if the good guys weren’t good?

What if a cop went

rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to

cover it up?

Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a

scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to

nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Land of the Noonday Sun

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams,

they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known

as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a

traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen

career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman

into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses

threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is

once again in danger of losing everything he loves?

Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of This Time Forever

Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson

met at the Cedar Cove annual costume dance, known only to each other as the

leopard and the cowboy–but, as Delaney soon discovers, the cowboy she’d

thought had ridden off into the sunset never to tempt her again, is none other

than the man she came from New York to find and discredit. Against her will,

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Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor

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Lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous,

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Overview of Gray Justice

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut

thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim’s

father sees just two options: accept the judge’s decision; or take on the

entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade

attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for,

but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.

Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it’s a rollercoaster

ride with an ending you’ll never forget!

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

“Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds…”

A Prominent P.I. is

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her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and

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Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground


They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by

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to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off

into the sunset.


Overview of Allegiance

Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?

After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history,

lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That

plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him

and his wife.

Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything

to serve up revenge?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Curbchek Reload

Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by

Zach Fortier, a dangerously deranged cop. Welcome back to the inner city and

the twisted mentality of Zach Fortier. Patrolling the streets, broken and

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Occupy Blogosphere 25

In the run up to the Olympic Games ~ which start in London next week, the Olympic Torch has been making it’s way around Britain. Last Saturday it came to The Isle of Wight.

I’m not sporty, or zealously patriotic and am ambivalent about the nation hosting this ridiculously expensive event, in these stringent times. But when we learned that the Torch Relay was scheduled to pass the end of our road, we simply had to go out and cheer on the bearers ~ what are the chances of that happening again, in our lifetimes?

Even though it was windy and drizzling, there was a carnival atmosphere. We waited….and waited… and eventually the parade began with police motorbikes, lights flashing and sirens blaring ~ followed by a handful of sponsorship floats and a slightly bemused window cleaner, (his white van boxed in by the convoy!) Then a wave of cheers, from further down the road, announced that the main attraction was finally on it’s way.

The torch-bearer for this leg of the relay was a disabled teenager in an electric wheelchair. She held the flame aloft, excited and proud to be taking part in this ancient tradition. Her smiling face radiated pure joy, bringing a tear to my eye. Bless her!

I thought some technical glitch had wiped the video footage from my phone, so I was delighted this morning when I found it. As I relived the unexpected emotion of those fleeting seconds, I was so glad I’d made the effort to walk the few yards from my door to the kerbside. (Did I mention that I’m not very sporty?) I will always remember this unique occasion and the effect it had on me.

Apologies for the quality of this image ~ it’s a blurry still from the lost and found video. But it clearly shows the Olympic Flame, which I’m now handing on ~ to light up the Blogosphere! 🙂

The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in ~ please click here:

Occupy Blogosphere 24

At the end of this month I’ll turn sixty and I’m surprised to find it more significant than I thought.

On one hand I’m excited to be this age, living in such interesting times. But on the other, I have to accept that, unless I live to a hundred and twenty, there’s more behind me than ahead. This sobering thought ~ along with the changeable weather (it’s pouring again……surprise!), and another week at work, until the summer holiday ~ Left me feeling a little jaded this morning, with nothing positive to report.

Then The Artist returned from his morning job and put everything into perspective. (He is rather good at that.)

As a Personal Assistant with Age UK, Martin visits the elderly, doing anything they ask, apart from dog~walking and gardening (his choice.) But he’s happy to do chores and run errands; fill out paperwork, play Scrabble ~ or anything else to help them live in their own homes for longer.

But it’s far from a one way exchange. Apart from the wages and his obvious job satisfaction, his assignments have shown him that we should all do whatever we enjoy doing, while we still can.

Some clients are in their eighties ~ two are ninety~five; independent and mentally agile but requiring a little help with the things they can’t manage. To them he’s ‘just a nipper’ ~ relatively speaking, a young man. (He is to me, too, since I am older by a year and a bit.)

‘If we live as long as they have,’ he said, when I moaned about my age and the weather, ‘we’ve got a good thirty years in front of us. Now cheer up!’

And I have. 🙂

P.S. It’s still raining.


The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in ~ please click here: http:souldipper.wordpress.com

Occupy Blogoshpere 23

We’ve had stormy weather of late, in the UK ~ relentless rain washing out The Queen’s Jubilee and The Isle of Wight Music Festival. In the end, it became ridiculous, so we decided to go with it and enjoy the wind and the wet, marvelling at their power.

Then yesterday it started to settle and the sun came out just as Martin and I were making our way to work ~ typical!

This evening we’re basking in glorious sunshine, reading and writing in our garden. It’s an unexpected bonus, one which I intend to exploit fully. But I can’t allow Thursday to pass without mentioning ‘Occupy Blogosphere,’ so here is my contribution for today:


I trust the sun is shining on your world, today, too! 🙂

The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in ~ please click here: http:souldipper.wordpress.com