Groove in G /Playing for Change Music Monday

Playing for Change was begun by Mark Johnson to “inspire, connect and bring peace” through music.  It is  dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world and creating hope and inspiration for the future.

Here is a “Cinematic Discovery of International  Street Musicians”

“Through music, we all speak the same language. . . . “


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Friendly Dog on Hog


This was on this morning. It will make you smile this Sunday evening!

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Working Irish Border Collies


We had a Border Collie whose name was Lucy. She was the ‘dog’ of my husband’s life! When we drove through England we stopped when we saw a man and his Collies playing ball in the front yard of the farm. Border Collies everywhere, it seems, love to play ball.  Next while in Scotland, we saw a Border Collie trials, doing their work and herding the sheep. The dog with the most faithful discipline and listening skill was the winner.  We also went to a farm that raised Border Collies and saw the training  of these incredible animals.  The young pups were introduced to herding with ducks and geese. Then we saw the older trained dogs work, herding.  I tell you this in case, you too might be in the British Isles and also love these dogs.  It is not in the guide book, and David was most persistent, asking most everywhere we went if anyone knew of where we could visit  working dogs . His persistence   was rewarded.

Just a little background. . . . Border Collies are continually named the “Smartest Dogs” on the planet. Well you might wonder, how are dogs tested for IQ?  Great question and I have an answer!  I dark blanket is put over the dog and time is counted until the dog escapes!   Border Collies are always first, German Shepherds are second and Standard Poodles are third.  Lucy, we estimated, had the vocabulary of a 2-3 year old child.  She didn’t speak obviously , but she understood and  she demanded both a huge amount of exercise and having her mind challenged .  We would hide the ball upstairs and she would “find it !”

So this post  is for Lucy , who enriched our life and is long gone to doggy heaven.  I also found this lovely Irish farmer with his wit and stories to show you these incredible dogs. . . . . working!


Anyone have some Border Collie stories? 

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A Lesson on Dealing with Politicians


Where has our dream gone of a country governed for and by the people? Why  has our vision disappeared?  It is just accepted  now that we can’t do anything to change Washington or the politicians.

There is an election in just two weeks and the  interest is minimal according to the  pollsters.  Just this year we have seen that India had  an unprecedented  65% of eligible voters vote, standing in line for hours to participate in the greatest duty of a citizen living in a democracy. The people rose up and elected “their” candidate and ousted the Congress  party that had been in  power since the late 40’s when India became independent.  That was May 2014.

In September , 2014 there was a referendum for an independent Scotland. There was 85%  eligible voter turnout!  Promises for additional devolved powers were made by the English Prime Minister if Scotland would vote “No” for Independence.  The vote was 45% Yes and 55% No.  Guess what?  The politicians that “Promised” more autonomy to Scotland are now back pedaling  and  giving all sorts of reasons to be unable to fulfill their promises.  What are the Scots doing?  Are they just accepting that this is politics and their dream is unfulfillable ?   No, there are rallies, court cases, and strong leaders stepping up to be the drivers of the dream. All possiblites of irregularities in voting and even outright cheating is being investigated.   They accept they have hit a road bump, but they are speeding ahead  after recovering from the disappointment of the  vote.

Now to the United States. . . . what % of eligible  voters participate here ? According to Pew Research the voting in an off year election when the president is not up for election or reelection is 37% (2010).   On the last  year of  presidential election (2012) , a mere 54% of voters participated.

People need to be informed and educated voters and  then vote, tell  your politicians of your  needs, get involved or we may wake up one morning and this  “grand experiment”  of democracy in the United States of America will be over !

Your thoughts please?

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USA – Wake Up. These Video’s Will Make You Angry – EDUCATE ON EBOLA

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Sloppy protocols all over the USA - I show you below why you should be ASHAMED of your Government

Sloppy protocols all over the USA – I show you below why you should be ASHAMED of your Government

The reason Ebola is going to get 100 times worse in the USA is MONEY! Make no mistake, when it comes to Healthcare, anyone ill who is reading this will know that ‘America doesn’t spend money on Health” And this is the reason America will have more Ebola patients and Deaths from Ebola than anywhere else. Other countries spend money to close borders, screen people, even stop Air Travel. The VERY HARSH reasons Air Travel has not been stopped by Obama is simple, he does not call these shots. Should he say “Stop flight’s” Many people lose money. American Government have become too money greedy that it allowed Ebola to come into the country. 2 Months ago where I am in Scotland when we stopped Air Travel, and here we…

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Fun Friday. . . Giant’s Causeway and the Rope Bridge




The Giant’s Causeway is considered by many as the 8th natural wonder of the world! It lies on the north eastern  tip of Ireland on the Irish Sea.  And it is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. It is an official UNESCO site of World Heritage. When you see it, you will instantly understand. There are 40,000 interlocking basalt hexagonal columns all natural in composition and placement.







We climbed and walked rather gingerly over the stones. Such a contrast to say the Parthenon in Athens with the tape keeping visitors out of the  ruins that have lasted thousands of years.  The Irish invite adventure!

Scientists explain the causeway as intense volcanic rock that is 50 million years old.  But the local legend is that it was built by a giant, Finn  McCool!  I much prefer the Irish magician giant story. And after all there is proof with one formation a giant’s boot, no less.  Finn built the causeway so he could walk across the sea to Scotland without getting his feet wet.    The Scottish giant is Benandonner.  There are similar rock formations 75 miles away at Fingal’s Cave in Scotland. This video is a clip from the myth of Finn McCool. I bought a copy to share with the kids in Arizona. . . . expanding their education of other cultures.  It is is just minutes and I think it is great, but that is the opinion of an elementary teacher, after all!

A clip from the Legend of Finn McCool

And there is more to the Causeway . . . over the hills with a moderate walk there is a simple suspension bridge called Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.

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Is that not amazing?  The history is that  salmon fisherman started building bridges 350 years ago  to get over to that rock  because the best salmon were caught from there.

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No one has ever fallen from the bridge, but some people have to be rescued by a boat after they  cross once but are frozen by fear to  return. I walked both ways but most admit to crossing both ways with my eyes shut tightly!   Crazy, I know.  Heard that before!

Here is  a tiny view  of crossing the rope bridge !

Rope bridge

Anyone else been here or want to visit? 

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Bogside, Derry


As we ate our proper Irish breakfast in the small dining room of our B&B, I struck up a conversation with the woman who had come  and cooked for us. While I am always happy to share my story, I love talking to people , learning their life  as well.  She started telling us rather tenuously about her family’s life during “The Troubles.” She recalled the Sunday morning of “Bloody Sunday” when she was a wee girl. Her older brother had set out for the center of town  and he never came home again.  Tears filled her eyes as she remember that adored older brother.  She was careful not to say negative things about the English and always to call the history of Derry using “The Troubles”  She remembered the pain and tears of her mum at losing her oldest son.  This was our introduction to the life of the Irish Catholics in Derry.

As we prepared to go back into town , she strongly suggested that we take the bus tour to hear more history and visit a special place outside the wall.  David, who shuns those tours usually , was curious and agreed.

We learned about the Tower Museum and the beautiful Guild Hall, but it was when we headed to the Bogside that the powerful story of Derry began for us.  Here was the ghetto where the poor and disenfranchised Catholics had live at the time “The Trouble” began.

The guide, who was recounting Derry’s history, was a proper Irish storyteller.  His words and stories quickly brought tears to my eyes. We were sitting on the top of the double decker bus and he could see my emotion.  He told of the beginning of “The Troubles” in August 1969 when there was  a multi-day  riot in the Bogside , the cramped Catholic housing project, that lead to 3 years of autonomous rule called “Free Derry”  which is shown in the opening sketch.

Then on January 30,1972 the Bogside Massacre or Bloody Sunday took place.  Twenty-six bystanders were shot and killed by the soldiers of the British Army who by now had to called to get the situation in Derry under control.  The guide  told us we were on our way to see the murals that had been painted on the side of the projects to “always remember” that tragic day.  One is the picture is of a 14 year old girl who had stepped into her back garden and was gunned down with a shot to her forehead. You will see her in the video below.  By now, I was very emotional and asked my husband why we didn’t know about all this in America?  He said, “Well Anne, there was lots we were dealing with in the US during the 60s and early  70s.”

Arriving  in Free Derry. the bus slowly drove through so the passengers could see the history in the murals.

Today, the Bogside, low income housing project has been redeveloped, the original murals have been cleaned and restored, and some new murals with the “peace” theme rather than the struggles through fighting and death are pictured.   But this is still a place for Civil Rights pilgrims to visit, remember,and be inspired.

What did those long ago Catholic residents want that forced them to  lay down their lives?  Sadly, the list is familiar: they wanted one vote for one man and not the forced groups the English had formed. England  was  afraid of losing Derry because there were many more Irish Catholics in Derry than  Irish Protestants. The majority  wanted better housing and better jobs.   Sound familiar? England didn’t want to lose power. That too sounds familiar today !

That night as we were walking back to our B&B, one of the friendly Irishmen stopped us.  He thanked us for visiting and wanted to know if we had enjoyed his city!   We enthusiastically answered in the affirmative.  He asked one favor.   He wanted us to encourage other travelers to visit and learn in Derry about her history and thus the history of us all . . . . the desire and need by people everywhere  for self-determination.

I have told people who have planned a trip to Ireland but today I feel I am truly fulfilling this promise .

A visit to Derry will change your life!

Here is the song and video where U2 has commemorated “Bloody Sunday” . This Irish band known for its  deep faith and love of Ireland has many political songs, but this is at the top of their list as most  political.


I would love to hear your reaction to the history of the Bogside in Derry !


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