Friday, February 27, 2015

#BruceCockburn ' Closer to the light' LIVE #Video

Major impact on me
his songs
spoke to my soul
beyond the skin
beyond the shivers
beyond the music

"I don't believe in guarded borders....."

My job. Your job.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Real #communication occurs when .............

“Real communication occurs 
when we listen with understanding -
to see the idea and attitude 
from the other person’s point of view,
to sense how it feels to them,
to achieve their frame of reference
in regard to the thing they are talking about.”

Psychologist Carl Rogers.

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Blobs are delightful characters (without gender or age) that help to facilitate and stimulate meaningful discussions about difficult issues or situations. Individuals or groups can start a discussion by identifying themselves, or others, with an individual or a group of blobs whose actions or feelings represent their own. The series includes a range of activities, books and posters, suitable for all ages.
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Resources by Speechmark Publishing! 
Blob School is an educational resource designed specifically for one of the main purchasers of the Blobs – teachers! This practical resource aims to cover all the key areas of school life so that teachers, assistants, school workers, pupils and parents can reflect upon a wide range of contexts and issues which occur throughout the school year.
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The Big Book of Blob Feelings 2 
This practical resource is a follow-on from the hugely successful ‘Big Book of Blob Feelings’. Big Book of Blob Feelings 2 is designed to be used as an extension of the work covered in the original.
A special selection of photocopiable blob pictures designed for work on feelings. 
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The Big Book of Blob Trees 

This unique collection of Blob trees with all its various Blob characters is a fabulous way of opening up discussions about feelings and developing the understanding of emotions, empathy and self-awareness. The different trees show different scenarios that individuals or groups may experience personally. 
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Feelings Blob Cards 

To get individuals or groups talking, turn up any one of
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Family Blob Cards 
This manual contains a series of structured easy to do picture exercises to help people of all ages express, communicate and deal more effectively with their emotions in everyday life. Providing a series of photocopiable illustrations, it is a source of effective ready made material.
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@Arsenal Independent Supporters launches campaign to persuade #Arsenal to adopt #livingwage.

The Independent Supporters Association launches campaign to persuade to adopt .

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bass Jitsu - Secret Archives of the Vatican MUSIC to hear = 70 minutes

Bass Jitsu - 

Secret Archives of the Vatican 

“The important thing is to polish wisdom and the mind in great detail. If you sharpen wisdom, you will understand what is just and unjust in society and also the good and the evil of this world; then you will come to know all kinds of arts and you will tread different ways. In this manner, no one in this world will succeed in deceiving you. It is after this stage that you will arrive at the wisdom of strategy. The wisdom of strategy is entirely distinct. Even right in the middle of a battle where everything is in rapid movement, it is necessary to attain the most profound principle of strategy, which assures you an immovable mind. You must examine this well.” 
Musashi Miyamoto
The Book of Five Rings

#JohnLegend and #Common Performing 'Glory from #Selma' 2015 #Oscars | 87th Academy Awards

John Legend and Common
'Glory from Selma'
2015 Oscars | 87th Academy Awards

Moved to tears watching / hearing this


In the midst of things - I love feedback

#Easy / #Hard - we all have vulnerable incidents but we can also choose The Way

#Technology and the #Teenage #Brain

I am an avid reader of all things
especially as a Youth Worker I strive to understand all things re young human BHP's - and how the brain development influences behaviour and their emotional spiritual relational and social lives.

The brain, our brains, are a massive 'yet to be discovered' minefield in terms of anyone's understanding.
The Blob Materials 
help so much in terms of getting through - building relationships for the worker AND great for these young humans in terms of their ability to communicate especially feelings.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

#Comfort - and finding it - or else?

#Gaza - I yearn for #Peace & #SHALOM

A senior UN relief agency spokesman says broken promises by the international community are costing lives in Gaza, six months after the end of last summer's conflict. 
Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which itself lost eight staff members during the 50-day war, writes That pledges of money have failed to materialise. 
He says he has met Palestinians who are living on a diet mainly of wild grass. 
Many have lost babies to hypothermia because they still have no proper shelter to keep out the winter storms 
in the aftermath of the conflict in which 2,104 Palestinians and'67'Israeli 
soldiers died and six civilians died. 
The UN estimates that about 100,000 homes and most of the region's infrastructure were damaged or destroyed.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

#OSCARS ? #SAMBURGESS ? #RussellCrowe ? #STHELENS - fame at last

Russell Crowe at the DunCarron Medieval Fort in the Carron Valley Forest
South Sydney Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe - in town this weekend
Russell Crowe has arrived in England ahead of his trip to St Helens this weekend to watch his team play rugby.
The Oscar-winning actor will support South Sydney Rabbitohs in their game against St Helens RFC in the World Club Challenge.
Gladiator star Crowe tweeted to say he had landed ahead of his film The Water Diviner being shown in the UK.

What you need to know about the South Sydney Rabbitohs:

  • The club were formed in January 1908 as the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club.
  • Their first premiership match, was played at Birchgrove Oval on Easter Monday, 20 April that same year.
  • The mascot is Reggie the Rabbit, who made his first made an appearance in 1952. He now has a son Rocket the bunny.
  • The rebirth of the Rabbitohs began when Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes à Court took over in June 2006.
  • The club is also known as Souths, The Bunnies, SSFC or The Rabbits.
  • The Rabbitohs play at the 83,500-seater ANZ Stadium, formerly known as the Telstra Stadium, at Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Their colours are red and green.
  • and the play my team Sunday evening on Sky TV
  • #RugbyLeague Come on the #SAINTS

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#JohnO'Donohue about BEAUTY - #YouAreBeautiful

Science tells us that the more symmetrical a face is, 
the more beautiful it is. 
Though order is necessary for beauty, 
the interesting thing 
is that a face that is not overburdened 
by structural perfection 
can still be very beautiful. 
More often than not it is the inner beauty of heart and mind 
that illuminates the face. 
A smile can completely transform a face. 
Ultimately, it is the soul that makes the face beautiful. 
Each face is its own landscape 
and is quietly vibrant with the invisible textures of memory, 
story, dream, need, want and gift 
that make up the beauty of the individual life. 
This is also the grace 
that love brings into one's life. 
As the soul can render the face luminous 
so too can love turn up the hidden light 
within a person.

John O'Donohue
from Divine Beauty

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reflecting on what I hate = Violence AND Love = RELATIONSHIPS.

I have spent much time hanging out with,
and working with, 
human persons who live a life 
of aggression and violence.

NOT the answer, it seems to me, 
is to tell them to 'be good', 
'settle down', 'get a job' ....
... boring they will say. 

One of the motivations for young violent humans 
is the fun and adventure of crime and violence.
When they look at older people 
and most everyday humans - 
they often consider them to be drab 
and the kind of persons 
they don't want to be.

The answer::
I don't know.
Only ......... 

I believe that we can get nowhere 
without human contact and 
and developing a relationship. 
Getting closer is safer as well.
Getting closer is
relational sense
emotional sense 
theological sense 
sociological sense.
Getting close/closer 
not to hate but
getting closer to love
because love does a better job.

Maybe we will consider that, 
getting to know someone different, 
will plant a seed in the soul. 
A gem of a thought. 
A new consideration about life. 
Maybe we will meet a new network of humans 
where life is experienced with some 
considerable excitement and adventure.
Maybe they will be and become 

Moving on - 
.......... maybe the human contact 
will lead to the human 
discovering further options in life.
Consider a new way.
A new life.
A new purpose.
Not imposed, ........... 
freedom cannot be imposed.
Liberation is a choice 
which can only be made 
by the human themselves.

I am surprised regularly, 
really often, 
that humans who are midst drugs and crime, 
a short list as a summary here, 
how they do respond to the emotional life 
within themselves and outside themselves.
I am surprised because 
it always seems to be a miracle.
How these beautiful humans 
can connect with strong emotions, 
because they have them 
active in their interior, 
and that is as close as close can be.
Then seeing them connect 
with the emotions of others, 
the spirituality in others,
then there is a massive release 
of a life unlived.
New experiences.
Blinds come up.
Doors open.
Breathing becomes deep.
Soul undressed.

Violence is scary for me 
and everybody.
I hate it.
During the height of the violence of the Int*r C*ty F*rm, 
committed by them in the name of football supporting, 
I worked alongside those who spent their week 
planning the fun-Violence for the forthcoming 'game'. 
The language they used was 
drilling into my soul all the time - for years. 
(I am used to swearing and the foulest of language 
and it is of no concern to me - not that I like it.) 
Hate, racist passion, 
enthusiastic boasting of violence ....
..... is the most foul.
Yet you work with the person 
and beyond their behaviour.
Love the human despite the behaviour.

We can see a persons behaviour
but we can't see
their journey.
It takes a relationship
to see that - know that.

From the faith perspective, 
there is a word called 'incarnation'.
I think, I never know, 
it is about God pouring all Divine love 
into one human person - 
a Divine son, 
and that person then
spending time getting close to humans.
Flesh touching flesh.
Love in human and 
practical and 
concrete action.

It isn't bell until it is tolled
It isn't a song until it sung
It isn't love until it is given away.

I am reflecting today.
As always.
I cannot always tell you about some of my days.
Publish some photographs - 
I would love to ..........
But I must always reflect 
But I must also
stumble on towards understanding.

People tend to think of non-violence 
as a choice between using force and doing nothing. 
But the real choice takes place at another level. 
Non-violence is less a matter of "not killing" and 
more a matter of showing compassion, 
empathy and releasing love - 
being a healing human in community. 

We can only choose between 
doing good to the person placed in one's path, 
or to do nothing
which as bad as doing evil. 

To live wholistically is to love a person; 
but not to do that is as good as rejection. 
To love is to point them to
the BECOMING road
encourage them to consider
the road to BECOMING
and walking, stumbling, with them,
touching fingertips,
holding hands -
on this road of BECOMING
ALL that they can become.
All that we can BECOME.

What do I know
BUT - seems to me
where I am at .............

To love someone is to help restore that person 
physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. 
To neglect and postpone this restoration is already to 
reject/hurt/damage/take away LIFE.

I started off
clicking about Violence
and ended up talking about NEW LIFE !


Maybe the most beautiful track ever in my life BUT that is a BIG CALL

the most beautiful track
in my life
that is a BIG

'The Call Let the day begin'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

#Developmental #GroupWork with #YoungPeople

Group Work.
Look at this Blob Group above
(Blobs are neither 
male female
young or old
black or white)
Question:: Articulate four things about this group?
(My own observations are in the footnotes.)

If you have engaged with that little exercise
you have been reading primary human communication.
Face and body language.
The face alone contains 55% of our communication.
We all read this language instinctively.

The Blobs and 'where I am at'
has grown out of my life experiences.
Journey with me into this context.

If you have only read
the above text
rather than doing ........
you will have not had the 
experiential opportunity I planned.

In conclusion
I share this with you.
A note I found from someone
I worked with in a special needs hostel

i wark into thur rum for Pips sesion
 and feel that this is thur onle place
 to unberdin my heart
 and let uthers now how i am feling
 deep down inside ov mi hart.

Blob Group Observation Questions::
1  As normal with a group, everyone looking at the leader.
2  There is one Blob wanting to get away unsmiling/stepping back.
3  The same Blob is not holding her/his arms around anyone.
4  Leader not engaging arms either.

Many group work materials are available to view/download