There’s just kind of something about February, isn’t there? It seems to make us fractious. I know I’ve been feeling fractious for a while now, & if I was like a lot of people, I might make the mistake of thinking it was “just me.”
But I’ve been speaking to a # of my friends, & it seems none of us is alone. A lot of us have been feeling out of sorts – impatient, angry, even – even maybe losing our cool with folks we love.
Now, I live in Canada – I don’t know if this fractious February thing is a Canadian or even just a (province of) Ontario phenomenon. I do know this winter has been pretty cuckoo (a friend & I spotted a caterpillar yesterday – on top of a couple inches of snow ????????? Climate change is proceeding apace, one can only deduce).
Well. Lots to do today (as always).
All I really want to say here is this:
Sometimes when we feel antsy or angry or … fractious, a good cry can be a big help. I am not one to cry easily, as a rule – but the tears have been helped along lately by this little list of things I’m about to provide for you.
Seems like my heart is breaking/broken, & I’m guessing that in that, I am not alone, either.
This world, eh??
So, here is a little list of things that might make you cry – which might make you feel better (maybe worse, first; can’t say for sure). The list concludes with a link to a rousing documentary that may also make you cry, & with any luck, also make you decide to DO something about all that other stuff that just made you cry.
- Recent ‘Nature of Things’ documentary on fracking; you can only watch this in Canada, so…
- ‘Gasland’ Web site (click on the 18-minute ‘Featured Video’ tab at right-hand side; fabulous short tutorial on fracking!)
- 4-minute film trailer about plastic in the oceans & its take-up by birds
- 12-minute YouTube about the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident (April 26, 1986)
- Don Henley song ‘Good-bye to a River’ (the whole dang ‘Inside Story’ CD is a mind-blower! The title track is another not to be missed for sheer, utterly brilliant lyrics)
- ‘King: A Filmed Record.’ Documentary about Martin Luther King – What a treasure!! Enough to summon up our own courage, one can only hope!!
- Fukushima: Surviving the Tsunami (2 years in): footage includes mothers, scientists, an MD who treated Hiroshima victims (29 minutes; so glad I watched this!)
It’s now March, readers! Time to leave behind your freaking February fractiousness & march forward!! (Marching requires getting off one’s backside, hmmm??)
p.s. I wrote about fractiousness last February too!?
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “I know what the greatest cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, to surrender, so that our little hearts may beat in unison with the great heart of the world.” – Henry Miller
“The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.” – Molly Ivins
“He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” – Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon, 1973
“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” – Thomas Sowell
“When the Earth has been ravaged and the animals are dying, a tribe of people from all races, creeds and colours will put their faith in deeds, not words, to make the land green again. They will be called ‘Warriors of the Rainbow,’ protectors of the environment.” – Native saying
** oodles of great quotations/quotation collections in the ‘Quotation Central’ section!