Wayfarer


Wayfarer (n.) – Origin: English – Definition: Someone who travels, especially on foot.

I love to hike and travel and walk towards the unknown.  Walking allows you to really take your time and observe the life and things around you.  I like walking with people and equally, walking alone.

So many footsteps later and I’m still walking and preferring to walk.  However, I have finally arrived back in the U.S. where I will be posted for the next two years and I actually forgot how difficult it can be to walk to things during your normal daily life.  Like restocking your food supply, picking out furniture, public transportation with an area rug.  Anything that requires more than two light bags of things to carry can be complicated and painful.

My car is still in transit and everything is close to where I live.  So I didn’t think walking would be an issue.   That is until I remembered how I shop.  Only 3 things needed today, easy peasy.  But wait.. wow.. i haven’t seen this in awhile.  25 items later… 20 minutes by foot later.. arms about to fall off later.. I broke down and bought a little red wagon.  Or as my sister likes to call it a foldable grocery cart.

I am dreaming of long hikes with only a backpack, or better yet.. just a water bottle.  No complaints though really.  I am still loving walking.  I will continue to walk.  I just have to become good friends with my newest and closest companion.. Why, hello Amazon..

By foot: Walking Beyond the Dark Forest; Best Foot ForwardForest Walking; Morning Lightwalking home; Better a bare foot than none-George Herbert; Victoria on footWalking the beach; Walking Blind; ON FOOT IN FRANCESometimes I feel like I’m walking on mars; Swiss SundayA Walking Tour of Naples; Foot-wearCalifornia beach walking; the shoe kind of hurts on the other footWalking in the Dark

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Widdershins


Widdershins. This is another way to say something is moving counter-clockwise or something is moving in the wrong direction. It is a much more fun way to say counter-clockwise and is most likely something you heard one of your grandparents or great-grandparents say. Many people do still use it in many poems and newly published books.

Widdershins – adverb – Scottish. Taking a course opposite the motion of the sun.  First used in 1513 and used in the phrase – “Abaisit I wolx, and widdersyns start my hair.” Which meant, “My hair stood on end.

In a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction.  I suppose this is sort of the story of my life.  However, I have no hard feelings.  Look where I ended up.  Not a bad deal.

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”
― Mandy Hale

Your place … or mine.. isabella; obong; GS; bharath; ingrid; snowmeltssomewhere; PLAINS; thirdeyeworld;  Zoom; Bridge Crossings; Forward; allison; islandtravel; judith; keithgarrett; ArristelaparadisenzainvrundaJaneplaridelBrendanTeresareluctantJayaTimwanderingsakshisupreetchinhooiscribble; hope

  Mark Scharenbroich’s The Greatest Days of Your Life…(so far) 1981 film  http://www.youtube.com

Donnybrook


Donnybrook. This is a fun little word for an uprising, a melee, or a riot. It can also refer to an argument. If you search Google for this particular term, you will not only find the definition but also learn that it is a place called Donnybrook, which is part of Dublin, Ireland. Very interesting!

“We got no jobs, no money, no power, no nothin’, nothin’ to live for ‘cept vice and indulgence. That’s how they control us. But it’s falling apart. What we got is our land and our machines, our families and our ability to protect it all, to keep them alive. We got our hands. Ones who’ll survive will be the ones can live from the land. Can wield a gun. Those folks’ll fight for what little they’ve got. They’ll surprise the criminals with their own savagery. Man, woman, and child will be tested. Others’ll be too weak and scared. Uneducated in common sense. Won’t know what’s happened. But believe me, war is coming.”
― Frank Bill, Donnybrook

So to be Frank (I’m Sam), I have never really been part of an uprising, a melee or a riot.  The word does not scream violence and uprising at me.  Because of that I may have to start using it when I get myself into a little donnybrook with friends and family.  Makes it seem so much nicer.

“All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Éorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Even through I have never been involved in a donnybrook myself, many of my favorite times in Korea felt like I was part of it all.  So very much a part of it all.  Miss you guys!!

 

Holy Christ!  There was a frickin’ melee in the alley.  Lessers. Brothers. Two civilians crouched and quivering in the middle. And big bad Butch o’Neal.  – J.R. Ward

I have no time to look back.  My heart is dancing in the present moment feeling the joy of life. – Debasish Mridha

Donybrook: John; chris; ananda; suzette; laura; heron; rosliw; kirk; finn; coco

Coddiwomple


Coddiwomple (v.) – Origin: English Slang Word – Definition: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

Tsunami Sam

This is possibly and probably the most accurate word that describes my travels through life.  I have coddiwompled my way through every path I have taken.  I seldom look back.  Even seldomer look back with regret.  There is nothing I can do to change or mend the past and so it is a constant and purposeful march forward.

I have been accused of running from situations.   This is a lie or a bit of confusion on the part of the observers.  I never run from, I always run to.. to sun, smiles, laughter, stronger than me people, change, life, experiences, expressions, desires, beauty, music, dreams.  I do it with intent, with purpose, with hope.

It is true that I often do not know exactly where I am going or where I will end up.  I just know that standing still equals never ending up anywhere. Constantly moving towards things does not necessarily mean moving entirely from where you are standing, it simply means moving mentally and sometimes physically towards these vague destinations.

And WOW… the places these marches have taken me!.

I keep traveling towards things because there is no other option for me.  I’m at a point in my life where I will be making some very heavy decisions about how I want to continue coddiwomping through the rest of my days.  Do I want to plant my feet solidly in one place to allow deep roots to form again, or do I want to keep physically moving around.

I’m not bothered by vagueness. Vagueness, to me, means possibilities.  One day I will be less able to physically and forcefully march towards those crazy dreams and vague promises of excitement and adventure.  So until then, I will coddiwomple, burn, rage, dream, cry, dance, and blaze towards ……

royal throne

………….  I guess we will just have to wait and see!

Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas – 1914-1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Other Coddiwomplers: RV; HC; Sheri; John; Robert; Rick; M&M; BristolMum; TWS; 1K2: noble; Kathleen; C2D

Eleutheromania


Eleutheromania (n.) – Origin: Greek – Definition: An intense and irresistible desire for freedom.

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
― Nelson Mandela

As I watch the world, the people of the world, the events of the world ...  

                                I turn back time ….

                                                I jump into the future …

                                                        the

repetition … the same story again and again …

                                                                                                Why?

We think that in the world today...
only the countries

that we hear the most about ....

are the ones we should think about the most........
in fact...

even now...
there are ...
women
children
men
being
abused, censored, trafficked,
beaten, violated, oppressed,

terrorized, corrupted,

and .... on .... and ..... on ....... into

infinity and


I ask again



why?

                                         “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

― Bob Marley

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
― Stephen King

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
― Jim Morrison

“Freedom lies in being bold.”
― Robert Frost

The 57 nations in that world that aren’t free.  The 10 most censored countriesThe least free places on earth. Democracy in crisis. Top 3 countries. The state of the world.

Freedom: Roth; Pat; shantanu; Elizabeth; Riya; tatiana; sadje; Eleanor; James; Francisco; themouse