‘ FREEDOM AND/OR SECURITY ‘

AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Jan.06: This gives me pause. . .  as I have been pondering this  problem lately. The grand experiment which is the United States was built on personal rights for all written in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. . . . . freedom of religion, speech, press, to assemble and to have personal privacy.

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After 9/11 , the country was united in the desire of “Never Again” and there was not much questioning  as to how  that security  was accomplished. But as the years have past and news and experiences of NSA spying on the nation and the world, control of the internet, airport searches and indignities at the airports,  and prisoner enhanced interrogation; Americans, including me, are questioning our freedoms, security and the methods used to establish both.

This week in the world’s largest democracy where there is understandably obsessed with security has further fuelled my thoughts. Information was circulated of a credible terrorist activity in India. Access to certain sites on the internet was stopped or limited to all of India.  I had trouble accessing Facebook, in the morning, evening, and at night. Hmm, all times when people were home using the internet. I have experienced in the US having some news and YouTube videos not available as they are in the rest of the world. I have learned that from other bloggers. Here in India,  we have been working  for days to get just the proper documentation for the students. . . photos. . . on different paper for different applications. .  phone, school, immigration.  They need copies of their passports, visas, stamped pages of their passports, forms to be filled , a letter from the hostel and the University. . .  all  this to study here for 4 months.  And all this to try to insure safety.

Some of you might  ask, “Why not just ignore it all?”  Well, one group a few years ago did just that due to ignorance of the policy.   When they got ready to leave, 7 students were allowed to leave even though they didn’t have the proper exit stamp.  Two students were detained.  They were Americans of various heritages.  Many people and countries find it hard to understand that American is  a “salad mixture” of people from all nationalities.

These detained  students had to stay in a hotel for a week while their departure was  discussed by many calls between India and the US!  Finally, this happened and all other groups from Rensselaer have meticulously  completed the process.  This time the forms seem even more complicated than in 2013. Could it be bureaucrats justifying their paycheck?

I want to be safe, unquestionably, but at the price of our freedoms? Fascist countries take these same actions and I don’t want to live in like that.  I am concerned, too, as to whom  is making these decisions.  In my lifetime, I have observed with taxes and government involvement, that once instigated or eliminated it is seemingly impossible to regain freedoms once they are gone.

Security or Freedom?

What say you?

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K.C NEWS: ‘ CHRISTMAS AWARD TIME AT KEV’S PLACE IN YORKSHIRE ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: YORKSHIRE:Dec.10 – Kev says it is that time again and he says: 

I’ve just be looking through all the wonderful awards I received in 2014 and thought it was time I gave some back… so here you go folks!

I’ve also included the Community Heart Award I made earlier this year for anyone who is part of my wonderful blogging community. 🙂

I’m not nominating any one person for just any one of these awards folks… it’s the Christmas Season! I’m nominating my whole community of which there are too many to list individually. 😀  So, Pick an award or two… Jeez, pick three if you like!

What do you have to do? 

It’s simple folks:

  • Pick your award (s)

  • Share it/them and this post with you blogging community

  • Promote one blogger by sharing a link to their website and at least one way in which they have been an inspiration to you this year.

The Person I’m promoting for this year

The blogger who has been the most inspirational to me this year has been my editor and friend, Kate. With her hard work, dedication and aspiration for perfection, I have been able to bring my books up to a very high standard for publishing that I am truly proud of. Let me add that I have had no negative reviews or nasty comments on those works since she edited them and their very successful, second editions were published. Kate’s editing skills are second to none. The books she has edited for me are:

  • Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear

  • The Wizard, The Girl and The Unicorn’s Horn

  • The Devil’s Apology

The focus of Kate’s main blog is about her life in Gibraltar. (She’s still very much a Yorkshire lass, though.) 😉 She’s not afraid to tackle tough subjects that arise there, such as human rights, animal rights and other such causes. She has two beautiful doggies: Pippa and Snowy. (The real reasons I visit her blog at all, but, shush, don’t tell her I told you that.) She has a couple of other blogs as well, each have a specific focus. Anyway, I won’t say anymore because I’m always afraid that she’ll be spotting my errors! ( Sh.s’ Don’t tell her I said that!) Jeez you folks deserve these awards just for keeping my secrets! 😀

Kate’s main blog is: http://roughseasinthemed.wordpress.com/

The Awards!

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‘ TALES ALONG THE WAY SAYS THANK YOU CLAUDE MONET ‘

#AceFriendsNews – Featured Writers Post – Nov.14 – My friend Anne’s superb post of Monet. 

Thank You , Claude Monet!

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Claude Monet would be 174 years old today.  He was born in Paris, France and is, today, one of  the world’s most famous and popular artists.  His style and work lead to the name of an art movement, “Impressionism.”  Themes in  his prolific body of work  were capturing , light, reflection and natural form. This lead an art critic of his day to insult him with the name “Impressionist” .  The name stuck and an art movement born.

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Monet, like many artists during their lives, struggled with depression, poverty and illness. For the last 40 years of his life, he lived and painted at his beloved farmhouse in Giverny, France.  Below you see a model of the house, a quick shot of an incredible Gift Shop, and  the heavenly gardens that you have visited in art galleries or museums.

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Here is the garden. I chose this video because of the beauty and  calmness of the music and the  flowers.  You will see the original sites for many of Monet’s paintings.   a-visit-to-monet-paintings-culture-blog-benetton-1

Let me tell you a personal story. We were driving from Paris to visit the holy ground of Normandy.  As some of you may remember, my oldest brother was a paratrooper who jumped the night before D-Day,  the invasion, and later died of non-life threatening injuries.   I wanted so much to visit Giverny and of course it was not a priority of the architect.  But what a grand surprise when he detoured and we arrived for a half day visit.  It is a very popular day trip from Paris and there were a number of buses, too many for the parking lot,  with many were just parked along the small road.

I won’t try to describe the garden as the paintings and video are much clearer , but I did have a couple of memories about the house. From the little pop-up book model, you see the four main rooms.  I loved the casement windows that open  outwards and let the flowers, sun, and fragrances into the house which is set right in the middle of the garden!   I also remember the color yellow which is shown in the model.  I think these aspects of the house were to help him fight the never ending depression.  Another thing that struck me was that there were none of his paintings on the walls, not a one that I noticed, but there were lots of Japanese paintings of water color and lithographs.   Could this artist who is probably the most recognizable in the world today, have suffered with low self-esteem?     Amazing. . . . . and yes, for the shoppers. . . . the gift shop is so complete that it will take you at least an hour.  Never I have seen so many examples of an artist’s work for sale except at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona  where Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked.

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Are you a fan of Monet and Impressionism or not? Do you have a favorite artist? ( And Monet is not my favorite , BTW! ) let Anne know at : Source: 

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