Welcome to ABC Wednesday Round 13. A fun project, now in its seventh year! If you have something to share, be it a photograph, piece of art or poetry please post in on your blog and sign up here with Linky tools. Due to time differences just post when it is convenient on Tuesday onwards.
As we get near the end of Round 13, I'm regularly struck by how Denise Nesbitt's UNDERSTATEDLY modest experiment, ABC Wednesday, has achieved a goal beyond its UNDOUBTEDLY simple intention in the beginning.
It has reached across the world with a sense of UNITY. We can each take a UNIQUE take on a given letter, yet the post touch on some UNIVERSAL themes. This is far too UNUSUAL in this world: note how the words UNITED and UNTIED share the same letters, and while some seek to UNIFY, others find more pleasure in taking UMBRAGE, UNDERMINING the effort.
(When I type in UNDERSERVED in my computer, it suggests UNDESERVED.)
Still I feel UPBEAT about the UNDERSTANDING that has been UNLEASHED in this little corner of the UNIVERSE the last six and a half years.
And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry.
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?
Of course, it goes without saying that my favorite T word is "Troy"
But after that it becomes less clear.
But one T word I do NOT like is "Time"
Now, owning an herb business, I hear more than my fair share of Time/Thyme jokes. And I even make a few myself. But although I love Thyme, Time leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.
It makes my hair grey, (what little I have left that is) gives me wrinkles and creaky joints, and contrary to popular belief, it does NOT heal all ills.
It teases, taunts and torments, then slips away and hides. I can never find time. And that is because Time flies, and I do not.
So, Time has been flying along, and it is already time to reveal the logo for the next round, round 14.
But before I do, I just want to explain it a bit, and I confess, I can do it better if I don't focus on T words, so please forgive me in advance.
Now this will be a longer intro than usual, please be patient with me.
The upcoming round is 14, so I wanted to do something that represented the number 14.
Numbers are funny things, because they mean lots of different things to lots of different people. But the number 14 has some fun symbolism associated with it.
Let's go back a step... To the number 7. A "magic" number, seven also represents the number of days in a week. but when you take two sevens together, you get a 14.
Now imagine our two sevens are facing each other, kind of like this:
And now we have a symbol that closely resembles the one commonly known as the Yin-Yang symbol.
So, although there are probably lots of other reasons why the number 14 represents Yin-Yang, I am going to go with that one because it makes sense to me.
Yin-Yang is used to represent the philosophy that for everything there is an opposite, and both are necessary for balance, so you cannot have heat without cold, cannot have light without dark, and cannot have good without bad.
And ancient Chinese philosophy teaches that balance of all things different and opposite is a good thing..
This board is a collection of many people, places and things; all of us different and yet, when we come together, we create a balance.
So keeping that in mind, This will be our logo for round 14.
And, because Time flies, I still need to do some fine tuning and smoothing the rough edges. Look for the final draft to be available in multiple sizes, before week X.
Now let's see what kind of T's you have in your world this week.
Some of you will remember this day of infamy. Some of you had not been born yet, but most likely will have learned of this horrific incident in History class. This year marks the 50th anniversary and I can remember the day as though it were yesterday. I was home from high school sick in bed when my mother rushed in and told me to "Get up! President Kennedy's been assassinated!" Even though we're Canadians, we both knew the significance and possible ramifications it could have on our own country, let alone on the United States of America. There is no point in going into the details of the event or the consequences since we're all aware of them. Suffice to say that we should remember him and his family and what he did for his country and beyond.
Some of JFK's famous quotes:
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty."
"Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."
"Let us not seek the Republican or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
November 11th is called "Remembrance Day" in Canada and "Veterans Day" in the USA. Perhaps November 22nd should be called something other than the day Kennedy died. Your thoughts?