Monday, September 27, 2021

Book Spotlight: Great Adaptations

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for reviewing purposes and received no payment. All opinions are my own.



The issue of climate change has increasingly been making its way into the headlines and rightfully so. We are in a crisis and there is no time to waste. We are seeing the very real effects of climate change almost daily, as we see progressively worse storms and extreme weather all across the globe. There are brutal heatwaves, extreme winters, record-breaking hurricanes, frequent forest fires, and devastating flooding. The scientists are sounding the alarm about elevated sea levels, melting ice caps, and rising CO2 emissions. There is definitely something going on and our planet and only home is showing the signs. 

We are facing a massive threat, but the question is, what should we do about it? There is now talk of the concept of adaptation in the face of climate change. Is this the answer? Or is talk of adaptation a license for damaging complacency rather than positive achievement?

In the new book, Great Adaptations – In the Shadow of a Climate Crisis, Dr Morgan Phillips, Co-Director of The Glacier Trust, argues that, while the concept of  ‘adaptation’ may have fierce critics, it is important to distinguish between: bad adaptations (mal-adaptations) which can exacerbate social injustice, cause deep ecological harm, and even hasten the onset of dangerous climate change – and Great Adaptations which transform peoples’ lives and contribute to the achievement of broader societal goals.

In this fascinating book, Phillips recounts stories of adaptation from the air-conditioned pavements of Doha and the feral camels of Australia, to the ‘cool rooms’ of Paris and the ‘fog catchers’ of Morocco. These are the lesser-told stories of adaption to climate change – the great adaptation case histories will be inspirations for the positive adaptations of the future; while the stories of mal-adaptations will, hopefully, act as warnings.

Great Adaptations is a call to action. It advocates adaptations that are ecologically restorative and socially just. It examines how the arguments about adaptation are framed, unpicks the contested notion of Deep Adaptation, explores the potential of Transformative Adaptation, and questions the legitimacy of the ‘reassuring stories’ that still dominate mainstream climate discourse.

I found this to be an interesting read and I learned a lot that I did not know. During the time that I read this book, I was witnessing the extremes of climate change on the news very regularly. The hurricanes that thrash the United States and the Caribbean have become increasingly powerful and frequent and cause massive flooding and leave a deadly path of destruction. Roaring forest fires around the world are all too frequent and burn a deadly path. Here in the UK and in different areas of Europe, the flooding has been catastrophic and the same can be said for different locations across the planet. Climate change is real, and we are seeing the devastating consequences globally. 

Great Adaptations is a conversational yet provocative book, which is engaging and visually arresting. This book will appeal to all who are concerned about climate change. Dr Morgan Phillips offers his contribution to the mounting debate about climate adaptation and presents his case based on experience and study of real-life adaptation projects (good and bad) from around the world.

I found Great Adaptations to be very accessible as a reader. I learned about adaptation as I read, and I came to this book with no knowledge of the subject of climate adaptation. The information is presented in a way which is informational, but it does not talk over your head, and I liked that. This is a very good read!


ISBN: 9781 9120 9214 7 Paperback 224 pages RRP: £9.99 Sept 2021
Publisher: Arkbound Foundation www.arkbound.com/featured-books

Great Adaptations is available through the publisher and bookshops, as well as through internet booksellers (Also available as an ebook).


About the author: Dr Morgan Phillips FRSA, is the Co-Director of The Glacier Trust (theglaciertrust.org), a UK charity that enables climate change adaptation in Nepal. He is also Head of Insight at environmental charity Global Action Plan, Trustee at National Association for Environmental Education, and Associate Director at Green Schools Project. Morgan is the designer of multiple environmental education initiatives and has lectured on the politics of climate change at Brunel University and has led the Eco-Schools programme for England for three years. An accomplished public speaker, Morgan has made presentations at many national and international conferences (including COP21 in Paris), has appeared on national TV & radio.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Weekend

 

Hello there!

I just wanted to stop by to say that I hope you're having a good weekend wherever you are.

Happy Weekend!

Take care and be well πŸ’—

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall 2021

 


Happy Fall πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚

 I hope wherever you are in the world...whether it's Fall/Autumn where you are,

or Spring if you live in the southern hemisphere, I hope that you enjoy the renewal of this new season.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Film Spotlight - Sweet Thing

Disclosure: I was given access to this film for reviewing purposes and received no payment. All opinions are my own.
 

Sweet Thing film
Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

 

Sweet Thing, an intimate, creatively filmed, and fantastically personal film directed by the accomplished filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell (In the Soup, Little Feet), will be released digitally and in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland, from Friday, 10th September 2021.

Amongst three international wins, Sweet Thing picked up the Crystal Bear for Generation Kplus - Best Film at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and the College Jury Prize for Best Film at Quebec City International Film Festival 2020.

Sweet Thing is an intriguing story of childhood adventure, imagination, and challenges. Teenager Billie (Lana Rockwell), a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes about Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother, and younger brother Nico (Nico Rockwell) share time between their separated parents - father Adam (Will Patton, The Postman, Minari) a chaotic man with a loving heart for his kids who is working as a Christmas Santa, and mother Eve (Karyn Parsons, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), who has redefined her identity in a brazen style since leaving Adam and is now living with a new and obnoxious boyfriend Beaux (ML Josepher). The kids feel uncomfortable around Beaux but visits to their mother have introduced them to a new friend Malik, a boy as equally adrift as they are. Half in desperation and half in a spirit of adventure, this trio sets off on a running wild trek across Massachusetts, crossing paths with a variety of eccentrics. 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Will Patton as Adam


The cinematography is beautiful and gives an intimacy to the experience of viewing this film. The “normal” details of the lives and surroundings of the characters, show the human experience with such honesty.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Nico Rockwell as Nico and Lana Rockwell as Billie


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Karyn Parsons as Eve


Sweet Thing is a family affair, as director Alexandre Rockwell’s daughter Lana Rockwell (Billie), son Nico Rockwell (Nico) and wife Karyn Parsons (Eve) all star in the film and give excellent, layered  performances. Will Patton is also very engaging in his performance as the troubled father. Jabari Watkins gives a brilliantly moving performance as Malik. 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Jabari Watkins as Malik


I thoroughly enjoyed Sweet Thing. It is an enthralling mixture of the joys and sorrows of childhood, whilst giving viewers a chance to go on an interesting journey with Billie, Nico, and Malik. As a viewer, I rooted for them and loved seeing them enjoying each other’s company, whereas at the same time, I just wanted to protect them. Their lives are beautifully poetic and yet they are caught up in the harsh realities of family dysfunction, poverty, and injustice. We get to see the world through their eyes separate from the full adult gaze. All three young actors’ performances were nuanced and incredibly powerful. This is an excellent film!
 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

 

Sweet Thing will be released digitally and in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland, from Friday, 10th September 2021.


The Official UK Theatrical Trailer (UK & Ireland) can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/VlFd_k9IMZA


Friday, August 20, 2021

Flowers on Friday

blue hydrangeas
Above: Hydrangeas seen while walking

 

Today, hubby and I took a lovely walk. It was good to get out into nature and it was good exercise. 

Seeing these beautiful hydrangeas was a great treat because I love the color blue and I love hydrangeas. I've read recently that in order to have blue hydrangeas, they must be cultivated to do so. Blue is my favorite color, as I've written about before. I'm always excited when I see blue flowers of some shade. 

I love all flowers, but my two favorites are peonies and hydrangeas, in that order. They are both so voluminous and gorgeous.

pink peony
Above: Peony on my kitchen windowsill a while ago

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Sun and Cloud


 

I took this photo yesterday, when we were out for our morning walk. 

It was a glorious sight to see the sun illuminating the sky, atop that huge fluffy cloud.

 

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Last Saturday in July

white flowers

Happy Saturday!

We had a good morning walk. It was good to get out into the countryside and to take in some fresh air. There was a slight breeze and the birds were singing. 

I hope you have a great Saturday and weekend wherever you are 🌻


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Film Spotlight - I Never Cry

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review and received no payment. All opinions are my own.

 

Image courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

 

I NEVER CRY, the second feature from one of the most awarded young Polish directors, Piotr Domalewski, will be released in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland and digitally from Friday, 23rd July 2021.

The film has won acclaim and numerous awards in the director’s native Poland. A Polish-Irish co-production, I Never Cry explores the cruelly ubiquitous loss of a parent through the eyes of a young woman.

Ola (Zofia Stafiej), a rebellious teenager from a small city, sets off to a foreign country on her own with a big responsibility upon her shoulders. The trip that she embarks upon is one which will take her well out of her comfort zone, as she tries to reconnect with her estranged father. In Ireland, she will come to know a different world and meet people who will change her approach to life. Ola learns previously unknown things about her father and through it all she learns things about herself. 

 

Image courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

 

I Never Cry is a realistic look at the difficulties faced by families separated by emigration, told against the backdrop of the life of Polish workers abroad.

It was easy to put myself as a viewer into Ola’s shoes. She is so young and has so much to deal with. We’ve all had to deal with difficult situations in life and it can be that much more daunting when you don’t have much life experience to fall back on. However, sometimes we are called upon to rise to the occasion, no matter what our age and we have to do what needs to be done. This film does a very good job of presenting a level of reality that instantly lends to the authenticity of the story being told. Zofia Stafiej is excellent as the young protagonist Ola. This is a very good and engaging film.


See the official trailer (UK & Ireland) here


Official Website for the UK & Ireland www.inevercryfilm.com
 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

A Saturday in July

Scenes from my Saturday morning...

 
Ducks at lake

First, a lovely walk...
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and then some blueberries 🫐

Blueberries

Happy Saturday!! 

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Feedburner Subscription By Email Ending

As you may or may not know, starting July 2021 (now), Google is ending their FeedBurner email subscription service, which is what I've been using since I started this blog in 2008. This means that if you are subscribed to my feed through the email subscription service, you will eventually not be alerted when I publish a new post. First of all, thank you for being an email subscriber. I truly appreciate it!

Since Feedburner will eventually stop working, I have switched over to follow.it as an alternative. If you are an email subscriber, you should continue to receive my posts via the new service follow.it. Please expect some disruption / duplication during the overlap.  

However, if you find that you're not receiving my posts, perhaps the switch over might not have gone as smoothly as I would have liked. Sorry about this. 

If you would like to continue as an email subscriber to my feed, please consider re-subscribing by entering your email address within the subscription box as seen below. You will find it on the homepage in the sidebar.

However, if you would not like to re-subscribe or continue as an email subscriber to my feed, I completely understand if you'd like to unsubscribe. 

I will say it again though, thank you so very much for subscribing EVER...whether you will be continuing along with me or not. I am forever grateful to anyone who has taken time out of their day to read something that I've written or taken a look at my photos.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

An Intriguing Opportunity to Go Forth

blue flowers
Photo courtesy of Pixabay
 

I've been a bit absent and sporadic about my blogging lately, but for good reason. I haven't been feeling so well, but I pray that I'm on the mend. (Sidenote: I didn't have Covid-19). I'm certainly better than I was a few weeks ago, so for that I'm truly grateful. I will get there.

I thought that I'd drop in with a short post just to get back into the swing of things. It's kind of a good time to restart since tomorrow will be July 1st, the second half of 2021. It will be an intriguing opportunity to go forth with this blog again 😊 I hope you'll join me!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Happy Saturday

Lake

 

Happy Saturday! 

Happy weekend!

We took our Saturday morning walk and this was our view. We try to get out early and it's worth it because it's so peaceful and quiet in the early morning. 

Nature is so restorative 🌼

Have a good day wherever you are!


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Book Spotlight – Lucy’s Worth by Letrise Carter

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.


Recently I’ve had the opportunity to read the new book, Lucy’s Worth - Part 1 by Letrise T. Carter. 

Lucy's Worth book cover


Book description

Lucy’s Worth is part one of this young woman's desperate journey to find herself, while trying to make it on her own. Faced with her first true relationship, Lucy's long battle with low self-esteem will cause her to fall down a path with a dangerous man. Will Lucy be able to escape the trap that's been set for her? She's going to have to make the most important decision of her life -- because her life depends on it!

*****

This is an intriguing book which follows the story of Lucy Mason on her journey to self-worth. Lucy is a young woman who is facing many challenges as she navigates the waters of adulthood in trying to build a life for herself. As a reader, I was cheering her on as she made her first steps into independence. However, she soon finds herself in the middle of a toxic relationship and this sends her along a difficult path. Lucy’s boyfriend is terrible.

The important issue of domestic abuse is effectively woven into this story. The author does a great job at making the characters come alive and there is a real authenticity that comes through. We get to see Lucy's family dynamics. Her relationship with her parents and her sisters provides an interesting look at Lucy's foundations as a person. We get to witness Lucy’s emotions and her thought process up close, and this offers a window into the mindset of someone going through a dysfunctional relationship like this. Lucy’s Worth is a cautionary tale, and it is a story that needs to be told. 

I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

To get your copy, visit here: Amazon 

You can also follow the author Letrise Carter on Twitter @AuthorLetrise 

Saturday walk

Lake

 This was the view this morning as we took a walk. 

Happy Saturday!


Friday, May 28, 2021

Last Friday in May

 

Happy Friday and weekend to everyone!

I've had a challenging week, but I'm incredibly grateful for this new day.

Enjoy! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’•

Monday, May 17, 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021

Nature's Beauty


 The beauty of nature close up is extraordinary to see. The pattern of this leaf is glorious!

Happy Friday!! 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

Saturday, May 01, 2021

May 2021

May flowers

 

Happy May! 

Happy new month!

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Easter 2021


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Monday, March 22, 2021

7 Things


seven


I’ve been trying to get back into regularly writing here on my blog. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m rather sporadic now, especially in comparison to how often I used to blog back in the early days of this blog. I guess that getting back to regularly blogging has something to do with how irregularly I write posts here. I’ve lost a bit of my carefree way of blogging from the early days, and I’d like to get some of that back. It may sound simplistic, but I think that I just need to stop overthinking and just write what I feel because that’s what I did in the beginning and I enjoyed it so much. No pressure, just fun. I just need to let go and be me.

So, in the spirit of being me, I’ve taken a look back at some earlier posts just for fun. I’ve realized that this blog is something of a time capsule. Reading back through some of the earlier years has been revealing. Where has the time gone? 😊

I found an earlier post from the first year when I started blogging, in 2008. It was one of those posts that were popular then which asked you to tell some things about yourself and then you passed it along. There were no ground-breaking revelations in my original post, but it certainly reminded me of a seemingly simpler time in my life and it was nice to visit for a while. If you’d like to read it, you can find it here

I thought that I’d offer up another list for now, over a decade later, as I reacquaint myself with my blog. So here goes…nothing ground-breaking again, but I just thought, why not? 😊


7 Things About Me – 2021


1) I love the color blue. I've talked about this previously.

2) I like the number 7. 

3) I love spicy food and I add hot sauce to a variety of things.

4) I love films , documentaries or features, I love them all. 

5) I love books. 

6) I like writing lists.

7) Peonies are my favorite flower.

peony
Peony


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Spring 2021

Flowers

 

Happy Spring!!!

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

March Weekend

 

weekend
Photo courtesy of Pixabay

I just wanted to check in to say hello!

I hope that everyone has a good weekend!

Take care πŸ’–

Thursday, March 04, 2021

My Thirteenth Blogiversary

Thirteen

Today is my 13th blogiversary! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Wow! Who knew that I would stick to this for thirteen years no matter how sporadic I am with posting these days? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

As I mentioned here recently, this is more of a passion project, since I don't even know if people still read my blog. Thank you truly to anyone who does. I sincerely thank you. 

I've looked back at my first blogiversary post and it was interesting to go down memory lane. Time flies. It felt like I was looking back forever ago. Time is funny.

If you'd like to take a look at my first blogiversary post, you can find it here .

Onward to more years of blogging...

I hope that you'll join me πŸ™‚πŸ’•


Monday, March 01, 2021

March 2021

Hello March

 

Wishing everyone a great new month!


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” 

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A Tale of Two Photos

Tree branches

 The photo at the top is how things looked here this morning. It was very sunny. However, by the afternoon, it was windy and overcast.

The photo at the bottom was taken yesterday morning. It was a rainy morning. However, by the early afternoon, it had turned beautifully sunny.

These two pictures have reminded me that change is a part of life. It's inevitable. Life is a continually unfolding story.

I hope that you have a good day wherever you are. 

🌿


Monday, February 22, 2021

Last Monday of February

Raindrops on branch

 It's a rainy Monday...actually a bit of rain and then a bit of blue sky...still a beautiful day!

I hope you have a great Monday and week ahead, wherever you are πŸ™‚

Saturday, February 13, 2021

February Weekend


 Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Stay safe and well. 

Please wear a mask.

πŸ™‚


Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Remembering Ms Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson


Mary Wilson, the incredible Motown legend and co-founder of The Supremes has passed away at the age of 76. I've always love the music of The Supremes and admired these ladies as the trailblazers that they were, especially for Black women. Their elegance and pure talent was ground-breaking. Mary Wilson was a fabulous singer and an icon. What a life.

Back in 2008, my husband and I had a few special days in London which featured many highlights. One of the highlights was experiencing a fantastic limited-run exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum which featured memorabilia from The Supremes. The exhibit had also been shown at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The Supremes

The exhibit of The Supremes memorabilia was amazing! The evening gowns were incredible! It was an absolute honor to see these history-making pieces up close. Sadly, I wasn't allowed to take pictures of the exhibit, but the sights and sounds are imprinted upon my memory forever. I wrote a long post about that day. Here's an excerpt:

We went to the Victoria & Albert (V&A) mostly to see an exhibition of memorabilia of The Supremes. It was fabulous. The gowns were amazing and timeless. A lot of those dresses that were from the 60s still could look fabulous if worn now. There is something about dresses from the 40s, 50s, and 60s that transcends the particular decade and will always look good. There were programs, photos, and all kinds of artefacts of this fabulous group of ladies. Mary Wilson had held onto a lot of this stuff, so she put it all together and now we have this great exhibit to see. I heard her in an interview here where she said that she didn’t throw anything away from that time. Thank God for her. (smile) The exhibit also had film of her and others talking about Motown and The Supremes. There was also a bit of archival footage of Martin Luther King Jr and things about the Civil Rights Movement as a background to give a feel of the times when Motown and The Supremes were doing their thing. It showed just how massive their achievement was and how it shaped history. They altered the perceptions of many in the rest of the world. The Supremes were elegant and all of the girl groups after them have a great example to follow. The Supremes were at their height before I was born, but I grew up hearing their music like everyone else and I think they were wonderful. The little girl in me just wanted to break into the exhibition cases and try on all of the clothes. (smile) As a former wannabee fashion designer, I was loving the fashions and the music is classic.

- excerpt from blog post "Nelson Mandela and the Rest of Our Story" - 2008

The original post was rather lengthy, but if you'd like to read it, you can find it here

Mary Wilson was instrumental in making the exhibition a reality and I'm so grateful that she shared her great memories with the world. And now as we say goodbye to her, I'm immensely grateful that she shared her great talent with the world!

RIP Ms Mary Wilson