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The Sky is Full of Stars

Most of them we will never know. God alone knows if we'll ever make our way out there. And God alone knows whether we're worthy of getting off this ball of mud, this little jewel. 

So here we sit, turning our world to bloody red, dirt grey, despoiling the place, and ourselves, body and soul.  We take pearls, and become swine - or worse than swine, because pigs are pretty damned smart animals, and we, with all our great big brains, are small and petty, dumb in a way that beasts never are, and unworthy of pearls. 

And yet. 

Somewhere, a father cradles his child and prays he can protect her; a mother hunts for something to make her son's eyes grow big with joy. 

Somewhere doctors fight death; somewhere men and women tear aside bomb-broken walls, in death's way themselves, to rescue their fellow human beings. 

Somewhere, a girl creates glorious art, a boy makes music that makes peoples' hearts glad. 

Somewhere, someone gives up being selfish and cowardly, even as she is frightened to death of being good. 

Somewhere, someone is reaching out to her, giving her the strength, because he knows what it's like to take that step.

Somewhere people are cleaning up their messes, and our messes, too, helping the sky stay blue and the earth still verdant.

Somewhere, someone is standing up to a bully, and maybe even reaching into the bully's heart and starting a sea change.

Somewhere, an old man gives wisdom to a young fool, and a young fool gifts the old man with joie de vivre. 

Somewhere, one scientist pulls aside the sky of stars and looks into the infinite, while her colleague peers into the microscope and finds the cure for Alzheimer's. 

Somewhere, hearts yearn for love, and are rewarded. 

It isn't much, against all the death, and filth, and despair.

But perhaps it's not us doing the judging. 

We have always excelled at beating the odds, we fearfully arrogant humans. And perhaps, says the woman who isn't even sure one exists, except at the darkest time of year  when she needs one, there's a God out there, forgiving us our arrogance, loving us for it, saying, "Alright, you beloved cheeky monkeys, another year. I can't bear to give you up. I love you."

It's a gift I'll take. 

And to all of you magnificent people out there, here's a gift I've proffered before: my riff on "It's A Wonderful Life."


Date: Sunday, 25 December 2016 04:52 am (UTC)
heliopausa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heliopausa
And I've blundered and left my this-year's greeting there! But if that's the worst blunder I make this Christmas I won't be too fretted. :)

Date: Sunday, 25 December 2016 01:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
Merry Christmas!

Date: Sunday, 25 December 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
elisi: (Clara happy)
From: [personal profile] elisi
This is beautiful.

Date: Monday, 26 December 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
shanghaied: (we are stardust)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Calendars are a construct. Holidays are a construct. Gods are a construct.

Breath is real. Existence is real. Lifespans are real.

All things strive.

You nailed it nicely, missus :-)

Date: Tuesday, 27 December 2016 12:45 am (UTC)
shanghaied: (plasma ball)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
I agree, 'but that's alright' is the best way of looking at it[1] :-)

FWIW we had a gorgeous day on the 25th. Drove up-country, as always on this day, to the farm of our proxy family (a clan who 'adopted' us nearly 15 years ago to give us an excuse to avoid spending the holidays with either of my DB's ghastly parents), where we had our usual traditional UK/Ire Christmas - pulling the crackers and all - in sunny 36C weather. Well, mostly traditional. I'm sure European Christmas doings never included feeding defrosted rats to wild kookaburras... then, last night being Stephen's Day (Boxing Day in the UK), we d/l'd and watched the extended Christmas edition of QI which was marvellously silly and featured a sixty per cent queer personnel ratio which was one hundred per cent normal because no-one noticed - so there's another good thing in the world of HomSaps to add to your list :-)

Hope yours was as much fun as ours was!


Today is a public holiday for most here but a workday for us, so I'm outtahere momentarily. Laaaaater!


[1] 'it' being life, the universe and everything, of course

Date: Friday, 30 December 2016 06:18 am (UTC)
shanghaied: (plasma ball)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Much snarflage at this end, as that in turn reminds me of the first time a friend tried to defrost a rat for her newly acquired carpet python, and what with not having much experience with microwave cookers (or indeed with cookery of any sort) set it on High for ten minutes. Cue exploded rat and impossible-to-ever-sufficiently-de-rat microwave :P

p.s. The following day was 38.9C and VERY humid. I died a whole lot. Humidity is not now and never has been my friend.

Date: Monday, 2 January 2017 10:31 pm (UTC)
shanghaied: (fiery sunrise)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Hola! And felicitations an' a' tha' for 2017!

Ta much for the card, which I shall be able to view soonish-ish-ish. I was off the aether for several days until now, since we had to find the time to rip out my OS and instal a new one[1] ~glares at infuriating embedded spellchecker in Chromium, which is currently set to the Black Speech of Mordor aka USA English, for querying 'aether' and 'instal'~ and it will be a while before I can find where everything is on our server, where it's going to go on my little Orac, etc... so catching up with my webmail accounts, which I normally only check once every 30 days, will take a while. But as I'm spending less and less time looking at the sad ickle ant farm internet these days, I think it's time I gave you my real email address - which I'll do soon. Because I like you a whole hella lot and would like to be able to stay in contact even if I wander away from the blogosphere :-)


[1] Technical-ish details, just FYI: I'd been using Debian Squeeze, installed almost exactly five years ago, and my never-sign-in-to-the-evil-Google-bitch Chrome was nearly as out of date as my palaeolithic-and-thus-no-longer-usable Firefox. Now I have Linux Mint and am using Firefox 27 with the latest NoScript, plus a new version of Chromium (opensource clone of Chrome, apparently) and Midori (if I really want a third browser open). Given that I'd been stuck using Chrome and having to wade through the eye-melting horrors of adverts all over the pages, I'm already so delighted by the lack of visual white noise that it makes up for much of the frustration of - wait for it - probably having to spend months getting everything on my screen exactly as I want it... by which point it'll all be out of date again, no doubt. Fuck the Church of Technolatry and the unbeta'd train it rode in on. If only someone would find a way to get through to software developers that 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' is a piece of ACTUAL WISDOM, grrr!

Date: Friday, 6 January 2017 04:21 am (UTC)
shanghaied: (paperbark)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
burning of my left index finger whilst ironing

Fingers aren't supposed to be flattened, you know :P

my Canadian spelling habits have never completely died

I thought you'd be needing them again by now. Or was your time-to-go-home comment back in November merely a passing wail of despair?

I always smile when I see a post response from you; I know it will amuse me, challenge me, make me thoughtful, occasionally irritate me, or all four.

And therein lies the well-supported undercroft of a genuine intellectual friendship :-)

(I mention undercrofts because I had to explain what they are not two hours ago to my DB - who, being a born-and-bred Australian who's never been out of Australia, barely knows what a cellar is, much less a gorgeously brick-lined and vaulted one. Yet another reason why I detest this country: its almost unremittingly tasteless and poorly designed/cheaply built architecture[1]. Sigh.)

I tried Linux at one point (or some version of Linux) and could have gotten used to it, but it was just unwieldy enough to make me go back, first to FF and then to Chrome.

Er, Linux isn't a browser, it's an operating system. Like Windows (without the bad greedy business model, dreadful dumbing-down of the GUI, and under-bonnet heart that's neither accessible by end users nor fully known even to coders in the heart of the Microsoft beast, owing to decades of sloppy documentation ) and Mac (without the retch-making pretentiousness and dirty trick of trading inferior products under a name that once did represent top-of-the-line software and hardware). I'm using the same browsers as you - Firefox/Chrome/etc. - but they're the Linux versions[2] :-)



[1] Apart from most of Melbourne University and bits and pieces of Melbourne city centre that haven't been torn down and turned into blocks of plastic flats, or having only their street frontage listed and left standing in front of huge holes that then get turned into blocks of plastic flats. 's heartbreaking. There is some spectacularly beautiful modern architecture out there, but for the most part Australia doesn't contain any.

[2] If any of this gives you the impression that I'm a Computer Person, I promise you I'm more than 80 per cent civilian. Yes, I can drive a command line for simple tasks, but I neither have nor want to have actual coding-fu. I just happened to marry a Linux user who works for a Linux consultancy. If we could bring the civilian world back to making marks on pieces of dead tree by hand or by mechanical typewriter for most communications, I wouldn't be unduly disturbed!

Date: Sunday, 25 December 2016 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Blessings to you.

Thank you.

You have once more, reached into my heart through your words and made it warm (even as it ached). You made me smile (even as I tried to keep that damned dust out of my lashes!) And (as always) you have left me so, so glad to be one of those who can be priviledged to call you my friend (my family on days that I dare!) Thank you.

Blessings of the Season upon you - and may you have the Merriest of Christmases !

*hugs you tight, tight*

(Give my love to FB and BB, will you? And be sure to save a goodly portion for yourself. I know it should go without saying...but it should also NEVER go without saying. Love you, dear one.)
Edited Date: Sunday, 25 December 2016 06:03 am (UTC)

Date: Wednesday, 28 December 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
It truly is, honey...and thank you for reminding us all! :D

You are lovely...that truly eases my heart and makes me feel good. Bless you for that. I don't feel so good right now (it has been a while actually) and this lightened my feelings immensely! My little family is so much brighter with you, BB, FB and Em in it (fuzzballs included of course!). I hope one day we can. That would truly be a pleasure!

It was a good one. Just what we needed, actually...

*HUGS*

Date: Sunday, 25 December 2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flowsoffire.livejournal.com
♥♥♥♥♥

Date: Monday, 26 December 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flowsoffire.livejournal.com
Thanks dear :) Same to you!

Date: Sunday, 25 December 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)

Date: Monday, 26 December 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eaweek.livejournal.com
Big hugs, thanks for this!

Date: Monday, 26 December 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Love hearts)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
Aw, a lovely post <3

Date: Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
It has been thank you:)

Date: Tuesday, 27 December 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)

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