rise and root



The Flame Haired Solstice Dreamer

Cold winter brings the Everfrost and jewels every tree
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
A flame~haired dreamer wanders there and shelters from the wind
And spins her dreams around the trees to break the ties that bind
She takes her thread and spins anew and how the Greenwood smiles
As she spins a spell for freedom and for her spirit Wylde

The dreamer finds an ancient oak and shelters in his lee
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
Tis summer now and birdsong weaves its magick through her spells
And humming bees drum drowsily in the foxglove's bells
The dreamer sits beneath the oak with yarn upon her knee
And spins and knits and weaves her dreams and sets her spirit free

"When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people...shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. they will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow"

Hopi Prophecy

~Hope II~

jackie posted this and asked that it be passed on.
she has written here, what i have been thinking about but been unable to articulate...

There has to be a fairer way to fund higher education than imposing the dread stone weight of debt around the ankles of those who chose the path of knowledge. It is not only that individual who benefits from learning.

This morning, did you read a newspaper? Drive a car? Have you ever been to the doctors? Perhaps you had a child, delivered by a midwife? Maybe your children go to school? Perhaps you are reading this on a computer? Maybe you take photographs, cook food, go to restaurants. Are you or is someone you know on medication? Have you ever in your life been on an aeroplane? Do you read books?
We all benefit from people who have had a university education in almost everything we do in everyday life.

Students have already spent up to 3 years of their lives not earning, in some cases up to seven years, making their way through college courses, some in pursuit of learning, others in pursuit of dreams and a few just treading water until they find the right path.

From cleaning the house with a vacuum cleaner, to driving, washing, in so very many ways engineering, design students benefit everyone. So how can it possibly be unfair for everyone to contribute to the education of our population? And students are not just kids leaving school, but sometimes mature students who have realised through experience the paths their lives should go, who need a qualification in order to realise their dream. How can a father or mother with two young children ever now take that brave decision to leave work in favour of three years of hard work and learning, with fees to pay and a family to feed? And students with disabilities. How can they be expected to take on so much debt?

Why punish those even more but weighting their lives with a growing debt, for if they don't achieve the £21 000 a year and start paying back it will grow.

If you live in a cave, don't drive, have nothing technical in your cave, never take medicine and have no kids etc, ok, maybe you should get a tax rebate. Otherwise in our glorious and beautiful interconnected web of life everybody benefits so everybody should contribute, levelling the playing field just a little and sharing the burden.

I for one would rather invest in people, in their potential, in a brighter future for our youth than in banks.
And I would celebrate the colaboration of art and science, not favour one above the other. The world needs its dreamers and thinkers and sceince and art so much closer than so many people understand. Next time you vacuum your house lust look at the amazing piece of everyday design and technology you are using.
I would share the cost of educating our population, I would celebrate that web that connects us all to each other, strengthen it. That is the true meaning of The Big Society, if only Cameron had the whit to realise it.

Just because the vote for the increase in fees has gone through government it does not mean that the fight against this is over. The bill has a long way to go and if there is no one in opposition who has the powers to stand against this retrograde piece of legislation then we will have to do it ourselves. So if you blog, then cut, copy, paste or link to this post. If you are facebook then please share this post.

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All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

Johney Gaul~1915

Johney Gaul~1915
1890-17 september 1918~France