Rush (-ing) to catch up

Posted in Uncategorized on 07/04/2014 by Jen Healey

Sitting up this evening, waiting for the washing machine to do its job, whilst watching Rush – Beyond the Lighted Stage, I am struck with how much I feel I have so much to catch up with regarding literature and Rush’s back catalogue.  An odd coupling perhaps, but I have been linking them of late, with ‘Clockwork Angels’ by Kevin J. Anderson and the album, and with ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand and the album/song ‘2112’.

Clockwork Angels, the book, is (like Rush) underrated in my opinion.  I really must re-do my review of this on goodreads, as I can’t shake the frustration at the amount of reviews that pigeon-hole it as a ‘young-adult, coming-of-age story’.  It really isn’t.  I feel a little icky saying this, not wanting to be rude, but for someone to read that book and believe that is all it is, I genuinely feel that so many people ‘just don’t get it’.  Not the angst-ridden “Oh I’m so misunderstood” posturing, chucking one’s dummy out of the pram, no.  More a sadness that they are missing the point and therefore missing out on the joy of the thing.  Maybe it is not something that is all that readily shared in the usual day-to-day?  Art, in whatever form it is presented, is subjective, of course.  Arguing over it may be a futile exercise, as these things are down to individual taste, just as my impulse to try to share this indescribable, almost profound (for lack of a more accurate word) appreciation for that which I believe to be awesome, is lost to the ether.  It’s not a desire to draw attention to myself, or the books/band (although they heartily deserve it), but a sincere wish to share the enjoyment (another inadequate word) I get from thinking over these things.  These are the things that I cling to, as they mean a lot to me.  They are precious and beautiful.  A wasted effort on those who are unable/unwilling to perceive what is being offered, for the most part, I suppose.  It is a shame.

There are so many overlapping thoughts, themes and resonances running through so much of what I am reading and listening to at the moment, it’s quite wonderful.  I want to share it. That’s all.

I’m sure there are many who would read all kinds of cynical pseudo-psychological analysis-type opinions into such things.  To them I would say listen to 2112, really listen to it.


Which Bowie am I?

Posted in Music with tags on 01/03/2014 by Jen Healey

What a result!! My favourite incarnation.

Being alone…

Posted in Reblog on 09/02/2014 by Jen Healey

I may just be reblogging too much today, but when my reader has been filling up with so much wonderful stuff, I cannot do anything else!

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aloneYou see, you are not educated to be alone. Do you ever go out for a walk by yourself? It is very important to go out alone, to sit under a tree—not with a book, not with a companion, but by yourself—and observe the falling of a leaf, hear the lapping of the water, the fishermen’s song, watch the flight of a bird, and of your own thoughts as they chase each other across the space of your mind. If you are able to be alone and watch these things, then you will discover extraordinary riches which no government can tax, no human agency can corrupt, and which can never be destroyed. – J Krishnamurti from This Matter of Culture

In my mind it’s important to distinguish between solitude which is imperative for good health and the maturation of the human spirit, and isolation which is a toxic disconnection from…

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not being like everybody else is not the same as being sick…

Posted in Reblog on 09/02/2014 by Jen Healey

You have to love Foucault!

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“…if you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal, if you are abnormal , then you are sick. These three categories, not being like everybody else, not being normal and being sick are in fact very different but have been reduced to the same thing”
― Michel Foucault

Whilst those involved in constructing and foisting upon us diagnostic schema [like DSM] do claim to identify biological illnesses that have  genetic differences and having chemical cures, this is far from any whole truth.

“Diagnostic categories do not cut nature at the joint” Phil Thomas

Whatever it is that gets called  “mental illness” and diagnosed as “mental disorder” it is less a specifically identified genetic brain disease than it is some slack-handful cluster of surface level symptoms.   Disorders are not determined by laboratory test but by identifying the best match with a compendium of committee-constructed categories each with its own…

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in midst of winter….. Albert Camus

Posted in Reblog on 09/02/2014 by Jen Healey

A bit late, but too wonderful to not reblog.

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in midst of winter

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On belief and believing…

Posted in Reblog on 09/02/2014 by Jen Healey

Love it!

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

A story to consider:

mandalaBuddha entered a village. A man asked him as he was entering the village, “Does God exist? “He said, “No, absolutely no.” In the afternoon another man came and he asked, “Does God exist?” And he said, “Yes, absolutely yes.” In the evening a third man came and he asked, “Does God exist?”

Buddha closed his eyes and remained utterly silent. The man also closed his eyes. Something transpired in that silence. After a few minutes the man touched Buddha’s feet, bowed down, paid his respects and said, “You are the first man who has answered my question.

“Now, Buddha’s disciple, Ananda, was very much puzzled: “In the morning he said no, in the afternoon he said yes, in the evening he did not answer at all. What is the matter? What is really the truth? So when Buddha was going to sleep, Ananda said, “First…

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the bullying experiment – fouseyTUBE

Posted in Reblog on 09/02/2014 by Jen Healey

This needs to be shared. This is what social media should do, examine social behaviour, then I might consider joining the ‘facecrap’.

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fouseyTUBE‘s bullying experiment…

Q. how do people respond when they witness one person  bullying another?

“So I feel like the big issue with today’s generation is bullying: why does bullying continue and why doesn’t anybody put a stop to it?
“So I thought lets put a crime and let it happen right in front of peoples’ faces and see what happens.

Because of course, change starts with the people, right?”

the bullying experiment

How do you respond when you witness bullying?
because change starts with you, right?



by fousey TUBE
Published on Dec 1, 2013

Why is bullying such an on going issue in society today? It’s the people who start it but is it not the people who have the capacity to put a stop to it? By watching an act of bullying with the thought of, “i was going to step in if it kept going.” you may be…

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