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Some days I am reminded of things I would rather not remember.  Growing up in what was undoubtedly one of the most dysfunctional families around is one of them.  And remembering the Christmases of my childhood, filled with family disharmony.

Is anything more painful for a child than watching family members fight at times which are meant to bring us together?

Peace on earth.  Goodwill towards men…and women and the rest of us, too.

Or, you know, we could fight among ourselves until there is no longer an Us to worry about.

The series of graphics is called Ornaments.  They are freely offered for this holiday season, intended as a gift to all of you.  Clicking on a graphic should open a larger version in a new tab.

What really gets me is that some folks believe that each of us has to pick a side…or else we become the enemy as well.  Whether we are accepted or rejected…whether we are labeled as good or bad…is to be determined, not necessarily by who our friends are, but by to whom we choose to remain civil.

Maybe it is just me, but I can’t abide that sort of approach to life.

So if you don’t mind, I’m just going to sit over here and create some graphics and maybe share some wisdom occasionally.

And I will also pick up, consider and try to learn from whatever may appear to be nuggets of wisdom cast into the ether by others.

I certainly don’t understand the need people have to make list of who is on what side of an issue.  That just seems to be the first step in developing grudges that never end.

And I have to wonder whose purpose that serves…as if it weren’t apparent that it serves the same people we all object to:  the people who profit from the misery of others.

First they ignore you…

then they laugh at you…

then they fight you…

…then you win.

Gandhi left out a step, the part where they get you fighting among yourselves.

It’s a very important part, because it is what keeps the winning from happening.


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    • Robyn on December 25, 2009 at 00:04

    …may your days be joyous and bright and your nights cozy and warm.  May you have friends to turn to in your time of need and the yearning to help people when they need it.


    • Edger on December 25, 2009 at 00:10
  1. thank you for sharing yourself with us, Robyn.

    Merry Christmas (or whatever!)

    • Heather on December 25, 2009 at 00:21

    Merry whatever! Every day I guess.

    • TMC on December 25, 2009 at 00:24

    May the Goddess Guard you and keep you safe.

    Thank you for the gift of your art and your presence.

    Blessings for you and your beloved on this Holiday

  2. while you are preaching peace, I am reading The Art of War!

    En garde!

    I’m glad you’re around and posting because I like to keep an eye on you.  For strictly selfish purposes, mind you.

    Have a good holiday, Robyn.


    • Miep on December 25, 2009 at 02:02

    Imagine having a tree with balls on it that were etched like that. Wow.

    Neat. Thanks. Be well.

  3. Robyn, thank you for your words & images of love.

    Snapshots, thoughts rubbing against the soul.

    Sunrises, messages sent adrift in a raging sea.

    Soul connection, waiting to be received,

    thank you for your words & images of love.

  4. the colors are amazing. Merry End of the Semester, to you. So glad your feeling well enough to give us all this beautiful visual gift along with some good advise. Your right Gandhi did leave that part out and it killed him.

    ‘Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.’

    Mahatma Gandhi


    • Alma on December 25, 2009 at 05:06

    Some of those graphics look really intricate Robyn.  Very kaleidoscopic.

    Enjoy your down time from school and try to relax and take it easy.  

    Tell Debbie Hoppy Hallydaze from me too.  🙂

    • Massman on December 25, 2009 at 14:54

    As a relaxing bath was filling in my large claw-foot tub, I spotted your Diary on DK. I was so excited to read it that I completely forgot about the tub. Happily , I stopped it just before overflow. Sadly,the hot water had run out and the bath was tepid.  Small price to pay for seeing you online again. 🙂

    You remain an inspiration,be well.

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