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self-awareness

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on February 24, 2009
consciouness

consciouness

Sloatsburg, Upstate NY, 2009 (hellyjphotos.2009.copyright)

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this is the age of reality

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on February 18, 2009
‘This is the age of reality
But some of us deal with mythology
This is the age of science and technology
But some of us are stopped by antiquity
of science and technology

of science and technology

They are gone out of line
They don’t live for their time
They are far from getting the sign
And their eyes are blind
To the light of the world……..’
Linton Kwesi Johnson – ‘Reality Poem’

I was listening to an interview on NPR the other day and it was with an English guy (didn’t catch his name or job title) who was saying that alot of kids don’t know how to hand write anymore – i.e. as in words and letters. This is because, on the whole, they aren’t taught hand-writing in school any longer. The emphasis is now on learning to use the computer keyboard. We are breeding a whole new nation of people (because that includes adults too who never physically hand-write any longer) who won’t know how to hold a pen properly, let alone write legibly and, perhaps in years to come, the pen will even be classed as some out-moded object from a bygone age! And add on to our increasing dependancy on computers, we’ll also forget how to spell or really think for ourselves any longer – I’m talking spell check and dictionary/thesaurus here.

And lets not forget  our obsession with hand-held technology……… we walk around in our myopic little worlds – staring at tiny screens, having one-sided conversations for all to hear* (see below), not looking where you are going…………not even looking up at the sky any longer. We text in acronyms and kids even talk in them in some cases – well it certainly sounds as if they are judging by the conversations I’ve overheard on buses when school is out!

We were talking to an optician the other week and he said that we now have a generation of kids who are literally becoming myopic because they spend so much time staring at some variation of a screen, at close range for hours on end, every day. This is, sadly it seems, par for the course for generations to come.

F and I were speculating about our all-consuming fixation with the need for constant communication and wondered if one day in the not-too-distant future whether we will have little phone chips surgically inserted into our brains that will be voice activated? Or am I confusing that with a sci-fi movie I saw as a kid?!

Thoughts on a S.A.E. (stamped addressed envelope) please.

P.S. (thats postscript, kids!) why not send at least one hand-written postcard to someone at least once a week? Lets keep penmanship alive (kind of contradictory, I know, this being a computer generated blog, but I do also actually hand write my journal and still write letters as often as I can)

*or, in some cases, if you’re lucky you might get both sides if the story if the  cretin decides to put his phone on loud speaker! what the hell happened to privacy? what is our fascination with the need to let all and sundry listen in on your personal conversation? I could go on………and on about this particular bug-bear which seems to be particularly prevalent here in NYC!!

Greenwich Village, NYC (hellyjphotos 2009 Copyright)

yankee $

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on February 13, 2009

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SoHo, NYC (hellyjphotos.2009.copyright)

hear, hear………..!!!

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on February 12, 2009

hear, hear!!

Greenwich Village, NYC (hellyjphotos.2009.copyright)

an air of depreciation

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on February 11, 2009

depression-091We all know whats happening with the  economy around the world so I’m not even going to bang on about it here. We have enough of that watching the news, reading the tabloids, hearing doom and gloom coming out of everyone’s mouth whilst walking down the street. Living it!greenwich-big-sky-and-river-thames19th-july-08

Its all got me thinking, however, about how simple our lives used and how we chose to be exactly where we are now – debt and all (sorry, I did say I wasn’t going to bang on about that particular subject!). Then I got round to thinking about my childhood and how our young lives seemed so free and easy………living for the weekends when we could get up early, hurridly make a couple of egg and tomato sandwiches, grab a packet of Walkers Crisps (Salt & Vinegar for me) and a can of ‘pop’ from the corner shop,  then get on our bikes and be gone from morning until tea time. Cycling down the country lanes to the reservoir or down to the little river to make a tree swing with an old tyre. Or simply to lie on our backs on the roundabout up at the football field, look up at the sky and imagine what shapes the clouds made: faces, houses, whole towns, animals……..what would it be like to be up there, walking on the soft, white, bouncy clouds…….wherever our fancy took us. You could get completely lost up there in the simpleness of it all….where everything would be effortless, gentle and peaceful…..

But, ofcourse we grow and our lives become more cluttered and so much more complicated it seems and we search for more

We see more in situations that perhaps don’t warrant so much weight

We pacify our hungar/lack of with material things

We run around, always so busy.

We don’t stand still long enough to see what it is we really need and realise the simplicity of what our lives can be again.

Perhaps we need to value more of what we have within us/around us and appreciate it…..

Be that spontaneous,  innocent child again, lie back and look up at the sky and see the real beauty and simplicity……….constantly moving and changing, from darkness to light again, at a pace that can’t be forced or altered but …………knowing that it will change

SoHo, NYC, 2009 & Greenwich, London, 2008 (hellyjphotos.copyright 2009)