The Reason Why

The Greatest Showman soundtrack just hit number one on the Billboard chart. In a soundtrack including several great songs including This is Me that just won the Golden Globe, the song below: From Now On is the best. It is a true anthem about the things that are always to be valued above anything else.

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Happy New Year

Now Scots are modern people. They wear jeans not kilts except for special occasions, don’t play bagpipes daily and know how to use ATMs. On New Year’s Eve they dig back into their past of the last 500 years and invest something special into the event. In modern day Scotland the street parties in Edinburgh or Glasgow are a sight to behold. In the small towns, the bonfires burn to bring back the sun.

In all of the places wherever they gather around the world, at midnight you cross your hands across your body and form a circle, and you sing only one song (all of it). Each person in the circle represents all who can’t be there except in memory and the circle circles the world with each ticking of the clock and time zone. Even though it is Burn’s version that is sung, he said that he was only recording a folk song that streched way back in time. It is a song that looks backward to childhood and forward to old age. It is a wistful melody for things lost and things gained. A loose translation is provided after each verse.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

Translation: Should past acquaintances and times now gone be forgotten and never thought of again?

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I’ll be mine,
And we’ll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Translation: You will have a drink and I will have one. Together we will toast those times remembered.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

Translation: In the past we ran around the hills and picked the daisies but since then we have traveled far apart

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

Translation: In the past we went boating from dawn until evening but wide oceans separate us now.

And there’s a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Translation: So here’s my hand my trusted friend and give me your hand. We will take a drink together to salute those still remembered times.

Once the New Year turns, the dark man bearing gifts of survival is welcomed at the door. It is considered fortunate if your first visitor on the 1st January is a tall dark stranger, armed with a lump of coal and a bottle of whisky. To this can be added the options of salt, shortbread and/or a black bun. That he should be dark is said to hark back to when a blond arrival might be a Viking, not always with the best of intentions towards home and family.

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Happy Chanukah

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Tis The Season

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The Ugliest Presidency

Many years ago I wrote a blog article about a time when elephants could be bought and sold for zoos for live exposition. It was a story of one very well loved elephant. Buying The Elephant. Times change, and this practice has become much rarer and tightly controlled, but at least now directed towards efforts to save this wonderful animal from extinction in their native areas.

I’ve never made any secret of my intense dislike of Donald Trump or that I considered him totally unworthy of the Presidency. Whatever your political leanings, I can’t think of anyone with an ounce of empathy who could defend his latest action.

In his desire to wipe out anything of value done by his predecessor, Trump has used his jealousy, lack of intelligence, and self hatred to attack one of the most valuable animals on earth by reversing the policy that forbid the importation of trophies from endangered species. This makes the US one of the few allowing for trade in ivory while encouraging poaching and big game hunting. Elephant losses are now approaching 100 per day. Allowing for trophies only encourages this poaching and destruction.

Trump to Allow Imports of African Elephant Trophies

We know the Trump sons are big game hunters, proud of their slaughter as can be seen above with Don Jr and his elephant tail. This is no excuse for the elimination of an intelligent, beautiful, family oriented animal already endangered. Donald Trump hasn’t just failed as a President. He has failed as anything resembling a human being.

I apologize for the death at the top of this article. Here is how elephants should always be on this earth.

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