Archive for February, 2006

Laughter in a Time of War

February 27, 2006

In this podcast Zach Warren talks about using laughter and circus performance to help heal children’s psychological and emotional wounds in war torn countries.

“One of the first casualties of war” says Zach Warren, “is imagination.”

Right at the end he talks about his path in life being driven by his Quaker faith and values.

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What’s in a name?

February 26, 2006

I’ve wanted a blog to share my thoughts on things of a spirit led, Quaker oriented fashion for some time now. It’s taken me a while to come up with a name I liked though. Here’s the story. I’d been reading and posting on Leith and Anna’s blogs for a few months and asked Leith what I should call my blog. We’d been talking about what she should call her new horse as she was struggling to find a name. I thought maybe it’d be easier if we just named them the same thing. Her working name for her foal was “littlefox”. I thought about that for a while, it is kind of ‘Quakery’ with fox in it, and I thought about “littlefoxes” too, but it just didn’t stick.

So, last night I asked my 5 year old son what I should call it, and he said “Nothing Bucket”. That was either very Zen and profound, or maybe he just took a dim view of what I might have to say on a blog. It wasn’t quite right, but I told Anna because I thought it was amusing. She said it reminded her of Dumbledore’s pensieve – a place to put thoughts when there are too many in your head. I looked pensieve up on Wikipedia. It says:

“Like many names in these books, pensieve is a pun: it is a sieve in that it is a device used for sifting out thoughts, and in using it one becomes pensive or thoughtful. It may be notable that “pensieve” is an anagram of Pevensie, the surname of the main characters from C. S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in which the Pevensie children are thrust into another world through a magical cupboard, as Harry is thrust into a memory through the pensieve in Dumbledore‘s cupboard.”

I really liked this. I wanted somewhere I could be thoughtful, and reflective, but which others could also see into. The fact that one of my favourite Quaker quotes comes from William Penn sort of sealed the deal.

So there we are.

Julian