Sunday, November 15, 2015

Weekend Reflections & Shadows

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I have to confess I’m suffering from writer’s block just now. My thoughts seem to escape and wander off, refusing to get trapped into words and organised to make sense of things…

It’s been a week of big black news headlines.

First it was my own country, Sweden, reintroducing border controls in the south (on Thursday 12th Nov), in an attempt to cope with the rapidly increasing number of refugees arriving by ferries, or across the bridge from Denmark. (10.000 seeking asylum here only last week.)

Then on Friday 13th there was the terror attack in Paris, which probably hasn’t escaped anyone, wherever you live.

For now I’m really just making note of the dates here for my own memory. And repeating, as I wrote to a friend earlier today: I so do not envy the leading politicians and officials (in Sweden and elsewhere) who right now have to stay alert 24/7, making lots of important decisions, one upon another. And in between have to try to explain it all to the media and the rest of us.

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The last three photos are from the memorial chapel in the cemetery close to where I live; which was open to visitors for prayer and reflection at Halloween.

Linking to:

Weekend Reflections

 Shadow Shot Sunday 2 

11 comments:

  1. Lovely shots. It has been a depressing week. Not only with Paris - but the massacres in Beirut and Kenya too. And also shutting the borders here in Sweden - I was sad to hear this, but can understand that it's difficult to deal with 2,000 refugees per day. But my question is, where will they go if they don't have the correct papers? I sincerely hope that the borders open very soon and Sweden shows its customary generosity.

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  2. Fi, I've probably missed a lot of other world news this week because my brain just shuts down and refuses to take in more. As for our border controls, as I understand it, the borders have not been "closed" - people wanting to seek asylum are still allowed to do that. What they're trying to stop is the flow of people travelling through anonymously and disappearing along the way and no one knows where to.

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  3. beautiful church and i like the photo of the candles in the sand. tragedy after tragedy is striking in almost every country in our world and this makes me sad. and what humans don't destroy nature is on a mission to destroy.

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  4. We're living in sad times, can only pray they'll get better.

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    1. Terrorist attacks purposefully directed at random innocent victims makes one feel especially helpless, don't they. :(

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  5. I don't know about your political leaders but we have a problem here in that we keep voting for people who are in love with the title and have no other objective other than to gain it. I suspect their primary enthusiasm for the EEC is that they can hide amongst each other.

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    1. Adrian, I have to say that as tired as I often get of all the bickering involved in politics, just now I do very much appreciate the efforts made by our two major party coalitions (present government and former government parties) to reach agreements regarding urgent important issues, across the usual party frontiers.

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  6. No, I certainly do not envy our (or other countries') politicians their jobs!

    That Friday was such a happy, cheerful day for me - a good friend came to stay for the weekend; she lives near Hamburg now and we don't see each other more than once or twice a year since she moved. We had a girlfriends reunion and had such a great time together. None of us watched or heard the news until Saturday morning. What a sad, sad day. I have two cousins with their respective families living in Paris and my Mum immediately emailed them. We've not heard from them but of course we very much hope they are alright.

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    1. It was the same thing for me, Meike... Well, no friends reunion, but I went to bed early on Friday, and did not learn about what happened in Paris until the morning after. I hope your relatives are OK.

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  7. Beautiful little church and gorgeous reflections. Yes. The news headlines have been heavy this week. Almost surreal.

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