Amazing TED talk about the route to happiness

Everyone need to watch this. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with the idea that happiness comes from acquisition and personal gain, its important to remember there are better ways to get there; by having gratitude and by giving.


“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another. We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.”

— John (Fire) Lame Deer, Sioux Lakota, 1903-1976



Kenmare Lace

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I was sent this image from my Irish Wwoofing mum. This is a sculpture based on the Kenmare lace tradition, which she, I and another wwoofer spent many rainy hours moulding in wax inside her caravan in the woods of Bere Island. After I left she had it cast in bronze, and it now stands proudly in the town of Kenmare, Co Kerry.