Grass Roots and Silver Linings

Join Us at The Table. It’s Set and Ready for Tea and Some Nibbles


Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again in the garden tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. We can relax with a cuppa and calorie free electronic sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

Sound Familiar?

This week I’m feeling very positive. Because of my medical issues I have basically given up looking for a job, having tried for over three years. I won’t rule out a job and mentally I am prepared, able and willing (within physical limitations) to work but I have stopped actively looking. I’ve always wanted to write and have turned to blogs as a way to see what types of writers and “voices” are out there. My inability to get a job has produced the silver lining of being able to spend time writing. Ha! One blogger referred to me as the ninja commenter for the depth of my comments. This week I have been asked to write a few guest posts for other blogs and I have accepted. It feels good to be asked, as Willow was the first to ask me. I am indebted to her for her trust and for being the first to give me this opportunity to try out my writing. I enjoy having a weekly cuppa with all of you here in the garden and I look forward to continuing as long as you’ll have me. Iwas hesitant to jump into writing without knowing if I can give readers enjoyment. I have written a few stories and such before but never had any published – just some rejections.

My Mother, whose opinion I respect and who has had a book published, does not seem to think my writing has any value. This reaction of hers is fairly typical and I explore it further on Sunday over at a guest blog at Mark Bialczak’s site. If you’d like to drop by, I’d enjoy your input on the piece Here 

Why do you blog or read blogs? Do you do any other writing? Do you enjoy writing? Why? Would you like another cuppa and a sweet? We have a vast selection of teas, coffees (with an addition of something a little stronger to warm your blood if you choose) and sweets. Note that all our sweets, being of the electronic type, are calorie free.

Spring Tulips in October at Floriade in Canberra

My personal news of getting writing invitations has lightened my mood considerably this week. My local world is busy getting deeper into fall. The sidewalk outside is

covered with fallen maple leaves and squirrels and it has been rainy and windy. Oddly enough, it was very warm during the day this week but that is not unusual just before the temperature drops off for the winter. The local university students have cut back on their front porch gatherings on the street as they write their mid-terms and avoid the rain.

Is fall progressing in your home town? Then, of course we have our southern hemisphere visitors who are just starting spring. What does that mean to you? Does it mean more rain or higher temps or storms? It seems so odd doesn’t it, that while one part of the world gets colder, another gets warmer.

Well, the bigger world seems to be mostly negative news this week. Although along with any negative, there is often a way to see a silver lining. The big worry, of course is Ebola. The good news here is two fold: first, so far the virus is not transmitted by air, only body contact, which makes it far easier to control and allows you and I to help protect ourselves. Second, a vaccine has been developed by a Canadian company and is now in the US and Africa being field tested on humans. With any luck this will be the silver bullet that will end this disease. Meanwhile our hospitals are becoming more aware and prepared, reducing the chance of accidental infection. Is there any news in your country? How do you feel about this situation?

Global Economy

World wide there also seems to be a drop in economic activity that is deeply rooted. Here in Canada the slowing economy has dropped the demand for fuel products resulting in lower crude prices, lower gas prices and a lower value on our dollar. This opens an opportunity for our industry to be more competitive in the export markets – a good thing. If companies can tool up and improve exports fast enough, this could mean more jobs for us, the grass roots individuals. The bigger picture can be dealt with by the movers and shakers who get paid the big bucks to worry. Have you seen any signs of changes in your community? What do you think will happen? Is this just a natural market correction or does it hide a bigger problem? No matter what life throws at us, there is always a way to see past it to the positive. On a grass roots individual level silver linings are real and are always there if only we take the time to look.

Would you like another cuppa? I think I’ll have a sweet as well. Willow and I are honored that you dropped by the marquee in the garden today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please feel free to look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you here in the garden again next week.

Relaxing for a moment of peace

All photos are  as below in order


IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/       

Please  don’t  forget  to pop over  to   Mark Bialczak’s site to see his  and Paul’s posts!








25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 03:04:31

    Hi Willow! Thanks again for the opportunity to guest post here again this week. I was quite taken by your posts this week on cancer. Our readers may want to check back on your blog and read some of your poetry. Amazing. Anyway, thanks so much for allowing the link with Mark Bialczak’s ( http://markbialczak.com/) for this post. I’m sure the readers will enjoy it. have a great weekend.


    • willowdot21
      Oct 19, 2014 @ 07:39:19

      Hi Paul this is great news about your talent spreading!! I knew it would and I am delighted to see that you have new guest spots esp at
      http:/markbialczak.com your post are always a delight to read, full of insight, humour and wisdom. 🙂 keep on blogging. xxxx


  2. TanGental
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 07:04:46

    Hi Paul. Glad Canada is bonny in the Fall. Autumn here is unseasonably warm too. I was reading your post about news and the essentially depressing nature of it and this brought to mind a comment by a perceptive commentator here who pointed out that since the structure of news bulletins was a masculine construct it is 25 minutes of gloom, 5 minutes of sports and the weather. If women had been in charge when the ideas were developed we’d have a lot more happy dolphin stories, arts and fashion and an agony aunt. Perhaps we should give it a try?


    • willowdot21
      Oct 19, 2014 @ 07:20:50

      Humm sounds like a plan


    • Paul
      Oct 19, 2014 @ 08:06:59

      Welcome TG! Thanks for dropping by. I laughed out loud at your example of a “Men’s” and “Woman’s” news report. You may well be right. There are a lot of women in news now but i think they have been trained by men and report to men. So, no difference. Yeah, the news is not good but you know there is always a positive take for the little people like you and I – we just have to look for it. I appreciate you reading and commenting. Please do drop by again.


  3. willowdot21
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 08:19:33

    Hi Paul great blog as ever, you teach us all a good lesson telling us to look for the silver lining in all life’s downs.
    Petrol and houses are at sky high prices right now. We are all hoping they will level out soon and become more affordable. I worry for the generation of young people right now trying to get a foot on the property ladder. I dread to think what the job and property situation will be like when our Newbie grows up! I am so delighted that you are spreading your wings and I am going over to Mark’s blog at http:/markbialczak.com. to check it out in a while. Thanks again for a great post and please do keep them coming :). Oh! Could you be an angel and get me a double expresso I need a shot or three of caffeine to get me going this morning. Xxx


  4. Paul
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 08:42:44

    Good Morning Willow! One double expresso coming up! I’m sure your Newbie will be fine. As much as everyone cries “the sky is falling” our economy has been chugging along for a long while – there are some downs but they are inevitably balanced by ups that follow. Things change so much over the years that it would be hard to predict what your Newbie will experience but rest assured it will be fine, if different. Thank you again for this opportunity to chat wth the visitors to the marquee in the garden. Acting as the barrista is very enjoyable. Have a great week!


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  6. markbialczak
    Oct 19, 2014 @ 11:04:34

    I write because I need to, want to, and always will, Paul. It’s who I am since the day I picked up a wide pencil in kindergarten, my friend. Great post(s) today. Please do not get me started on the North American economy and jobs, you know. Silver linings? Please let them find us all, you and I first.


  7. Exile on Pain Street
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 00:19:36

    That was a nice wave. More where that came from, please.

    I know how cynical this sounds but as soon as the pharmaceutical industry figures out how to profit from Ebola, they’ll attack the problem. That’s not very nice to say and I hope I’m just being reactionary. It’d be a shame if there was a grain of truth to it.


    • willowdot21
      Oct 20, 2014 @ 18:46:57

      I think you are right about the Pharmaceutical Companies, they are all heart..not they are just in it for the money! Sad to say but that is the truth. They only try when it effects them. Thanks for the interest!I do hope they can sort things out ………..


    • Paul
      Oct 20, 2014 @ 19:30:14

      Hi Mark! Oh, it’s absolutely true. they do not take on illnesses when there can be no profit. We studied their operating parameters in B-School and you’re right Mark. That is one of the flaws in capitalism – there is no money in solving problems when there aren’t enough people with the problem to make a profit.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and leavign a comment Mark. i am honored to have you join our discussion.


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