Hello  and  welcome  come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out. Paul  and  his guests  are all here  and they are enjoying  the warmth , food and drinks. We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having Coffee:  I would  tell you how  excited I am to  be joining  Just Gene’o   and Diana’s “If  we were having  coffee”  weekend  at    and also at . I am very  proud  to be part  of  his weekend  as I have been doing  a Sunday Coffee get together  for a good  while now  and my  good friend  Paul Curran  has  be a very  welcome  guest  poster having  his own coffee get together  alongside mine! Check Gene’O’s, If we were having  coffee  weekend , out  at  https://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/if-we-were-having-coffee-the-inaugural-weekend-coffee-share/

I cannot  Tweet  my  coffee post Gene’O because I do not  Tweetin …a step to far, so far  for me! 🙂


If we were having Coffee: I would  offer you the beverage of  your choice  and of course  some of our out of this  world  cakes, pastries all calorie  free.


Then on a sober note I would  have to  say  how saddened I have been by this last weeks acts of  Terror in France. I have no  doubt  you are all as shocked  as I am. I wrote  a post on the attack on the  Charlie Hebdo  Office in Paris . I wrote  my  feeling on the subject  in  my post  Je Suis Charlie  , sadly  the  blood shed  did not end there  as  the murders  had accomplices who started up diversionary   tactics you can read about  these here   and  the end  of  the siege involving  the two remaining  men from the original massacre .    here  .

If we were having Coffee:  I would  have to say  how saddened I am by  the world, the human race  that is.  We are no better  than we were first crawling  and creeping on a virgin planet. So far  we have learned nothing. Like spoiled children we wage  war, hurt each other, some have it all some nothing   but we have not learned  to love, share  or even be kind! We have ruined our planet  and left an awful  legacy to our children  and grandchildren.

If we were having Coffee:   I would have to say  sorry I am getting  a tad heavy! Okay ..No  more  lets have some cake  and maybe  a liqueur Coffee  we can make any type  you desire!

Flaming Coffee


Yum Yum

If we were having coffee:  I would  have to ask are  you still keeping up  your  New Years Resolutions? Well I started back at  the gym last Monday  and my  friend  and I have  signed up  for extra ‘Core Lessons’ and  we have paid  for them so that is an incentive ! So I have been at the gym everyday  this week….. eek!  Also Friday my Pilates classes started  and Saturday morning my usual Core Class  started after a three week Christmas break! To  be honest I am sitting here typing  and aching all over! But I  must  just think of  the good it  will do me.

The Husband is  still not  back up to par  but  he  did have a larger operation than expected, and he did insist that we all still went away f0r Christmas  when really  he would  of done  better  to stay home  and rest. I am not  complaining I have really  enjoyed  looking after him. It  is a way  of  showing  him  how  much I appreciate everything  he did for me  when I came out of hospital  and had  to learn  to walk again.

If we were having coffee: I would  tell you all to make  yourselves  at home  go and chat to Paul’s  guest  and to Gene’O’s and Diana’s friends too. I look forward  to chatting  with  you all!

This Month January  is  Just Jot  It  January   run  by  LindaGHill  Well I am always up  for  challenge and I have done JusJoJan  before  and survived  so I am doing it again this  month/year. It  means I  must  jot out  a post  every day  of this month!……………….. eek! It is  a twofold blessing  not only  do  have to use  my grey matter I  get  to meet  lots of  new bloggers! I  hope  some of  them will come and join us  at our Sunday morning  get together’s.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would say  lets  go and see what Paul’s  guest are up to lets  all mix  and have fun.  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/
And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Coffee and Cakes



  Can We Be the Bigger Person?

                                                    (or are we slaves of our principles?)

Afternoon Tea in France
Paul your Barista
Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warm ourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, 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?

The horror of the terrorist killings in France this week has thrown a pall over international news. My heart and prayers go out to all those who have been hurt or killed and their families and friends. I abhor this behaviour on the part of those terrorists who are hiding behind the label of “Muslim”, a religion that is, at its heart, a study of peace. That said, I won’t elaborate as there has been ample coverage in the media and I am sure many are overloaded with the images and pain. As a non-practicing Christian I have some questions, though, and I wonder if any of you have wondered the same. Given that the Muslim religion makes it clear that it is forbidden to create an image of Mohammed, and the terrorists have made it clear that they will attack anyone who does, then why do people continue to create those images?

Image from Recent Parisian Terrorism

The examples that I have seen of those who have created images mocking Mohammed, have done so for purposes of creating controversy while being paid to make profits for companies. I don’t understand why they feel the need to mock the beliefs of a religious group. Is it the money they are paid to do their “jobs”? Is that the reason? Is it a hatred of Muslims that drives the need to produce cartoons of Mohammed? Those producing these images know before they do, that what they are doing is abhorrent to about a billion people. They know that there is a faction out there who has sworn to kill anyone who does this. What is the driving reason to produce those images? It is certainly not helping anyone else, other than providing a target for derision for those who enjoy belittling others.

Would you like a refill of your cuppa? A sweet perhaps?

Many of the world’s first nations media and leaders are standing solid on freedom of expression or freedom of speech as an inalienable right. That may be so but at what point does that turn into the promulgation of hatred? And even if one believes freedom of speech is inalienable, why would anyone do something that they are basically guaranteed will result in their death? As an old truck driver, I am reminded of a common adage that many drivers live: it is far better to go home alive than it is to be right and dead. That is used daily by virtually every driver out there. How many times do we avoid accidents when we have the right, legally, to kill someone? Answer: many times a day. There is a higher order of understanding above the rules- and that is “be safe”. Human life and life in general, is more valuable than any principle. The rules were made for Man but Man was not made for the rules.

Many will argue that if the Muslims are living in our country, then they should obey our rules. And really, that is a good perspective, generally. However there is an even higher perspective and that is: can we accommodate their beliefs without damage or harm to anyone in our current society? Are we big enough to look at ourselves through their eyes and understand what is important to them? By doing so, we can solve many of the confrontations and adversarial views. There are some things that we cannot accept for it would lead to the death or harm to others – such as Sharia Law. But there are other things, such as refraining from producing images of Mohammed, that are easy to do and do not reduce us one whit.

I do not believe that principles should have a higher importance than human life. And that goes for the Muslim terrorists who are attacking journalists and cartoonists. It also applies to us – we do not need to make images of Mohammed – it is not a valid argument, in my mind, that the Freedom of Speech trumps human life. In fact, this has been proven many times in our own courts – that the safety of people comes before any principle. The law is made to keep people safe, when it is doing otherwise, then we make an exception to that law. There is a legal argument in some jurisdictions that that which is necessary (saves lives for instance) is legal regardless of the written law. Freedom of Speech is NOT inalienable, human safety is inalienable.

Some interesting reading over here

I have to give credit for today’s topic to Doobster over at Mindful Digressions http://mindfuldigressions.com/2015/01/09/good-old-american-censorship-redux/ .He did a post that triggered these thoughts and although we do not agree, he has the right to his opinion– Ha!

Personally my week has been rather uneventful – hiding inside from the bone numbing cold of -34 earlier in the week. Other than that, not much exciting. How about you? Anything exciting in your world this week?

That’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for tea again next week.

And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Paris


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