LILIES …

Remember
that the most beautiful things
in the world are
the most useless;

peacocks and lilies
for instance.


John Ruskin (1819-1900)

The genus Lilium are herbaceous flowering plants normally growing from bulbs, comprising a genus of about 110 species in the lily family, Liliaceae. They are important as large showy flowering garden plants, and in literature. Some of the bulbs have been consumed by people. The species in this genus are the true lilies, while other plants with lily in the common name are related to other groups of plants.

Some facts about Lilies:

  • Lilies are one of the most beautiful, and graceful of all summer-blooming flowers.
  • Lilies belong to the Lilium genus consisting of less than 100 known species, occurring in all parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Lilies are believed to have been under cultivation longer than any other ornamental flower, having existed in gardens 3,000 years ago.
  • Floral designs, particularly of Lilies, made their appearance and became very popular in the 18th dynasty of Egypt.

Raindrops falling down the petals
All Photos: Riihele. © All rights reserved.

The oil extracted from lilies has healing and softening properties. Especially, when the lily fragrance oil is mixed with that of Calendula aka Pot Marigold works wonderful for very sensitive skin. One can use this oil for massage, in a bath, after a bath, for babies, dry cuticles, and elbows, as a facial moisturizer, under-eye oil and hot-oil treatment.

Some of the lilies are edible even such as Lilium bulbiferous ’Orange lily’ — its bulbs are edible tasting sweet and mealy; these lilies make very fair eating and can be used as a substitute to potato!! Other lilies have medicinal properties such as Lilium candidum ’Madonna lily’ — its bulb is employed for medicinal purposes, having highly demulcent and also astringent properties.

Lilium henryi ’Henry’s lily’ or as it is also known Tiger lily relieve congestion, and the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and also, Lilium japonicum ’Krameri’ is nourishing and useful in diseases of the chest. Lilium martagon ’Martagon lily’ or as it is also called, ’Turk’s cap lily’ their bulb has diuretic, emmenagogue, emollient and expectorant properties. They are used to relieve heart diseases, pain in the cardiac region and angina pectoris.

Raindrops falling down the petals
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae
Genus Lilium

Fun Flower Quizz in ere for ye.

Lilies on the menu today, for the weather is only miserable over here in Finland these past few days, being more autumn-like than spring,
I so need to think of the time when these bright yellow lilies were in full bloom in July last summer.
Although, the rain came down in buckets, it did not stop their cheerful and vibrant colours showing off at their best!

Do take good care and good cheer. Rii :))
Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily
http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/lilies
http://www.thelilygarden.com/pages_lilies/asiatic_yellow_2.html
http://www.thelilygarden.com/
The Lily Garden is a most marvellous site for all things Lilies.

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Thinking, Thinking in Pictures …

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

Plato

According to the Wikipedia online ”Picture thinking, visual thinking or visual/spatial learning is the common phenomenon of thinking through visual processing. Thinking in pictures, is one of a number of other recognized forms of non-verbal thought such as kinesthetic, musical and mathematical thinking. Multiple thinking and learning styles, including visual, kinesthetic, musical, mathematical and verbal thinking styles are a common part of many current teacher training courses.

Research by Child Development Theorist Linda Kreger Silverman suggests that less than 30% of the population strongly uses visual/spatial thinking, another 45% uses both visual/spatial thinking and thinking in the form of words, and 25% thinks exclusively in words. According to Kreger Silverman, of the 30% of the general population who use visual/spatial thinking, only a small percentage would use this style over and above all other forms of thinking, and can be said to be ‘true’ “picture thinkers”.

While visual thinking and visual learners are not synonymous, those who think in pictures have generally claimed to be best at visual learning. Also, while preferred learning and thinking styles may differ from person to person, precluding perceptual or neurological damage or deficits diminishing the use of some types of thinking, most people (visual thinkers included) will usually employ some range of diverse thinking and learning styles whether they are conscious of the differences or not. Wikipedia

I found this site called Visuwords while surfing the net and it is a fun site indeed! Here is how they describe themselves:

”Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net.

Learn how words associate. Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

  • It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
  • Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
  • The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
  • No membership required.


Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.” (The Visuwords online site)

As I am rather fond of words — ye may have gathered that already, eh?! — I wanted to see the how the site works, so I put a couple of words just to see what comes up:

“Interactive”
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“Blog”
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Words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone.

William Albert Allard


I do fully agree with him! Keep so well and safe. Rii xx

Handy sites for further reading:

Visual-Spatial Resource
What’s YOUR Learning Style? ’Quizz

The lead picture is off the Shakespeare Organization online site

CHILD MATTERS or Slavery in Modern Times


“Twice a year in Carrickmacross and surrounding towns a fair was held where men and girls rented their labour to well-to-do farmers for six months. It was Ireland’s version of the slave market.”
(Patrick Kavanagh ‘The Hired Boy’)


As you know by my blogs, that I do have varied interests in life and the living all the way from fashion, humour, blondes & photos, even frogs et funerals to anything in-between to the more serious matters of current affairs, politics and policies, so here is a more serious one on this Children’s Day in Finland. This is an updated entry of autumn 2006.

A Few Facts on the Child Labour/Slavery
:

  • Child labour is a pervasive problem throughout the world, especially in developing countries. Africa and Asia together account for over 90 percent of total child employment. (World Bank Org.)
  • Children work the longest hours and are the worst paid of all labourers (The International Labour Office ILO in the World Bank Study Bequele and Boyden 1988).
  • Just 5 per cent of child labour worldwide is for the export industry. The rest is for local agriculture and domestic work in people’s homes. (The International Labour Organisation estimate)
  • One in eight children (179 million) around the world are involved in the worst forms of child labour – work which is hazardous to their physical, mental or moral well being. (The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimate. BBC article(old) estimate 246 million (from years ago).
  • In Africa one in three children have jobs.
  • There are an estimated 500,000 child soldiers worldwide.

CHILD LABOR: ISSUES, CAUSES AND INTERVENTION (World Bank Org.)

I did some research into the matter, so I decided to compile a few thoughts and facts on the same. First of all, it is not a new phenomenon but has been since time immemorial in almost every country in the world. We in the Western Europe do not have it blatantly into our face presently, but nevertheless it is there, as more and more of these children are smuggled into our towns and even into our neighbourhoods.

Secondly, as we see from the Facts above that I listed: only 5 per cent of the child labour is involved with the export business in the countries, the rest being in the domestic trades in their respective nations. This piece of news is most certainly ‘news’ to me for I have thought that the children would have been the main slave labour for producing export goods.

Anybody who has read/seen the films about the Dickens’ books like ‘Oliver Twist’ is acutely aware that the west has had their share of the children being treated as ‘nothing, nobody’ until the compulsory education, the child allowance and the general benevolence towards children became more of the norm. I am using that expression because as we know the child abuse is still rather widespread – but just in another way. The opening quote on this entry by Patrick Kavanagh was true to many other nations’ children in the times past, including Finland.
Even more facts:

  1. The International Labour Organization in 2005 estimated at least 2.4 million people have been trafficked.
  2. The United Nations estimates that 1.5 million children under 16 are trafficked worldwide each year. (Daily Telegraph article online 4.6.2006)


UNICEF CHILD LABOUR QUIZZ in this link.

Fired Up Blonde, Riihele xx


The solution to this problem lies in my mind:

1.)

With the LEADERS of these nations who have the power to change the circumstances of these children through the legislation via education to empower them. Also, the children’s allowance et cetera to make it worthwhile, so that the parents need not ‘sell’ or be forced to ‘hand over’ their children to this slavery. (It is the relatives in many cases who are forced to hand in the children as pawns for life because of debts accumulated.)
There is no excuse to say that there are no funds; I will not buy into that as other nations have done it with the means that they had at the time e.g. Finland from 1948 started to pay children’s allowance even though it was only three years after the wars while at the same time still paying both to Russia (reparation) and USA (loan) huge amounts of money and after losing tens of thousands of men in their best working age at the WWII.
2.)

The International Community at large through e.g. organizations* to implement pressure on the leadership in these nations to stop treating their young worse than cattle and give them life as a human beings fully participating in their own life and living.
( aka *ILO, World Bank, UNICEF et cetera)

I have already quoted articles by The World Bank, ILO – The International Labor Organisation et cetera – meaning: they know the problem and it is the high time to do something about it all instead just compiling more figures of the same!!

There are other things as the international business and manufacturing industry that many mentioned in the comments previously: yes shame and name them.

This will solve the other 5 per cent of the actual problem.

NOTICE:
Only 5 per cent of the children are made to work in the export trade. That means that the 95 per cent are not. (These figures by ILO = The International Labour Organisation).

Child Matters pun in the name is this that a CHILD DOES MATTER; and also ‘matters’ as in subjects, issues, items, topics, questions and things concerning children.

2SPEAK or not 2SPEAK

2SPEAKORNOT

To speak or not to speak.
Hmm…
I think I shall continue speaking.

The skill in any language will increase as one courageously speaks, reads a wide range of topics and puts one’s impressions, one’s thoughts into writing. Not by thinking that ‘when my language is perfect then I will open ma treasure chest of words and expressions’. That day, most likely, will not arrive in a hurry, because the language keeps changing, sometimes at a faster rate, sometimes at a slower rate, but change it does.

My words are different to your words and that is why the mix-ups and misunderstandings often happen. The most commonly spoken language one would think is the Mandarin Chinese but it is not, would you believe, as this article where I read about this stated that ‘the most common language is badly spoken English’! Apparently, the total number of English speakers in the world is about 1,4 billion; and the native speakers of this figure are about three to four hundred million in all.

Here is a site to get interesting ideas and useful hints in blogging, the site is called, Reporters Without Borders. It is possible to get their great handbook as a PDF, too. I found their name on a site where there are a whole bunch of these ‘help lines’ for people looking for stuff to aid them in this wonderful world of cyber-writing and blogging. This site in the States is also a real treasure chest of helping materials and topics of all sorts and kinds one needs in blogging or just generally in writing whether in business or for pleasure, Online Resources for Writers. Google Resources has a great site for writers as well.

I use the internet to check and find more about the things I have written so far and also, I am using The Oxford Dictionary-set very much for it is right besides me while working. The set of these books, that is the Oxford Concise Dictionary, the Oxford Thesaurus and the Oxford Spelling, are my trusted allies in this writing adventure. I have them as actual books which were bought for years ago. Twas a very good and wise investment, may I say. It is ‘yer only man’ as the Irish put it. Here is a link to Oxford Dictionary new additions of words.

I am interested in a whole gamut of topics, so I will be writing on these subjects as the days go by. Lately, I have been mostly reminiscing about me life so far. Yes, there’s been a lot of it. A life lived to the hilt. It is my opinion that the most interesting task to the writer herself in the writing and also for the readers in reading it, is to write about any topic that one is familiar with and has something to more to say about. It is the way how-to say that is hard many a time. This is what I am learning more and more to do as each day as I am taking up a topic and doing the research on it, and then putting my thoughts into a blog on the same.

The written word compared to the spoken words – how to spot which came first. This site is about teaching the language and it was in there that I found this article as well as a selection of great international jokes. The written word gets its nuances, tones, textures and colours firstly by the words, by the idioms, and by the expressions used, and secondly by the layout, by the font and by the style applied. The underlying ‘feel’ is sensed between the lines and the mood of the writer becomes apparent nearly immediately and as one takes in these facets and mulls over them for awhile then one really reaches into the heart of the matter. To me all that is most fascinating. This is the reason why I love reading books and also reading blogs, not forgetting articles in the newspapers.

There is an absolutely hilarious site: The Very Best of British which is about the differences between the British and the American English words in slang, in motoring, in people et cetera. This site has me in hysterics whenever I go over there to surf and for a very good laugh.

There are some interesting facts as regards to the words spoken; I am talking about things like the importance of the actual words as compared to the tone, the gestures and so on of the speaker. Apparently, only about 7 per cent is all that the actual words make of the total of 100 per cent when something is expressed in words. The rest is comprised of the tone, the gestures et cetera. Interesting, hey?

A great quiz on words with 23 questions for You to have a go at this SPELLING BEE!

How did You do?

Tis for now. Riihele xx.

PS.
The title text in the ‘picture’ is made by me in the Cool Text.com.

Dignity: Personality Test

Dignity

DIGNITY ~

Definition: excellence, nobility

Antonyms: lowliness.

iN BRIEF: n. – The quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; Formality in bearing and appearance; High office or rank or station. (Word Tutor)

I do not usually take ‘tests’ online, but I took a test on this site, called, Tickle.com. There is the sister company in the UK. One can do all sorts of tests like: Love, Relationships, Careers, and (Need!?) Therapy Test and so on. Emotions is the one, which I did, and this piece underneath was the result that I pasted here on the blog as it is:

“Riihele,

your emotions are triggered by your underlying belief in:
Dignity*

In other words, your commitment to leading a dignified life, and your belief in being respectful, directly affect how, and how often, you experience certain feelings.

For example, your test results indicate that you’re most fulfilled when you treat people with the decency all humans deserve. That factor is directly related to your fundamental belief in dignity and the range of emotions it triggers.

Based on your belief in dignity, where do you rank in the emotional landscape? Which of your emotions dominate your life? And how can you learn to control your emotions?”

All those questions left unanswered to tickle you to find them answers. I did not find but if one is so inclined, one can buy the full whack of this report for a bob or two! I was not. Twas fun, though. I did other ones as well on this site and in another one. Well, am gonna sit down and ponder with wondering could tis be me…

* dig·ni·ty (dĭgnĭ-tē) (Taken as defined in the Answers.com)

n., pl. -ties.

  1. The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
  2. Inherent nobility and worth: the dignity of honest labor.
    1. Poise and self-respect.
    2. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance.
  3. The respect and honor associated with an important position.
  4. A high office or rank.
  5. dignities The ceremonial symbols and observances attached to high office.
  6. Archaic. A dignitary.

[Middle English dignite, from Old French, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy.]

 Tis for now. Riihele xx.

PS. The TEST on EMOTIONS is in here.

Well, what did Ye get?

What Has Love Gotta Do with it?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

Image You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8
Image “When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (What an image!)Karen – age 7
Image “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4
Image “When you tell someone something bad about yourself and you’re scared they won’t love you anymore. But then you get surprised because not only do they still love you, they love you even more.”.

Here is a quizz on this theme of LOVE! I had seen these wise words of children in various pages, and this is my take on the same. I do find them extra-ordinarily clever and humorous to boot. What about you?

Tis for now. Rii xx

The photos are by me.