New Year Wishes from Wales

I didn’t reblog this when I first read it this morning, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible, for David’s might just be the single best New Year’s message I’ve seen yet! Thank you, David … Cwtch


blwyddyn Newydd Dda to all my readers or to those who get here by accident. We have all undergone difficulties over the last few years of one form or another, so I hope this year starts with you in a mood of renewed hope and happiness. Do your best too make the World a better place, not just for yourself but for everyone no matter where they live. Maybe this is the year we can start to solve some of the problems of those less fortunate than us. Not just the droughts in Africa and the problems of babies born with cleft palates or degenerative eye disease that can be easily cured. But, maybe the bright sparks among you can find a way of ending the current wars of attrition still taking place around the globe. If we put our minds to it I'm sure solutions can be found. If…

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Christmas is coming……….

I don’t know of another person who is as caring and giving as our dear friend David Prosser. His posts these days are rare, but this morning he reminds us to think of people who are far less fortunate than most of us in the upcoming holiday season, and suggests some simple ways in which we might help just a little. Thank you, David, for being who you are. Cwtch


Here we go again, it seems like about a month since the last one. But the shops are full of Christmas items and people are bustling around with determination on their faces.. We all want Christmas to be special for our families and our friends. Good, that’s how it’s meant to be.

But, let’s extend the range of our friends to encompass all those currently at war, who aren’t at war against us. All those who have lost their homes and their possessions and some, almost their lives. For a moment though let’s start closer to home. Almost every Supermarket these days has a basket for donations to food banks. These are not handouts to the bone idle but possibly the only food source for the homeless or those who have no work through no fault of their own, Being homeless is not a choice most people make, especially when…

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Good People Doing Good Things — 30 More!

You might remember back on the June 29th episode of “Good People Doing Good Things” I shared a video that Scottie had sent me of “30 Random Acts of Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.”  Everyone seemed to like that video and this past weekend, I came across another … this one is “30 Random Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Cry!” … and believe me, they will!  So, grab your box of tissues … here’s one for those who might not have any handy … and take a look!  Hats off to all these people who understand the concept that ‘little things mean a lot’.

Rose Tinted Glasses Please.

Our dear friend David has written an uplifting piece today that is a perfect accompaniment for this morning’s ‘good people’ post. If everyone took the advice he offers here, the world would be a much nicer place. Thank you, David … and you just keep those hugs coming, okay? 🤗


During the 1960’s I was young and no doubt naïve and yet many of the people I came into contact with seemed to feel the same way. There was a feeling of great hope for our world and what it could become. My hopes diminished a bit as I saw new politicians voted into, place only to become the politicians they replaced. Is the system geared up to ensure meaningful change could not be possible?

I’ve often been accused of viewing the World through rose tinted glasses. I’m not going to make excuses for this since my view is nicer than most, I was very much against apartheid and gave support when I could. What a delight when Nelson Mandela came to the stage. What an exceptional man who could forgive those who imprisoned him and move on to create a great Nation while still talking of Love for his…

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Chocolate Covered Reasons.

Hugs. Such a simple thing, and yet such a powerful one. Imagine a world where people set aside their superficial differences and treated everyone with respect. Imagine a world (post-pandemic, obviously) where people hug each other … just because. Our friend David started his blog, The Buthidars, back in 2014 for all the right reasons, but I’ll let him explain that to you. Every now and then, Filosofa needs to set aside the politics, the social injustice, and just post something positive. I can’t think of anything more worthy of that than David’s Buthidars, so please, give yourself a bit of a break and head over to talk to David about hugs!


Way back in 2014 I started this blog after deciding it was time to leave Facebook where I ran a similar site but with many more members. Sometimes what we start in one place doesn’t always translate well in another. I had to be prepared for that. When I started here I did so with the following explanation.

About The Buthidars

The Buthidars is a religion free Order where people of all ages, colours and creeds can come together as one all-inclusive group united towards seeing peace in the world.
You will hear ( from me ) about Hugs as I maintain you can’t hug with a weapon in your hands.
You will see the reason I think Hugs are important to us as people, ourselves and others.
You will I hope learn to understand why I ask people to leave religion at the door as they visit and if…

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Search for the Hero.

Yesterday our friend David wrote a short post about staying connected to people, even in this era of fear and isolation. He reminds us to not lose our humanity, and that hugs are still important, whether from a distance of 6 feet or 4,000 miles. Thank you, David, for reminding us that we are not, cannot be, insular beings.


Like many others these days I guess you’re bored with your very limited view of the world through just a TV screen. I wonder if you’ve given any thought to taking a walk. It probably feels foolish just walking round your garden. Maybe you can take a longer walk if you have somewhere you’re unlikely to meet another person or where you have at least the 6 feet clearance between them and you.

Probably you’re quite an observant person. In the houses round about you there’s probably some indication of whether there’s a single occupant or a family. If you know there’s a single person maybe you could knock on a window and back away. This could easily be a person who hasn’t spoken to another human for days or even weeks. Maybe it’s a person in need of a chat or maybe even foodstuffs that you could get for…

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Storm Clouds & Shrouds

Late yesterday came the announcement that Trump is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East in response to the attack on two Japanese oil tankers last week. Trump claims Iran is responsible for the attack, Pompeo and Bolton concur, but then, they have both been itching to bomb Iran for decades. The U.S. is acting prematurely, and if one listens, one can hear the war drums beating. How do our allies view these events? How do the people in the UK and EU see this situation? Our friend David in Wales wrote a post expressing his thoughts and concerns that I would like to share with you today. If any of my other readers outside the U.S. would like to write a guest post expressing your own views of this potentially dangerous situation, please let me know … I would love to share your opinions. Thank you, David, for this timely post and for your generous permission to re-blog.


It has bothered me for some time now that Donald Trump would not agree to continue the agreement the other powers had in place with Iran. It kept Iran well away from developing nuclear material. Things seemed to be going nicely according to everyone except the American end, in particular John Bolton, who was responsible for troops going into Iraq under the guise of there being WMD which did not exist, during George Bush Jnr’s time. While I’m no fan of the Imams who practise Sharia law against the  people of their country instead of the Iranians deciding for themselves the type of Government they’d prefer, and they may well decide on a Religious Government, it’s none of my business.

photo from the New Yorker. John Bolton.

What is my business however is whether or not either Bolton or Trump or both together have fabricated evidence that Iran is responsible…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Here in the U.S., today is Thanksgiving.  Different people in the U.S. see this holiday in different ways.  Some see it as an excuse to cram as much food as they possibly can into their bodies, then spend the evening hours moaning about how miserable they are.  Others genuinely delight in a day to spend with family and friends.  Still others find it a great opportunity for a drunk-fest.  For some, it is almost a religious holiday, for others it is more about planning for black Friday shopping.

As I pondered what to write about this Thanksgiving, thinking it would be right and proper to keep my post free of politics, I tossed a number of ideas out the window after brief consideration.  I went back and looked at the post I wrote last Thanksgiving … here’s a link if you wish to re-read it, for it was a far nicer post than this one is likely to be and … it has cartoons!.  I put fingers to keyboard and tried a post about the happy things in life … yes, there are many … but it sounded canned, scripted.  I threw that one out and put fingers to keyboard again, trying this time for humour, but it was dry and brittle.  Delete.  And after several false starts, I concluded that I will just settle for wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving … but before I go …

I would, however, like to take this opportunity to say something to those of you who read this blog.  Three years ago, if anybody had told me that some of the best friends I would have would be those I had never met, I would have said they were nuts.  Today, I must say that you guys are among my most treasured friends.  Each and every one of you have become such an important part of my day.  I look forward to your comments, and to reading your blogs, though I don’t get to them as often as I would like. Some of you always make me laugh, others reel me back in when I go too deep into the rabbit hole.  Still others always give me a reason to think about things from another angle, or ponder that which I have never pondered.  And all of you have contributed to keeping this blog afloat, for you will never know how many times I have thought it was just a dumb blog, that I was preaching to the choir, or as Hugh says, ‘spitting in the wind’, and asked myself why I bother.  But the encouragement and many hugs I get from everybody here on WordPress has kept me going.  I just want to thank you all for your support, let you know that you are at the top of my “List of Things to be Thankful For”, and I love you all.

And now, I shall settle for wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

And I shall go chop some …onions-celery… to make …

stuffing … to put in the turkey