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We come to you with nothing in our hands but Peace... WHY does that scare you so?!

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About Me/Us:
I, Jimmy Hollis i Dickson, am a writer of children's stories and poet who has not found any publisher interested in accepting my work. I have therefore bunged SOME of my work up on my own web-site, and anybody can read it, download it, and/or print it out completely for free.
A writer would rather be read (and appreciated) than paid. Or maybe that's just me...

Writing for children can be "an easy option" which doesn't require much thought. At least that's what seems to be going on in many of the children's books that I have read. But then, there is also some excellent literature for children. In fact, "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass" tie with Marge Piercy's "Woman On The Edge Of Time" as my top 3 books of all time.
We ALL know that "Children are the future". They deserve books worthy of them. They deserve books that cause them to think; that cause them to question; that cause them to break down old barriers, prejudices, and dogma; that don't present them with easy answers or formulae; that cause them to DREAM.
In that sense, literature for children can be among the most important in the World.

I'm an avid blogger - especially on themes to do with Peace, (In)Justice, and Children's and Women's Rights - for example on "Comment Is Free..." ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/users/jimmsfairytales0com/comments ) - only it ISN'T (free, that is), because some of my (and others') comments have been arbitrarily deleted by moderators.

Just learned how to make videos on the computer, so expect more from me on this front.

Relationship Status:
It's Complicated
Movies
I only see films when they're cheap enough to see on my miserable budget (mostly as DVDs from the library or friends), which means I lag behind the current screen scene. However, I LOVE good films, and a list of all my favourites would be way too long to include here. So let me share with you just a short list of gems that deal with human relationships and interaction (the first 2 have been tied for 1st place as my favourite films of any kind for some years now):

Secrets And Lies - by Mike Leigh

Scorchers - by David Beaird
Bedazzled - original version by Stanley Donen, with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Eleanor Bron. I have NO wish to see the Elizabeth Hurley remake!

Pleasantville - by Gary Ross

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her - by Rodrigo Garcia

Cosas Que Nunca Te Dije (Things I Never Told You) - by Isabel Coixet

And then, ANY film by
Ken Loach
Alejandro Amenábar This is from his 1st feature film (made when he was 24!), Tesis, with my favourite living film actor, Ana Torrent:

Margarethe von Trotta
Julio Médem This one's with my SECOND favourite living film actor, Emma Suárez:
Television
The Prisoner (original version from the 60s with Patrick McGoohan): BEST television ever made!

Almost everything that Peter Cook has been in - best television comedy

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Music
Lots and lots and LOTS! But especially
Bach
Beethoven
EVERY SONG I've ever heard by Indigo Girls. My 2 favourite songs of all time are "Kid Fears" and "Love's Recovery", but others of their songs are more pertinent to the theme of this web-site, such as "This Train Revised" off their album "Swamp Ophelia". In fact, I've been searching the Internet for suitable images to accompany this song as my 2nd video. It's already done now, see my videos. But here's another one for you (because they ARE the best...)

Joni Mitchell
Victor Jara

Zélia Duncan
Silvio Rodriguez

most - not all - of John lennon (with and without The Beatles)

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Books
Many, many, MANY! But especially anything by:
Lewis Carroll
Marge Piercy
Flann O'Brien

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Heroes
Rachel Corrie Here giving a talk in the 5th grade:

[We have got to understand that the poor are all around us and we are ignoring them.
We have got to understand that these deaths are preventable.
We have got to understand that people in third world countries think and care and smile and cry just like us.
We have got to understand that they are us. We are them.]
And at 23: [The international media and our government are not going to tell us that we are effective, important, justified in our work, courageous, intelligent, valuable. We have to do that for each other, and one way we can do that is by continuing our work, visibly.
I also think it's important for people […] in relative privilege to realize that people without privilege will be doing this work no matter what, because they are working for their lives. We can work with them, and they know that we work with them, or we can leave them to do this work themselves and curse us for our complicity in killing them.]

Emma Goldman
[If I can't dance, I want no part of your Revolution.]
[Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.]
[The most violent element in society is ignorance.]

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

[At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us:
not to fight with others,
to work things out,
to respect others,
to clean up our mess,
not to hurt other creatures
to share - not be greedy.
Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?
Do not forget why you're attending these conferences, who you're doing this for -- we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying "everyting's going to be alright" , "we're doing the best we can" and "it's not the end of the world".
But I don't think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says "You are what you do, not what you say."
Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown ups say you love us. I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words. Thank you for listening]

Mohandas (known as Mahatma ['Great-Soul']) Gandhi
[Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.]
[We must become the change we want to see.]

Nelson Mandela
[Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.]
[For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.]
[If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.]
[There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.]

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Website:
http://jimmsfairytales.com
The following is one of the poems in my "Song Cycle" on my web tribute to Rachel Corrie:

The Butterfly Song

I never wished to live forever,
But I did not wish to die.
I tried to live the best I could
And watched each day slip by.

I watched them try to divide us,
I watched them build The Wall,
And noticed that each house too close
To it was doomed to fall.

They “justified” destruction
By claiming there were arms
Hidden in each one of those homes,
Just waiting to do harm.

Yes, there were arms in my home:
And legs, and hearts, and heads.
My arms would hug my children,
And carry them to bed.

[Rest of poem here:]
The Butterfly Song.doc

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Are we being set up for another invasion in the name of Democracy?

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 12:57am 13 Comments

I replied to somebody's discussion elsewhere on this site. I think it worthwhile to publish this as a blog. Reactions please...



I'm sorry to be a downer on such a well-intentioned discussion, BUT



a) Where do you get this idea that the first shot fired in the American War of Independence was "the beginning of a new age in human history"???

This is the kind of USA-centred view of History, as if the USA were the inventors of all that is good and decent, that is… Continue

Get ready for the Blue Meanies!!!

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 1:12pm 5 Comments

I submitted the following comment to one of my groups on MyPeace. But I think that it deserves wider attention than the relatively small membership of that group, so I'm adding it here as a blog:



That message about the survey to choose your preference between the Whopper and the Big Mac that showed up in my e-mail inbox as having been posted on THIS thread [Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes! !!!] was truly… Continue

Reprintable invitation to the World Peace March (please copy and send to all your friends)

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 1:20pm 1 Comment

Dear Friend [or their name here],

I would like to invite you to the biggest party you'll ever go to in your entire life! It'll be so big that it's incredibly unlikely that you and I will even SEE each other, but it would mean a lot to me to know that somewhere - across the vast reaches of the venue - you will also be there. There's no need to RSVP, though it would be nice if you did.

I'll tell you 2 truths, I hope that you can handle them:

I'm going to enjoy this party even if… Continue

Are we doing ENOUGH???

Posted on May 25, 2009 at 7:33pm 3 Comments

I want to send out a collective hug to EVERYBODY who has joined up to MyPeace.tv !

The dialogue is excellent... and well appreciated. Like water in a desert as far as my present circumstances go...

The videos are inspiring.

The suggestions are useful.

But I have this question: Are we doing enough, if we're JUST batting ideas (and videos, poems, photographs, etc.) back and forth on this site?

Aren't we just "preaching to the converted"?

I mean, WHO even visits this… Continue

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At 10:02am on February 20, 2010, MiraCulous said…
where u been? hope all is well by you J :)

::fairy hugs::
At 9:26pm on October 15, 2009, Yaron Fishman said…
Peace!
At 10:30pm on July 24, 2009, Candice Wilmore said…
I will check out some of the groups you suggested, thanks for comments and note.
At 8:01am on July 13, 2009, Dennis said…
I am pleased to be your friend.

Peace and Love Always,
Dennis
At 4:33pm on June 30, 2009, peacenut said…
Dear Jimmy,
I'm bouncing this one right back at you for the same reason!

Dear peacenut,
I am sending you this as an open letter on your comment wall, so that it gets a chance to be read by more people. I've already sent it to all on my friends list (including you):

This web-site, MyPeace.tv, is supposed to be about how to use the Media to further the cause of Peace.
I would like to share with you a warning about ways that the Media - and even this web-site - can be used by the unscrupulous to hinder the cause of Peace... or even to further the cause of War!
I'd like to draw your attention to my 2 latest blogs... and ask you to pass this message on to those in your friends list. (After you've read the blogs, of course, and only if you think that there's any sense in what I wrote in them.) And PLEASE add your comments to the blogs... whether you agree with me or not!

Get ready for the Blue Meanies!!! deals with - at best - a commercial company using sites like MyPeace.tv for a bit of free blanket-advertising. The fact that a hamburger giant chose a thread dedicated to vegetarian and vegan recipes shows an incredible lack of sense and sensitivity... or a cynical and very nasty wish to provoke. Which leads me at least consider the possibility that it was deliberate, and therefore sabotage. There is nothing to stop an anti-Peace fanatic from signing up to MyPeace.tv and leaving links to disturbing web-sites as a way of upsetting us. I'm not saying that this is definitely the case, only that it's a possibility, and that we have to prepare ourselves for more provocation of this sort, the more effective we get in our work for Peace.

Are we being set up for another invasion in the name of Democracy? deals with the case of Neda, the young Iranian woman allegedly killed while on a pro-Democracy demonstration in Teheran. Now, I am NOT saying that the whole thing is a fabrication: the Media might be presenting us with the facts as truthfully and honestly as possible. But there ARE several disturbing factors to be considered, and I strongly advise you, as my friends and as open-minded people who honestly care about Peace, to read that blog, and the web-site that it is linked to (within the text). This may be just collective paranoia-conspiracy-theory-madness... or it could be yet another case of the WarMongers preparing public opinion for yet another of their filthy, unjustifiable invasions "in the name of Democracy and Decency". Some of us have been fooled by tactics like this in the past. Let's not be fooled again!
At 7:28am on June 24, 2009, peacenut said…
My Dear Friend,
Through all these years
It has been
A pleasure,
An honour,
A joy!
At 1:22am on June 2, 2009, Sarah said…
Thanks so much love! I think I will have to put the links on hold till tomorrow, but I will deffinetly love checking them out! And yes Jim, Sarah is a very common name, lots of people call me Floppy, as to not add to the confusion ;). So feel free to call me either. I can not wait to check out your stories especily;) sounds like a lot of fun! Stay in touch!
~Be Well & Much Love.
At 3:40am on May 28, 2009, Claude Veziau said…
Hola jimmy,
gracias por la invitacion voy a ver lo que puedo contribuir.
Un abrazo,
Claude
At 3:03am on May 28, 2009, lupyta said…
Claro que me uno al grupo! soy de México :D saludos!
At 4:42pm on May 27, 2009, peacenut said…
Dear Peacenut,
I have noticed that I can't add comments to my own Comment Wall. And yet there's a comment from Jennie that I've just read, where I think that other people might like to read my reply to her (in context). Could you do me a favour and post the following on MY Comment Wall? (I know that you'll be on-line soon [We have ours ways...])
Thanks!
Peace and Love,
Jimmy
p.s. I notice that I'll have to send this message to you in 2 installments...

Dear Jimmy,
No problem! Here it is.
Love,
Emily

Dear Jennie,
I don't have the money to buy new music, have to wait until I can borrow CDs from the library or find them in bargain bins (and you don't find a lot of Indigo Girls in bargain bins - we fans are usually fiercely devoted, don't get rid of old CDs), so I've never heard "bury my heart at wounded knee" or their remake of Jesus Christ Superstar (didn't even know that the latter existed).
However, I AM splurging the US$40 entry to Birmingham (Alabama)'s City Stages this year (I'm presently on a visit to the USA), where they will be playing. I saw them 10 years ago (on my last USA visit) as part of the Lilith Fair Tour.
As to your not having seen Pleasantville in its entirety: you really should! It's a wonderful film. There's a great line in it: "...Or are you going to be too busy with your coloured girlfriend?!" [sneer], which, when seen in context, really hits home... on so many levels. You can see most of the film on YouTube, broken up into 10min segments. Unfortunately, the first part is missing, so that you don't see the full extent of the great antagonism between the McGuire and Witherspoon characters (brother and sister) with which it begins, nor do you see the introverted, escapist, shy world of his character, before he gets to become a hero. But still, it's a joy to be able to see it anywhere, anytime. Start here and then - at the end of each part, click on the next part... right up to the glorious ending!

We might have been friends forever, but I've asked you to proclaim it to the (MyPeace.tv) world by accepting my friends request (upper right on your profile page)...
Yes, Jimm's is a play on Grimm's. Several of my children's stories are re-workings of the traditional fairy stories (Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Princess And The Frog) told from a different, feminist, non-authoritarian viewpoint. How old are your girls? Have they read those classic versions yet? My MAIN aim in writing is not to convince anybody that my version is the only one... or even the best one. What I want to get across is that there is always another side to the story, that we should not always believe everything that one side tells us, before considering the other side.
If we'd all grown up thinking like that, do you think that there would be so many wars about?
At 1:09pm on May 27, 2009, Jennie said…
hi jimmy! thanks for noticing my page! :) what a warm closing..."we've always been friends..." you may be right! i started to watch the "this train" clip... i really liked the words it opened with.... my spirit did not want to watch the rest at this time, but yes, what a great song...i love the indigo girls, both their romantic songs and their political ones... bury my heart at wounded knee, shame on you... my favorites are "Ghost" and their cover of Neil Young's "Down By The River"... i also had an obsessive period with their remake of Jesus Christ Superstar... i did not see pleasantville in its entirety but i get the themes and like them lots! saw a bit of your clip too. i mostly chose it for the song and the scene behind it.... always been one of my favorites....very poetic...plus i work part time in a coffee shop so it was even more fitting.. ireland is such a beautiful country... i went once with my mom when i was eighteen... she is mostly irish. i, an irish-italian heritage mix. i live on the east edge of boston in a coastal small town with my girls...please write back. i cherish the peaceful, compassionate, wisdom-filled influences on my path. your music is quite comforting and grounding... tell me more about you! is jimms a play on grimms? most sincerely, jennifer
 
 
 

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