Poetry, winter and nature of Oude Buisse Heide


Snowy path, 22 January 2019

Still 22 January 2019 at Oude Buisse Heide nature reserve. We were still walking on poetess Henriette Roland Holst’s path, amidst much snow.

Frozen lake, with snow, 22 January 2019

We passed another frozen lake.

Poem sign, 22 January 2019

And, on the border between forest and heathland, we arrived at another sign with a poem by Ms Roland Holst on it.

Poem, 22 January 2019

This poem is a sonnet. It is about the beauty of the Oude Buisse Heide, with its sounds of jackdaws and other birds.

Path, 22 January 2019

The path continued. Woodland on one side; heathland with some trees on the other side.

Snow on branches, 22 January 2019

Snow on the tree branches.

Snow on poem, 22 January 2019

And snow on another sign.

Which poem by Henriette would be underneath the snow?

Stay tuned to know!

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Opposing Trump’s Venezuela coup, treason to the USA?


This 26 January 2019 video from the USA is called [Democrat Congressman] Ro Khanna Takes On McCarthy[-like] Smears Over [Donald Trump’s coup in] Venezuela.

A new generation of young Democrats in Congress is opposing the Trump administration’s decision to recognize national assembly leader Juan Guaidó as the new president of Venezuela. Three members of Congress, California Rep. Ro Khanna, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, have released statements condemning the U.S. action in Venezuela: here.

SCHUMER COMPARES ILHAN OMAR TO TRUMP Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) handed Republicans a political gift at this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference by equating Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) recent remarks on politicians’ support for Israel with President Trump’s 2017 defense of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPost]

Poetry, snow and nature at Oude Buisse Heide


This 2013 Dutch video is about Oude Buisse Heide nature reserve and its biotopes (not during winter)

Still 22 January 2019 at Oude Buisse Heide; definitely in winter.

Today, we walked, as snow was falling and eventually covering everything, along the poetry footpath. It has signs with poems by Henriette Roland Holst besides it.

Old trees, 22 January 2018

Close to the beginning, these old trees.

At first, we missed Henriette’s poetry footpath (which she walked herself day after day when she was alive).

Frozen lake, snow, 22 January 2019

We arrived at this frozen lake.

Frozen lake and snow, 22 January 2019

It kept snowing, as this photo shows.

We continued, and arrived at the border between woodland and heathland. However, the path stopped. We had to go back.

At the crossroads, we found Henriette’s poetry path which we should have taken before.

Frozen lake and tree trunk, 22 January 2019

We arrived at another frozen lake. No little grebes here now, like sometimes in summer.

De Vrouw in het Woud, 22 January 2019

We arrived at this sign. After wiping off most of the snow, this poem by Henriette Roland Holst became visible.

It is the poem De Vrouw in het Woud, the woman in the woodland. It describes how in woodland, there are dark, somber parts, but also beautiful lighter parts. This poem is from the 1917, third, edition of her poetry book of the same name. That book was originally from 1911, when she was sad after a conflict with the social democrat party leadership, which had failed to support a transport workers’ strike. The beauty of nature may help the poetess overcome the sadness.

Leaves, 22 January 2019

There were still a few leaves left in the woodland, even though autumn was over.

Branches, 22 January 2019

There probably had been autumn storms, as there were branches on the forest floor.

Voorbijgaande schoonheid, 22 January 2019

We arrived at another poem by Ms Roland Holst. She wrote it in 1945, when she thought she might die soon. The poem describes the beauty of summer. Which, however, will not last long, ‘and, like with summer, it will happen with me’.

Stay tuned, as there will be more about poetry, snow and wildlife at Oude Buisse Heide on this blog!

US Congresswoman smeared for opposing Venezuelan coup


This 26 January 2019 video from the USA is called Democrat [Congresswoman Ilhan Omar] Opposes [Donald Trump‘s] Venezuelan CoupSmeared As Russian.

Mormon conversion therapist admits being gay


This 9 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

What Gay Conversion Therapy Is Really Like

WARNING: This video contains language about sexual assault.

The new movie “Boy Erased” tells the true story of Garrard Conley — the son of a Baptist pastor who, after being outed to his parents at 19, was sent to a two-week long “gay conversion therapy” program.

Conley talked about what the experience was really like, and discussed his efforts to make the practice of conversion therapy on minors illegal. It is currently legal to practice conversion therapy on minors in 36 states. Conley was joined by his mother Martha, who experienced a change of heart while Garrard was in the conversion therapy program and removed him before it was complete. “Boy Erased” arrives in theaters on Friday November 9.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

‘Healer’ of homosexuality comes out of the closet himself

The man who for years wanted to ‘cure’ gay people of their sexual orientation and claimed to be able to change the sexuality of people, has now come out of the closet. Conversion therapist David Matheson says in a Facebook message that he recognizes that he has damaged people with his work.

“A year ago … I realized I couldn’t stay in my marriage any longer. And I realized that it was time for me to affirm myself as gay”, he writes.

Matheson grew up in a Mormon congregation. From that ideology he developed courses and therapies with which he tried to “take away” homosexuals’ orientation.

Now the well-known conversion therapist says that his therapy came from his own ‘homophobia and narrow-mindedness’. He was stuck in his own ideological prison, he writes. … ‘But I’m sure I’ve hurt some people too.’He does not want to apologize, he continues, “but any shortcomings I had as a therapist came from too narrow a view of what “emotionally healthy” can look like”.

It was not his marriage, that was still strong after 34 years, he writes. ‘I also realized that being in an intimate relationship with a man was no longer something I wanted to avoid.’

Therapies illegal

Conversion therapies, promoted primarily by religious communities in the US, have been followed by some 700,000 homosexual and transgender Americans, according to figures from the Williams Institute. In more and more US American states, the use of such therapies for minors is prohibited. According to doctors and psychologists, (wanting) change of someone’s orientation leads to mental health problems.

According to Wayne Besen, founder of an organization that fights against anti-gay sentiments, this step by Matheson proves that conversion therapy is harmful and ineffective. The therapy gives people false hopes that ‘healing’ of an orientation is possible, he says.

Regret

Matheson still sees that somewhere deep inside a homophobe lurks in him, but he can accept the person he is now much better. ‘I am truly sorry for those flaws and the harm they have surely caused some people.’

He concludes his Facebook message with the wish that people through his story are encouraged and get trust in their life path. ‘Pursue it without fear or shame—regardless of what others might think.’

This 9 November 2018 Canadian TV video says about itself:

Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased, about undergoing gay conversion therapy, is now a major movie starring Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Lucas Hedges (who plays him). On a recent visit to Canada, the author tells CBC’s Eli Glasner about the harrowing details of what he went through, and why he wants to see a ban on these attempts to change sexual orientation.

PUERTO RICO BANS LGBT CONVERSION THERAPY Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed an executive order on Wednesday banning the medically denounced practice of “gay conversion” therapy for minors across the island. “Today we take a step forward to raise awareness among the people about this type of practice that causes pain and suffering,” Rosselló said, adding that the ban would help “protect children.” [HuffPost]

Gay Conversion Therapy Provider Spoke At Parent Meeting At Prominent [Jewish] Orthodox School: here.