home economics

tags and categories

I haven’t been posting much the last few weeks between holidaying and tidying, and I’ve been taking stock of where I am in life. Today I went through all my posts on  the blog to see what categories (which are loosely based around school subjects) and tags have occupied me most here on the blog.

That might seem like a self absorbed thing to do, but one of the reasons for keeping the blog in the first place was to keep track on stuff due to my rubbish memory, which is probably getting worse in this age of Google and computers.

So my Top 10 are, in order are

1 Geography
2 Business Studies
3 Home Economics
5 RE
6 Biology
7 Music
8 Art
9 History
10 Chemistry

While for tags

1 Sustainability
2 Belfast
3 Empire
4 Lisburn
5 Doodles
6 colossians remixed remixed
7 The Sea
8 Song Drawings
9 Technology

I’ve actually found this exercise quite helpful, for some reason. I guess life at the moment is all about how Mrs Canalways and myself live as  a family, how we run our home (the home economics bit) in the face of empire, consumerism, angels and principalities (business studies).
For me  the link between home economics and the kingdom of God seems quite strong while the link between big business and sins seems even stronger.
I don’t expect that I would be able to explain myself very well about that link. Perhaps its because so much power lies with the companies throughout the globe, and the companies are geared to anti kingdom values. Not sure, but I do know that Mrs Canal Ways would like the laptop so that’s as far as the thinking can go tonight/

CDT, home economics

where would Jesus shop?

Technology has stretched our boundaries out so much that we live in what feels like a global village. Perhaps you are reading this in another part of the world  and its morning while here in Northern Ireland where I sit presently and part of me believes that if you are, then we are connecting in some way as my neighbour but more. You are almost my friend. Technology has created this world in which I believe that it is possible to be friends with all 6 billion plus people of the world. Thinking about this makes me nearly mentally ill. We are finite creatures, we are limited and if I can’t know my wife, this person who I should know how could I know you?

Yet this is the world we live in. Facebook,iPhones,cheap planes.

So it feels that everytime I make decision, an ethical decision that it has worldwide implications and may effect someone in India or Peru or here in Belfast. How are you supposed to stay sane in such a world and not go crazy?

So perhaps its time to start thinking in terms of our literal neighbours more, people we can physically touch within physical limits. Like a church parish or townland because something is wrong if I have some random person reading this and feel connected yet I don’t know the name of the alcoholic neighbour two doors down or why the Portugese family two doors up moved out.  How can we live in our homes online?Why am I doing this and not going out to my local and having a pint with some man who lives within walking distance?Who are you reading this?Will we ever meet?

So it is that we should think about where we trade our goods and how we farm the land locally.

business studies

all roads lead to New York (JP Morgan Chase)

This is one of these things that seemed like a good idea, then you realise after spending time on it that its not but have spent too much time on it not to finish it.
Somewhere in my head I got the phrase ‘all roads lead to Rome’ , a phrase that speaks of the might of Empire and the centralisation of power. And the roads to Rome were straight.At least I think they were.
So then I wondered if I could start mapping the roads to the capitals of power  in our world. So taking the top company on the Forbes list I did this map

It seemed to make sense at the time. It’s not accurate (I didn’t join up three places in Brazil, didn’t do Canada either), but the lines are meant to be from the offices I could see listed on JP Morgan Chase website to their HQ in New York.

I think its good to visualise where the power is centred, who the false gods and empires are that we may be living under so that we can live a different sort of life. That probably doesn’t make sense, but I’m wrestling with things and just flinging it out.
This I can imagine the wealth being filtered along these routes back towards the elites in ‘Rome’ as well.

business studies

News Corp

Last week when the news started breaking about the News of the World I prayed a simple prayer:- that the News Corp empire would fall apart.
I hope that the wheels keep on falling off because it has held sway over our imaginations and stories for far too long, its power was unbelievable and worst of all, not even noticed.
I hope that its the start of holding corporations to account, to hauling them into courts to account for their actions and that they realise that they can’t do whatever they want without fear of prosecution.

That’s disjointed. There’s so much swimming around my head from this and reading Colossians:Remixed and a holiday in Inishowen and now in Dublin. So much to be re-imagined and gardens to be planted,bread to be baked and shared with neighbours, a story to be heard and lived into.