My mind is full of Scorpions today

Photo – Jim Parkin

I woke this morning thinking of scorpions.  I don’t know why and where the thought came from.  I have never seen a scorpion and did you know that a group of scorpions is called a Cyclone?


Via Wikipedia

Ugly looking things aren’t they? According to Wikipedia “Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger.”

One of the first blogs I read today was from my blogging friend Val at  I feel for my friend at this time of sorrow.  From there I clicked on the link to and that really got this cyclone of scorpions out of control.

If you do click on Josephine Carr’s post I am sure you will feel as distraught as I did.  I felt this huge rage and guilt that we didn’t know just what was going on in Europe.  As a toddler, I could not have done anything but I still feel the collective guilt.  We can use all the excuses that technology was not as it is today and reporters were not allowed into the camps etc but these scorpions are buzzing.

The next blog I read was on the subject of atheism and I am sorry that I cannot give you the link here.  The post has disappeared into the blogosphere.  But the gist of the post was that the writer hasn’t told his family that he is an atheist and so is being put into the unenviable position of having to say a prayer at a family gathering.  He feels that his family would not be able to accept the fact of his atheism.

In this ‘enlightened age’ shouldn’t people be allowed their own beliefs and be able to discuss these openly with friends and family.  More buzzing from those scorpions.

And a news flash that police are concerned about the safety of a nine-year-old girl missing from her home since 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Her parents and friends searched for some hours before calling the police, but she hasn’t been seen since then. She’s now been missing for about 20 hours and how worried her parents must be.  More buzzing.

So now some good news. 


Photo – Ed Dear

I read Egypt intends to open its border with Gaza permanently to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians under an Israeli blockade but the mechanics of such a step are still being worked out, the Foreign Ministry said.  That has to be a step in the right direction.  No buzzing just butterfly wings flapping.

More butterfly wings with this clip from that Royal Event .  This darling little girl found the noise all too much.

And some more good news.  Watch this video of Dave McCalman and his bionic legs.

And on that note I will finish this very strange post.  I hope I haven’t spoiled your day but I really think some things need to be said – to be brought out into the open and discussed.

So until tomorrow. I leave you with this quote from my favorite book, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol :

“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”

11 responses to “My mind is full of Scorpions today

  1. InsideJourneys

    A group of scorpions is called a cyclone? Probably comes from how they look together with all their tails skyward. Very interesting. Something new.

    Throughout history, we have turned a blind eye – knowingly and not – to atrocities, indignity, cruelty and injustice around the world, around the corner and right next door. It’s sad that that happens but please don’t beat yourself up. I’m sure if you could have done something, you would have. Maybe the answer is not to dwell on what’s past but what we can do now to make someone’s life better. I’m sure you’re doing that with your work as a life coach?
    Thanks, Judith.


  2. Thanks Marcia. You are quite right of course. There is nothing we can do to change the past; the present and future are where we should direct our energies for change.


  3. Alice is one of my favourite books too, Judith!

    I like bugs that don’t hurt me…am happy we don’t have scorpions in New Brunswick…



    • Hi Wendy. I have a copy of the book (still in it’s original cardboard shipping box, that I was given in 1944. Grandchildren were only allowed to look and not touch when they were younger. At ages from 12 – 16 years they are no longer interested in that book.


  4. Scorpions, spiders and snakes are my nightmare of creepy crawly creatures, as they can get my attentionwhen they are around. 🙂
    but this was a good post. In today’s world, we should have the freedom to discuss our beliefs openly and honestly.


    • Thanks Penny – I can cope with spiders but not scorpions or snakes. Fortunately we don’t have snakes and scorpions in New Zealand.:)


  5. I kind of like the saying “My mind is full of scorpions today.” This could catch on. Not only do I have a lot on my mind, but I have scorpions on my mind.


  6. There is a wooden coaster at 6 Flags magic Mountain amusement park in Southern California, called the Cyclone. It’s the same color as the scorpion you have posted. I wonder if they named the old fashioned, fast, coaster after a Twister or if it was a group of scorpions- the roller coaster is “wicked” fast? Who knows. hmmm.



    • Hello again Sandi. I hadn’t heard of 6 Flags Mountain Amusement Park but have a sister in LA. Obviously, as two seniors we don’t have reason any more to visit theme parks.
      I looked up Valencia in Wikipedia and learned – Valencia is an affluent planned community located in the City of Santa Clarita, California and Los Angeles County, California, U.S. in the northwestern corner of the Santa Clarita Valley, adjacent to Interstate 5.
      So the next time I visit my sister we will take a run out to see Valencia.
      Thanks for coming by. Tea is still on offer when you get here.



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