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Wishing all of you who read this journal, may you be good friends or people I only "comment" with from time to time...Beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the blessings a heart can know, in 2018.

Merry Christmas




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I wish everyone who is celebrating, a really great Christmas, with lots of what you wish most for, to fill your day:)



In 1914 during the First World War, the French, Scots, and Germans, agreed to a truce along a small portion of the Western Front to celebrate Christmas. When I saw this video, I was struck by what it must have taken for these men to do this. I wish the same thing could happen today. I know it is highly unlikely, but if only...I posted this last year, but this year we seem to be in even more need of peace and love. If some in power, one in particular, have their way we are heading for not just unrest, but war with more horror. This is just my small way of saying that if these men in 1914 could do what they did surely we can do the same or even better.


The singer is Enya, and she sings Silent Night in Irish.



Happy Thanksgiving Canada




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It is Thanksgiving here in Canada, one of our favourite holidays. The gang will be here tomorrow for turkey etc. I know that at present the world is not a very happy place, there is so much strife and human suffering, yet here in Canada we have so very much to be thankful for. Some days I wonder how this planet which holds so much wonder and amazing things also holds, at the same time, so much pain and suffering.



Having said that, I do want to wish all those celebrating a really great Thanksgiving, and while I know this world is not a wonderful place for everyone, when you stop and think about it, if we humans stopped harming our planet, and those living on it, the video below just might mean the same to everyone sharing out world, instead of just a few of us, while so very many others keep suffering.



A Very Happy New Year To Everyone.




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Whether you are one whom I talk/comment with, one who reads or passes by. Whether you are one I have come to know as a friend. I wish all who read this, the very best for the coming year. Take care of yourselves, and those around you.

Wishing You A Very Happy New Year

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The wildfire season has started very early with over fifty already burning in BC alone, but by far the worst is the one in Fort McMurray in Alberta. The whole town and surrounding areas have now been evacuated almost 90000 people with no loss of life, but with most of the town burned to the ground. Sam used to be up there frequently for meetings, it is horrible to watch, and the fire shows no sign of letting up


Below is a video showing people trying to leave town, knowing their homes will most likely not be standing when they return. Here in Vancouver water restrictions have already begun, and the real possibility this year of an interface fire. We decided to be ready just in case, and have packed ‘go’ bags. It is going to be a long hot summer. But my heart goes out to those from Fort McMurray, who had little warning.



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Wishing all of you who read this journal, may you be good friends or people I only "comment" with from time to time...Beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the blessings a heart can know, in 2016.

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"This is the strangers' case...."




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Shakespeare at work, play-patching, on Sir Thomas More: we think. The language, both by intuition and sophisticated tests, is his; the quirks of spelling ("scilens," "strainger," "sealf") are his; the idiosyncratic hand is not a copyist's, but someone's who makes running changes as he writes: it matches all the little cluster of quirks we know from Shakespeare's signatures. And as Shakespeare will, this passage goes on speaking, now and now and now.

He pleads for refugees, for strangers.

Here Ian McKellan speaks a bit of the scene, and tells us why it matters. (He slips a little on his history of religion.)






Grant them removed, and grant that this your noise
Hath chid down all the majesty of England;
Imagine that you see the wretched strangers,
Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage,
Plodding to th’ ports and coasts for transportation,
And that you sit as kings in your desires,
Authority quite silenced by your brawl,
And you in ruff of your opinions clothed;
What had you got? I’ll tell you. You had taught
How insolence and strong hand should prevail,
How order should be quelled; and by this pattern
Not one of you should live an aged man,
For other ruffians, as their fancies wrought,
With self same hand, self reasons, and self right,
Would shark on you, and men like ravenous fishes
Would feed on one another.

[...]

O, desperate as you are,
Wash your foul minds with tears, and those same hands,
That you like rebels lift against the peace,
Lift up for peace, and your unreverent knees,
Make them your feet to kneel to be forgiven!

[...]

You’ll put down strangers,
Kill them, cut their throats, possess their houses,
And lead the majesty of law in lyam, [on leash]
To slip him like a hound. Say now the king
(As he is clement, if th’ offender mourn)
Should so much come too short of your great trespass
As but to banish you, whither would you go?
What country, by the nature of your error,
Should give you harbor? Go you to France or Flanders,
To any German province, to Spain or Portugal,
Nay, any where that not adheres to England,—
Why, you must needs be strangers. Would you be pleased
To find a nation of such barbarous temper,
That, breaking out in hideous violence,
Would not afford you an abode on earth,
Whet their detested knives against your throats,
Spurn you like dogs, and like as if that God
Owed not nor made not you, nor that the elements
Were not all appropriate to your comforts,
But chartered unto them, what would you think
To be thus used? This is the strangers’ case;
And this your mountanish inhumanity.

Antoine's Message to ISIS




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I wanted to share this. A young husband and father lost his wife, Helene to the violence in Paris, below is his message to those who killed her.



Antoine's message to ISIS: 'You will not have my hatred'

Friday night, you took an exceptional life — the love of my life, the mother of my son — but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls. If this God, for whom you kill blindly, made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife would have been one more wound in his heart.


So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You’re asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost.
I saw her this morning. Finally, after nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as when she left on Friday night, just as beautiful as when I fell hopelessly in love over 12 years ago. Of course I am devastated by this pain, I give you this little victory, but the pain will be short-lived. I know that she will be with us every day and that we will find ourselves again in this paradise of free love to which you have no access.


We are just two, my son and me, but we are stronger than all the armies in the world. I don’t have any more time to devote to you, I have to join Melvil who is waking up from his nap. He is barely 17-months-old. He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either.



Link: Here Please listen to it.

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