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An amusing anecdote.


I’m reading a good book called “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay.  Here’s an amusing excerpt:

All I know about the Bible is that wherever it goes there’s trouble.  The only time I ever heard of it being useful was when a stretcher bearer I was with at the Battle of Dundee told me that he’d once gotten hit by a Mauser bullet in the heart, only he was carrying a Bible in his tunic pocket and the Bible saved his life.  He told me that ever since he’d always carried a Bible into battle with him and he felt perfectly safe because God was in his breast pocket.  We were out looking for a sergeant of the Worcesters and three troopers who were wounded while out on a reconnaissance and were said to be holed up in a dry donga.  In truth, I think my partner felt perfectly safe because the Boer Mausers were estimated by the British artillery to be accurate to eight hundred yards and we were at least twelve hundred yards from the enemy lines.  Alas, nobody bothered to tell the Boers about the shortcomings of their brand new German rifle, and a Mauser bullet hit him straight between the eyes.  Which goes to prove, you can always depend on British Army information not to be accurate, the Boers to be deadly accurate, the Bible to be good for matters of the heart but hopeless for those of the head, and finally, that God is in nobody’s pocket.

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I was witness to an amazing scene a couple of days ago.  Headed to my bush cabin on the Grand River.  Cut the grass, cracked a cold beer and lit up a cigar.  The warm summer wind smoothed its way through the beeches and cedars.  Late afternoon light filtered in amongst the greenery.  Mosquitoes were not yet out in force.  As I drew on the cigar and enjoyed the ice cold cream ale, I reflected on how perfect some moments can be.  This was one of them.  Could it get any better?  My head tilted up to the blue sky, and a marvellous site beheld me.  Ten hawks, (Swansons maybe, couldn’t tell) circled on thermals above me.  They swirled around and around, elevating ever higher.  Then swooping down to start the circle dance again.  I’ve never before seen more than two hanging out together.  Yet here was a flock of hawks engaged in some kind of communal air dance.  Truly one of life’s special rewards.  Carpe diem!

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So how many of you spent time with your kids yesterday?  It was Father’s Day, remember!  And watching a movie together doesn’t count.  That is not quality personal contact.  Did you go for a swim with your kid?  Did you play catch?  Kick a soccer ball?  Go cycling?  Go for a walk?  Play a game of chess or monopoly?  So much of our interaction with our kids now revolves around the TV or computer it is easy to forget that being with them should be more than zoning out together.  When is the last time you lay on the grass, side by side, and watched clouds go by?  That is quality zoning out.  I’m as culpable as the rest of you in forgetting that parenting is more than driving them around from activity to activity.  So if you missed June 20th, well, make today a genuine Father’s Day.  Happy Father’s Day!

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Is it any wonder that a “team of U.S. geologists and Pentagon officials has discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, conceivably enough to turn the scarred and impoverished country into one of the world’s most lucrative mining centers…….Americans discovered nearly $1-trillion (U.S.) in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, including iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium, according to the report. The Times quoted a Pentagon memo as saying Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and cell phones.”  (The Globe & Mail June 14, 2010)  Did anybody really believe that billions of dollars being poured into the country via military “aid” is being done solely to help the Afghani people establish a democracy and defeat the fascist Taliban?  We continue to be fed a stream of propaganda by our leaders to justify incursions into other sovereign states.  Our men are dying in battlefield conflicts for what purpose?  We watch children suffer and die in the millions from diarrhoea and malaria and numerous other diseases.  Monies that should be spent on humanitarian issues affecting mankind globally, are instead squandered in the killing fields of Afghanistan.  So the next time you fire up your computer or chat with friends on your cell phone, take a moment to reflect on the origins of that lithium battery.

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In recent decades the human family has suffered from a fractured wisdom.  The communal kitchen table is no longer used for eating.  Grandmothers and grandfathers are caged.  Their stories remain untold.  Grandchildren do not benefit.  Divinity is dropped.  The church of the holy dollar commands the day and the mental role model comes from a glass screen.  The environment is gone, passed in a hurry to nowhere. 

The ordered wisdom of nature inside the global forest still stands tall.  It is the majesty that beckons us to keep still and behold a beating heart in a feathered breast.  The forest forecasts our future in every breath it takes and every seed it releases into the leaf mold of the forest floor.  This wisdom is the universal voice of life, seeping in silence in search of our souls.

from “The Global Forest” by Diana Beresford-Kroeger

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For anybody who knew Milvi, and has an interest in seeing her, she’s in St. Joseph’s Villa on Governors Road in Dundas.  Room #238, Trillium Lane.  And for those whose mom’s are still alive, give them a big hug today.  Tomorrow may be too late.

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