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Ike_QuebecIke Quebec–Blue Samba

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nvA bossa nova version of an old chestnut.

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Saturday, 2015 Ja bonuary 3

gord mckayOur mayor, Gord McKay, writes, ‘I challenge you to choose your own “bold action” and make that happen in 2015. I am not just referring to civic projects or helping out with a charity. Your bold action may be investing in yourself–upgrading your education or starting a new business–something you have always wanted to do but just needed a bit of a push.’

Sunday, 2015 January 4

jayVanier writes, ‘To tell you the truth, I do not ponder too much on tomorrow. Live today well. Each season has its beauty.’ (photo: tx, sh)

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Monday, 2015 January 5

The Writer’s Almanac notes, plum-cakeToday is the Twelfth Night, otherwise known as the eve of Epiphany…. Though the origin of the celebration dates back to the Roman Saturnalia, most of the traditional observances of the holiday that have survived date back to medieval England.’

best in showwe watched ‘best in show‘.

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Tuesday, 2015 January 6

Interfaith2Rohr quotes Aldous Huxley, who ‘calls the perennial tradition a metaphysic, a psychology, and an ethic at the same time: “1) the metaphysic which recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; 2) the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical to, divine Reality; 3) the ethic that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of all being.” ‘

Killarney Ridge 01watched a doc about killarney, saved from corporate interests by artists in the thirties, but threatened in the seventies by acid rain and still recovering; another about how plants brought life to this planet. i read about spiral dynamics while s worked on a jigsaw.

Wednesday, 2015 January 7

booksHere is a New Year’s wish from Anu Garg of A-Word-A-Day: ‘Average reading is less than an hour [a day, whereas Americans watch TV three hours a day]…. May you never be without books in the new year.’

underwear_bluebought some underwear. no plastic packaging, no annoying metal tabs–just recyclable cardboard.

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Thursday, 2015 January 8

Constellation_Fornax,_EXtreme_Deep_FieldVanier recommends that we adopt the attitude ‘of a trusting child who knows that he [or she]  is only a tiny part of the universe and … called to live in gift and oblation’.

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owlwith over seven billion of us, i’d say the epidemic is human, not owl. [tx, sh]

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Francisbyelgrecoreading the mendicant.

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Richard Rohr-from-cacRichard Rohr writes, ‘We must be honest and admit that [Christian liturgy] has focused much less on the practicals of the Sermon on the Mount or what Jesus spent most of his time doing: touching and healing people, doing acts of justice and inclusion, teaching and living ways of compassion and non-violence.’ His vision is much more than human, for it includes all Creation: ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon, my black Labrador, cats, all human beings and all species. Of course, that idea is only coming into its own in our time.’ But what an idea!

Friday, 2015 January 9

lighthead, heart, and hands–when it comes to belief, my agnostic rationality says head, but what does my heart say? what do my hands do? they sign cheques for the guesthouse, something my heart would like to do. my head agrees.

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Saturday, 2015 January 10

david suzukiDavid Suzuki writes, ‘Given the consequences of human-induced climate change already hitting home, you’d think the highest priority of governments at all levels would be to decide on the lowest-emission energy path. But politicians focused on election intervals have difficulty dealing with generational issues.’
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Sunday, 2015 January 11

Richard Rohr-from-cacRichard Rohr writes re wt he calls ‘the religious side of globalization’: ‘Either religion moves beyond its tribal past or it has no chance of “saving the world”! The “emerging church” is gathering the scriptural, contemplative, scholarly, and justice-oriented wisdom from every part of the Body of Christ.’ Later, he asks, ‘How can we turn information into transformation?’–information like, the religious side of globalization.

Planting treewe watched walking through history (battle in the glens) and life story (first years). s watched downton abbey, natch.

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Monday, 2015 January 12

TheConfessionOfBrotherHaluin‘Now at least [his confession] could escape into air, into the world of other men, where it could teach other men suffering and receive and give compassion.’ The Confession Of Brother Haluin, 65.

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