Thursday, 14 December 2017

Binges in Advent (1)

Tuesday 12th Dec

Lunch at  Oasis Cafe on South Osprey Ave in SRQ



with Ted Copland, former Rector at St. Boniface Church on Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.

I ate Bean Cakes with guacamole and sour cream.  Delicious.

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Wednesday 13th Dec

Lunch at Nellie's Deli , North Beneva Ave, SRQ


with Ev Walk, former Rector at St.Margaret of Scotland on Clark Rd in Sarasota.

I ate a turkey breast sandwich in a Croissant. Just O.K.

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Thursday 14th Dec

Lunch at Pho 99 on Clark Rd,Sarasota




with Carla McCook, current Rector at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Sarasota.

I had Vietnamese Spring Rolls  Excellent!

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Food aside, I binged on the lively and edifying conversations with these three partners in ministry in the American Episcopal Church.




Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Hark the Herald Angels Sing? (No they didn't and can't). (Then some fun)

My friend and Wise Woman the Revd. Dr. Mary Luti has been publishing some delightfully wise and whimsical musings about Angels on her Face book page.

Mary reminds us that the Angels of the Bible don't have wings, nor do they sing.(We have confused them with Cherubim  - an entirely different heavenly order).

On a serious and important note Mary reminds us that we do not become Angels in heaven.  We will be resurrected human beings.

She and I also strongly resist one of the popular responses to death in the Christian or nominally Christian world is to say "God wanted another Angel".

That's a particularly cruel thing to think or say when a child dies. God wanted another Angel?  As if God didn't have enough, so God decided that my darling child should be snatched away from me to swell his Corps of Angels.  What a dastardly God that would be.

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Angels don't sing so "Hark the Herald Angels sing is plain wrong!  In truth Charles Wesley did't write that.  He wrote "Hark how all the *welkin rings -  glory to the King of Kings"

 * an old word meaning "clouds"  which has passed out of use in English")

Wesley's hymn has been greatly mucked about with. It originally had 10 four line stanzas, that would make for 5 eight line verses, more than modern congregations could stomach.   It truth I think that many of us cannot  comprehend Wesley's theology, it's just that we lime belting out "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" at the end of each verse as we sing it to the familiar  tune which has been adapted from Mendelssohn!

AND NOW



One response to Mary Luti's entry was this 

"My dad grew up in East Boston, in those days that's where the ocean liners came in, and being an unsupervised kid he hung out at the docks. One year the British seamen were singing, "Hark the herald angels sing - Wallis Simpson stole our king."

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And then there is this (some materials from Wikipedia)


Beecham's Pills were a laxative first marketed around 1842 in WiganLancashire. They were invented by Thomas Beecham (1820–1907), grandfather of the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham (1879–1961).


The pills themselves were a combination of aloe, ginger, and soap, with some other more minor ingredients. They were initially advertised like other patent medicines as a cure-all, but they actually did have a positive effect on the digestive process. This effectiveness made them stand out from other remedies for sale in the mid-nineteenth century.







Wonderful pills indeed!

The hymn "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"  gave rise to some unofficial and free 'advertising" for them.

Sing alone with me!


Hark! the herald angels sing
Beecham’s pills are just the thing
Two for a woman, one for a child,
They will make you meek and mild.





Another version reads: 

“Hark the herald Angels sing, 
Beecham’s Pills are just the thing
Two for a parent, one for a child, 
half for a baby meek and mild. 
If you want to go to Heaven, you must eat at least eleven, 
If you want to go to Hell, you must eat the box as well, 
Hark the herald Angels sing, 
Beecham’s Pills are just the thing.”

Since Beecham's pills were a laxative I end with:

"And so it goes"




Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Enough Already! (and fit me for heaven?)


Nov 30th  Heart Specialists of Sarasota

Dec 4th Routine Blood Draw for my Primary Care Physician.

Dec 6th  Dermatologist

Dec 7th Colonoscopy and Endoscopy

Dec 15th Vascular Surgeon

Dec 18th Dermatological Surgeon for yet more Mohs surgery.

Not to  mention visits to a Podiatrist and to my Dentist.

Maybe god is making me fit for heaven to live with god there (from Christmas Hymn!)

Not to mention the billing.  I will get three bills from Suncoast Endoscopy alone.  One for the Surgeon, one for the Anesthesia team, one from the Pathologist.

Medicare and United Health Care will pick up most of the charges, but I will be left with (small I hope) co-pays.

Single Payer anyone?  NO.  According to the loony American Right Wing (our current Lords and Masters) single payer is Socialistic.

Thoughtful Americans know that the Right Wing Claim is



Indeed it could and should be good and efficient business practice.   





Monday, 11 December 2017

The old Salt (and Priest), a splendid woman, and a new friend.

We visited the Chrismans this afternoon.

They are: 

Jack - an Episcopal Priest and U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.).

Donna - a fabulous and wise woman.

We were:

jmp, and the fabulous, splendid, unforgettable recently adopted Izzy.

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Jack and Donna agree with me in saying that Izzy is both handsome and loving.

Jack holds the leash, Izzy looks adoringly at Donna, whilst I take the photo'

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ohfirgoodnisssake (!)   

Why should I have been so fortunate as to adopt Izzy from HSSC? .  She is  bringing such joy to my life.

GLORY BE!