Saturday, 6 December 2008

Sarasota Neighbourhoods - Gulf Gate

Ron and Charlotte Thompson are new friends. I met them two years ago, and they are “good news”. I always enjoy being with them. They live in a neat neighbourhood known as “Gulf Gate”.

The exceptional thing about this area is what we call “Gulf Gate Village”. This includes just three streets, with a multitude of local businesses.

The village is within walking distance of Ron and Charlotte’s home. It is truly a neighbourhood shopping area. Just about every shopping need can be met.

The single story shops are user friendly, with no towering malls or plazas. And there are no “chain-stores” here. There are only locally owned businesses.

Our Cities depend on neighbourhoods such as this for their welfare, “community sense”, and prosperity.

I am glad that Sarasota has an area such as Gulf Gate Village. I hope that the photo’s will give you a clue as to the nature of this local shopping area.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Simple again

Betsy and I puttered around again today.

I tried hard not to be task focussed (as is my wont), but instead to be a gracious host.

So we had a lazy morning, and then joined "the crew" (my SRQ friends) for bowling at
1:00 p.m.

Then Betsy and I wandered around the Sarasota Marina area in lovely warm weather.

This evening I cooked dinner (rib eye steak and stir fried vegetables, with "store bought" cherry pie for dessert). Ben and David joined us as guests.

In between all this Betsey and I practised the ancient religious ritual of "the adoration of the cats"!

I'll blog simply again tomorrow, then on Sunday I'll have great news to share.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

A gift to be simple

I had planned an extensive blog tonight, with the photo’s I took a couple of days ago.

But life intervened!

The prayer service at Res. House this morning was lovely. There were 8 of us, all men, for a simple service in the little Chapel. I get moved to tears every week at this service. My homeless friends pray for everything in the world but themselves. And there are almost always more men than women.

(Did you see that in Church recently?!).

Chapel ended, I hoved over to Tampa Airport to meet my dear Betsy, who is here, from Pittsfield, for the third year in a row. She is the daughter of my former colleague, the Revd. Cortland R. Pusey and his wife Betty Pusey (both now passed from this life).

It’s always a joy to be with Betsy. We got back home for lunch (nibbling on good cheese and a few peanuts). Then, en-route to choir practice at All Angels on Longboat Key (*), I left Betsy at Lido Beach where she walked for an hour in perfect weather.

(*) All Angels is a lovely parish where I help out from time to time. Each year they have a 12th Night concert, followed by dinner. For the fun of it, and with gratitude to Dale Hooey their excellent Director of Music, I’ll sing with their choir for the January 2009 Concert.

Supper tonight was simple. Cold chicken, and salad, with a bit of fried polenta, made for an excellent repast.

Ben joined us. We enjoyed the meal with some good wine, fine conversation, and great humour.

The old Shakers wrote “’Tis a gift to be simple”. On this uncomplicated but wonderful day I knew what they meant.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Robert Duncan and new Anglican Province? so what!

The article which follows is taddled from the Internet.

These are my words.

It means very little, as this new and alleged "Province" is no more than a figment of the imagination of its "head" the egomaniacal and power hungry Bob Duncan.

Those of us who are not "Duncanites" will continue to serve the poor.

We will continue to welcome gay and lesbian Christians - and ask God's blessing on their relationships.

We will never cease in our gratitude and loving debt for our sisters who are Deacons, Priests, and Bishops in the Episcopal Church.



This is the article.

Conservatives form rival group to Episcopal Church

Wed Dec 3, 5:17 PM EST
Theological conservatives upset by liberal views of U.S. Episcopalians and Canadian Anglicans formed a rival North American province Wednesday, in a long-developing rift over the Bible that erupted when Episcopalians consecrated the first openly gay bishop.

The announcement represents a new challenge to the already splintering, 77-million-member world Anglican fellowship and the authority of its spiritual leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

The new North American Anglican province includes four breakaway Episcopal dioceses, many individual parishes in the U.S. and Canada, and splinter groups that left the Anglican family years, or in one case, more than a century ago.

Its status within the Anglican Communion is unclear. It is unprecedented for a new Anglican national province to be created where two such national churches already exist. But traditionalists say the new group represents the true historic tradition of Anglican Christianity and is vital to counter what they consider policies that violate Scripture.

Bishop Robert Duncan, who leads the breakaway Diocese of Pittsburgh, is the proposed new leader of the new North American province, which says it has 100,000 members. In a phone interview from Wheaton, Ill., where leaders of the new group met, Duncan called Wednesday's announcement an "exciting and remarkable moment" for traditionalists.

Williams has been striving for years to find a compromise that would keep liberal and conservative Anglicans together, but unlike a pope, he lacks the power to force a resolution.

The Anglican Communion links 38 self-governing provinces that trace their roots to the missionary work of the Church of England. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the U.S., while the Anglican Church in Canada represents the communion in that country.

Anglicans have been debating for decades over what members of their fellowship should believe. Tensions erupted in 2003 when Episcopalians consecrated New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who lives with his longtime male partner.

Around the same time, some Canadian Anglican leaders began authorizing blessing ceremonies for same-sex unions, saying biblical teachings on social justice required them to do so. The actions pushed the Anglican family to the brink of schism.

A London spokesman for the Anglican Communion did not respond to a request for comment.

Michael Pollesel, general security of the Anglican Church of Canada, said the new province leaders "really have no standing with the Anglican Communion at this point."

The Rev. Charles Robertson, adviser to the head of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, underscored that the U.S. and Canadian churches are "the recognized presence of the Anglican Communion in North America." He said the U.S. church welcomes people with different views.

The immediate impact of Wednesday's announcement on the 2.1 million-member Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church of Canada, with has about 640,000 people on its rolls, was unclear.

There are conservatives in both countries who will not join the new province and instead have vowed to stay within their national denominations despite theological differences.

The new province will not be fully formed for months, or perhaps longer, as it goes through the process of approving a new constitution and leadership. They also must resolve their own theological differences, over ordaining women and other issues.

In the four breakaway Episcopal dioceses, legal challenges over property will likely take resources away from building the new province. The four dioceses are Fort Worth, Texas; Pittsburgh; Quincy, Ill.; and San Joaquin, based in Fresno, Calif. National Episcopal leaders are helping local parishioners reorganize those dioceses.

The new conservative province already has the support of several national Anglican leaders, including the archbishops of Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya and the Southern Cone, based in Argentina. Duncan and other leaders are soliciting more support from the overseas archbishops. However, it's unclear whether acceptance by individual archbishops will lead to full recognition by the Anglican Communion.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


I was at the Dentists' today.

The person who treated me talked about my "opposing" (upper and lower) teeth.

I said that I prefered to think of them as "cooperating" teeth.

I had to sit still and mute for 7 minutes (as a new impression for my upper partial was being taken).

It occured to me that my friends would love to see me mute for 7 minutes! I am a talker.

Off this topic I attach a "funny".

Think of it as

"Jesus skidadles before his Father finds out about the Speedboat incident".

(Click on the pic to get the whole story)

And so it goes..........

Sunday, 30 November 2008

This's, That's, and the Other

This 1

I assisted at St. Boniface Church on Siesta Key at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist today, reading the Gospel and ministering the Chalice at Communion.

It felt good. St. B’s is a large and progressive parish, and I have a high respect for the Rector, Ted Copeland. This is now my “home”

You can read about St. Bi’s at

... and if you click on the December newsletter you will read about my role there.

This 2

The following, taken from an internet news source might help us understand that Islam is not monolithic whatever the western press may say.

Huda Ezra Ibrahim Nunu, one of just 37 Jewish people living in Bahrain, has been selected as that country's Ambassador to the United States.

This 3

There is an old tree at the back of my house which bears avocados. Five of them dropped to the ground in today’s rainstorm. I harvested them; and then gave three away, keeping two for myself.

That 1

We’ve had a local chain of 27 Convenience stores in this neck of the woods. It was privately owned and operated under the name of “Site”. Their prices have been fair and their staff very friendly.

The owner decided to retire, so he sold his chain to a national group called “7/11”.

(7/11 was founded in California, with the daring idea that Convenience Stores should open at 7:00 a.m., and close at 11:00 p.m.).

Now that the Site Stores have become 7/11 all the staff is new, and the prices have rocketed. I’ll not be shopping there again.

When will they ever learn?

That 2

I bought a “Remington” moustache and beard trimmer today - my old one having ceased to work.

“Remington” is a trusted name, the price was right, and the product will probably be good.

But “oh that packaging”. You know what I mean – that ghastly, horrible hard plastic packaging. The stuff which cuts your hands as you try to tear it apart.

Why, oh why, do manufacturers use that “user unfriendly” packing?

When will they ever learn?

Finicky cats.

I have been buying the top of the line canned and dried foods for Ada and Adelaide.

It’s sold as “Science Diet”

But my dear cats started to shun their luxury food.

So now I am buying the common or garden “Friskies”, which they gobble down.

My beloved cats are finicky, but they seem to be entirely contented after dinner!

See the pics above. [Black cats do not photograph well)