Showing posts from September 20, 2009

Learning not to hate Florida

Second of two for today. I hate Florida

I take up where I left off , before I was so rudely interrupted by last evening’s storm.

The storm reminded me that I miss technology. (By the way, do you remember the good old days when we did not have mobile ‘phones, therefore we never lost them!)

Up until to about four years ago if a person mentioned Florida I would immediately respond “I hate Florida”.

That “hatred” arose out of two visits.

I got thinking about the first visit when I was cut-off from Facebook for about 36 hours.

The technology in my first visit was at the Epcot Center.

More about that in a bit.


Some 20 or more years ago, my friend Joe and I drove away from Pittsfield, MA in my trusty Mazda 323, bound for Florida. We drove down Interstate 95, but I cannot for the life of me remember where we stayed en route. My guess is that we had one night with the Haulers, Don and Barbara, who then lived in Mclean, VA.

I do remember that when we crossed the GA/FL line I thought “we are here now…

First of two for today


James 5.1-12

5Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. 2Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. 3Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. 4Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.


A terrific and wondrous storm just passed through.

Thunder, lightning and rain in super-abundance.

It was great.

But it also knocked out all the great and wise words I had written for tonight.

So I'll simply say:

Thank goodness for wonderful storms

Thank goodness for food, shelter, and my good pets

And I will try to be wise tomorrow.


(P.S. no promises!)

Facbook problems today


1. I have not been able to log on to Facebook for 24 hours. The Fb folks have been unable to help so far.

2. If I have not responded to your Facebook postings, it is because the
“system” has failed, and I cannot connect with Fb.

3. Even though you may be able to read this on Facebook, I cannot so do!

4. If you can read this, please let me know at poveconect65 –at- Then at least I will know if my notes are reaching Fb

5. I am working with Fb to resolve this - wish me luck please.

IF ALL ELSE FAILS - you can read my musings at


September/Fall/Auumn (antipodean Spring)

A meeting of Bishops described

"they squawked in very direction. a flock of jackdaws combining together, a rabble of adolescents, a gang of youth, a whirlwind raising dust under the pressure of air currents,

people whom nobody who was mature enough either in the fear of God or in years would pay any attention,

they splutter confused stuff or like wasps rush directly at what is in front of their heads".

Gregory of Nazianzus ( A.D. 329 - 390 )

as quoted in Charles Freeman's "The Closing of the Western Mind" (Knopf 2003)


(Would also describe many modern Church Committee meetings; the proceedings of the U.K. House of Commons; or the activities of the U.S. Congress - jmp)

Liberals are the most faithful to the American heritage