Friday, 11 May 2012

Embracing our differences

I last enjoyed the "Embracing our Differences" exhibition at Sarasota's bay-front some four years ago.  So it was time to view the 2012 exhibition.

Here are my pictures.

(1.The artwork is from all over the world.  2. The "slogans" are by S.W. Florida school children. 3. The little flaps on the huge vinyl posters are to allow the wind to blow through, lest the entire banner be blown to the ground)
















See also:   http://www.embracingourdifferences.org/index.html



Thursday, 10 May 2012

My respect of the U.S. Military (see 6) and other thoughts (see 1 - 5)



1. The Lord Jesus was not a liberal Democrat

2. The Lord Jesus never attended a Tea Party


3. Governor Romney’s Mormon faith ought not to be an issue in the General Election.  Let’s vote for him, or not vote for him based on his track record as Governor of Massachusetts and the policies he espouses.

4. Being in favour of same sex marriage should not be described as a “war on marriage”. Gay and Lesbian people are saying that they respect marriage so much that they want it to include them.


5. I know many gay and lesbian people who have been in committed, monogamous, faith-filled relationships for thirty, forty or fifty years.

6. The American Military models so much which is admirable and should be emulated in civilian society.  e.g.


a) The military commitment to affirmative action for racial and other minorities.

b) The honourable and gracious way in which military leaders have responded to the repeal of “don’t ask – don’t tell”. (It is now “safer” to be gay/lesbian in the military than in many Churches!)

c) The engagement of the military (especially the Navy) in planet friendly “green” policies and practices.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Comcast e-mail seems to be dead

For some reason or other I cannot access my Comcast e-mail,

 The Comcast techies could not help.

Watch this space!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Siesta Key Church FL driver cuts me off.


I was driving west on Stickney Point Road in Sarasota FL this morning.  I was in the right hand lane, all ready to turn right onto Midnight Pass Road.

Traffic was slow in the right hand lane because the South Drawbridge to Siesta Key had just been opened and then closed.

 As the traffic began to move, a very zippy green coloured sports car raced up on my left, and then cut me off as it zoomed into the right hand lane just ahead of me.

I noticed two things about this car.

First:  a bumper sticker which read “Just Be Nice”.  I thought “that driving was not very nice!”

Second:  a St. Boniface Church decal.

Oh no. The reckless driver of this car with its “Just Be Nice” bumper sticker was clearly a member of St. Boniface Church (to which I was driving).

I had imagined that St. Boniface Church members had more gracious standards of behaviour.

“Just Being Nice” is not good enough if selfish driving puts other motorists at risk.



Monday, 7 May 2012

May 7th


May 7th

Born on this day

AMONGST THE LIVING 



1. My former Assistant Rector at St. Stephen’s, Pittsfield, MA – Margaret Quill.

2. A dear St. Stephen’s parishioner, Anna Vincent.

3. A Good Shepherd, Fitchburg parishioner Barbara Sweatman.

4. A fabulous St. James’s, Cambridge parishioner, Rebekah Bjork.

AMONGST THE DEAD


1. The composers - Johannes Brahms and Peter Tchaikovsky.

2. Betty Pusey. Her husband Cort Pusey was a retired Priest who served alongside me in Pittsfield, MA

3. My mother, Evelyn Maud Povey who would have been 100 years old today.  By God’s grace she passed from this life eleven years ago.  She was a fabulous Mum and Grandma. But she was ready for death and welcomed it when she passed from this life.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Ugly. Red-Headed. Step-children?



Last Wednesday, May 2nd 2012,  our local newspaper, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune ran a story about a new retail “mall” which is to be developed in Sarasota, on the north east fringe of the County.

This development has been on again/off again every since I moved here in 2006.  The hope was that it would attract upscale stores such as “Nordstrom” and “Neiman Marcus”.

That hope has not been realised (who cares?).  But the developer, one Chuck Madden, was happy to announce that a formerly less favoured retailer, “Saks of 5th Ave” would move its store from its current location in central Sarasota.


He said this: “Saks, the ugly red-headed stepchild, is now the prom queen four years later," (H-T, May 2).”

That’s a ghastly analogy.   So I wrote a letter to the editor at the Sarasota H-T. It's not that I was hurt by his comments.  It was simply that I was pissed-off by his stupidity. My letter was published today and it reads thus.

“Dear Editor:


My hair used to be brilliantly red. It has faded, of course, with age.


My oldest sister has two stepchildren who adore her and are deeply grateful for the loving stability she brought into their lives.


With that in mind I wonder what in the world possessed Chuck Madden to say "Saks, the ugly red-headed stepchild, is now the prom queen four years later," (H-T, May 2).


Stringing together the words "ugly red-headed stepchild" is disrespectful (to say the least) of we redheads, and of the hundreds of thousands of grateful stepchildren and their parents.


J. Michael Povey, Sarasota.”


===================================================================






 This is a composite, made by my friend Betsy as a birthday card a couple of years ago.  The  brilliant red-head is J. Michael Povey at aged (about) 20 years.