Saturday, 25 May 2019

Zion Is All Prepared

For my BIG 75

He is not sure about these birthday glasses.

What a gorgeous face!

(jmp 26th May 1944 - 26th May 2019)

Friday, 24 May 2019

It's Not About the Barbecue dammit.

Monday 27th May 2019.  Memorial Day  (U.S.A.)

(with thanks to Karen N, Chris G, Mark D, and Mitch H who reminded me of some important truths)

Memorial Day is an official U.S. Federal Holiday. It's a day off work for some (but not for those who work in retail or in hospitality).

In the colder northern States it's reckoned to be the start of the summer barbecue season  -  just another holiday.  But it's not about the barbecue dammit!  

Here's what it is about

Memorial Day  (first known as Decoration Day - when the graves of  those killed in the Civil War were decorated);was popularly known as Memorial Day; and later given that name by official acts of first the State of New York, and later the Federal Government (1967).

The first Memorial Day (as officially recognised by the U.S. Congress) took place in Waterloo, N.Y. in 1866.  A Waterloo Pharmacist said that it was all very well to celebrate the courage of living soldiers from the Civil War, but shouldn't there also be a solemn commemoration of those who were killed in that war.

Thus it should be that the first duty of patriotic Americans next Monday should be a solemn (and perhaps prayerful) reflection on the terrible cost of War:   young women and men cut down in the prime of life; all too many spouses, children, parents, siblings and dear friends left bereft and with a lifetime of grief.

The terrible cost of war:

620,000 military deaths  (Confederate and Union soldiers mowed down  in the War between the States). 

58.200 American military deaths in the Viet Nam war. 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong deaths

8.5 to 9.7 Million military deaths in World War I.  

AGAIN    Thus it should be that the first duty of patriotic Americans next Monday should be a solemn (and perhaps prayerful) reflection on the terrible cost of War


As you think and pray I remind you of what is sometimes called (in an Orwellian way) Collateral Damage.

In World War One. Ten million civilian deaths

In Vietnam. Two million civilian deaths in north and south.

In World War Two and the blitz of the the U.K.  43,000 civilian deaths.

In  World War Two British Fire Bombings of Hamburg and Dresden (militarily unnecessary) 66,600 civilian deaths, many burned alive.



Thursday, 23 May 2019

The most dangerous verse in the Bible

Genesis 1:26-28 King James Version (KJV)

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

I am reading a biography of William Tecumseh Sherman ( "Fierce Patriot. The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman"  Robert L O'Connell, Random House, 2015).
Many Americans will have heard of Sherman: brilliant Union Army General, hater and subsequent scourger of the Confederacy, despiser of American Indians (he wanted them eliminated), disdainer of Negro (the word used then) slaves and former slaves -  he was at best a reluctant abolitionist. 
What many do not know is that he was the government appointed "commander in chief"  for the construction of the trans-continental railroad. 
He faced major obstacles  including (a) the presence of the great plains Indians who lands would be needed for the "development" which was certain to accompany the new rail road.  For Sherman, the Indians were expendable.  (b) the massive herds of Bison (essential for the Indians' "economy" and way of life.

Massive herds of Bison?  No problem, for the Bible says that we are to have dominion over them.
Thus, with Sherman's encouragement, THREE MILLION Bison were killed between 1872 and 1874.
Having dominion - a doctrine which has led to our present environmental disaster. 
Human arrogance (rooted in the Bible) has led us to believe that we can do whatever we will with what we call "nature". 
We have this strange idea that we are not a part of the environment,  that we are not a part of nature,  that somehow we stand outside the natural world,  that somehow we are not a part of the environment.
As we despoil and destroy the environment, so we also despoil and destroy ourselves.

For another and more life giving understand of "dominion"  please see this:

(Of course I do not endorse every word  - but.. THREE MILLION Bison were killed between 1872 and 1874.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Povey Connection. Some fine members of my family who have birthdays in May.

7th  Evelyn Maud dec'd (my mother)

8th  Richard (my nephew)

19th  Sarah  (Sally) dec'd   (my "Nanny",  the only grandparent I knew.)  She was born when Victoria was Queen.

21st Imogen (my niece)

21st Stuart (my nephew in law)

22nd Sam  (my nephew)

26th Elizabeth Anne  (my twin sister)

Monday, 20 May 2019

Are you a Christian?

Via Tess P.

Image may contain: 1 person, beard, meme and hat, text that says 'AN AMISH MAN WAS ONCE ASKED BY A TOURIST IF He WAS A CHRISTIAN? HIS REPLY WAS, "YOU'L HAVE TO ASK MY NEIGHBOR.'

Early Morning Light, 19th May 2019

The early morning light is tender.  Photo's taken between 6:15 and 7:15 a.m., one at Bayfront Park, the others at Arlington Park.

"I'm walking with Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion"

Never seen one here.

Spanish Moss looking like an outdoors Chihuly.

Sunday, 19 May 2019