Showing posts from February 9, 2020

Politics as sport or hobby.

My next door neighbour has the above bumper sticker on her car. My first reaction was "Oh no, how can intelligent people be so stupid?'    She is a retired Medical Doctor.

But it is not a matter of stupidity.   It's all about "politics as sports".

Liberals support CNN, and think that Fox News is Fake (Faux) News.

Conservatives support Fox News, and maintain that CNN is "Very Fake".

That's all well and good if we reduce our civic commitments to a sort of gladiatorial contest.

Reduced to a binary "good v evil" matrix has a feel-good factor for conservatives and liberals alike.  

We post our memes and statements, but forget an essential question: "How does what I say contribute to a richer and deeper citizen-ship?"

With that in mind I beg you to listen to today's edition of the radio programme "The Hidden Brain".

Here is the teaser from National Public Radio:

Passion Isn't Enough: The Rise Of 'Political Hobbyism' i…

Three years ago today

I said good bye to my beautiful Penne

Suicide and Quadruple Murder: And I officiated at Justine and Luke's wedding.

In March 2019 I was visiting friends in San Antonio, TX when I received a disturbing e-mail from one of my dearest friends, the Revd. Gwen Sears.

It was about a tragic fire in Sheffield MA, and the deaths of Luke and Justine Karpinski and their three children.

Luke spent some of his formative years in Dalton, MA, and attended the parish where I was the Rector, in Pittsfield MA.

He and Justine met at Waconah Regional High School in Dalton, MA, where they were High School sweethearts.

When he was aged about seventeen Luke was visited with a nasty illness called leukemia.  He undertook miserable (but ultimately life saving) treatments at a Boston Hospital.

I traveled from Pittsfield to Boston a couple of times to visit him in the Hospital.  Justine was always at his side - two lovely teenagers in love!

A few years later (maybe 2001) Justine and Luke called to ask if I would officiate at their wedding.    That I gladly did at the Jiminy Peak resort in Hancock, MA.

Then, last year (2019) when I w…

I Have A Handyman Par Excellence

It was Melba H-K who put me on to him.  He has fixed and improved stuff in my home for more than eight years, at reasonable prices, and with great skill.

You probably know that he has been replacing and improving the lighting in my otherwise gloomy kitchen.  He'll finish on Feb 13th. It already looks good.

As he worked  today he saw that the light in the extractor fan over my oven was not working.

I knew this.  There was a time when I could jiggle the switch to make the light work.  That time ended about a year ago.

My handyman had a replacement switch in his treasure stove. He didn't need to seek my permission to install the new switch, so he did so, much to my happiness.

So now I can use the range-top in good light.

My kitchen is small.  In the ideal world it would be totally  re-modeled. That would be a frivolous expense at my age.
So I will gladly settle for minor but essential improvements,  at the hands of my good handy man.
His business card describes him as a "Master Tink…

Kitchen-less for a couple of days.

I am, not before time, having the lighting in my kitchen replaced, and greatly improved. 

It's been so poor that I couldn't see the end of my nose.

Therefore my kitchen has been out of use all day.  

I had a hearty breakfast, skipped lunch, and invited myself to dinner with my friends Donna and Jack Chrisman, and their daughter Ashley Lloyd.

It was a very fine dinner prepared by Ashley: a salad with baby spinach and heirloom tomatoes, and some wonderful pork loin with pasta and delicious sauce.

Shall I say d e l i c i o u s,   better than anything I could/would cook.

The kitchen work is three quarters done and will be finished by Wednesday evening.

This is good -  I have worked in an ill-lighted kitchen for many years - all too long.

This is bad -  I'll have to find new excuses to savour and enjoy Ashley's cooking!

This guy takes great photo's ( and he is my brother David) )

1.  There is a southern English prejudice against northern England.   We (including I,  who was born and raised in south west England) all too easily fall into the trap of seeing the north as a post industrial waste land.  "It ain't necessarily so!"

2.  My good brother Dave Povey has a keen eye (and a fine  camera)  for a good photo'. His pics were taken at Pennington Flash Country Park, Lancashire, U.K., which is near to the post industrial borough of Wigan, Lancs.

Sarasota FL, 9th Feb 2020: The Great and the Ghastly

N.B.  All of the photo's in this entry are from stock, i.e. not taken by me.
My good friend Ashley and I decided to go out for breakfast this  morning. We looked for a place which would be  much, much better than the national chains; and better than a local greasy spoon.  

We chose well and ate at "The Rosemary" on Orange Ave., a block north of Fruitville Rd.

The food was superb and the service was first class Our server attended to our needs without wanting to be our best friend!  She was great.
Ashley had the ST. GEORGE OMELETTE Mushrooms, Sautéed Onions, Diced Tomatoes & Brie Cheese. Served with Choice of Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Patty’s Cheese Grits or Fresh Fruit.

I opted for BERMUDA FISH CAKE BENEDICT  Fresh White Fish, Poached Egg, Key Lime Hollandaise & Diced Tomato. Served with Choice of Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Patty’s Cheese Grits or Fresh Fruit. (Eggs benny served on a fish cake not on an English Muffin)

Breakfast this morning was a rare and deli…