Saturday, 8 August 2020
Once again I extended my condolences and our conversation drifted toward doing good, etc. At the end I quoted my paternal grandfather who used to say "the Lord helps those who help themselves."
She nodded, and then asked me if we go to church. She knows we don't I'm pretty sure but I had to say that, no, we didn't but that I think it's important to know what religion is and what religions teach. Told her the story about how our son was the last person baptized at a nearby church before it was deconsecrated: he was 11 and the church was 90 something.
Then later on I came upon this graffiti. It's about as close I get to any kind of religious thought. Don't know if I completely agree, even then. Worth thinking about on this fine summer morning, though.
Saturday, 1 August 2020
Also I've been taking photos of bits of whimsy, and came across this one just across from Parc Molson in Montreal's Petite Patrie district. The mattress may have been put out to be taken away by the garbage men, but someone had a better idea....
Maybe it's time for all of us to Wake up, to the bad things that we might be able to fix, and to the good things we should appreciate.
End of positive message for today....
Saturday, 25 July 2020
Couldn't do much carpentry on this saw horse, but kudos to whomever put it together. Creativity can blossom when times are tough...
Saturday, 18 July 2020
I'm posting it today because yesterday I got the publicity package for my next book, Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future. The task for the weekend will be to look it over to see what the publicists are proposing.
But there's another reason: the terrible suspicion that things we formerly though solid as a rock--like democracy in the US--are rapidly being eroded. The Covid-19 case numbers just keep spiraling upward, and 45 seems hell-bent to use any means possible to use it as a way to get re-elected. Just as troubling is the use of Federal forces to "bring order" to Portland OR. According to the New York Times:
"The arrival of a more aggressive federal presence came after President Trump, who at one point called on states to “dominate” protesters, directed federal agencies to increase their presence to protect federal properties, including statues and monuments that have at times been the target of protesters. Mr. Trump said last week that he had sent personnel to Portland because “the locals couldn’t handle it.”
What's going to happen when he loses the November election?
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Kids were still at home, supposedly learning remotely, but the outdoors beckoned. Playgrounds were still closed, and it took a bit of imagination to find things to do.
Some children on my granddaughter's street took things into their own hands, and built a little scene that they could control. Love this bit of whimsy in a world that isn't whimsical at all.
The construction/installation is now obscured by grasses and perennials, but it's a good memory from a season where there weren't many.
Saturday, 4 July 2020
These which I found on a neighbouring street however, are not at all the exception. An abundance of blossoms that have lasted at least a week despite some pretty hot days and a semi-drought. Does the heart good in this time when we can use ever bit of encouragement we can get.
Saturday, 27 June 2020
The fleur de lys, the iris, is Quebec's flower, and, conveniently it blooms right now. The ones in my front yard aren't nearly as nice, but these in a neighbor's are lovely.
Enjoy what good times you might have....