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I just read that Rev Billy Graham has passed away at the age of 99… These photos were taken in 2010. I had dragged my family out on an excursion to photograph the abandoned Bethlehem Steel Factory. While walking around, we found one of Billy Graham’s Daily Devotional books. Someone, whom I will never know, had chosen to purposely leave this book sitting open to the environment on an abandoned road leading to an abandoned factory. The rock which was placed on the book made it clear – this was a purpose driven action… actions cause re-actions… I saw the book, photographed it, looked up the passages within to learn what it was, and am now sharing those photographs as the authors’ death has brought them again to my mind… The paths we choose and the actions we take not only form who we are but also the world around us…

Communal Harmony

Shortly after I posted the message below I read this wonderful article on the Dalai Lama’s site:

Seminar on ‘Communal Harmony – Foundation of World Peace’

“We all want to live a happy life, so we have to learn to live together in trust and mutual respect. We do have differences of race, nationality, religious faith and so on, but these differences are secondary in comparison to our equality in being human. When I heard scientists say they had evidence that basic human nature is compassionate, I thought, ‘There’s real hope.’

“Helping others brings deep satisfaction. No matter how powerful we may seem to be, our survival depends on the community. Clearly the community is crucial to individual happiness, so if we make others happy, we too derive benefit. We need to take action. However, if we act out of self-centredness, it will be difficult to be transparent, to earn others’ trust and friendship. By learning to be more warm-hearted we can create a more compassionate world.

– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet


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It’s been a year since I have posted… I’ve managed to stay out of the hospital… have overcome pain and numbness from a herniated C5/C6 disc via physical therapy and acupuncture… have expanded my knitting… have been taking photos, alias have not posted them…

In the meantime, I am finding myself more and more disappointed with major parts of the world… both globally and locally… the light I do see comes from the likes of Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama…

In college, at the UofA, I spent a lot of time hanging out at the St Thomas More Newman Center. Sitting, thinking, drawing, praying… While I’d have long discussions with a few of the Dominicans, my faith has always been something primarily private. I choose to keep it private as I find many have a tendency to use their religion against others, to judge them while exhaulting themselves… just as the Pharisee of Luke 18:9-14… that is something I don’t agree with… that said, my faith is a strong part of my life and perhaps it is time to start sharing it…

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” – Luke 7:37-38

Navy Lending Library for Navy Dependents

In January of this year I did a presentation for GrotonSOSA explaining how Navy dependents can sign up to use the Navy’s Online Lending Library to get books for their kindles and other electronic reading devices… I thought it might be helpful if I also posted that information here.
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