Tuesday, August 31, 2010

He said it well

I want to leave you, this last day of the month, with a few quotes from an author I've enjoyed for many years because of his love and honesty.

"If Christ can—and he does—hold in utter loyalty the hearts of St. Francis and John Knox, of Calvin and St. Theresa, of General Booth and Pope John, of Billy Graham and Albert Schweitzer, who hold irreconcilably different beliefs about him, how can belief and uniformity of belief be vitally important? Further, where in the Gospels are we ever told that Christ demanded belief in some theological proposition before he would admit a seeker into discipleship?"

“We still make of prime importance matters about which Jesus said nothing. How can a matter be fundamental in a religion when the founder of the religion never mentioned it?"

"I would like to be able with authority to present the case for believing in God, but I would far rather be an authoritative argument for believing in God.

The saints are the best argument for Christianity. They have the highest authority in the world for they coerce us and yet our coercion is a willing one. They drive us along the way which in our best moments we want to go. When we read their lives, and even more when we touch their lives with our own in day-to-day living, we meet Christianity's unanswerable argument.

We know, with an authority nothing can resist or overcome, that Christianity changes lives and that if Jesus Christ were given a chance he would change the world."

"His death is a revelation of the nature of God, and a pledge that God will stand by me until I am made one with him.
It was a revelation of God’s reaction to human sin. To be hurt and hindered by it, but to go on loving, and go on loving, and go on loving, without reprisal or answering violence until men see what sin is and what sin does, and turn with loathing from that which has so grievously hurt the greatest Lover of the human soul.
It is not what God once was, or Christ once did, that can save us, but what Christ once did is the sacrament and visible pledge to us of what He is and does for ever.
He committed himself to the task of recovering all humanity to God, however long it might take, however arduous the way, however unrewarding the toil."

"He [Jesus] revealed what God must be like and what man may be like, and he pledged himself to stand by his little brothers until they too achieved God’s age-long purpose on this minor planet; until all the sons of men realized their possibilities and became the sons of God."

Monday, August 30, 2010

The escape

I was telling you yesterday what we were doing while Raph and Christopher chased buffalos so I thought you might appreciate a visual telling of the tale.

"The Escape"


"Safely back home"

Sunday, August 29, 2010


This afternoon, while out chasing buffalo, Raph got the idea of inviting the family up the hill to pick blackberries since there seemed to be so many it was a shame to let them go to waste.
Some of us went up with him and in just half an hour came home with nearly seven kilos!

Monday, August 23, 2010


I've just read a couple of good quotes and want to share them with you. I believe them to be wisdom and true.

When a dog is bitten by another dog, the dog bites back. People often behave this way as well. Engaging in such behavior is appalling, but it is, in fact, less harmful than teaching others that those who mistreat us should be punished.


It is easier to get along with people when you treat them as if they are better than you, as opposed to you being better than them.


Most people believe that humanity can be improved by constantly acquiring knowledge that can make life easier. This is not entirely true. In order to improve humanity, one must find the answers to those questions that really matter in this life. Discovering such truths is possible.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Perros Guirrec

Raph and family are on holiday in Brittany and sends us this cryptic note that accompanied the picture:

Apparently pink granite exists in only 2 places in earth : Perros Guirrec (called - La côte de Granit Rose) and ... the Seychelles.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Today Ammi and Zack and the girls left us for Boston, but not before Sarah took this beautiful picture of her and Rebecca on the bridge going over to the island. She calls it Sisters.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Purpose Behind It All

Today I've abbreviated the title of a great piece of writing I found today on a site called http://neithercorp.us/npress/ — you might want to bookmark it for future use. Here is the article for your consideration.

The Purpose Behind Engineered Economic Collapse

By Giordano Bruno

Neithercorp Press – 17/08/2010

“From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.” — Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. , 1913

Everyone loves money. Even people like myself who abhor the abuse of money and commerce, who understand the fraudulent nature of the system we live in, still work hard and save so that we might attain a sense of stability within that system.

Many people see money as a focal point to their existence. But is it really money that they are after, or is it something else entirely?

In truth, money represents ‘security’ in the minds of the masses. Money affords us the ability to survive, and the more of it we have, the safer we all feel. Because we subconsciously associate the extension of our very life with the variable health of the economic structure in which we live, we tend to become unwitting devotees to its continued existence, even if it is corrupt and condemned to failure. We gullibly deny the system or the currency that supports it is doomed to the contrary of all evidence because, even though it has beaten us bloody, we have never known anything else.

In light of this entrenched way of perceiving things, especially in the U.S., it is difficult enough to convince some people that the economy is in fact not providing the security they desire, but is actually destroying their future completely. To explain to them that this is deliberate, that the economy is designed to self-destruct is another prospect altogether.

Many people hit a proverbial wall on this issue because they simply cannot fathom that certain groups of men (globalists and central bankers) view money and economy in completely different terms than they do.

The average American lives within a tiny box when it comes to the mechanics and motivations of finance. They think that their monetary desires and drives are exactly the same as a globalist’s. But, what they don’t realize is that the box they think in was BUILT by globalists.

This is why the actions of big banks and the decisions of our mostly corporate establishment run government seem so insane in the face of common sense. We try to rationalize their behaviour as “idiocy”, but the reality is that their goals are highly deliberate and so far outside what we have been taught to expect that some of us lack a point of reference. If you cannot see the endgame, you will not understand the steps taken to reach it until it is too late.

In the past we have covered numerous instances in which global bankers have admitted to fraud on a massive scale, fraud which is now crushing our already fragile economy. We have covered the private Federal Reserve and how it knowingly facilitated the creation of the housing bubble, as well as how it is now inflating a Treasury bubble which is soon to implode.

We have covered Goldman Sachs and its efforts to promote and sell toxic derivatives all over the world while at the same time betting against those derivatives on the open market. We have covered the manipulation of gold and silver markets by companies like JP Morgan, which have recently been exposed by whistle-blowers and GATA investigations.

And, most importantly, we have executed in-depth analysis on the growing weakness of the U.S. dollar in preparation for severe currency devaluation. These revelations raise questions, which is natural, but they also illicit misconceptions and reckless knee-jerk reactions, especially when broaching the fact that the illegal strategies of international banks are part of a greater agenda.

Below, we will examine some of the most common narrow minded responses to the issue of engineered economic collapse, as well as why people think the way they do when the “semi-sacred” subject of money is involved…

(Read the rest/best of the article here...)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A new chair

Well I went to the hospital this afternoon to talk to the doctor who said that Grandma has no problem beyond her transit which is very common among older folks and easily treated. He said it was the same thing in January when she was admitted then.

He gave me a prescription for us to follow every day for two weeks with a visit from a home nurse twice a week after which we the family doctor will decide whether further treatment is necessary.
After taking her down and getting her into the car with some difficulty I began to think about the advantages in getting her some kind of mobile chair. I looked on a very good site—a bit like eBay but better in the sense that you can have direct contact with the seller by phone. I found a sturdy wheelchair just 45 kilometres away, near Tours and called to see if it was still available.

Since it was (and I didn't want to lose it) I took Claire and we drove down right then and bought it. It was in good shape and cost me a lot less than a new one would have.

Grandma seemed to like it—it's sure going to make things a lot easier getting her from her room to the living room. I wheeled her out for her supper and took this picture—not a very good one, but she'd decided not to smile right then. :-)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Grandma is fine

I just got back from the hospital this afternoon and feel like Grandma has tricked me again! :-) Still, I'm glad to have had the tests done and know that all is well. Better safe than sorry.

The doctor said the x-rays show no breaks or abnormalities and that her vital statistics (see former post) are just fine. Apparently the only thing they found was that she was obviously not having bowel movements properly but that they were "treating" that. She ate breakfast today and had finished lunch by the time I got there so I gave her a piece of shortbread which she seemed to like.

The doctor said they had taken her hands and walked her around the room a little after which he said that Grandma had told him (in English, of course) "Thank you!".

I didn't see any point in prolonging her stay since she was looking good to me and we agreed that they could discharge her after lunch tomorrow.

I've just uploaded a few of Raph's photos that have been accumulating here for the past few days. Look over at the list of posts on the left in case there are some you may not have seen. Posts always appear in date order so don't be fooled thinking you've seen them all just because you've read the most recent post. Goodbye and God bless you all!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A little rest

This morning, Sunday, Claire and I went over to see Grandma in Château du Loir for breakfast but they said she had slept through it and hadn't wanted to eat. She was sitting up in her chair and seemed glad to see us.

I wanted to check on her "communication" with the staff so decided to come again right at noon to see how things went for lunch. I checked out the menu that was posted for the day in her room—nothing she couldn't eat here! What do you think?

When Sarah and I got there right at noon we found out that they had decided not to let her eat breakfast or lunch since they were waiting on the results of some little tests they had run on her. You only get the right answers when you ask the right people.

Nevertheless, they told me that all being well she'd be eating again that evening so we went back to lunch with the family and Ammi & Zack and family that are still here with us.

Later on that day Ammi went over with me at six o'clock just as she was starting her dinner. They had limited her to the soup, yoghurt, and a blended peach-sauce. I had brought over a couple of slices of buttered pain d'épice which I knew she'd like and it was good that I had. She ate slowly but with a good appetite and we left her tired and dozing off for the night. Tomorrow I will see the doctor and find out everything the x-rays told him.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Grandma is weak

I know that Grandma is known and loved by many of you so I'm going to share an email I sent out to selected family members yesterday.

Hello everyone,

I just want to drop you all a line to let you know that Grandma is not real well right now. There is, at the moment, no urgency to what I am saying but I've felt for a couple of days now that I ought to write something.

I took her down to our family BBQ last Sunday evening. She hasn't been getting out very much these days and over the past few months her mobility has been noticeably reduced. For the past little while the only way to lead her about has been to take her by both hands and walk backwards.

This walk was not more than two hundred metres but it left her panting and worn out, so much so that her knees seemed to buckle at the end and I had to support her by lifting her under her armpits. She collapsed into her canvas arm-chair and took a few minutes to recover but then ate normally and seemed to enjoy herself there with us all.

A few hours later I took her back home and she was complaining about tiredness and told me not to go too fast. I decided this might be the last time we made this trip — no point pushing things. Again, as we neared the house she couldn't go on and had to be carried to her bedroom.

Since then she's not wanted to be moved and has spent a lot of time in bed. I just called the emergency phone number because I wanted to talk to a doctor before starting to write this and the doctor on duty has just returned my call. I explained everything to him and he checked her file and said the best thing might be for an ambulance to come and take her to the local hospital so they can do a complete check-up and see what's up. I've just given her a glass of fizzy vitamin C (which she likes) while I'm waiting for them to get here.

I'll keep you updated when I've got more to say. She's seemingly quite happy but so weak that I'd like to have a medical opinion in case there's anything we should do. She smiled at me and said I look nice so she can sometimes be coherent but she doesn't speak much any more. More later. Don't worry about her; she's in good hands. I was talking to her the the other night and said "You're gonna make it Grandma!" and she smiled and reached out for my hand and kissed it.

This second email was sent out at the end of the day:

Hello all, I'm back from the hospital.

We decided to let Grandma stay overnight while they ran some extensive tests and a couple of X-rays on her. She is well and not in any pain that we can see but it's time to get to the bottom of current events.

I had the suspicion that maybe she had broken something somewhere. The doctor said the same thing but this is all just speculation for the moment. I should know for sure tomorrow morning and will definitely know by Monday morning. I'll let you know as soon as I have something concrete to say.

Meanwhile all her vital statistics are (in the doctor's words) perfect.

Blood pressure = 148/78
Pulse = 82
Blood saturation in O2 = 97%
Temperature = 37,3°C
Blood sugar = 1,55 (she'd just finished eating before they took her)

She was sleeping when I left her and the doctor speaks an easy English which will comfort her. I like him and he is someone that inspires trust.

Good night,

I will update on her health as things progress. She is with the same people that remember her from her last visit, which is a good thing.

All the end of the day Raph & Camille, Zack & Ammi, and Kevin went out with all the children under 18 to the camp grounds to watch the firework display which is the highlight of the annual Marçon old-car festival which draws people and vehicles from far and wide.

I'll close off now with a warm goodnight!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Five new arrivals

Ammi & Zak and Kim and Loren arrived today just before noon in their little (red) rented car. It is always good to see them and they get along with everyone so well.

But the title says "Five new arrivals" and if you're counting right that only makes four. The fifth has been named Bubal by Raph (Czech word for buffalo, pronounced boo-bal) and is the latest addition to our buffalo herd. She was born down on the island this morning and Raph will tell you how cute she is!

It was our last day of work with the Moravians so I was busy where needed while Sarah washed the mouldings and stove hood in the kitchen.

So much more to say, it will have to wait.

Thursday, August 05, 2010


After settling in the Moravians are proving what a blessing they are! They are organized, meticulous, and conscientious workers, whether plastering, painting, mixing cement, or shovelling sand.
The week starting, of course, with a great meeting with them in the banquet room downstairs at the hotel with singing in Czech, English, and French!

Here's their schedule I found posted in the hotel:

I want to show you a couple of pictures of the work so you get the idea of the spirit around here but so much is happening right now I might have to do it later!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010