Monthly Archives: May 2004

Should we or not?

We were talking about how some of the women in the church are opposed to using Styrofoam cups for our Sunday am coffee.  Since we use cups or mugs there is a lot of washing up to do after.  This can mean that some people are left scrambling to clean up so they can get up to the sanctuary for the worship service. 

I think this might just be one of those Mary/ Martha differences in opinion. 

I know that I am very much a Mary type – putting more value on the relationships and on the value of the worship and learning than on what happens in the physical work of providing for the coffee or the meal.  So my solution is to minimize the effort required in getting the coffee stuff cleaned up by using disposable cups.  I know there are environmental issues but I guess I put the logistical advantages first in a case like this.  I would hate to see us drop something that enhances our fellowship just because it requires too much work. 

There is also the possibility that there are some people that enjoy this kind of work so much that they would agree to assume responsibility for this and do the washing up of the cups as a service – without complaining that others never take a turn.  Sort of like dividing up the responsibilities – doing their thing while the relationship builders are freed up to visit or simply get their families organized and up to the worship service.  (And I don’t mean that we all shouldn’t pitch in and help on other occasions – just that something that occurs like this every Sunday should not become a burden on the ones who organized it so that we could spend more time getting to know each other.)

But if this doesn’t happen I think we should get out the Styrofoam cups!

Anyway, I found this article interesting in the light of this discussion.  Linked to via Brad


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I'm sure it will get better…

meanwhile we have weather that changes from one minute to the next.  One moment warm – like spring.  The next – spitlets of snow.


Capricious elements
Tempt the fecund earth.
Promise of spring,
Laced with snow.


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In these days

when there is so much in the news about war and it’s degrading effects on mankind, it brought hope to read an article by Bob Smiatana at his blog God of Small Things.  Applying God’s grace to our world, extending forgiveness will go a lot further than attempting to revenge our hurts.  I know we need to do this on a one to one basis.  I wonder what would happen or if it is even possible for countries to do this?

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Madelaine L'Engle

Thanks Andrew for the link to the story on Madelaine L’Engle.  She is one of my favorite authors.  I watched the Wrinkle on Monday night.  I have seen better movies although it was OK in a mediocre way.  The book is much better – whoever wrote the movie script needed a better imagination.  It sort of lost it’s magic in the filming.

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Of Crowns and Things

Yesterday we were looking through my schedule at the office.  Checking what date we should set as the last day for booking certain procedures – like crowns.  These have an associated second appointment that has to be completed before I leave for the Congo.  I don’t want to leave anyone in a temporary crown for a month while I’m away.  The fact that Monday is going to be my last day for crowns – four of them that day – makes me realize how soon I’ll be leaving.

So today we had one of our favourite patients in for his crown. 

Today’s patient is a favourite since he makes us all laugh.  He is getting married in July and going into nursing in the fall. I hope he carries his sense of humour with him.  Laughter may make people with stitches hurt but others it just may heal.  Meanwhile, he is assisting one of the local veterinarians. 

“I pulled four teeth yesterday,” he says.  “And today I do some more dentistry.” 

“More teeth to pull?” we asked.

“Don’t know,” he replied (through the mouthful of cotton rolls, etc.). “Never know till they are under.”

At least most of our patients can be examined awake and most don’t bite.

“Is this going to hurt?” 

Not a bit”

Are you sure?”

Yup.  If you are quiet long enough to get the freezing done!”

Left him for a few minutes while the retraction cord did it’s work.  He wanted to know if he could join us downstairs for coffee!

So, did you have a good coffee?  What kind do you use?  My boss bought a Tim Horton’s coffee maker.” He’s really quite good at talking with cotton rolls in his mouth!

We finished packing the second cord and as he sat there in the chair with his mouth full of impression material we told him, We’re going back down to have coffee.”

Sitting around in our staff room downstairs – contemplating what we should have on the ceiling.  I suggested we paint images of the bottom of people’s feet or shoes since that is what we hear above us – we are directly bellow the waiting room.  Roger got a little carried away with the idea.  Thought we should then paint what we’d see as if we could look up peoples “pant legs”.  Yeah, right!!!  Pant legs?  Well wait a minute – with his perverse sense of humour someone’s hairy legs might be just his idea of art!

Tomorrow another favourite patient comes in for a crown too.  But I think he’ll have his ears plugged in to better things to listen to than us.

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Visa forms are pretty much filled out and ready to go.  Just have to get the copies of tickets and pay. 

So hopefully everything will be sent away tomorrow. 

I do not like to fill our these forms – it makes my head hurt and my eyes sore.  But I think they are done!

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And then …

Vivid writes – on seeing the pictures from Abu Gharib – expressing better than I can the feelings of our inability to deal with the horrors of war.  Read the whole poem here.

“I don’t know
what to do with them.

What to do
with any of this.”

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