New camera

This weekend while I was in Saskatoon I picked up a nice little digital camera – purse sized.  My last one met with an untimely end.  The LCD screen seemed to have received a fatal blow.  It is hard to take pictures when you can’t see what you are shooting. 

The one I chose was a Pentax Optio RZ10.  I didn’t do a lot of research but I like what it can do and the feel of it in my hand.  Besides the button are placed well and the price was extremely right.  I was on sale.  Hard to resist.

So today I took it out for some trying out.  It was a gorgeous day, a bit windy, but all in all perfect for pictures and for walking in the outdoors.  Seems to take nice pictures.

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The zoom on it is not bad for a little camera either.

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I think I am going to have fun with this.

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Sick

It has been one week, well two if you count the Tuesday before when I was feeling shivery and my head was beginning to build up pressure.  But since last Wednesday, I have really had it bad.  I’ve had a fever every day, a nose producing enormous amounts of mucous, aching all over, etc.  You probably know only too well just what I mean. 

But I wake up each morning with hope.  The medications give me a false sense that maybe today I will be able to breathe.  And then it hits me again – those telltale shaky chills and I crawl back into bed. 

I did make it to work last Thursday and Friday and survived.  Hope I didn’t breathe any germs onto any of you.  My mask was securely in place and I washed or disinfected my hands thoroughly. 

I did make it down to Saskatoon for Sara’s grad banquet – couldn’t miss that.  She has completed four years of Kinesiology and now is qualified to …go back and take more classes to see if she can boost her marks up high enough to apply for physiotherapy again – or occupational.  She is worried about her killer class in Physiology which she does not have the marks for yet.  But anyway, she is off to Mexico with three of her girlfriends to holiday.

I did not make it to church Sunday, spent much of Monday in bed, have been up and down all day today.  I am sick of being sick!  I will miss tonight’s meeting at church and if all goes well will get out of the house to the school where I should be working tomorrow.  Everyday there is a miniscule amount of improvement. 

I seem to have hope for a return to normalcy sometime in the future.  Maybe tomorrow.  I suppose this cold is not fatal.

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A lot can happen in a week or so…

Spring has come.  It comes so fast. Each year I plan on getting out into the country to pick pussy willows and see the crocuses come up.  And for the past few years I have missed all of that.  It happens and then is gone. This year I am going. Today should be quiet enough for me to maybe pack up some of the grandkids and go pussy willow hunting. 

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The fuzzy little creatures are already appearing in the trees next to my office.  The sun is shining and the weather should be perfect.

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Snow

It seems to be back.

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To Treasure

Today is an office day – that is dental office. I began the morning by seeing some patients I’ve known for quite awhile and one woman brought her little daughter in with her. The girl is about 6 maybe. Not sure why she wasn’t in school and I didn’t ask. I didn’t get the sense that she was simply skipping so is likely in Kindergarten.

The little girl piled up a stack of books to look at while she sat in the corner of the room. Then I began my work on mom. Just a couple of routine fillings but the teeth needed to be numbed. It is sometimes hard to predict how kids are going to react when a parent is having treatment. Some freak out. This little girl wanted right in there. From the time we began the injection to the end of the filling she was as close as we could let her get. The books remained unopened in the corner. My assistant let her push the button on the curing light for the fillings. She loved it. Then she wanted to hold the suction and air/water syringe – which we had to say no to. She said, “You have to teach me all the things you do and then I can help and I will be real busy.” Indeed! I think we have a budding dentist here. Her last task was to push the button to make the chair go back up.

Well, actually, the very last task she took on was to choose a sticker and a ring for her mom from our treasure box. She left us smiling. This part of my day I will treasure.

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Jet Lag

This afternoon I returned from our church AGM in Sarnia, ON.  It was a great conference but way too far to go for two days.  I thought my nap this afternoon would let me catch up on sleep but it seems as if my body is telling me that it is late at night and I should be in bed. 

So, since I just sent off my Old Testament paper for the week, that is exactly where I am heading.  Jet lag – in Canada.

Good night. all.

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This will never do

I have been ignoring this space far too much.  I am not sure why. Perhaps it is just that I don’t have the energy – or the will to give it what it needs.  I don’t have the energy or enthusiasm for it that I once had.  Maybe I should just leave it but I hang on to it anyway.

I have been pouring myself into my studies and they are not particularly conducive to interesting posts.  Well, maybe they would be but that would take almost as much effort as writing one of my weekly responses required for my classes.  And simply posting them would be to present material which no one else has done any research on so could hardly know where I am coming from.

Right now I have been working through “Just War”, Pacifism, and “Just Peacemaking” in my ethics class.  I find the material extremely interesting and productive in the sense that it has helped me to formulate and articulate my views on this.  Our text Love Your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory by Lisa Sowle Cahill is excellent.   I find myself leaning towards pacifism but think that “Just Peacemaking” is probably closer to where I am philosophically.  There is lots of good material on this concept, which is a rather new one, on Glen Stassen’s Fuller Seminary site http://www.fullerseminary.net/sot/faculty/stassen/cp_content/homepage/homepage.htm

It is challenging to consider how just peacemaking could be put into practical application in some of the worlds hot spots these days.  Thing is, I believe that we need to start working far ahead of time in all potential areas of conflict to promote peace and not just react to a crisis, having ignored conditions which led up to it.

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