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I feel surrounded by a world that I don’t really know or recognize, for it has only faint shadows of what once was a world I understood and loved, a world that spoke to me in a recognizable language.

It was the world of my father’s time, with some preserved images of his father world. It was a realm in which I felt secure, wanted and loved and where I learned what life was all about as I grew from a boy to a young man.  It was in that world my character was molded and my intellect honed by my teachers, my family and the society that I lived in, and in which I lost my childhood innocence.

Now that I’m old and widowed, I reflect upon those times and that world with feelings of pleasure, mixed with a degree of sadness in the realization that it no longer exists.


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Heroes are not ordinary humans; they are persons of great courage, endowed with mythical abilities as if God-like beings, but worshipped without rational judgement of their actual humanity.

Kenny Beechmount, Nov-16, 2012

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Fall 2011

Fall 2011 

It is November 13, a bad-luck day for the superstitious or a good-luck day for those who have 13 as their lucky number.  The weather here in Nova Scotia has been quite nice during the month, although we had a stormy and very rainy day (96 mm) on Remembrance Day, the 11th, which put quite a damper on the ceremonies, many of which had to be moved indoors. 

Winter will be coming soon and thus my writing season will once again arrive.  I have some translations to English of Latin American short stories planned and will continue working on some of my own stories. 

My blog has now been visited more than 10,000 times.  The English translations of Latin American short stories are the most popular.  The majority of those who use the translations in their studies fail to comment or make suggestions, which is important for me.  I’m always open to requests for specific translations and help for those who need it, so   don’t be shy. 

During the summer, I have followed several blogs, including “The best place is by the fire”http://placebythefire.wordpress.com by Kari Fay, a young writer from England, who published a piece of flash fiction every day for more than a year.  Her imagination and style of writing is most remarkable and inspirational to all who like to write fiction. 

Contoveros and his spiritual blog http://contoveros.wordpress.com are back in action again, after some absence.  His wise, although at times controversial, words are poignant and to the point and certainly gives rise to some introspective thoughts, even by someone whose views on religion are irreconcilable with his. His views on Buddhism and Christianity will challenge anyone who is spiritually inclined.  

Happy fall- if you have fall where you live.  To my Australian friends, it must be “Happy summer”, since that season has just started there. 

Wherever you live, have a happy time and stay in touch.

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Old men are like dogs

Aesop‘s fables are well known to many.  I thought the following has some thruth to it.

The Man, the Horse, the Ox, and the Dog

by Aesop

One winter’s day, during a severe storm, a horse, an ox, and a dog came and begged for shelter in the house of a man. He readily admitted them, and, as they were cold and wet, he lit a fire for their comfort; and he put oats before the horse, and hay before the ox, while he fed the dog with the remains of his own dinner.

When the storm abated, and they were about to depart, they determined to show their gratitude in the following way. They divided the life of man among them, and each endowed one part of it with the qualities which were peculiarly his own. The horse took youth, and hence young men are high mettled and impatient of restraint; the ox took middle age, and accordingly men in middle life are steady and hard working; while the dog took old age, which is the reason why old men are so often peevish and ill tempered, and, like dogs, attached chiefly to those who look to their comfort, while they are disposed to snap at those who are unfamiliar or distasteful to them.

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Tree Disputes

It’s hard to find a clean joke these days.  Well, here is one I just received from a friend of mine

Two tall trees, a birch and a beech, are growing in the woods. A small tree begins to grow between them, and the beech says to the birch, ‘Is that a son of a beech or a son of a birch?’ The birch says he cannot tell, but just then a woodpecker lands on the sapling.

The birch says, ‘Woodpecker, you are a tree expert. Can you tell if that is a son of a beech or a son of a birch?’

The woodpecker takes a taste of the small tree and replies, ‘It is neither a son of a beech nor a son of a birch. It is, however, the best piece of ash I have ever poked my pecker into.

Now wipe that smile off your face. And pass it on..

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Just a few photos taken on February 2 and 3, after the snowstorm that affected more than 100 million people in USA and Canada.  We received about one foot of snow and it wasn’t all that bad, compared to cities like Chicago and New York, where white-out conditions played havoc with normal, daily life.

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 To all Australian flood victims:

The devastating floods that have affected so many Australians is heartbreaking to look at. The lives that have been lost and the immense damage to property is difficult to grasp and it appears that much suffering is still to come.

From this blogger, to all Australians who have suffered during the flood, I wish you all the best of luck and a speedy recovery, if indeed this is possible.  It is my sincerest hope that you all will get the help that you need to bring  your lives back to normal again and I’m sure I share that with all my fellow Canadians.


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