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Isn’t this a great shot of Pope Francis ! He is making headlines across the board on many topics this week. It is good to see a holy man who resides “among” the people and not above or without them. The he lives humbly, wants to drive his own car and thinks openly about subjects that have been taboo for ages.
I hope for this man and his pontificate. His words, we can speculate, have shaken many across the board. This pontificate has begun to shake up the base and is giving hope to the masses. And he is only a few months in…
Faith is a recurrent theme here. I am never far from my faith. The one thing that is missing from my foundation of Christian life is participation in a home faith community on a more regular basis. One parish I would like to attend is too far for a Sunday transit across town, especially in the winter when it is (-20c) outside and the walk from the stop to the church is quite long. The parish I do attend on a semi regular basis on Sunday morning is not far, but an early call for regular Sunday attendance. But that may change now that my mentor is now a newly ordained priest serving the Christ Church Cathedral. I would make more an effort to hear him preach regularly.
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It has been a blustery couple of days. Clouds streaming across the sky from dawn to dusk, and wispy rain fell on the way home tonight. The weather is turning again with single digits coming over night for the next few days. It has been miserably hot and humid the past day or so. It is just like Summer is still hanging on for a last breath.
I made the transit on time this evening. Making stops on the way. The mall is coming along nicely. The ceiling on the mezzanine level outside Pharmaprix is close to completion. The runners are in and the duct work is almost done, which means the drop ceiling will go in soon. However the new retail spaces are not yet open.
There are a number of spaces on two floors that are still under construction. However the new Santè shop on the ground floor is now open, along side Laura Secord and the candy shop. I imagine that the push for the late fall opening of the main space is on in earnest.
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I set up – with less tables – thinking that the crowd had thinned out – outside the group members, two guests came tonight. I have made requests at inter-group to make sure we were listed in all the social media areas we use for press.
I read through As Bill Sees It earlier in the day, because I thought it would be easy to find something for tonight. A long intensive read with few guests seems like we are just talking amongst ourselves on a weekly basis. So keeping it simple is my train of thought.
The topic of We Cannot Live Alone – speaks directly of Step 5, the desire for ego deflation and how, in the end it is up to us what we do with what is in our heads and what makes it on to the 4th and what we do for our 5th.
It is a common story among many of us who have worked our steps in a 17 week step series that a normal group of folks enter the circle sometimes a dozen or more people come to do the deed. We read through steps 1 – 4 and by that time, every member of the series must have a sponsor. And we begin writing and moving into 5.
Ultimately – this is where the men separate from the boys. Because as usual, there are a handful of folks who just cannot bring themselves to see through this part of the journey.
Most of them quit outright, but a good number of them go back out and drink.
When I read through this passage the thought that ran through my head was that Once we come in – We are no longer alone. The people we were prior – over time – however hard you kick or scream – eventually accepts where we are now.
And it has been my experience that, at least, this time around, I am trying to do it right. Because if I held on to old ideas I had the last time, I would not or possibly would have gone back out. Because it was my best thinking that led to my slip. Thinking that I decided on my own, to keep to myself, to my own detriment.
My sponsor once gave me a fridge magnet that says ” I always do the right thing, after I’ve tried everything else.”
I have enlisted a handful of men and women who are my anchors in sobriety. Any thought I need counsel on “anything” I put out there. You could say that I allow some to do the thinking for me. And I just follow along …
Because sometimes I don’t have the answers I need and I must find them in other people. And that has proved to be very beneficial. Over the past almost twelve years, I’ve never had to go outside the circle for anything.
And after the discussions I overheard and was part of last week, with regarding our men and their sorrows and assorted issues, I wanted to present a united front for our men, because I care for them more than they know. And i worry for some – because aging is changing the routines of some and that isn’t a good sign.
I’ve heard it said by a good man in my life that “this is your ministry, so better do the right thing!”
Tomorrow is another day. And the end of the week. hopefully it will be a big show tomorrow night.
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On a totally different plane … Art Bell is coming back to a satellite radio near you on September 16th, on Sirius XM Radio. Art Bell is the man who launched the very popular late night radio show Coast to Coast AM. Which runs nightly from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. eastern standard time.
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s Art moved from Nevada, overseas with his new wife and his now 6 year old daughter. Premier Radio piped up and brought him on board with a line into mainland radio so that he could broadcast from the Philippines for a while. But like all electronics go, issues would arise on the night of transmission and Art would go dark. Soon after Art left the airwaves and handed off Coast to Coast to George Noory and his brood of national headliner hosts.
Rumor picked up and it was announced, some time ago that Art was returning to the airwaves. You can find him “HERE – ART BELL.COM.”
Curious that he chose 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on satellite radio to make his comeback.
He will not be directly competing with Coast to Coast. I read an interview from George Knapp this evening from Nevada about the return. It is intimated that there is bad blood between Art and Premier, I did not go looking for proof, but the fact that he has chosen NOT to compete directly, speaks volumes.
His chosen hours of talk, will be, to me, a great lead in to Coast to Coast.
if you choose to bounce between satellite and terrestrial radio over hours at a time. Sirius is offering 10 days free when you apply through Art’s website, and a nominal fee to recur your membership once the ten days are up.
The problem for us is this … We are still in tv mode at 10 p.m. and we don’t go to bed until 1 a.m. Which means, in any case, if we loaded up on Sirius, it would be through a dedicated line from the laptop to the speakers in the bedroom. Because we don’t own a physical satellite radio. And because the show airs outside our listening time, it is not something we will invest in. If only to sign up for 10 free days at the start of the new show.
Coast to Coast tweeted the article by Knapp, which speaks volumes. Millions of people are on that twitter feed and there is no counting what this tweet will lead to for folks who love Art. He has a base of listeners who will probably flock to satellite to listen prior to the nightly Coast to Coast broadcast.
So that’s the kind of day it’s been.
More to come, stay tuned …
Sinai photographed from STS 109 – Shuttle Columbia March 1,2002 …
I’d imagine that if Armageddon was going to take place, this is the place we would imagine the first strike to take place, or the first event. It is 3:10 a.m. on Friday morning. Nothing happened, or should I say, nothing has happened
If you are a listener of Late Night Radio, ala Coast to Coast for any length of time you would know that all the crazies in the world listen to this show night after night. And we have been all through the list of crazies over the last year.
We have the ads for end of days Armageddon style food sales, you know, just for those moments when a disaster takes place and you need those ready to eat meals, They aren’t just for earthquakes and hurricanes Yall !!! If you have a spare couple of hundred dollars that you can plunk down for mass storage food stuffs, and you gotta have a place to put it all, and who has a spare bomb shelter in their property portfolio ???
I hear in UTAH that there are bunkers that have been prepared for today’s calamity to take place. I have also heard that the cleansing of the righteous from the non-righteous will take place today. That God is going to cleanse the earth of the sinful and errant peoples. That only the righteous will be saved from God’s judgment.
There is a town in Southern France that is supposed to be a vortex location and that when the earth meets its end, that the aliens are going to appear there and take away all those who fled to the safety of this mountain perch.
All over the tv tonight have been every kind of end of days programming. People trying to divine what the Mayans were trying to say and what that damned calendar and glyphs really have to say, since they are woefully incomplete, and the end story is all up to conjecture.
We’ve heard over the last year all those good preacher men who have foretold of the coming Apocalypse and twice they were wrong and God did not come screaming out of his heaven to take us all to heaven and send all the sinners to hell.
That would mean all of us LGBTQ folks. Because homosexuality is all so sinful and errant of God’s ways … Oh, I kid …
Did you partake in the hysteria of the end of days? Did you buy into the end of the world? Are you hoarding food, guns, ammunition and all kinds of food stuffs? Because you know, when the end comes later today it is going to be utter anarchy in the streets. People clawing and fighting for food and guns.
And those who are prepared for the end will be hunkered down in their bunkers and nuclear safe type hovels defending themselves from the marauding hordes of people who did not listen to the council of the folks who have spent the better part of the last year telling us all this it is coming and you’d better be prepared.
All this talk of financial ruin coming to the U.S. The wars over seas and the Arab spring running into Arab Winter. You never know if the Anti-Christ is going to rise from the desert sand of the Middle East somewhere like Iran or some other backwater Middle Eastern country. Because like I said above, if Armageddon was going to take place, you’d probably be looking over there for him.
I have read that the sun isn’t going to erupt in some hellish solar flare that is going to knock out the electrical and communications grids all over the world. And at this hour, I haven’t read of any earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions taking place anywhere in the world.
And when you wake and come upon this entry – having said your prayers to whatever God you pray to the night before, you will rise and the sunrise will be glorious – just like the day before.
And I am sure on Friday night on Coast to Coast they will be hosting a night of checking in with all those folks who have added to the mass hysteria that today is supposed to unleash on humankind.
Did the ancients get it right? Will we come to rise above ourselves and grow in spiritual awakening? Will we rise to the next level of humanity overnight? And what have we learn in this exercise of preparing ourselves for the end of the world. And what will we say to all those folks who are hiding in their bomb shelters as I write this.
Will we see a nuclear Armageddon from the East? Because if we do, for those of us who could not afford a bomb shelter – we are all goners … So I guess before I go to bed I should say my final prayers – kiss my ass goodbye and hope to wake up tomorrow morning.
Today my husband is traveling to Ottawa to see his family, and it may be his last meeting with them if we are to believe that something BIG will take place tomorrow some time. Who knows.
It’s the end of the world as we know it. And when you wake tomorrow – what kind of world will it be? And what will we say to all those crazies out there sitting in their bomb shelters and on mountain tops and those fleeing the big cities into the interior of the United States and Europe because the oceans are going to swell and swallow up all the coastal land. God forbid you know that volcano on the Canary Islands that is supposed to blow its peak and send a tsunami across the Atlantic and submerge the entire East Coast of the United States.
You are all FUCKED !!!
Shall we make a prediction of what all will happen the day after tomorrow?
Sit tight. I will report more as the day progresses.
More to come, stay tuned …
It is a cold (-8c) And it is brisk out. A soft blanket of snow lies over the city, we had a soft snowfall earlier in the day. But they tell us that more is on the way, maybe some freezing rain along with it… Bah !!!
Things are very quiet here at home. With plenty of time on our hands, it comes down to finding things to do when there is nothing to do. Just how much politics can you take in one day’s news cycle ??? Hubby loves every minute of it but I am getting tired of hearing about it, since it doesn’t affect us here.
So the day was quiet. I spent a few hours reading “Inheritance.” I am about 300 pages into the 850 page read. Then we took our afternoon nap before having to get ready to go to the meeting.
Lizzy offered to drive me out and bring me home which is nice, not having to take the bus and train. Not that I mind rapid transit. But a car is nice when it is in the minuses outside.
We got to the church and the door was open. I made coffee and tea whilst Lizzy did set up and did chairs. I did my share of set up as well. Then we waited. It was the last Friday of the month and we had our business meeting. Everybody is happy with their Christmas gifts. IPads, Blackberry tablets, smart phones and the like.
I don’t see why I would need an IPad. I have no use for one. I am happy with my desktop setup. And I like my Android smart phone as well. Since we are an Anti-Apple household, we wouldn’t deign to buy an Apple product.
So tonight was my last meeting for the calendar year of 2011. There are plenty of meetings open tomorrow night, but I will be staying in with hubby. I got to do literature tonight and it was another round robin share meeting.
At the end of the hour I got up and shared about my “seat.” I told this story on my year end review the other night. I wanted to commit to a meeting, and you can’t do that when you travel from meeting to meeting. And picking my chair at Friday West End was the best decision I had made in sobriety this past year. Because it paid out in spades. I could not ask for more from a group of people who care about me and each other like they do at Friday West End.
We heard a lot of good things tonight. There are ways to celebrate the New Year that do not involve drinking …
Our yearly New Year’s Eve Tradition begins tonight at 1 a.m. With Coast to Coast AM on CJAD. The yearly, two night 2012 prediction extravaganza.
Hosted this year by the esteemed Ian Punnett from the Great Lakes Region of Minneapolis St. Paul. This will be his last weekend hosting his regular Saturday night gig because of tinnitus. So it will be a bittersweet weekend of radio.
We look forward to this show every year because of the rotating hosts and the show itself. They pull out the books that hold the predictions from last year to see which ones were hits and which ones were misses. While callers get to give one prediction for the year ahead.
And 2012 is going to be crazy. You know, with the end of the world on the calendar, you know the crazies are going to be calling for destruction, pestilence and calamities beyond anything the world has ever seen. It’s gonna be earthquakes, famines, floods and calamities … Mark My Words …
I can just hear it now, one crazy fucker after another trying to out piss the caller before them to see who can best the other in the predictions for 2012.
It will be crazy. Worth every minute of listening.
And the show will conclude on Saturday night into Sunday morning. We will ring in the New Year as usual. Hubby hates New Year’s Eve. So it will be a subdued affair.
This week we got screwed by Quebec City once again. They issued our bursaries over a week ago. And they posted a bank date of Wednesday. But it is the holiday’s and nothing is carved in stone. And Quebec City fucks us all over several times over each year and this year would be no different.
So when Wednesday came and went and no money in the bank, hubby called Quebec City and they told him that the monies would be deposited on Friday. Today … Well, no monies were deposited today either. Which means the money could come overnight tonight. And if it doesn’t come overnight, then it will be next week before we get paid and having no money is putting a strain on us here at home. FUCK ME !!!!
God Damned Quebec Financial Aide You Fuckers !!!
You know they all got paid for the holiday don’t you !!!
Anyways, what was I saying … Oh yes, Coast to Coast… You gotta listen if you can. It will be entertaining at least.
I don’t know if I will post before the New Year so if I don’t Happy New Year to you and yours. May it be filled with happiness, love and peace…
Goodnight from Montreal.