Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Doc Watson

Doc Watson has died at the age of 89. I have always liked Doc Watson, although listening to him or any other extremely talented musician has always filled me with mixed feelings; at once, great admiration at his skill, and at the same time a little bit of sadness that I cannot play like that.

I remember a time (Don, if you see this you may remember too) when Kim's uncle, I think it was, a Northern Ontario fiddling champion, was playing for a bunch of us in the rec room. I could only sit in awe, mesmerized by his talent. I sort of played the guitar at the time, as I sort of do even now. He wondered if I wanted to join him, but I declined. All I wanted to do was sit and listen to him.

But this is how I would love to be able to play the guitar.

Take Care

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Glory is Leaving the Temple

The torch is being passed...
Some civilizations fade, others rise. For any number of reasons our western society is shooting holes in the bottom of its own boat. I have long maintained, and still do, that China will be the next great nation on earth. And it will, coincidentally, be a Christian nation. Now these two occurrences may be in parallel, or it may be cause and effect, but both will be. I can see no doubt. Our great-grandarents came west seeking a better life; our great grandchildren will continue that move of emigration, for the same reason. And as China rises, and at the same time becomes more Christian, what we know as western civiliaztion will decline, coincidentally as it insists on becoming less so. The decay of North American and European society, morally and otherwise, seems irreversible. It is a long slow suicide, a death through many small cuts. I don't really want to argue the point; I just say, "Wait and see."

In recent news:
WEA Leaders Meet with Chinese Government Minister and Church Representatives during China Visit.
From Here...
On May 10th, Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) which represents some 600 million Evangelical Protestants, met in Beijing with a senior minister of the Chinese government, General Minister Wang of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA). WEA leaders explained the core beliefs of the Evangelical Protestant community and their desire to be productive citizens contributing to the well-being of families, communities and nations.
In other news,
Illegal immigration [from Mexico] hits net zero
From Here...
As many people are leaving the United States to return to Mexico as are emigrating north. The glow is off the American Dream.
Some are just too blind to see.

Take Care