Harp of the Spirit
History of Ancient Kings
As I look at the lovely paintings and carvings and churches I cannot help but realize that, however much they were inspired by a greater vision and faith, these pieces of art and architecture were done by the hand of man. I wonder whether the particular creator-man was compensated for his work, whether his belly was kept full, his body decently and warmly clothed and whether he was befriended by whichever benefactor was trading his gains for heavenly indulgences.
As I read the stories and quasi-histories that accompany the lovely images I stop painfully at words like “butchered” when some unreferenced passage describes the action of the “other” as an act of wanton destruction and aggression always against themselves as the innocents.
Then I recall those words reminding me that history is always written by the victor. As much as I want to openly feel faith, hope and charity for ancient holy shrines and those who are sincerely trying to preserve their history and culture, I am always just a wee bit sceptical.
In the Land of the Ancients, one place may be called by several names and its history retold through several distinctly different stories depending upon who is doing the story-telling.
There is the story which recounts the time when Jerusalem was a kingdom.
The news they call it
Play by play
An exciting game
An inciting diversion
From keeping up
Of political will
No holiday however
The beat goes on
Sports and war
Sports and war
Patriots willing to kill
Cowards eager to die
Martyrs willing to die
Monsters eager to kill
How can there be
One without the other
Are there really
People willing to kill
People willing to die
Could either group
Exist without those
Who make bombs
And swollen paychecks
Why would anyone will
To kill or to die
It is not too late for Canada
This week-end in Montreal
This would be a great weekend to be in Montreal. Hopefully those who can, will speak out for those who cannot.
The Speakers are:
Joe Soss, Career,
Roberto Gargarella, Roberto Gargarella Career,
Guy Standing, Guy Standing Career
Renana Jhabwala, Renana Jhabvala, Career
Alicia Barcena, Alicia Barcena, Bibliography
One more bibliography for equality.
Where is that Fellow when you need him?
The world wants YOU!
Who spoke out in 2012?
What’s on the agenda?
Funding by any other name?
Is there Democracy in America?
Those Irish-Americans again!
The front-runners …It is fourteen years later … Where are they now?
North to Alaska … July 21 is Jay Hammond Day
And those missing links?
What about India?
Women organizing in India
Meanwhile in New Brunswick our people need to go out West to find jobs, small businesses are struggling to survive and our industries are gone.
15 years of Poverty History from 2000 to 2014
The Politics of Poverty
What else is going on?
Across the Globe since 1986.
Read all about it in the News
And for those armchair warriors who … Read the Books
See you May 2015 in Gloucester County, New Brunswick, Canada
First Woman Senator in Canada or would that be the First Woman Speaker of the House?
These adjustments do take time. Ah but what is 10 years, more or less? What can possibly go wrong in ten years? … or 50 years … What difference does 50 years make? Well for one thing the Old Grey Mare is seldom very grey anymore. … then again … Does anyone really care about their colour? “If reformed wisely … ” And if not ? Imagine … All that money … 10 Senate salaries … all those perks … How much? … Must be considerable … All that money saved that would then be freed up to go into the new GAI-Canada FUND … Oh didn’t someone ask where the money was to go if the Senate melted away? Ten in New Brunswick alone. Imagine how many GAI incomes that would cover! Get the Senators working in it? Form a standing Senate Committee to determine how many potential GAI dollars would be freed up if the Senate were to be abolished? While they are at it the Senators could also decide on the dollar amount of the individual GAI salary that would be disbursed, which incidently would be the amount that the Senator would be entitled to once there were no more Senate jobs. Of course the Senators might just decide to keep the Senate going as a volunteer organization. That is, after all what some people are suggesting, that anyone receiving a GAI cheque turn their spare time over to community service.
Are any senators speaking out for Canadian people?
New Brunswick Senators
Senator Stewart Olson
Almost fifty years have passed since 1968 when the The Senate of Canada put together the Special Senate Committee on Poverty.
Senators who served on the Special Senate Committee on Poverty
The Honourable David A. Croll, Chairman, Ontario
The Honourable Edgar E. Fournier, Vice-Chairman, New Brunswick