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Honour
Acknowledge
Respect
Protect

Harp of the Spirit
History of Ancient Kings

Question

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.

Warty pome

The news they call it
Play by play
An exciting game
An inciting diversion
A holiday
From keeping up
The illusion
Of political will

No holiday however
From homelessness
From poverty
The beat goes on
Sports and war
Sports and war

Sometimes about
Patriots willing to kill
Blaming those
Cowards eager to die

Sometimes about
Martyrs willing to die
Blaming those
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
And why
Why would anyone will
To kill or to die

Gallery

Too Late?

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
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

London?

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

Senate … Too Late?

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?

Senator Segal


New Brunswick Senators

Senator Day

Senator Kinsella

Senator Lovelace

Senator McIntyre

Senator Mockler

Senator Poirier

Senator Ringuette

Senator Robichaud

Senator Stewart Olson

Senator Wallace


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

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Harpin’ Without a Harper … With no Harp … The Rock Opera in Progress

2018 July 1

Some folks will be waving red and white flags and celebrating Canada Day. Here I am still waiting for that Irish Harper or maybe an Irish fiddler or piper to help build up interest in Irish sessions at the Doucet-Hennessy House in Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada. I’d invite the piano-player but our piano is sadly out of tune and there are no funds to tune it.

Don’t Forget You’re Irish Art exhibit opens to the public July 3. Drop by Tuesday to Saturday for a cup of tea and a chat at the historic Doucet-Hennessy House in Bathurst, New Brunswick. If you play Celtic or Acadian music or any sort of traditional folk music, we hope to have informal music sessions on Saturdays from 2-4. Bring along your acoustic instrument and join us. Music workshops are in the planning for September.

Maybe we local Artists have finally found our place on Chaleur Bay.

Keep checking in to catch updates on happenings. Hope to have new videos posted soon

Looking back:
2017
January 2
A new day has dawned.
Some might say
A time for change
What was it
That old man said
Be the change?
There is in memory
From long ago
An expression
A French saying
Mette la table
The spelling might
Be not quite right
But hey!
I set my table
The best I can
The best I am able
With good wishes
Peace and joy
Justice for all
As I serve
What I gather
From Mettacentre.org

………………….Horizon……………………………
Times are changing.
2016 is almost over.
The Harper knave
Never arrived

All those years
We waited
In precarity
While all across
This great country
Ad usque ad mare
As some might say
Bad spelling notwithstanding
Even those
Who never took a stand
For or against
We waited
For the Harper
Who never arrived.

Another year has gone by
Quickly so quickly
It is now December 2016

Much has happened
Still
We have no place

Artists and musicians
We struggle
In this place
Asking for little
Besides a safe place
To live and work.
For food they say
You must pay more
No one will tell us
Why that is.

Imagine
What this world would be
Without artists and musicians.
Yes, philosophers too
And others who care …
Nobody asking questions
That need to be asked.

A Study?
Yet another study?
While we languish
These last few years
While they study
Us to death.

Click to access StatusOfTheArtistResearchAndAnalyticalReport.pdf