A Fisherman’s Tale – Chapter 7

The sun was high when I walked through the door, Esther just arched her eyebrows and asked, “Breakfast or lunch?”

“Babe, I’m sorry I’m late”

“Never mind that Simon, Eli told me what happened.  You must be exhausted, you fished all night and then you are gone all morning.  Where were you?  What is happening?”  Breakfast or lunch?”

“Just some bread and olives will be fine, we cooked some fish for breakfast and ate while we talked.”

“And what did you talk about with this Jesus?  How to build a table or fit at door?  Or were you teaching him how to fish?  What do you even have in common with this man?” The questions rolled out, one after another.

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Every Ontarian has the right to fly the Canadian Flag

Great article in the Toronto Sun by Bill Walker, Ontario minister of Government and Consumer Services.

Like most Ontarians, I was shocked to read that a family in Ottawa – the father, a third-generation member of our Armed Forces and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan – was told by a condominium board they were not allowed to fly the Canadian flag on the front of their house.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the story, Maj. Michael Mitchell initially put up our nation’s flag to celebrate Canada Day and kept it flying until he was told this week it violated the rules of his condominium corporation.

The board informed Mitchell that no condo owner was allowed to affix anything to the front of their home. Mitchell and his family were not initially aware of these rules

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Qantas Airways CEO Responds to Adorable Letter from 10-Year-Old

Hats off to the Qantas CEO who treated this young boy’s request with dignity and respect. It’s a beautiful story that may bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye.

Alex Jacquot is a 10-year-old boy who lives in Australia. He’s also an aspiring airline CEO, who wrote a letter last month to Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce, asking for advice on getting his future company off the ground.

He starts it off by introducing himself and asking the CEO to please take him seriously. After all, he’s already the CEO of his very own airline, which he’s named “Oceania Express.” He’s also already hired a CFO, a head of IT, a Head of Maintenance, a Head of On-Board Services, and a Head of Legal. And he’s got a co-founder in the form of his friend Wolf. Oh, and he’s already “started some stuff, like what type of planes I’ll need, flight numbers, catering and more.”

So he only really has three questions:


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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Based on the true story of a 13 year old boy and his efforts to provide a reliable water source for his family and village in Malawi, Africa.

Learn more including cast and crew at The Movie Database

View movie review at PluggedIn

Summary

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

Release Date: March 1, 2019
Starring: Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 113 min
Original Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Potboiler Productions, BBC Films, Blue Sky Films, Head Gear Films, Lipsync Post, Metrol Technology, Participant Media, BFI Film Fund
Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

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Queen of Katwe

Inspirational movie based on the true story of a young girl who overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.

Learn more including cast and crew at The Movie Database

View movie review at PluggedIn

Summary

Queen of Katwe (2016)

Release Date: September 23, 2016
Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 124 min
Original Title: Queen of Katwe
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Cine Mosaic, Mirabai Films
A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.

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The mental health crisis among America’s youth is real – and staggering

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Between 2009 and 2017, rates of major depression among 20- to 21-year-olds more than doubled. Ana Ado/Shutterstock.com

Jean Twenge, San Diego State University

The first signs of a problem started to emerge around 2014: More young people said they felt overwhelmed and depressed. College counseling centers reported sharp increases in the number of students seeking treatment for mental health issues.

Even as studies were showing increases in symptoms of depression and in suicide among adolescents since 2010, some researchers called the concerns overblown and claimed there simply isn’t enough good data to reach that conclusion.

The idea that there’s an epidemic in anxiety or depression among youth “is simply a myth,” psychiatrist Richard Friedman wrote in The New York Times last year. Others suggested young people were simply more willing to get help when they needed it. Or perhaps counseling centers’ outreach efforts were becoming more effective.

But a new analysis of a large representative survey reinforces what I – and others – have been saying: The epidemic is all too real. In fact, the increase in mental health issues among teens and young adults is nothing short of staggering.

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How foreign-backed anti-oil activists infiltrated Canada’s government

Ahhh! The curtain is being pulled back to help expose the frauds, puppets and puppeteers that want to control the destiny of our nation.

Meticulously researched piece, Vivian Krause has spent almost 10 years exposing this story
— Read on business.financialpost.com/opinion/gwyn-morgan-talk-about-collusion-how-foreign-backed-anti-oil-activists-infiltrated-canadas-government

I encourage you to do your own research. Many (most?) of the leaders in the media, academia, government and beyond do not have the best interests of you, your family, community, the population or indeed the entire world – despite their rosy words.

It’s fascinating to see that once you begin researching the same family names keep appearing over and over and over again. Their patience and long term planning is truly staggering. A great place to start is this YouTube series that looks at world history through a biblical lens.

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Making your garden accessible

As you plan your garden for this summer have you thought about making it accessible for friends or family that have mobility or sensory challenges?

The London Middlesex Master Gardeners have some suggestions including scent, sound, tactile and architecture features to help make your garden more accessible in their article
The Therapy Garden: Making the garden a space for everyone

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#ldnont #gardening #Accessibility

A Fisherman’s Tale – Chapter 6

Another night of fishing and we were just beaching the boat when Andrew spotted a large school just off the shore, we grabbed our throw nets and waded out to try our luck. 

We had caught plenty through the night, but you fished when there were fish.  There was no telling what tomorrow night might hold for us.

Just up the shore, John and James were cleaning their nets under the watchful eye of their father.  Old man Zebedee was just plain nasty, he growled and cussed as the crew got things tidied up for the day. It seemed that he demanded more from his sons then he did of the hired hands who helped out.

Too old to fish himself, he was there every morning to make sure that he wasn’t cheated out of his share as owner of the boat and always demanded to know why his sons hadn’t caught more or bigger fish, “Why in my day. . .”  Soon his raging just became part of the background.

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