Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
you can find out all about her. She is a story teller and musician, with French Canadian and Irish roots, and has travelled far and wide telling stories, and playing music. From her website, it appears that she plays the guitar, bodhran (celtic drum) the harp, and also the auto harp and hammer dulcimer. Except for the guitar, these are not your every day musical instruments. Check her out at a folk festival this summer, you can find her events on her site.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Many many years ago, when I was a young ambulance attendant, (now called paramedics) I assisted in the Emerg Department with resuisitating a middle aged man who had had a cardiac arrest. We were successful in reviving him and he promptly told us all that "it was so very beautiful out there" and if he should happen to go unconscious again, do him a favour and NOT bring him back. We were all so relieved that he was with us again, but in a few minutes he went unconscious once more. This time it took longer to revive him, and when he did become conscious, he was very very upset that we had not granted his earlier wishes. He again said that it was "more beautiful out there than words can describe, and please do not bring him back again to this world". However, he did pass out again, and when we revived him the third time, he came off of the table swinging at us, and was extremely angry at us all. Of course, this incident made me wonder many years afterward about the afterlife. I am not a religious fellow, but I am spiritual....most would probably figure that is contradictory, but I have always felt that regardless of beliefs or not, the spirit is something we acquire the moment of birth, long before we are capable of believing anything. Why am I so serious tonight? Well, my wife and I just lost her brother, my brother-in-law, who would have celebrated his birthday today. He will be missed big time, long time. Someone commented to me that they had no idea that he had so many friends. I told them that that was because he knew how to be a friend. A lot of folks talk about life and living. Fred DID life! When anyone needed anything, and I mean anything, he was first in line to help out. I just hope that he has arrived in that "beautiful place out there". This image is one that I shot from a bouquet left to the family by the Paramedics in Haileybury, Ont.. Thanks guys, you're the best.....