Monday, September 25, 2017

10 commandments revelation!


I'm teaching Sunday School at our Presbyterian church this month. (several of us take turns to teach for a month at a time throughout the year at different age levels.) I decided to look at the Ten Commandments with my 5 to 8 year-olds.  Most of these children would have met the commandments in the preschool class but I thought that would be good to get them to think more deeply about them. 
I wanted to show them that different wording can be used to convey the same instructions and prohibitions.   In preparation for this I looked up the internet to get different versions, Imagine my horror when I saw that Catholic versions have mucked around with them! No. 9 is not the prohibition against lying.  I avoided those ones and just picked versions that were compatible with my Good News version.
In further preparation I borrowed 'Salt and light' by Mark P. Shea - it is a paperback on the Commandments, the Beatitudes and a joyful life. Just the ticket I thought as I plucked it from the library shelf, and it is!
Chapter 1.5 bought me great relief.  Catholics have not deleted commandments, they are all there.
The original Hebrew didn't enumerate them, so we can count not making idols and worshiping them  as separate from No. 1: worship only God or we can include it in.  Likewise coveting your neighbour's spouse can be separate or included in with coveting your neighbour's belongings. 
The Catholic church chose to divvy them up one way, Protestants another, no big deal.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Title: Every day

Title: Every day
Author: David Levithan
Year: 2012
Publisher: Knoph

'A' is a sort of spirit, he has no body of his own: each day he inhabits the body of someone his own age, a different body each day.  Sometimes a boy, sometimes a girl.  Obese, beautiful, bullied and a bully, blind, athletic, a varied life, but  'A' is always aware that it is borrowed.  'A' is honourable and careful with the bodies, knowing that others will have to bear the consequences of anything that is done.  Then he falls in love with the girlfriend of the current body he is in and he wants to stop moving on, to stay the same, to be with her.  Totally original book, will appeal to anyone who loved "The time-traveller's wife"

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Poisoned thumb

Whilst levering the nut out of a macadamia shell I must have trapped some nut meat beneath my right thumb nail.  The thumb became odd looking and painful.  Foolishly I went to the local chemist, showed the sales assistant my thumb and was talked into buying fungal treatment and told that it might take a week or more to work.
My thumb got worse,swelling and turning grey at the end.  The merest touch would make me shriek with pain and it throbbed in a tedious manner.  Paracetamol barely took the edge off the pain enough to let me sleep.
Fortunately I got an appointment with a doctor first thing on Monday morning.  Not my usual G.P. but by then I was contemplating cutting my thumb off, so a competent and empathetic doctor was a good choice.  She quickly diagnosed bacterial infection, removed some of the pus, bandaged me up and gave me prescriptions for pain relief and antibiotics.  Oh the relief!
I went back to the surgery every couple of days to have the wound drained and re bandaged (each nurse has a different technique to bandage a thumb).  It took more than two weeks to clear completely.  Just as well I was on annual leave, visiting the doctor so often takes time.
Lessons learnt:  Roast macadamias, the nut just falls out of the shell when cracked.
                          Don't muck around with infections, they are most likely to be bacterial                                                   Look after my thumbs, it is difficult to do ANYTHING when the right thumb is out of action,oppose-able thumbs make us independent humans.
                          Zombies walk around, grey skinned and with arms outstretched and moaning because they are in great pain.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

driving ettiquite

My son has just achieved his restricted driving licence - this means that he can drive alone or with us, with a curfew of 10.00pm.  The testing is very tough, I suspect many drivers on the roads today would not pass the practical.  We are both a bit critical of those on the road who are not up to standard with their indicating.

Two commandments apply to driving - be kind and be informative. (They also apply elsewhere in life)

The kindness is in letting cars into a stream of traffic, particularly if they have been sitting at the exit of a side road for some time, giving lots of space and time for a learner driver to complete a manouvre, letting a vehicle coming the other way through a smallish gap first....

black dog versus troll

Some depressives describe being followed by a black dog.  This metaphor doesn't ring true for me at all.  both the black Labradors that I have known; Bronson and Leroy have been cheerful and comforting personalities.  My depression metaphor was a troll, an malignant presence who stole my contentment.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

cheetah gems

I visited the two cheetah that reside at Auckland Zoo.  They are not disdainful of human admirers, more indifferent to them.  Lions might be called regal and tigers majestic; cheetahs are something else, something lighter but very special. They are lithe and muscular, focused and dainty.  As we walked through the near empty zoo, they were alert but relaxed.  A feral chook came just a little too close, a burst of action nearly saw the end of that bird, Anubis only slowed  at little by the woman on the other end of his lead.  Only male cheetah are selected to be 'ambassadors' to have such close interaction with members of the public.  This is becasue they are even-tempered, apparently the females get irritable and unpredictable at certain times of the month.  We accompained the chhetah back to their encloseure wherer they had breakfast of bunnies and bit of wild, culled horse.

cheetah magic

My husband and son bought me a cheetah experience for Christmas, but it wasn't until the 11th of July that I could use it. Worth the wait!  I got to the Auckland Zoo early, the time with the cheetah starts at 8.00am and lasts for 1 1/2 hours so that we had the zoo practically to ourselves.  There was one other person, a young woman on the tour with me, four zoo staff and 2 cheetah.  Anubis and Osiris are twins, orphaned early and have spent all their lives in zoos.  They led us around the zoo grounds, into the elephant enclosure (Burma wasn't out of bed at the time), to look out at the skateboarders and geese in Western Springs, to look at the traffic along Motions Road, through the Vetinerary Dept, past the NZ birds free flight area and back to their enclosure.  Although they were on leads, Anubis and Osiris were in charge of where we went.  They have mastered the 1000 metre stare, looking into the distance, sometimes right over my shoulder.  They leapt up onto rocks and tables ti improve their view, but also to allow us to stoke them.  One of them has a short mohawk sort of mane, the other has more belly fur.  The large dark brown spots and interspersed with smaller lighter spots.  Their toenails don't retract, they look a bit like dogs' nails (very sturdy).  Their ears are expressive whilst the rest of their face remains still.  Their eyes are dark brown with a round pupil (unlike night-hunting cats with a slit pupil)