This way to death by alcohol…REALLY???

Originally posted on The Culture Monk:

this way death by alcohol

by Kenneth Justice

~ Yesterday at coffee a woman nearby me spilled sugar on the table which suddenly prompted the stranger sitting beside me to say, “Every time I see white powder on a table I can’t help but think of cocaine

Excuse me?” I said

The older man continued, “Oh sorry, that probably didn’t sound right. I’m a retired judge and I worked in drug court for the last thirty years of my career“.

Since I spent last year working at a drug rehabilitation clinic we cross-referenced a few names and it turns out we had some mutual acquaintances.

You’d think a drug court judge would be really tough on criminals wouldn’t you? But I’ll tell you something, when I was in my forties my younger sister got hooked on heroin and it changed my entire perspective on life. I knew…

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WPC: Lord Muruga Monument – Malaysia

Monumental Lord Muruga at Batu Caves, Malaysia

Monumental Lord Muruga at Batu Caves, Malaysia

 

The photo below was taken  on our first visit to  Malaysia in  2008.  It takes 272  steps to reach the Batu caves Hindu temple. On the way up you are greeted with the  140 feet tall Lord Murugan statue.

 

 

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My beautiful Earth! April 21 2014

Whats common with Rufous humming bird,

Veiled Chameleon,

Moon Jelly fish,

Japanese macaque,

Dung beetle and puffer fish?

On Google doodle, they are all wishing us a very happy Earth day !

 

 

 

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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross

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(This article was compiled from the message given by Mr. Thava Chelvam at the Good Friday service at the Tamil Christian Congregation of Western Australia 2014)

A closer-to-heart hymnal “The old rugged cross” is sung during the Holy week in many churches across the world. The hymn was written more than a century ago (1912) by Reverend George Bennard (1873- 1958) in the United States of America. He is not to be confused with the English philosopher George Bernard Shaw.


Bennard, the song writer and the travelling evangelist was born in Ohio to a miner and was bred in Iowa. Personal trials in his life led him to reflect the sufferings of Christ on the cross and the Christ of the cross became more than a symbol for the parson. He wrote the hymn based on the Gospel of John 3:16 which summed up the purpose of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. It is indeed an apt hymn to be remembered during this holy week of 2014. for further reading

 

 

Good Friday: A Sombre day in the Christian calendar

Here is an article I wrote to Transcurrents.com two years ago.

Good Friday: A Sombre day in the Christian calendar

By saba-Thambi

Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Church near Kilinochchi-Sri Lanka North, pictured in Jan 2010-courtesy: indi.ca

People in general query the meaning of the name “Good Friday” when it was in fact the darkest day in the liturgical calendar. Some argue that the word ‘Good’ derived from the old English synonym for “holy” and the others state that it has been altered from the word “God” to ‘good’ as in the derivation of the word “Good bye” from the origin of the phrase “God be with ye”.
However the Christians believe that Christ was humiliated and sacrificed on the cross and his resurrection meant a victory over death and sin for all mankind, hence it meant good. However the Eastern orthodox churches refer to this melancholy day as ‘Holy’ or ‘Great’ Friday. In Tamil it is remembered as Periya Vellikizhamai (பெரிய வெள்ளிக்கிழமை) To read more..