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A few Halloween suggestions

The notices have appeared again outside the Shire.

“Trick-or-Treat in Morningside Gardens will take place on October 31. for If you want trick-or-treaters, please come to the office for a sign to put on your door.”

As Halloween nears, here are some dos and don’ts that make sense to me:

Do support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Don’t wear costumes that demean or exploit other peoples

Do use Fair Trade chocolate such as DivineEqual Exchange, and others

Don’t wear racist or sexist or tasteless costumes

Do prepare to give thanks for what God has done in the lives of faithful people (living and dead) who have touched your life

What would you add?

See you along the Trail.

 

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Comfort comes

Slowly
comfort
comes.

Comfort comes in hearing the guitar wail
and
comfort comes in watching the river flow.

Slowly
comfort
comes.

Comfort comes in shedding tears
and
comfort comes in consuming chocolate.

Slowly
comfort
comes.

Comfort comes in talking with friends
and
comfort comes in having work to do.

Slowly
comfort
comes.

Slowly
comfort
comes.

6-7 July 2012
Pittsburgh and Cleveland Heights

 

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A piece of chocolate

Reports state that Mahmoud al-Sarsak, the Palestinian national footballer player has ended his prolonged hunger strike.

Mahmoud al-Sarsak, 25, refused food for more than three months. He joined other Palestinians in the mass strike against the policy of administrative detention and for human rights. When the others ended their hunger strike, al-Sarsak continued in protest of being held in Israel – without charge or trial – for three years. He vowed to remain on strike until Israel released or charged and tried him.

As he neared death last week, he had agreed to take milk for a few days to allow Israel time to reconsider.

The Ma’an News Agency report that al-Sarsak agreed to start eating on Monday in a deal that will see him released on July 10, according to his lawyer.

Mohammad Jaberein, al-Sarsak’s lawyer, told Ma’an News that al-Sarsak signed the agreement during his visit to the prisoner on Monday. Ma’an goes on to say:

Under the deal al-Sarsak will visit a civilian hospital for treatment on Tuesday, but the same day will return to Ramle prison clinic until his release on July 10, the lawyer added.

The news service reports that Israeli prison authorities asked Sarsak to eat something in their presence to ratify the deal.

In response, al-Sarsak took and ate a piece of chocolate.

Thanks be! May the deal be honored.

See you along the Trail.

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I ate the chocolate

I ate the chocolate.

And I made a contribution to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

To the meeting of Presbyterian Social Ethicists, my friend brought a cauldron, some Fair Trade Chocolate, and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes.

“Why are you bringing chocolate?” I asked. “People will never eat it.”

It appears my friend was correct. Again.

Hopefully others will find some way to support the work of UNICEF this week and through the year.

See you along the Trail.

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C-16, GVA

Walking down the jetway,
the long, long jetway,
that led, not to Tipperary,
but to Gate C-16, GVA,
I watched my fellow travelers
and I noticed –
could not help but notice –
colorful bags, clutched with care,
clearly filled with souvenirs,
reminders of what was done and
memories of what had happened
while in Switzerland.
Sometimes I wondered what they carried;
sometimes I knew;
and sometimes, even knowing, I still pondered:
how much more nearly Geneva
would I remember,
how much more clearly events and experiences
would I call to mind,
how much more dearly images of friends
would fill my heart,
had I but been wise enough
to purchase
M&M’s.

11 May 2011
Boarding Swiss International Airlines Flight 022
in Geneva 

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