Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Saint John Chrystostom

Photo: Mr. Dickie (Melva's iris in our backyard, Spring 2009)

If a person could look at our world from a distance he would see so much stupidity and hatred that he would probably cry. We do so many funny and stupid and impoverished hateful deeds. One person hunts wild animals and becomes an animal himself; another feeds donkeys and horses to carry loads, and despises people who die of hunger. Other people spend a great deal of money to create huge houses and do nothing to help the homeless. Some people seek only profits, others spend only for dissipation, and others steal.

In all of these excesses, all of this criminal behavior, we see people who only want to take care of themselves, without a thought about what is most necessary in this world.(Saint John Chrystostom in A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy, 9 June)
  • Last night I had two nice phone conversations. I talked with our daughter, Cyndi, for a while. I also talked with friends, Dave and Lynda, in Oregon. The telephone is a wonderful device that blesses all of us with the opportunity to keep in closer touch with friends and family some of whom we seldom are able to see face to face.
  • I'm working on a project to recover Lotus WordPro files of a thirty-one part Devotions document that I put together several years ago. The stumbling block was finding a way to read the thirty-one files in the .LWP format without having a copy of WordPro installed on the computer. At this point I have successfully converted all of the pieces into "text" files that I can read and modify with other word processors.
Mr. Dickie

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