July 04, 2013

THURSDAY, JULY 4th, 2013 - "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend - if you have one" - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second - if there is one". Winston Churchill, in response.

NOTE: We will be meeting Sunday mornings at 10:00 am instead of 10:30 for July and August.

SUNDAY, JULY 7th, 2013 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 am - Rev. Matt McKay leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: In the busy markets of Nicaragua's capital city, Managua, countless children are exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation. Presbyterian World Service & Development is working with local partner the Institute for Human Promotion to help create a safe environment for at-risk children and youth to grow and develop. Children and parents are trained to identify and prevent negative situations that can lead to abuse. The program also offers children a chance to play, do homework and form positive personal relationships. Leadership opportunities help troubled youth develop self-confidence and the knowledge to assist others. Carlos, a youth leader, says, "The pain has been lifted away and I have made new friends. I feel capable and I'm willing to take the risk to reduce violence and child labour."

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH - JULY 28TH, 2013 - Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival, with performances in Woodbine Park, Kew Gardens, Streetfest (July 25 - 27) and along the Boardwalk.

MORE FROM LONG AGO - -

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house with a thatched roof. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "dirt poor". The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence - a thresh-hold.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Read a good book this week - enjoy. MB