April 07, 2016

THURSDAY, APRIL 7th, 2016 - "I have learned - That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help them in any other way." Andy Rooney

SATURDAY, APRIL 9th, 2016 - "I Danced in the Morning" - Reflections on the Easter Journey - drama with original art and music at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Warden & Kingston Road. 7:30 pm - $10.00 adult $2:00 children at the door. Supports food bank and church.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10th, 2016 - Second Sunday of Easter - join us for our third Jazz & Justice worship service at 10:00 - Rev. Ian McDonald leading. Music provided by Julian Anderson-Bowes and friends.

MISSION CAPSULES: Presbyterians Sharing ... supports Chantel Cole, an International Development Studies student who is on a ten month work placement in Guatemala. Chantel is a Program Assistant with the community based Maya-Mam Association for Research and Development, a PWS&D partner organization. AMMID's work is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people - particularly the Maya-Mam indigenous community - in the town of Comitancillo. This community, much like other indigenous communities in Guatemala, has historically been marginalized. Chantel shares, "The people of Comitancillo have been warm, kindhearted, great-spirited and supporting. They have opened up their little town to me and have made me feel very welcome here and for that I am sincerely grateful."

THURSDAY, APRIL 14th, 2016 - Toronto Beach Chorale perform Elizabethan Madrigals, in costume, at the Beaches Library, Queen & Lee, 7:00 - 8:00 pm as part of the TPL's celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. This is a free event.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, 2016 - Beaches Spring Thaw Concert - 8:00 - featuring Julian Anderson-Bowes and friends. $20:00 at the door.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT;

BUYING THE FARM - This is synonymous with dying. During WW1, soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm, so if you died, you "bought the farm" for your survivors.

A SHOT OF WHISKEY - In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowboy was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a 'shot' of whiskey.

IRON CLAD CONTRACT - this came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

RIFF RAFF - The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering on the rafts was called a "riff' and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

COBWEB - The Old English word for 'spider' was 'cob'.

Have a good week - MB