New Beginnings… and Old Memories…

Hi Folks:

It’s now closing in on the end of January, so if you’re still maintaining your New Year’s resolutions, my congratulations to you!  It may be sheer coincidence that Remembrance Day and New Year’s Day fall so closely together on the calendar but our memories of the past and our dreams of the future always seem bound together.  It may be true that (as espoused by George Santayana), “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  It’s also true that much of how we see ourselves today is based on and built out of who we have believed ourselves to be and that person no longer exists.  It’s not just that your body is continuously refreshing itself – building new cells and removing old ones.  Our thoughts, ideas, understandings – in some ways the essence of who we are – is also different… unless of course we hang on tight to the past memories of who we used to be.  Memories can be pleasant or painful and there are varying degrees of both, but there’s one thing memories rarely are, and that’s an accurate recollection of the past as it happened.  My grandmother was a very wise woman with a Grade 5 education, and one of her sayings was, “No matter how thin the paper, there are two sides to every page.”  In some cases there are many more than two sides to an issue, more than two sides to a memory, but the point is made. Continue Reading →

Future Me

Good Morning!  I figured it was time I actually wrote something on here, and since this whole idea is rather new to me, I’m not entirely sure where to take it.  However, I thought maybe I’d outline some of the things you might expect to find here as time goes on.  Marcia and I have a number of different interests, among them (for me) are photography, writing, spirituality and environmental topics, so expect to see some entries along those lines.

One site I like to use with my writings is called ‘Future Me’ (  In a nutshell, you  create a post on their site and arrange to send the message to yourself in the future.  This isn’t a reminder service; the minimum posting date is 3 months, and the default is one year, but you can set it for years or even a few decades into the future.  You can either set it to be private, or viewable to the world.  On the day you’ve specified, your message arrives in your Inbox.  All of mine are private, but from time to time I do drop by to see what other people have shared.  Anyway, try it out for yourself!


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