This could be a wild flower – what is it?
Sorry for the delay Linda – puter acting up and mis placing items
Use your mouse to get right into this flower
When you are a child you believe in all sorts of magical beings, fairies, talking animals, toys that have a life of their own when the light goes out and all manner of weird and wonderful things. Just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist, our parents told us that a tooth fairy carried away our tiny tooth to use as a stool in their home, leaving us a small payment in return.
We are constantly reminded not to talk to strangers but I think every young child has been plonked on Santas’s lap and expected to smile for a photo. This big, hairy guy is our friend they tell us and it is fine to sit on his lap and talk to him. Rather mixed messages from parents, but we go along with what they tell us.
As we get older we lose our belief in things magical and slowly begin to realize that there are some things in this world that are not good, in fact some things and some people are just plain bad. It takes experience and maturity to separate the good from bad, the right from wrong and the true from the false, but gradually we work most of it out for ourselves.
Many people lose their faith in God along with the realization that Santa is a myth for the young. How can a loving Father allow wars, cruelty and evil to prosper, bad things happening to good people and innocent children to suffer?
The Bible tells us that God gave us a free will, he makes us decide what is right and wrong and he lets us decide for ourselves which path we want to take. I am not a church goer and find no solace inside the building, in fact I sit there thinking of all the things I could be doing instead. This is not the attitude to assume in church so I do not go.
To me the idea of reading the prayers and responding with the written word has no meaning. My prayers come from inside me, I talk to God as I would to a friend, as I feel that is what he is. God and I get very close in my garden as I watch his handiwork in every unfolding leaf and bud. I stand doing dishes at the sink and look out at the waving branches and God listens while I discuss my problems. It is a good place for a discussion and I find that problems may not be solved but definitely lessened when rested on shoulders broader than mine.
If there is no God, no greater power than ourselves then what is that part of us that tells us when we are doing the wrong thing? Very few people do not have a conscience, psychopaths are thought not to have one or are strong enough to override it and commit their atrocities, without the inner pain that most of us feel when we do wrong.
The voice of conscience is very strong and, if ignored can give us sleepless nights, indigestion and all sorts of self recriminations until we put right the wrong we have done and ask for forgiveness.
We are faced with decisions every day, some are large and some very small such as making the choice to take the extra piece of cake. A sin of indulgence that will remind me of my choice by sitting around on my hips, this is a bad choice that I make often but I can shrug it off as not hurting anyone but myself. So is the choice to spend the day in idle pleasure, such as reading, doing crosswords or talking on the phone when the furniture is covered in dust and weeds wave at me through the window. This I can also ignore as I think that I can catch up on this tomorrow and that I am old enough to make that decision for myself.
As I age I definitely get less worried about housework. Bathrooms and kitchen are kept clean and sanitary, bed is usually made as it is visible from the living room and screams at me every time I walk past. Meals are not made for any particular time as we do not need to follow a clock any more, we eat when we are hungry, so dinner can be served any time between four pm or seven.
The years have brought the maturity to know what is really important. Each new day is like a new page of life and I try hard not to mess up the page. I try to be a good friend, help out in the community and harm nobody and, when I go to bed, I don’t have to listen to the voice inside me telling me that I committed a bad act today. If I am kept awake, it is because I ate too much or too late or that because the bed didn’t get made, the sheets are wrinkled and are not comfortable to lie on or the dogs are taking up too much room. My conscience, however, is clear and I can sleep in peace.
Lets revisit a topic Canada has flirted with before. Would it be of benefit to institute a guaranteed annual income for part of our society? Lets pass up the negative responses and look at this from outside the box. This has always been an issue that focused on the poor and destitute. What if we changed the equation?
First put an end to the stigma of it by including those with disabilities, seniors pensions, veterans, the poor, the working poor, those on the margins of society that are retrained for jobs they will never perform at.
With such a venture we could use the income as a supplement to raise the standard of the bottom end of society. The money for retraining those who will enter the steady workforce would increase our productivity and reset our job market supply priorities for starters.
I know the nagging question is How are we going to pay for it?
The answer is you already are and there is a way to reduce the cost and have the service that is functional and geared to the future of the country. The first step would be to set up an agency that would combine the programs we have now into a single entity. Pensions, family allowance (now child tax credit)
veterans pensions, social welfare and income supplements unemployment insurance workers compensation, disability pensions and the list goes on.
I believe we could save a lot of money. We could provide more for those who have disabilities and raise those on the margins out of poverty. We would cut the cost of servicing programs and at the same time benefit society.
It is a sure thing? No but what if we explored the idea and fleshed out the programs? There has to be a better way to get more out of programs and make things more viable for taxpayers.
I floated this idea with friends some think it’s worth exploring
others said it’s just a dream. When the society was new and we were post caveman era everything was a dream
Food Action Coordinator Shows ODN the edible gardens
The Town of Oliver is excited to have Caitlyn Bennett as the Coordinator for the Food Action Plan project. She currently works along side the Food Action Committee, Parks/Recreation and the Town.
Having grown up and worked in the Okanagan most of her life, Caitlyn is back and excited to work on this new initiative in the town of Oliver.
New food secure projects connect Oliver community with fresh produce
The community of Oliver will benefit from two new projects aimed to connect residents with fresh and accessible produce. The Harvest Hut and Edible Pathways projects have started this spring with more action June 6 in the parking lot north of Edward Jones.
The Harvest Hut creates a space for members of the community to share fresh produce. Anyone with more food in their garden or farm than they can consume is invited to bring their extras to the hut. Members of the public can then visit the hut and take the produce home with them.
Although the hut itself is still in the works, moving forward the Harvest Hut will operate every Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Town of Oliver parking lot on Main Street between Edward Jones and Oliver Garden. Grants will be received in June and the coordinators hope that the Okanagan Correctional Centre can help out in the long term and maybe Rona will supply a first hut for this multi- year concept.
The Edible Pathways project includes planters on the north end of Main Street in Oliver which are growing vegetables and herbs, free for community members to take and use as needed.
What veggies you say? Sweet Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Tomatoes, Swiss Chard, Oregano, and edible flowers like Marigolds, Nasturtium.
Town of Oliver Food Action coordinator Caitlyn Bennett said. “Local community food movements are growing and we are learning from them,” she said. “We hope this project can engage businesses and citizens while bringing awareness to Oliver’s long-term food systems strategy.”
100 Men Who Care Penticton and Highway to Healing Support Society Team up to support families!
After their latest gathering, 100 Men Who Care Penticton chose to gift almost $6,000 to Highway to Healing. Society President Gail Barriskill says “These funds represent a significant boost to Highway to Healing. It is only through direct community donations that we have been able to provide over $40,000 to local families who must travel to obtain medical care for their child.”
“Those needs may include fuel, parking fees, and overnight stays. Support can be one time, or may extend for many years for families whose child faces serious illness.”
With their second annual Drive to Provide fun golf tournament coming up in July, H2H will once again be asking the people of the communities they serve for help. Vice-President Tracy MacFadden says “Our First Annual golf tournament was a huge success, and if we can repeat that, we know we can continue to provide financial assistance for families from Osoyoos, Oliver and OK falls.”