Today (Technically yesterday)was remembrance day. I was at the cenotaph at city hall square for the celebrations and it was, I must say a very well done affair. I always feel a little strange on Remembrance Day as we need to remember the sadness of war. Sometimes I get the feeling we only remember “the glory of war.” I am reminded today of these words of Napoleon Bonaparte; “Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit. Soldiers usually win battles and generals get the credit for them. You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”
Tonight Catherinanne and I attended a fundraiser at the city library for Pediatric Kids Read program. It was a really neat night. The guest reader was Christopher Paul Curtis. He is an interesting guy and his books are great. I am going to begin on The Watson’s go to Birmingham right away. When he was reading I was taken at how many of the teenagers present were taken with him and in fact we were all captivated by what he read. We bought some books at the auction and a couple of other great prizes too, including some VIA rail tickets. Can’t wait to go to Quebec city.
Got home to view our new St. Mark’s Web Page at www.stmarkschurch.net. Pat Sweeney is a good friend of mine in London who was kind enough to visit us in the parish on Thursday to preview the page he has been building for us. We were thrilled with his work. Pat is a gifted guy and we offer him our thanks. Please visit the page and take a look at what he is doing. It is a work in progress right now with many pages under construction. But keep on coming back for a visit and it will, as time goes on, fill up quite nicely. The video at the beginning includes a great clip of the choir doing a great job on an anthem last week.