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It’s been an interesting year. 2012

today is:  7th of Tevet, 5773.

A lovely day, warm, sunny at last, after days of rain.

Softened by a cool light playful breeze.

The leeks are in flower. And the purple bouquets are abuzz with bees,

happily drinking leek nectar.

And the garlic too is beginning to flower…2 bright mauvy red heads.  I only planted two cloves.

The chinise cabbage is growing fast.  Lately I’ve taken up searching through the leaves, picking off green caterpillars.  I don’t kill them.  Instead I move them to a pile of weeds on the other side of the yard, where  they can munch as much as they like.

There’s half a dozen tomato plants. These are bushing out and growing taller.  Saw a yellow flower on one, so soon, in a couple of weeks there should be lots more.  These plants are grown from seeds collected from tomatoes we bought from Mannies’.

The parsley seeds didn’t grow…but I expected that as they were a couple of years old.

I’m much happier with the row of spring onions.  Big enough now to use with meals & needing thinning out.

To one side potatoes also sprouting, bushing up & out. 

And I’ve prepared a couple of small gaps for the celery plants I hope to transplant out of pots.

I intend to go out there with the camera later, maybe post some pics.

For now though, I need to relax with my feet up for a while .

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In the autumn of 1978 the Washington Association of Churches and the Washington State Catholic Conference jointly published a six page pamphlet they called, “Abortion: An Ecumenical Study Document.” Their work offers a fascinating snapshot of Christian thinking at the time and raises some equally fascinating questions about what, exactly, has happened in the last thirty-five years.

The pamphlet does not contain a position statement. Quite the opposite, in fact. From the beginning, the authors explain that such an agreement is impossible:

Clearly there is no Christian position on abortion, for here real values conflict with each other, and Christian persons who seek honestly to be open to God’s call still find themselves disagreeing profoundly.

At the time, five years had passed since the Roe v. Wade decision, and the Church, broadly, was wrestling with ethical and spiritual complexities the decision brought to the surface. The WAC, which existed “to…

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Well written Gladly…Bravo! and thank you Chrys
I also recommend watching the excellent Youtube clip of the Prime Minister included in this blog.

Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear

I watched Q&A in absolute horror last night as the Federal Minister for Employment, Kate Ellis, was the subject of one of the worst displays of misogynistic disrespect and bullying I’ve ever seen  – not excluding my many years observing Olympic standard misogynistic bullying in action in various sales meetings and boardrooms throughout corporate Australia.

I was so sickened by the actions of Liberal MP, Christopher Pyne, former ALP MHR, Lindsay Tanner and Daily Telegraph columnist, Piers Akerman that I allocated an inordinate amount of time to compiling a detailed analysis of the Q&A transcript.

Regular readers will remember that this is a device I used following the misogynistic remarks made about Catherine Deveny’s recent Q&A appearance.

You can watch Monday night’s show here.

In what looked for all the world like a trio of blood-thirsty wolves cornering a deer, Pyne, Tanner  and Akerman did everything they could to prevent…

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