Sunday, 30 November 2008

Joyful Mysteries

Well, here are the five Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

The first mystery is referred to as The Annunciation. This is when the angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that she will be the mother of the Messiah and Our Lady agrees to co-operate with God's plan.

The second mystery is called The Visitation. This is when Blessed Mary, after agreeing to be the Mother of the Messiah, hurries down south to the home of her cousin, Elizabeth, who has become pregnant in her old age with a child who will be St. John the Baptist. As soon as Blessed Mary's greeting sounds in her cousin, Elizabeth's, ears, the baby in Elizabeth's womb leaps for joy and Elizabeth cries out "who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me". I love that story so much.

Now we come to the third mystery: the birth of the baby, Jesus -- know as The Nativity.
I am still undecided which one of these four drawings I will use to represent this mystery.
As I indicated above, I am pretty certain I will use the first example. The wording under the second drawing may be too small for you to read so I will tell you what it says: "This one and the following two are all possibilities. What do YOU think?"

The fourth Joyful Mystery is known as The Presentation in the Temple.
Here Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple on the 8th day after his birth and make the required offering of two doves. The priest who receives the baby has been waiting for years for this moment as has an elderly widow named Anna. They both recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

The final Joyful Mystery is The Finding of the Child, Jesus, in the Temple.

This was when, at the age of 12, Jesus stays behind after the Passover celebrations in Jerusalem to discuss points of the law and the Scriptures with the teachers in the Temple. They are very impressed with his questions and comments, but his parents are frantic with worry until they finally find him on the third day.

So, if you have any comments to make about my selections, please feel free to do so. Otherwise, I will go with the first of the four Nativity scenes and will consider the 5 Joyful Mysteries to be complete.

I started this posting about 3:30 this afternoon and now, after many distractions, I am finally finishing it at 9:30! Some days are just that way. I think it must be time for me to get ready for bed.

Peace be with you all.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Not More Horses!

Yes, more horses, indeed. Every so often I just can't resist!

This first one I am calling "Horse -- Mother and Child". I really like the way that little head is peeking around from behind mom -- not too sure what to make of things.

This second drawing is just called "Colt" and shows a youngster still trying to get used to using those long, slender legs. The background was taken from my file of graphic designs.l

This final picture is simply called "Horse no. 2".

It is based on a memory of mine of a horse with some of the most unusual markings I have ever seen. What I have ended up with is still not quite right, but it is the best I can do for now. How I wish I had taken a photograph at the time.

I want to start posting my sets of Rosary icons on Sunday in order to see if I can get any of you folks to help me make decisions about which ones to use.

In many cases I only have one selection to use so there won't be a problem with those, but there are a few, as I have mentioned, where there are a number of copies of the same event. I now have to decide which one will be the one to illustrate that Mystery. A good example is the Nativity (Birth) of Jesus. There are four choices and I like them all -- so I could really use some help.

Well, that is enough for tonight. I had a busy day which included a long ride in my wheelchair in the cold weather. I think I got a bit chilled on the way home and now that I am finally warm again, all I want to do is take a long nap -- like maybe until tomorrow morning!

Peace be with you all.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Maybe now I'm Finished!

I was never really satisfied with the original drawing I did of the "carrying of the cross" (the 4th Sorrowful Mystery).

It seemed to me to be more rocks than anything else and the action itself was difficult to see -- or so it seemed to me.

At any rate, I have been working feverishly on a new version of this icon which you see above. I find it speaks to me more clearly of what is taking place -- plus our Blessed Mother, St. John and St. Mary Magdalene are important elements as I feel they should be.

If you don't recall the story of this icon, look back to October 25th for all the details.

Here is the original drawing. I would welcome any comments from you guys, pro or con, regarding my final choice for which one I will use as part of the 20 Rosary icons.

I am still not feeling too great so I will keep this short. I am including a notice about the War Resisters' activities if you are interested. If not, stop reading here!

May peace be with you.


Iraq War "was absolutely an error"
–Stephen Harper

Iraq War "was a tragic mistake"
–Barack Obama


Canada’s Prime Minister, the American President-Elect, and a majority of people in both countries agree the Iraq War was wrong. Yet soldiers who refused to fight in Iraq continue facing deportation from Canada and jail in the US. Hear US Iraq war resisters and their families speak about their campaign for refuge in Canada, and what you can do to help stop the deportations.


Deported war resister, Robin Long, speaking from jail in the US.

War resisters and their families living in Canada: Jeremy Hinzman and NgaNguyen, Patrick and Jill Hart, and DeanWalcott.

Member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Adam Kokesh, speaking from the US.

Followed by benefit concert:

Chloe Watkinson and the Crossroads, Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina Ave.

Organized by the War Resisters Support Campaign


Monday, 24 November 2008

Nothing Special

I am not feeling all that great tonight, but I did want to post a little something.

This first drawing is one that I have liked ever since I saw the photograph posted on the Internet. I think I wanted to draw it because it always made me think of the old folk song: "Froggie went a Courtin" which is the title I have given it.

I used to love that song when I was a child and one version we sang started off like this:

"Froggie went a courtin’ and he did ride, uh-huh, uh-huh
Froggie went a courtin’ and he did ride, uh-huh, uh-huh
Froggie went a courtin’ and he did ride, floatin’ on the waves
In a Lily cup, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh."

The "Lily cup" reference could have been either the cup that some lilies make with their flower or it could have been a paper cup of the type which we called Lily cups since they were made by the Lily Company and had their name printed on the side.

This next drawing is nothing special but it keeps with the theme since these are "Tiger Lilies". This is the name I have given the drawing as well.

Now I think I will go and drown my sorrows in a cup of coffee!

Peace be with you all.

Saturday, 22 November 2008


Well, finally, here is the 20th icon of my Rosary series -- the last one.

This one is called "The Proclamation of the Kingdom" and is the third of the five Luminous Mysteries.

This "mystery" is about the proclamation by Jesus of the coming of the Kingdom of God with the call to conversion and the forgiveness of sins.

There is really not a story I can tell that goes with this particular icon since it represents all of the 2 1/2 to 3 years of the ministry of Jesus.

In Mark's Gospel we read: "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying 'the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent, and believe in the [good news].'"

So, in this icon, entitled "Coming of Kingdom" in Greek, we see Jesus preaching to a crowd of followers. You will notice that some seem to be intently listening to every word, others seem to be arguing among themselves, while others seem to be very displeased by what they are hearing. No doubt, there were spies from the rulers among the crowd listening carefully so that they can report back to their masters later.

So it was then and so it is today.

I have also included a couple of icons that you have seen previously because they relate so closely to this whole idea of the different ways of proclaiming the Kingdom.

This first one is showing Jesus with the children.

We are told that once when Jesus was preaching, children and their mothers were trying to get close to him, asking for his blessing or perhaps a healing. His disciples were trying to prevent them from doing so since that felt that Jesus was too busy doing important stuff like teaching the gospel. Jesus noticed and told them to let the children come to him. At this point he said to his followers: "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

This second icon from a month or so ago is called "The Good Samaritan". I recall telling you the story at the time I posted it.

The reason for showing it again tonight is because it, too, is an example of what "proclaiming the kingdom" means. The Good Samaritan story is one of the most familiar of the teaching parables that Jesus gave us. These parables are meant to show us what is necessary in order to enter the Kingdom that Jesus came to tell us about.

In Matthew's Gospel, we are told "Let your light shine before others so that seeing your good works, they will give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Surely, helping those in need, the sick and disabled is "letting your light shine before others" especially when you do these things out of love.

I will be showing you the Rosary icons again in the days ahead, but in sets of five at a time. I will also be asking for comments on how I might improve them before I start any serious talks with a publisher!

Finally, tonight, I have a link here so that if you wish to, you can sign "the people's treaty" in an effort to continue working at stopping the manufacture, distribution and use of cluster bombs which kill and maim so many children each year. Click on it only if you are interested. Peace be with you all.

The People's Treaty

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Animal Friends

I am sure that anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows about my fondness for living creatures. So, tonight I thought I would show you a few photos of me and some of my many animal friends over the years.

This first picture is of a chimp named Kudia. I help support her through the Jane Goodall Foundation. Kudia is four years old now. Her mother was killed by traffickers in bush meat and the baby was thrown in a cage where she was mistreated and malnourished until she was rescued. I wish I could meet her in person!

Next is a photo of me with a beautiful frog. I loved to catch them in the dewy grass up north on a summer morning, marvelling at their golden markings before letting them go. Unfortunately, the photo also shows how many freckles I used to have each summer

Here I am saying goodbye to Anna Maria. I found her one day after a real downpour on a place called Anna Maria Island (between Bradenton and Sarasota Florida). It was love at first sight! I brought her back to Toronto with me and kept her for a year. The next year I took her back to Florida and let her go so she could get on with her life. I was feeling very sad when this photo was taken.

This is me and Furfur -- my first cat. I was being all mushy and he really did not like that sort of thing but, as you can see, he is enduring it just long enough to have his picture taken. He was such a handsome cat -- solid black, not a speck of white on him.

Here I am at least 10 years later with two young friends and their sweet puppy dog. These children are both grown now and the girl already has two children of her own! How quickly the years pass -- especially as you get older.

And finally, here is a photo of me taken about 10 more years later than the previous one. I was visiting my sister, Betty, and her husband, B.K. in north Florida -- as I usually did at least once or twice a year. That's B.K. in the background. Sadly, they are both dead now and I still miss them terribly.
Anyway, the young deer had wandered out from a nature preserve nearby and we had to make a phone call to get someone to come and rescue us from the deer! I mean that literally as I made the mistake of giving it one carrot and after that it kept butting me until I gave it another one. My poor sister had to keep running back into the kitchen and searching for more carrots in the fridge!
So you have seen a few of my friends from years past.Unfortunately, I no longer have any photos of Skipper the horse, Calvin the calf, Big Mama the garter snake that gave birth to something like 46 babies one year, Freckles the spotted turtle or Lowthar the raccoon -- plus many, many more animal friends. My life has been enriched by them all.
Peace be with you and all of God's creatures.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Eu[ch]aristia = Thanksgiving

Here is the 19th icon in the series of 20. This is the 5th mystery of the five Luminous Mysteries and is entitled: the Institution of the Eucharist. Eucharist, by the way, is the Greek word for thanksgiving as I have tried to show by the title.

This is one of my favourite mysteries as I have such a deep love of the Holy Mass which is really the reenactment of this event -- basically unchanged after 2000 years.

The story goes that Jesus and his 12 apostles met together to celebrate the Feast of the Passover -- this turned out to be the night before Christ was crucified.

It was a solemn occasion -- not only because of the Feast -- but mainly because Jesus had been preparing his followers in the previous days for his crucifixion and death.

In the icon, you can see St. John and St. Peter on each side of Jesus. John, possibly the youngest of the apostles and someone who might have seen Jesus as a father figure, is leaning his head against the heart of Jesus. Peter, whom Jesus has designated to be the leader of the apostles after his death, sits on his right side.

In the Gospel that John would write some years later, he tells how Jesus had taught that "unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you cannot have life within you". Here, at this final meal together, Jesus demonstrates this teaching clearly.

He picks up the bread and says "This is my body which is being given up for you, take and eat." If you notice in the icon, Jesus is holding a piece of bread which, in his hands, has already turned a golden colour. St. John is also holding his piece of bread which has also changed colour.

Then Jesus picked up the cup of wine and said: "This is my blood which will be poured out for you, take and drink." Then the cup was shared.

These words are basically the same ones used to this very day in the Catholic Mass and the Orthodox Liturgy and both groups hold to the belief that the words and actions of the priest actually changes the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.

You know the saying: you are what you eat -- well, I believe that by feeding on the precious Body and Blood, I will become like Christ.

I mention all this, even though I know that some of my readers are not particularly interested in all this religious stuff, because this Holy Meal is truly the centre of my faith and my life.

You will also notice in the icon that one of the apostles is standing, grabbing for some food and apparently paying no attention to the sacred words of Christ. If you look very closely, you will also see that his piece of bread is already broken in two and cast aside. This figure represents poor Judas -- the one who betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver.

I have always felt sorry for Judas and hoped that in those seconds between jumping and being strangled by the noose that he was able to cry out something like "God have mercy on me." If he did so, I feel confident that God listened.

The words in Greek at the top of the icon stand for "Institution of Eucharist".

So now it is back to work on the 20th icon.

Meanwhile, may peace be with you all.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Climbing, Running & Sitting Still

As you can see, I have been playing again -- taking a break from the iconography.

This first drawing is of a Clematis vine which is climbing up a fence. I get such pleasure from drawing flowers and leaves. I get frustrated at times drawing them on the computer since my palette is limited so I am unable to give the petals the shading and variation I would like.

This next drawing is of a mother Impala with her two babies -- they appear to be running away from something -- probably a lion or other predator.

I am not really satisfied with the drawing of the actual Impalas -- it's hard to draw them accurately when they are running so fast! For those of you who are neither groaning or chuckling at my last comment, I will just say that it is an old artists' joke which does not get any better with the telling. Hey, I just realized: an old artist just told an old artists' joke! Now you can groan.

This final drawing is another effort of a Toronto skyline. I came across a picture of Toronto from last winter when there were clumps of ice in the water so I decided to try to draw it.

Actually, it was good timing since we had snow flurries today with promises of more snow to come before next weekend!

I must admit, I do enjoy this time of year when I have to stay in my warm, cozy home while it snows outside -- just me and miz k.d. I am so blessed to have a warm, comfortable home and not a day passes that I don't express my gratitude.

Well, it is back to the current icon. Just one more after this one and all 20 will be done!

May peace be with you all.

Friday, 14 November 2008


Well, I am more or less awake tonight, but still not completely back to normal. I have no idea why the sedation had such a powerful effect on me this time; however, I just keep hoping that eventually I will not fall asleep almost every time I sit down to read or work on the computer!

At any rate, I am well enough to post a new icon and comment on it.

This one is called "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary". The Orthodox do not use this image but rather one called the "Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary". Dormition means "the falling asleep". I plan to draw that icon as well one of these days as it is quite beautiful.

Anyway, the story behind the Assumption is that when Blessed Mary became elderly and died, she did not remain in the tomb and decay as we creatures normally do. Her Son, Jesus, could not tolerate seeing his mother go through this process so he took her from her tomb and brought her to Heaven where He gave her a glorified body like His own. So when people have seen Our Lady through the centuries in various apparitions, what they are seeing is the Blessed Mother in different forms of her glorified and eternal body.

Actually, tradition has a wonderful story about Mary's death and assumption. I am not too sure of some of the details, but will try to tell it anyway.

As most of you know, when Jesus was dying on the cross, he told St.John to look after His mother and He told His mother to let John take care of her. So, she lived with John for many years after that. I am not sure of all the different places they lived, but I do recall that they were in Ephesus for some time.

As Mary was getting older and more sickly, she and John travelled to where the apostles and early church leaders were gathered. For some reason, John had to travel somewhere else for a day and it was during that day that the Blessed Mother died. With great sorrowing, the Christian community prepared her for burial and placed her in a tomb and rolled the stone over the entrance to the cave.

When John returned and discovered what had happened, he was terribly distressed and asked the Church leaders if he could be allowed to see the body. Graves were normally not opened -- especially after someone had been dead for a few days -- however, they agreed to allow John to see the beloved "mother" one last time.

As soon as the stone was rolled away, the people gathered there noticed the sweet smell of roses and other flowers -- not the smell of death and decay. Amazed, they made their way into the inner chamber where they found not the body of Mary, but mounds of roses and lilies and other sweet-smelling flowers where the body had lain.

They left the tomb rejoicing, convinced that their Lord had come for His mother and taken her to be with him eternally in Heaven.

If you look carefully at the icon I have drawn, you will see that at the bottom is an empty coffin surrounded by flowers. This represents the events I have just described. Also, at the top of the icon is the symbol for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- the one God -- drawing Mary up into the heavenly realms.

This icon, by the way, represents the fourth mystery of the five joyful mysteries. These five mysteries are: the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Assumption and the Crowning of Mary as queen of Heaven. I have completed all of these now. I am still working on the Institution of the Eucharist -- one of the five Luminous mysteries.

Now I am feeling very sleepy again so I had better wish you peace and a good night!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008


Just wanted to apologize for not posting any art work tonight However, I spent half of Tuesday at the dental clinic and have still not completely recovered. I was sedated in order for them to do the work required and am still finding it difficult to stay awake even all these hours later!

Hopefully, by Friday I will be more or less back to normal and can stay focused enough to post a drawing or two and comment about them. Right now, I just can't stay awake any longer.

Peace be with you all.

Monday, 10 November 2008


Here is the icon of the Ascension of Jesus which I finished drawing on the weekend.

The Ascension is the second mystery of the five Glorious Mysteries.

The story goes that after the Resurrection of Jesus, he presented himself to his disciples and many others for the next 40 days. Evidently many people saw him and spent time with him and listened to him speak -- all clear evidence of his Resurrection.

Then at the end of the 40 days, he led his disciples, including his mother, to the outskirts of Jerusalem. As they walked, Jesus talked to them about the coming of his kingdom, telling them that they shouldn't worry about it as no one will ever know the day or the hour when the end will come. So we should always be ready.

When he had finished speaking, as the disciples were watching, Jesus was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. He ascended into the sky and disappeared from view.

Everyone stood there gazing up into the sky when suddenly they noticed that two men in white were standing among them. These two men (angels perhaps) asked them why they were standing there when Jesus had told them already that he would return when the time was right.

So, the disciples returned to Jerusalem as Jesus had told them to in order to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

In my drawing, you see Jesus ascending while the disciples and the Blessed Mother watch him. Our Lady has her arms outstretched as she knows she will not see her Son again this side of Heaven. You can also see the two men in white standing among the apostles.

I tried to make some of the apostles recognizable: Peter and John are behind Our Lady while the bearded man in front of her might be Andrew or James. I felt as though it was likely Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, as I was drawing him.

Just a couple of more drawings now and my Rosary icons will be complete!

Keep warm and have a peaceful night.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Old and New

This first drawing is an old one -- I mean really old like 2005 or early 2006. I have posted it before as an example of something I almost deleted and certainly never finished.

But then I had a request from a friend this week to include this drawing in the set of cards she ordered! So I finished it off and even gave it a slightly different name. I now call it "Girl on a Bench" (the previous title was Girl by the Lake!).

I guess it is an OK drawing, it's just that I got lost somehow when it came time to do all the tree branches. They are still not to my satisfaction, but at least I filled the lake with water this time!

This next drawing is called "Cactus Flowers" and it is fairly new.

You see these flowers in places like Arizona. They are so interesting as the "knobs" on the cactus pads actually blossom! It is really amazing. These flowers have always reminded me of fried eggs -- sunny side up!

I wish I could remember the name of the cactus plant, but my poor old mind is going blank. If you know, please send me a message. This is so embarrassing...

Here is another flower whose name I don't remember. My excuse is that it is an old drawing which I called "Red Flowers". This, of course, is no help at all in determining the actual name!

Once again, any help from you folks out there would be appreciated.

Did any of you happen to notice the interesting comment I got on the "Creation" entry I did last week. Those of you who know about my devotion to Christ as the Bread of Life will find the comments particularly interesting.

I heard the weather forecaster giving wind chill values for tomorrow morning. It seems that just about the time I plan to be going out (9:30 a.m.) the temperature will be 4 above (that's Celsius) but will feel like -1 degrees with the wind chill. Brrrr.

Well, it is time to get back to work on my current Rosary icon. May you all have a peaceful night.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

The Crowning

With this icon -- the third of the five Sorrowful Mysteries -- I have completed the Sorrowful Mysteries. I am just beginning to work on the Ascension -- one of the five Glorious Mysteries.

The title of this particular mystery is "The Crowning with Thorns".

The story goes that after Jesus was scourged, he was taken into the courtyard where one of the Roman soldiers had fashioned a "crown" for him from a thorn bush. This was forced onto the head of Jesus causing him to bleed copiously, no doubt.

Then one of the bystanders found an old purple garment somewhere (purple was the colour worn by royalty) in which Jesus was dressed. Someone else took a reed and put it in his hand like a sceptre.

Then some of the crowd knelt before him and called him the "King of the Jews". They mocked him and spit on him and who knows what else.

It is reported that Jesus said nothing while all of this was going on. Getting no reaction from the prisoner, no doubt the soldiers and bystanders probably tired of their cruel game after a while, but not before they had caused Jesus great suffering.

When I look upon this image, I often think of a verse from one of the Psalms: "Taunts have broken my heart; I have reached the end of my strength."

The Greek lettering at the top reads: "Crown with Thorns"

You will notice that I have used some medieval imagery to further illustrate how Jesus was mocked. There is a young man on the viewer's left who is beating a small drum. On the viewer's right, there is a man with cymbals while behind him is a tall man blowing a horn.

The young fellow kneeling in the front is dressed a bit like a court jester -- no doubt acting the fool for the "king". The man standing to the right of Jesus has placed a rope around the prisoner's neck, while the man on his left has a large stick -- used, perhaps, to pound the crown of thorns into place.

Such senseless torture...

May peace reign in our hearts so that the world may be healed.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Wings and Flowers

Moths are one of the most interesting creatures in nature. So many of them are so brightly coloured with patterns that look like big eyes on scary faces -- all in an effort to try to keep birds from eating them! Meanwhile, we get to enjoy the beauty their camouflage produces.

This drawing of a moth is called "Moth on White Flowers" -- clever, right?

The name for this next drawing is even more clever: "Butterfly on Blue Flowers". I tell you, folks, I just have a real talent for this naming business!

Butterflies are always lovely, especially when they are sitting and feeding on beautiful flowers. While these flowers are not exactly spectacular, they are a lovely shade of blue.

By the way, I counted up today and there are only three more "Rosary icons" left to do. So, maybe even before Christmas, I will have completed all 20.

I want to start showing them to you in sets of five -- which is how the mysteries are normally prayed.

As I see it, I only have one major problem and that is that I have more than one version of several of these scenes. You may recall that I even have three versions of the first Sorrowful Mystery "The Agony in the Garden". There are two where Christ is shown praying alone -- one with the chalice and one without and then there is one where the disciples are sleeping at the bottom of the drawing while Christ is shown praying alone above them.

I may call upon some of my readers to help me decide which one to use. Maybe I could even get people to vote on their favourites! Speaking of voting ... no let's not speak about voting -- enough has been said about politics for the moment, in my opinion.

Instead, I will wish you all a peaceful night -- no matter who wins the U.S. election.

Sunday, 2 November 2008


After the gentle images of my last posting, we are now confronted with something very violent.

This "Rosary icon" is the 2nd mystery of the five Sorrowful Mysteries: "The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar"

The story goes that after Pilate, the Roman governor at that time in Jerusalem, tried unsuccessfully to get the political leaders to give up their desire to have Jesus crucified (crucifixion, by the way, was the form of execution for common criminals -- kind of like today's electric chair) by sending Jesus to be scourged until he was close to death -- but not dead -- perhaps in hope that this would be sufficient and the whole situation would calm down for a while. Then he could release Jesus as his wife wanted him to do. This plan did not work, but Jesus was severely whipped anyway before being led away to be crucified.

There is a passage in the Old Testament (or what we call the Jewish Bible) that predicts that the "suffering servant" would be scourged. It even says: "By His stripes, we will be healed". Nothing is wasted in God's economy.

The Greek word at the top of the drawing stands for "scourging" or "whipping". The colours used and the crazy tilt of the buildings are significant. The Lord of Life is allowing Himself to be beaten so cruelly out of love for us -- the whole world is thrown off kilter.

This next drawing is of a moth which I call the "Ghost Moth". (I should have included this for my previous posting on Hallowe'en!).

They are so beautiful when you see them at dusk -- they seem to glow in the dim light.

This is the Feast of All Souls for Catholics (and others) and I am very aware of all my dear ones who have died -- especially my precious sister, Betty. I pray for them all today. I believe it is in Biblical Book of Maccabees that we are told to pray for our dead. I am so glad that we were told to do so as it makes me feel so comforted to know that I can still do something for all my loved ones who have died -- and that some day people will do the same for me.

May you all have a peaceful evening and night.