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Sunset between Cow Head and Rocky Harbour on June 22
Sunset between Cow Head and Rocky Harbour on June 22

Sunsets on Newfoundland’s West coast North of Rocky Harbour. Cow Head has an amazing play running (not every night – check the schedule!) called Tempting Providence AND a B&B called Bayview where one can view the sunset and the sunrise from one’s deck!

We had chosen June to travel there out of necessity and our weather was cold, sometimes rainy and misty. We were lucky that when we needed it to be good, the weather cooperated.
On June 22, our last night, we drove back up to Cow Head to attend Tempting Providence (rarely ever so moved by a performance. All four actors were top notch.
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As we took the short drive south, we were then blessed with a beautiful sunset on our right and a magnificent, vivid, complete arch of a rainbow on our left. Here are two photos taken through car windows as it was unsafe to stop.

It was as if Newfoundland were saying:
Sorry my weather wasn’t finer. Come back again soon.
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An Opportunity For Old Canucks To Learn From New Canadians

A Quaker friend of mine from Saskatchewan recently sent me an article posted on Sikh24 dot com  – a fascinating and sensitively written article in solidarity with Idle No More. The Sikhs are prominent members of our local community. The writer(s) outline what their people have gone through in suffering the negative effects of colonialism and explain how they can relate to what our First nations have suffered. I learned a lot by reading this description of some of the non-violent acts of heroism performed by past leaders of their community. While the article expresses solidarity with our First Nations, it shows a special understanding of the especially tragic situation here in Canada:

Yes, one hundred and seventy years ago the British annexed Panjab and ended Khalsa Raj. But the British did not exile us from our own villages and towns. The British did not take our land and build new cities. The British did not migrate to Panjab and force us to live on inadequate reserves.
The article mentions heroic acts by historic Sikh leaders in defending the rights of non-Sikhs in India. Two of those leaders are Gurus Nanak and Tegh Bahadur.
Guru Nanak Sahib:
We need to demonstrate our commitment to the revolutionary message of Guru Nanak Sahib, that every human being contains equally an aspect of the divine and that we are all truly worthy of having our basic human needs and rights protected and defended.
Guru Tekh Bahadur Sahib gave his life in the year 1675 to oppose the forced conversion of Hindus.
The fact that recent “settlers” in Canada can relate so sensitively, and bring a fresh perspective, to the plight of our long-abused native peoples is a very encouraging sign.
We can learn much from them.

Cuba – A Reflection in 2010

February 26th, 2010

We returned on February 12, 2010 from a 17 day holiday in Cuba staying with Cuban families in Habana, Trinidad, Bayamo, Santiago and Baracoa. It was self-planned and wonderful. It has taken me two weeks to mull over the experience before writing about it, other than to put the photos up on Facebook. Cuba makes you think.

Villa Santo Domingo, near Fidel Castro’s hideout in the Sierra Maestra

Travelling in Cuba you are bombarded with slogans, exhortations and heroes. In countries like ours we are accustomed to billboards telling us to “Just Do It,” or making us feel guilty that we have so little regard for our friends or our time that we don’t have the latest cell phone. Continue reading “Cuba – A Reflection in 2010”