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In the past days I have been approached for guitar lessons by people  that have time on their hands during the summer holidays and want to learn some more guitar or that would normally not be able to fit in guitar lessons in their busy schedules.

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Journal: FIRE ALARM IN THE POOL: a big hand of applause for Jelly Park Staff and Russley School staff and students

In the past week I have been frequenting the Jelly Park as two of my sons were having their Russley School swimming program there.







While watching one of my sons going in the deep for the first time, fire alarm signals started to blow through the pool, and the pool needed to be evacuated.

I was amazed first of all about the resilience of the little seven year old’s while being escorted out in the rain to wait for further instructions.Many of them freezing cold, but nonetheless, calm and relatively unshaken by the whole matter. I guess earthquakes and aftershocks may have some  to do with that but mist of all it was the professional and cordial manner in which both swimming pool staff and Russley School staff escorted these children out.

As it turned put it was a drill, but all the same BIG HANDS UP FOR ALL OF YOU!!!!!Swimming pool staff, teachers and most of all students. During last assembly I was told that some government departmentt had expressed their amazement about the school environment and the students, well I can say, I wish they had been here today at the pool. 7 year old’s being more disciplined than many adults would have been in the same situation. Calm and following instructions without panicking. It was actually amazing no matter what anyone else says.

I care about safety and emotions well being in these situations and both were taken really good care off. I heard some parents complain about some not so trivial matters. Quite honestly I do not get it,  as I know for sure now that my children are in very safe hands now with the staff at Jelly Park and the teachers at Russley School.



Photo Journal: Flowers

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:12

… See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Matthew 6:29

Summer to me, besides the beautiful weather is together with the spring the season of explosions of color and fragrance, of amazing flowers that never cease to amaze me, new ones that I had never seen before or golden oldies that look even more beautiful than before.  Hard to beat beauty, truly royal indeed, whether it is a magnificent big flower or the tiniest small one, they all have something of a very special beauty to be enjoyed while it lasts. The good news, next season WILL come, there WILL be a new summer again and again and again in which very often the flowers come out even more beautiful, in which the plant has grown to produce even more flowers.

And so it seems with my Christian journey, one day a blossoming flower the other day withered, just as Peter explained referring to Isaiah:

 “All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
1 Peter 1:24

But like I said there WILL be a new summer, in which like the flowers we come out even more beautiful than last season. Maybe that is what Paul meant when he said:

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Photo Journal: Love Your Neighbor

“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:18

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. James 2:8 NIV

14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14