Posted by admin on Jul 28, 2009 in Meeting News
Hope your summer is going well. How I miss all of you and good old Asheville!!!! I’ve now finished half of my contract here in Bethel so that leaves five more weeks in the land of the midnight sun. We lose about 4-5 min. of daylight each day so it’s already noticably darker after midnight. Temps are still in the 50s to 60s during the day but often gets into the low 40s at night.
I’m quite busy and usually see 18 – 22 patients each day. Some are very complex and most have several more complaints than what they scheduled for. Mornings are a little slower but the afternoons rarely have any breaks and run from 1 – 7pm. It’s nice in some ways to be seeing patients again but I’ve had some difficulty getting used to the pace again after being retired for a couple of years. And I can’t quite remember all the doses for meds so I have to look them up which slows me down and makes some patients wait longer than I would like. Well enough of my complaints. Overall, things are going pretty well. I’ve finished the book “Three Cups of Tea” and was so inspired by Dr. Greg. Sure wish I could be part of the discussion you’re having as I know it is real good. I plan to read more of the Quaker books I picked up at SAYMA so I can continue my quest to understand Quakerism better.
I’ve attached some pictures. One is of cotton grass which grows wild here all over the place. I had never seen cotton growing at the top of grass blades prior to coming to Bethel and I still marvel at it. Thought you would be interested in seeing this grass as well. Two other pictures are from the Fourth of July parade. It was rather charming and the kids were so excited to get the candy thrown from the various groups. Later some friends invited me to a picnic with lots of good food. We don’t have fireworks on the fourth because it’s too light to see them. The fireworks will come after the start of the Kuskokwim 300 Dog Sled Race in Jan. They show up really well then.
I have to move from the apartment I’ve been in since arriving here because it needs some repairs. As of Sunday, my home number will be (907) 543-3712. All the rest of my contact info remains the same. Looking forward to seeing you again in Sept. In the meantime, please know that I think of you often and hope you’re having a great summer. Take care.
Peace, Pat J.
Posted by admin on Jul 27, 2009 in Meeting Events
This week during first hour at Meeting we will continue our discussion of the book “Three Cups of Tea.” The subject of our discussion this week will be “Mountain Folk”. The mountain people Mortenson tries to help are fierce yet extremely hospitable, kind yet rigid, determined to better themselves yet stuck in the past. What similarities, and differences, do you see between them and the “mountain people” we live amongst in this region? Mortenson reflects upon receiving hate mail in the wake of 9/11 that “I expected something like this from an ignorant village mullah, but to get those kinds of letters from my fellow Americans made me wonder whether I should just give up.” Have you had similar experiences with intolerance here in Western North Carolina? How did/do you react to them?
Posted by admin on Jul 17, 2009 in Meeting News
Bobby C is giving away his washer/dryer combination to the “first taker”. Contact him for directions to the cabin. It’s on the front porch.
Posted by admin on Jul 16, 2009 in Meeting Events
This week during first hour at Meeting we will continue our discussion of the book “Three Cups of Tea.” Our discussion will focus on one of the central messages of the book, that we each as individuals have the power to change the world, “one cup of tea at a time”. At the same time, the book powerfully dramatizes the obstacles in the way of this philosophy: bloody wars waged by huge armies, prejudice, religious extremism, cultural barriers. What do you think of the “one cup of tea at a time” philosophy? How much is your own activism informed by that philosophy? Do you think Mortenson’s work is really making a difference in the world? Is your own?
Posted by admin on Jul 15, 2009 in Meeting News
Katherine Kowal reports that she is doing very well during her summer time visit to Ecuador. She toured around Quito with friends from Cincinnati for the first few days she was there. She then went to Cuenca with a friend in order to attend a language school. She says that her language is improving slowly, but confidence in speaking the language is improving more rapidly. Their apartment is nice and they walk 3 or 4 miles a day to the school. She was planning to visit a national park which was 12,000 feet high. Her friend will leave the first of August and Katherine will be on her own until she returns at the end of the month. Please hold her in the Light as she continues on this journey.