Archive for the ‘Morality’ Category

Working together ?

May 24, 2017

Coming together is a beginning

Keeping together is a progress

Working together is success

– Henry Ford

What do you think about this quote ?  What do you think about this question of working together ?  Have you have a good experience of working together, as part of a group ?  What are the challenges ?  Did you have to overcome resistance in yourself or other people ?

TUESDAY WRITING CONVERSATION

May 23, 2017

Resolution Blessing

by

Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Let our breath be gentle wind,

Let our ears be of those who listen,

Let our hearts be not ones

that rage so quickly and

Thus blow dramatically,

And useless.

Let our spirits attend and be

Most diligent to the soft

Yet desperate whisper of

Hope and peace for our world.

Let our souls be those

Which watch for the Lord,

Waiting with wonder and want.

Let our eyes be attentive

With interest and respect,

Let our minds be committed

To health and happiness,

Let our hands join

In helpful resolution

To being our best person,

Praying and playing and

Passing through moments

Of pain or memory-

Makers of pleasure

Touching the future, together.

Mattie’s poem is a shy reminder of our self-worth and potential as we shrive for a more beautiful future.  The music is appreciable, beautiful and engaging.

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

May 18, 2017

Here is Neil on the other side of the microphone taking part with another guest for a program discussing  »learning in retirement ».

Haven’t lost his touch!!

 

 »Montreal AM Live » Originally broadcast on 01/28/93

NEIL’S RADIO SHOW

May 11, 2017

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Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Blazing!

On this one, its mostly miscellaneous interviews on different subjects and something special at the end.


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TUESDAY WRITING CONVERSATION

May 9, 2017

Does Gratitude Impact our Health and Happiness?

An ”overnight” trip, took days due to a series of airline ‘mishaps’.  Instead of dwelling on the negatives, author Anna Bowness-Park decided to be appreciative of all that was good along the way – resulting in unexpected pleasures!

”Gratitude shifts our thoughts from the negative aspects of life to noticing and appreciating the positive incidents, even if they are small.

I thought about this on a recent, difficult journey to the UK.  What should have been an overnight trip, took three days due to a series of airline ‘mishaps’.  Though the marathon journey was worrying – especially as I had a meeting to attend – I decided to be appreciative of all that was good along the way.  That included expressing gratitude to the airline staff who were trying to make things easier for us, the taxi driver who tried his best to find yet another hotel we were supposed to stay at, and even the cleaners in the airport.

And it made a difference.  For the most part, I remained relaxed and calm, even enjoying some humour-filled moments.  When I got to my destination, I completed my meeting with no ill-effects, even though I had about four hours of sleep in three days.  What helped?  I actually prayed for gratitude.  I wanted to ensure that my time was not wasted in anger, frustration and criticism.  A recollected phrase, written long before the current challenges of airline travel, spoke to me about the impact that gratitude or ingratitude can have on our experience and well-being.

Are we really grateful for the good already received?  Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.

How did that relate to my situation?  I noticed the little moments of kindness and goodness on this journey, and was grateful.  This opened me up to recognize and experience more goodness.  I treated others with kindness and they reciprocated.

In popular, one aspect of the experience highlights this.  During this long, drawn-out journey I made friends with a young women who was looking after a small child.  We teamed up together, looked out for one another, and in the ensuing days developed a beautiful friendship that I would not have experienced otherwise.

Gratitude allows us to move through life with more grace, affording greater rest and peace.  It opens our thoughts to notice the good all around, even in trying circumstances.  How can that be anything less than health-giving?

For many of us, Thanksgiving this year will be a time for travel, long lines and inevitable delays.  It’s a great opportunity to try out these ideas.  But whether we are travelling or not, committing to a language of gratitude for the everyday things of life opens our eyes to new possibilities and makes a huge difference to our health and happiness.”

Anna Bowness-Park, author.  Story found in Grateful News, October 2014

VINTAGE RADIO SHOW

May 8, 2017

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Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Blazing!

On today’s program, Neil talks with Mr. Stanley Hart, Canada’s leader labor negotiator and lawyer about the transit strike. And of course the live callers.


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NEIL’S RADIO SHOW

May 3, 2017

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Exchange on CJAD  with host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Still Blazing!

What’ a on your mind?


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BLAST FROM THE PAST

May 1, 2017

 

McKenty Live with host Neil McKenty.

On today’s program, Neil talks about the environment with guest David Suzuki.

VINTAGE RADIO SHOW

April 26, 2017

Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

On this program, Neil discusses capital punishment with guests and live callers.


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TUESDAY WRITING CONVERSATION

April 11, 2017

 

 

 

Catharine writes:

One third of Neil’s listeners were francophones. During that first referendum he kept everyone talking on his CJAD open-line show. He also interviewed Premier René Lévesque on the show more than once, with the last time being only a couple of week before Lévesque’s death.

A well-known Montreal lawyer later told me that without Neil’s efforts to keep people listening to each other there could have been violence on the streets of Montreal.

My question is: is there anyone out there in the United States in the midst of this divisive election keeping people listening to each other? The most divisive in US history. Is CNN doing that with its’ panels of commentators from both sides? My impression is they are trying hard – what do you think?

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