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Thank you

A reader sent me this photo, taken last week in New York, together with some kind words of praise and encouragement. They were particularly well-timed, as Mrs Paine has serious health problems at present. I am blogging this from her hospital room right now, as it happens, while waiting for her to return from the operating theatre. The prognosis is good, but we have some tough times ahead. I find the blogging therapeutically-distracting (you may have noticed an increase in the posting rate) so will try to keep it up. Thank you, sir.

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All the best to Mrs TP and to you. I will be thinking of you both over the festive season.

John Ballantrae

Get well soon, Mrs. P.

That's easy to say, so here's a story I came across yesterday. It's not too long and might mean something.

There was once a Wise Sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who saw he was a Sage, and told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child, as he may. The Sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him, and he said a prayer over her.

"Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?" yelled a man from the crowd.

"You know nothing of such things! You are a stupid fool!" said the Sage to the man.

The man became very angry with these words, and his face grew hot and red. He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out at him, when the Sage walked over to him and said: "If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot, may not another
have the power to heal?" And thus, the Sage healed two people that day.



Take care Tom. Thinking of you and your wife.


Best wishes to you both- Guthrum Hope to finally meet up on Feb 28th


No kidding, bloglines is humming from this source. Best wishes for Mrs P.

Andrew Duffin

Hey, bad news man!

Get well soon, Mrs. P.

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