Desmond Tutu – RIP

Peter's pondering

Desmond Tutu, 7 October 1931 – 26 December 2021, was described as Warm, Exuberant, and Outgoing.

Amongst the things he said are:

  • “Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.”
  • “When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible, and they had the land.”
  • “Enemies are always friends waiting to be made.”

He lived
he laughed
he cried

He smiled
he served
he died

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Lois Lowry – A New Yorker Interview

Lois Lowry is a very interesting author who was interviewed recently for publication in the New Yorker. I found this interview particularly compelling reading for a variety of reasons. One, we are aproximately the same age. I have never met her but I feel as if I have known her for a long time. One of my “hats” is “Children’s Librarian”. Any and every children’s librarian in the 1960’s knows Lois Lowry. Now Lois and I are in our mid-80’s. What are her reflections on life, children’s literature, reading habits, etc. etc. Search for the interview and READ it.

My Friend Has Eleven Cats

How does she keep up with them all?? But I have her beat – well sort of. I once knew ah old lady in Fiji who had 20 cats. That was a lot. How did I know she had 20 cats? It was just something that was generally known – particularly by members of the church who sat near her on those hot Sunday mornings.

This picture speaks for itself