11 September 2012

An Attack on the World

These bright paper peace cranes hang in a stairway at the World Trade Center Memorial.

I took the photo in July this year.

To read the history of this installation, click on Japan Times for a 2007 article that explains about the 23 Fuji Bank employees who died. The attack was on American soil, but it was an attack on the world.

More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The foreign countries with the highest losses are the United Kingdom (including the British overseas territory ofBermuda) with 67, the Dominican Republic with 47, and India with 41.

Fatalities included the following:

  • Everyone aboard the four hijacked planes. Including the hijackers, this includes 76 passengers and 11 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11; 49 passengers and 11 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 175; 53 passengers and 6 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 77; and 33 passengers and 7 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93.

For more info on the events of the day see CNN and National Geographic.

  • 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground:
    • This includes 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, including one FDNY Fire Chaplain, Franciscan Fr. Mychal Judge, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Department officers. Casualties of the 9/11 attacks also included 15 EMTs and 3 Court Officers. Approximately 2,000 first responders were also injured in the attacks.
    • 1,366 people died who were at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower (1 WTC); according to the Commission Report, hundreds were killed instantly by the impact while the rest were trapped and died after the tower collapsed (though a few people were pulled from the rubble, none of them were from above the impact zone).
    • As many as 600 people were killed instantly or trapped at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower (2 WTC). Only about 18 managed to escape in time from above and in the impact zone and out of the South Tower before it collapsed.
    • About 292 people were killed at street level by burning debris and falling bodies of those who had jumped from the World Trade Center's windows.
    • A bomb sniffing dog named Sirius (not included in above total).
  • 125 in the Pentagon

08 September 2012

Integration, integrity, integral

Integration: Life is not about the bits of the jigsaw,
but about how they relate to one another.

To have integrity is to be who you are wherever you go,
to have continuity in your thoughts, actions, values, opinions and decisions. to be brutal in examining the fragments of your worldview, discarding those that nolonger hold up under scrutiny.
to be whole in every way, or as whole as this munted world allows.

Whaddaya reckon?

07 September 2012

Use of proverbs

“A man, who knows the use of proverbs, reconciles difficulties.”
~ African proverb (which country, language or culture unspecified)

06 September 2012

Cookies & Tea: as it should be

Another great design idea.

Probably needs a ginger nut recipe.

Tears clarify our perspective

"... before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way."
~ Indian tribal proverb

05 September 2012

Plan ahead: Great cookie cup design

And something to put in the little cubby hole~

I like baking with pumpkin, though my Antipodean friends might balk at the idea. Give it a go!

Glazed Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
Prep Time: 25 mins Baking Time: 35 mins 45-50 cookies

Ingredients for cookies
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or microwave/roast fresh pumpkin then remove skin & purée)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Italian Penuche Glaze
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2-2 cups confectioners' sugar
Vanilla can be added too

Preheat oven to 175C or 350F degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
Blend in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.
In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Nutmeg too, if you'd like.
Mix flour mixture into butter-sugar mixture.
Drop tablespoonfuls 3 inches / 7-8 cm apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges.
Remove warm cookies and cool on racks.
Let cool completely for a least half an hour, then frost with glaze.

Directions for Penuche Glaze:
In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat until bubbly.
Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
Beat in the milk. Blend in confectioner's sugar until the glaze is smooth and spreadable.
Using a brush or a butter knife, spread glaze on cookies.

* * This glaze will harden fairly quickly, so keep the saucepan on the stove on the lowest heat possible to prevent that.

Cookies are really best if they've sat j to let flavours mingle and mature. Really. You'll have to judge that for yourself, of course. - Posted using BlogPress

Church: Place or People?

From Taken 4 Granted by David Grant,

"When Constantine came along at the beginning of the fourth century, he legalized Christianity and paid to have basilicas built. There was a sense of awe and wonder connected to these buildings especially because they were often built over or next to sacred sites, cemeteries, where Christian martyrs had been buried.

Hushed reverence was always associated with the entering of these edifices and even purification rituals were incorporated to ensure that those entering would give due respect to the fallen martyrs that the building had been constructed over.

And thus was born the idea of a sacred place that literally changed the definition of church from Jesus' original usage, which simply meant, "gathered ones", to the now almost universally accepted definition, "a Christian sacred building."

Today, people have forgotten the historical roots of church buildings but have managed to hold onto a false dichotomy between sacred and secular. They often live and speak differently when they are at a church building from their day to day activities. Onlookers often associate Christians by those who go to a sacred place. Sadly, this pagan assumption is endorsed and even considered mandatory by uninformed Christians as well.

But Jesus gave us a different command as to how we are to distinguish ourselves as Christians. I find it rather ironic that even his words "new commandment" are still, 2,000 years later, "new" for many Christians who go to church." Read the entire post on Taken 4 Granted

John 13:34 (NIV) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

This doesn't make church buildings a good or bad thing, but it places them in context. Understanding how we got here is often a good thing for making wise decisions and prioritising well.

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01 September 2012

Knowledge, wisdom or information?

"... perhaps what we need more of in our religious, spiritual, philosophical, and political conversation is conceptual clarity as to what sort of question we’re asking. Only then can we determine what authority we ought to consult. And if we make a mistake on the former, as I think many people do, we will then consult the wrong people and get the wrong advice. And isn’t there a lot of that around nowadays!"

~ John Stackhouse

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