Grace Notes – October 2017

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Grace Notes – October 2017

Many thanks to Helene for putting together the Grace Notes column for
September while I was in hospital. Now I am in recovery mode and ready to
face the challenges of October.
Mary and Murray spent four weeks travelling in England and Scotland in
June and July. They stayed with David (son) in Manchester and Morecambe,
and then enjoyed time with Stephen (son) in Stirling, there after a medical
conference in Edinburgh. A few nights then in York, Swindon (with relations),
Portsmouth and finally London. Every day was busy and interesting with
perfect weather except for one wet day in Edinburgh.
In September we had a two week holiday in Sydney and Melbourne, also
travelling on the Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles (8 actually!) One
highlight was attending the State School Spectacular in Melbourne where
grandson Callum was operating some of the lighting…………3000 children
were involved in the performance. We enjoyed staying with Philip, Emma and
sons Callum and Darcy and getting to have a look at a section of land where
they will be building next year.
Edith…Life was exciting for me mid September when my daughter Jill and I
took a trip south to visit grandson Harry – a guide on Franz Joseph Glacier.
In the many years since I had been to the area (when we visited the White
Heron colony), both Okarito and Fox Glacier had mushroomed into large
colourful alpine villages with all amenities – many hotels, motels, pools, cafes
and restaurants.
We wrapped up to walk to the café where we could watch Rugby (AB’s vs
SA) enjoyed by all. Our first day dawned wet with dark misty mountains
hovering above.
Then followed three magnificent days of blue sky, sunshine and lots of
activity which included a nostalgic walk around Lake Matheson with its
perfect reflections of Mt.Cook and Mt. Tasman. Harry’s knowledge of the
flora enables us to sample one or two edible plants in the bush.
The air around Franz buzzed with helicopters next day and there we were
flying over snow covered mountains spellbound – landing on the deep fresh
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snow – laughing as we tried to stand upright – and of course, throwing
snowballs!!
Our return journey was stunning – snow capped mountains on one hand and
wild west coast on the other. We arrived at Auckland airport late at night, tired
and happy from a wonderful experience. We look forward to visiting Harry in
his new position at Milford Sound.
I have not received any other news from members so I thought I would share
something I had read recently which gave me much food for thought.
Two scientists who have worked on the Quantum Theory of Consciousness
have hypothesised that the soul is maintained in microtubules of the brain
cells.
Their theory is that when people reach a stage known as the ‘clinical death’
the microtubules located in the brain lose their quantum state but maintain the
information contained within them. In simpler words, after people die their
soul returns to the universe – it does not die. ‘let’s say the heart stops beating,
the blood stops flowing: the microtubules lose their quantum state. The
quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be
destroyed, it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large. If the
patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the
microtubules and the patient says ‘I had a near-death experience’ If they’re not
revived and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can
exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.’
(ref www.inquisitr.com Patrick Frye Feb 4, 2015)
Something to think about.
Finally I would like to say a big thank you to St.Aidan’s for the love and
support I received in hospital and at home. I am still a bit slow but the future
is looking a little more positive, Thank you again.
Quote. “Music is the universal language of mankind.
Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow (1807-1882)
Grace