Hi guys and gals. Sorry I have been missing from the blogosphere for about two weeks. In case, you were wondering what had happened to your favorite rabid grey squirrel, well, I’ll tell you. I was ROADKILL.
Well, at least my also greying iMac was. Below is a before and after photo.
One moment, I was considering how wonderful I look as Thor the Squirrel-God of Thunder and the next……….roadkill!
(Don’t those lines look like tyre threads?)
What followed were a few trips to various repair centres while carrying my elegant, sleek, silver and @#$&%@# darn heavy computer. Then there was the anxious wait. Will it survive? Fortunately, all is now well. Even my grand-niece, Ari, helped by invoking the healing power of the Lego Squirrel!
I hid in my secret underground hideout, hibernating for the last four months, just so as to give you some time to sort things out but now that I have popped my head out, what do I see? I see that the Twitter-in-chief is still President of the USA.
But it wasn’t just fear that had made me keep a low profile. To be honest, I was feeling a bit dry; like I was running out of things I wanted to say. But I decided to give it a try again. I hope you will be patient with me cause I’m not sure where I’ll be heading with this. Baby steps. One post at a time.
To celebrate my coming back to the blogosphere, – like a bad penny that keeps turning up or a Hollywood sequel or reboot that we didn’t need like “The Mummy”, and also to belatedly salute my favorite country’s 150th Birthday, please enjoy this Canadian award winning gem.
It is strange how this post came about. I had a few competing ideas for a post but decided I wanted to share a song here. But then, there were a few new songs that I thought were “share-worthy”. So how to narrow it down and pick one?
While I was still pondering my choices, I visited some blogs. A couple of blogs had posts that made me remember a dark period in my life when I went through a life sapping depression or rather it reminded me of how I was able to escape its chains.
First, Beth posted a short quote by Eugene Kennedy about friendship and somehow it was a powerful trigger for memories of a dear friend whose unquestioning, non-judging, accepting, patient friendship was like a lifesaver that kept me from going under.
Then, I read the post by Caralyn, who has a wonderfully powerful and inspiring blog in which she shares about her journey through the “throes of anorexia”. In this post, she openly answers the questions that many ask her – “How did I break free? How did I embrace recovery when I was so sick.” Her answer was “It was God”. She made the choice to begin her journey of recovery and asked God for His help and found that God gave her all the strength and help she needed for that journey. Well, that would be my answer too about how I recovered from shattered self worth and depression.
For these reasons, I would like to share with you this beautiful song “The Answer” by Corrine May. I only recently heard this song. Its melody is actually that of “Jupiter”by Gustav Holst from his Planets suite which is probably my all time favorite classical piece. But the lyrics by Corrine May reflects what I have shared in this post and what I hold true to my own heart. (Incidentally, Corrine is from Singapore which is my part of the world – so go buy her music!)
Hope you enjoy it.
I believe You are the answer to every tear I’ve cried
I believe that You are with me,
My rising and my light.
Give me strength when I am weary
Give me hope when I can’t see
Through the crosses I must carry
Lord, bind my heart to Thee
That when all my days are over
And all my chores are done,
I may see Your risen Glory
Forever where You are.
Mulder and Scully are back! The iconic X Files television series has been resurrected after a hiatus of more than 13 years.
Mulder and Scully are back! Much older……… much, much older! (Hmmm did I also lose my youthful looks in those 13 years?). But what’s important is that “chemistry”, that “spark”, the “sizzle” between them is still alive and kicking.
Mulder and Scully are back! And so inspired, the Lone Grey Squirrel has decided to return to the blogosphere after an absence of 13 months (not 13 years!).
The X Files return has been billed as a “Media Event”. Likewise watch out for the return of the Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel – 2016’s Blogosphere Event! It all happens here …..starting on February 1st.
In this Brave New World in which we find ourselves, many human jobs and roles have been taken over by robots. It was inevitable therefore that the Lone Grey Squirrel too has been replaced with an automaton.
(Merrian-Webster Dictionary: Automaton – a mechanism that is relatively self-operating; especially: robot)
Once again, I have to make a short trip and will be away for at least a fortnight. During that time, I may have very limited access to the blogosphere and therefore will be unable to post.
In my absence, the blog management in their ‘wisdom’ have decided not to hire a temp or ghost writer to keep the posts rolling. Instead, they have decided to try out an automaton – in the form of the WordPress Post Scheduler.
So, you will still see posts appear here at regular intervals during my two week absence but be WARNED……..there is no hot blooded squirrel behind that post button. *SHUDDER* There will be nothing there but cold electronics.
I hope you will continue to visit and leave comments which I can enjoy later but do not expect any replies as your wit and humor are lost to the cold eyes of the automaton.
I hope to see you guys again in person on the blogosphere in two weeks …………if the powers that be don’t decide to replace me permanently. *SHUDDER*
Well, for the umpteenth time, one of my new year’s resolution is to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!!!
So doing my annual end of the year report on the state of the Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel about a week into the next year isn’t so bad, is it? What’s a week past the deadline between friends.
However, the real problem is that when I looked back on 2013, there isn’t much to report. Been a kind of quiet year in the Realm. I guess that the biggest single event of the year was my enforced exile for 7 months while my nest was being repaired and renovated. Something that I am quite glad is over and I am now comfortably installed in my spanking new mad scientist laboratory.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad year. Let’s just say it wasn’t a vintage year. Lots of things went well for which I thank God but it wasn’t a vintage year.
No major achievements like winning the Nobel Prize (Drats and curses – wasn’t my “donation enough”?!?!); world conquest (bummer) or winning the lottery jackpot (bummer-er).
And my other great desire …….. world peace? The world didn’t do well in that regard at all last year.
As far as blogging is concerned, it also wasn’t a hot year for me. I took leave from blogging for 4 months and I only managed 27 posts for the year. Not very prolific at all. That’s just about a post every two weeks.
So what can we look forward to in 2014?
Well, sadly in Malaysia, the year has already started badly. Just two days into the new year, Islamic religious officers raided the Bible Society of Malaysia, arrested two people and confiscated more than 300 Malay-language bibles. Some leaders also called for protests to be held outside churches.
This was the latest chapter in a saga which started just over 3 years ago in which Christians were told that they were no longer allowed to use some 35 words of Arabic origin which they have used in the Malay and the indigenous languages bibles for several centuries, contending that these words are for the exclusive use of Muslims and no other religion.
Christians comprise some 10 per cent of the country’s population of 29 million and the Malay-language Bibles are widely used by the indigenous tribes in the states of Sarawak and Sabah (Christian majority states) and by the Orang Asli (indigenous peoples) of West Malaysia which accounts for about 66% of all the Christians.
The use of the word “Allah” (the word meaning God) by Christians led to several churches being torched and vandalised in 2010 after a high court ruling allowing the Christians the right to use the word.
Ahead of a state election in Sarawak, the government agreed to a 10 point plan which basically assured that Christians that they could continue to import, print and use the Malay bibles as long as certain conditions were met. This recent raid, arrests and confiscation of the Malay bibles seem to fly in the face of that agreement.
Whatever your religious beliefs, I hope you will join in and pray for tolerance, peace and respect between peoples of all faiths.
Here in the Realm, I have decided to focus on more achievable targets than world conquest. I plan to post an average of 2 posts per week this year. Wish me luck. It’s only the first week and I am already behind on the strike rate.
I can’t believe that it has been 5 months since I last posted. I am sorry for my long absence. I have missed interacting with all of you but there was a unique and powerful convergence of writer’s block, lethargy, moving house and outside activities that transported me out of blogland for the last few months.
I just visited Molly and she wrote; “Looks like my cheering section’s down to a few die hards, those who can deal with the randomness, and the frequent total absence of a blogger on these pages”. Well, Molly, I think my situation is even more dire. I have been missing in action and probably given up for dead.
But stealing from Mark Twain; “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”
Stealing from General MacArthur as he addressed the people of the Philippines from the landing beaches at the start of the liberation of the islands from the Japanese forces during World War II; “I have returned.”
Astute readers will have realized that this post has some original content consisting of a few poorly strung together sentences but largely consists of a couple of stolen quotes (3! if we count the quote I stole from Molly) and a couple of pictures stolen off the internet. In my defense, I was always trained to believe the following maxim; “To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.” Even that maxim was stolen from somewhere. So as you can see I did a lot of research for this post! You’re welcome.
But I guess what I am trying to say is that “I’m back!” And I will try to get you caught up with all the exciting things that have been happening in my life (please try not to yawn so loudly, it’s just rude) through a series of posts in the next few days entitled, “Now You Know What I Did Last Summer” (Hmmm….another stolen idea. Have I no shame? …. I guess not).
TTFN – Ta ta for now! Now I wonder where I stole er..researched that from…….
P.S. Even as I mention MacArthur and the Philippines, may I invite us all to continue to pray and send aid for those affected by the tragic calamity of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and elsewhere. If you wish to donate to the relief efforts, please check out this postwhich gives information on how to do that.
Viewing the World Through the Observation of Squirrels