It was now about noon and darkness came over the land till three in the afternoon, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23:44-46. NRSV



I had been asked to give a talk on preparing/writing and running Bible studies. I suggested that it was unnecessary to reinvent the wheel as there were many very good studies available on many topics. I also said that if these were purchased, every member should have a copy, not just one for the leader who then photocopied sheets for others in the group.

Such surprise! I am well aware that some studies etc give full permission for photocopying. I have managed a Bookshop and Resource Centre. However, those with permission are few and far between.

I find this is a common attitude among Christians who seem to feel that in the spirit of "love" other Christians should make material freely available to them. Many Christians also expect "mates' rates" from a Christian tradesman etc. They do not seem to consider that that same spirit of love should extend to another person than themselves so that a person is paid proper rates for time, effort.

One person in the group I was addressing said that he would change a few words so the work was now different and no longer copyright! I was astounded.

I was surprised at the attitudes expressed . Apart from any other considerations, this is illegal. I know an amazing number of people have no problems downloading copyright music or can see no problem in burning CDs for friends. I even know of people who have downloaded copies of major software from the net and then searched for keys to unlock that software as if it were a a new legitimate copy. I'm talking about things like XPPro and other big packages here. Microsoft may be an enormous corporation and may not notice the loss of a few sales, but to me, that is not the point.

I may feel this way because many of my friends are artists of one type or another. How are they expected to make a living when others expect them to give their work away because they are fellow Christians? The labourer is worthy of his hire. I do feel that the whole question of copyright needs to be addressed. It does not seem to be working properly or fairly now. However, while it is as it is, I will continue to run only legit software. If I can't afford it, I will just have to either save or try to find some free equivalent on the net.


I woke this morning to an extremely thick fog which hung heavily over Sydney. Traffic noise from the street outside was muted. The insect screens on our windows had drops of moisture cascading down them.

I opened the back door and stepped into an exhibition of incredible lace work. Fine shawls were hung from every vantage point. One enormous one stretched about four feet from the roof on the deck across to the corner of the house. It was beautifully made with very even tension on every row. Another had an intricate lacy design woven flawlessly into the small shawl. It was much smaller but breathtakingly beautiful with a shining diamond of moisture at every intersection of the lace work. Although there was no sunshine, each of these droplets shone. Another was done by what was perhaps a beginner. Most of the work was perfect, but one section had some stitches droppped which had pulled downwards for several rows. It didn't look like damage, but a mistake. All were beautiful.

I looked for the creators of such beauty. Apart from one tiny St Andrew's Cross spider I could see nothing. It look as if some master craftsman had passed by in the night, throwing these shawls randomly across the deck. Then I found an Orb Spinning spider hiding way up high under the deck roof, waiting for the tug on the line to alert it to the capture of some hapless insect. Here's another reference from the ABC o orb spining spiders.

Such beauty, but such an insidious trap.



"I like Lisa because she stands up for her principles; I like the simplicity of Homer's lifestyle; Marge is committed to her family, and Bart is full of spirit," he said. Read about the gospel according to the Simpsons


Sydney's innercity suburbs have houses which are old for this country, although I realise they are quite young for many other areas. When something is found during renovations, it is often considered newworthy. Renovations at a house in Birchgrove turned up more than the usual teapot lids and broken pottery. The bones of a young child were discovered. The coroner now has to decide what to do with them.

(I'm not sure how long the link will last. Some of the Herald's archives are accessible only by payment subscription.)