Eleven Years ago

Eleven years ago, in April/May 2012, I was ‘only’ 77. I think I felt then that I was already very old!!

I had bad arthritis in my right leg as well as some inflammation in my right knee. This resulted in difficulty with walking because of huge pain. But on the first of May that year Peter took me on a lovely drive. I did enjoy this outing so very much. I don’t think I experienced a lot of pain that day for Peter made sure that I did not have to walk much.

It was a time when Peter was still very fit. But four years later, in 2016, he had to get some cancer treatment. By mid 2020 the cancer had spread to his bones, and that was then very soon the end of him.

Now I have outlived Peter by more than two years already. It took me a while, learning to live on my own. But I am now resigned to live by myself. I feel, this is still better, than having to go into care. But of course, it would have been so much better, if Peter could have remained reasonably healthy. We had very much enjoyed our carefree retirement life together. And really, usually none of us had too much pain to suffer while we were still together.

But going back eleven years again. Actually, I want to go to something I published eleven years ago! I want to try to collect my thought to look at bits and pieces from this old blog; and I want to write about it, what comes to mind when I look at it today!

The awful pain in my right leg and knee apparently started on my way to church on Sunday, the 29th of April 2012. But I made it to the church, arriving there just in time for a beautiful Mass service with a lot of singing! Here is what I wrote:

“I was very moved by the beautiful singing in the church. Both Fr Francis Tran and the Seminarian, Mr Stephen Varney, were singing Mass. Both have such beautiful voices! The church choir sang very well too. Stephen was given the homily that morning. He pointed out that for some people the Priesthood can offer a fulfilling way of life. They may think that it might be too hard to stick to being a priest. Even though for most people it is right to get married, you may think about it that it is also often not easy to stick to being husband and wife. It all depends on what God wants you to do, doesn’t it?

On Wedesday, the 2nd of May, I say the folowing:

“Monday has come and gone, so has Tuesday. Today is Wednesday and the pain is still there. I can cope with it as long as I don’t do too much! I cancelled the walks with my neighbour, Irene. I didn’t even go to the pool on Monday or to the Thai Yoga class on Tuesday. Peter could have driven me to the pool. But I declined.”

“Peter suggested on Tuesday, the first of May, we could drive to Berry and then further on to Hampden Bridge, I joyfully agreed to this. We had a lovely day out. The weather was perfect for an outing. The good thing was, I didn’t have to walk much. Peter took lots of pictures. I took quite a few pictures too, some of them out of the window from the car.”

Seeing the doctor or the dentist or the optometrist? Apparently, I did not want to do this, for I wrote:

“At the moment I do not want to think about seeing the doctor or the dentist or the optometrist. Within the next couple of months I ought to see all these people. Just now I only want to rest and get better.”

Following are some of the pictures I took on our drive!

Peter looks over the coast south of Kiama

From there we drove on to Berry where we had some pies for lunch. We also bought some cake at the Milkwood Bakery. This is a newly opened bakery in Queen Street. They are a branch of the Berry Sourdough Cafe in Prince Alfred Street, which is famous for very good breakfasts.

This picture shows a tree with autumn leaves in a street in Berry

We turned off from Berry taking the Tourist Drive to Hampden Bridge

Nearly there at the Bridge
This sign tells us that there are wombats in the area

21 thoughts on “What does God want me to do?”

  1. likeitizEditHello, Aunty Uta. Sad to hear you are in pain. Do you have arthritis? Or is this an old injury? I hope it’s been looked at and you are getting the right treatment for it.Reply
    1. auntyutaEditThanks for your concern, dear Mary-Ann. It’s not an old injury. It’s probably old age, don’t you think?Reply
      1. likeitiz EditSome mild discomfort and initial stiffness that gradually alleviates with increased movement is natural in aging but not the pain you described. I would recommend that you have it examined if it recurs or persists. It may be something that’s easily treated. The last thing you want is something that will restrict your mobility. This would be very detrimental to your continued well-being.
  2. auntyuta EditYou’re right, Mary-Ann. What you say makes a lot of sense to me. Actually Peter has to see his doctor for his annual check-up so he can keep his drivers’ license. In the past he liked to see his doctor at the Medical Centre Wednesday nights, when he was on night duty and there wasn’t a very long waiting time. We both tried to see this doctor last night. There were already ten people signed in waiting to see him. This would have meant a waiting time of more than two hours for us. After consultation with the receptionist we decided we would see the doctor early Friday morning, because on Thursday he’s not available. So I hope for the best now, that it can be easily treated.Reply
  3. berlioz1935Edit“What does God wants you to do?”How can an atheist, like me, answer this question? Philosophers, sages and other wise people have thought about this important question for centuries. It is practical the same as asking, “What is the meaning of (my) life?”Let’s assume that your implied assumption is right and there is a God. I think he does not want you to do anything other than to be. His purpose for you falls under the inscrutable. Who knows what God wants you to do? Even bad people have a mission given to them by God. Think of Judas. Without him Jesus could have escaped capture or not? Even Jesus wasn’t sure what was happening when he asked, “Why have you forsaken me?” He of all people should have known that was his purpose.To say your cross is your hurting knee, might be a bit harsh, but it is a reminder that our bodies are subject to decay and sickness; two other aspects of God’s plans for you.And what if we assume there is no God? You have to take responsible action and be happy with what you done. Try to be sure within yourself. Every action is the basis for the next action – cause and effect. Resting in the church was the right thing to do. Seeing a doctor will be the next right thing to do.Reply
    1. auntyuta EditThanks, Berlioz, for this comment. Of course I realise that seeing the doctor is going to be the next right thing to do. It looks I won’t be able to avoid it!Reply
  4. berlioz1935EditHaving the outing with you was the right thing to do. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the clouds in the sky were performing in an artful way.The bakery in Berry is a French bakery and it felt like a trip to the “Provence” in the Autumn.
    The cake was delicious and the bread wholesome.Reply
    1. auntyuta EditThe bit of “Provence” in Berry was indeed very welcome. I loved the whole outing. We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful area.Reply
  5. reflectionsofaprodigalsonEditHi Uta,I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing some pain and I hope that you find some comfort soon.However, it would appear that, in spite of your pain, you still managed to find some enjoyment. Perhaps there is a lesson for us in that ie even in our most difficult moments, we can still find joy in our lives.Get better soon,CarthageReply
    1. auntyuta EditHi Carthage,Oh yes, there’s a lot of enjoyment in life even in old age. Pain just tells me I have to change something. Maybe just slow down a bit more?
      Thank you very much for your good wishes. UtaReply
  6. WordsFallFromMyEyesEditLOVED LOVED LOVED your pictures, and very much envy you! An excellent blog, & very interesting. I am sorry you appear to be n pain & I hope things even out, work out.Sincerely, Noeleen 9859 0132Reply
    1. auntyutaEditThanks, Noeleen.Reply
      1. WordsFallFromMyEyes EditAunty Uta, I meant also to say that I think it’s great you do thai yoga & swimming. I think these things are perfect. I am genuinely sorry about your pain & I just don’t know what you can actually do, because I truly would have thought the swimming would do it. I truly hope you’re better at least today…And the pictures, sigh. Great camera! 
  7. auntyutaEditYou are right, Noeleen, thai yoga and swimming are perfect exercises for me or have been for as long as this arthritic pain didn’t overwhelm me. Yes, I found out now from the doctor that it has to do with arthritis. My knee was xrayed. So now I am on anti-imflammatory tablets.
    The doctor didn’t mention diet. Personally I think I ought to do some changes to my eating habits. Wish me luck with this, Noeleen!
    Thank you so much for thinking of me. I keep thinking about you a lot too!Reply
    1. auntyutaEditBy the way, Noeleen, if you would like to see some more of those pictures we took last Tuesday, please go to Peter’s blog. If you go to the end of my writing (before the pictures start) you’re going to find the link. I think you’ll be interested in browsing through Peter’s blog!Reply
      1. auntyuta EditActually Peter wrote about our excursion to Hampden Bridge in two parts. Both parts have some good photos in it.
    2. WordsFallFromMyEyesEditI do wish you luck, Aunty Uta, all all luck! YOU CAN DO IT!!Reply
      1. auntyuta EditYes, thank you, Noeleen
  8. eof737EditSending you healing light and love… the answers will come. Reply
    1. auntyuta EditThanks for that, Eliz.Reply
  9. auntyuta EditReblogged this on AuntyUta and commented:I just have been reading again this old blog of mine and found it very interesting! And I love all the pictures in it! 
    The links to Peter’s Blogs also are of great interest to me! 

Wedding on the 30th of September 2023

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I did get an invitation to a wedding in September 30th (soon after my birthday!) When I think right now that the wedding is in five months time, I get the feeling, five months is a long time. But once we get real close to the date, I’ll probably think, that the time passed too quickly! 🙂 Anyhow, I have now about five months to look for a formal dress or cocktail dress, and some good shoes as well! 🙂

What’s so good of being on yout own most of the time? A few hours all by yourself, can sometimes feel like an eternity. But when you spend just as many hours in good company, then it feels like the time passes very quickly. 🙂

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Father Bob Maguire has died aged 88 – ABC News

Father Bob Maguire dies, aged 88.

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Social justice campaigner and “people’s priest” Father Bob Maguire has died aged 88.

The media personality and Roman Catholic priest dedicated his life to standing up for the poor and marginalised and clashed with church hierarchy over his forced retirement. 

The Father Bob Maguire Foundation confirmed he died on Wednesday morning at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. 

In a statement, Fr Bob’s family said the preceding months had been difficult as the 88-year-old’s health declined.

John Safran remembers Father Bob

John Safran “never thought Bob would ever stop making me laugh”. Read his moving tribute to his triple j co-host.

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“His physical and mental health had been deteriorating for some time but his preference was always to help others rather than consider his own situation,” the statement said.

“Father Bob was not just a much loved family member but was loved by all Australians for what he stood for.”

The family said in its statement that Fr Bob’s passion had always been helping those in the community who often went ignored.

“Despite his high profile in the media, he was always on the job, especially for the disadvantaged families and individuals for whom he had great love and compassion,” the statement said.

“He wanted nobody to be left behind and always saw and believed in the good in people, but he knew that there were many whom he referred to as the unloved and unlovely. These were his real passion.”

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Father Bob Maguire was known for his social justice work, providing food relief and educational support ​​​​​​through his Melbourne-based charity.(AAP: Julian Smith)

Known universally as Father Bob, his faith and social justice work was balanced with a wicked sense of humour. 

He was described by his own charity foundation as part Billy Connolly, part Mother Theresa, part angry Old Testament prophet.

Robert John Maguire was born in Thornbury, in Melbourne’s inner-north in 1934 to Scottish immigrant parents, and experienced the fragility of life at a young age, losing two sisters and both parents by the time he was 16.

He entered the seminary at Werribee in 1953 and was struck by the conservative nature of some of the church’s methods, later referring to the seminary as “the cemetery” in his trademark larrikin way.

He was ordained as a priest in 1960 at the age of 25.

Fr Bob joined the Army Reserve in 1965 and during the Vietnam War was head of the army’s Character Training Unit for young officers.

Forced retirement led to clash with church

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Father Bob was forced to retire in 2012 after reaching the mandatory retirement age set down by the Catholic Church.(AAP: David Crosling)

Fr Bob was parish priest of Sts Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in South Melbourne for close to 40 years from 1973 — leaving only after a clash with Catholic Church hierarchy over its mandate that priests retire at 75.

“I am of a mind not to resign and I’ll write a letter saying that,” he told the ABC in 2009.

“They’ll say there’s a retirement village — in other words, don’t be afraid, come to us and we will look after you.

Tributes flow for Father Bob Maguire

Catholic priest and social justice campaigner Father Bob Maguire is being remembered by family, fellow activists, politicians and people from all walks of life as a friend of the poor and downtrodden.

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“Then you end up dishonourably discharged and going into a retirement village. Now that’s not what I signed up for.”

He eventually reached a compromise that allowed him to remain a priest until he was 77, retiring in 2012 after 50 years of service to the church.

Delivering his final mass in January 2012, he told crowds of people crammed into the church that his forced retirement would not stop him from working to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

“I can’t take the church with me, and I don’t have another church to go to, [but] I’m still Bob Maguire the Catholic priest and I’m still Father Bob the citizen,” he said.

Priest became a popular media performer

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Father Bob Maguire came to greater fame through his numerous media appearances on television and radio.(ABC News)

Maguire reached audiences outside his congregation as co-host of the SBS television show Speaking in Tongues with John Safran.

Father Bob Maguire’s Brush with Fame

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He was also a regular guest on Safran’s triple j radio show, introducing himself to a younger and more diverse audience.

Despite achieving cult status with his media appearances, Fr Bob was wary of the trappings of celebrity culture.

“That celebrity caper we’re going through right now, that’s been a pain in the neck,” he said at his last mass in 2012.

“Jesus was a celebrity, they crucified him. He really wasn’t a celebrity, he was really someone who just told it as he saw it.”

After his retirement from the church, Fr Bob continued to work with his charity foundation, which delivers hundreds of free meals each week and operates an outreach program to those in need.

Last week, the Father Bob Maguire Foundation announced its namesake had stepped down as chairman following a legal guardianship ruling following a decline in health.

Fr Bob was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for his service to homeless youth and was named Victorian of the Year in 2011.

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Noam Chomsky: On China/ Artificial Intelligence & The 2024 Presidential Election

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52,943 views Apr 17, 2023 Through Conversations PodcastNoam Chomsky joins me for a third time on the show to discuss in depth the 2024 elections, the fentanyl crisis, the Russia-Ukraine War, and the looming threat of WWIII, and AI. This is the third time that Chomsky joins me on the show, In the first edition, we covered language, philosophy, and how to know oneself in this world. The second edition covered the Russia-Ukraine War, and the third edition will cover: • The 2024 presidential election • Potential conflict with China • How to address the fentanyl crisis • Artificial Intelligence and more. If you find this episode insightful, or you have any comments on the discussion, subscribe, share with your loved ones, and let me know!

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Visitors and My Book Launch

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“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” Charles Addams
My two Philadephia cousins will be staying at my little abode in seven days time, which also happens to be the day of my “Perceptions” book launch. I have not been panicking “much”, and my cleaning-up and preparation has been a process of organised chaos!

Visitors and My Book Launch (a Tanka)

Before the events

Preparation means calmness

Self-doubts slowly fade

My cousins will be comfy

And the book launch is ready

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The Voice

Parliament, they said, “can’t shut the voice up”.

You find the above statement here in this article:

Isn’t this exacly what has to be achieved. that the voice has to be heard?

Why would you want the parliament to be able to shut up the voice?

If the voice can just be shut up, what, good is a voice then?

I think it is about time, that we grant the first people of this continent a voice and listen to their voice!

Bombshell Finding: Any Level of Fluoride in Water is Unsafe

Fluoride in drinking water is an industrial waste product from the phosphate fertilizer industry.19 More than 300 studies have shown fluoride’s toxic effects on the brain,20 including 2006 National Research Council review that suggested fluoride exposure may be associated with brain damage, endocrine system disruption and bone cancer.

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  • The release of the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) systematic review of fluoride’s neurotoxicity was blocked by government officials and concealed from the public since May 2022
  • Fluoride Action Network’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to U.S. drinking water has been on hold waiting for the release of the NTP report
  • Prior to the NTP report’s scheduled release in May 2022, it was shared with members of dental groups like the American Dental Association, which urged officials to alter the report
  • After a court order, the NTP report was released, showing that out of 55 studies included, 52 found that increased fluoride exposure was associated with decreases in child IQ
  • The meta-analysis noted that no safe exposure level could be confirmed, including exposure to fluoride levels found in artificially fluoridated water

In 2015, the U.S. Centers…

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Prime Minister Paul Keating – Launch of International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples -1993

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Save130,166 views Apr 20, 2012Opportunity and care, dignity and hope. Prime Minister Paul Keating at the launch of Australia’s celebration of the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Redfern Park, 10 December 1992. (Duration 16:50) NAA: M3983, 2272