Ringo MBE turns 70

Ringo Starr turned 70 years of age today.  I asked one of the counselors at Pine Lake this morning if they knew who Ringo Starr was…a look of confusion was followed by a resounding NO.  Should I be surprised?

I was 7 years of age and I was just developing an awareness of radio…my parents were so poor (how poor were they) that we had a hole in the dash instead of a car radio and so we did all our making music as we drove about the country side singing our hearts out  I can’t ever remember us singing “she loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah…”  As I was saying I was  seven when I first about The Beatles….

That was the song that was being sung on the radio and my friends were talking about this new group called The Beatles.  I thought, as a 7 year old would, that that was a very strange name.  How about The Joy Strings?

Ringo, as most of  you know, was the popular if not somewhat goofy member of The Beatles.  He played percussion, and did do some leading vocals like “We all live in a Yellow Submarine”.  Songs like “Let it Be” never seemed right for him.  So he never attained the popularity of his singing mates…though he narrate the series Thomas the Tank Engine!  His real name is Richard Starkey and is a Member of the British Empire.

Happy Birthday Ringo!


Pine Lake 2010

Camp season has begun – Moms and Tots Camp has begun.  Even as I’m sitting here doing emails the buses are puling in and the campers are unloading their stuff.  While other campers bring sleeping bags and pop cans, these campers bring potties, strollers, play pens and disposable diapers.  A very different look this week.  Also of note were the Muslim ladies.

Last year we were able to open the new cabins – this year they are fully furnished and the grass has filled in nicely.  New this year is the playground.  We had a number of donors who generously made this possible.

Places of importance

We are back in one of my happy places…Pine Lake Camp.  And tonight it is quite quiet as this is the night before camp starts.  The entire camping season is now coming to life and though we are not enjoying the warm weather that other parts of the country are, we are still getting going.

The intention of our camping program is to separate people from their daily routines, give them time to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation and of course show people that God created them and desires deeply to demonstrate His love and mercy.

Yesterday was the 4th of July and thus a great celebration south of the 49th parallel…but when it comes to nationhood there is another group anxious to celebrate their independance – or is there?  In this article from the National Post the Governor General’s husband says the independence movement in Quebec is dead!  Let’s hope so.  We want to protect Canada from those who would destroy her.

So whether it is Pine Lake…or the entire nation of Canada do you have a place that is important to you?

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.