while writing this, I notice the light bulb start to flicker in my office fronting the garden.  It needs replacing I say to myself, but on second thought maybe I should leave it as it is. It’s the season anyway. All my neighbors’ porches are filled with flickering lights.  It reminded me of the time when I was younger in my late 30s when my wife and I with our  very young son and daughter were living in a small but cozy apartment.  A merchant friend of mine gave me a big box full of unused Christmas lights (surplus I guess from the post-holiday season).  This was in February. I took out the lights from the box in front of my curious kids and tried it out.  The kids loved it. So what I did,  I hung it around the living room ceiling, the kitchen and out into the front porch. And since Christmas was already two months past, I saw no problem in giving in to my kids delight. But here’s the beauty of it all – I never took off the lights.  It was a year-in-year-out thing.  Christmas came (again) and my co-officers much less the minister or workers couldn’t say anything against it because they knew I had the lights on every night of the year. It was only incidental that December was a Christmas month. Unfortunately though, a Christmas tree was out of the question :-).

In this undated photo provided by Mark Zuckerberg, Max Chan Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world's ills. (Mark Zuckerberg via AP)When we think of our kids, we think of their future.  Like what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg did when he became a father to his daughter Maxima – New dad Zuckerberg to give away $45-B FB fortune to make better world for children.

When you think of the inherent principle and simplicity of life  these people decide to lead in spite of the fortune they have amassed is indeed admirable and need  of emulation. Very unlike the present crop of the Church bureaucracy.

It’s been a chilly and solitary evening after having reflected on AE’s most alarming expose in recent months regarding a captured  audio recording on the irregularities and abuse of authority by the Church hierarchy. The most disturbing case of corruption I’ve ever come across from the ‘horse’s’ mouth himself  (https://incsilentnomore.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/audio-recording-the-open-secret/ ).


I sympathize with AE and the burden which he must be carrying in his heart. Frustration is a difficult feeling to deal with. An expectation that does not realize. A purpose cut short by factors beyond one’s grasp. An obstacle needing acceptance simply for what it is.  For the moment anyway.