Dying Man’s Journal – Celebrate the Abolition of Slavery


Up early,had a tough night last night, didn’t get a lot of sleep. Chest pains are coming more often. It has been that chest pain came after too much physical activity causing me to gradually lessen such activity. Now it has reached the point where the pain can come on even while I am completely at rest, even asleep. Thank goodness we have air conditioning in the house. I can’t deal with hot weather espcially if there is humidity thrown in, it affects my breathing.

I read something interesting in the newspaper.Here in Canada the first Monday in August is a holiday. It gives everyone a long weekend from work in the summer which is nice.. Here in Manitoba we call it just a civic holiday. I understand some of the other provinces have a different name for it. irregardless of the name we all enjoy a nice weekend break in the middle of the summer. I had never given it much thought as to the origins of this holiday, why we got the day off.

The newspaper article explained it. It was a holiday originally started in Ontario.Now I even checked this on Wikipedia. The day has historical ties to the abolition of slavery. It is in fact a very special day. I don’t think even most Canadians know that, I didn’t. We have to some how figure out how to appropriately celebrate the day instead of just gladly taking it as a day off work.

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7 Responses to Dying Man’s Journal – Celebrate the Abolition of Slavery

  1. lypenner says:

    Hi Bill. Just wishing you some peace as you battle your sleepless nights and the wonky body stuff. I have been following your thoughts as you considered giving up the blog, and was glad to see a renewed vision to continue. No doubt part of your decision was all the encouragement from the comments. I wanted to affirm your decision as well. You in fact were one of the main reasons I started to blog 2 months ago, and so far I have found it to be a huge blessing. It’s like it helps me figure out what I believe in “in sickness or in health”. No matter what the weather. So thank you again, and I am sending a prayer to God for you for a sense of love which can carry you through the daily trials. -Lydia Penner

    hi Lydia, I thank you for your so kind comment. If i played any small part in encouraging you to begin blogging I am very glad. I popped over to visit your site and it is wonderful. You message contained words I needed to hear and I thank you.
    I hope you don’t mind but I am putting you on my blog roll
    Bill

  2. I just want to say that I happened across your blog by “blog surfing”, and I don’t want to sound unoriginal, but I just want to say that I will be praying for you. I think what you are doing has and will I’m absolutely touch those who are affected a condition such as yours and those who are not. But I can’t really say that, because I am not affected by your condition, or wasn’t until I came across your blog…you give me hope for mankind and the motiviation to go on trying to promote love and kindness between the people of this world. So ery seldom, is there a person willing to let others into their life if but to just learn what they should have known from the start…love and compassion…

    I’ll be reading and praying…

    S.
    Hello and welcome to the blog. I thank you for your so very kind comments. You are so right love and compassion.
    What a wonderful world this is and how much better could it be if we all could learn to just share the love and compassion we already have in our hearts.
    Hope to hear from you again
    Bill

  3. Mel says:

    Oh dearheart–the heat and humidity has done numbers on a whole lotta folks. It’s tough on folks with ‘good’ working stuff–I can only imagine how that affect folks who have physical struggles already. Sheesh…stay where it’s cool and the humidity is controlled.
    As Henri reminds you ‘take care of that ticker’.

    I could do with a holiday–but I’d prefer one on a beach and not just an absent day from the office.
    JUST sayin’…..

    You be taking care of you, sir.
    Henri says!!

    <– blaming Henri LOL

    Thanks Mel, I am doing my best. I am taking live very easy. I think largely I am just letting this heat and humdity get to me.

  4. Noel says:

    I never thought Canada could have hot weather. Here in Florida, it can be extremely hot with the humidity, so I am glad you are up there. Keep blogging and updating us. God bless.

    Hi Noel. a lot of people are not aware of the diversity of our weather here in Canada. We seem to be best known for our cold winters and yes it does get a little chilly. Our summers are beautiful with temperatures usually in the 20’s or low 30’s C.. That would equate over to being in the 70’s-80’s F.. Lately we have been caught in the same heat wave that is covering so much of the U.S. The other day factoring in the humidity it hit 47 degrees C. which equates over to about 116F. Maybe we are just hardy in the cold and wimpy in the heat but man that was hot.

  5. souldipper says:

    I had no idea. I will do some homework… Thanks, Bill.

    I had no idea either until I read it in the newspaper. I don’t think many do know which is a shame, that is something to celebrate and be proud of, abolishing it that is.

  6. Cat says:

    Yikes, Bill, even here in Austin we haven’t gotten above 107 degrees this summer! (Hotter than that when you factor in humidity and such, but still.) I am looking forward to late next week when the temperature is supposed to drop down to a chilly 102. I sympathize with your breathing troubles in this weather — I have asthma that has been in remission for the past few years but has recently started up again, and seasonal allergies that have been worse than usual this year because we haven’t gotten any rain. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights lately, as well, because I’ve been having so much trouble breathing. So, I can relate a bit to what you’re going through, and I hope you get some relief from the heatwave soon and that your symptoms will vanish with the cooler weather. Take extra good care of yourself in the meantime, please!

  7. Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, good blog!

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