Howe's Homilies

This is where you, dear reader, have to suffer my thoughts on life: SO READ ON

Carlisle City Motto

"Be Just and Fear Not" - is my personal motto too and that of my beloved Carlisle United.

Shakespeare's Henry VIII

Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee;
Corruption wins not more than honesty.
Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not:
Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s,
Thy God’s, and truth’s; then if thou fall’st, O Cromwell,
Thou fall’st a blessed martyr! (3.2.521)

Pastor Niemoeller

This was a German U-boat commander in WW1, and after the war turned to the church and pacifism. During WW2 she spent from 1937-45 in various German concentration camps. He is probably best remembered for his poem:

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out -
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out -
because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out -
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me -
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Hugging

And now on a lighter note, but still important, from an American post card:

Feels good -
Dispels loneliness -
Overcomes fears -
Builds self-esteem (Wow! they actually want to hug me) -
Slows down ageing, huggers stay younger longer -
Eases tension -
Fights insomnia -
Keeps arm and shoulder muscles in good condition -
Is ecologically sound, does not upset the environment -
Is democratic, anyone is eligible for a hug -
Is portable -
Affirms physical well-being -
Is energy efficient, saves heat -
Makes impossible days, possible -
Makes happy days happier -
A hug makes you feel good all day.