The Light: February 2011

The Light: February 2011

On A Cold Wintery Night

On A Cold Wintery Night

Andover, New Brunswick
February 11, 1976

Dear Alex,

You wouldn’t believe what happened to me, as I don’t really believe it either.

At 3:30 a.m. (AST) this morning (February 11) I woke up to a loud knocking on my back door. I got up and turned on the kitchen lights as well as the inside and outside back porch lights, and looked through the window of the door.

YOU were standing in the porch smiling. I opened the door and said: “For gods’ sake, come in. How are you and what are you doing in this neck of the woods at this hour?”

You replied: “Well, I’m fine and you are looking well. I just dropped by to tell you my book will be arriving here soon and I hope you like it because you were part of it and your name is in it.”

I relied: “That’s great. I really want to read it and see what you have been up to lately.”

At this point Paddy (my golden retriever—partly at any rate I think) was growling and acting very fierce. I turned around to tell her to quiet down and when I turned back you were saying something about the storm being over. We had about 3 inches of snow that morning and the weather changed during the night.

I said: “Well come in out the the cold and I’ll make some coffee. You must be tired. Did you drive up from Portland or sly up?”

You smiled and didn’t answer but I noticed you had a funny look.

The dog was again very snarly and I turned to tell her to quiet down. When I turned back, you ere totally gone. I looked for a car and there was none. There was also no tracks in the snow but a very slight odor of shaving lotion or a perfume in the back porch.

You can imagine my conversation and surprise at that. I thought that I must have been dreaming or having a nightmare but if I was, the stove worked well in it and the coffee I made wasn’t much better when I am awake. I didn’t go back to bed at all and the morning came, so I don’t think I was asleep or really dreamed all that.

Details---you were wearing a turtleneck sweater in an off-white or cream shade and had some sort of a pin or emblem in the lapel of a dark blue or charcoal sports coat. You were hatless and clean-shaven. You have a light scar on the left side of the cheek above the edge of the mouth which appeared paler then the rest of the gave and on the right side near the chin line a small fresh scar or blemish of some sort. Your hair on the left side of the part was a bit awry with a few stands falling over the forehead.

Paddy my dog acted very funny. After I closed the door she whined to go out but would not enter the porch. She finally went out the front door and barked for a while. When I tried to get her in, she would not enter the back porch and I had to let her in the front. She hasn’t been in using the front since the fall, as we seldom use that door.

When the mail came at 11:00 a.m. that morning, there is was—the book all done up by Doubleday. I opened it up and remarked to my wife that I thought it should be coming soon but never mentioned the events of the night at all. She slept through the night and never mentioned hearing anything.
I don’t believe I will discuss this with anyone until we can meet and discuss it privately. I recorded the details right after the event and I am typing this at 4:04 a.m. so you can see what the impression it made on the details and me will still be fresh. (Feb. 12) I tried to sleep earlier but couldn’t as I often don’t sleep that much and I did have a little darkroom work to do anyway. I want to thank you for the book. I finished it the same date that I got it and plan to write a review for the paper next weekend.

I hope that as soon as time permits, you will visit our corner of the world again. The Legislature opens March 8 so I will be in Fredericton through the week and maybe you could get down there and meet Premier Hatfield who has expressed a lot of interest in you.

Warmest personal regards and success. Hope your book requires several printings and you “break a leg” on the lecture and talk show circuit.

Keep well,

Ellsworth (EL) DeMerchant

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Let Me Do My Thing

Let me do my thing;
It’s not that we have so much hate in the world,
As we have not yet
Learned how to love.

It is greater to receive
Than to give,
Because we cannot give
What we have not received;
And Lord,
You have given me so much;
Your Life giving Spirit
And all of Your gifts;
If I use them well,
I hope for my reward.
If I misuse them,
I know my punishment.

Let me do my thing-
Where there is darkness,
Let me bring Your light;
Where there is illness,
Your health;
Where there is despair,
Your faith, hope and love.
Whatever it may be, Lord,
Let me do my thing.

And a mall postscript for all of us,
Won’t You teach us how to love
The world, the people and You?
If we cannot love the world,
We cannot love one another,
And we can never learn to love Your.

Our past we leave to Your mercy,
Our present to Your love,
Our future to Your destiny for us.
And we pray that within each of us
We’ll find the love
That will bring the peace
You have promised,
For all things begin and end in love.

Alex Tanous-


New Year, New Beginings…

With the New Year and the Winter in full swing some of us may have already given up on those resolutions for a fresh start, but do not fear Life is all about new beginnings and starting again!

As Dr. Tanous always said in his Power of Creative Living Class, “You are the creator of your own Destiny”. He would teach people how to “recreate” or “restart” their lives when they were at a point where they needed to.

So I decided to do some research and find some simple ideas and tips that will help with the humdrum of winter and not allow those blues to hit us. So lets get started and re-write our New Years Script the way that will make us all feel much happier and better about our lives!

· Stay Active Socially
· Stay Active Physically
· Reward Yourself
· Be Inspired
· Do Something for you
· Think of all the good in your life
· Exercise!
· Give compliments
· Breathe
· Stay Positive
· Progress not Perfection
· Be grateful for all of the good things in your life
· Smile
· Offer Love
· Learn from your experiences
· Stay Active Mentally
· Stay Active Spiritually
· Set Goal and Document them
· Set Deadlines

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