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Powerful to see how people can find the marrow of their own tragedy rather than focus on enacting the retribution the heart burns for in such a situation. In honor of a man who exemplifies what I would like to be in hard times I urge others to take seriously this request and have a tough conversation with someone in your life.

Life as a Widower

The eighty-five-year-old driver who killed my wife, Desreen, was jailed today for eighteen months for causing her death by dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for life. I suspect he, his family and friends are feeling really quite dreadful right now, and, for what it’s worth, mine and I aren’t exactly celebrating either.

You see, I’ve had time to think since attending the trial and I’ve realised that you can punish a crime but you can’t transfer pain. Any suffering caused to the defendant as a result of his sentencing could in no way take away mine. I’ve since learned that, having suffered so much myself, I genuinely wish no hurt on any other person and I never wished a prison sentence on the driver, either.

In fact, I wasn’t even going to mention the sentencing on my blog at all. But then I reminded myself that justice for Desreen is best served not by a…

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Template for Buddha and the Mustard Seed Medicine Lesson: Updated from original illustrations


Buddha fabric template for making figures for Spirit Play Lesson Presentation

This lesson was always meant to use figures that where made of fabric printed with illustrated characters sewn and stuffed.  However for simplicity the materials produced for sale through Worship Wwoodworks have always been plywood cutouts with laminated color illustrations in the style of Jerome Berryman’s Parable materials.  This isn’t the best quality and I intend to clean it up with crisper images to have available for anyone who would like to purchase the printed fabric from so look for an update to confirm that I have uploaded everything and confirmed the materials are printing as desired after which they can be made available for public purchase through that site.  However until I can do that or if you want a bit of savings (I think spoonflower will charge something like $15 for each set ordered) feel free to download this draft template then using a laser jet printer and either commercial fabric printing sheets or sheets of printable fabric you make yourself print your own from this resource.  Because of the size I advise printing a draft quality copy on regular typing paper to make sure things print in a way that you will be able to use them.  If a piece is split between pages you can consider re-sizing and using smaller figures or playing with the template and your print setup to get all the pieces to print in a way that will work.  Another option would be to use the template and project the image onto your fabric then using fabric markers and or paint make a line drawing of the illustrated characters then go back with more marker or paint to fill in the illustrations with color if desired (since you will not need to wash these often if at all you could actually paint on fabric with standard artist acrylics which will look just as good if not better but will result it a stiffer canvas feel to your final product where as fabric paints do tend to dry without making the fabric much stiffer than it was before being painted.)