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The QUEEN, as Sovereign Head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem…

The QUEEN, as Sovereign Head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, has directed that the appointment of Peter Grant RODDA to be a Serving Brother/Member of the said Order, dated 8 August 1984, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Roll of the said Order. (Amazing the authority of the Queen)

The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to sanction the following Promotions in, and Appointments to, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem:
The Most Reverend Archbishop Emeritius Desmond TUTU
Victor Kennicott ATKINS Jr
Captain (Retired) Winston Giles CHURCHILL
Joseph MacDonald DEALEY Jr
Andrew Martin LATHAM
Colonel John Robert MacKENZIE MBE TD
Andrew Hayward NEIS
Colonel (Retired) Howell Crawford SASSER Sr
The Honourable Gordon James WHITIN
AnnLuedinghaus, Mrs CASE
Elizabeth McLean, Mrs HYERS
Ms Polly Hohlt JONES
Eileen Mary, Mrs YAGO
Theodore Wayne BROWN
Dr Glenn Miller DAVIS
Dr Charles Edward Francis DRAKE
The Reverend Dr Christopher Ashley FORD
Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Patrick Roy HOLCROFT LVO OBE
Richard Allen HUNNINGS
Theodore Howard JACOBSEN
Kenneth Floyd KOEN
Jaeame I KOYIL
John Daniel PEEBLES
Dr James Steven REIBEL
Thomas Franz ROEDL
The Right Reverend Stacy Fred SAULS
William Robert VAN LUVEN
Dr Anne Louise COLEMAN
Miss Melanie Sue ETHRIDGE
Brantley Carter Bolling, Mrs KNOWLES II
Ms Dianne Alley ROBINSON
Joan Margaret Lively, Mrs STANSBURY
Susan Schiffer, Mrs STAUTBERG
The Reverend Dr Cecily Johnson TITCOMB
Dr Charles Emmet BAGWELL
Dr Stuart Furtwangler BALL
The Reverend Dr David George COULTER CB QHC
Mortimer Finlay CURRAN
The Right Reverend Clifton DANIEL III
The Very Reverend Dennis Lee DAY
The Right Reverend Andrew Marion Lenow DIETSCHE
Robert Martin DONALDSON
Alexander Fraser DRYBURGH
The Reverend James Robert HARLAN
Christian Barrett HENSLEY
Donald Lee KLEIN Jr
Blucher Blair LINES
Donald Scott LURDING
Dr George Hutcheson MARTINDALE Sr
Canon Nigel Patrick NICHOLSON DL
Nicholas Lithgow PAUL
Ronald Carroll PLUNKETT
David Edmund Ian PYOTT
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Jeffrey Andrew RITSICK
The Honorable Gerald Wesley SCOTT
John Thomas SPIKE Jon Malcolm SWENSON
Jeremy Alexander WOAN
Tiong Wee David YEO
Dr Cherylee June BERRY MBE
Susan Wright, Mrs BRENNAN
Torrey Van Antwerp, Mrs DEKEYSER
Jane Adams, Mrs FERRIL III
Margaret Gaskins, Mrs GILL
Ms Kent Elizabeth GLADSTONE
Jane Piper, Mrs GLEASON
Cynthia Satterwhite, Mrs JARBOE
Susan Goldwater, Mrs KEENAN
Mary, Mrs KING
The Reverend Ruth Bradbury LAMONTE
Nicola, Mrs MOTH
Elizabeth Hanson LeViness, Mrs NOTTINGHAM
Elizabeth Ann, Mrs PAUL
Sheila, Mrs TREACY
Marilyn Seely, Mrs VAN STORY
The Reverend James Patrick ADAMS
The Honorable Robert Brown ADERHOLT
Mohammad Arif Bin ALI
Dr Inderjit Singh ANAND
George Patterson APPERSON III
David Gifford ARSCOTT
The Reverend Paul Andrew BAGOTT
Stuart David BAKER
The Reverend Stuart Alan BATES
Richard Foulke BEIRNE IV
Peter Bernard BENNETT
William Charles BLIND Jr
Roger Blane BORGELT
John Glenna Bryson BOYD
Stephen Charles BROOKS
Raymond Ramsdell BUNKER
Timothy Knowlton CARPENTER
Dr William Richard CASHION Jr
Hin Kei Enoch CHAN
Marcus Holman CHESNUTT
Dr George CIOFFI
Brigadier General (Retired) Carter Weldon CLARKE Jr
The Reverend Timothy Alexander Robertson COLE
Kevin James Brady DAVIS
Butler Carson DERRICK III
David Alan DISI
Herbert Laurence FRITZ Jr
Stephen Wilhelm GAUSTER-FILEK
Joseph Thomas GREEN
William Robert GRIFFITH
Robert Phyfer HALL II
Charles Douglas HARVEY
John Calvin HAYES IV
Dr Fraser Cummins HENDERSON Sr
Raymond HINSON
The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall HOLLERITH
Gee Yen HUNG
The Reverend Andrew David HYBL
William George JAMES-HIRST
Ethan Whitcomb JOHNSON
James Alexander KENNEDY
Colonel (Retired) Kenneth Andrew KRAFT
Andrew Astwood KRYZAK
Lieutenant Colonel Dr Simon Paul LeCLERC
Kok Seng William LEE Dennis Anthony LOCK
Major Michael Joseph MARIN
The Reverend Canon Brooks Kevin MASON
David Andrew MATTHEWS
Bernard MATZ
Vaughan Watkins MCRAE
Stephen Warren MILES
Harris Evan MILLIGAN Jr
Lieutenant James Gregory MOXNESS II
Arthur Phillips NAZRO III
George Thomas NOVINGER
Matthew Martin OGBURN
Michael O’TOOLE
Daniel Steven PEÑA Jr
Stephen David PERROTT
The Reverend Dr John Peter PHAM
Dr Kasey Lee PIERSON
Michael Forster PISAPIA
Dr Martin Param PONNIAH
Anthony John PUGH
Blasko Cedomir RISTIC
John Rowland ROBINSON
Bruce Clifford ROSS-LARSON
Mark Lynford SABERTON
The Reverend Canon Dr Robert Alan SCHIESLER
Clay Greenwood Iverdale SMALL
Lloyd Gregory STANFORD
Ernest Franklin STEINER
The Reverend Canon John Harvey TAYLOR
Chu Yaw TEH
Sudip Dilip THAKAR
Thoong Leong THONG
Daniel Egan TOMAI
James David WARREN Jr
Michael William WEISBROD
Christopher WHITE
Dr Adrian Charles WHITWOOD BEM
Christopher Robin WOLF
Richard Randolph WOODS
Matthew Tyler YATES
Wafa, Mrs ABDIN
Ann Roscopf, Mrs ALLEN
Ms Robin Lynn ALLEN
Chandana, Mrs ANAND
The Reverend Susan Gallagher ASTARITA
Ms Irene Georgia ATHANS
Alixandra Fitzwilliam-Tate Collins, Mrs BAKER
Melinda Joan, Mrs BARBEE
Mary Ellen, Mrs BORGELT
Felicia Jane BROWN
Cynthia Lynn, Mrs CASHION
Mariana Poutiatine, Mrs COTTEN
Delphine Helen, Mrs DAFT
Marjorie Sellers, Mrs DAY
Edith Baird, Mrs EGLIN
Hui Shang ER
Dr Joyce Marie GATTAS
Julia Dayton, Mrs HANSEN
Elizabeth Ann, Mrs HARVEY
Cassandra Hyland, Mrs HENDERSON
Miss Virginia Lynn HOPSON
Sharilyn Durdin, Mrs LAMPSON
Virginia Snyder, Mrs LEE
Ms Christine McCARRICK
Ms Candace Anne MACKENZIE
Ms Lisa Anne MCCLUNG
The Honorable Bonnie MCELVEEN-HUNTER
Nora Frances Stone, Mrs MCRAE
Marilyn Ross, Mrs MILES
Bettie McGowin, Mrs MILLER
Ms Mary Kathleen MYERS
Lucy Collins NAZRO
Gladys Filomena, Mrs NOVINGER
Li Yen ONG
Ms Nancy McDonald PARIS
Donna Olney, Mrs PASSMORE
Ms Susan Austin Taylor PERKINS
Alice Douglas, Mrs PIDGEON
Lynn Tryon, Mrs POHANKA
Barbara Gahan, Mrs ROBINSON
Miss Emma Kate Camilla SHEPPARD
Janice Elaine Siever, Mrs SMULCER
Sandra Feagan, Mrs STERN
Mary Leslie Casson, Mrs STEVENS
Laura May Thalmann, Mrs WARNER
Toni Joy, Mrs WHITEING
Nancy Marie Ranney, Mrs WOLCOTT
Maureen Rose, Mrs WOODWARD
The QUEEN, as Sovereign Head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, has directed that the appointment of Peter Grant RODDA to be a Serving Brother/Member of the said Order, dated 8 August 1984, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Roll of the said Order.

The Face of War 2016

We can see the thousands of movies, films, documentaries, newsletters, all saying what they are showing you are the faces of war.

We see and look into the face of war by two pictures.
One is this one.

Secondly, picture of war is this one.

Warning!!!! Do NOT look at these pictures unless you are an adult. Children under 13+15 NOT ALLOWED.

Eashoa Msheekha (Jesus the Messiah) spoke Aramaic

Language has evolved and today something written in modern English is very different from  old English. Likewise, The Ancient Aramaic Church of the East, which started in the lifetime of the Antioch Church Ministry. Leaders in that Church consisted of:

Simon Neiger
Lucius from the town of Cyrene
Manael son of Herod,
the Tetrach’s governess
 2. And as they fasted and besought Allaha, the Holy Spirit told them, “Choose for me Saul and Barnabas to do that for which I have called them.”
3. And after they fasted and prayed, they consecrated over them the hand, and they sent them off.

According to historians it was Antioch, Syria, that used  ‘The Old Tongue,’ I call it Ancient Aramaic. It is still used in the liturgy of the Eastern Churches. It is sung during Mass. There are some clergy that know how to read it. It comes in many dialects of the Middle East and Africa, of the Eastern Churches, and of the Orthodox churches of some Eastern European countries. Nobody speaks this language anymore — not the ancient form of it. Those who claim to speak Aramaic are only speaking modern derivatives of the language, just as nobody speaks Old English, or even Middle English anymore. Nobody speaks Koine Greek, Old Norse, or Old Syriac_Sertâ_book_scriptGerman, and so on. These languages have all evolved. And so today one also finds Hebrew and Aramaic spoken by millions of people in the Middle East, but these are modern versions of the language. The roots of many words are the same, however, and the old form can be learned. This I have done, so I can read the Scriptures and translate them faithfully. Actually, the Scriptures have preserved the Ancient Aramaic language, and the language has preserved the Scriptures. Ancient Aramaic is the first language spoken by human beings. The Scriptures were preserved only in this language. It is the language that Eashoa Msheekha (Jesus the Messiah) spoke.

Is it possible? To be misunderstood?

Is it possible to read an article and misunderstand the writer’s intention?

It is important for readers to recognise that behind every text is a writer, and that the writer has a purpose or reason for writing and a particular point of view. Not, necessarily an “evil or good” intention or agenda.

Before we answer this question. May we consider that one of the greatest teachers of all times, was completely misunderstood?

“Born in Bolivia, Jamie Escalanteis best known for teaching mathematics at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California. Though they had generally been poor performers, Escalante pushed his students towards success through his dedication, passionate style and expertise in the material. In the early 1980s, was able to get most of his Advanced Placement (A.P.) calculus students to pass the A.P. exam. His tremendous success was significant enough to bring accusations of cheating, though retesting of students proved their capabilities. Escalante was memorably portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.” writes Jeff Calareso

Jeff Calareso is what I call, “misunderstood.” Proof of this “misunderstood” is the sentence highlighted about. May I repeat this for emphasis?

His tremendous success was significant enough to bring accusations of cheating, though retesting of students proved their capabilities.

Imagine. Working thousands of hours, unselfishly, to help his students which would never passed any Advanced Placement calculus test, actually pass the test with excellent grades. After all of that, being “misunderstood?” 

“This book is written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.” — Norman Vincent Peale

Trump young Norman V Peale

Rick Yvanovish
Rick Yvanovish

The book is “The Power of Positive Thinking”  I find it incredible that this book was written 60 year ago. The cadence of Dr. Peale’s voice is reminiscent of that bygone era but the wisdom of his words still resonate today. If this book were revised for today, I wonder what examples would be used, if Dr. Peale were around today I wonder what additional insights he would give. It’s a great read and will likely still hold true in another 50 years, writes Rick Yvanovich

Who is Rev. Peale?

In 1922 he was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was assigned a small congregation in Berkeley, Rhode Island. Two years later he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he established himself as a gifted communicator so that in only three years he grew a church from 40 to 900 members. He spent a few years at another Methodist congregation in Syracuse, New York, before joining the Reformed Church in America so he could pastor Marble Collegiate Church, one of the oldest Protestant congregations in America. When he arrived, this church had around 600 members; upon his departure 52 years later it had 5,000.

While he was at Marble, he teamed up with a Freud-trained psychiatrist, Dr. Smiley Blanton, to begin a religious-psychiatric clinic in the church basement. They wanted to respond to the psychological needs of their congregation and especially the deep-rooted effects of the Great Depression. In 1951 this clinic was organized into the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, with Peale as president and Blanton as executive director.

Peale spread his teaching through a variety of media. While serving the church in Syracuse he founded a radio program called “The Art of Living,” and it would broadcast his sermons for 54 years. By 1952 he and his wife were also on the new medium of television, featured on the show “What’s Your Trouble?” In 1945, along with his wife Ruth, and Raymond Thornburg, a local businessman, he founded Guideposts. What was at first a weekly four-page leaflet evolved to a monthly inspirational magazine that would soon have 2 million subscribers.

During his lifetime, Peale authored 46 books, and the most successful by far was The Power of Positive Thinking. Published in 1952, it stayed on the New York Times list of bestsellers for 186 consecutive weeks and sold 5 million copies, making it one of the best selling religious books of all-time.  1984 President Ronald Reagan awarded him the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his contributions to theology.

Peale retired as senior pastor in 1984 and died of a stroke on December 24, 1993 in Pawling, New York. He was ninety-five years old. President Bill Clinton honored him with these words: “While the Clinton family and all Americans mourn his loss, there is some poetry in his passing on a day when the world celebrates the birth of Christ, an idea that was central to Dr. Peale’s message and Dr. Peale’s work. He will be missed.”

Imagine. During Rev. Peale’s lifetime and even now, his writings are “misunderstood”. Some of his critics say, Yet as a Christian minister he denied that God was a being, saying “Who is God? Some theological being? He is so much greater than theology. God is vitality. God is life. God is energy. As you breathe God in, as you visualize His energy, you will be reenergized!” Tim Challies

Imagine. Living in Queens and not being influenced by Norman V. Peale. Might be almost impossible.

The Bronx, a different story: There were many individuals I especially remember. One was our Super, Junior. He was either Irish or Polish. I never knew his real name. He was a strapping 6’ 3”, built like an ox. His hair was straight and forever dangling on his forehead. Sweat was always pouring off him. He had one missing front tooth. He always wore the same outfit, a white T-shirt with dark trousers. I never forgot the day he came to disconnect a faulty radiator. It was at least a twelve-rib, cast-iron monster. It had to weigh a ton. He actually carried the thing out of the apartment with little effort, almost like he was cradling a baby. He replaced it with another radiator later that day. My mother always gave him a shot of whiskey at the end of every job. I guess she figured it was a good way to tip him.

Junior would be everywhere throughout the building and around the grounds, fixing things, cleaning, putting out the garbage, and filling other tin cans with coal residue from the furnace. No heat? Just bang on the pipes and Junior would oblige. Next you’d hear the pings and hisses as the steam heat came through the pipes. On certain days our dumbwaiter bell would ring and I’d run to the kitchen and place our bags of garbage on the open wooden elevator. Junior would sometimes shout up the shaft and we’d ring our bell to let him know he could haul it down. The contraption was hand operated with a rope.

Junior was a great guy and a topnotch super. It was strictly a one-man operation. Looking back, I don’t know how he handled all the work in such a large apartment house.

Joe Baker owned the local hardware store on 183rd Street and Bassford Avenue. His store was not only dimly lit but cluttered with all sorts of hardware items. It was difficult walking down the aisles, the merchandise was spilling over the counters. There was Joe behind the cash register , a tall man with horn-rimmed glasses and a mustache. He knew where everything was and pulled it off the shelves in a jiffy without the rest of the stuff falling off. He had a bad habit of short-changing unsuspecting customers, especially us kids. I was warned about him early on and recounted my change before I left the store.

Barney’s was a local soda fountain joint on 183rd just up the block from Joe Baker’s. There were several Barney’s over the years, but one in particular made the greatest egg creams, not to mention the usual ice cream sodas and milk shakes.

Jerry ran the local deli on the northeast corner of 184th street. He was a friendly short fellow with a round face and a bald head. Everyone in the neighborhood owed him money, even Ozok the Bum, who was always in his store. Jerry never seemed to mind. He’d write the debts in his black ledger and go on to the next customer. I never knew you could buy groceries on the lay-away plan! Many times he’d tally the bill on the brown grocery bag…a real lost art! He had a nickname for all the kids on the block. Mine was “the little gigolo.”

“The Art of Living,” Peale’s bestseller. Donald Trump “The Art of the Deal”. Do you see Peale’s influence?

Donald Trump is synonymous with Fifth Avenue, but to understand what helped to shape the billionaire, people who know Trump say: look across the East River.

“He is still a Queens guy. He sounds like a guy from Queens,” Gwenda Blair, author of “Donald Trump: Master Apprentice.” “He doesn’t have the sort of—certainly doesn’t present the kind of polish and refinement and old money of Upper East Side New York.

Trump grew up in a 23-room colonial, in leafy Jamaica Estates. He was one of five children. The family had a cook and chauffer, but neighbors say the Trumps were hardly showy.

“I knew that they were fairly quiet. They were fairly strict,” says Jamaica Estates Association president Martha Taylor.

Trump’s father, Fred, built apartment houses in Queens and Brooklyn. He demanded his children work hard, often bringing them to his job.

Fred and his wife Mary gave Donald a sense of self-confidence, but that brashness also could get Donald into trouble.

Trump attended the Kew-Forest private school in Forest Hills school until he was 13, when his parents, worried about his behavior, sent him to a more disciplined setting.

His days at the New York Military Academy upstate were regimented.

Friends say he excelled at baseball, played football and basketball.

The future beauty peagent maestro also was named “Ladies Man.”

Ted Levine was Trump’s high school roommate.

“I had to be better than my father. He had to be better than his father. We were sent here to be the best of the best, and we knew what our job was,” Levine says.

Still, at home, Trump’s reputation endured. Journalist Joyce Purnick grew up nearby and says her mother had strong opinions of him.

“Whenever she would encounter Donald Trump—and apparently it was quite often—he was tooling around in his car. He would break the speed limits. He would go through stop signs. She would come back all angry and say, ‘Stay away from that guy,'” Purnick says.

But those who knew him insist there were signs that Trump would make it big.

“He was well-positioned. He was good looking. He had a lot going for him,” Levine says.

Blair says that while Donald was brash and confident, he also had a chip on his shoulder from his years living in Queens.

It would all fall into place. He went to the Wharton School, entered the family business, became a billionaire, and now, a White House candidate.

What do you think shaped your life style and way of thinking?