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“Corrupt politician on the Lower East Side in the ’20s. Every morning he stopped at the St James Church on Oliver Street, and said the same prayer: “Oh Lord, give me health and strength. We’ll steal the rest.”… You’ve got health and strength – both of which, coincidentally, I prayed for after hot lead was shot into your body.” - Donna Moss (Guns Not Butter)

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( 10/15/2015 ) - The more I read about European history, the more I see truth in this quote:

“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for    c e n t u r i e s” - James Madison

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#OMG La petite géante de #royaldeluxe a #Montreal pour le 375ieme anniversaire.!!! #mtl375 #jadorecebled (à St. James United Church)

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May 21st - A much nicer day with warm sun and gentle southerly breeze. I headed out through Stonnall to Footherley, then Canwell, Hints, Tamworth and on the canal to Polesworth, returning via Orton on the Hill, Austrey, Clifton and Harlaston. A nice 60 miler.

We’re into summer now; the leaves are fully out, the air is alive with bugs, bees and birds, and pollen is the dominant scent. The countryside of Staffordshire and Leicestershire was beautiful, and I was pleased to note the honeybees still nest in the roof of Hints Church, as they have done for decades.

All topped off with a lovely sunset over Ogley Hay that showed St James Church beautifully.

Changeless, and beautiful.

Kirn baby or corn dolly, a harvest festival decoration at the Church of St James the Great, near Aslackby, Lincolnshire, Great Britain. Photo © by Maigheach-gheal and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons.

Photographer’s text, in part: “As it was considered unlucky to cut the last sheaf of the harvest, the growing stems were plaited into a corn dolly and felled by the reapers’ thrown sickles. The dolly was then dressed and garlanded, carried home in procession and kept through the winter in the farmhouse or church to ensure a good harvest next year. The custom was a survival of pagan rites[….] These appeased the corn spirit or fertility goddess who took her final refuge in the last sheaf.

"Variously called the kirn baby, the mare, hag or maiden, the dolly was woven into many elaborate shapes.”