Posts by Jef


From the World Society On Verticals and Horizontals

, February 21, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, For twelve months the sun has traveled through the houses of the zodiac to return once more to the place where it stood a year ago looking down upon an unraveling world. For all of humanity the familiar paths of life have folded in upon themselves, becoming knotted and confused. All that had given our days order and constancy; the paths of family and friends, work and leisure, began the journey that has led our lives into cramped circumscribed existences. Life has become a silent chaos that collapses in upon itself. As we step into a new year, from beneath this silent chaos rises a profound longing.  Universally we seek the community of others. We long to overcome the experience of being hemmed in – to breathe freely once again. This longing rises from a deep golden way that...

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In Memory of Barbara Sparling May 17, 1933 – January 26, 2021

, February 21, 2021

My neighbour Barbara Sparling used a cane as she walked. Are you picturing a frail person, a hesitant person? She walked with confidence, firmly planting each foot. If she spoke to you her eyes meet yours directly and whether she agreed with you or not her words conveyed respect and intelligence. She was a rather small person who exuded good humour and streng Before the sky fell in March last year Barbara and I were enjoying dinner in a restaurant after which we were going to see a play. I asked her what she did in her working years. She said with a smile watching for my reaction, “I started out as a professional dancer!” I don’t know what I was expecting, but dancing would never have entered my mind. Barbara Sparling was born in Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 1933. Her early years were spent in...

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Eulogy: Jane Elisabeth Faint Kieran- *May 13, 1951, + January 15, 2021

, February 21, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Jane, A true local, Jane was born here in Toronto on May 13, 1951. Her dad was a hard working factory man and her mom cared for her and her 4 sisters. Family was a big theme for Jane in her early years and throughout her adult life. Like most of us, her greatest joys as well as her most difficult sufferings all had to do with family. That this was true for Jane can remind all of us of a universal truth- that there are deep reasons why we choose our families and why our families choose us. At the age of 30, Jane married Michael Kieran. And while she described her marriage to Michael as the most difficult suffering of her life, shortly after they were married Chris and Andrew came down. She loved her sons and cared for them in a...

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From the World Society – On Being Free

, January 17, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, We stand together at the threshold of a new year. With each day the light pushes against the boundaries of dawn and sunset and with the growing light we feel the possibility, the hope for what might be. The disorientation of the year that has been, wraps around us with an insistent immediacy. Its closeness shrouds the mystery of what now can be in this coming year. As with all thresholds, we hover between endings and beginnings, between the residue of what we have experienced and the open possibility of the space before us. We can experience this ‘hovering between’ as an invitation into a new beginning. We can also experience it as a hesitation, a holding back. We can become mired between the two. At the threshold of the year that has been, this hesitation comes of its...

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Anthroposophical Prison Outreach in Canada

, December 15, 2020

APOC:  Torch thrown; torch caught.   APOC is the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach in Canada.  APOC sends semi-annual mailings to thirty-one federal prisons with this invitation to prisoners:  “Find out about anthroposophy and how it can benefit your life.  Upon your request, receive a packet of introductory anthroposophical materials, a book, or a correspondence course, all free of charge.”   Inspired by Fred Janney, founder of the American anthroposophical prison outreach, Tim Nadelle initiated APOC in 2017. Over the past three years, Tim established a set of practices for prison contact and evolved the content for mailings.  Tim says, “If we reach even one prisoner, we will have made a difference.”   Now it’s time to pass the initiative on.  Raun Griffiths will take over as of January 2021.  Raun was also motivated by Fred Janney’s Ottawa talk in 2016.  She says, “Prisoners are far less likely to bump into...

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