Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Something to Sing About
for a better world
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
Macdonald has compliled a list of eight things that she wants all of us to
1. Learning the skills of doing surveys and descriptive studies that
identify more and more variables and discover interrelationships
(Anthropological and Sociological) I reject Psychological because it tries
to prove things before enough variables are considered.
This way of looking at all our work and relationships helps prevent hasty
words and decisions and helps keep an open mind, humility and courage.
2. Do something to reduce the salary increments given for service,
experience and education. The Unions have made themselves ineffective by
causing/allowing steep increases. As a result it is too expensive to hire
the best qualified. Mediocrity of the product is the result.
3. Do something to make it illegal to overpay CEOs, vice-presidents,
administrators and supervisors. Slash the hierarchy. They get rusty, out of
date and out of touch, even if they at one time were skilled professionals.
Patrice what do you think? What do others see as a solution? Not pie in the
sky but actual lower pay for people at the top. Don't say they have greater
responsibility and stress. The people at the bottom have more stress about
how to make ends meet, how to keep from being laid off, and how to manage
three jobs so as to be able to pay bills.
4. Find a way to replace hierarchical bureaucracy by democratic peer
supervision. All professional and paraprofessional staff in direct
care/service, should have a vote and the leadership rotate about every two
5. Make alternate energy research and installation affordable. Start
installing Solar energy pieces now to get experience and know how. Lobby
government to subsidize it more than fracking and pipelines are now covertly
6. Play musical instruments, sing together as families and in glee clubs. I
am glad that the old fashioned "Old Timers' songs have not been lost, but
very sad that hymns have been pushed aside. Even in churches that attract
youth, only rock choruses are sung with a guitar. There are few words and
they are repetitious. There are no hymn books and people are forgetting how
to read music and sing harmony. The first hymn book in Bohemia and the first
in England where published by Moravians. Rediscover thousands of marvelous
old hymns, starting with Moravian, Lutheran, Wesleyan and Anglican. The
words and the tunes are outstanding, yet my grandchildren have not known or
heard them. Everybody knows "the Lord's my Shepherd," "How great Thou art,"
and "Amazing Grace." That's good but far from knowing thousands that are
I can sing with confidence when I have a hymn book with music. I make too
many mistakes otherwise.
I have often been sad and I apologize that I could not afford to pay for
music lessons for my grandchildren. It is a delight that my daughter has
fulfilled that dream, far better than I could have hoped, by taking her
grandchildren to music camp annually.
To Jordan I would try to encourage you by saying that having been in the
school band with a clarinet, is a memory that will not be lost. Your fingers
and brain remember and the skills come back when you touch an instrument
many years later.
Natalie I am awaiting a disc with your singing. Evie will there be disks of
summer camp concerts? Thanks for the disk of the Messiah you sang in. It
won't work on the disc player on my radio. What shall I buy that will play
7. Tackle our Processed Food Industries Regarding Nutrition and labeling and
Food and Drug Government agencies. The major worries I have are:
• GMO Genetic
modification is not mentioned on labels. We are captive to its
use. I think it is a major cause of weight gain. Why? Since
Canadian canola has replaced indigenous shortenings and oils in
India, there is an obesity epidemic.
• Heart and Stroke Foundation seal of approval is used on
products that admit containing hydrogenated fats.
• The words "contains vegetable fats" may be a cover up
for hydrogenated fats being used.
• Glucose/fructose is added to almost every canned and
processed food. Our brains can't tell us when we have eaten
enough glucose/fructose, so we overeat. Even canned tomatoes are
now sweet so this year I plan to buy a case of locally grown
overripe tomatoes and cut them up and freeze them in two cup
• All tinned soups, vegetables and stews are sweet like
pudding. Cooking your own soup takes no longer and costs next to
nothing. Just use lots of herbs and bits of vegetables and even
their stems. Sometimes add a tbsp of frozen peas or corn. I add
a few noodles sometimes but usually a few lentils. There are
many varieties but the red lentils take only 5 minutes to cook,
You'll have great variety and tasty results. Soak dry beans and
larger lentils and cook them next day. I roasted a turkey for my
93rd birthday. After 8 guests ate their share the next day I
made 11 TV dinners and the next day cooked the bones in lots of
water for three hours. The day after I filled 12 two cup cartons
with meaty soup and froze them. All this will provide feasts for
• The reason we overeat is that we are hungry for
micronutrients that are missing from our food by "purification",
heat, light and/or chemicals. I buy olive oil that contains
sediment (with is nutritious) in dark bottles or tins. I buy
butter and never margarine.
Yesterday I added some frozen peas to my soup and they tasted very sweet.
Never before has this happened, so just now I looked at the label and it
says sugar 4gm. I am angry and tearful. Now I'll have to phone the food
processor and tell them that is unacceptable.
Safeway bread is sweet. So far Save on foods bread isn't. I like sweet
breads for desert, but not with with eggs or vegetables. This adding of
sugar is a ubiquitous evil.
8. Pesticides and herbicides on everything. It is next to impossible to grow
organically. I think farmers' markets of locally grown are the answer, being
sparingly sprayed or free of spraying and GMO. Will you help destroy the
multinationals like Monsanto and Cargill? They cause indigenous varieties of
corn, peppers, coffee, bananas and cotton to go extinct and farmers in third
world countries to live in extreme poverty with massive debts.
About the Myrtle Macdonald
She is has a M.Sc. Applied (in Nursing
Research and Education), McGill University.
She is a retired
registered nurse living in Chilliwack and now working with the local
chapter of the BC Schizophrenia Association. Myrtle was a street
nurse for many years in places like India and Montreal. She turned
92 in June and is one of the Voice's most popular contributors.
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