Pretty well every year just before St. Patrick’s Day, since Caroline and I have been back in Wack, I would give out four-leaf clovers to a few local friends and family. Usually by March, the clover patches I know of around town are flourishing and prospering, and producing a few four-leafers. Over my life, which also started in Chilliwack, although I was gone for many years, I’ve found tens of thousands of fours. Wikipedia now reports that the actual occurrence of fours among the threes is … [Read more...] about Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona!
Happy BC Day everybody! Glücklicher Britisch-Kolumbien-Tag! Счастливый День Британской Колумбии! ¡Feliz día de la Columbia Británica! ਸ਼ਾਨਦਾਰ ਬ੍ਰਿਟਿਸ਼ ਕੋਲੰਬੀਆ ਦਿਵਸ! In 1974, when the British Columbia Legislature established BC Day, the first Monday in August, as a civic holiday, I was busy making ports safe for L. Ron Hubbard and his Flagship “Apollo.” From 1975 to 1997, I was living in the US, rarely got back to BC where I’d grown up and had family, and had no real awareness of BC … [Read more...] about Happy BC Day!
– Crochet by Caroline Letkeman Yarn: DMC Cebelia, No. 10 Stiffener: Modge Podge Original pattern: GoldenLucyCrafts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HT0oHsJX7s Anne Murray Caroline and I recently mailed maple leaf pins to a handful of dignitaries: Chamomile boutonniere Caroline meditating … [Read more...] about Happy Canada Day
In an April 26, 2015 letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times [1. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-le-0426-sunday-scientology-tax-exemption-20150426-story.html], in response to Alex Gibney’s April 11 op-ed article [1. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0412-gibney-scientology-20150412-story.html#page=1], Scientology attorney Monique E. Yingling accuses him of appearing “trapped in his own prison of bias when he wrongly asserts that the Church of Scientology did not … [Read more...] about On Monique Yingling, Alex Gibney, Scientology and the IRS deal
March 6, 2015 Alex Gibney Chelsea Pictures 33 Bond Street Unit 1 New York, NY 10012 By e-mail: Re: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Dear Mr. Gibney: In the recent televised interviews or discussions about Going Clear, you and Lawrence Wright called out Scientologist celebrities Tom Cruise and John Travolta to get Scientology head David Miscavige to answer his accusers for his actions. From the TimesTalks discussion: LW: And the reason we're calling out Cruise … [Read more...] about Letter to Alex Gibney on the IRS deal, public policy, and calling out Rathbun and Rinder
This interview was in Vancouver, BC in 1997. I had left the US earlier that year when I had discovered online a piece of what the Scientologists filed to get their 1993 IRS tax exemption, which included black PR on me. I’ve written about this a number of times. Recently Caroline and I have assembled materials that show that the US Federal Government conspired with the Scientologists to violate public policy in the process of the grant of tax exemption.[1. See, e.g., the … [Read more...] about Secret Lives interview (1997)