1903 Alan Paton (South African author – Cry The Beloved Country)
2008 Sir Edmund Hillary (1st European to summit Everest)
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Have a good Wednesday, 11th January
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Thousands have lost their lives, even more lost loved ones, homes and possessions. A country devastated by earthquake.
As Nepal is probably best known, by the people of the Western world anyway, for the majestic Mount Everest, I found a poem celebrating this icon – and to remind us all that as members of the human race, we should all find a way to help, even if it means dropping a few coins into a jar somewhere…
Sir Edmund Hillary first achieved
(For centuries unattained)
The summit of earth’s highest peak,
And what did he there gain?
So many corpses linger there,
Of those arrived or no,
To strike a pose atop the world,
Then turn and back down go.
All climbers lose, if not their lives-
Their minds at least are numbed.
Most simply fail to reach the top,
By tragedies overcome.
Yet on and on the climbers come;
The challenge must be taken.
For God has placed Mount Everest there-
So low, so far below His throne
That never will be shaken.
– Hm. Nes
Sympathy and prayers to all those who have lost loved ones and friends in Kathmandu, and other regions of Nepal. Our thoughts are with you.
Strength and hope to those involved in the efforts to get to those who need help.