Thursday, June 29, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Frontenac County Court House
Photo transfer on pine oval. The Frontenac County Court House in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It is a National Historic Site of Canada. It is a large, limestone court house, built in the mid-19th century in the Neoclassical style. It is located in a downtown residential area of 19th-century homes, adjacent to Queen’s University, in the city of Kingston. Photo by Tony Fernandes.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Remembering my Dad on ‘Father’s Day’.
I remember my father had taken me everywhere during my school holidays, visiting new places to see and explore, to the beach, to the market place every day to buy fresh fish and groceries, to my favourite restaurant in town for ice-cream, to the nearby hills for walks and to pluck 'canttam' and 'cashew apples', to the lakes and springs for picnics, and to nearby rivers for a swim.
My father had made for me my very own first mini catapult (Konkani: 'robond'). He had also taken me fishing to the salt-water river, to watch football games in the nearby town, and to distant places visiting friends and relatives, by bus, taxi and ferry, all of which I had enjoyed immensely.
I remember my father had also taken me along when he had gone to meet the Capuchin Friars at my school, nestled high up on the hill of Monte de Guirim, Bardez, Goa, among the verdant surroundings. On our way back we had stopped to pluck ripe cashews from the trees that grew on the slopes of the hill. It had been a great fun-filled day although the climb was very tiring. We had made a brief stop at the shop down the hill for a soda, a real thirst-quencher. They had walked back home on the winding path through our picturesque village. Many people seemed to have known him as he greeted them along the way. He also waved out to the people who worked in the fields. "My Dad knows everybody”, I had thought. I still miss him and his humble ways.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Today is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua. He was born in Portugal. He joined the Franciscan Order and was a proficient preacher and teacher in Padua, Italy. He is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua is popularly known as the patron saint of lost and stolen articles. He is typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or a lily—or a book—or all three—in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.
He is the patron saint of my alma mater, St. Anthony's High School, Monte de Guirim, Bardez, Goa.