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Re: A Dance called America

The trouble with tying shoes gallops through the
family, too, Annie.  Hug that little man for me.  He
sounds just like my babies, now 33, 26 and 23!

--- Annie <dageisler@mpx.com.au> wrote:
> Rory, Thank you!
> I failed to add all details to that story. I thought
> it may just seem like a Mothers silly tale. The boy
> is my son. He is quite a little man. He runs with
> Sinclair blood! We named him Matthew John Sinclair
> Geisler. Better known as Matty.  He will be
> remembered for his kindness and loved for eternity,
> as will all my children. So what if he can't tie his
> shoes yet!
> Annie
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Rory Sinclair 
> To: sinclair@mids.org 
> Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 12:55 PM
> Subject: Re: A Dance called America
> Ahh Annie!
> I just KNEW  you were keeper!  And this from the
> land of "Aussie Rules"
> Yes, there are big victories but we cannot aim at
> them,  they will find us if they are to be.
> There are so many wonderful little ones to
> experience on a daily basis but we are blinded to
> them because they appear to be of no significance. 
> Look what that little boy has done to you!....to us
> all!
> Aye,                    Rory
>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: Annie <dageisler@mpx.com.au>
>   To: sinclair@mids.org <sinclair@mids.org>
>   Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 9:20 PM
>   Subject: Re: A Dance called America
>   I enjoyed your thoughts Rob. 
>   There is strength that I admire and cherish in
> others above all other human accomplishment. The
> power of kindness, forgiveness. It takes more power
> and worth to be remembered this way than to be the
> one who fought the big battle and to win. To unite
> rather than fight. That's real power!
>   On the weekend I watched six year old boys play a
> game of soccer. The parents were screaming from the
> side lines (And getting rather aggressive) one
> little boy was called names throughout the whole
> game. Last ten minutes of the game he had the ball
> for the first time. There was a struggle for
> possession and a member of his opposing team fell
> and started to cry. So the little boy with the ball,
> let the ball go, even though he was being screamed
> at by fellow members to forge ahead. He sat beside
> the fallen one and offered comfort. This is as great
> a strength as I have ever read or seen in another.
> He was being the best he could be. Sometimes the
> simple little things make us hero's. This little man
> will be remembered by me forever. 
>   Annie
>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: rob 
>   To: sinclair@mids.org 
>   Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 1:47 AM
>   Subject: Re: A Dance called America
>   being surrounded by descendants of Scottish and
> other exports each day...and living in a place where
> human beings continue to be our #1 export...has led
> me to some thoughts...
>       Like any cultural group, whether defined by
> geography, blood ties, or community of interest, it
> would not be productive to categorize the components
> of any group of humans as being any one
> thing...there is much to be said for individual
> responsibility and development...
>       As far as my reading has illuminated, people
> who came to the New World, including Scots, were a
> mix of common criminals and intellectuals, military
> leaders, farmers and slaves; women and men, priests
> of God and rogues, gay and straight, black and
> white, good bad and indifferent...Church leaders and
> those building a New World away from them...the rich
> and the poor...and out of this list and more, who
> can tell whom is really which centuries ago..
>       the story of any great creation is a similar
> path...history as we read it today is the result of
> the victor's consolidation of views, for political
> and intellectual reasons...no matter what the
> access-to-information-other-than-standard-views that
> we now enjoy through the internet, sources are
> limited and great amounts of study take many long
> years...understanding is elusive...
>       I think we should all beware the pursuit of
> categorizing one human group as being
> bigger-faster-stronger than another...it apparently
> leads to global wars...the pursuit of individual
> Sinclair Stories is a good one...it is human beings
> who accomplish - groups who share or control...
>       I work each day with people from a dozen
> different established local cultures, the leaders
> and the criminals, the sacred and the profane...I
> work with Maritimers around the world and people
> from around the world who come to live here...
>                   as for those who came here so long
> ago, some are survivors and builders as individuals,
> some are not... 
>                                   no matter what
> their other categorizations...
>                               some Sinclairs were
> great leaders of humankind...
>          some are not...
>  sometimes I'm right,
>              sometimes I'm wrong,
>                      sometimes what's right for
> today is wrong three years later...
> rob
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