so, our community welcomed a bunch of youth on a travel-teaching trip today. It was my first time coordinating something like that on my own. Ok, so maybe “coordinated” is too strong a word. 😉

No, seriously though, it turned out quite well. We had a deepening meeting on Saturday afternoon with several of the members of our community, on Bahá’í laws and the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book). Afterwards, surprise surprise, we went across Victoriaville to participate in the World Youth Day celebrations. It was a trip. And I mean that in the sense of it being far out. And I mean that in the sense of it being wacky, wild, freaky, cool. Man. Slang is such a drag.

We started out by joining up with the corn-on-the-cob dinner on top of Mont Arthabaska, where we met a bunch of the pilgrims and locals and had time to chat and get to know each other. When it was over there was a performance by a Christian dance/song group straight from France. It actually was pretty good. Think Wildfire Dance Theatre, but in french, and Christian, with less specific emphasis on social issues and more on personal spiritual issues. I bought the CD. To finish the night, we joined all the folks who were doing a prayer march down the mountain carrying candles and torches. All in all, very interesting. It was my first time interacting with large numbers of young Christians, seeing how they express their belief and their faith. It showed me a lot of things about my own Faith, and I’m still reflecting on it. One thing that came to me is just how important it is to follow the high standard that Bahá’ís are exhorted to follow. Actions speak far louder than words, and one thing you do can make a far greater impression than a hundred things you say. When we are asked to lead a chaste and holy life, it’s not only for our own good, but for the good of the whole world. We teach people through the way we live our life and through the example that we give. That’s not to say that we should stop at just that — the promotion of the Word of God is done in all possible ways — but it shows that this Faith is a part of our daily life, it affects the way we think, affects the way we act, affects the way we live. And no matter how far we think we can go, there’s always one step farther we really can go. That’s the magic of being human — we can do a lot more with God’s help than we may think we can.

Anyway, the only drawback for me this weekend was my ill health. I’m still coughing and it doesn’t seem to be going away. I need to see a doctor pronto. Only problem is, I don’t have my health card yet. Maybe I should just pay the sixty bucks and get it over with. Being sick sucks big donkey butt.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah… back to that high standard of behaviour…

je te permets

en parlant des permis. j’ai rencontré Gaëtane aujourd’hui et elle m’a dit que je peux faire application pour ma carte d’assurance maladie au CLSC, qui est à peine 5 minutes de marche d’ici. et moi qui pensait que j’avais à attendre deux ou trois mois! en tout cas, rien n’est certain, mais je n’en perdrais rien d’essayer. si je n’arrive pas encore à travailler cet été, je pourrais utiliser ma carte d’assurance maladie pour avoir de l’aide sociale (apparrament ils ont besoin du certificat de naissance et de la carte assurance-maladie). oy. c’est tout un brouhaha ces systèmes. j’aurais dû commencer ces applications bien plus tôt, j’aurais eu beaucoup moins de peine.

this title is not original

man it’s so sunny I want to punch myself. what a beautiful day.

I bought some potato salad today and the container was broken on one side. I didn’t notice until I went to open it, so I didn’t know whether it had happened before or after I bought it. I ate it anyway. I might be courting salmonella, but, enh. If I do get salmonella, then I guess I’ll have learned my lesson. I wonder why I do things like that. Oh well.

Anyway, yeah, sunny day, very nice. sweeping the clouds away, and all that.


AUGH my neck hurts. And my shoulders. And my upper back. And my legs are stiff. And I have a headache. There, I’ve registered my complaints, now I can forget about them and get on with business.

bleh flu

oh well. I had to get sick sometime. my nose and sinuses have been congested, I’ve been coughing, and I’ve been having hints of headaches and other miscellaneous aches. I’m pretty sure that’s the flu. darn it. I guess I’m going to have to sit around and drink lots of fluids and eat lots of soup. that’s not so bad, actually.

holy moly I created a budget and an expenditure chart for myself yesterday! now I feel really organized. today I’m going to draw up a list of interesting topics for firesides, devotional meetings and deepenings. and call to check and see whether I have a job yet.

LENTIL SOUP with carrots and celery