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Somebody’s “Enid Blyton” Collection.

by Anura Guruge


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Not mine (though I bought them all). My Enid Blyton collection, when I was that age, and living in Ceylon, was COMPLETE — starting with Noddy and extending all the way to all the series. Not a book missing. So, my collection was probably 6 – 8 times larger. It was also in a glass fronted, bookcase. They, my adoptive parents, gave the books away when we left Ceylon in 1967. They broke up the set. To be fair, it must have cost them a pretty penny to get all those books in Ceylon — some would have to have been ordered from the U.K. But, my adoptive father never had any problems spending money on books.

These books came out yesterday. This is a whole new setup. New shelves … she put up etc. She used to keep her Enid Blyton books in a drawer for safekeeping. It made me happy to see them out.

IF you are sharp-eyed you will notice a Richmal Crompton ‘Just William’ book amongst these. She treats that book as part of her collection — given that it is British!


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Virgin Mary — The Patron Saint Of #MeToo.

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Click to access this post from last year where I talk about how God had to have violated Free Will when he put Jesus on Earth.


A friend of mine by sending me a detailed exposition of ‘Determinism’ got me thinking about ‘Free Will’ again.

As I talked about in this post, I firmly believe that God violated ‘Free Will’ when he gave ‘us’ Jesus without ever consulting any of us — NOT even (poor) Mary.

And that got me thinking. Poor Mary. She had NO choice. She was NOT given a chance to say ‘No’!

Wow. How times have changed?

But, we don’t bring this up. It should be.

But, I am an equal opportunity skeptic. I was brought up a DEVOUT Buddhist by my adoptive parents — my adoptive father a big muckety-muck in International Buddhist circles.

As a child I was brought up to think what an amazing person Gautama Buddha was. Then, in my 40s, as a DIVORCED dad of two, I suddenly realized something. Gautama Buddha was a Deadbeat Dad! He abandoned his 1-day old son and snuck away at night with a male servant. They never heard from him for 7-years. Classic Deadbeat Dad. Buddhists get very mad at me when I bring this up. But, it has to be said.

So ….

Why do we cut slack?

And that then brings up …


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YouTube Video Of “Friendly’s” Birthday Song Accompanying A Ice Cream Cake.

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Well, guess whose birthday it was yesterday. She turned 12. She has established that going to “Friendly’s” is THE ritual for her birthday. So, that is what we did — this being the one in Concord (N.H.) on Loudon Road. We go to both in Concord, more or less in equal measures depending one where we are in Concord. It is always a good experience. They have got the formula nailed — though, surprisingly, they do NOT carry birthday candles (and unlike last year we forgot to take some).

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This year, at her pleading for nearly 9-months, a new ritual was added — thanks to a great-uncle who died way, way, way before she was born. He was my ‘larger-than-life‘ (though he was diminutive), fire-walking, personal physician to the presidents  ‘Doctor Uncle‘. He had maintained that it was “OK” to miss school on your birthday. I do NOT think my adoptive parents ever let that apply to I, but his 4 sons were allowed to stay at home on their birthday. My ‘Doctor Uncle’ was a BIG influence on I and in many ways I share his personality. So, I was willing to accede on the grounds that if my “Doctor Uncle” said it was “OK”, it had to be “OK” since he was quite the guy.


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Louis Pasteur, As In Pasteurization, Was Born This Day 135-Years Ago, In France.

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Yes, of course, he was considered on the greatest scientist of the 19th century.

In addition to pasteurization, which we come across every time we reach for a contained of milk, he paved the way to much of the ‘healthy‘ lifestyle protocols we take for granted today. Without him life expectancy would be 30-years shorter.

As the above image depicts I have a personal connection with Louis Pasteur. My adoptive parents lived in an apartment that was next door to his famous institute, in Paris, from 1978 – 1985. You looked right across, over a well maintained yard, straight at the Institute. Moreover, the address of the building was #10 Rue du Dr. Roux — named after his colleague, Émile Roux.


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