Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the Island into the Bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water

(South African Photos #1)

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me 

(South African Photos #2)

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

(Names of those who fought and died fighting against Apartheid)
Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge
Neil Aggett
Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (In the place where he died)
Hey wena (Hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (Hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona (When will we arrive at our destination.


If we do not meet again in this world.
Through Jesus Christ, we shall meet in the next.
May God bless you all!
From Sir Richard - MuzikayiFani

Thursday, November 22, 2012


It is winter in Canada
and the gentle breezes blow.
Seventy miles an hour,
at thirty-five below.

Oh, how I love Canada,
when the snow's up to your butt.
When you take a breath of winter,
and your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful.
So I guess I'll hang around,
For I could never leave Canada,
cause I am frozen to the ground...
Photos and written by
Sir Richard...

Friday, November 16, 2012


WAR = War is really a vast open air factory where the hours are long, unions not permitted and safety conditions routinely flouted!
No more people died on this planet then would have died if they were not killed in a war. Only their descendants were eliminated, along with all their future possibilities...

CHAPLINS = A thought about Army Chaplains in WW1 1916:
A British soldier wri

tes in reference, that the majority of chaplains never made it to the front line trenches; "Why should these men who are so fond of talking about heaven be so afraid to go through its gates?"

One of the most famous criticized Chaplains of this time was Bishop Winnington-Ingrm, known as the bellicose "Bishop of the Battlefields", who had already issued a call for a “Christian jihad", urging his fellows to "MOBILIZE THE NATION FOR A HOLY WAR"!
He was the leading voice among those Chaplains, who "Prayed for victory and thundered from the pulpits for the enemy to be smitten hip and thigh but did not believe in doing any of the smiting themselves".

George Bernard Shaw remarked with withering scorn, "They have turned their churches into recruiting stations and their vestries into munitions workshops. As it has never occurred to them to take off their black coats and say quite simply, "I find in the hour of trial that the Sermon on the Mount is just tosh, and that I am not a Christian. I apologize for all the unpatriotic nonsense that I have been preaching all these years. Please have the goodness to give me a revolver and a commission in a front line regiment!"

On the other hand, there were some Chaplains who did bring forth the spirit of Christ on active duty, who were willing from the start to serve alongside fighting soldiers in the front lines and tend to the wounded on the battlefield. As one soldier remarked about one of these Chaplains, "it made us think a bit more of the Chaplain, to see how he walked quietly under fire, assisting the slow-moving wounded".

After all what on earth could a Chaplain do in a battle? They are bound to be hit and there was certain to be enough casualties without having a wounded Chaplain to attend to," but then this sort criticism did not alter these Chaplains determination to do what they felt to be their duty.
There were those who argued that these Chaplains, "just threw their lives away!", then again by the same logic, one who talked like this, would have said that Jesus squandered His.

A burial prayer for 1916 the Chaplain/soldier went like this, "Lord, we thank Thee for the example of this brave man who gave his life for his country. Grant him eternal rest and so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom, Amen."

One other quick note of research that I found of interest is some of the soldiers who were killed in battle were buried at times by Roman Catholic Chaplains if they were Protestant or by Protestant Chaplains if they were Roman Catholic. Buried by both if they were from other religions and as one soldier put it, "I do not suppose that the Great Redeemer cares which Chaplain buries what man, just as long as it was done reverently." 
US Version:
Canadian Version:
So my family I Send this to you all with LOVE and with all that heaven will allow!
For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential. It's not an ending but rather a new beginning a second chance, a reunion. The very idea of resurrection is so seductive it is a concept not easy to forget but remember this, as you rise from the dead your old life here will not easily be forgotten so be forewarned as yea one day all shall be Judged.

BY Sir Richard

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


GOD gave us all choice and every day after we awake.
From inside our Hearts and Minds, we have this choice.
To do Good on this Earth, or Not...
For we are very good at Killing, Violating and Coveting, while;
So many more have nothing and even so many more are blessed with much.
We have tried the old methods for well over 18,000 years!
That is why we are so good at it… Consider This;
Though we would be like new born foals if we tried to Share a little,
Care a little and Choose Love instead of Hate.
Our untried legs would only be a little unstable from our new life’s Choice.
Then just as this foal grows, yes watch us run and our new Choice Grow!

By Sir Richard
With Love to you all and to you all also, that heaven will allow!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Steel From NYC World Trade Center Sept 11-2001
A Pittance Of Time:
Who has set us in this beautiful land of Canada, we remember every day.
With grateful hearts, the men and women of this nation, who have died and are currently, serving on peace missions, so we might enjoy this land in peace, with freedom and justice for all!
We remember their deeds of courage, their acts of valour and their willing sacrifice, though engaged in wars not of their own making.
We remember that they counted the loss of their own lives to be a reasonable price,
to pay for the principles by which we live today.
For this their sacrifice, for the peace they won, for the remembrance of their lives,
FATHER GOD we give thanks.
In the name of the HOLY SPIRIT, the SON and the FATHER.
The Highway Of Canadian Hero’s:
They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor do the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
Standing Strong & True

Friday, November 9, 2012


F.Y.I. THE ZULU HUNTING DANCE: = Johnny Clegg - "The Crossing"
One very moving dance in sacred circle dance is the Bull Dance: a dance that originated in the cramped confines of the mine dormitories imitating a bull with the arms held aloft and the legs brought down with a thump. The rural girls have their own version. gatherings is “The Crossing,” chor

eographed by Ted and Andrea Angeline-Erhard and danced to the song by Johnny Clegg.

In Zulu tradition, when someone dies, especially if suddenly and violently, their soul does not immediately go to the next world. Rather, there is a period in which it wanders, trying to find its way. The Zulus use a special chant to help the soul with this journey.

Johnny Clegg’s band member and friend was killed in South Africa in 1992. Mr. Clegg combined the Zulu chant with his own material, and created a moving song to honor his friend. (See Mr. Clegg perform the song at . Read the lyrics at

Mr. and Ms. Angeline-Erhard heard the song, and its accompanying story, at one of Mr. Clegg’s concerts, and were moved to choreograph a dance to the music. Part of the dance is done holding hands, the circle moving as one. When dancing the other part, dancers move their arms as well as their legs, making gestures as if bringing energy from their hearts and sharing it with the spirit world.

Mr. Angeline-Erhard shares what the dance means to him: “The dance, the music, is about opening your heart to spirit…people trying to make their way into the spirit world… It’s a dance we can use to honour that part of our lives we all go through: death… It has a really important place in my life… When I hear about someone who died, I immediately think about them making their crossing… When my mother died about a year ago…after a long illness…I just danced it myself.”

Dancer Michael Summers-McGuinness says, “Every time I hear this song and visualize the dance, tears well up in my eyes. The emotion of guidance, of crossing to the other side reminds me of the loved ones that have at one time been in my life and have crossed over into eternity. The dance embodies that journey, it is very experiential.” Mr. Summers-McGuinness and his wife Tai led “The Crossing” at their recent dance circle in Framingham (see: ).
This F.Y.I.

Is from your Brother Sir Richard...
Photo by Sir Richard...MuzikayiFani

Thursday, November 8, 2012


GOD determines who walks into your life....
It's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.
When there is nothing left but GOD in the end that is when you find out that IT IS GOD, who it is all you really need.
For with GOD, you are never alone!
Now just take few seconds and give this prayer a shot!
All you need to do is simply say this following small prayer for your friends;
“Father GOD, please bless all my friends in whatever it is that you know they may be needing this day!

May their life be full of Your peace, prosperity, and power, as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with You FATHER GOD.
In JESUS CHRIST name I pray for my friends.:

As I Send this to you all MY FRIENDS with LOVE and with all that heaven will allow!
Posted By,
Sir Richard...

My dear Brother in Christ and friend Sir Richard. As you fight you pain and your upcoming operations, I don't think your friends have abandoned you I believe that they still think of you and still care. Having said this; those of us who are not experiencing your situation are sometimes overwhelmed and feel helpless to help? We can't take away your pain? We cannot heal your body? We will always LOVE YOU and if it sadly comes to it, we will celebrate having known you, but we weep because at this. So we hide and then we feel ashamed because we believe that we have failed you. Forgive those who you think have left you, for they have not. Let them know that you still value them and forgive them as they are always your friends!
By Vicki Smith

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!" by George Santayana.
Very true, as that is why I am so impressed by this film clip that was put together
by a grade school student to share The Remembrance Of Sacrifice.
So for you vets, you know that “WAR SUCKS”, even those who wore just the uniform
Share the idea that comes with it. Those who died during WAR are the true HEROES!
The rest are just Survivors, some damaged some not all touched by the Horror of WAR.
So after you finish listening to the above good film clip and song about WAR I would like to suggest;
This song, for your ears and thoughts:
Because this song has done me good all my life and it will bring memories for you!
With Love to you all and all that heaven will allow you!
From, Sir Richard


War of 1812 - 1814: Official reports suggest British/Canadian losses were 8,600 killed, wounded or missing, while the Americans suffered a total of about 11,300 casualties. Undoubtedly, there were many more on both sides, since the records kept by many militia units were neither complete nor accurate. Deaths from disease among the regulars, militia and First Nations also would add substantially to the totals.

1837 Rebellion: 325 dead, 27 of them soldiers and the rest rebels, while 13 men were executed (one by the rebels), one was murdered, one committed suicide and 2 prisoners were shot.

American Civil War 1861-1865: there were over 50,000 British North Americans (Canadians) that fought for the Union and over 10,000 for the Confederacy. It is estimated that several thousand died during the battles and from disease. Canada, at the time of the American Civil War, was only a Colony of Great Britain and became a country in 1867 partially because of the effects of the Civil War.

1870 Battle Of The Belly River: The Battle of the Belly River was the last major conflict between the Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the last major battle between First Nations in Western Canada.
The battle took place on the banks of the Belly River within the present limits of the city of Lethbridge Alberta. A devastating outbreak of smallpox had reduced the strength of the Blackfoot, and a Cree war party had come south in late October, 1870 in order to take advantage of that weakness. An advance party of Cree’s had stumbled upon a Peigan camp and decided to attack instead of informing the main Cree body of their find.
The Cree and Assiniboine Indians which included Big Bear (Mistahimaskwa), and Piapot (Payipwat), who both lead the attack.
Just in nick of time the Metis Scout, Jerry Potts with a group of Peigans and 2 Blood bands who armed with repeating rifles came to their assistance. After a daylong battle the Cree’s and Assiniboine, who lost about three hundred of their number, were put to rout. The slaughter was such that Jerry Potts said; “You could fire with your eyes shut and be sure to kill a Cree.”

US Fenian Raids into Canada 1866 – 1871: Canadians - 16 killed, 2 dying later of wounds, 2 dead by heat stroke, 74 wounded, 6 captured from the Queens Own Rifles, Caledonia Rifles, 13th Battalion, York Rifles and the 2nd Battalion. Fenians - 5 killed, 2 dying later of wounds, and 17 wounded. American Casualties = 1, Sadly a Mrs. Eccles of Vermont was accidentally shot and killed by a Canadian soldier while she was watching the battle while standing on her doorstep during one of the raids.

Reil Rebellion 1885: At the Battle of Duck Lake 56 NWMP Police and 43 volunteers. They faced a similar number of Metis and First Nations, of those who died on the Police side the number was 12, and on the Metis side there were 5 killed in action. After this battle there was fear that all of the First Nations and Metis in the West would begin a war against the white people. So a total of 3300 White soldiers left Eastern Canada in the hopes of bringing peace back to the West. Meanwhile, 2000 troops in Western Canada prepared to join in as well.
Battle of Fish Creek: Altogether, 10 soldiers died and 45 were wounded; and on Gabriel Dumont's side, 5 died and 1 was wounded. Also, 55 Metis and First Nations horses had been killed.
Battle of Batoche: When Gabriel Dumont later dictated his account of the events, he stated that, "The balance sheet of these four days of desperate fighting was for us, 3 wounded and 12 dead." Gabriel Dumont's totals were radically different from the totals that General Middleton claimed. General Middleton wrote that 173 Metis were wounded and 51 were killed. It appears that both Gabriel Dumont and General Middleton were not very good at counting.

Boer War 1899 -1902: 7,400 Canadians were sent to South Africa. 224 were killed in action or by accidents and disease. Another 252 were wounded.

World War I 1914 - 1918:
1. 628,736 Canadians served.
2. 66,573 died and 138,166 were wounded.
3. 2,818 were taken prisoner of war.
4. 175 merchant seamen died by enemy action.

Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force 1918 – 1919: was a Canadian military force sent to Vladivostok, Russia during the Russian Revolution to bolster the allied presence. Composed of 4,192 soldiers and authorized in August 1918, the force returned to Canada between April and June 1919. Leaving behind 14 who were killed in action.

Spanish Civil War 1936 – 1939: the Canadian government declared its neutrality on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Most people in Canada favoured neutrality but some men joined the International Brigades. About a 1,000 Canadian citizens joined the defence of the Popular Front government. By the end of the Spanish Civil War almost half of the Canadian volunteers had been killed.

World War II 1939 - 1945:
1. 1,031,902 Canadian men and 49,963 Canadian women served.
2. 44,927 died and 43,145 were wounded.
3. 8,271 were taken prisoner of war.
4. 1,146 merchant seamen died by enemy action.

Korean War 1950 - 1953:
1. 26,791 Canadians served.
2. 516 died and 1,558 were wounded.
3. 33 were taken prisoner of war.

UN Peace Keeping 1956 - 2001: Canadians killed in action while on UN assignments since 1956. Looking at the larger picture, at least 122 Canadian peacekeepers have died while on UN assignments somewhere since 1956. The number would be much higher, of course, if we counted those who died during training or related exercises.

Viet Nam Conflict 1959-1975: it is estimated that 3,500-4,000 Canadians served in various U.S.A. Forces in South East Asia. It is also estimated that 100-145 died or were MIA (bodies never recovered). Canadian casualties are included in the USA totals.

1991 Gulf War:
1. 3,837 Canadian men and 237 Canadian women served.
2. There were no Canadian casualties or prisoners of war during the Gulf War.

2001 to date the Afghanistan War:
Canada's role in Afghanistan, consisting of operations against the Taliban and other insurgents in southern Afghanistan (Kandahar Province), has resulted in the largest number of fatal casualties for any single Canadian military mission since the Korean War. A total of 158* members of the Canadian Forces have died in Afghanistan between February 2002 and November 10th, 2011. Of these, 132 were due to enemy actions, including 97 due to IEDs or landmines, 22 due to RPG, small arms or mortar fire, and 14 due to suicide bomb attacks. Another six Canadian soldiers died due to friendly fire while conducting combat operations. An additional 19 Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan as a result of accidents or non-combat circumstances; 6 in vehicle accidents, 3 unspecified non-combat-related deaths, 3 suicide deaths, 2 in a helicopter crash, 2 from accidental falls, 2 from accidental gunshots and 1 death from an illness. 615 soldiers have been wounded in action and 1,244 have received non-battle injuries since April 2002.
In addition to these troop deaths in Afghanistan, 1 Canadian soldier was found dead of non-combat-related causes at Camp Mirage, a forward logistics base in the United Arab Emirates near Dubai.

2011 Libya NATO Mission:
1. Canada's 630 RCAF and Royal Canadian Navy personnel served on this NATO mission in support of the Libyan Freedom Fighters.
2. There were no Canadian casualties or prisoners of war during the Libyan Mission.

They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

By Sir Richard…