A Final Goodbye

It is with great sorrow that I attended funeral services for a very dear and close friend, the Reverend Father Archimandrite Seraphim Graham Turland following his long battle with cancer. He entered into repose on the evening of December 25th, or early morning of December 26th, 2016. Seraphim was a kind soul, and a man of great consideration for all of creation. A man who would do anything for anyone and not think twice.

His final funerary liturgy was held Tuesday (12/27) at Saint John’s Orthodox Church, 20043 Highway 36, Covington, LA. Services took place at 11:00 AM.

My daughters and I took the very long (13.5 hrs.) overnight drive, to celebrate the life of one of the greatest men I’ve ever had the honour to know. With his death, I lost a very dear friend. A kind soul, a man of great consideration for all of creation. A man who would do anything for anyone and not think twice. He was much like my father, and I feel as if I’ve just lost a second father. May his memory be eternal. My loathing for cancer continues to grow.

Burial took place at 2:00 PM at Memorial Gardens Cemetery located at 2618 MS 43, Picayune, MS. May his memory be eternal!

Below is his Funerary Liturgy Service Booklet:


To those who knew my father Seraphim Graham Turland, he passed away sometime last night. He’d been suffering with cancer for several months and was in a lot of pain; it’s likely that he died in his sleep and did not suffer in his final hours. He was able to get his affairs in order and designate a family friend as the executor of his estate before his passing. I know he requested funeral services and that he be buried in his vestments, but no arrangements have been made yet. I will post more information as I receive it. My condolences go out to all who mourn him. Thank you for being part of his life in his last years.

Matthew Turland

I wanted to say something during the final moments we were with him, but the sleep deprivation coupled with the overwhelming emotion and tears prevented me from doing so. So, at the very least, I wanted to say it here. Firstly, thank you everyone who attended the proceedings and thank you to those that could not physically attend but were there in spirit. My father wasn’t a perfect man…none of us are perfect people. He was stubborn, sometimes argumentative, occasionally a grouch…but those things pale in comparison to how much joy he brought into people’s lives. He lived a very colorful life. Some things that we were so proud of, and other things he was so ashamed of that we will never know as he took with him with his passing. We are all like that, we have our proud moments and our shameful ones. But that goes back to the very moving sermon given by the Bishop during Divine Liturgy. He spoke about aspiring to be more like Him. That is indeed quite the impossible task, but…He knows that. All that He asks, is that you try. That is something my father did in spades. He reached out to many people, helped them with anything that they asked. Whether it be assembling a deck, making Orthodox icons or rosaries, or just transporting someone to a destination. He was there for people he cared for most. Sometimes he didn’t know how to express it, but if you knew him, you knew he always meant well in anything that he did. The joy that he had, wasn’t just joy that he enjoyed on his own, but joy that he shared with everyone around him. If there was a problem, he would mull it over in his head until he had a solution to it, and would also help you fix it…no exceptions. He wouldn’t give up, he was bound and determined to take care of it. And he didn’t give up on being here in this world with us, until he couldn’t go any longer. I thank everyone who surrounded my father, and shared in that very joy that he embraced wholeheartedly. Please pray for him, and cherish every memory that you have of him. Thank you so much for all the support everyone has given to the Turland family, and thank you for allowing my dad to take part in your lives. I hope that he touched you as much as he touched us. God Bless.

Josh Turland

His dog Lucky, is with Laurie (Jim’s daughter I believe) and is doing well.

His Facebook profile has been established by his son Matthew, as a memorial and may be veiwed HERE.

A little humour…

There’s ONE WAY to get people to move…

P.S. Dear Social Justice Warriors, Leftists and Liberals everywhere that may be viewing – Relax. It’s humour. Racist? Well, let’s see. Would an Arab run away if another Arab did this near him? You’re damned right he would. And I’m willing to bet that you would too. So save your tears and bugger off.

Google Allo and Me

Well, Google is changing things up again. Whether for the good or for the bad remains to be seen.


I downloaded Google Allo to give it a go, but none of my contacts appear to be using it. From initial toying about, it seems to be nothing more than a Googlized Kik with Google Now assistant integrated. It is essentially an advanced Google Hangouts with SMS and a host of other features.

I have for a while, used Google Hangouts as my exclusive SMS solution (though Google provides an exclusive SMS/MMS app Google Messenger), and was very disappointed when the extremely useful in decluttering Hangouts and SMS merging feature was taken away. Additionally, video conversations have moved to Google Duo, while text + stickers + photos etc has moved to Google Allo. I assume Hangouts will remain as a Facebook Messenger competitor for Google+, though with Google’s track record of killing apps and features that people love, it may be in the hot seat. For now, the web site and the app still offer Video Call, Phone Call and Message as options, and if you have a Google Voice number, it still works to call to and from as well as text to and from using Hangouts. It’s very disappointing that they aren’t just bundling all of these features into a single app, if for no other reason than to save space and reduce confusion. Several other companies allow video, photo, SMS, MMS, stickers, drawing etc all from one app, so Google’s reasoning remains unknown.

Their features as touted on the Allo site areas follows:

Respond without typing, in your style.

Smart Reply lets you keep the conversation moving with a single tap by suggesting text and emoji responses based on your personality. For example, it learns if you’re more of a “haha” or “lol” person so the more you use Google Allo, the more “you” the suggestions become.

*Feature only available in English.

Shout, or whisper it, to get your point across.

Add more meaning to your words by adjusting the size of your text. When you need more than ALL CAPS to get your point across, simply slide up to shout, and down to whisper.

Turn any photo into a work of art.

Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them or adding text. Draw a smiley face, turn your friends into memes, and mix in some color.

*Feature only available on Android.

Say it all with the perfect sticker.

Stickers in Google Allo are designed by independent artists and studios from around the world. From Drama Llama to Food Party, add some fun to the conversation when words aren’t enough.

Meet your personal Google Assistant.

Allo brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition.

Get help from your Google Assistant without leaving the conversation.

Your Assistant can suggest restaurants nearby or movies to check out, right in your conversation. Find videos to share, get directions, and seek answers together with your friends. Just add @google, and your Assistant is ready to help.

Chat one-on-one with your Google Assistant, whenever you need it.

Get the latest scores from the game. Find out how far you are from the airport, and when your flight leaves. You decide what to share with your Assistant, and the more you use it, the more useful it gets.

Say it privately in Incognito mode.

Start an incognito chat to send a message with end-to-end encryption. Incognito mode also comes with expiring chats so you can control how long your messages stick around and private notifications to help keep your chats more discreet.

And of course, the partner app, Google Duo for video calling. Their features as touted on the Duo site are as follows:

Be together in the moment. Get closer to everyone you love with simple, high-quality video calling on iOS and Android.

Face to face with just a tap. Simple one-tap calling and super smooth switching from cell to Wi-Fi make it easy to check in from anywhere.

See what’s up before you answer. Preview incoming video calls from everyone in your contacts with Knock Knock. So whether it’s your mom’s first skydiving trip or your friend’s shiny new ring, you’ll never miss a moment.*

Kansas State Fair – 09/10/2016

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Common Homonyms/Homophones Most Often Abused

Basic words to remember, with their meanings. There are many more less common homonyms/homophones, but these are the most often abused. These words and their meanings are taught in school from second to fourth grade, and reviewed from sixth to eighth grade. Adults really should know their correct usage by now.

Accept – Receive
Except – Exclude
Affect – Impact
Effect – Impression
Allude – Hint
Elude – Evade
Bare – Unclothed
Bear – Endure/The animal
Cite – Give credit
Sight – Vision
Site – Location
Farther – Measurement of distance
Further – Promotion of growth or progress
Pray – Entreat a diety
Prey – Victimize
Precede – Come before
Proceed – Come from
Then – Point in time
Than – Method of comparison
Their – Belonging to them
There – Location
They’re – They are
Two – Number
To – Indicative of motion
Too – Also/Excessive
We’re – We Are
Were – Past tense of are
You’re – You are
Your – Belonging to you

19th Century Guide to Letter Writing

Because of my new pen pal relationship with a Facebook friend, my interest in proper letter writing has been renewed. As a result, I researched a great deal prior to penning a response to the letter I received from Phil. The result is an absolute gem that I discovered which is from the nineteenth century. Below is a public domain version of the manual “How to Write Letters: A Manual of Correspondence” published in 1883. A great resource for anyone that simply wants to do things “the old way”, and re-establish a long forgotten tradition of actually connecting with others on a personal level.

How to Write Letters

Kiddos Photoshoot – 08/27/2016

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