Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Late this afternoon, I watched Richard Bangs' travel show Adventures with Purpose, on the Create channel.

For those who don't know, I receive the digital channel Create, on both 56-3 (Detroit, Michigan) and/or 30-3 (Toledo, Ohio).  Knowing I can see Michigan from my apartment building property, one might think that the Detroit station would be the one I normally watch, when I watch the Create channel.  Believe it or not, most often I receive the Toledo channel, with less interruption, so Toledo normally wins out!

The Create channel is one of the Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) that I am able to receive, through our roof antenna.  Yup, that's right!  I don't use cable or satellite service.  Our antenna provides me with more than 25 channels (I gave up counting when I reached 25!) of television programming, so why would I want more?!

Since both USA and Canada have now gone mainly digital, I use a digital receiver in order to receive programming.  Of course, there is still one (1) station from USA and one (1) station from here in Canada, that hasn't yet gone digital, so when I watch either of those stations, I turn off the digital receiver and just receive the signal directly from the antenna.

In any case, Richard was in Morocco, today.

That is one reason why I decided to watch the programme.  You see, Gordon and I visited Morocco, a few years ago.

In the past, watching a programme that reminded me of Gordon would have made me just cry throughout the whole show, but lately I've noticed that doesn't always happen, anymore.  Yes, I still found myself teary-eyed for a moment or two, but all in all, it felt good seeing some of the places my husband and I enjoyed in real life.

When Richard was in Marrakesh, was one of those times.  Seeing the square filled with vendors and snake-charmers, not only brought a tear to my eye, but also made me chuckle.  After all, who could ever forget being taunted by a charmer with a cobra, like I was!

Casablanca was an interesting city.  Much more modern than some of the other places we saw.  We even drove past Rick's

Of course, if you are a fan of the oldie films like the movie Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, you will know that Rick's wasn't a real place.  It was a figment of the imagination of the scriptwriter.  Still, as is done elsewhere in the world, someone decided they had to create a real bar/restaurant to complete the atmosphere in the famous city.

Tangier was quite a place!  The Medina (old city), much like Marrakesh, was a myriad of narrow streets, with more vendors than one could ever dream of shopping at, at least while on holiday!

Two things pop into my mind whenever I think of Tangier.  First, our rug.  This is where Gordon fell in love with the silk rug we purchased, there. 

On a more historical level, I think always of seeing with Gordon, the building that was taken over by the German Nazi's and outfitted as a radio station, during WW2.  What touches my heart about this, is the fact that it was never used by the Nazi's for its intended purpose, for the Nazi's retreated from the city and area, before it could be used.

However, at the time when Gordon and I viewed the building, it had been taken over by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). 

Every time I think of this, I chuckle.  It's the greatest real-life example that comes to my mind, when I think of how God works.  What man (Hitler and his crew) meant for evil, God meant for good!  "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." (Genesis 50:20) 

Until next time...

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