Thursday, October 30, 2008

Giraffe Fight

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Genealogy Online-Elizabeth Powell Crowe

"Elizabeth Powell Crowe has been writing for 30 years and pursuing genealogy since she learned it at her mother's knee. She is the author of Genealogy Online, 8th Edition. As a freelance writer, she has written for national magazines and websites, as well as many local organizations and publications. You can read several samples of her work at Elizabeth, who is known as Libbi to her friends, lives and works in Navarre, Florida."

Margaret Donaldson

"Margaret Donaldson is a vocalist with a superb voice and great affinity for the Scottish traditional music and songs she performs. This is not surprising as she is a Scot."

Robert Service-Jan. 16, 1874 - Sept. 11, 1958

Say! You've struck a heap of trouble --
Bust in business, lost your wife;
No one cares a cent about you,
You don't care a cent for life;
Hard luck has of hope bereft you,
Health is failing, wish you'd die --
Why, you've still the sunshine left you
And the big, blue sky.

Sky so blue it makes you wonder
If it's heaven shining through;
Earth so smiling 'way out yonder,
Sun so bright it dazzles you;
Birds a-singing, flowers a-flinging
All their fragrance on the breeze;
Dancing shadows, green, still meadows --
Don't you mope, you've still got these.

These, and none can take them from you;
These, and none can weigh their worth.
What! you're tired and broke and beaten? --
Why, you're rich -- you've got the earth!
Yes, if you're a tramp in tatters,
While the blue sky bends above
You've got nearly all that matters --
You've got God, and God is love.

I Don't Believe in Atheists-Chris Hedges

"I Don't Believe in Atheists critiques the radical mindset that rages against religion and faith. Hedges identifies the pillars of the new atheist belief system, revealing that the stringent rules and rigid traditions in place are as strict as those of any religious practice." Interview with the author:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Scotland the Brave

Hark when the night is falling
Hear! Hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling,
Down thro' the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits of the old Highland men.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.

High in the misty Highlands,
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines from fair maiden's eyes.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.

Far off in sunlit places,
Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning to feel the kiss
Of sweet Scottish rain.
Where tropic skies are beaming,
Love sets the heart a-dreaming,
Longing and dreaming for the homeland again.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.
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When You Are Old

by William Butler Yeats (W. B. Yeats)
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Indian Medicine-Hanbook of American Indians

Keep The Coffee Coming

"Week days you'll find folk music. Weekend days you'll find just about anything. The music stays around all week. Do enjoy!"

Visions of Earth

Never Surrender

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Corey Hart- Never Surrender-
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One Drink is Too Many and 100 is Not Enough

Informative and short stories on alcoholism.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


The Tin Man was lucky. Just a squirt of oil on his stiff joints and he was able to dance down the yellow brick road with Dorothy. But for the 46 million Americans who have stiff aching joints due to arthritis, managing the condition is not as simple.
Arthritis is the general term for at least 100 rheumatic diseases that painfully affect joints, muscles, and connective tissues throughout the body. More than just a physical disease, arthritis drains patients emotionally and financially. It is the number one cause of disability in the United States. For millions of Americans with severe arthritis, pain and deformity limit such everyday activities as getting out of bed, climbing stairs, dressing, or simply walking. And, because it is a chronic disease, it is fertile ground for hundreds of alternative and unproven therapies.",20041,4,00.html

20 Fascinating Facts About the Natural Healing Power of Bananas

Amazing Hummingbirds of Canada

Flying over the mountains

Move your cursor over the screen, & you will have the impression, you are flying over the mountains!

Horses at work and at play

The Truck Got Stuck-Corb Lund

Monday, October 27, 2008

Arctic ice melting "even in winter"

Sunday, October 26, 2008 Yes, The Sunday Times did print this tosh as a headline. It even quoted Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University, saying: "This is one of the most serious problems the world has ever faced."

This is the same Prof. Wadhams who told the Telegraph, last week: "The warmer temperatures will also take longer to dissipate, the autumn freeze will take longer, meaning thinner ice."

Booker, in this week's column has reported that the Arctic ice cover is 31 percent up on last year, while Anthony Watts reports "sea ice area approaching the edge of normal standard deviation".

But there is no end to the tosh these warmists and their fellow travellers dribble out. Two weeks ago, the girlie environment correspondent, Louise Gray was writing in The Daily Telegraph that a "Green Christmas [was] more likely than a white one".

"Christmas will be green, rather than white this year as changes in the climate mean that leaves are staying on the trees right into the winter," she drivelled. "In the 1940s traditional English trees used to shed their leaves in early November. But now they are keeping their greenery well into December."

Today, without so much as a blush, we get Richard Gray, science correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph telling us that, "Britain is experiencing its best display of autumn colours for years due to the ideal weather conditions."

Gray quotes Tony Kirkham, head of arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, who says the return to more typical autumn conditions was a relief as it would allow Britain's trees a chance to recover from the strains of growing and pests during the summer. He adds: "We are experiencing a return to the traditional British autumn. Cold nights and warm days are all conducive to good autumn colour."

Yet, a couple of years ago this same Mr Kirkham was telling us that the quintessential English garden was under threat from climate change.

Gardeners had to adapt or see their plots wither and die from the effects of hotter summers and dry winters. New types of drought-resistant Mediterranean plants, restricted water use and imaginative garden design would all have to become part of the gardens of the future.

Since then, of course, we have had two of the wettest summers on record which, according to the dismal little hacks, Nick Allen and Laura Clout of The Daily Telegraph, was also down to "global warming".

Not only do these people have no brains, they have no shame either.

World’s Most Famous Men/Women in a Single Photograph/Artwork

Holocaust orphans celebrate luck, new life

Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, October 27, 2008
MONTREAL (CNS) -- They are orphans of the Holocaust, the fortunate few who survived the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

In 1947 the Canadian Jewish Congress finally persuaded a reluctant Canadian government to accept 1,123 Jewish children who had spent the war either in hiding or in forced labour camps, ghettos and concentration camps.

Sunday morning, about 50 so-called orphan survivors, almost all of whom originally came from Hungary, gathered to revive old friendships and celebrate the 60th anniversary of their arrival in Canada in 1948.

"The only memories we share are happy memories," said organizer Tommy Strasser, 78.

They gathered to celebrate lives that have been shaped by extraordinary strength, determination and, of course, luck.

"We are not heroes," Strasser volunteered. "We are not smarter. We are just lucky."

Lucky to have survived unspeakable hardships and, as many said, lucky to have immigrated to Canada.

"I'm very proud (to be a Canadian) and very happy to have come here," Myer Gottesman, 77, said who originally came from a small town in Hungary called Szeged.

He sat around a table with his wife Claire, another orphan who came from Budapest, and his old Szeged school friend, Jeff Weiss, who also immigrated as a orphan in 1948.
Myer and Claire, who knew each other in Hungary, met again in Montreal, have two children, one a doctor and the other a lawyer, and five grandchildren.

Weiss has two boys, one a computer expert and the other a teacher at a culinary school.

"I can't think of any other country where we could have achieved with the education of our children, which was mostly free education, what this country offers," Myer said.

Canada, unfortunately, also has a history of anti-semitism which lead to the turning away of boatloads of Jewish refugees before the Second World War and the refusal to accept Jewish orphans during the war. Most of these people are believed to have been murdered in the death camps.

But for Myer and Claire that is all in the past.

"I don't feel good about it but thank God the attitude has changed. The people who are responsible for that are gone," Myer said, adding that people will always be suspicious about immigrants.

"It's human nature to be like that," he said.

Strasser and friends first organized the gathering 10 years ago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their arrival in Canada. Now they meet again every five years.

They come to talk about family and old friends and simply get reacquainted in an effort to keep bonds of a shared history strong.

Strasser was an only child who originally came from a small town in what is now the Slovak Republic where his father worked as an accountant for the local office of the Phillips Electric Company.

Most of the town's 4,000 Jews were deported to Auschwitz. Only about 100 survived the war.

As a young teenager he worked in a forced labour camp near Budapest building tank traps until 1944 when the Nazis tried to ship him to Auschwitz.

"They were going to deport us but Raoul Wallenberg (the Swedish diplomat responsible for saving many Hungarian Jews) intervened and that's why I'm alive. He arranged for us to be sent back to the Jewish ghetto in Budapest."

Like many of the orphans, Tommy returned to his hometown only to discover that there was nothing left for him. His father and mother, uncles and aunts were all dead. With thousands of eastern Europeans fleeing the Soviets, he joined their ranks and went to Paris.

When he discovered through the Canadian Jewish Congress that he could immigrate to Canada as an orphan, he signed up. The cutoff mark was 18.

"I was 17 and a half so I just made the cut," he said with a chuckle.

The orphans came over in three ships out of Southampton in late 1947 and 1948.

They landed in Halifax. About 790 settled in Montreal and Toronto. Of the remaining, 131 settled in Manitoba, 12 in Saskatchewan, 28 in Alberta and 38 in British Columbia.

Unbelievable: Snowball the cockatoo dances to Backstreet Boys

The Two Best Guitarists EVER!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds

Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds (CBC TV 1986) - Funny blooper videos are here

Alcoholics Anonymous links


Two white tiger cubs find an unusual surrogate mum...Anjana the chimpanzee

Vintage photos

John Prine and Iris DeMent - In Spite of Ourselves

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End of the World


Friday, October 24, 2008

Hallo Bay Wilderness. Alaska

Sound off: Does Saskatoon feel like the murder capital of Canada to you?

TheStarPhoenix.comPublished: Thursday, October 23, 2008
Regina has tumbled from its top spot, being replaced by Saskatoon as the murder capital of Canada.
According to data released by Statistics Canada on Thursday, Regina recorded five homicides in 2007, which is a rate of 2.46 per 100,000 population. While Regina topped the list of cities in 2006 with a rate of 5.47 per 100,000 population, the Queen City is tied with Greater Sudbury for sixth in 2007.
Saskatoon - which reported nine murders in 2007 - had the highest homicide rate with 3.6 per 100,000 population. The Bridge City was followed by Winnipeg at 3.55, Edmonton at 3.28 and Calgary at 3.14.

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"One More Day" Diamond Rio a Tribute to his Older Brother

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John Prine-That's the way the world goes round.

13 Most Unusual Search Engines You Should Remember