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5 Beautiful Ways To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted October 9, 2014 by Sonya

Many of us have been affected by Breast Cancer in some way. Whether it’s a family member, friend or even ourselves, we are aware and have been touched by this illness. October is a month where we raise awareness and […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion #566

Posted December 27, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Your oft confused reporter is going to draw a comparison that might not make much sense at first glance, but upon further inspection might just start to ring a few bells! I am going to draw a comparison between cops and Islamic terrorists! Now don’t get too excited about this because I am […]

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Canada

Strength and Bloc

Posted August 1, 2015 by James Bow

Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe briefly made waves a month ago when he announced his return as party leader. As a sign of how desperate the Quebec separatist party was to get out of its political doldrums, the then…

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Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan

Posted June 9, 2015 by H L Doherty

Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy

Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their  parents live in. One of the most glaring examples of the need for national autism medical coverage is in the province I once called Canada’s Autism Wasteland  province.   Since that commentary on September 2, 2007  little progress appears to have been made judging by the Global story by Amber Rockliffe: Saskatchewan families moving due to lack of autism funding.  Rockliffe reports of  Saskachewan families leaving the province to find treatment for their children’s autism disorders; treatment which is not available because of long wait lists and is not usually delivered  in sufficient hours to make a substantial difference in treating their children’s autism. 

One of those families that has already made the move is the family of Sheri Radoux:

Sheri Radoux, has moved south of the U.S. border to Minnesota. “I think the services in Saskatchewan are probably the worst, or one of the worst in Canada, “said Radoux. “We moved down to Minnesota and we got full-time therapy for all our children, paid and funded by the state.”


The Rockliffe report goes on to indicate that Saskatchewan spends half, approximately $7.5 million annually, compared to approximately $15 million, that   Manitoba, with a similar population, spends annually on autism services.
Families leaving provinces, including the province many would consider the birthplace of medicare in Canada, to seek a better life for their autistic children in jurisdictions provincial and American  where a greater value is placed on the lives and futures of autistic children.
Yes, Canada needs a REAL National Autism Strategy.


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General

Tested: RealFoodToronto.com Delivers Real Food, Fast

Posted January 8, 2015 by Sonya

There’s a real food movement that’s taken hold and I’m okay with it.  What does that mean? Well, we all lead busy lives and we’re constantly searching for ways to feed our families the best we can. We’re hearing much […]

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Canada

5 Things You Need to Know About Card Fraud

Posted March 16, 2015 by Sonya

We’re becoming more and more of a cashless society. The convenience of credit and debit cards even has me often walking around with no more than $20 in my wallet. There are pros and cons and we are all well-aware […]

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It’s against the law, bunky!

Posted March 30, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Coming soon to a city near you ………,stupid laws and regulations! Yup, they’re doing it in England and the States, BUT,  we got them all beat!! In England, Councils creating ‘bizarre new criminal offences’       <img alt=”PA Wire” src=”http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/629342/article_update_img.jpg”A campaign group has criticised a new law which allows councils to ban activities such as […]

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Reader’s Diary #1165- Douglas Glover: Woman Gored by Bison Lives

Posted June 12, 2015 by John Mutford

I’m counting this book for the 8th Canadian Book Challenge, which ends at the end of June (have you signed up the 9th yet?) though it’s a bit of a stretch. First of all, I don’t typically count single short stories for the challenge, but since Goose La…

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Entertainment

Heart Of Robin Hood Is Action-Packed Fun!

Posted January 19, 2015 by Sonya

Everything about the classic tale of  Robin Hood is turned upside-down in the new exhilirating theatre production, Heart of Robin Hood, now on stage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (Toronto) until March 1st. Yes, Robin Hood (Gabriel Ebert) and his […]

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Join The Journey With Energizer (And Win!)

Posted June 15, 2015 by Loukia

We were invited to Toronto a couple of months ago to take part in a special science event with Energizer® at the Ontario Science Centre. Spending the weekend in Toronto is always fun, especially when we get to stay in great hotels like the Renaissance Hotel—from our stay at this lovely hotel, to our time spent learning in the Ontario Science Centre, it was a very memorable weekend.

My boys just received a fun personalized package from Energizer so they could conduct even more fun home experiments with the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, Energizer’s longest lasting AA high-performance alkaline battery, and the world’s first battery made with 4% recycled batteries. (The cool thing is, this battery is a first step in a journey towards a goal of developing batteries made with entirely recycled materials—hoping to reach 40% by 2025!)

They made a circuit bulb holder, a hanging magnetic compass, an electromagnet and more. They had a blast. 


The Join Our Journey campaign celebrates the world’s first innovation, and encourages and inspires the next generation of thinkers—our children—to begin a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) journey of their own, so innovations like this can keep happening in the future.

You can get involved with STEM at home, through fun experiments that can be created using simple materials you may already have lying around the house, like the items we used for our at-home experiments.

Did you know you can also help choose the next child innovator by voting for your favourite “dream creature” at joinenergizer.ca? Perhaps you can even get the kids involved in choosing the one they like best!


Bonus: I’m giving away the Elements of Science kit to one of my readers, along with some EcoAdvanced batteries and other goodies, so you can have some science fun at home with your kids, too!



Just leave me a comment below to win and I’ll pick a winner randomly by June 25th. 

Good Luck!

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Canada

Shoe Addicts Say Hello To Tanya Heath

Posted October 17, 2014 by Sonya

I am a collector of shoes… yes, that’s what I’m calling myself. A collector. Addict is probably more like it but I prefer collector. I know many of you are as well. I mean, come on, shoes are a necessity. […]

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Canada

Arisa Cox talks season three of Big Brother Canada

Posted March 23, 2015 by Jes

Big Brother Canada season three premieres tonight on Global, and no one is as excited about this as the BBCAN host Arisa Cox. “It is so huge, we are so thrilled!…because it’s on Global in prime time, I excited for the people who have never seen the show or have watched maybe one episode of Big Brother US and they don’t know what all the fuss is about – when they see tonight’s episode, they will be believers,” said Arisa when I talked to her this morning.

I think all of the regular Big Brother fans were excited last year when the announcement came out that the reality show would be moving from the specialty channel Slice over to the main Shaw channel Global. With the audience reach widening, there are all sorts of opportunities to make believers out of all Canadians instead of just the die hards.

If I were Arisa, all I would be thinking about would be the jump in audience. With so many more people potentially watching the show, would that put Arisa off her game? In her words, no. “…if one person is watching or if 3 million people are watching, I always want it to be the best.”

I tried to get Arisa to give me some spoilers (if I were her I would have given them to me and no one else – obviously), but she would not budge. What she did tell me, “We’ve got a ton of superfans in the house…everybody knows the game, everybody knows the show. They are well versed…As a production team we are going to make them throw all that stuff out the window.” So basically – get ready for a season of twists.

“What we have planned for the season is so next level – you won’t be able to look away,” said Arisa. I am counting on it.

Big Brother Canada premieres tonight on Global TV at 9 PM MST/8 PM EST…Arisa will be wearing a navy and black dress as all the superfans walk into the house.

XOXO
Jes…

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General

Winter’s Chill

Posted February 27, 2015 by Marguerite

It was a slow start to winter this year.  We had reasonably warm temperatures and little to no snow for all of December and January.  February changed all that. A lovely day to go to the beachA thick blanket of snow fell down and covered the …

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Entertainment

Ariana Grande’s Energy On Stage IS Explosive!

Posted March 13, 2015 by Sonya

I’m a fan of any live stage performance so when I had heard that pop and television sensation Ariana Grande was planning a stop in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, my ears perked up. To fill the ACC is […]

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Ontario

Posted March 9, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Here’s another one from Wayne! An Israeli doctor says: “In Israel, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man’s testicles, put them on another man, and in 6 weeks, he is looking for work.” The German doctor says: “That’s nothing, in Germany we take part of a brain, put it in another man, […]

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Censorship: Oh, for shame!

Posted December 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Let’s get things back into Perspective here! As you may, or may not know, BlogsCanada.ca   has been engaged in an ongoing battle with Google over the issue of censorship. My views on political correctness, the government, cops, Indians, feminists, the far left, the far right, Muslims, Christian fundamentalists, the judicial system, and […]

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Edmonton

No Museums “I Was A Worker & Now I’m Old”

Posted September 23, 2014 by Anonymous

September 23. Edmonton’s No Museums have just released “I Was A Worker And Now I’m Old”. This seven song album was recorded over the summer and is now freely available on Bandcamp The album features songs about museums, ships, snow, distance, engines, drivers, mountains, trains, water, parks, and workers. Some say that No Museums sound
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Family

March Break Guide To Vancouver

Posted March 3, 2015 by Anonymous

The Vancouver District School Board is closed from March 9 to the 23rd for March Break. While school is out, there are plenty of exciting and fun activities both children and families throughout the city. Skate The Dry Spot Indoor Located […]

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How To Make The Most Of A Luxurious Staycation

Posted January 1, 2015 by Sonya

For years we’ve struggled with the idea of travelling over the holiday season. We’ve had great experiences travelling to tropical paradises, ski getaways and everything in between during this time of year. It was always great to escape with the […]

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Tit for Tat!

Posted September 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well folks, maybe I should have saved this article for the Saturday Morning Confusion posts, since I really am quite confused about whether I should make this girl our “Winner of the Day,” or maybe our “Loser of the Day,” or maybe even our “Asshole of the Day!” You see, Jasmine Tridevil found a doctor […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion #27,680

Posted March 21, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Well folks, are ya confused enough yet? Then read on with these files from the Naked News Department: ————————————— Authorities in Minnesota say three would-be robbers picked the wrong time to pocket-dial 911. Blue Earth Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Murry says a dispatcher took the call early Thursday morning and heard two voices on the other […]

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6 Years Later New Brunswick STILL Hasn’t Addressed Adult Autism Care

Posted July 12, 2015 by H L Doherty

Years have passed, governments have come and gone, but still the elected  members of the New Brunswick legislative assembly, despite international recognition for its parent advocacy driven early intervention and school autism services, …

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Entertainment

Coping In “The Waiting Room” With Diane Flacks

Posted January 19, 2015 by Sonya

There’s a new theatre production that has caught my attention as a parent and theatre lover. WAITING ROOM by Diane Flacks (in collaboration with director Richard Greenblatt) is making its World Premiere at the Tarragon Theatre  in Toronto (January 14 […]

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General

All Phil Kessel

Posted July 3, 2015 by torontosportsmedia

By TSM The drumbeats about a Phil Kessel trade were loud leading up to draft. Calgary? Pittsburgh?? In the end nothing happened and we waited. Things were quiet leading up to Free Agent day and then the bomb dropped. It’s been a while since we’ve […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies #2213

Posted November 23, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The Male Cycle: When I was 13, I hoped that one day I would have a girlfriend with big tits. When I was 16, I got a girlfriend with big tits, but there was no passion, so I decided I needed a passionate girl with zest for life. In college I dated a passionate girl, […]

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Canada

A RCMP mountie plays hockey in the snow – most Canadian photo ever?

Posted March 22, 2015 by Jes

They are calling this the most Canadian photo ever…snow, hockey and a mountie.I don’t agree…but if they were to add a moose and say it was the most stereotypical Canadian photo ever, I would concur.The original photo was posted on Twitter by the BC…

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Events

Canoe Cove Plant Sale

Posted May 29, 2015 by Marguerite

It’s a sure sign of Spring.The Plant Sale is coming….. and that means a raffle featuring a locally made birdhouse, canteen with fresh baked goodies, aged manure and compost, used garden books, a playground for the children…..and PLANTS.  lots …

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Fuck. This.

Posted January 25, 2014 by The Pedgehog

So I just read the This Magazine cover story “No Choice: Why the pro-choice movement won’t let women grieve after abortion” and…well. I have thoughts.

First of all, in the interests of full disclosure, I was interviewed by the author, Rebecca Melnyk, at the start of her research for this article or what I imagine would become this article. Never have I been happier to avoid being quoted; I can’t imagine being associated with this mess. When Melnyk reached out to me she identified herself first and foremost as strongly pro-choice. She probably still does. I’m sure she didn’t choose the title of the article. But holy hell, what is going on here?

It seems to me that the premise is that both “sides” of the abortion “debate” only offer post-abortive people counselling in a politicized environment with some kind of agenda, and that the pro-choice side is routinely dismissive of the range of feelings someone might have after having an abortion. At no point does Melnyk quote a pro-choicer who backs up this assertion; on the contrary, every pro-choice person she mentions points out that folks feel any of a variety of different emotions after abortion and that they should have access to counselling:

That same month, on a warm afternoon in Toronto Miriam McDonald, an editor at the Marxist newspaper Spartacist Canada, struts up and down a hallway at the Ontario Institute of Secondary Education at an International Women’s day rally. “Abortion is just a medical procedure like getting a wart off, except it’s all politicized,” she says. “A woman’s capacity to control her fertility opens the doors to full equality. That’s why it’s … stigmatized.” Another woman standing next to her in a baseball cap, handing out newspapers, says post-abortive women need counselling, not to overcome negative feelings related to abortion, but rather, to cope with society’s stigma and culture of shame.

And:

Some women may need counselling services before or after they have an abortion, says Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC). She does not believe, however, that PAS is real. “It’s like the anti-choice movement works in its own bubble,” she says, “making up it’s own science and ignoring mainstream evidence and consensus.” The result, she adds, is confusion—public misinformation that scares women considering abortion. In Arthur’s mind, the act of abortion continues to be blamed for the source of trauma when, in reality, the unwanted pregnancy is often what’s truly traumatic. It’s not to say women don’t experience negative effects, she adds, just that it’s more complex than the anti-abortion activists portray.

And:

Over in Vancouver, Everywoman’s Health Centre is an abortion clinic that provides free, non-judgmental counselling services and resources like the book, Peace After Abortion. Erin Mullan, who’s been a counsellor for over 20 years, works there. “When it comes to abortion, nothing is in the range of normal,” she says. “A woman’s culture, her religion or history, could all inform how she’ll feel.” For the small number of women she refers out to other counsellors who offer long-term support, abortion is not the main cause of negative feelings, but rather, “it opens a door of pain.” That door can reveal bad relationships, abuse, or mental depression. Mullan points out that coercion—if a woman’s been forced to have an abortion—accounts for one third of the problems she treats. “It can sit unfinished, inside of her for years,” she says, “if she wasn’t given the space to make choices.” At this clinic, the acknowledgment that abortion can be intimately connected to negative feelings serves no greater purpose than a woman’s well-being.

And then Melnyk goes on to describe how many other abortion clinics across the country offer both pre- and post-abortion counselling, usually for free, along with referrals for follow-up counselling with specialists. At no point in the article is there any indication that pro-choicers “won’t let women grieve after abortion”.

My feeling is that the thrust of the article, the point that Melnyk is trying to make is that the options for counselling after an abortion are either shaming, Christian, anti-abortion drivel or militant pro-choice propaganda, that there is no option for folks just looking for non-judgemental counselling. Which is a load of bullshit not even borne out by her research. Yes there is a lack of accessible post-abortion therapy because there is a lack of accessible any therapy – ask any low income person with a mental health issue how easy it is to get in to see a counsellor. But the idea of a lack of non-judgemental post-abortion counselling is especially heinous when the article itself talks about the many clinics that offer it. “Pro-choice” IS “non-judgemental” – no abortion clinic counsellor worth their salt is going to judge you for feeling guilt or regret after your abortion. That’s what counselling is about. That’s why it makes a difference that the counsellors in abortion clinics are trained specifically in non-judgemental pre- and post-abortive counselling and the people in “crisis pregnancy centres” are just random volunteers trained only in making people feel like shit – like they have something to “repent” for – because they had an abortion.

There is a disturbing amount of false equivalence being thrown around in this article.

It just really pisses me off because pro-choice organizations in this country – including abortion clinics, sexual health centres, and organizations like ARCC, NAF, Canadians for Choice, and CFSH, among others – deliberately provide listings of non-judgemental counselling options on request, and often go to great lengths to ensure that people find the care they need regardless of pregnancy outcome. All of these organizations are explicit about not favouring any pregnancy outcome over others, and the number one concern is getting folks the care they want and need in the safest and most accessible way possible.

There is no neutral on abortion, really there isn’t. Not the way it’s framed right now. Either you believe it shouldn’t be allowed, or you believe it should. There is no magical third party who are the only people who can provide non-judgemental counselling. If you believe people have the right to choose how to handle an unwanted pregnancy – if you are pro-choice – then that belief extends to how people feel after their abortion. Anyone providing actual non-judgemental counselling is pro-choice by definition.

I think Melnyk knows this, but I don’t know how to explain this mess of an article. I think she is (rightfully) concerned for folks – like her – who have had abortions and haven’t received the support that they need. And that is legitimate. But the solution there has to be more support and funding for pro-choice, sex-positive, woman-positive counselling services; fighting against abortion stigma; advocating for reproductive and sexual health services in underserved areas – not bizarre magazine articles attacking the pro-choice movement for imagined slights, for not “letting” women grieve. Women can do what they damn well please – isn’t that the whole point?

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ETA: A great take-down of the article at DAMMIT JANET! by fern hill.

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The Sun doesn’t always shine!

Posted November 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, let me tell you a little bit about Sun News. First of all, the Sun News TV network is not on basic cable because the left wing media and government have managed to keep it relegated to the hinterland of  cable TV by making it the only news network you have to pay extra […]

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Maybe women are smarter!

Posted December 14, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Much as it pains me to admit this ……………..,  I might owe the ladies an apology! As you well know, your favourite reporter has ranted and raved for years about how women’s libbers, and feminists, have portrayed men as idiots. It even got to the point where a lot of  TV ads show […]

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Books

Book Review: The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

Posted March 13, 2015 by Anonymous

I watch people with the same kind of fascinated horror that I view a car wreck. I don’t intend to stare, but I just can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the catastrophe that is in front of me. […]

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Education

SATs? Scholarships? What You Need To Know About U.S. Colleges

Posted March 24, 2015 by Sonya

We sometimes joke around about our kids one day going to Harvard, that’s the dream isn’t it? But then we really started to think if something like that is really a possibility for Canadians? How do you go about it? […]

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Entertainment

Fun Things To Do Over The Holidays As A Family

Posted December 31, 2014 by Sonya

The kids are off of school for a couple of weeks. I came to the realization yesterday that, oh yeah, they’re home with me! My daily routine of sitting at the computer with a bottomless cappuccino is not their idea […]

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Black-ish is the new black

Posted September 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Well, well, boys and girls, time to get serious for a change. North American blacks are leading a truly schizophrenic existence, and I don’t think it’s doing them any good! The reason I mention this is because there is a new TV show premiering tonight called “Black-ish” and it throws a light on some very […]

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Canada

Shreddies’ “Search For Goodness” Highlights Canada’s Best

Posted May 1, 2015 by Anonymous

One of the things we cherish about being Canadian is our reputation for being polite. It’s great to raise our families in a country known the world over for having good manners (and it’s super handy to be able to […]

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Ontario Place!

Posted April 24, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Hey kids, I ran across this article today and since Ontario Place opened when I was still quite young, (teens) and these photo’s and video’s brought back a whole bunch of memories! Any kid who spent time in Toronto during the 1970s, 80s and 90s surely fostered blissful, orange-soaked memories at Children’s Village […]

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Fashion

Urban Street Style: The Hipster Kid Bomber

Posted November 19, 2014 by Sonya

Street style, I’m sure you’ve heard of it before. There are thousands of fashion blogs dedicated to just that, they capture real style that is found in everyday life and off the runways. We love it! We love the idea, and […]

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General

Celebrate The Pan Am Games At Novotel Toronto

Posted July 15, 2015 by Stephanie

You can feel it in the air, the excitement of an influx of people from across the world, the anticipation of world class competition and the opportunity to watch your country compete against the best of the best.  The Pan Am Games have arrived in Toronto and the fever of this incredible celebration has taken […]

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Alberta

Glacier Skywalk

Posted June 25, 2015 by Anonymous

It has taken me a year to write this post…I have no idea why but it has haha!  But recently I was going through pictures of last years summer holidays and thought I really needed to blog about the places we visited.  I want my blog to also be a journal for me…a place where I can look back […]

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Let’s get things into perspective here! # 6634

Posted November 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

I think it’s  time for me to put my two cents worth in again, and damn the opposition! OR! As our motto says: “Let’s get things back into perspective here!” First we take you to Ferguson, where things are hopping, and guns are popping’! As any regular reader of this blog knows, your humble reporter […]

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