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Welcome to my world

I can't know everything - but I've been giving it my best shot for well over fifty years. I'm an information junkie, a generalist who knows a little bit about all kinds of things and not very much about anything. And, I like it that way.

Matching my interests and investigations, I've got a little bit of everything on this web site.

Hopefully there will be something for everyone. Or, maybe there'll be nothing for anyone. It doesn't really matter one way or the other because it's a personal web site of sorts.

If you have a web site and are interested in a reciprocal link feel free to contact me and I'll take a look at your site.

If, like Claudia and Paulette, you'd like to have your writing uploaded into an area of this site, feel free to contact me and, perhaps, I'll arrange to add your pages to this site.

I’m very proud of my city, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and work for our daily broadsheet newspaper, The Winnipeg Free Press.

If this is your first time to my site, I hope you enjoy your visit and come back soon.

If you are a regular visitor you'll notice a new look. It was time for a change.

I'll be blogging for a while. Blogging is a web log.

If you are just someone simply interested in custom home builder you will find that to. A little bit of something for everyone.


February 15

Did you know walking is the most popular form of exercise? Have you heard of Volkssport? Volkssport is a German term which literally means a "sport of the people. Volkssport is an international organization, people from around the world join for fun, fitness and friendship. Walking is a Volkssport.

Personally, I love to walk. So does my faithful walking companion Princess, an American Cocker Spaniel. There’s nothing like a long, brisk walk through the city streets, river pathways or country roads.

When I walk I get out my walking shoes. Well cushioned, tight laced and oh so comfortable.

These shoes are made for walking.

January 31

Unisex clothing stores are taking over. This is partly due to more casual attire in the workplace. Although women spend a great deal more on clothing than do men, the clothing women wear isn’t all that different than the clothing men wear. Separates are what we all wear. A pair of slacks, a top and jacket.

I’m bucking the trend, in the clothing shop you can find >formal women’s dresses, so you can dress to the nine’s, as the saying goes.

So what if Levi’s introduced casual Fridays, giving them the opportunity to sell more jeans. Why not, dress to impress with woman’s business suit

Winnipeg lived up to its reputation this last week. We were the coldest city in the world. The thermometer dipped to -50 when the wind chill was factored into the equation. By the time we reached - 40 it didn’t matter whether it was Centigrade or Fahrenheit, at that point the two methods of measuring temperature meet.

When it’s this cold it’s time to think spring and plan a garden.10%off$25 expires 3/31/03

January 25

Valentines Day is coming. A few years ago a very good friend of mine was in the hospital. Well, to be totally upfront about this, although we are friends now, there was a time when we lived together. So - it was - at one time - an intimate relationship.

Anyway, he was very, very ill. It was some strange virus the doctors never did identify. And, like many men he was rather clueless about how to handle his hospital stay.

It was Valentines Day. I had dinner with him. I let him know he could shower in the hospital. They never told him even that much, here in Canada we have a health care crisis.

When he learned he could clean himself up, this normally well groomed slob asked if I would go to his house and pick up grooming equipment and clean clothes. I did. After returning to the hospital with his things I began to feel angry. I wanted him to express some gratitude, show some affection. I said, “It’s Valentine’s Day. I’m leaving. I’m going to find myself a Valentine.” “What for?” He asked. “Because I want one,” I replied.

It now - only now - occurs to me that he thought I was going to get myself a card, flowers, chocolates or something. What I meant was I was going to find a male person who felt and expressed affection for me.

Well - I didn’t find a Valentine. Now I’m thinking I ought to have gone out and purchased a valentine, a massage, a trip to the spa - something - anything - that would show I appreciate me.

Paulette writes about how she celebrates Valentine’s Day.

I wrote about the history of Valentines Day.

If you’re in the mood to shop online, visit the Valentines Day page in my holiday shop.

January 16, 2004

Thinking of doing some online shopping for summer dresses? Give my cool and casual page a try.

January 6, 2004

I've been reading. There are some new book summararies in my book room. Perhaps you'd like to visit. Here are some links. These books are on the Radcliffe list of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century.

  • Orlando
  • To The Lighthouse
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Age of Innocence
  • Brave New World

  • January 5, 2004

    Kathy, who lives across the back lane, called it a shovelling party. Cathy and Robert, who live two doors south, were good Samaritans and helped dig out automobiles belonging to neighbours who were off to work.

    Friday’s blizzard was followed by a Saturday of frigid arctic temperatures. It was cold, but it was sunny, and blizzards always make us northern dwellers slightly stir crazy. So, there we all were, shovelling out our automobiles. However, unless someone had to go off to work, after we shovelled, we all stayed put. It took until Sunday morning for the city plow crews to clear the streets.

    We’re good at shovelling ourselves out. We’re use to it. We know how to dress to keep warm. We know our time outside needs to be limited. We know that we need to take it easy as we shovel, or at least most of us do. A friend of a friend, my age, went over to his mother’s house to help her dig out from under the snow storm. He came home. He sat at his kitchen table. He died of a heart attack. Mind you, he was a heavy smoker who did not watch his diet. But that’s another story for another day.

    Want to read more blogging? I'm surprised, but if my ramblings amuse you, there's more in the archives.

    Quotable Quotes

    "Very committed to a definite maybe"
    - Judy Jurin

    "Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place."
    . Abigail Van Buren

    "To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am."
    - Brnard M. Baruch

    "Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty."
    - Ellen Glasgow

    "The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes."
    - Frank Lloyd Wright

    "Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough."
    - Groucho Marx

    "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
    - Anon

    "Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead."
    - Anon

    "Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up."
    - Anon

    "Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't."
    - Richard Bach

    "Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well."
    - John Billings

    "The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live."
    - Joan Borysenko

    "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
    - Buddha

    "Don't take life seriously because you can't come out of it alive."
    - Warren Miller

    Catch Ya Later
    Oreen Scott