We want to trust and believe in the competence of our travel service providers when we leave home. We embark on journeys for many reasons, not the the least of which is to expand our world view and to learn something. No one expects traveling to go so wrong because of our travel service providers. The one thing I’ve learned from this trip is not to trust WestJet schedules at face value when booking. I no longer trust WestJet to get it right the first time. The day of departure began ‘well’ enough, which may or may not have had … Continue reading Traveling goes wrong!!
as the Covid restrictions seem to ease in certain places in the world we’ve decided to be brave and begin travelling again. Travelling again means preparing for a change in venue, something we haven’t done in three years. We’ve had all the vaccinations, all FOUR shots, plus the flu vaccination. We’re very careful about masking. We are confident that we can travel again. Thumbs up to traveling again! SIR5R is traveling again! Certain things do demand travel despite the Covid-19 Pandemic. For my partner, and I, it’s been limited, short-range travel for her work, where I have the excuse to … Continue reading Traveling again–a change in venue!
Life in the time of Covid-19, a change is gonna come; The world is changing. Hell, the world has already been marked by quite a few significant shanges! I started to write this post back in September of 2021. That’s about eight months ago. Things definitely started to change! We had been slapped around by a pandemic, endured a pseudo fascist American President, witnessed violent recognition of systemic racism in North American culture, endured unprecedented forest fires, weathered more hurricanes than most of us have ever seen in a single season, watched floods ravage arable land, and fought through other … Continue reading A Change is gonna come
This post is intended to share images on Earth Day 2022 of north central Alberta, near to where my family and I currently live. Driving west into the Canadian Rockies on Earth Day 2022. A sample of the fabulous photos I took. Driving that distance seems to contradict the observance of Earth Day. What did you do for Earth Day? We are very fortunate to live in a part of the world where things are relatively stable and safe. By ‘things’ I mean environment, government and the physical world around us. Our great fortune provides the ‘blinkers’ that prevent us … Continue reading Earth Day trip into the mountains
I grew up in an era where our parents openly worried about what the Evil Empire, would do to our hard won freedoms. The Evil Empire manifested itself first as The Third Reich and then as the USSR. Our parents lived with the effects of World War II, both during and after. Imagine their anxiety during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Now we worry that the invasion of the Ukraine puts us and our children back in the same place and mindset. As a grandfather this reality is very distressing. Is the Cold War back? The Cold war left … Continue reading The Evil Empire didn’t leave
Why do I find someone’s hand in my pocket ? It seems like everyone wants a bit of something; a handout, a contribution, a donation, sponsorship or validation that can only come through monetization, and they’re looking in my pocket. As I browse the web, surfing for information and guidance I find that nothing is free anymore. Everyone wants a contribution either in the form of straight up ‘gimme money’ or in the form of donation and subscription fees. There is no free exchange of information. People are trying to monetize their experience and insights using the vehicle of online … Continue reading Your hand in my pocket
In the countdown to the holidays there are a number of different markers. To begin with there is the profusion of lights. The winters here are very dark, with the shortest day of the year being in the forefront of the season. Once that marker is past and winter is officially declared the days get lighter as we head into spring, and the time of renewal. What marks your countdown to the holidays? There are festivals, parades, Christmas markets, religious observances and more. We have the end of the school term, which in my case results in more time with … Continue reading Countdown to the holidays
Alberta colours before the October winds blow. As we make our way through rural Alberta at the end of September we can discover a world of colours that reflect the life and beauty of the terrain and the biodiversity. When the October winds begin to blow the foliage that is changing colour will go, leaving, in some places, bleak looking skeletal trees outlined against greys, browns and the white of snow and ice. The coniferous trees will desperately try to hold on to their greenery to provide a multihued green counterpoint, holding out hope for the spring and rebirth. Before … Continue reading Before the October winds blow
Is that winter on the horizon? Winter’s coming! The foliage is changing colour. Next comes the bleak, barren looking trees. For now we’ll enjoy the colours of an Alberta fall. Continue reading Winter’s coming
We learn very early in life how to weaponize language. School yard taunts, the verbal abuse we hurl at our siblings and our peers, the calculated assaults by our bullies begin to show us how language can be a weapon. Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. “ –English language childhood rhyme How very wrong we are. Missteps and misuse of language can have serious consequences and unforeseen repercussions. Current culture shows us how language can be politicized and weaponized. Here are a couple of links to sites that discuss it; Weaponizing language historically … Continue reading Weaponizing Language; Using the "D" word