Excellent 1999 Documentary on Canada! (DVD)

Nicely done 76 min, nation fly-over starting in the Maritimes. Includes a section on the northern territories.
Mostly scenery and a bare minimum of talk. Places identified by captions.
Beautiful letterbox HD. A particularly invigorating overview of the country.
Appropriate stereo music by Canadian singers and groups a similar nice touch. (CD included)
You literally get to see all parts/main regions and cities of Canada. Mountains and North scenes are dramatic. All Canadian sports and modes of transportation included.
MB, SK, AB somewhat shortchanged, but everywhere else is good. There’s even bonus scenes after the main show.
Should be basic viewing for all school kids and immigrants.

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And right now, ’tis a very good time, indeed,

to remember and treasure the many good memories, the special people in our lives, the funny times when we laughed freely and heartily together, and the warm, deep, feelings of our closest, most intimate moments.

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The best way to live these days, despite the many lies, much corruption,

racism, violence, and craziness, is still One Day at a Time.
There are more distractions and unnecessary complexities than ever, but they are ‘out there’.
You still have control over much of your home, life, family, and most of the things that need doing.
Each day I try to get at least one significant thing done, shore up at least one thing, and move forward on one front.
There’s usually time enough to do that as well as time to do something good for myself and to learn some new things in daily process.

“Simplify, simplify.”-Thoreau

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Madu Timeline:

AB Justice Minister Madu gets distracted driving ticket for talking on cellphone in March 2020. It is not reported till January 2021. Now why would that be? Someone withholding important info from the media for 10 months!?

And, of course, Kenney is protecting him by not forcing him to resign, and is only taking action now even though he’s likely known about the incident for 10 months. He only acts whenever ‘caught’ or when the media gets hold of a damaging story.

Interesting that Madu gratuitously raised racial profiling to try and offset and pressure the police chief. A sleazy way to slither out of his being caught and being held responsible.

Madu tried distraction, too, back in July last year with his crazy, absurd, dangerous campaign for public use of pepper spray. All of our eyes would have been put out so we couldn’t see his crime! Guilty, guilty. Enough, enough. This guy should be turfed. He is a major embarrassment and disgrace to his position and does not act like an impartial justice minister.

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Blue Monday

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JT’s Great Song/Lyric about MLK

Oh, let us turn our thoughts today
To Martin Luther King
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women living on the Earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood

That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world
Become a place in which our children
Can grow free and strong

We are bound together by the task
That stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound, and we are bound

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps
The heart will never rest

Shed a little light, oh Lord (shed a little light, oh Lord)
So that we can see, oh yeah
Just a little light, oh Lord. (just a little light, oh Lord)
Want to stand it on up
Stand it on up, oh Lord (stand it on up, Lord)
Want to walk it on down
Gonna shed a little light, oh Lord (shed a little light, oh Lord)

Can’t get no light from a dollar bill
(Don’t see me no light from a dollar bill)
Don’t give me no light from a TV screen, oh no, no
When I open my eyes, I want to drink my fill
From the well on the hill
I know you know what I mean

Shed a little light, oh Lord (shed a little light, oh Lord)
So that we can see, oh yeah
Just a little light, oh Lord (just a little light, oh Lord)
Want to stand it on up
Stand it on up, oh Lord (stand it on up, oh Lord)
Stand on up, Lord
Want to walk it on down
Gonna shed a little light, oh Lord (shed a little light, oh Lord)
Shed a little light, Lord

There’s a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest, oh yes
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps
The heart will never rest

Oh, Let us turn our thoughts today
To Martin Luther King
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women living on the Earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood

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MLK: from the speech that first got to me…

“….And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.

And I don’t mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I’m happy, tonight.

I’m not worried about anything.

I’m not fearing any man!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!

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A. E. Housman

Into my heart on air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

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Poem at the End of “Walkabout” (1970)

Into my heart on air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

—A.E. Housman

(Used in Nicolas Roeg’s brilliant masterpiece to summarize the teen girl’s and her young brother’s transition from innocence to experience, but, ironically, also the Aboriginal boy’s loss of his cultural ways, and beyond that, the loss of other earlier, more nature-based cultures)

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Who Needs Wordle?

Not I.


Scrabble has long been my favorite word game since grade 11, 56 years ago. A good party game before the pandemic.

More recently, I’ve begun doing my late mother’s Jumble books. I can see why she considered this game a good mental/linguistic workout from the 1950s to her passing in 2008.

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