Happy Adventure

Discovering Newfoundland

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Happy Adventure. Sounds like a super cute title for a blog post, like we went on a Happy Adventure, well funny enough it’s actually the true location of where the adventure happened. We went to a place called Happy Adventure. You have to love Newfoundland and it’s ability to create weird names for our communities. Everyone has heard of the town of Dildo in Newfoundland.

One of my favourite places to visit is called Happy Adventure. It is located close to where my father grew up in Glovertown/Gambo. Last year, my mother, boyfriend and I went to Glovertown to pick up our 8 week old yellow lab from the breeder. We were so excited to get her, so we packed up the car and headed off. We did the usual pitstops along the way. If you ever do a car journey across the island, the most common place to stop…

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Canal Grande and other famous sights in Venice

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For our last day in Venice, we were determined to see Saint-Marco square before the tourists flock there! We got up extra early that morning and had a look at the square before it was packed with people and it was lovely!

St. Mark’s Square dates from the 11th century but apparently, there was an older church on this site way before that. Tour the Doge’s Palace is located on the square and its facade features beautiful arches and pink and white marble.

We took some pictures, wandered around, and quickly went to see the gondolas on the lagoon one more time (definitively my favourite sight in Venice) 🙂

We continued to stroll leisurely the labyrinth made of all the little alleyways and walk along the canal. I think the best way to discover Venice is just to wander around!

It was an early night as we were supposed to take the…

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What she saw in Canada…

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Happy Canada Day to my neighbors to the North

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IMG_3013 a family of groundhogs live here

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THE FEAR OF CHANGE

GLENNA'S GROOVE

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To be honest my “comfort zone” is NOT comfortable

but it is all I know. The ritualistic norms that we

apply to our sense of normalcy in life.

Coffee, TV, Foods, Cigarettes, Cliques, relationships

that give us an energy that is sometimes no longer appreciated

same shows, same times, same phone call, same habits

that we know are not in our best interest. the other habit is saying

the other predictable habit is saying

how we are NOT going to do this/that anymore and then like

clockwork back to the same ritualistic behavior.

When I quit smoking I did not know what to do with my arms

when I walked down the street, I was so used to using the

using the cigarette as a prop in my presentation

(good or bad it was my mask)

CHANGE is HARD but it was overdue

If you want to change you have to…

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Why is the Ocean Brown at Galveston Island?

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Why is the water brown?

I asked this question myself the first time I saw the sea at Galveston Island, Texas.

Is the ocean really Brown at Galveston?

Yes

Is the water dirty on Galveston Island?

No, not really dirty in the sense you mean.

Answers… I promise answers.

I wondered these things myself and before I would stick one toe inside the water there, I looked it up. I wanted a scientific explanation (dumbed down enough that I could understand.)

Here’s why the ocean water is brown in Galveston:

The Gulf of Mexico is fed in part via the “Loop Current”. This is a nifty term that scientist like to use 😉    This ocean flow (or current) send warmer water from the Yucatan Channel northward into the Gulf of Mexico. As this current comes in it bends and then heads towards Florida.

( I am no artist, but I…

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(Philosophy/Poem) Lord What Did You Say?

Lord What Did You Say?

 

This poem is derived from Biblical Scripture

I used Job 33:14-16 and Proverbs 6:16-19

 

 

Brother, what did the Lord say

You and I, are we deaf like Job

Did He speak to us once, or was it twice

In a dream, in a vision in the night

When deep sleep falls upon us

When we lay slumbering upon our bed

It is then that God opens the ears of man

The Lord sealing His instructions in our Soul

 

 

Seven things He tells us will seal Hell upon our deaths

Our proud looks and lying tongues we think we can hide

The innocent blood we shed with no remorse, care or tears

Our wicked ways not thinking of when our Soul is ripped away

From man these things we can conceal, but never from Him

 

 

To mischief deeds with fleet feet we run not caring who we trample

Upon the witness stand we lie to spill innocent blood just for fun

With little thought, lies and discord among our own family we spread

Then wonder why the cold grave turns to the heat of our eternal bed

Could it be because we did not heed the torments of Job in the visions

Nor the words or warnings the Lord in our sleep put into our head

(Philosophy/Poem) Fly Away Tonight

Fly Away Tonight

 

Ode to the morning, for the opening of the eyes

The mind is racing, preparing our truths and our lies

O soul, what will you give for this breath as it goes

Life is but a vapor that disappears in the fog of night

On the wings of an eagle the history of our life go by

 

 

Ode to the days now of the evening sky

What would we give for the days gone by

Tonight when we sleep do we think or care

As the sun fades away, could it be our last time

As we fade off to sleep in the cool of this night

 

 

In the REM of our sleep, is this a dream, or a fight

Demon’s with pitchforks blazing fighting Angels of Light

Fighting the Holy One for your Soul to Hell’s hole to take

Is this a dream, or is it your Soul’s premonition of your fate

Mortal, is this the night you don’t awake as your soul flies away

Couple’s Frozen Bodies Found on Glacier 75 Years After Disappearance

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TIME.COM)

‘We Spent Our Lives Searching For Them.’ Couple’s Frozen Bodies Found on Glacier 75 Years After Disappearance

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The frozen bodies of a couple who disappeared 75 years ago have been discovered side by side on a glacier near a ski lift above the Les Diablerets resort in the Swiss alps.

Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, who were 40 and 37 years old at the time of their disappearance, went missing after going to feed their cattle on a mountain pasture above Chandolin, on August 15, 1942. It was the first time Francine Dumoulin had accompanied her husband on such an excursion, the Swiss publication Le Matin reports.

For months after the couple’s disappearance, local villages carried out various search operations, to no avail. “One day, we had to [accept] the obvious,” the couple’s youngest daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, told Le Matin. “They were not coming back.”

Udry-Dumoulin, who is now 79 and became an orphan when she was four, said she and her six siblings spent their “whole lives” looking for their parents, “without stopping.” She told Le Matin that they hoped to give them “the funeral they deserved one day.”

“I climbed the glacier three times afterwards, always looking for them,” she said. “I kept wondering if they had suffered and what had become of them. I now have the pleasure of having answers to these questions.”

The couple’s bodies were discovered last week and their identity investigated by the Valais police. They were wearing World War II-era clothing and were said to be “perfectly preserved” in the glacier. According to Le Matin, such discoveries are becoming increasingly common as the glacier continues to melt.

(Philosophy/Poem) Wisdom

Wisdom

 

Through your wisdom you have built your life upon a rock

There is no shifting sand that can detour your feet from your door

Though man is simple, even he will seek shelter from the lion’s roar

Rejoice in the instruction from those of gray hair from your youth

The fruit of wisdom helps to keep you sheltered from the cold winds

The wise lay up knowledge for it is a well of life if you choose to drink it

 

 

The simple and the wicked do hunger and fear till the end of life

Through ignorance and ego they do stumble through the darkness

Not knowing or seeing the lion and the wolf who delight in their flesh

Knowing light is a beginnings for human understanding and wisdom

Human, enter the door of your rock house and sleep soundly tonight

You awake in the morning, through wisdom, your new day can begin

Terrorist President Abbas Calls For ‘Day Of Rage’ Over Israel Security Measures At Temple Mount

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE TIMES OF ISRAEL)

 

Protesters rioted in East Jerusalem neighborhoods overnight Tuesday against new security measures at the Temple Mount, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police and shooting fireworks at Israeli forces. At least 50 Palestinians and one officer were reported hurt.

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The disturbances come after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party on Monday called for a “Day of Rage” on Wednesday in protest against the new measures, including metal detectors installed following a terror attack in which three Arab-Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers at the Temple Mount on Friday.

Speaking to Israel Radio, Jerusalem police commissioner Yoram Halevi said the city was tense but quiet on Tuesday morning after what he described as a difficult night of protests, with youths throwing stones at officers and setting dumpsters on fire.

Halevi said that many of those who took part in the rioting were encouraged to do so by the provocative statements that came from the Palestinian leadership.

He said despite the protests Israel would not back down on the new security measures.

“We are determined to create [a situation of] security after the killing of two police officers,” Halevi said. “While the families are still sitting and mourning, we can’t let this just pass.”

The placement of the metal detectors at the Temple Mount has also been met with outrage by the Waqf, the Muslim religious authority charged with managing the Temple Mount. Muslims have held prayers outside the metal detectors to protest their placement at the gates.

Israeli border policemen install metal detectors outside the Lion's Gate, a main entrance to the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 16, 2017, after security forces reopened the ultra-sensitive site, whose closure after a deadly attack earlier in the week sparked anger. (AFP/ AHMAD GHARABLI)

Israeli border policemen install metal detectors outside the Lion’s Gate, a main entrance to the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on July 16, 2017, after security forces reopened the ultra-sensitive site, whose closure after a deadly attack earlier in the week sparked anger. (AFP/ AHMAD GHARABLI)

During the night there was rioting at two focus points in and around the capital, police said in a statement.

In Silwan, an East Jerusalem neighborhood just outside the Old City of Jerusalem, rioters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police and targeted them with fireworks.

A police officer was taken to the hospital in after being hit in the leg with a rock. His condition was described as good. A police squad car was damaged in the clashes, the statement said. Cops arrested one suspect who was holding a knife.

Police used riot dispersal methods to counter the protesters during which police “identified a hit” on one of the rioters, the statement said. Police did not say what the incident involved but noted that they later received a report that the suspect made his own way to Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem.

In Issawiya, another East Jerusalem neighborhood, youths threw Molotov cocktails and shot firecrackers at police. Two suspects were arrested. In addition, another four suspects from the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Wadi Goz and Sur Baher were detained for taking part in the rioting during the night.

Earlier Monday there were clashes at the Lions Gate to the Old City, the scene of the shooting and knife attack during carried out by three Arab Israelis. After shooting officers Master Sgt. Kamil Shnaan and Master Sgt. Haiel Sitawe, who died of their injuries, the attackers retreated into the Temple Mount compound where they were shot dead by pursuing police.

The Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said in a statement Tuesday that 50 were injured during the confrontations at Lions Gate and in other clashes during the night.

Of those injured 15 were transferred to the Makassed Hospital and 35 were treated by paramedics on the ground. Sixteen people were injured by rubber-coated bullets, nine by stun grenades and 25 had injuries caused by beatings from police, the statement said.

Four members of the Red Crescent were also injured while treating other people, the organization said.

Master Sgt. Kamil Shnaan, left, and Master Sgt. Haiel Sitawe, right, the police officers killed in the terror attack next to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem on July 14, 2017. (Israel Police)

Master Sgt. Kamil Shnaan, left, and Master Sgt. Haiel Sitawe, right, the police officers killed in the terror attack next to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem on July 14, 2017. (Israel Police)

Following Friday’s terror attack Israel closed the Temple Mount compound for the first time in decades, only reopening it to Muslims on Sunday and to non-Muslims on Monday.

As part of the security measures taken in the wake of the shooting to prevent further such attacks, police installed metal detectors at the entrance to the site, which Halevi said were necessary for it to reopen. Friday’s gunmen, residents of the northern Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm, had emerged armed from the compound and opened fire on the police officers stationed outside.

Fatah on Monday called for marches in the West Bank toward Israeli checkpoints in protest of the new measures and announced that Friday prayers, when many worshipers go to the Temple Mount, would be conducted in public squares instead. The decision was made following a meeting between Fatah Revolutionary Council secretary Adnan Ghaith, Fatah central committee member Jamal Muheisin, and Fatah representatives from the northern West Bank.

The group said the measures were called in order to denounce Israeli “terrorist procedures” in the Old City, according to a report in the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

The officials called for maintaining the delicate status quo at the Temple Mount, denouncing a “fierce and organized attack” by Israel against East Jerusalemites.

Along with other Islamic groups, the Waqf trust, which administers the site, on Monday called on Muslims “to reject and boycott all the Israeli aggression measures, including changing the historical status quo including imposing the metal detectors.”

In its statement, the Waqf called on the faithful not to enter the mosque by passing through the metal detectors, adding, “If the metal detectors continue to be imposed, we call upon the people to pray in front of the gates of the mosque and in the streets of Jerusalem.”

Jews revere the site, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times, as the Temple Mount. It is the holiest site in Judaism and the nearby Western Wall, a retaining wall of one of the temples, is the holiest place where Jews can pray.

Muslims regard the same hilltop compound as the Noble Sanctuary. Home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. It is Islam’s third-holiest site, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

A picture taken on July 17, 2017, shows the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)

The Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, July 17, 2017. (AFP Photo/ Thomas Coex)

The fate of the compound is an emotional issue and forms the centerpiece of rival Israeli and Palestinian national narratives. Any perceived changes to the delicate arrangements at the site can spark tensions. Its closure after Friday’s attack prompted condemnations from the Arab world, many of which made no reference to the terror attack that prompted the closure.

Dov Lieber and AP contributed to this report.