After 75 years, a French village liberated by Canadians still feels true patriot love

After 75 years, a French village liberated by Canadians still feels true patriot love

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. . . I am Hawaii

I read this wonderful post with the music from the video in the background, and it was so soothing and relaxing. The pictures are lovely.
This might be the best way to begin or end your day. If you miss it, you won’t know what I mean.

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. . . I am Hawaii

We all love Hawaii. The imagery of ocean coves and tropical breezes. Sipping Piña Coladas on an outdoor lanai . . .

Some of us are fortunate to live, have lived, or have visited there. Others, can only dream.

People ask me, when they learn I’ve lived there, birthed my baby there, regularly flown back and forth from California, working with horses there:  “Do you miss Hawaii?”

“Do I miss Hawaii? No, I don’t miss Hawaii. I am Hawaii.”    DawnSeeker

Lani Kai Cloud all photos Copyright 2019 DawnSeeker

You see, Hawaii isn’t just a place.

Hawaii is a lifestyle. A way of living and interacting. With your surroundings — with the people, the Nature, the land.

We all associate the word “Aloha” with Hawaii. Let’s look further into that word.

Hawaiian Horse -- Patrick Ching



The literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of…

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Should I tip for fast food? Do You?

Do you tip for fast food? Drive through? Tim Hortons? In-N-Out? Mickey-D?

This post is just about restaurant tipping in fast food establishments, otherwise this post would be too long. I know there are many other situations where tips are expected and warranted!

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Two minutes wherever

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On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”. – The above is from

Thanks to Greg and Amelia, who shared the song with me – Pittance of Time – which I hope you can take time to listen and absorb the message.

November 11 is the one day a year in which we stop wherever we are for two minutes to honor the young men and women who wrote a blank cheque for service up to and including their lives, and take it as an honour to do so.

Two minutes, Lest We Forget.

Terry Kelly has many accomplishments as a musician, speaker, and as a blind athlete – to learn more– read here.

Thank you readers for being there, there would be no blog after nine years if not for your comments, and kind support.

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Why I Don’t Like Influencers

LA is a blogger who promotes discussion, and even if you don’t comment; you likely will ponder the issue.
I am happy to reblog her today because the topic is about accepting ourselves. I know having a prominent fistula in my arm caused me to hide by wearing long sleeves but I accept myself now, and don’t worry about weird looks or questions if I broke my wrist.
I also am not in competition, this is my life, and I am content to be me.

Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

Yesterday, I posted about how we’ve evolved into a new short term economy, where many are not choosing to follow the stereotypical 9-5 what a way to make a living path. Blog friend Amy (who I believe resides in Tokyo so most of you didn’t see her comment) made some very valid arguments to the contentions I laid out yesterday.

Of course- I started thinking. And the idea I originally had for today’s blog is now pushed to the future, and I’m going to try to discuss some of the points that she made. For brevity sake, I’m going to break it down over at least two days, so I can narrow my focus.

Today- as the title suggests, I’m going to start with my problem with influencers. I think it is integral to the discussion that I define what I mean when I use the term, and what my…

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My blog is 9 years old! Wow that was fast !

I was surprised by an email from WordPress which did congratulate me for having this blog 9 years.  Wow! The time went quickly and in mentioning it to another blogger, she suggested I do a post on what have I learned in that time.

Nine years ago I launched this blog because of the passing of my Aunt Eleanor, and I decided to write about her, and how special she was.  I had no idea I would still be writing 9 years later.

I think at the beginning I thought blogging was a bit like launching signals into space, and hoping someone heard you, and besides that I didn’t know what to anticipate.

I wonder if a quote from Captain Kirk would be appropriate –

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. – Star Trek

Thankfully somehow I was noticed,  other bloggers encouraged me and quickly I met online many amazing bloggers.

Most of my blogging time is actually visiting other bloggers, and commenting. Blogging posts are so varied, and so are the bloggers but they all have one thing in common, they have opened a window to their lives. They are a varied group of writers, and many of them spend long hours to create posts that are amazing.

In opening a window to my life to other bloggers and readers – I have benefited. I have benefited via laughter, learning, inspiration, and sharing.

I have also tried to return the encouragement and helpful comments to fellow writers.

In the beginning I was writing a blog, but 9 years later I feel like part of a community.

Nine years already? That was fast!


Looking north over Okanagan lake along with a path that leads…..?

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after. `~J.R.R. Tolkien 

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