Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A couple of nights ago, we saw some emergency response vehicles stop just down the hill from our place. There were fire engines, policemen and an ambulance. They had the road blocked off and were scouring the ditches. We watched from our property and were able to find out that a pedestrian had been struck by a minivan.
My daughter returned from driving friends home and when I told her what happened, she was shocked, as they had seen the pedestrian on the road about a kilometer from the accident site just 20 minutes earlier.
I brought my daughter and 2 of her friends down to the scene to speak to the officer and give testimony. The police were very interested and we ended up with a couple of constables in our home until around 3:30am. The kids gave the police testimonies. They also gave them valuable information to the investigation.
I received a phone call today from a friend with some very bad news. He went on to say that a good friend of ours just lost her brother very close to my house and he was wondering if I knew anything. I told him all I know. In fact, the deceased man was the brother of our dear friend.
His name was Henry and he had come home from England. He was re-establishing himself here when the accident occurred. That “unknown” victim of circumstance indeed had a name and a story. His name is Henry and he has sisters and brothers and a mother and father who love him dearly.
Why do I feel different now that I have a name and a story? It’s a good thing to remember that all of us have names and all of us have stories. Most people begin life with a name and are loved by someone. Henry had a name and he was indeed loved. Henry had a story.
.I am sorry Henry. I am sorry my friend.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I love the Sikh people. Those that I have met are kind and gentle people. I have been learnng temple ettiquette in order that I might not offend anyone. I have learned that we are all beggers. My life has been blessed by the knowledge and friendship of the Sekh people. I am proud that we both call ourselves Canadian and that we live close as friends and brothers.
My heart aches for my perceptions of the past, yet leaps for joy with new understanding.
peace and brotherhood
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I found myself in a crisis over the last few weeks and I came to beleive the only way out was to call upon my friends. I was amazed that I didnt even have to ask. All I had to do was to explain my anguish and my trouble and my friends were willing to come to the rescue. My friends offerred me help beyond my expectation. My friends were not interested in money, or trading, or paying back of favours or any other conditions. My friends offerred me unconditional friendship and uncnditional help.
When I recounted my story to a distant friend he said "Don, you have some amazing friends. In your time of need, your friends were there. I hope you appreciate the lengths they would go for you"
Well I do know and appreciate. Good friendship doesnt count the costs or keep track of the debts. Good friends simply do. Good friends help to bear the burdons. Good friends take on the pain and translate that into action. This life would be a colder and darker place without friends.
So today, as I look back at my crisis, it has been bearable because of the empathy and call to action by my friends. I salute you. You make life worth living. Though friends dont keep track of debt, I feel a certain indebtedness. Not so much to you as individuals, but to friendships on a whole. I want you to know that you are better than friends. You are brothers and sisters.
I love You.
Bless You All
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I wanted to buy another native art painting or print but I am really strapped for cash. I had just spent a few days in the bush and frankly my remaining shirt was both stinky and dirty SO....I purchased this Art T at the Nippissing Reserve. It is a Richard Bedwash T. I love this shirt because I can display my love for Woodland art to everyone.
I also had decided to grow my hair to my ass and put it in a pony tail. Its something I always wanted to do, but never did because of my fear of looking "Hippi". I decided tough..I'm gonna do it. WELL..the reality sunk in. I started to look like a nutty professor and frankly, didnt like long hair. It was a drag. SO...I removed that from my bucket list and promptly got a number three buzz cut.
Monday, July 20, 2009
We had been discussing the fact that much of our food comes from Southern US and then is shipped to our stores. We were counting the stupidity of such a move. Lets see, drain the Colorado river of all its water to irrigate the land. Then use pesticide, herbicides and illegal Mexican labour. Put the veggies on a truck burning fossil fuel a week before they are ready. Spray them with "stuff" to make them ripen and give them wonderful un natural colour and then still get them to us cheaper than our local farmer.....but at what cost? As we can see, cancer is getting cheaper and cheaper to obtain. I respectfully dedicate this post to Garrett Doyle, who just died young of cancer. He was one of the nicest, kindest and consciencious people you would ever meet.
The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc
The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots
- most people probably know this already.
What you may not know and should know is the following:
Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them. (this is the same chlorine used in your pool). Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine.
You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables?
Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer.. I thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed. I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips. Not any
Confirmed by Snopes
Saturday, July 18, 2009
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Saturday, July 11, 2009
When I take the root, it makes me feel warm and pleasant but not in a mind euphoric way. Its more like a body contentment feeling. I was lying in bed thinking...My body feels good. I have had such pain for such a long time. The doc knows about my self medication and has offerred pharmacuticals. I have tried them and they make my skin crawl. I have tried pain meds, relaxation meds, anti inflammitorys. In times of crisis I have had Valium and Codine. A freind gave me some super dupper relaxants. Nothing has worked for me and I dont trust any of it.
I confessed to my previous pastor and my pastor before that about my choice of pain releif and they both suggested I try legal alternatives. I also dont want to be addicted to my pain releif as that is like another form of bondage. My mom has been asking me to stop the self medicating, yet understands why as she too lives throiugh pain. I do beleive in the medicinal power of MJ yet there is the nagging fear that I am addicted and I dont want the stigma associated with it. I can feel though that smoking is taking its toll on me. I am a singer and I want to be physically active, but I fear that my lung capacity is being diminished. Its time to find a new medicine. I want organic.
You are welcome to comment on my secret and my search. Hopefully the truth will set me free.
Friday, July 10, 2009
My deep dark secret is that I have been controlling my pain with MJ. I have always been told that I should be using pharmicudicals, but I dont trust the man. I always said, that if I could find something legal, effective and organic, that I would switch. So for two days running, I have felt no need for using my previos self medication. So mom, if you are reading this, I think I may have found the solution.
If anyone knows anything about Valerian Root please share with me. I dont want to trade one "problem" for another. To be honest, I am quite happy with MJ and believe it is Gods gift to me. Its just that it is illegal and many would say a societal problem. I do not share these beleifs, however, I do want to be a law abiding citizen. Perhaps its time to "grow up" as many would say.
Here is a bit about Valerain Root...
Wikipedia Description of Valerian Root.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Valerianaceae) is a hardy perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers. The flowers are in bloom in the northern hemisphere from June to September. Valerian was used as a perfume in the sixteenth century.
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, Valerian has been introduced into North America. It is consumed as food by the larvae of some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) species including Grey Pug.
Other names used for this plant include garden valerian (to distinguish it from other Valeriana species), garden heliotrope (although not related to Heliotropium) and all-heal. The garden flower red valerian is also sometimes referred to as "valerian" but is a different species, from the same family but not particularly closely related.
Valerian, in pharmacology and phytotherapic medicine, is the name of a herb or dietary supplement prepared from roots of the plant, which, after maceration, trituration, dehydration processes, are conveniently packaged, usually into capsules, that may be used for certain effects including sedation and anxiolytic effect.
Valerian is used against sleeping disorders, restlessness and anxiety, and as a muscle relaxant. Valerian often seems only to work when taken over longer periods (several weeks), though many users find that it takes effect immediately. Some studies have demonstrated that valerian extracts interact with the GABA and benzodiazepine receptors. Valerian is also used traditionally to treat gastrointestinal pain and irritable bowel syndrome. However, long term safety studies are missing. Valerian is sometimes recommended as a first-line treatment when benefit-risk analysis dictates. Valerian is often indicated as transition medication when discontinuing benzodiazepines.
Valerian has uses in herbal medicine as a sedative. The main current use of valerian is as a remedy for insomnia, with a recent meta-analysis providing some evidence of effectiveness. It has been recommended for epilepsy but that is not supported by research (although valproic acid, an analogue of one of Valerian's constituents (valeric acid), is used as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug). Valerian root generally does not lose effectiveness over time.
While shown to be an effective remedy for the reduction of anxiety, it has also been reported to cause agitation, headaches and night terrors in some individuals. This may be due to the fact that some people lack a digestive conversion property necessary to effectively break down Valerian. One study found that valerian tends to sedate the agitated person and stimulate the fatigued person, bringing about a balancing effect on the system.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
So sorry to read about your father. I understand the grief and the frustration. We have become products of society, in such a manner, that we believe in consumerism, and we have faith in what is put on the shelves for consumption. We believe that modern medicine is all what they say it is, and we breath humanities farts.
........here is a point to ponder, looking through Dawns eyes
We are the only species that does not go back to the earth. We, like every organism on the planet, are food and nutrient's. We come from her embrace, but we deny her ours. We die, get embalmed, and we are put in an a box that does not rot. Because we are drained of fluids we don't decompose in them boxes naturally. Then we are buried in a plot of many others, and sprinkled with chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides and fertilizers so it looks good where our bodies lay, how ironic is that.
Irony abounds! There are so many examples of this irony in our society. Quite a Tower of Babel we have here.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Sorry Brian....we were going to drop by on our way out and at least say hello. Your Canada Day BBQ is legendary. Maybe next year.
Sorry Pete...I couldnt even begin to think about going to the surprise party as we were already triple booked. I'm sure you had a good time and I doubt very much if you were able to pull the wool over your wise wifes eyes. She will have still looked surprised!
I wandered over to my neighbours Pig Roast and Fireworks party. The pig was delicious and the fireworks were spectacular. Sorry for coming late and leaving early.
We dont say we are eating PIG. We say we are eating pork.
We dont say we are eating COW. We say we are eating beef.
We dont say we are eating DEER. We say we are eating venison.
Why is that?
Friday, July 03, 2009
"I normally open my conversation by explaining, how us humans in this modern age, have put our most important sense of our many senses, in the back of our subconscious. We have every sense that all creatures on this earth have, but we live in a four walled environment which protects us from natural elements. The sense that keeps all creatures alive is intuitive, and we no longer have to listen to this inner voice to keep us from dangers, thus making ourselves vulnerable to the elements.This can only be felt. This is our natural alarm." Dawn
Thursday, July 02, 2009