I got this photo from my daughter. It seems that my grandson Garrett has taken to the game of rugby at his school, Rundle College, here in Calgary. He is and has been involved to great degree with sports at Rundle, since it places a heavy reliance on sport. His sporting desire must come from his Dad’s side of the family, since other than a couple of uncles, my side and JRugby Garrett Rundleoan’s side of all this has produced no sports players. I enjoy fishing, does that qualify?

Joan & I are very proud grandparents, as you can well imagine. The picture I have was taken this past school year and was reproduced in the school yearbook as a dedicated full page. Garrett is quite proud of his sports and the picture. To have a full page in the school yearbook was the icing on the cake. Garrett has the ball, in this picture, and at the time his hair was a “bit” longish, so it is streaming out behind him. Great picture of a pretty great young man, I think. Pretty good for a 17 year old!

Garret Merz, with rugby ball.

If you are interested in the Rundle College school, I have the web site with all the information. Take a look: Rundle Academy

So here it is September18, and in 4 days it will be fall! Rain was forecast for last night and today, we got it OK, but as I looked out on it this morning, it looked a bit like snow! Looking further, I noticed that we had a very small accumulation on the bird feeder. Some shaded areas on some of the rooftops were also whitish.

It seems to me that it is a bit late for our first snow, and so far we have not had any kind of frost. Frost often happens in early September. We can have snow at almost any time of year, being as how we live at some 3200 feet of elevation, and at the 51st parallel of latitude. Just 200 miles north of Montana. In fact I have seen it snow on quite a few occasions during the last week of August! Only saw snow in July one time a few years back when we got some slushy, wet snow during Stampede week. That was the only time I have seen snow falling for 12 consecutive months. I can do without seeing it again.


All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.

Winston Churchill



This is the story of four people: EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, and NOBODY. There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry because it was EVERYBODY’S job, but NOBODY asked ANYBODY. It ended up that the job wasn’t done and EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY, when actually NOBODY asked ANYBODY!

Have a Great Day!

Ross Smile

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