Maple Leaf

As I was going through the annual ritual of digging out and erecting our Maple Leaf flag, there were so many thoughts going through my mind concerning our country, I just had to do that as my blog.

We have so much to be thankful for in our country. Sure our government isn’t perfect, nobody’s government is. I have certainly become disillusioned in recent years with our Federal, and Provincial government, and while I once had the idea that our civic government was good value, I am now having second thoughts. All of them have come down with entitlement disease and have delusions of Vote me back in. That seems to be the criteria, do whatever it takes to get voted back into power. Sad. They are still light years better than many other countries I know about!

But we truly do have a huge amount to be thankful for. We have clean air, clean water, a good although worn road system, good relatively cheap food in quantity, good schools even with the convoluted new 2014 math they are teaching. Our health care is good and will get better when and if they get their collective acts together. Fuel is relatively cheap, I suppose. We have a great military institution, which unfortunately is neglected when the guys come back home, and that is shameful. Our electrical grid is excellent, the power seldom if ever goes out, and the same applies to our phone system. We have gas to heat our homes. Blue skies above us, a community that will always stand up for each other in times of need. Our education system is working and producing tomorrows leaders. We have an Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific ocean as our coasts, huge mountains and great lakes, plus some huge forests. We have a ton of oil and gas, plus hundreds of years of coal if it is ever needed.

If you watch the news on TV, or read the newspapers, you are no doubt aware of the crap that is happening in the world today. We, in Canada, can walk down the street that is not covered with rubble, or bombed buildings. we do not have to worry about a possible IED blowing up in our face. We can dress as we see fit, marry who we like, same sex or otherwise all without fear of being imprisoned, shot at or tortured. We will not get stoned to death if we get raped! We do not run around kidnapping children for human sacrifice as is done in Uganda.

Yes we have one helluva lot to be thankful for in Canada, It escapes me why some people come here for all we have to offer, including probably the freest country in  the world, only to have these people do their best to take us back to the stone age they left behind. If they liked it so much, why did they leave it for our freedoms, that would also include the freedom to go back to the old country, and good riddance. We don’t need people who do not wish to embrace our way of life, or our laws. Are we the perfect place to live? No, no place is, but it has some inherent freedoms, humanity, community, Christian principles, and they are enshrined in our people, and in our Maple Leaf Flag.

So, I ask all you Canadians reading this, dig out the old Maple Leaf, fly it proudly. Mine is already up, and I see at least one more. I was born in Bermuda of Canadian parents, but I am a proud Canadian.


1. I just got this today, and it is the kind of thing that brings a tap to your toe and a big smile to your face. It concerns a Festival in Lviv in Ukraine. A real work of art and look at the peoples faces. Beautiful. Take a look: Lviv

2. This is a funny one, no words, and will bring a chuckle to your day. You will have to wait until the very last scene for the punch line. Check it out: 10 pound


Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance.
Kim Campbell, Canada’s first female Prime Minister


The light turned yellow, just in front of him.  He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.  The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door.  She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I’m very sorry for this mistake.  You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him.  I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally….I assumed you had stolen the car."


Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another!

Ross Smile


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