Maple LeafSummer last such a short time when one lives in the higher elevations or as we high elevations folk call it, the High Country. So it was just great to have a day to celebrate with warm 75 degree temperatures, and no rain or even wind!

Celebrations existed all over the city, ranging from folk dances to immigration ceremonies. Quite a few people became Canadians today, and we welcome them as citizens of our great land.

My flag campaign was not as successful this year as in years past, but with the reduction in promotion, since I no longer control our house organ, the SPGV Scuttlebutt, it was not promoted in that venue. Only thing going for it by way of promotion was my blog. There were fewer flags displayed in the apartments this year, and about the same for the villas.

There is a back story about this flag displaying thing, that you may find interesting. It goes like this. My wife and I were taking a driving trip into the US in early June. We had crossed the border into the US into eastern Montana from Saskatchewan. A day or so later, we got going in the morning, and what the heck was that all about! We were surrounded by the flags bearing the Stars and Stripes. What brought that on anyway? We stopped just down the road in a small town where every business, home and lamp post had a big flag flying from it.

My curiosity was soon satisfied when I asked a person just what all the flags were about. Being as how we are Canadian and all, we simply had no idea. The person I spoke with, was most happy to share what was going on. It was June 14, and that is Flag Day in the US. It is the day to commemorate the adoption in 1777 of the Stars and Stripes in the USA.

Well, we drove all day in the midst of all the flags that had been put up by business people, school kids, Rotarians and other service clubs, private home owners and the list goes on. Frankly I was very impressed, blown away in fact, since we in Canada are not well known for blowing our horn and waving the flag.

OK, fair enough, but I  got thinking about it all day long, who could miss that with flags in every direction one looked. It seemed to me that while the Yankees are pointed at for all the flag waving they do, they have every right to do so, and they can be proud of the achievements that the nation has accomplished and that  the flag represents.

So as the days went by and we toured around, I continued thinking that we, as Canadians have one hell of a lot to be grateful for, a lot to be thankful for and a lot of things to be proud of, everything from Peace Keeping to some very important medical advances. The list of Canadian accomplishments is pretty long really.

When we got back home, I wrote about what I had seen and asked as many of our residents as possible to go and get a flag, if they did not have one, and dig out the one they had if they did have one. Please fly it proudly on July 1, Canada Day. I was very proud of our community for the display we had. We have some 172 homes in our community, consisting of 34 villas, and 138 individual apartments in 3 buildings. While I cannot recall the exact count from that era, I seem to remember about 15 flags displayed. We had more as each year has gone by, but it dropped off this year; likely because it was not publicised in our paper.


I got this site via the back door in a way. I almost deleted it, since it came from somebody I had never heard about. When I looked at it, though, it seemed to me that a lot of it mirrored my own thoughts as to who my favourite US Presidents had been. M hands down favourite is Harry S. Truman, and second is Reagan. This is the results of a survey taken on the least liked president since WW2. Take a look: Presidents

This page is related to the Exit Laughing section below. The prayer is real, but it is attributed over the years to the wrong people. You can read the prayer below. The Snopes site is: Wright Prayer


As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship.  Do you know how proud I was?  I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

No laughing today, just a prayer for all of us. It is a true story, check it out on Snopes.

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate.  It seems prayer still upsets some people…  When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.  We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem..

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

The response was immediate.  A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.  In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev.  Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively..

The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea .

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘one nation under God.’ If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends.  "If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything."

Have a Great Day, and be nice to each other

Ross Smile

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