Winter has descended on us, with a  vengeance. It is snowing, windy and feels real cold, but the worst is yet to come. It is 2°F below or -19° C. Let’s add in the wind blowing at 11 mph, and it has the same cooling effect as 20°F below. That is what it feels like outside in the wind. My solution is to just stay inside, but the mail beckons, a block away at our clubhouse, so I will bundle up and chase the  mail  in a short while.


I have a few more items to clean up from my collection, and I have a couple of web pages to share with you. But that will be a bit later in the blog.


IATT00002n September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Valley Heights High School in Port Rowan, Ontario , did something not to be forgotten.  On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom.  When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks. 

‘Ms.  Cothren, where are our desks?’ She replied,

‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’ They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’ ‘No,’ she said.

‘Maybe it’s our behaviour.’ She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behaviour.’ And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period.  Still no desks in the classroom.  Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television news crews had started gathering at the school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom.  Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom.  Now I am going to tell you.’

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.  Twenty-seven (27)  Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.  The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall.  By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks.  These heroes did it for you.  They placed the desks here for you.  They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have.

Now, it’s up to you to sit in them.  It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.  They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.  Don’t ever forget it.’
By the way, this is a true story.  And this teacher was awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year in 2006.  She is the daughter of a WWII POW.
Let us always remember the men and women of our military and the rights they have won for us.

Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of Ath in Belgium .

Marc Duvivier the mayor of Ath, has refused, and the town clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why.

“Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Belgium , its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate.

They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Belgium .

They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not the Belgians who so generously welcomed them.

They must understand that the Athois are neither racist nor xenophobic, they accepted many immigrants before Muslims (whereas the reverse is true that Muslims do not accept non-Muslim foreigners on their soil) except as temporary workers in the oil fields and in construction.

That no more than other nations, the Belgians are not willing to give up their identity, their culture.

And if Belgium is a land of welcome, it’s not Marc Duvivier that welcomes foreigners, but the Belgian people as a whole.

Finally, they must understand that in Belgium with its Judeo-Christian roots, Christmas trees, churches and religious festivals, religion must remain in the private domain.  The municipality of Ath was right to refuse any concessions to Islam and Sharia.

For Muslims that disagree with secularism and do not feel comfortable in Belgium , there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive them with open halal arms in accordance with Shariah.

If you left your country for Belgium , and not for other Muslim countries, it is because you have considered that life is better in Belgium than elsewhere.

Ask yourself the question, just once, “Why is it better here in Belgium than where you come from?” A canteen with pork is part of the answer.
I got this one a few months ago from one of my neighbours, here in Calgary. It’s too true to just toss, and so I pass it on to you, the reader. Feel free to send it to anyone else you think might be interested.

”I am thankful to be called a Canadian

Once in a while someone does a nice job of describing a Canadian, this time it was an Australian dentist.

You probably missed it in the local news, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian – any Canadian.

An Australian dentist wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so they would know one when they found one.

So the following is an Australian Definition of a Canadian.  In case anyone asks you who a Canadian is ??

A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek.

A Canadian can be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan.

A Canadian may also be a Cree, Metis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as native Canadians.

A Canadian’s religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or none.  In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan.

The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses.  Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world.  The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which recognize the right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the best minds.

But they also welcome the least – the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected.  These are the people who built Canada.

You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour.  This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place.

They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom.  Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian.



Ah, yes the Christmas season is rapidly approaching. We hear the Carols in the stores and the Christmas ads are everywhere. This is a bit early, but it’s cute and it deals with Christmas, take a look: Christmas song

I got this site just today. I spent quite a bit of time roaming around on it since it is very interesting. It has to do with the view Winston Churchill had of the Muslims. Take a look around the site to other links, some very good material there as well. Churchill

You may have seen all the fuss about a commercial in Europe over a Candy ad. This is the video ad, and I think it is beautiful. Consider all the madness going on during the first world war, and look around at the world today. Madness everywhere. This ad is a real breath of fresh air, and it is based on a true story. Enjoy: WW1 Christmas



Beautiful sign, I love it!

Three old ladies were sitting side by side in their retirement home in Yuma reminiscing.
The first lady recalled shopping at the green grocers and demonstrated with her hands, the length and thickness of a cucumber she could buy for a penny The second old lady nodded, adding that onions used to be much bigger and cheaper also, and demonstrated the size of two big onions she could buy for a penny a piece..
The third old lady remarked, "I can’t hear a word you’re saying, but I remember the guy you’re talking about.  He was from Alberta.

Typical macho man married typical good-looking lady, and after the wedding, he laid down the following rules:

‘I’ll be home when I want, if I want and at what time I want — and I don’t expect any hassle from you. 
I expect a great dinner to be on the table unless I tell you that I won’t be home for dinner. 
I’ll go hunting, fishing, boozing, and card-playing When I want with my old buddies, and don’t you Give me a hard time about it. 
Those are my rules.  Any comments?’ His new bride said: 
‘No, that’s fine with me.  Just understand that there will be sex here at seven o’clock every night…whether you’re here or not.’
Husband (a doctor) and his wife are having a fight at the breakfast table. 

Husband gets up in a rage and says, ‘And you are no Good in bed either,’ and storms out of the house.

After some time he realizes he was nasty and Decides to make amends and rings her up. 

She comes to the phone after many rings, and the irritated husband says, ‘What took you so long to answer the phone?’
She says, ‘I was in bed.’
‘In bed this early, doing what?’
‘Getting a second opinion!’
A man has six children and is very proud of his achievement. 

He is so proud of himself, that he starts calling his Wife,’ Mother of Six’ in spite of her objections.

One night, they go to a party.  The man decides that it is time to go home and wants to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well. 
He shouts at the top of his voice, ‘Shall we go home Mother of Six?’
His wife, irritated by her husband’s lack of discretion, Shouts right back, ‘Any time you’re ready, Father of Four.’

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

Ross Smile

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