Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Few Things

I received a 'Versatile Blogger award' from Liesl over at  A Little African Magic. Part of accepting this award is to reveal seven things about yourself that other bloggers may not know about you. 

Here goes:
1. Two things I would like to do in my next lives would be a professional dancer and a chef.

2. My favourite time of year is Spring!

3. I miss the interaction of working with 'developmentally delayed' kids.

4. I think helmets should be mandatory for everyone who skates and who is involved in 'active' sports.

5. I am a advocate for 'inclusion' of children with learning difficulties in the regular classroom if not all day then part of the day.

6. My favourite 'meat' meal is lamb.

7. I prefer reading 'creative non-fiction' than fiction.

I am supposed to keep this going and pass this award on to 5 others. I cannot do this and sleep tonight! So I give this to all my followers 'en masse'! How's that for wimping out!?

Guess what we saw here along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia yesterday? Sunshine!!!!! That's right, it appeared around 3 P.M. and STAYED!

So I took advantage and took some pictures of the Yellow Magnolia as I had promised to do as the blossoms started to emerge all of a sudden due to the warmth from Mr. Sunshine. Did I just say that? 

Yes I did. After living in the cold fog for a month, I have no control whatsoever over the words coming out of my mouth! lol Here are a few more 'shots' :

Got call from a friend of ours who lives in the neighbouring province of New Brunswick yesterday morning. Her father had just died. He was valiantly fighting a battle with prostate cancer for a year.

                             Angelique Tulip.
Our friend was very close to her Dad and had just brought him home from the hospital the day before.......to die in familiar surroundings. 

                             Angelique Tulip.
We are going to the funeral on Friday morning. Our friend, Carolyn, came to my mother's funeral a few years ago with both her children. I was so pleased to see them there. She said something to me then that I will never forget: "Jim, this is what friend's do." It moved me then as it does now.


  1. great thought and pictures!

    it's good to get to know you better. :)

    have a lovely day!


  2. That Carolyn sounds like a good girl. Hold on to that one!
    Congrats on the award. I received it last year and it was a nice compliment. I guess it's about time that I paste it on my Blog somewhere.
    Have fun with Mr. Sunshine! m.

  3. Oh, sunshine! I love it, until the temps soar above 100 degrees F, then I long for clouds. But after a cold winter, sunshine is most welcome. Hope more sunshine comes your way, Jim. That way you'll take more pictures of the beautiful flowers in your yard!

  4. JIM. . .what beauty in your photos. You have a real knack for underlying beauty. . so that we SEE it!

    I had never seen a YELLOW magnolia before. . .Another to add to my fav yellows. [btw I love it when your wind chime tinkles off your page when I am here. . .;-) ]

    Among your List of 7. . hmm professional dancer and chef. . .well then I can picture rivalling the Barefoot Contessa. . hahaa.

    BUT your #5 jumped out at me and likely will be with me much of the day:
    # 5. I am an advocate for 'inclusion' of children with learning difficulties in the regular classroom if not all day then part of the day.

    I can hear the arguments "that would be too demanding on the teacher. S/he would have to be a 'specialist' " True.. BUT I add: What does exclusion DO to the child?
    Which will have the greater developmental impact. . on the child or on the teacher? In my book the answer is obvious!

    SO, colour me yellow as I think about inclusion/exclusion. . .today. ;-)
    --- justin

  5. The circle of life is with us always. Mr. Sunshine, on the other hand, comes and goes.

  6. Beautiful flowers and yes, she's right. That's what friends do. Have a great, hopefully, sunny day!

  7. Sunshine...!!???...yeah!!
    The high country is suppose to get up to 90* today...average for this time of the year is 68*...Yikes...!!
    Beautiful pictures...

  8. that was fun finding out things about you....great photos...sorry about your friends dad...

  9. I am 100% with you on the helmets rule for active sports. A dancer is too much hard work,I would rather you come back as a rock star and land a cushy job with you! (joking) As always your photos are breath taking and I am so happy for the sunshine you had. Your friend's words are so beautiful! Btw,in response to your question,I am a Libra,so have no idea as to why I have such affinity with the moon!

  10. Beautiful flowers, Jim! You really can capture Spring!

  11. Hi Jim!

    To start, I'm sorry for the loss of your friends father.....

    But your pictures are once again lovely and inspiring! Forget-Me-Nots are among my favorites--When we lived in Alaska they were so pretty with my ferns...

  12. I think that the inclusion in classrooms is good for all the children involved. Segragation has only ever proven to be a bad thing.

    Congradulations on the addition to your family of Mr. Sunshine. May the four of you live long together.

    I love the tulip. Gorgeous colors.

  13. nice of you to go see her at these times. she'll appreciate.

    for my part, i appreciate the magnolia pictures, a lot!! but the angelique tulip looks great too. now my heart is torn in two...

  14. The magnolia is spectacular! And I love the forget-me-not photos. Very pretty blue. Enjoy Mr. Sunshine!

  15. Beautiful photos! So sorry to hear about your friend#s loss.

  16. thank you and ron for your birthday card
    loved it
    best wishes to you both

  17. I am sorry for your friend's loss, but am grateful that her father had the gift of dying at home, with his beloved daughter at his side. That is a comfort indeed. And I am thankful that you are able to stand with her as she grieves - that IS what friends do.

    Your photography is stunningly beautiful, and I enjoyed learning those things about you.


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