Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…Yom Kippur, Hunakkah, Passover… Ramadan: these symbolic expressions of union, communion, gratitude, faith and love – what do they matter? Except that they do. As a naturally reclusive and largely solitary being, I often avoid such communal social gatherings, even though I honour and respect them, and value them deeply. But that is […]
Everybody loves going on vacation and here’s why: it makes for good conversations. Really. The short term gain of increased happiness from a vacation is very short indeed, just a few days. However, the benefit of a vacation can keep giving through your social life as you relive (and share) your experience.
To make your vacation really happy be sure to make the first few days the most fun and go someplace that is interesting instead of the beach.
In terms of happiness-per-dollar-spent, vacations are the right idea in general. A lot of past research has suggested that experiences in (Read more…)
I got to tour EMS Headquarters in Regina while meeting most of the EMTs and Paramedics involved in rescuing me from my cardiac arrest incident on July 1st. (Jordan, was away at an important life event, so couldn’t make it.)
Buffalo Days is on in Regina, and I went on the opening day in large part because Lonestar was the headline band in the evening.
The iFlip acrobats at #QCX2014 youtube.com/watch?v=yAbJ2D… You should check them out, there are very cool tricks. #Humanjuggling— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 31, 2014
Lonestar last night in #YQR youtube.com/watch?v=FOOLwu… as the thunderstorm moved south of the city. #QCX2014— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 31, 2014
Last Saturday, Jeri and I went to the Riders game where they creamed the Argos.
A trip to Moose Jaw earlier on had us go (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Queen City Ex 2014
You Finally Got a Vacation…Now, How to Relax? Every caregiver fantasizes about walking out the door, jumping on a plane and disappearing to a deserted island. But, ask a few caregivers about real life holidays they have taken and some will report a relaxing, rejuvenating stay away. Others will wish they had never left home. So, what are the ingredients of a relaxing travel break? 1) Decide what role you wish to play in your loved one’s life during your break. If you wish to maintain daily contact, make sure that you have (Read more…) . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: You Finally Got a Vacation… Now, How to Relax?
Roxie’s song is called “Hey Valentine”. I met her at Access 7 while I was there to appear on TV too, for Regina Car Share Co-op. Our interviews are on Access Talk of the Town today at 2pm and 5pm.
http://cdbaby.com/cd/roxielenton (The song is also available on CD Baby)
Cheers, Roxie Lenton
While you’re stocking up on chocolate, as the stores fill with it for Easter and Valentine’s Day, consider only treating yourself and others if the candy is labeled Fair-Trade. Fair-Trade chocolates come where the supply chain has been verified to be ethically providing a living wage for the workers growing and harvesting the plants critical to the production of cocoa.
Only a decade ago, human rights orgs were warning that a large portion of our chocolate is the result of child slavery. This is from 3 years ago:
Many people admire Abraham Lincoln for his effort to free slaves in (Read more…)
Have you made a financial or fitness resolution to meet this year?
Meeting a goal isn’t like buying something. You don’t have to shop around for it, and you can’t buy it anyway. It takes time, and a little bit of effort added up. The effort only seems like a lot, when you’ve reached the goal, but it’s small in the moment.
Start so small, you will crave doing more. The first effort will be so small that you don’t feel like bragging about it once complete, but this is okay. As the steps in Lifehacker point out, remaining positive (Read more…)
This evening I pushed a Co-op cab off an ice median at Kramer and Hillsdale, with the Regina cabbie I was riding with, and another driver who stopped after. The Co-op guy wrecked his front bumper though by failing to negotiate the turn. I tore a piece off it so it wouldn’t rub on his wheel. Yes, I can tear cars limb from limb. Muahahaha!
I got $2 off my cab ride; the driver said he appreciated being able to stop and help and that I wasn’t in a rush like some of his customers.
== Earlier in the day (Read more…)
This post is an appendix of sorts to my article, “Fired by Walmart for Christmas”, to be published this weekend by Common Dreams. In the article, I describe the stresses and difficulties faced by Walmart workers during the holidays. Overwork, a climate of fear and barely-organized chaos make for taxing shifts at work. Low wages, insufficient hours and inadequate benefits stretch budgets and make it harder to find holiday joy at home. A Walmart Christmas could have easily been written by Dickens.
Here, I want to focus on an aspect of Walmart’s practices that stood out from my interviews (Read more…)
Most atheists are as irrational as those who believe in religion. And perhaps even more hypocritical.
There’s no greater example of this than those vocal opponents of religion who criticize Christmas but in just a few months time celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and other religious holidays with unrivaled enthusiasm.
St.Patrick’s Day is of course associated with celebrating the Irish, but it was created and is still renowned as a day to remember Saint Patrick and the introduction of Christianity to Ireland.
The very same snarky atheists who attack Christmas but partake in St.Paddy’s Day, could argue that
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Atheist For Christmas, Christian For St.Paddy’s
Here’s an interview to explain what this flash mobbing was all about.
More women joined the mob after my video recording stopped…
There’s an encore at a mall tonight at 7:30; watch the videos for details.
When it’s too cold to explain, photos will have to do.
I don’t go to church anymore, and didn’t want to long before I stopped going. This year I was invited to two different Christmas church services, and ended up going to neither. When I do go, it’s out of respect for my family’s traditions, and end up socializing with people I would otherwise not see day-to-day. Most of the time I cannot bring myself to support what I feel is such a waste of time, money, and effort to support religious institutions that do far less good than they
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Winter in Saskatchewan
The U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its updated Arctic Report card earlier this week. Like many other recent reports about the condition of the north, the canary in climate change coal mine, the news is sobering; new records have been set for snow extent, sea ice extent and ice sheet surface melting. [...]
@saskboy I think the news story is the PERFECT example of why helping the homeless is generally a waste of good will and effort.— Adrian MacNair (@unambig) December 03, 2012
Using Adrian’s generalization logic, since he’s a climate change denier every time people try to help him learn with evidence, what can we pretend all climate change deniers are like?
– Background story.
I’ve witnessed two big American 4th of July fireworks shows, in New York ’02 and San Diego ’10. The San Diego show two years ago lasted at least 20 minutes, and we watched it from a hill near PB. While there we also heard people talk about ice blocking down the hill, one story resulted in someone bailing out and the ice block hitting a car. Charges ensued for that failed sledder. – It should look like this
Last night’s show in San Diego was a spectacular failure, with a computer program accidentally setting off every firework at once, instead
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: San Diego’s Big Bay Bust
It’s been a year of marriage, and I don’t want the honeymoon to end.
It’s that time of year when the weather gets hot, and the blogging gets slow. Where is everyone? Where’ve I gone? I hope someone is looking after the ‘shop.
Last week there was an impressive tornado south west of Moose Jaw. Here’s one of the more popular videos of it, brought to you by Saskatoon Scanner who I know going back to the early YouTube days.
– A little bolt lightning, but mostly sheet lightning illuminating the clouds sweeping eastward. Here are some less exciting videos of some lightning I shot on Canada Day.
Here’s Saskatchewan’s most famous tornado chaser, Greg.
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Moose Jaw Tornado
The “Fight for Canada”, did not happen in 1812, since Canada did not exist as a nation for decades later in 1867. The Department of “Canadian Heritage” ought to be ashamed of its atrocious rewriting and dumbing down of Canadian history by calling the War of 1812 a fight for Canada. Who wants to bet that the winning Canada Day “1812: Fight for Canada” entry will have a Canadian flag on it, even though that flag didn’t come into being until 1965? Where historical accuracy loses to artistic license, that art becomes propaganda.
The not-so Honourable Minister
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Radical Good Sense
“Good Luck Chuck” [3/10] was on Netflix, and it’s every bit as uncomfortable as the critics said it was. It’s a mean spirited Hollywood vehicle to show a lot of topless women to actor and comedian Dane Cook. If you like a movie with a lot of boobs, and tortured reasons to show them off, watch this movie.
“The Hangover II” [4/10] uses the same gags as the first. It’s Home Alone II basically, but with adults encountering an unlikely situation, again. Watch this movie if you’ve seen The Hangover and want to see it again.
And the blog
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Good Luck Hangover
“Mixed Nuts” [6/10] was on after Scrooged, so I tried watching it. I also finished watching “Taken for a Ride” [9/10] which is a documentary explaining how GM destroyed public transportation systems.
Our clever Grinch of a Prime Minister gets a lyrical beating here.
(If Harper is the Grinch, who is the little dog?)
The last week has been super-interesting politically speaking in Regina. Not only is there an election campaign underway, but Occupy Regina challenged bylaws and to this point has won us back our Charter rights to assemble peacefully in dissent of the government. While people in the “first world” work out how best to peacefully gain [...] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Embedded Slavery
What Canadians Need to Know About Canada Canada is a country the world can be proud of. This is despite our numerous shortcomings and mistakes over our 144 years of history as a nation of many co-operative nations. Not everyone in the world is impressed with Canada, some because they don’t know the first thing [...] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada Again