Father’s Day and more

Happy Father’s day to all the dad’s out there. πŸ™‚ Things are quiet here as our resident father is sleeping then heading off to work again tonight.


Thank you very much to those of you who offered your insights into the career/ home conundrum and to the many who offered my friend M happy retirement wishes. She is a bit shy but when I saw her this week she mentioned that she had seen all the kind words from my blog friends and was touched.


I really got a kick out of the many friends and blog buddies who stuck their pins in my Guest map. Many are aquainted with each other in the blogosphere so made comments to each other. (In case you didn’t know, you can actually zoom the map before sticking your pin in, just in case you get a chance to do this somewhere else and are worried about squishing your fellow countrymen).


This week Nicole had to go back to the Pulmonary specialist because she still has not got the lung function expected of a 7 year old girl, despite being on regular asthma meds. She has been coughing a lot since her tonsillectomy and seems to be in perpetual chest cold mode. Anyway, Ron took her to the University and she was still only at about 75% so they took an X-ray. Found some spots on her lungs and decided to do a bunch of swabs.

Results came back Friday so Friday evening I had her at the Doctors office to get a prescription to treat mycoplasma pneumonia.

UPDATE: Last night Nicole sat on my lap and read all the good wishes from my blogging friends. She was thrilled, both that she could actually read them (reading has been a tough row to hoe) and at all these nice people sending her good thoughts.  Thanks everybody πŸ™‚



I got to see my brother David this week and is wife Kim. They had come out from BC for their son’s grad from the U of A. They took us out for a nice dinner and we got to meet Ryan’s girl friend. How come it seems like just last year that I was driving a 10 year old Ryan from Trail to Rossland and he was asking me about one of our relatives? That memory is so clear in my mind, I can hardly believe it was almost 15 years ago.


A couple of weeks ago I told Jamie Dawn that I would do a post about terrorism in Canada. I don’t have a lot to say and am not going to present a scholarly paper on it but I do have a couple of thoughts. The main point I want make is that I’m not in a hurry to jump on the ‘hate the Muslims’ bandwagon because I think there is a lot more to it than that. I do believe our policies in the past have been too wishy washy towards people that want to thwart being a Canadian. Yes, that includes the native indians and the Quebecers. First and foremost loyalty should be towards your country and the values and laws engendered in its constitution.

As for terrorists?

17 men were arrested in early June as part of a police sting operations. These men were Muslims, born and raised in Canada, and the sting involved them buying a significant quantiy of chemicals used for making bombs from undercover police officers. They are allegedly terrorists. Their aim was to blow up several targets right here in Canada.

I won’t start ranting about Muslims as terrorists because it simply isn’t true. I think the Muslim community in Canada is as concerned about the rise in hate groups as any other sector of Canadians. Terrorists come in all forms; what do you call the people that terrorize the staff and clients at abortion clinics? There have been many instances of murder perpetrated here by fanatical right-to-lifers. What do you call it when the Oka Indians don facemasks and automatic weapons and start pushing other Canadians around? Its not new and it won’t be solved by hatred and bigotry.

I don’t want to see our Prime Minister go down the road that President Bush has either. There is a very good post from an other Canadian blogger that I like to visit for keeping abreast of politics. The fellow who writes The Gazeteer said he didn’t mind me linking to his post. It’s entitled ‘Pimping Fear’ and it’s worth a read.

Also, there is an editorial from a Candian journalist, Heather Mallick, exploring the growth of racist language and opinion in Canada in this link.
This is an excellent article

That’s about all I’m going to venture forth with on the topic of terrorism in Canada. Its complicated and the issues around those following Islam requires a heck of a lot more knowledge than I have.


On lighter news, I’ve been working on ‘Pages’ about each of the dogs I’ve owned. I finished Kyah’s story this week if you want to have a read. Its mostly pictures but I been getting the message to ‘show more dogs pictures’ so there you go! I have to do a lot of scanning to tell Cato and Torin’s stories but they are coming.
Have a great week everyone. πŸ™‚

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50 Responses to Father’s Day and more

  1. weirsdo says:

    My husband, whose scholarship includes books and articles on Islamic literature, wrote this post about Islam and terrorism, in case you are interested.
    Happy Father’s Day to your resident Dad.
    And a question I’ve been wanting to ask, “Why Kuhlau?” I just noticed him again in your profile.

  2. RossK says:


    Thanks for the link and the kind words KG.

    Truth be told, I stop by your place once in a while when I want something other than politics.

    I realize that my view on things is probably a little different than many of your regulars, but if anybody wants to know a little bit about where I got my point of view it’s pretty much explained by my Father’s Day piece.

    Thanks again.


  3. RossK says:

    Oh, and our 7 year old, Little E., had a similar thing earlier in the year.

    She’s over it now, as I’m sure yours soon will be.


  4. g says:

    Kyah – I mainly want to 1) wish your little girl well and wish her a speedy recovery and 2) Thank you for that insightful question on Ax Pansi. Woman want to know. As for the rest, I read a bit of the links and will have to go back. It is something I feel pretty strongly about and can’t even begin to comment here. But thank you for the links and it’s interting to read the views of our near and dear neighbor to the North. See you in the park?

  5. April says:

    “I do believe our policies in the past have been too wishy washy towards people that want to thwart being a Canadian. Yes, that includes the native indians and the Quebecers.”

    Unlike Muslims and Quebecers, Aboriginal Rights are protected unders S35 of the Contitution Act. It’s a shame that our government won’t recognize that. And, as you already stated, I wouldn’t paint everyone with the same brush.

  6. I sure hope your little daughter gets over her pneumonia soon. That’s really not much fun when you want to be a kid having fun. Asthma is a bitch.

    I love the dog pages. I’m working on a similar thing for my boys. You’re farther along on yours though, than I am on mine.

  7. M says:

    Hey Kayagirl

    Sorry to hear about Nicole. Pneumonia sounds very serious and I hope she improves quickly.

    Sorry I never commented last week. I was very touched by the picture and the nice comments from you and good wishes from your community of bloggers. So far, retirement seems great and I don’t know where the time goes. My garden is still full of weeds, the house needs a thorough cleaning, and I still don’t manage to read the various newspapers we get…………

    I enjoyed your post today about terrorism in Canada and the link to Heather Mallick’s excellent column.

    Hope you have time to come for coffee or a walk sometime soon.


  8. Meow says:

    Hi There,
    I hope Nicole is quickly on the mend … kids heal well, fortunately, even though it is terribly stressful at the time (for the parents !!).
    Hope hubby had a great Fathers Day.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Take care, Meow

  9. surly girl says:

    sending love and get-well-soon wishes to nicole…


  10. tom909 says:

    Hi Kyah
    I’m with you all the way on your balanced piece on terrorists. Nothing ever got sorted by hate. When I was kid my Mum used to say two wrongs don’t make a right. I struggled with that a bit then, but I’m with it all the way now.

  11. Brian says:

    Good Monday morning,

    I hope Nicole gets better soon.

  12. Sar says:

    I have so much catching up to do! Thanks for the multi-topic post, really does help. πŸ™‚

    But most importantly, I echo Brian, speedy and well wishes to Nicole.

  13. The Phoenix says:

    I hope your little one recovers soon.

  14. Adopted Grandparents says:

    Tell Nicloe that we both wish her a very speedy recovery. Also hope that Grant’s and your roller blading wounds and blue marks are fading.
    We’re hoping to see all of you when both Ron and you are home. You do remember that the offer of a night out without the kids still stands. It sounds like both of you might just be ready for it


  15. Whinger says:

    Oh, poor Nicole. Hugs sent her direction!

  16. Fred says:

    I hope Nicole get well soon.

    Thanks for the links. I wish we’d get more news about Canada down here; thank goodness for the internet.

  17. Jac says:

    My mom had that kind of pneumonia. It was awful.

  18. Miz BoheMia says:

    Yes, happy belated father’s day! Hope it was a nice and peaceful one!

    More than anything I wish Nicole a speedy recovery! I hope she is not having too tough a time and is feeling no pain! Mustn’t be easy on you either to see your baby not feeling well! A big boho kiss to you both!

    Well said on the terrorism issue… here in Spain terrorism has been around ever since I can remember with the Basque terrorist group ETA… they are evil, sadistic f***s and such evil and demented, sociopathic killing has been something I have grown up with… the Irish have theirs… only recently, since 9/11, has it been so steadfastly associated with fanatical Muslims… yes, they are a major part of it now and their network is forever growing and in many cases interlinking with other terrorist groups but it still does not speak for it all… Bush has his own agenda and it serves the bastard to vilify anyone he has to in order to serve his own needs and so there we are… back to dirty politics as usual… it takes real, independent thinkers to look beyond that and see the truth in order to make cool and calm decisions and kudos to you for being such a brilliant individual!

    Kisses to a fave lady fo’ sho’!

    Mizzy B…

  19. Urban Chick says:


    i am still on dial-up (argh) and miss looking in here

    but just wanted to say hope nicole is better soon

    will be in touch soon


  20. neva says:

    d’oh! (as usual)

    so i was hanging out in the park… worrying about you… hoping you were better. how truly stupid was it of me not to check over HERE?? my bad.

    and i am so very sorry to hear Nicole’s ill. you had quite a weekend, sister/girlfriend. i wish there was something i could do to give you some support.

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading your views on terrorism… and the links. and i agree with the other comments here, it’s quite interesting to know the thoughts of those so close who remain, as yet, untouched by the harsh realities of this kind of horrifying violence. it’s hard to even imagine such a thing being considered by ANYONE up there! (tho’, it’s pretty freaking hard to imagine this kind of violence ANYWHERE, right?)

    anyway… please know i’m thinking of you, and hoping for your speedy recovery–and most certainly that of your precious daughter!

    (i’ll be clicking over to kyah’s story as soon as i finish here! Γ’β„’Β₯)

    stay well, my friend! xoxox

  21. Monika says:

    Tough post and I should be in bed by now…I hope the macroplasma pneumonia issue settle san dNicole starts to feel better soon.
    I know little about Candian issues about terrorism, although I have seen some stuff in teh news here. I think it is always a mistake to point fingers at a whole nation. Not all Germans are Hitlers, not all Americans are Bushes and certainly few Muslims are terrorists. It is just that the news show us this one side 😦

  22. kyahgirl says:

    Just before I reply to comments I want to thank you for all the kind thoughts for Nicole. I showed her your comments and she was grinning from ear to ear.
    Yay! πŸ™‚ ♥

    Weirsdo-thanks for the link. Kuhlau writes nice Piano sonatinas…I enjoyed playing them. I like his flute music.

    Ross-I’m glad you visit the henhouse πŸ™‚ My regular readers have a pretty broad range of views so I’m sure they will appreciate what ever you wish to say. And thanks for the well wishes for Nicole.

    g- I passed on your wishes to N. see you in the park. πŸ™‚

    April-Section 35 of the constitution protects the aboriginal treaty rights and gender equity with respect to those rights. I don’t think the treaty rights include making war on other Canadians though.
    And you’re right, painting everyone with same brush is dangerous and unproductive.

    Schnoodlepooh-thanks for the well wishes. I’m looking forward to your ‘doggie’pages πŸ™‚

    Hi M-thanks for visitng πŸ™‚ we’ll have to go for a coffee and a walk when you get back from the Maritimes. The travelling retiree!!

    Meow-thanks πŸ™‚

    SG- thanks too.

    Tom-isn’t it funny how the things are parents tell us as youngsters sound like gobbeldy gook then suddenly look really wise when we get older? πŸ™‚

    Thank you Brian

    Thank you Sar

    Thank you Phoenix

    Adopted grandparent (nice handle) πŸ™‚ thank you. I’ll pass on hugs to the children from you. About the ‘getting out thing’? You know I’m not the roadblock right? πŸ™‚

    Whinger- thanks buddy.

    Fred- you know, when I’ve travelled in the US I’ve been dismayed by the lack of Canadian news. Even several of my work friends who have moved to Michigan say its hard to get Canadian programming. That’s such a shame. You know I grew up just 9 miles from the US border and the people on the other side new almost nothing about us. *shakes head*

    HI Jac πŸ™‚

    Miz B-thank you and yes, there is a lot of terror provoking behaviour all over this planet!

    UC- I’m glad you could visit, all the way from Edinburgh! Yay. Nice to see you and I hope you settle in ok there πŸ™‚

    Neva-thanks on all fronts! you’re a good friend. There is a lot of stuff going on in Canada just like in your country but you don’t hear about it as much.

    Monika-wise as always. Thanks πŸ™‚

  23. joel says:

    I never cease to be amazed at how quick people are to pass judgement on an entire race, religion, or group based on the actions of a few. Sadly, it’s not new, just ask the Japanese. Great post. Hope you’re feeling better.

  24. FirstNations says:

    hope the chicklet is feeling better soon…as a longtime sufferer of lung issues i can relate…dont let her jump up too soon! take it easy is fht ebst policy.
    as many different brands of ‘muslim’ as there are of ‘christian’ but bush tars them all with a single sweep of the brush. idiot. terrorism is the hallmark of the intellectual midget.
    hope you decide to post more often than this…i dont wanna wait!!!!

  25. logoΓ’β€žΒ’ says:

    YAY resident dad.
    Hugs to Nicole and get well wishes.
    Terrorists anywhere are a complex subject, hard to address fully when entire books are written on the topic and textbooks at that.
    I live closer to Vancouver BC than to Portland, Oregon and I am far more likely to hear about news from Portland. I no longer get the CBC channel, on the current cable provider and I miss it.
    I think Canadian world news was better and I loved CBC Kids. Also This Hour Has 22 Minutes (which of course is funnier if you following Canadian current events). Without 22 Minutes to inspire me I confess, I don’t follow Canadian politics much.
    Most of what I learn is from the BBC website which is where I get my world news these days.

  26. frankengirl says:

    Thank you, sweet Mother Hen for your kind thoughts, and let me return the favor by sending healing wishes to your daughter!


  27. Kyahgirl says:

    Joel-you’re right, judgements made quickly are often so wrong! Thanks, I’ll live.

    FN-I agree about the mental midgets and its also about fear. On posting? I want to talk to you more often than once a week too.

    Logo-Isn’t that weird about the TV programming and you being so close. I tell you, its a bad, bad thing. And yeah, the really funny thing about This Hour has 22 minutes is that they spend all their time poking fun at Canadian politicians yet the CBC is funded by the government. Love the irony of that. Also, they actually manage to lure some of our public figures into making fun of themselves on that show. Did you see ‘Marge Delahunte’ accost Prime Minister Martin at the Parliament buidlings? Totally hilarious.

  28. Kyahgirl says:

    Frankengirl-I just missed you. Thanks for the kind thoughts. Joyfully recieved πŸ™‚

  29. Arabella says:

    I wish Nicole a speedy recovery, poor thing.
    Canada, eh? I had it marked down as my “run for the hills” destination for when the shit hits the fan here.
    I have a cousin in Toronto, you know.
    Cries of “Everyone has a cousin in Toronto!”

  30. Christine says:

    Oh I do hope your girl is feeling better in no time. Ugh, how terrible. I honestly don’t know much about incidents of terrorism in Canada, but am always saddened to hear of “homegrown” incidents especially, because while I can’t condone other forms of terrorism, I can at least conceptualize it. I can understand how someone watches terrible things in their own homes day in and day out (ie Palestine) and reacts to that type of situation with violence, when it’s a Canadian doing something against Canada, or an American (Timothy McVeigh is a good example), etc, etc…I just find it baffling

  31. frangelita says:

    There is nothing I hate quite so much as people who use religion as a reason to kill people. The hypocrisy drives me mad. Sending out good thoughts to Nicole, I know she will be better soon:-)

  32. garfer says:

    Definite signs of liberal, reasonable, Canadian woose there.

    Thing is, you’re quite right. British Muslims work hard, don’t gamble, don’t drink, and don’t scrounge off the state.

    Pillorising a community on the basis of the actions of a few nutters is not only wrong, it is profoundly stupid.

  33. weirsdo says:

    I feel really bad that I did not send best wishes for speedy recovery to Nicole earlier. I think your description of the spots on the lung scared me.
    I’m very sorry, and hope you and Nicole will accept belated wishes.
    And thanks very much for reading all the way through the novella.

  34. Barngoddess says:

    I am looking forward to the dog stories!!

  35. kyahgirl says:

    Arabella-Toronto is too far from SF. Come here! and thanks for the well wishes, I will pass them on.

    Christine-thanks. I understand. McVeigh was a great example of a warped person. Ever heard of Marc Lepine? A Canadian man on a mission-but it was to wipe up uppity women!

    Frangelita-thanks πŸ™‚

    Garfer- I agree. Although I watched a very interesting documentary last week on the Muslims in Keithly taking over the town…lots of issues brewing there and in Yorkshire it seems.

    Weirsdo-thanks and please don’t feel bad!! I’ll make sure she sees your well wishes. I loved the novella! So glad I read it.

    Barngoddess-they will be coming, at my usual snail’s pace πŸ™‚

  36. My prayers will be w/ Nicole – I hope she’s better very soon. πŸ˜‰

  37. Urban Chick says:

    I have cousins in Toronto!

    (Just sayin’.)


  38. kyahgirl says:

    Mike-thanks. She is on the mend.

    UC-yeah,yeah, you and everyone else. Forget Toronto, Fort Saskatchewan is where its REALLY happening!
    Hope your move/settling in is going well buddy. ♥

  39. Mom says:

    Happy to hear Nicole is on the mend my prayers are with her find the comments from you frieds always very interesting hope to get time tomorrow read some the links nylove to all Mom

  40. kyahgirl says:

    Hi Mom, thanks! Prayers are always welcome. Love you. L

  41. Jamie Dawn says:

    My high speed internet just got repaired – a day early – hooray!!
    I am making my blog rounds.

    Thanks for posting some thoughts about terrorism and how it not only popped up in your country, but can breed anywhere. Scary stuff, and as you said complicated. Backbone is needed to deal with it and get rid of it. It is like a cancer.

    I hope Nicole is feeling better. I know what it is like to have a child who deals with a chronic health issue. Courtney has suffered with terrible sinus troubles since she was little. Even now, her probelms are not resolved. It makes us moms frustrated when our kids are ill and there is only so much that we have control over. I hope Nicole gets well soon.

  42. kyahgirl says:

    JD-I’m so happy for you. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the commiseration. I know you’ve been through the wringer with your daughter too. She’s much better.

  43. Sar says:

    Happy Friday, Kyahgirl! πŸ™‚

  44. Karen says:

    canine karen *woofed* o’er here to say ‘hi’ and promises to be good, no dumpin’.

    tee, hee πŸ™‚

  45. Squaregirl says:

    Sending much love and compassion to Nicole!

  46. actonbell says:

    Howdie! I’m really happy to have the chance to get caught up, here:) I agree with what you said about not hating a particular religion! So many awful things have been done in the name of Christianity, too. And the fewer leaders follow Bush’s lead, the better.

    And I send my best vibes out to Nicole!

  47. kyahgirl says:

    Sar-happy friday-one day late πŸ™‚

    Karen- *woof*

    squaregirl-thanks, she is much better.

    actonbell-I agree and thanks for the good wishes.

  48. Tickersoid says:

    Sending a tickersoid well wish to Nicole.

  49. ariel says:

    I am coming alone very late. but my best wishes to your little girl! Nicole, I’m gonna dance at your wedding! πŸ™‚

  50. Kyahgirl says:


    Ariel-thank you, missed the wedding but maybe you’ll dance at the 25th?

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