Happy Father’s day to all the dad’s out there. 🙂 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 themÂ (reading hasÂ been a tough row to hoe) and at all these nice people sending her good thoughts.Â Thanks everybody 🙂
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. 🙂