Thursday, September 18, 2014

Question Of The Day

What are some of your favourite sounds?

Where does one begin with this? There are so many sounds I enjoy. Here are just a few of them:

- crashing waves
- crunchy autumn leaves
- chirping crickets
- the crack of thunder
- rain lashing against a window
- the howling wind
- owls hoo-hoo-hooting
- snow crunching under my boots
- the clip-clop-clip-clop of horse hooves on pavement
- the chug-chug-chugging sound a train makes as it begins to pull away from a station...

...and on and on it goes...

What are some of your favourite sounds?


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bikes and Sights: In A Neighbouring Community

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”
- Henry Ward Beecher -

As many of you already know, the most amazing man in the world and I have spent an obscene amount of time on our bikes this summer enjoying, exploring and photographing beautiful, interesting and even unusual things we've seen while pedaling along. It’s been amazing, and as long as the weather allows, we will continue to cycle through the autumn season...with point and shoot cameras hanging around our necks to capture it all.

Below are a few photos taken while riding through a neighbouring community during one of our evening outings...

There was a beautiful sky that evening. The clouds looked like cotton candy.

We found a way to get under the bridge we were crossing, and discovered that it's full of graffiti.

It's extremely steep going down, which makes me wonder how all the artwork was done closer to the top where I'm standing.

It looks much more interesting on the other side of the tracks.

I zoomed in with my trusty point and shoot to get a closer shot of the interesting skull. Isn't it cool?

On top of the bridge, we got a glimpse of the train tracks below and the beautiful sky above.

Everything looks magical during the blue  hour; the time of day when the light takes on a strong blue tone.

Well, time to head home. Thanks for coming along.

Incidentally, I've taken a gazillion photos since spring, many of which I plan to share over the next few weeks (if not months), so brace yourselves for an overload of 'Bikes and Sights', 'Photo Dumps' and 'Interesting Sightings'! You've been duly warned...

Have a great day, everyone.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Montreal Memories: The Teacher Who Went On Strike

I went to a pretty tough high school where there were many bad apples, and these bad apples were just as unruly in the class as they were out of it. They distrupted lessons. Made trouble. Created chaos. And made many a teacher’s life miserable.
At my high school graduation ceremony.

Despite that, most teachers managed to get the job done. Save for a few who completely lost control of their classrooms. Completely. I had such a teacher in tenth grade French. His class had spun out of control, and had turned into a party room.

After a few weeks of total chaos, this teacher shut his instruction manual and declared “I’m not teaching again until you are interested in learning.” Every day after that, he’d read a book at his desk until class was over; then he’d grab his stuff and leave.

At first it was funny, and the partying continued. But as the weeks went by, everyone started getting nervous. And quieter. Why? Because the class he was teaching was compulsory. In order to obtain our high school diploma in the future, we needed to pass it. No matter how long it took. OOPS...

Well, needless to say that eventually he was asked to “Please start teaching again. We’ll be quiet.” And he did.

It turned out to be the most disciplined and academically-inclined class I’d ever been in, taught by one of the most respected teachers from that day forward.

Have you ever had a teacher go on strike? Or something similar?


Monday, September 15, 2014

Chuckles and Chortles

And here we are once more. Amazing how quickly the weekend comes and goes, isn’t it? How was yours? It was miserable here on Saturday; raining, and very cold. We wimped out with the weather and hibernated. Yesterday was cool but gorgeous, so we dressed warm and went biking. I sure hope that the autumn season is more like yesterday than Saturday. ‘Cause a miserable fall makes winter seem much longer. We shall see.

But for now, let’s laugh it up with some funny stuff...

Have a great day, everyone!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunny Side Up

“Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.”
- Edward de Bono -

So here we are wrapping up another blogging week. And I’d like to end this one with a ‘Sunny Side Up’ post. It’s been a while since I’ve used this theme, and for those of you who are newer followers and have no idea what it is, let me explain:

'Sunny Side Up' is a short and sweet, fun-filled and/or uplifting, feel good post. It comes in the form of a video, a photograph, a silly saying, a cartoon, a link to something cool, a happy story, a quotation, a poem...any which way. But whatever form it comes in, one thing’s for will (hopefully) kick start your weekend with a smile.

Okay? Let’s move on...

Rejoice chocoholics! Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. Blend together some milk, chocolate ice cream, and whatever else makes you happy, top it off with a dollop of whipped cream if you’d like, and then...bottoms up!

And so much crap in the news all the time, no? Humans against humans against humans. What the heck is that all about? Why can’t we all just get along? Perhaps we can learn something from these animals:

That sure put a smile on my face. I hope it did the same for you! And hey, be nice to each other, okay? DO IT. Don’t make me come there...

A happy weekend to all!



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