in the mood for spring

in the mood for spring

Originally uploaded by lichtmaedel

We received upwards of 30cm of snow over the past two days. I’ve always been in love with this photo, I’m desperately in love with it today!

I planted poppy seeds (no, not the ones from my bagel, the ones from the pods my mother gave me from her poppies) in the fall. Only … oh boy … 3-4 months until I hope to see some poppies in my garden. Oh Joy!

I received a wonderful gift yesterday though. I took a taxi to a doctor’s appointment because I did not want to a) dig out my car and b) deal with looking for parking around the hospital and then around my apartment upon my return. Not to mention the fun of driving in a snow covered Montreal and possibly getting stuck behind the dreaded snow removal operations that could potentially add hours (seriously) to any car trip! I arrived back home later in the evening to discover that my car had been cleared off and dug out along with a path to my front door and my front steps! I really do have an absolutely wonderful man in my life.

Re-post: Free to be a princess and run with the wind…

I found this over at Flip Flopping Joy.

I used to love love love Free to be… You and Me as a child. The stories still hold life lessons.

Enjoy. And may you always run freely with the wind.

Crimes against Children: Am I Not Human?

An article on today’s struck me. It seemed unbelievable, the title seemed out of a supermarket paper, a tabloid:

Quebec pastor who took child bride sentenced to 5 years

According to the article, when Daniel Cormier was 48 he, a self-proclaimed pastor, married a 10-year old member of his Church. His Church was for the homeless and addicted. He said he was saving her by marrying her, and that he was ‘entitled’ to have sex with her because she was his wife.

Daniel Cormier started a Church to minister to some of the most helpless of our society, and then he molested someone even more helpless – the child of an addict in his Church.

Like I said, it seems like a story from the tabloids. But it’s not. If it were, it wouldn’t be true. And this is heartbreaking truth.

Here’s another one:

Elderly Quebec man to serve incest sentence in seniors home

This man sexually abused his two daughters 50 years ago.

Crimes against children happen all over the world, even in our backyards. What saddens me is that I imagine for every story we read about, there are so many more we don’t know about at all. These stories are important, they are sad, devestating, stories that should not be told – but they must be told.

sigh…They must be told.

Blogging for Human Rights. Click to view source.

Blogging for Human Rights. Click to view source.

Montreal may ban insults to police

The most ridiculous banning image I could find. Click for source.

The most ridiculous banning image I could find. Click for source.

Montreal may ban insults to police. Story from

er… what do you think of this?

Me? I think it’s wrong. Definitely, people should respect others – regardless of the role(s) they play in society.

But last I heard it wasn’t against the law to act jerky – and I do consider people who insult others by calling them names, by slandering them, by being generally rude to them – to be acting jerky.

Can we start legislating jerkiness? Uh uh.

I’ve been called names before, both personally and professionally. I teach high school students, it comes with the profession. I’m sure I haven’t been met with the extreme prejudice that police officers have been met with, at least not professionally. I have personally though, I’m Jewish and I have definitely met and been insulted by people who didn’t like me because of it.

Jerky behaviour may suck, may hurt. But it sure shouldn’t be legislated against. And wait a second, while we’re at it – why in the world should we only ban insults against police? If we’re going to be banning insults, let’s ban them across the board. The next time a student or his/her parent calls me a, well, not a witch but close, I’m going to yell – citizen’s arrest!

Now really.

Blogapalooza 2009

Blogapalooza - What I Learned From 2008 - A huge success! Image from Middle Zone Musings, click to view source.

Blogapalooza: A huge success! Click to view source

It’s a task, trying to trackback how I discovered something via social media. I follow a modest hundred or so people on twitter, have a few hundred friends on the book, and then there are the bloggers in my rss feed. But I am pretty darn sure I found out about Blogapalooza via @Linda704.

Like I needed to find MORE blogs to read! But what can I say, there are some pretty good finds here and I’m glad I participated.

So what is Blogapalooza? It’s Robert Hruzek‘s baby over at Middle Zone Musings.  This year, it’s a group writing project called What I Learned From 2008, and participants were asked to create a list of our favourite blog posts, ones from our own blogs, 1 per month of 2008.

Here’s my What I Learned post. And that list you see at the bottom of this post? It is a list of the 128 bloggers who participated in this year’s event, organized alphabetically by first name.

Aaron UnnaschLiving the Dash

Adam SicinskiIQ Matrix Blog

Alexander EstromDay 8 Debate

Alina PopescuWords of a Broken Mirror

Amber NaslundAltitude

Andy CottichioThe Narrow Road

Angie HaggstromFreedom Freelance

Anita Bruzzese45 Things

Arun RajagopalArun Rajagopal

Ashley WeisA Weis Writer

Barry Wallacewho am I?

Billy CoffeeWhat I Learned Today…

Brad ShorrWord Sell, Inc.

Brett DuncanMarketing In Progress

Carla WilliamsThe Spiritual Mom

Charlie BurlbawStress Management Tips

Chris BrownBranding & Marketing

Chris Dawsoncdawson


Chris GodfredsonExperiencing Grace and Peace


Christine SineGodSpace

Cindy StreamsCitystreams

Conrad HakeLeveraged Intelligence

Cynthia MorrisJourney Juju


Dan RoloffRamblin’ Dan

Daniel NeedlestoneE-Learning Experiences

Danny BrownDanny Brown

David BowlesWestward Sagas

David ZingerEmployee Engagement Zingers

Deanna GernertSoul Like a Spider

Deb BoykenPunctuality Rules

Dena DyerMother Inferior

Derrick SorlesBusiness Blogging Tips

Drew McLellanDrew’s Marketing Minute

Elissa BaxterSquibblog

Elizabeth HowardLetters From a Small State

Erica HaleThese Three Remain

Gavin HeatonServant of Chaos

Geoffrey PhilpGeoffrey Philp’s Blog Spot

George AngusTumblemoose Writing Productions

Gina ConroyPortrait of a Writer… Interrupted

Giovanna GarciaImperfect Action

GL HoffmanWhat Would Dad Say

Glenda Watson HyattI’ll Do It Myself Blog

Heidi PlumleyMoms, Ministry and More

J.D. MeierSources of Insight

Jacob ShareGroup Writing Projects

Jacob ShareJobMob

Janet KaderliPreach It Sister!

Jean BrowmanTransforming Stress and Cheerful Monk

Jeanne DininniWriter’s Notes

Jennifer LeeGetting Down With Jesus

Jennifer Linkous12 Steps Closer

Jennifer TidwellDust Bunny Hostage

Jesse & Sarah LopezGod Is Not Finished With Us Yet

Joanna YoungConfident Writing

JohnJohn is Fit

John KoetsierSparkPlug

Julie DonahueMom Two Ways

Julie RichardsonBloom Blog

Karen HanrahanBest of Mother Earth

Karen SwimWords For Hire

Karin H.kiss 2

Kay MartinThrive Christians

Ken LeonardA True Believer’s Blog

Kevin LamImpacta Blog

Kevin MartineauShooting the Breeze

Kevin TracyKevin Tracy

Kimberlee FerrellFreedom Writing

LanceThe Jungle of Life

Lelsie DoyleScripted Notions

Lillie AmmannA Writer’s Words, an Editor’s Eye

Linda ClintonLiteracy, Learning and Sharing

Lore FergusonUnskewed

Lori PoppingaThoughts From the Tub and Life, Love and Laughter in a Large Family

LorrieGrow Up Deep

Lucille ZimmermanRumors of Glory

Lucy NixonCorporate Eye

Luke GedeonLuke Gedeon

Lyla LindquistA Different Story

Marcus GoodyearGoodWord Editing

Maria HendersonSpiritual Birdwatching

Mark DykemanBroadcasting Brain

Marty GordonThe Renzntzman

Mary DeMuthRelevant Blog

Mary Ellen MerriganProfitMeister

Melissa DonovanWriting Forward

Merry MaryA Merry Life


Michael SnellLife by Design

Michelle VandepasDivinePurposeUnleashed

Mike ShieldsThe Rant, Who Is The Watchmaker and Poker Riot!

Nancy BabyakWork Life Balance Blog and PMO Training Wheels Blog

Nancy KourmoulisTreasures of Darkness

Nichelle StrzepekDance Advantage

Nick GrimshaweBeautiful Summer Morning

Paul MerrillMy Part of Colorado

Peter PollockRediscovering the Church

Phil GerbyshakMake It Great Guy

Phil GerbyshakSlacker Manager

Red Letter BelieversRed Letter Believers

Reeta PindoriaParadox of Reality: Better Thinking, Better Success

Rich BordnerThe Pugnacious Irishman

Richie LawryAn Arkies Musings

Rick MahnRick Mahn

Robert HenruReason 4 Smile

Robert HruzekMiddle Zone Musings

RonnicaIgnorant Historian

Sara HutchinsonUnblocked

Scott RocheSpiritual Tramp

Sheila GlazovSheila Glazov

Shelley KrauseBut Wait, There’s More!

Steve WoodruffSticky Figure, Steve’s Leaves, Impactiviti and MarketingProfs Daily Fix

Steven NorrisThy Grace is Sufficient

Tabetha GedeonDenim & Silk

Terry StarbuckerRamblings from a Glass Half Full

Thomas TurnerEveryday Liturgy

TillermanProper Course

Tina HowardSpaghettipie

Tony CradicTony C Today

Tracy RosenLeading From the Heart

Travis StephensYour Everyday Christian

Ulla HennigUlla Hennig’s Weblog

Vanessa RogersVanessa Rogers

Vicky HenniganRemarkable Parents

William TullyLOGICal eMOTIONs