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Remembrance Day and John McCrae

In honour of Remembrance Day, I want to dedicate my post to John McCrae, author of the famous In Flanders Fields poem. I have a soft spot for John McCrae as I used to work for the museum, John McCrae House, located in Guelph, Ontario. Below is not the best quality photo but it is one that is hung up inside the museum and was my personal favourite.

It’s hard to see it in the photo, but he’s smiling just a bit and I’m sure it’s because he knows he’s getting his picture taken. He was just so damned handsome! :)

Brief facts: He grew up in Guelph and became a doctor at the University of Toronto; he was never married; he taught at the University of Vermont and McGill University; the death of his friend Alexis Helmer was what inspired  In Flanders Fields; he was only 45 when he died of pneumonia.

So, if you’re ever in Guelph, you should stop by this museum. The gardens are maintained by volunteers and are what you would have found in Victorian times.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Halloween: Not Just Candy and Costumes

I will call this my lazy Halloween post. I thought it would be fun to find interesting facts on Halloween in honour of today and found this :)
16 Facts About Halloween

I’m Baaack! Maybe…

What can I say. I’m a bad blogger! It’s been quite a long time since I posted. I blame it partly on getting a job (which keeps me busy) and partly on laziness. Okay, mostly it’s laziness! I’ve been thinking about what I could post on…I started this blog with a theme of libraries and librarians. So, perhaps to continue in that vein, I will combine two of my loves…the supernatural and libraries! Maybe it will be books and also haunted libraries…what fun! Hopefully I will stick to this so keep your eyes peeled for my first post on the subject. Coming to a blog near you!

Librarian Without a Library

Is a very sad thing indeed! I’m spending my days taking pictures of spiders that have set up residence in my mother’s house. Or taking pictures of my broken nails and complaining of toast! Today we went grocery shopping and that was my highlight for the week. Although I am seeing Beethoven tonight (not a date, mind you, but seeing his 7th Symphony with my mother). I’m also dying my hair black again…don’t ask! Hoping for some job interviews but just playing the waiting game…how self-pitying this post is. Please feel free to disregard :)

On the bright side, I’m starting to think about and write an article with the hope of getting published. If any good can come from being unemployed, that would be it!

The Trouble with Toast (Part II)

First off, I’m not giving you the finger! This is my second run in with…toast! This time, however, it’s not because of the bread. The culprit was the toaster. I was apparently too forceful pushing down the button to start toasting. I’ve never broken two nails so low in such a short period of time with the connection of toast…I think I like bread now…

Morning Musings (and the Trouble with Toast)

Okay, so this morning I was making my son some toast. I keep the bread in the freezer (for obvious reasons) and when trying to pull apart two pieces of bread that were frozen together, well…look to the picture on the left. That’s what happens when you’re too enthusiastic prying bread apart! Consider yourselves warned!

I’m not normally the kind of girl who cries over broken nails…but it’s kind of low and it hurts a wee bit. Just sayin…

Oh Canada!

Today is Canada Day so I hope all Canadians have a great day off but also remember why we have a holiday in the first place. It’s not just a day off where we wave our flags and watch fireworks…it’s an important day in history. Yes, it is Canada’s birthday…because on July 1, 1867, the British North America Act (which we now call the Constitution Act, 1867) was enacted, which united the colonies into a single country called Canada.

One interesting fact (and one that I chose because I’m a bit of a Trekkie):

The original Star Trek owes much to Canada. Two of its stars – William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and James Doohan (Scotty) were Canadian. In the 1980s, Doohan’s unique interpretation of a Scottish accent led to the formation of the Scottyish Society at St Andrews University in Scotland. Members offered recitals of the poetry of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, in a “Scottyish” accent. http://www.canadafacts.org/

So, Happy Birthday Canada! Here’s my love letter to this beautiful country of ours:

Dear Canada,

I can’t remember when we first met. It’s more like I slowly came to recognize that you were in my life. I think I’ve taken you for granted at times…there have been times when I even thought of seeing others! Ireland has drawn me in at certain periods of my live. With her green fields and charming people. But, I always come back to you Canada. I think you know why I love you…I love your uniqueness! The shores of Halifax and the rolling countryside of Southern Ontario. The wide expanse of Saskatchewan and the mountains of Alberta. Yes, we’ve had our problems…sometimes I don’t like the men who try to run your life, but overall, Canada, I think you’re the best!

Love,

Kathryn