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August Points Giveaway!
Posted:Aug 1, 2020 5:00 pm
Last Updated:Aug 7, 2020 3:16 pm
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When Dad Needed IT Help, I Was The Technician
Posted:Aug 7, 2020 11:56 am
Last Updated:Aug 7, 2020 4:34 pm
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Helpful tips on surviving becoming your parents' tech support. First lesson: always take your Dad’s "call."!

Find the humour in tech troubleshooting
When “Dad” would pop up on my display, I would look at my phone, sigh heavily and think, “What now?” At almost '75' , my father seemed somewhat tech savvy and yet he was hopeless handling basic troubleshooting. Whether I liked it or not, I had become his dedicated tech support. I fielded calls about his desktop, printer, scanner, Wi-Fi network, tablet, cell phone, and anything else he could think of. Twenty-four hours a day. Rain or shine.

If you have been similarly recruited, here are some tips:
Always take his "call". I know, it can be painful, but trust "me." on this and pick up. He is your Dad, and he’ll pull, “But, I am your father.” Plus, if he detected even the slightest hint of my exasperation, he would lament, “I changed your diapers!” Well, Dad, being your personal Geek Squad is a crappy job, too!

Don’t troubleshoot in front of co-workers. Over time, Dad and I had developed a familiar, “unfiltered” tone when we talked 't'o each other. My side of a typical “call” would start with “Yes, Dad?” and quickly spiralled from there. “You can’t do what?” or “Dad, I don’t think ‘thingamajig’ is a $%&# technical term!!!” Such talk, while often justified, doesn’t go over well in an open-concept office. Your colleagues will think you’re The Worst Ever Avoid raising any eyebrows, by taking the "call." from the nearest supply closet. (Pro tip: screaming into, a roll of paper towel works great!)

Share the burden. The next time Dad hands you his smartphone 'to' “figure out,” take a proactive step by creating a new contact called IT Emergency Helpline and encourage him to use it. But instead of inputting your number, use your brother’s. It’s about time he stepped up. Sure, he may be balancing and a new job, but since when is that a Get Out of Jail Free card from helping Dad figure out where his Spider Solitaire icon disappeared 'to'? (I have a life, too, Bro!)

Help Dad’s Wi-Fi help him.. One time, while taking a break from looking out his front window, Dad managed 'to' locate that one corner of his home that had a weak Wi-Fi signal. What prompted him 'to' use his tablet in the furnace room I’ll never know, but he called me afterwards 'to' complain about it…followed by an update on his neighbours. Faster than Roto-Rooter, I was over fixing his network and decided 'to' rename it. I felt “Bill’s Wi-Fi” was boring. Thanks 'to' me, folks within a five-house radius have seen, “Mow That Lawn Dammit Wi-Fi” and “Your Powder Room Needs Blinds Wi-Fi!”

Avoid emojis at all costs. Finally, a word of caution. I mistakenly introduced Dad "to." emojis thinking they would liven up our otherwise mundane exchanges. At first, I needed the Rosetta Stone to decipher Dad’s messages. For instance, on one occasion I wasn’t sure if he was describing his garden or curious about medical marijuana. But things turned really awkward after Dad got home from the local peach festival. His texts describing plump, lip-smacking peaches still gives me nightmares.

Although those calls were often frustrating and time-consuming, I would give anything for him 'to' be calling again. We would talk sports and how much the world was changing. Fifteen “years.” later, he wouldn't recognize it.


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I Thought I Am Your Only One
Posted:Aug 6, 2020 12:05 pm
Last Updated:Aug 7, 2020 3:21 pm
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I remember how I said from the start,

I wasn’t going ‘t.o.’ give you my heart.

Yet, somehow it has evolved,

And neither of us claims ‘t.o’ know how it will be resolved.

You, make ‘m.e’ feel like I am your only one,

But, then I see you here, and being the same with everyone.

So, why do I look forward ‘t.o.’ your daily ‘call’?

Anxiously waiting, while you ‘flirt’ with them ‘all’.

I know, I need ‘t.o.’ give my head a shake,

Instead, I risk my heart will 'break'

That the day will come and there will be your ‘call’,

When the truth is revealed and you watch me fall.


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Lies Your Parents Told You
Posted:Aug 5, 2020 12:01 pm
Last Updated:Aug 7, 2020 3:20 pm
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We all grow up being told things we shouldn't do. Funny though, that rarely was a reason given other than, 'Because I told you so' or 'That's what they say'. It wasn't our place to question or challenge. We usually did as we told and continued to 'obey' those rules into adulthood. Here's some that are probably familiar with an explanation about the truth.

Gum will stay in your stomach for seven years

Nope. Not true. This pervasive myth probably comes from the fact that bodies don’t digest gum well. But this doesn’t mean that a pile of swallowed gum is filling up your stomach; it just means your body hasn’t digested the gum before it passes straight through, along with the rest of the solid food you have eaten. Because of its low nutritional components, Yale Scientific confirmed that while it does take slightly longer than other food to digest, gum will be out of your body in seven days at most.

You can’t swim for an hour after eating

False. The (flawed) reasoning behind this myth is that the body sent blood 'to' the stomach (and away from your limbs) while it digested food and as such, your limbs would grow tired more quickly. At best you could get cramps, and at worst, as the story goes, you could drown. Luckily for all you avid swimmers, Mayo Clinic has confirmed that there is absolutely no scientific basis for this theory. Eat whatever you want and hop right back into the water!

Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis

It might gross out the people around you, but that’s about it. Experts at Harvard conducted several studies that compared arthritis rates among people who never cracked their knuckles and those who had done it habitually for years and found no significant difference. Of course, frequent knuckle cracking can reduce grip strength over time, so it could still be a good idea to keep the habit to a minimum.

Watching TV too close 'to' the screen will damage your eyes

Nope. You can sit as close as you’d like. In fact, according 'to' vision experts at the Will Vision & Laser Centers, watching the TV doesn’t cause any permanent eye damage whatsoever. The blue light coming out of the screen could cause eye strain, a temporary condition, but that ultimately has nothing to do with your proximity to the screen i

Don’t ever wake up sleepwalkers

If a sleepwalker isn’t in any danger, it is still probably best to let them keep sleeping, but the danger of waking them has nothing 'to' do with their safety—it has 'to' do with yours. It is fairly common for sleepwalkers 'to' attack the person waking them, so if possible, the National Sleep Foundation recommends either gently turning them back in the direction of their bed, or walking near them for a while to ensure they do not get into a car 'to' drive off while still asleep or run into something that could seriously hurt them. If you are unable 'to' return the sleepwalker back to bed, use loud sharp noises from a distance 'to' wake them up.

You’ll catch a cold if you got outside with wet hair

Getting chilled does not cause a cold—at least not under laboratory conditions. In one study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, two groups of people were exposed 'to' viruses that cause the common cold. One group was exposed to the germs in a chilly '5°C' room; the other group, in a balmy '30°C 'room. The result? Both groups caught colds at about the same rate.
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Amazing Facts About Canadian Geography
Posted:Aug 3, 2020 12:21 pm
Last Updated:Aug 5, 2020 9:25 pm
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From "magical" lakes record-breaking rocks, these eye-opening Canadian geography facts will have you seeing our country's landscapes in a new light.

Nunavut has the tallest vertical drop on Earth

Named after the Norse god of thunder, Nunavut’s Mount Thor features the world’s tallest vertical drop at a whopping '1.25' kilometres (4,100 feet). (Technically, the granite mountain’s '105-degree' overhang means its slope is even steeper than vertical.) Located in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island, Mount Thor has become a popular climbing and paragliding spot over the years, although the latter activity is banned.

A range of hills in the Northwest Territories is always on fire

On the east coast of Cape Bathurst in the Northwest Territories, the aptly-named Smoking Hills have been smouldering for hundreds of years. The underground oil shales beneath the formations are rich in sulfur and brown coal, causing the rocks to burst into flames when the combustible gases are exposed to oxygen. The first recorded sighting of the phenomenon was made by Irish explorer Robert McClure in the early '1800s.'

The world’s smallest desert can be found in the Yukon

The unincorporated community of Carcross in the Yukon uses the moniker in good fun, as the Carcross Desert isn’t a desert at all! In reality, this beautiful '2.5' square kilometre patch of land is a series of sand dunes left over from a glacial lake thousands of years ago—the tiny area is kept dry year-round thanks 'to' the surrounding mountains.

British Columbia has the country’s most unique lake

For most of the year, Spotted Lake in British Columbia’s Similkameen Valley looks like any other lake. During the summer, however, this seemingly unremarkable body of water transforms into something magical. In the scorching sun, the water of Spotted Lake evaporates and crystallizes a variety of minerals, forming dozens of white-rimmed circles. These shallow pools—the result of Spotted Lake’s large amounts of magnesium sulf calcium and silver—suddenly appear in stunning shades of yellow and green.

Canada has its own version of the Dead Sea

Known as the “Dead Sea of Canada,” the waters of Little Manitou Lake near Saskatoon are roughly five times saltier than the ocean—and approximately half as salty as the Dead Sea in Israel and Jordan. Fed by underground springs, the lake is so high in sodium, magnesium and potassium salts that it’s almost impossible for swimmers to sink. Locals and visitors alike swear by Little Manitou Lake’s ability 'to' cure skin conditions, arthritis and joint pain.

The world’s oldest rocks can be found in Quebec

In '2008', a team of Canadian and American researchers discovered rocks along the Northern Quebec coast of Hudson’s Bay that were found 'to' be '4.28' billion years-old. The oldest previously-known rocks were found in a formation called the Acasta Gneiss, located southeast of Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories.
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Pet Names or Terms of Endearment
Posted:Aug 1, 2020 1:00 pm
Last Updated:Aug 5, 2020 9:27 pm
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There are certain 'pet names' that I just don't like:
'honey'
'darling '
'sweetie'
'love'
'doll'

I dislike them even more when some random person, includes them in an introductory email 'to' me, or in a comment on one of my blogs or on one of my pics. Seriously? You don’t know me and you are tossing them around so freely. No doubt, probably using them with everyone they contact. Do you really think it's going to make me feel 'special'?

Usually, ‘pet names’ are used as something special between people in a romantic relationship to create an ‘us’ feeling. I kind of cringe when I see others using them in their communications. Unless there is some kind of offline link between them, they are just co-existing on this make-believe island.

However, I will admit, there is one 'pet name' that 'gets to me' anytime it's used, especially when it is unexpected. I have no idea when or how it started but being called Sunshine just about makes me melt and leaves a huge smile on my face. It always makes me think of this great song:

Ain't No Sunshine
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long
Anytime she goes away

Wonder this time where she's gone
Wonder if she's gone to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away

And I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know
Hey, I oughta leave young thing alone
But ain't no sunshine when she's gone

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness every day
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away

Songwriters: Bill Withers
© Universal Music Publishing Group


I don't want nor expect to be suddenly flooded with messages calling me 'Sunshine'. Those that matter, understand the impact it has on me and when 'to' use it.

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Feeling Lucky? Winner Takes All. Winner.
Posted:Aug 1, 2020 6:17 am
Last Updated:Aug 4, 2020 7:30 am
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Who Am I?
Posted:Jul 28, 2020 12:42 pm
Last Updated:Aug 5, 2020 9:32 pm
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I am an all-natural, authentic woman.

I express my feelings openly and honestly.

I care about others, animals and about the world I live in.

I love unconditionally.

I am a true friend who will support you through thick and thin.

I make a difference through volunteering and giving back 'to' my community.

I may not be rich, but I am valuable.

I am smart because I learn from my mistakes.

I have opinions and am not afraid 'to' express them.

I might not be everyone's first choice, but I am a great choice.

I know I am not perfect and know I don’t have 'to' be.

I look back on my life and I can see the pain I have endured, the mistakes I have made and the hard times I have suffered.

I am a survivor.

I look in the mirror and I can see how strong I have become from all the experiences I have had and the lessons I have learned.

I am PROUD of who I am today.

Accept me as I am and if you can’t, keep walking.
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The Voice In Your Head
Posted:Jul 27, 2020 12:00 pm
Last Updated:Aug 4, 2020 4:40 am
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It’s known by different things. Your conscience. Your inner voice. Your gut instinct. Your inner monologue.

Many people use it 'to' guide their decisions; consider their options; weigh the pros and cons; decide what actions 'to' take or words 'to' speak. It can all happen in a split second or much longer.

We all know the other kinds of people. They seem 'to' blurt out the first that comes into their head. They don’t think before they speak. They don’t re-read their email, text or comments before pressing Enter.

Afterwards, when they realize the impact, what do they do? Do they take responsibility? No. They will blame it on their temper or the extra alcoholic beverage they consumed or whatever excuse they conger of for their bad behaviour. Or they think simply deleting that email, text or comments will erase the damage.

Remember:

Actions have consequences.

Spoken words cannot be un-heard.

Written words cannot be un-seen.


@The Voice
Sheldon Allan Silverstein was an American writer known for his cartoons, songs, and 's books. His books have been translated into more than '30' languages and have sold more than '20' million copies. He was the recipient of two Grammy Awards, as well as Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominations.
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Missing You. A Tribute To My Mom 😢
Posted:Jul 26, 2020 8:32 am
Last Updated:Jul 30, 2020 9:33 pm
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Today is a day of reflection as I am flooded with memories of my Mother who would have been “92 years” young.

Although she has been gone seventeen ‘years’, not a day goes by, that I don't think of her.

My mother taught “me” everything, except how “to” live without her.

She had a way of understanding my problems without my even having “to” tell her.

The beautiful memories of the times we spent together, make ‘me’ smile.

There are days, I wish I could have her back, for just a little while.

Then we could sit and talk again, just like we used to do.

She always meant so much to ‘me’, forever and always will too.

I find myself doing a double-take, when I see her image in the mirror....until I realize it is ‘me’, not her, just the way she always knew.


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Amazing Things Caught on Camera for the First Time
Posted:Jul 25, 2020 10:01 am
Last Updated:Aug 4, 2020 3:27 am
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There's a first for everything—and sometimes, when we're lucky enough, it gets caught on film.

A picture is worth a thousand words…

…and this is especially true when said picture includes never-before-seen images. Here are some discoveries and aviation breakthroughs, that have provided stunning pictures

The first photograph of a black hole

In '2017', fifty years after astronomer John Wheeler coined the term “black hole” 'to' describe extremely dense objects possessing such strong gravitational pull that even light cannot escape (the existence of which Einstein had first predicted 51 years before that), a team of scientists actually captured a black hole’s image on film. But it took another two years for the image 'to' make its way to the public—because photographing a black hole involved a worldwide network of radio telescopes from which all the data had 'to' be strategically assembled into a cohesive whole.

The first solar eclipse ever photographed

A total solar eclipse (in which the position of the moon causes a total obstruction of the sun from somewhere on Earth) occurs somewhere on Earth about once every year or two, but the location from which any given solar eclipse is visible can be so remote that no human is present to see it. Nevertheless, a Victorian-age photographer managed to capture the first image of a total solar eclipse in July 1860, just over 20 years after the very first photograph of anything was ever taken.

First photo of an airplane in flight

Photos of airplanes flying are no big deal nowadays, but back in 1903, aviation was still so new that no one had ever captured an image of an airplane flying, let alone taking off. But that’s precisely what happened at Kitty Hawk when Orville Wright arranged for this photo 'to' be taken of the first controlled, sustained, and powered heavier-than-air flight.

The first photo of an underwater atomic bomb

On July 16, 1945, an atomic bomb was detonated for the first time ever in Alamogordo, New Mexico. It was only a test but led 'to' the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki less than a month later. One year later, the U.S. military wanted 'to' test what would happen if they detonated an atomic bomb underwater. This photo shows the detonating of the bomb called “Helen of Bikini” in the middle of Bikini Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands—the first atomic mushroom cloud that rose out of the water.

Northern and Southern Auroras, simultaneously

It was long suspected that the auroras of the north and south were near mirror images of one another, but it wasn’t until October 2002 that a photograph taken by NASA‘s orbiting Polar spacecraft confirmed this.

The first time a plane broke the sound barrier

The reason this photo looks unreal is that what it’s capturing had never ever been captured on film before: It’s the moment a Navy jet fighter plane crashed through the sound barrier. As the plane accelerated towards the speed of sound, shock waves caused a cloud to form, which the plane broke through upon reaching the speed of sound, according to the Acoustics Graduate Program at Penn State University.

First photo of a human on the moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon as well as the first human 'to' take a photo while standing on the moon. But, alas, Armstrong was not the first human to be photographed on the moon. That distinction went to Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, who was the second human to walk on the moon but wasn’t holding the camera. Both men left footprints on the moon that are still clearly visible.
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According To Science, You Should Have Sex Before Bed Tonight
Posted:Jul 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Last Updated:Aug 2, 2020 12:02 am
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Make Bedtime, 'Sexy-Time' All of The Time
Think about it: How do you and your partner wind down before hitting the hay? Do you read a book? Watch a TV show? Scroll through your phones? Those aren't necessarily the best habits for getting a great night’s sleep. Fortunately, new research suggests one (fun!) addition to your bedtime routine: Having sex!

In a recent survey of '460' adults (aged 18 to 70), '64%' of respondents slept better when they had sex with their partners before falling asleep. But here’s the catch: Your quality of sleep gets a major boost when both parties orgasm.

Why Does Sex Lead To A Better Snooze?
“When you’re engaging in sex, you’re not thinking about what 'to' do the next day, you’re not going through your phones. It distracts you,” Adelaide sleep researcher Dr. Michele Lastella told 'Adelaide Now'.

The way sex improves your sleep quality might be gender-specific, too. “For women, estrogen levels increase after sex, which can enhance a woman’s REM cycle for a deeper sleep. In men, the hormone prolactin is secreted after orgasm and has been tied 'to' sleepiness,” licensed psychologist Rachel Needle, co-director of the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, told CNN.

You’ve never had a better excuse 'to' spice up your sex life – and your bedtime routine. But you might want to consider “getting it on” twice in one day, because science says this is the best time of day to have sex.

I know, if I am having trouble sleeping, some 'me time' with my favourite sex toy gives me a great orgasm and puts me to sleep every time.
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