Author: Margy

Babies and Children Quotations

A baby first laughs at the age of four weeks. By that time his eyes focus well enough to see you clearly. – Author Unknown – A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often. – Author Unknown – A child develops individuality long before he develops taste. I have seen my kid struggle into the kitchen in the morning with outfits that need only one accessory: an empty gin bottle. – Erma Bombeck – A child is a person who can’t understand why someone would give away a perfectly good cat. – Author Unknown – All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. – Erma Bombeck – Although there are many trial marriages, there is no such thing as a trial child. – G. Willis – Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days. – Flannery O’Connor – Anyone who thinks …

Removing the Colour

Depending on your perspective, this could be a photo of a tree with a bright coloured background, or a sunset with a dark tree in the foreground. Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence. And though rooted in earth, they seem to touch the sky. – Kim Taplin – This Palo Verde tree took a real beating in our recent snow storm! It was only because it was so big that it could afford to have a few branches amputated. A smaller tree might have been completely removed from the landscape! Black, white, shades of grey. What is the focus of this photo now!?

Dessert and Candy Quotations

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. – Author Unknown – A bag of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. “You want to be careful with those,” Ron warned Harry. “When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor – you know, you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a booger-flavored one once.” Ron picked up a green bean, looked at it carefully, and bit into a corner. “Bleaaargh – see? Sprouts.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – After you’ve eaten all the raw cookie dough, you might as well turn off the oven. – Dee Ann Stewart – Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. – Jim Fiebig – A party without cake is just a meeting. – Julia Child – Cheese popcorn is not a dairy product. – Dee Ann Stewart – Dessert should close the meal gently …

Anti-Government – That’s Canadian Extremism

The 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada would be a ho-hum read if it had limited it’s scope to identifying the expected culprits: 1. Sunni Islamist Extremists 2. Canadian Extremist Travellers who assist with terrorism in foreign countries 3. Shia Extremists 4.Extremists who Support Violent Means to Establish an Independent State Within India. This included Sikhs until Prime Minister Trudeau decided to remove them because he was visiting the Vancouver Sikh Temple. Canada’s Left leaning Liberal Government then added a fifth type of extremism – a bundle of all the other bad things in their vocabulary – anti-government, anti-law enforcement, advocacy of white nationalism (supremacy), racial separation, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-immigration, male supremacy (misogyny), bigotry and homophobia. They couldn’t just call this Extremism. No – they had to assign these activities to their political rivals and call it Right-Wing Extremism. Slick trick, right!?  Liberals could never be racist, homophobic, bigots or misogynists, could they!? If anti-government is now extremism, how can we protest when we think the government has gone too far in …

Spines, Scales and Rocks

Arizona in April – this is what is happening in my back yard: I think this is a Claret Cup Cactus. If it isn’t, it should be because it seems like an appropriate name for it… Wicked thorns though… How I like claret!…It fills one’s mouth with a gushing freshness, then goes down to cool and feverless; then, you do not feel it quarrelling with one’s liver. No; ’tis rather a peace-maker, and lies as quiet as it did in the grape. Then it is as fragrant as the Queen Bee, and the more ethereal part mounts into the brain, not assaulting the cerebral apartments, like a bully looking for his trull, and hurrying from door to door, bouncing against the wainscott, but rather walks like Aladdin about his enchanted palace, so gently that you do not feel his step. – John Keats – The Side-blotched Lizard: If you look just behind the top of the front leg, you’ll see a long dark splotch – that is how this lizard got it’s name. These little lizards …

Clothing Quotations

A Guide to Self Service Shoe Shopping: 1. If they hurt like hell they’re too small. 2. If they fall off they’re too big. – Brantano Footwear – Although a life-long fashion dropout, I have absorbed enough by reading Harper’s Bazaar while waiting at the dentist’s to have grasped that the purpose of fashion is to make A Statement. My own modest Statement, discerned by true cognoscenti, is, “Woman Who Wears Clothes So She Won’t Be Naked.” – Molly Ivins – Amazing. You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes. – Cartoon Caption – ARMOR, n. The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith. – Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary – As long as you’re doing things for me, will you tie up your bathrobe when you walk around the house. – Bart Simpson – Based on the amount of laundry I do each week I’m going to assume there are people who live here that I haven’t met yet. – Author Unknown …

The Race to the Bottom of the News Barrel

What was the spark? A MAGA hat worn by mostly white male teens? Was this a clear case of stereotyping? Stereotyping or Social Categorization is a cognitive process by which we put individuals into social groups and respond to them as members of a social group, instead of individuals. This can lead to negative interactions. For example, a young liberal might take issue with anyone they identify as a conservative Baby Boomer. Any number of people might be instantly offended by someone they perceive as a privileged white male. We live in angry times. Social Categorization is what happened in January 2019 when someone posted, on Twitter, a short video taken at the ‘March for Life’ event. The video was said to be proof that Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School Boys (some of them wore MAGA hats) had harassed a Native American and a group of Black Men at the Lincoln Memorial. The Native American, Nathan Phillips said he believed  “These young men were beastly, and these old black individuals was their prey, and I …

The Cookbook Shelf

In response to a blogging suggestion from Feeding on Folly – What does Your Bookshelf Say About You: I got no further than the Cookbook Shelf and this book – Traditional Ukrainian Cookery by Savella Stechishin. The Car Guys sister, by remarkable coincidence, had just asked us if we still have this cookbook. The answer is yes, we still have it – the 9th edition (printed in 1976). This book was first published in 1957 by Trident Press Ltd in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Car Guy looked it up online, and found out that used copies are for sale on various sites for as little as $35 to as much as $400! Savella Stechishin’s Traditional Ukrainian Cookery is to Ukrainian cuisine what Julia Child’s cookbook is to French cooking. – Vera Krycak – Savella Stechishin did much more than write a cookbook! She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1930 – the first Ukrainian woman to receive a degree there. She taught in Saskatchewan schools, was a home economist …

Internet and Computer Quotations

Blogging and Word Processing Autocorrect makes me say things I didn’t Nintendo. – Author Unknown – Blogs seem to have two magnetic poles, one attracting friends, the other repulsing relatives. – Robert Brault – Eye halve a spelling checker, It came with my Pea Sea, It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye dew knot sea. Eye ran this poem threw it, Your sure reel glad two no. Its vary polished in it’s weigh My checker tolled me sew… – Author Unknown, An Oed Two The Spelling Checker – I think the pleasure of completed work is what makes blogging so popular. You have to believe most bloggers have few if any actual readers. The writers are in it for other reasons. Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn. All you get is the pleasure of a completed task. – Scott Adams – Please don’t use Comic Sans – we are a Fortune 500 Company, not a Lemonade Stand. – Note on an Office door – The thing …

Game Changing Three Word Phrases

Can the utterance of just three words change the direction of your day, if not your life? Here are a few examples from a Twitter Account called @SoVeryBritish: – You’ll be fine – Just a trim – How are you? – A quick word – Out of milk – Might be fun – Contact customer support – Meet and greet – You look well – Honestly, you choose I’d add these to the list: – out of nutella – internet is down – battery is dead – no toilet paper – clean your room – let’s get high – I am pregnant For Canadians who are going to go to the polls this fall, I came up with these three-word ‘it sounds good until things go wonky’ phrases: – national carbon ‘pricing’ – ‘irregular’ border crossings – budgets balance themselves What would be on your list for three word game changing phrases?