Happy Earth Day 2018!!!

Today is Earth Day and blogger Jill Dennison gifts us with the historical background of the day and the reasons it is critically important that this day and every day of the year be days of awareness and action. Please share.

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Today is Earth Day … the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, to be exact.  I am always surprised by people who say, “Yeah, so???” Or those who say “What the heck is Earth Day?”  So, please bear with me while I explain very briefly.

History – In The Beginning

The concept for Earth Day was conceived in the mind of then-Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson recruited help from Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey and others, and on April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the…

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Thursday – A little Personal – Getting to Know You.

John W. Howell has gifted us with another delightful interaction between his furry kids. Please enjoy.

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Bailey, Lucy and Twiggy

“Hey, Twiggy.  Have you thought about what you would like to do today?”

“Well, Dad. I have a couple of things on my agenda.”

“I’m here to may every one of your requests come true today.”

“Hmm. Maybe I should do some further thinking. The first thing is breakfast.”

“Coming right up. The usual?”

“Yum. For those of you who wonder. My dad’s a real jokester. The usual indeed.”

“Who are you talking to Twiggy?”

“You must know we are never alone. The fourth wall is out there.”

“Goodness. You are certainly perceptive. So what’s next?”

“How about a little playtime with Lucy and Bailey.”

“Good deal. Let’s go.”

“Morning. Lucy.”

“Hi, Boss. I see you have the little one in your arms.”

“Yup and she would like to play. I’ll set her down.”

“Hey, Lucy. Look at this toy. It is part plastic and pom-pom.”

“Hold on little one…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… April 20th

* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in at Rideau Hall as Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. * 1999 A massacre at Columbine High School * 1871 Ku Klux Act passed by Congress * 1926 New sound process for films announced * 1914 Militia slaughters strikers at Ludlow in Colorado

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…

* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in at Rideau Hall as Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau, PC, CC, prime minister of Canada 1968–79 and 1980–84, politician, writer, constitutional lawyer (born 18 October 1919 in Montréal, QC; died 28 September 2000 in Montréal). A charismatic and controversial figure, Trudeau was arguably Canada’s best-known politician, both at home and abroad. He was instrumental in negotiating Canada’s constitutional independence from the British Parliament and establishing a new Canadian Constitution with an entrenched Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trudeau also brought in the Official Languages Act in 1969, making Canada officially bilingual. While he played an important role in defeating the Québec sovereignist movement of the 1970s and 1980s, his federalist stance, as well as his language and economic policies, alienated many in Canada, particularly in the western provinces. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 20th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… April 19th

* 1907 – Six Nations marathon runner Tom Longboat wins the 11th Boston marathon. * 1897 First Boston Marathon held * 1775 The American Revolution begins * 1989 Central Park jogger attack shocks New York City * 1975 The Captain and Tennille bring wedded bliss to the pop charts with their first hit record

It’s Thursday! Did You Know…

* 1907 – Six Nations marathon runner Tom Longboat wins the 11th Boston marathon.

A legendary athlete, he was adored and celebrated as the finest runner of his time. But journalists of the day could never reconcile such brilliance with his First Nations origin.

The story is told that somewhere in France during the Great War, a British general, being led to the front by a dispatch runner, grew irritated with the pace set by the man and ordered him to slow down. “For God’s sakes,” he complained. “Who do you think I am? Tom Longboat?” The dispatch runner, a tall man in his late twenties, slowed and answered, “No sir. That’s me.” Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 19th”

Good People Doing Good Things — Chad Houser

In her weekly series, “Good People Doing Good Things”, Jill Dennison gifts us with a story about Chad Houser, a chef and restauranteur in Dallas, Texas, who runs a program to help young juveniles who were incarcerated to learn skills they can use to support themselves and contribute to society. Please share.

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Welcome to Wednesday morning and our weekly Good People feature.  For those who have only recently begun following Filosofa’s Word, every Wednesday morning I shine a light on people who are giving back, giving of themselves to help others and make the world just a little better place for us all.  We are inundated with so much negativity these days, so many examples of greed and bigotry, that I think it serves us well to step back every now and then, to remind ourselves that there are a lot of good people in this world.  I refer to these as the ‘silent majority’, for they are too busy out there doing good to have time to be loudly tooting their own horn.  So today, I would like to introduce you to Chad Houser of Dallas, Texas …

In 2007, Chad Houser bought into a popular bistro in Dallas, and his…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… April 18th

* 1645 – Mme. La Tour surrenders Fort La Tour to Charles d’Aulnay after three-day siege. * 1906 The Great San Francisco Earthquake * 1974 The Red Brigade terrorizes Italy * 1958 Federal court decides to release Ezra Pound * 2012 Dick Clark – host of “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” – dies

It’s Hump Day Wednesday! Did You Know…

* 1645 – Mme. La Tour surrenders Fort La Tour to Charles d’Aulnay after three-day siege.

In 1635, Governor of Acadia Charles de Menou d’Aulnay de Charnisay moved settlers from present-day LaHave, Nova Scotia to Port-Royal, and the Acadian people began to establish their roots. Under Aulnay, the Acadians built the first dikes in North America and cultivated the reclaimed salt marshes. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 18th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… April 17th

* April 17 1840 – Fenian rebel Benjamin Lett sets off a Good Friday blast – blowing the top off Brock’s Monument * 1961 The Bay of Pigs invasion begins * 1936 A single horsehair uncovers a murderer * 1790 Benjamin Franklin dies * 2002 General Hospital airs 10,000th episode

It’s Tuesday! Did You Know…

* April 17, 1840 – Fenian rebel Benjamin Lett sets off a Good Friday blast – blowing the top off Brock’s Monument

Isaac Brock was killed on 13 October 1812 in the Battle of Queenston Heights. He was leading a charge to retake a gun emplacement on Queenston Heights’ northern slope that had been captured by the invading American forces when he was shot in the wrist and chest. Before the battle at Queenston Heights, Brock had, with the help of Indigenous warriors, captured Fort Michilimackinac in July 1812 as well as Detroit that August. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 17th”