When a passenger coach needs a lift…

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One sees cars and trucks being towed all the time.

Whether it’s as a result of car trouble or accidents or getting stuck in snow drifts, tow trucks are usually around to help out.

Even though it’s quite common to see transit buses and chartered coach buses busily going along the city ways and highways, moving people from place to place, it somehow seems rarer to catch a glimpse of a bus being towed.  Naturally, their drivers can encounter mechanical issues en route, too.  But it doesn’t seem to happen all that often.

I have only ever seen one towed bus before, and it was a city transit bus.

This greyhound coach bus being towed along a smaller highway caught my attention, when I was on my way into the city about two weeks ago.  I wondered about the passengers and hoped that a replacement bus had been made available to them.

 

 

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The Treasures of old Photo Albums

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Recently again, I was doing some more sorting and purging in my optimistic pursuit and efforts at reducing unnecessary STUFF that somehow manages to accumulate in one’s home.  And from so many years, I have my work cut out for me….haha!

I did go through some bins and shelves and sorted a good number of things into the categories of garbage, donating to our local second-hand store, and keepers.

Then, on my way to get lunch, I happened to pass by the shelf that holds a good number of old photo albums. I pulled out a trilogy from the year 2000 and thought this would be going back far enough to be quite fun for my sons and I to look through after our lunch break……everyone looking much younger then!  And boy, did we share a lot of laughs and talk about the memories connected to all the photos.

One of the photos we came across was this one, in which all four of my children were at an age where they were exactly one head space apart from each other in height.

Being the family photographer as well, I had partially planned such an opportunity in the back of my mind as a potential photo…just waiting for the perfect time to snag it!

On that evening I had their cooperation, and everything was just right….and at the last minute, the youngest turned his gaze, smiling away.  This was back in the days of actual film, in which I didn’t have the option to take 20 digitals of a particular shot by which to have a good selection to find the ONE.  I had but only two takes.  And this was the better one.  And well, also, kids don’t hang around too long for photo taking, ‘cuz there are other cool things they want to do!

“Mom!  You’re taking too long!”  “Mom…hurry up!”

Hahaha!

Good times indeed.

And that photo still made it into the home-made family photo calendars for 2001.

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Bonus:   Here is another photo from that time……given the title “Snuggle Puddle.”

 

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An Enticement!

 

Hello, Blogging Friends!

I know, I know!  I have been derelict in my writing and blogging!

And I can see from my ever-filling inbox that all the bloggers I follow have been far more diligent and productive with their poetry and other writings.

It’s been a little crazy busy at times.  And I have missed blogging!

And so, for my return post, I decided to entice you back with this vision of yumminess – a slice of rhubarb cake that I made two days ago.

Did it work?  Haha.

Have a Happy Weekend!

 

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Another Window to our World

In a tiny brief post on a fellow blogger’s page, I just now discovered this link….and wow!

Almost passed it by….

I’m glad I decided to peek instead. 😀

It will open up another window to our world for you.

It’s such a gorgeous ride with spectacular views….I urge you to have a look….and enjoy! ❤😀

 

 

This is the link to the blog post, which originally caught my attention….

 

And this is the subsequent link to the blog post by Karim Iliya, who created this beautiful film.

For All My Friends on WordPress…

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It’s been exciting and fun with all of my WordPress friends this year – learning new things and getting to know some of you more, sharing stories and photos from our parts of this beautiful world.

Thank you so much!

Michaela  ❤

Another Music Discovery

However much Facebook CAN – if you let it – open up a bigger global community to its users, I have found that blogging has widened my horizons tenfold.

Every time I work at posting my own writing and photography, I also read and look at what other creative people – world-wide – bring to the global community….and I am continuously astounded and amazed, enthralled and….that also includes educated as well.

As a result of exploring what some of my followers are up to – and I am constantly meeting NEW people all over the world as well! – I discovered this gem of a music video…just today… by Jain (whom I didn’t know) and her song “Makeba.” I had posted on Facebook about learning of Miriam Makeba a couple of months ago, which included a youtube link to one of Miriam’s well-known and much-loved songs, “Pata Pata.”

I thoroughly enjoyed Jain’s tribute to Miriam Makeba in an effort to bring this woman’s music and civil rights activist work to a newer, younger generation.

Have a look! 😀

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Click here to see the original blog post published by Slippery Edge, featuring a background story to go with Jain’s music video.

I also searched out a youtube link to the same music video by Jain…

 

 

And if you are also interested, the following is the youtube link of Miriam’s song, “Pata Pata.”

My interest in Miriam Makeba was re-kindled , when by mere chance I heard her song being played a couple of months ago on a French Canadian radio channel, and it brought a flood of memories back for me, because I used to hear that song a lot when I was quite young, and I always loved it.

 

 

 

 

Sharing the Joy!

The fun part of blogging is, of course, in writing and creating stories and poems from within, along with photographs sometimes, and publishing them as a way of sharing those thoughts with others.

Another fun part is in discovering other bloggers and, even more, finding like-minded friends in one’s blogging circle.  Reading their creations, their thoughts, their dreams, their struggles.

I was just in the process of reading through some of my blogging friends’ posts, that I discovered one from Dora in which she writes that she is sharing the WordPress congratulated accomplishment of having achieved 1,000 followers.  As she writes in her blog (and I needed help translating from her native language, Italian), she isn’t one to boast about numbers, even though it IS exciting to see numbers increase.  She decided to share her accomplishment, as it goes together well with the arrival of her new book, for which she is tremendously excited (understandably!).  She gives thanks to all of her followers and those who encouraged her to pursue her dream.

So, why am I sharing her joyful news on my blog?  Two reasons.

  1. As friends will do, we share the joy of others for their achievements.
  2. The added cherry on top, I have to confess, was the link that Dora included in her post.  A youtube link to a band playing a song that has been a cherished one of mine for MANY years, because I totally loved the TV series that spawned that song…..M*A*S*H.  And I learned that Dora and I also share the same appreciation for that series.

And it’s that song – with a pronounced rock flavour to it – that I wish to share with my readers and friends.  I think the Manic Street Preachers do a superb cover of it.

Have a look!

And thank you, Dora, for your post and for your friendship.  I also congratulate you on your new book!!  Be happy….and keep on writing!  🙂

To be Inspired…To Dream

It’s the second day of my 3-Day Quote Challenge!

Having dreams, nurturing them, and having them come to life is such an important part of our lives, but it isn’t necessarily something that everyone does.  For so many reasons.

Dreams are a big part of the fabric of our lives, and they deserve to be protected and believed in and achieved.

There are many quotes on pursuing one’s dreams.

For today I picked this one –

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Often we have dreams, but also often we get into a mode of thinking that tends towards the negative.  This quote looks to living your life positively….by focusing on your dreams….that which gives you passion and gets you all fired up in life.
And important, too, is that dreams don’t just occur in younger years.  They can spring forth in later years as well.
For my personal example, here is a photo of me at a drumkit, performing with a band in the League of Rock show in December of last year.  I have loved music all my life; however, circumstances and choices made through the years kept my music dream on the back burner…..until they brought me to a place where I jumped into music once again, after my children were well into their teen years.  I started drumming only eight years ago!  When I was 48, I signed up for lessons and the path led ever further…..to playing and more learning and performing.  I haven’t looked back since.  It’s been a blast of a ride!  Lots of dedication and determination and….PRACTICE…..haha!  And meeting all kinds of amazing people and musicians along the way.
I let go of some dreams of my youth but then nurtured other ones to add to my life’s fabric.
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And my nominee today is Conrad .
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(photo taken by Steve St. Jean at the League of Rock Showcase; December 17, 2015)

Always Learning!

Hello Friends!

I have been nominated by my blogging friend, A , to the 3-day Quote Challenge.

Thank you again, my friend, for such an honour.

For today’s quote I picked one that seems to have become imprinted in my brain and heart from the first time I saw it several years ago.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”    – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It appeals to me, because I have observed this experience in my life over and over.  Whether it’s in learning a new skill….or reading something with new ideas….or hearing a new song that touches in a deeper way….or trying out a new food.  Endless possibilities in life, really, for our minds to experience something new and to then move forward in personal growth or personal preferences.

For a simple example, in my case, I developed a liking for olives much later in life.  Before that time, I would steer clear of them.  And mostly because I didn’t know that much about them and partly because the flavour seemed so foreign.  Then!  One day I was given a new food to eat which included olives – black, milder ones – but still, it turned my mind over to the idea that, hey, olives are pretty fine.  Try them again.  And try them in this.  And then, well, perhaps the green ones aren’t so bad anymore.  And try those.  And before too long, I can’t imagine having certain foods and dishes WITHOUT olives.  It’s inconceivable!  Haha!  I love them so much now!

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As I understand it, the 3-day Quote Challenge is comprised of:

  1. Post for 3 consecutive days.
  2. Select and post 1-3 posts for each of those days.
  3. Nominate a blogger to go for the 3-Day Quote Challenge on each of those three days.

And so, I nominate my writer/blogging friend, Stephen , for this challenge.

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AND….in the spirit of the above quote, I’m including a photo of a Tea Party to which I was invited last year.  On the subject of new experiences, it was the first ever tea party for me.  And fun!   I met someone new – the friend of the host.  And there were some incredible delectables!  Taste combinations that were new to me as well.  My mind was given such a treat that day!  Moving forward again!

 

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