Happy Canada 150th Birthday!!!

A very special weekend is coming up – 150 years for Canada!!!

“What is the “Chant national”?  Do you know the history of Canada’s National Anthem?  Did you know it was first performed in February of 1880 but did not become Canada’s official anthem until 100 years later in July of 1980? Listen to the instrumentation below – (takes 5 seconds to load)

Did you know that the official music is not copyrighted, but is left in the public domain, but different versions of it may be copyrighted?  Do you know who wrote the words?  Most of us know the first verse no problem, but did you know there are 4 stanzas?  Do you know who composed the music?  If you wish to test your knowledge or learn more about it, click here.

History of our National Anthem here

More about our anthem here

Happy Father’s Day!

All the BEST  to ALL the FATHERS out there!

    Gillette deserves a big round of applause ♫  They have recently produced a powerful message that society is in desperate need of.  I don’t watch much TV, but I happened to stumble upon this link May 31st and I wish to share it with you all.  Turn on your sound and have a look!:



As helpful as technology can be, nothing can replace the fundamental  human relationships.  As Michael Gurian once stated: “Father’s Day is hopefully a time when the culture says, “”This is our moment to look at who our men and boys are.””  Some of us have had non-existent father figures or at the least, a minimal presence; some of us have had abusive fathers while others of us have had wonderful fathers.  I dare say, many fathers, no matter their current age, are doing the best they know how, often learning as they go, sometimes making mistakes, sometimes floundering and at other times acing it, just like the rest of us.  So for each of us, whenever certain calendar holidays roll around, we find ourselves reminiscing one way or another.

Actor Hugh Jackman observed this:  “The activity of being a husband, father – those are roles, too, but underneath them is the spiritual center that connects us all, and that’s what’s most important.”  That’s a pause for pondering thought.  As I search the web on the topic of fathers, I came across this helpful website:  www.fathers.com . I also doff my hat to our Native Aboriginal friends across the street as I was a witness a year ago in regards to their “I am a Kind Man” campaign kick-off.

You can find some tips for what to do for Father’s Day and a bit about the history of this special calendar marked day here:  https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/father-day .