Thursday, May 31, 2007
One of the sketches he did still stands out for me ... He came on stage and as one hand passed over his face it posited there a happy mask ... then when the other hand passed over his face it posited a sad mask.
Marcel floated and danced across the stage changing masks. His body embracing the mood of the mask ... then suddenly, the happy mask got "stuck" on his face ... He fought it ... he struggled against it ... he tried desperately to claw it off.
His face was joyous ... his body was anything but ... with slumped shoulders, and waves of grief washing over him, he desperately tried to pull the mask off ...
The "mask" had a huge grin, while the body was heartbroken ...
It was an interesting sketch ... and it is sometimes simply too true ...
Still makes me say - "Hmmmm ..."
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I can remember watching Big Al on CKCO ... and Romper Room with Miss Betty ... Then when we got cable, we were able to watch CHCH regularly, and saw the Tiny Talent Show each Saturday afternoon (that was usually the signal to turn off the tv and do something else ...) and from the ABC affiliate in Buffalo NY there was a childrens'show called Commander Tom and another called Rocketship 7 where Dave Thomas, along with a big robot made of kitchen appliances and heating ducts, showed Gumbi, Davy & Goliath cartoons and other shorts for kids ...
But one of my favourites that I had completely forgotten about until I read of his death this morning on the CTV news site was Uncle Bobby, who for many years hosted a childrens' programme on CFTO from Toronto. I can only recall snippets of his programme ... but I'm clearly not alone. Click Here, to visit a site celebrating Uncle Bobby and his tv show ...
To learn more about Uncle Bobby - check out the CTV news story that marks his passing at the tender age of 82 ... I haven't thought about Uncle Bobby for years, but today I kind of miss him and what his show meant to me ...
Rest in Peace Mr. Ash, and thanks for all the memories ...
BUT, I still remember my first ... it was a third hand Commodore Pet, that was programmable in BASIC computer language and that had an external cassette tape drive for saving programmes and data ... Anyone else remember the early PCs???
My PET was awesome. I was one of the first kids in my class to have my OWN computer ... others has Vic-20's and a couple had Commodore 64's ... BUT, I had the "real" computer ... I was able to sit in my room and write games programmes, do interesting things like set the computer up to count to 1 000 000, and do creative graphics on the greeen screen with semi-colons, commas and so on ...
Looking back it was pretty simplistic, but at the time it was COOL, in a geeky sort of way ...
I wouldn't trade my lap top for a PET, but I look back with fondness on the ability to have a personal computer back when computers were new ... Ah the memories !!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Then when I got home and started blogging I read her heart-wrenching entry about the challenges she faces at times just being a mom, and I decided to post these two pictures to inspire a mom who loves her little cherub ... and who together love a beautiful big boy horse named Oakley:
We arrived shortly after 1 and Noahkila' s God Mother Auntie W, Ms H, Beetle and I walked to the snake pits ... Noahkila stayed in the van.
There weren't lots like other visits, but at pit #4 there were dozens of red sided garter snakes writhing in the grass around the pit ... we saw enough to make the trip worth while:
The snake pits at Narcisse are truly awesome - they are a must see stop in Manitoba each Spring !! Unless of course you don't like snakes !!!??
Then this morning after the thunderstorm passed, we decided to go to Winnipeg for the day ... along the way we made the decision to head to the Snake Pits at Narcisse ... Noahkila stayed in the van while the girls and Auntie W and I walked the trails and found the snakes. Then from there it was back to Winnipeg for dinner and a "walk" around the zoo:
He didn't want to do it at first ... but for $2.50, we rented a wheel chair to push Noahkila around the zoo ... to be fair he walked the first five exhibits before changing his mind ...
His sisters howled with protest that it wasn't fair that he got "to have all the fun" sitting in a wheel chair ...
We did learn that the Zoo is wheel chair accessible, but not entirely wheel chair friendly ...
Pushing him around for the afternoon, I was reminded of when he was a tiny lad, and strapped in the stroller, and I thought of the many hours we spent pushing him through museums, zoos, parks, malls and countless other places ... It was fun to remember ... The big difference today was the pretty teenie-bopper who was following us through the zoo, smiling at Noahkila and watching him like she was star-struck ... part of me wanted to say - "get away from my boy ... leave him alone !!!" But another part of me marvelled at her persistence, and quite enjoyed the sight of a girl so obviously smitten by a boy - ah, Puppy Love !!??
I realized today (his weight in the chair helped with the realization) that my little boy is not so little any more ... but for today for a brief moment, he was once again the wee lad in the stroller marvelling at the diversity of animals at the zoo !!!
Happy Birthday Noahkila ... I hope you have fun dreams tonight !!!
It was a fun way to honour your birthday !! Thanks.
He survived ... but we gave him some scares along the way ...
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I will even resist the temptation to use words like outrageous, ill-informed, scary and any other that comes to mind when I think of the idiotic proclamations that have spewed forth from the mouth of Mr Falwell.
I will even resist the temptation to cast rocks in his direction ...
The only thing that comes to mind tonight at the news that Jerry Falwell has passed from this life to the next arises from the final verse in a hymn we often use in our Church - the line says: "and when you close your eyes, I'll (God) will be there with just one more surprise ..."
My faith tells me tonight that Jerry Falwell is one surprised guy ... I doubt heaven is like he thought it to be ... I can only give thanks that God is so much broader and more wonderful than the likes of Mr Falwell think God to be ...
That may be Mr Falwell's biggest surprise ... the presence of Gays, Lesbians, minorities, and non-Christians is likely another.
So - the only way I can think to say "Farewell" to a colleague like Mr Falwell is with some help from a little friend who was once the target of Mr Falwell's rants:
Teletubby Bye Bye !!
Rest in peace Mr Falwell,
you will NOT be missed by me.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Ms. H.: "Okay ..."
She then moves to the bottom of the stairs and at the TOP of her lungs begins screaming:
Ms H.: "Noahkila, you're a loser !!! You're an idiot !!! You're a freak !!! You've ALWAYS been a loser and an idiot and a freak !! ..."
Dad: "Hey !! Hey !! Hey !! What are you doing?"
Ms H.: "You told me to 'call him down'. So, I'm calling him down ..."
Dad: (stunned into speechless silence ...)
For his part Noahkila was listening to music in his room, so he missed the whole situation !! Thank God for small mercies !!