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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, September 30, 2005


An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the world.

For his first chapter he decided to write about American churches. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that he would work his way across the country from South to North.

On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read $10,000.00 per call. The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to Heaven and that for $10,000.00 one could talk to God. The American thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in Atlanta, there, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to Heaven and that for $10,000.00 he could talk to God. "O.K. thanks" said the American

He then traveled to Indianapolis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston and New York, then on to Portland and north to Seattle. In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same $10,000.00 per call sign under it.

Upon leaving Seattle, the American saw a sign saying "Route 5 North to Vancouver CANADA" and decided to see if Canadians had the same golden telephone.

He drove for awhile and finally arrived in Ladner, BC. Sure enough, there again in the local church was the same golden telephone, only this time the sign under it read 25 cents per call.

The American was surprised and so intrigued that he asked the church's pastor about the sign.

"Father, I've traveled all over America and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches, I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in every state the price was $10,000.00 per call. Why is it so cheap here?"

The priest smiled and answered: "You're in Canada now son, it's a local call."


DesertFlowers said...

Hi Leslie Canada must be like being in heaven the way that you and Cheryl talk about the beauty of your land. I will someday come to visit and see for myself.

Thank you for another lovely poem.

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

willemina said...

Hello Leslie,
Another great one from Angel Face...
I have always heard that Canada is beautiful and would love to visit one day. Don't most cruises to Alaska depart from Vancouver?
I met a lovely couple from Vancouver on a cruise to the Mexican Rivera 2 years ago. They used to own a Chinese Restaurant in Vancouver and are now retired and love to travel. I stay in touch via Christmas cards.
I am signed up for cruise specials and I got one yesterday that seemed too good to be true...The 7 Blue Seas is offering a RT with an overnight in Ensenada; 5 days and 4 nights departing from SF to Catalina, San Diego and Ensenada for $199 (inside cabin). It's a last min deal...departs Oct 16th.

Hugs from me to you...

leslie said...

Willy OMIGOSH! That is a STEAL! If I were you and had the time, I'd grab it!

dragonflyfilly said...

yes, DESERTFLOWERS, some people here refer to BC as God's country, so maybe they do mean Heaven...you absolutely MUST vist. I came to Canada when i was eleven years old and would not live anywhere else. ops, i guess that disqualifies me as a future "Mrs. Senior Bachelor", but that is redundant, yes?

Belizegial said...

Hi Leslie, just browsing around and came across your cute baby photo and the Heaven story.

Canada is indeed a blessed country in many ways and the people are perfectly nice. Way back when I was a teenager I traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico representing Belize at the World Girl Guide Congress and for the first time met up with Canadians (from Red Deere and Alberta). For awhile, after the event was over, I even maintained contact with those girls that I had developed penpal friendships with.

You've brought back some nice memories!

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