- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- 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, February 29, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
2. Open it to page 123.
3. Find the first 5 sentences and write them down.
4. Then invite 5 friends to do the same.
Page 123 reads:
One night, a short while after the serenade by solo piano, Lorenzo Daza discovered a letter, its envelope sealed with wax, in the entryway to his house. It was addressed to his daughter and the monogram "J.U.C." was imprinted on the seal. He slipped it under the door as he passed Fermina's bedroom and she never understood how it had come there, since it was inconceivable to her that her father had changed so much that he would bring her a letter from a suitor. She left it on the night table, for the truth was she did not know what to do with it, and there it stayed, unopened, for several days, until one rainy afternoon when Fermina Daza dreamed that Juvenal Urbino had returned to the house to give her the tongue depressor he had used to examine her throat. In the dream, the tongue depressor was made not of aluminum but of a delicious metal that she had tasted with pleasure in other dreams, so that she broke it in two unequal pieces and gave him the smaller one.
Wow! After reading these 5 sentences, I can hardly wait to get into the book! Now who to tag? Who do I think has a book on the go? Okay, I'll tag the following to make this a worldwide attempt, but don't feel obligated to do this.
jmb in Vancouver, BC
Nancy in Panama City, Florida
Mike in London, England
Meggie in New South Wales, Australia
Claudia in California
Happy reading, everyone!
In the next one, I increased the contrast by 75%.
Finally, I increased the contrast by 100%.
I feel as though the picture becomes more and more like an abstract but I'm curious to know what you think.
(Skywatch Friday is brought to you by Dot at Strolling Through Georgia.)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
2. Mental disorders fall along a continuum of severity. Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 Americans — who suffer from a serious mental illness. It is estimated that mental illness affects 1 in 5 families in America.
3. The World Health Organization has reported that four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders. By 2020, Major Depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children.
Here is the football team at Niagara Falls, late '40s. Dad is 3rd from the right at the rear.
Dad is on the left with others from British Columbia.
Here he is walking down the street in Vancouver, BC, on furlough, aged 21.
This photo of Dad flying his plane was taken by a buddy in another plane.
After the war, Dad returned to work for the British Columbia Telephone Company where he made a good living and provided well for his family. His wife and three daughters were his number one priority in life, along with continuing to play soccer until he became a linesman and then a referee for many years. He also became Commissioner for the sport for a while, too. My sister was born while he was away in the RCAF, but upon his return told my Mom he wanted them to have another child. Here I am - his favourite! (well, maybe not really but I "was" the only one they planned.)
We loved camping every summer and here we are at Wasa Lake in the Kootenay region of BC, an extremely hot spot where all you could do was stay in the water to keep cool. And Dad always made it fun.
And here I am (on the slide) and my Dad is helping my younger sister on the teeter totter at the campsite in Banff, Alberta.
Of course my father walked me down the aisle on my wedding day, but instead of posting the typical formal photograph, here's one of us at the reception reacting to something funny. You can tell my father had a wonderful sense of humour.
And finally, here is a beautiful floral arrangement given to me by my church family when Dad passed away last September. I was lucky to have him as my father for fifty-nine years. I'll always miss him.
John Richard (Jack) Jones
January 18, 1921 - September 21, 2007
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I love this shot of Jaclyn by the juke box - we played "Lollipop" and "Good Golly Miss Molly."
This is a mural painted in "Gasoline Alley" depicting the history of Fort Langley.
Here's the Antique Shop.
and the Stained Glass Studio.
We took a moment to smile for the camera before heading along the main drag where we saw a house with this weird fence.
and the railway tracks that run between the village and the Fraser River.
the south bank of the river by the railway tracks
We crossed the bridge (built in 1932) to get some shots of an old church we spotted.
The church from the south end of the bridge.
and a bit closer.
I kind of like this shot of the church through the trees.
Jaclyn got this shot of the mountain peaks from the car as we drove past some dried blackberry bushes at the side of the road.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
3. Driftwood washes up on the beach and workers drag it down to a more secluded area of the beach.
4. Piles and piles of driftwood can be seen all along the beach.
5. The day I took all these photos (last April) I noticed these older teens busy building something with the driftwood. They'd been working since that morning building what they called "The Ark." You should have seen it!
Hope you enjoyed my take on "wooden" and I'm looking forward to seeing all of yours.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
In rare cases, lumbar spinal stenosis can go no further than to produce severe persistent disabling pain and even weakness in the legs. Most cases, however, have pain that radiates into the leg(s) with walking, and that pain will be relieved with sitting. This is called claudication which can also be caused by circulatory problems to the legs, as discussed later in this article.
Spinal stenosis can occur in a variety of ways in the spine. Approximately 75% of cases of spinal stenosis occur in the low back (lumbar spine), which is called lumbar spinal stenosis, and most will affect the sciatic nerve which runs along the back of the leg. When this happens, it is commonly called sciatica.
What is spinal stenosis? The vertebral column in the spine and sacrum (at the bottom of the spine) is like a stack of blocks that serve to support the structures of the body. Each of these bony structures has additional bony attachments that serve to help stabilize the spine and to protect the spinal cord or nerves passing downward from the brain to organs, muscles and sensory structures of the body. Each vertebral body and its attachments and the disc between the adjacent vertebrae are known as a spinal segment. The entire length of the spinal column has a large central canal or passage through which the spinal cord descends, and holes to each side of the canal to allow emergence of spinal nerves at each level. The spinal cord stops at the upper part of the low back, and below that the tiny contained nerve rootlets descend loosely splayed out - like a horse’s tail – and are protectively enclosed in a long sack. All central nerve structures are protected further by membranes, with a tough outer membrane called the dura (tough) mater (mother).
Major types of stenosis include:
Foraminal stenosis. As the nerve root is about to leave the canal through a side hole (lateral foramen), a bone spur (osteophyte) that has already developed from a degenerating disc can press on that nerve root. This type of stenosis is also called lateral spinal stenosis. This is by far the most common form of spinal stenosis. 72% of cases of foraminal stenosis occur at the lowest lumbar level, trapping the emerging nerve root (which comprises a major part of the sciatic nerve).
Central stenosis. A choking of the central canal, called central spinal stenosis in the lumbar (low back) area can compress the sack containing the horse’s tail (cauda equina, or cauda equine) bundle of loose nerve filaments. Central spinal stenosis is more common at the second from the lowest lumbar spinal level and higher and is largely caused by a bulging of the disc margin plus a major overgrowth or redundancy of a ligament (ligamentum flavum) which is there to help protect the dura. This overgrowth is caused by segmental instability usually from a degenerating disc between adjacent vertebrae. The ligament arises from under the flat laminas of the vertebrae and the inside part of the facet joints (stabilizing joints located on each side at the back of the spine segments).
Far lateral stenosis. After the nerve has left the spinal canal it can also be compressed beyond the foramen by either a bony spur protrusion or a bulging or herniated disc. When this happens, it is called far lateral stenosis.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Someone in cyber space is writing defamatory posts about a certain person and linking to that person's site . This person is also going around to bloggers and making comments that are defamatory and slanderous about other bloggers. There are laws about this, even on the internet. If in doubt, check here.
I urge everyone NOT to take this lightly. Blogging is/can be a fun pastime and a way of meeting others with similar interests. When you go to a blog site, consider it the same as if you are entering someone's home. Be polite. If nothing interests you or if you dislike what the owner is writing about, quietly leave. If you come upon a site where the site owner is defaming or slandering another person, I suggest you leave there quietly as well. Do not comment or argue back. Ask yourself, "Would I stay in this person's home and listen or argue with them?" If someone comes on your site and makes rude, insulting, or slanderous comments about you or anyone else, simply delete them. Ask yourself, "Would I welcome someone like that into my home?"
Inaction could be considered the same as condoning the actions of those who slander. However, in cases like this it's better to move on and hopefully, in time, this person will get the message that they are not welcome. Don't allow this person to ruin our enjoyment.
True story: "Parent advocate, Sue Scheff™, was recently featured on i-Caught in an ABC News sponsored podcast, as well as the Mike and Juliet Morning Show, which is broadcast from Fox studios. Both productions feature segments on internet defamation and slander, and discuss the incredible ordeal Sue Scheff experienced when faced with vicious online attacks from a disgruntled parent seeking revenge. The media has notoriously dubbed this: e-venge."
This is a serious issue and needs to be taken seriously. Read more on Sue Scheff's successful lawsuit HERE. Click where it says Click here and read the two posts on this page. It talks about an organisation called Reputation Defender.