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Mr. Happy

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  • What Can We Learn From Our Losses?
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    What Can We Learn From Our Losses?

    5 weeks ago

  • Whatever We Do, We Need Respect
    15

    Whatever We Do, We Need Respect

    2 months ago

  • The Forests Are Burning
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    The Forests Are Burning

    3 months ago

  • Who Is This Government?
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    Who Is This Government?

    10 months ago

  • How a Romanian Guy Ended Up In Canada Lobbying For The First Nations
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    How a Romanian Guy Ended Up In Canada Lobbying For The First Nations

    11 months ago

  • Success and Suicide
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    Success and Suicide

    2 years ago

    Some years back, I wrote a piece here on Hub-pages about Suicide and Hunter S. Thompson. I loved him as a writer and when he chose to take his life, I felt it was an honorable decision. The man lived a full life, with countless books, movies made...

  • Do We Have Angry Religions, Or Angry People?
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    Do We Have Angry Religions, Or Angry People?

    2 years ago

    This past year has been has been full of news stories relating to violence committed by self-proclaimed religious people/leaders. There is no shortage of such stories, whether it has been extreme Christians going on a rampage, like the man who shot...

  • Give A Little
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    Give A Little

    3 years ago

    The time seemed right to write something about “giving”. After-all, we are entering the autumn season, also known as the time of Harvest. The Earth and our animal cousins give/become food for us, in preparation for the Winter. Not to forget that...

  • TRIBALISM -
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    TRIBALISM - "JE SUIS CHARLIE"

    3 years ago

    My ancestors were the Dacian people, from the Thracian Tribes. The ancient Greeks called us Getae. Now, we are called Romanians. The names change through time, so do some of the traditions and customs but on the other hand, many things do not change...

  • An Odd Question: Who Are You?
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    An Odd Question: Who Are You?

    3 years ago

    Not many people have asked me “Who Are You?” but several have and each time, I thought it was one of the most unfitting questions to ask. Luckily I saw their Intent hence, I knew why they were asking the question and with that in mind, I always...

  • When Stones Come to Life
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    When Stones Come to Life

    2 years ago

    My photo, West Kennet Long Barrow, U.K., August, 2014 I first visited Avebury and the West Kennet Long Barrow in the United Kingdom, in May 2013 for the Super-full Moon. The experience was intriguing enough that I felt I had to return. Thus, this...

  • Working For A Few
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    Working For A Few

    3 years ago

    I remember I was in high school (around fifteen years ago or so), when one of my history teachers came to class one day with an article he cut-out of a newspaper. The title said something along the lines: 465 people as wealthy as the rest of the...

  • The Power To Create
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    The Power To Create

    5 years ago

    A couple of days ago, I watched a Volvo commercial which stuck in my mind and resulted in this piece of writing. This is not because I love Volvo cars so much, or advertising but because in my opinion, this commercial has a good chance in inspiring...

  • Yes, Our Mayor Smoked Some Crack But ...
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    Yes, Our Mayor Smoked Some Crack But ...

    5 years ago

    Most people would probably agree that there are no excuses for smoking crack-cocaine but our Mayor (the Mayor of Toronto) said he smoked some crack “probably in a drunken stupor”. As if, smoking crack while in a drunken stupor is something we...

  • Monkey Noises In Soccer and Racist Slurs in Football
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    Monkey Noises In Soccer and Racist Slurs in Football

    5 years ago

    Considering we are almost in 2014, I am of the opinion that there are some things which people should come together and talk about more often – things such as racism and bullying. At some point, people should say: “enough is enough”. News...

  • Cheers to those who try!
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    Cheers to those who try!

    5 years ago

    Often enough we hear of those of us who “made it” and are “successful”. We praise people like Angela Merkel, or Bill Gates but what about all those who did not make it? Are their trials not worth mentioning? I think of all those people in...

  • Protecting the Water, A Victory on the North Shores of Lake Ontario
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    Protecting the Water, A Victory on the North Shores of Lake Ontario

    5 years ago

    Roughly a year and a half ago, I received a notification from Greenpeace that there was a plan put in action by Ontario Power Generation Inc. to refurbish a nuclear station (Darlington Nuclear Station) here on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario,...

  • What do Spider-Goats, the Atomic Bomb and Thought-Motioned Robots Have in Common?
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    What do Spider-Goats, the Atomic Bomb and Thought-Motioned Robots Have in Common?

    4 years ago

    Spider-goats have been around for some years now. The University of Utah is where the concept of spider-goats was turned into reality, under the leadership of Professor Randy Lewis. “Lewis uses transgenic goats, E.coli bacteria, transgenic alfalfa...

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    "La Piovra"

    5 years ago

    In Italian, “La Piovra”, means “The Octopus”. This is the title of an older Italian film series, which was quite popular in Europe in the nineteen-eighties. It ran on television for a few years at least and it portrayed rather effectively...

  • The Story of the Feather
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    The Story of the Feather

    4 years ago

    The following story was told to me by the Fire Keeper, from the Dokis First Nation Pow-wow. He is a most amazing Spirit and I have been lucky enough to be able to spend a little time with him in the past few years, here and there. We get along quite...

  • The Importance of the Ego: Use It Wisely
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    The Importance of the Ego: Use It Wisely

    5 years ago

    I quickly counted nine names/nicknames which I hold due to the fact that many people chose to pick their own labels for this Being. Mr. Happy is just one of them; a small slice of what makes-up the Ego of this Being. I think many people often think...

  • My Thoughts XV: Activism, Protect the Water
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    My Thoughts XV: Activism, Protect the Water

    11 months ago

    I am posting this piece of writing in order to give an example of how individual people, such as You and I can have a significant impact on government policy and the different projects being developed in our societies by corporations and special...

  • My Thoughts XIV, Activism: A Twenty-four Hours Job
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    My Thoughts XIV, Activism: A Twenty-four Hours Job

    4 years ago

    I was up until about half past four in the morning last night, again. I had picked-up one of my books, “The Inconvenient Indian, A Curious Account of Native People In North America”, by Thomas King and I could not put it down. The only thing...

  • When the Pendulum Swings Heavily
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    When the Pendulum Swings Heavily

    3 years ago

    Extremes are not often found easily but at times, we can see how far extremes can reach in this three dimensional experience. Human beings are quite easily predictable. One can watch their patterns of thought and behavior and with that in mind,...

  • Vegetarians: Keep Your Paws Off My Meat!
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    Vegetarians: Keep Your Paws Off My Meat!

    11 months ago

    Lately, I have encountered many vegetarian and vegan people who preach their opinions and views as some sort of categorical, undisputed truths. Their voices are getting louder and the putting down of meat eaters seems to be a new cool trend,...

  • On Leaders, Organizations and Reputation
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    On Leaders, Organizations and Reputation

    3 years ago

    This article is written in light of the many cases which appeared in the news in the last year or so, regarding corrupt and immoral leaders within organizations in which we (people in the western world especially) put much hope and energy in. Here,...

  • Beyond Good and Evil in Wars
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    Beyond Good and Evil in Wars

    3 years ago

    “Think of the Roman Empire stretching too thin and going broke around the 5th century (or the British Empire after WWII) - that is where the United States Empire is at the moment. All Empires have their end, history teaches us such things.” I...

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    "Vin Haiducii" ("The Outlaws Are Coming")

    6 years ago

    Un haiduc, in my maternal language (Romanian ) means an outlaw but the connotation is different than the one in English - most Romanians, I would say praise these outlaws. For us, un haiduc is a man who revolts against suppressing authorities and we...

  • Paul Ryan: An Example of a Crooked Politician and of Inside Trading
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    Paul Ryan: An Example of a Crooked Politician and of Inside Trading

    5 years ago

    On September 18th, 2008 a high level meeting took place between politicians and bankers in the United States, in order to discuss and take preventive measures regarding the economic and financial collapse which seemed to be taking place. Some key...

  • Native American Regalia at Dokis First Nations Pow-wow, 2012
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    Native American Regalia at Dokis First Nations Pow-wow, 2012

    6 years ago

    There is not much I really want to write along these photographs because I would like them to speak for themselves. I took these photos at Dokis First Nations Pow-wow, which takes place every year on July 1st. This year was my third year in a row...

  • Gathering, Curing, and Braiding Sweetgrass
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    Gathering, Curing, and Braiding Sweetgrass

    13 months ago

    I must say right from the beginning that I love sweetgrass! More often than not, I have a braid or two with me. I love the fresh and sweet smell it has; it reminds me of a particular scent from my childhood . . .

  • On Natural Medicine
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    On Natural Medicine

    6 years ago

    The first time I consciously thought about natural medicine, was when I was a kid and had my first dog. We were next to inseparable for almost fourteen years and I learned many things from her. When I first saw her eat grass, I did not know what...

  • On Profit, Deregulation and Discipline
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    On Profit, Deregulation and Discipline

    6 years ago

    Profit at any and all costs is a concern for me. In my opinion, such thinking lacks discipline. Deregulation to increase profits lacks not only discipline but also morals. When millionaires like Mitt Romney or Warren Buffet are taxed less than their...

  • On Profit: What Do Spiritual Books Say?
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    On Profit: What Do Spiritual Books Say?

    5 years ago

    Profit is something that is becoming a concern for the general public nowadays. There are many questions to be asked regarding this topic. For now, I would like to focus on Spirituality and the idea of lending money at interest, in order to make a...

  • From the Dark Side: On Ghettos, Guns and Crime
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    From the Dark Side: On Ghettos, Guns and Crime

    3 years ago

    I am sure many people are tired of hearing stories about ghettos, violence and crime. It seems as if the stories never end. Bullets keep flying … people keep dying … the jails are a revolving door for criminals and nothing much changes. Well,...

  • On Deception, Out of Necessity
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    On Deception, Out of Necessity

    6 years ago

    I have been thinking about the concept of deception for quite a little while now. I chase Truth for the most part and thus, deceptions are always an issue of concern for me. Yet, as the saying goes: “I can accept things not only as True but I can...

  • Love Comes From The Spirit
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    Love Comes From The Spirit

    6 years ago

    Today, for some odd reason I remembered a conversation which I had with one of my philosophy professors, many years ago. Even after I left the university, he remained a mentor for me. I tormented him with questions (in my opinion, although he never...

  • Bound To Kill
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    Bound To Kill

    4 years ago

    I have spent most of my last month, or even longer in the forest; in different forests but that does not matter much. I like spending time in the forest with the standing people (trees): it gives me more time to think, uninterrupted. The city is not...

  • Hunting Our Perceived Faults
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    Hunting Our Perceived Faults

    3 years ago

    I have been hunting knowledge for many years now. I like to watch, observe and track. Knowledge is not an easy pray: it moves, shifts, even hides at times. One never knows where knowledge is hiding and so, I have gone on many unknown trails,...

  • My Thoughts IX
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    My Thoughts IX

    6 years ago

    Note: This is another journal entry from four years ago. I always like looking at my past, to see where I have been, remember lessons I have learned, experiences and such. It is incredible sometimes how much can change in a very short period of...

  • Some People Fear This White Wolf
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    Some People Fear This White Wolf

    6 years ago

    “I don't know if anybodies thoughts could affect anyone as just thoughts but imagine it from my perspective (Andrei aka Mr. Happy, aka White Wolf) real name, Agent Orange or Sir Orange, hope you understand what I mean, anonymity is a measure of...

  • Verum Est Rare Putus Quod Nuncam Simplex
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    Verum Est Rare Putus Quod Nuncam Simplex

    6 years ago

    I am not proficient in Latin but the title is supposed to read: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” (If anyone knows Latin and my translation needs improvement, please do let me know so that I can fix it. Thank You.) This is a quote...

  • Narrow Vision: Them Versus Us
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    Narrow Vision: Them Versus Us

    5 years ago

    I had a good friend over a few weeks ago. We had not seen each other in quite a little while and so he stopped-by for a visit. We often talk about politics and this time around, we began talking about international affairs. Indeed, the world seems...

  • On Sacrifice and Perception
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    On Sacrifice and Perception

    5 years ago

    I remember several years ago, I was sitting with a Cossack friend of mine catching-up on Life. We do not see each other too often and so there were lots of things to talk about. At one point, somehow the conversation came around to my practicing of...

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    "Occupy Toronto", Part V: A Night Of Sleep-Deprivation

    6 years ago

    On May 1st, 2012 people world-wide came-out on the streets to protest the decaying socio-economic system which has gripped our world under the name of “globalization”. Many of us see that there is no way forward through greed, corruption and by...

  • This White Wolf Is Running In Circles
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    This White Wolf Is Running In Circles

    6 years ago

    Everything I am saying has been said before. Everything I will do has been done before. I run in circles. In this three dimensional perspective, everything is equal. Everything just is. I believe that we are All One. It is the “Law of One”:...

  • On Chants and Mantras: Sounds of Power
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    On Chants and Mantras: Sounds of Power

    6 years ago

    First of all, I must say that I am not a religious being. I am a Spiritual being. Thus, not confined to any one religion or belief system, I am able/free to search for knowledge anywhere. I have zero restrictions. Reason is also not a restriction...

  • Occupy Toronto, Part IV: Missed Us During The Winter?
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    Occupy Toronto, Part IV: Missed Us During The Winter?

    6 years ago

    I sure do wish we were missed this past winter because we are about to hit the streets again in a few days. On May 1st, for the International Worker’s Day, the Occupy Movement will rise-up from Frankfurt, Germany to Toronto, Canada to New York,...

  • Two Things I love: Driving and Writing
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    Two Things I love: Driving and Writing

    6 years ago

    I have tried to write something on driving many times. I always go off-roading and the piece of writing never gets done. I just can’t seem to keep the focus. I have so much to say about driving, I can probably write a book. I look at the car as...

  • On Personal Power
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    On Personal Power

    6 years ago

    I will. My will means everything. I cannot stress this enough. Here, my concern is that some people will not understand what I say but that is bound to happen. One has to be ready to receive knowledge, otherwise knowledge is meaningless. Thus, if I...

  • How I Make Anything Reasonable And Possible
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    How I Make Anything Reasonable And Possible

    6 years ago

    This is going to be a short piece of writing. I just want to briefly talk about reason and possibilities, in general terms. I am not sure from where or when I heard the following quote but I love it dearly: “Anything is possible, it just costs...

  • On Doctors and Healing
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    On Doctors and Healing

    3 years ago

    To begin with, I would like to say that being healthy does not mean never being sick or feeling under the weather. The body needs to have opportunities to grow, learn and become stronger. I suppose this is where that saying about “what doesn’t...

  • On Addiction and Healing From
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    On Addiction and Healing From

    4 years ago

    I chose to discuss the topic of addiction and healing from addiction because I have experienced both and I am perhaps more knowledgeable on the matter than I even wish I was sometimes. I have had many addictions and I still have some. At the same...

  • A Spelling Nazi
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    A Spelling Nazi

    6 years ago

    Yes, that is what I was called not long ago for pointing out a spelling mistake: a Spelling Nazi … I guess, I have to admit that spelling mistakes do pain me and I try to eliminate them as much as possible – I guess that’s where the Nazi comes...

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    "Count My Blessings", Part II

    5 years ago

    The first part, “Count My Blessing” was written after I spent a year writing on Hub-pages. I wrote it because I was somewhat surprised but certainly thankful at the many amazing people whom I had met, here on Hub-pages. It was a good start and I...

  • On
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    On "Honor-Killing"

    6 years ago

    Not long ago, I wrote a short article about honor because I do believe there is a lack-of it in our societies. Most people in my opinion (after reading the comments left) understood what I meant. Some readers decided that the word integrity can be...

  • Life as an Impressionist Painting
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    Life as an Impressionist Painting

    6 years ago

    I do not personally draw or paint much. I can get a pretty good stickman going but that’s about it. Nonetheless, I do enjoy looking at art and paintings. Impressionist paintings have always had a special place in my heart. In my mind they are...

  • On Confidence:
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    On Confidence: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"

    6 years ago

    That is the question that crossed my mind the other night, when I heard a CNN anchor ask one of their political pundits: “Are we still the greatest nation on Earth?” What I really heard was: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of...

  • My Honor is my Life
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    My Honor is my Life

    3 years ago

    The quote: “My honor is my life”, comes from a series of Dragon-lance books, fantasy sort of writing. I do not usually touch non-fiction but the Dragon-lance series is an exception: I like Dragons. I am not writing about dragons though. I want...

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    "I'm in love, I do not fear"

    6 years ago

    As I woke-up today, I said good morning to the little oak tree that is in a small pot by my bed. We are waiting until the spring when the ground is no longer frozen then, we’re moving to the forest. Well, the little oak will move to the forest. I...

  • On peer-pressure, illegal substances and yourself
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    On peer-pressure, illegal substances and yourself

    6 years ago

    I feel that I have to write this because I hold some knowledge on the subject of peer-pressure, illegal substances and such. Perhaps what follows can be seen as survival tips ... either way let the kids know: To be cool or popular does not mean...

  • My Thoughts XIII: White Wolf Tracks and Eagle Vision
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    My Thoughts XIII: White Wolf Tracks and Eagle Vision

    6 years ago

    12:30 PM, Friday 17th February, 2012 I thought about my writing here on Hub-pages many times ... I thought about why I write here, as supposed to continuing to write like I have been for decades: on pieces of paper, notebooks, etc. – all for...

  • On
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    On "The Power"

    6 years ago

    My last piece of writing was on “The Secret” and Mr. Spirit Whisperer (http://spiritwhisperer.hubpages.com/) left me a comment, mentioning that he would be interested in what I had to say about the sequel to “The Secret”, which is titled:...

  • On
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    On "The Secret"

    6 years ago

    I had to write this piece. If for no other reason, I had to write this at least as a sign of gratitude to the Universe and to “The Secret”, which has indeed changed my life in a quite unimaginable way. Of course, there are more things to be...

  • On Medicine Herbs
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    On Medicine Herbs

    6 years ago

    I personally chose not to write much about spirituality and magic on Hub-pages but I decided to make an exception regarding the topic of medicine herbs. I do think they help me and perhaps they can help others as well. Regarding herbs used for...

  • My Thoughts XII:
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    My Thoughts XII: "Think About Thinking"

    6 years ago

    January 12th, 2012 4:23AM It is four am and sleeping hasn't worked - thinking prevailed. After sitting in bed for a while, staring at the ceiling and thinking about beavers and maple trees, I gave up on sleep and thought I would write a journal...

  • A Serious Change of Mind: I'll Take An M-107 too!
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    A Serious Change of Mind: I'll Take An M-107 too!

    6 years ago

    (Note: I have written this piece several months ago (summer of 2011) and I was not sure if I wanted it posted. I now decided that I do want it out there. I am curious what other people have to say on this topic so, please leave me a comment if you...

  • On Attawapiskat and the Failure of the Minister of Northern and Indian Affairs, Mr. John Duncan
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    On Attawapiskat and the Failure of the Minister of Northern and Indian Affairs, Mr. John Duncan

    6 years ago

    Almost a year has passed since I returned from Attawapiskat, Ontario and I am not happy to say that things have gotten worse and not better for the people of that community, within the past year. I have sent countless emails to the Ministry of...

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    "Occupy Toronto", Part III: Fighting For What Is Right

    7 years ago

    I understand many people are of the opinion that “Occupy Toronto" (http://occupyto.org/) ended when we were evicted from St. James Park but that is really not the case. We are still very much connected and have no plans on evaporating any time...

  • How to ... Make Your Spirit Smile
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    How to ... Make Your Spirit Smile

    6 years ago

    The nonconformist in me decided that I need to blend-in a little more with Hub-pages. Since this web-site is considered by many to be the place to go for “how-to” blogs/hubs, I thought I would write a “how-to” piece. I have never attempted...

  • Visiting
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    Visiting "Occupy Tampa"

    6 years ago

    A few weeks ago, in about the middle of November, I ended-up traveling to Florida. It was great timing. After a couple of weeks of living in my tent in a park in down-town Toronto, as part of the "Occupy Toronto" movement, heading-out south to a...

  • Occupy Toronto, Part II: After a Month in St. James Park
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    Occupy Toronto, Part II: After a Month in St. James Park

    7 years ago

    I have been out of the park now for roughly two weeks. “Occupy Toronto” has ended our phase one. I must say, for all those who saw the tents being cleared-out: ending our park occupation does not mean the ending of our movement. The best way to...

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    "Occupy Toronto", Part I: Day 17

    7 years ago

    “Occupy Toronto” is growing by the day. I have been part of this movement before we even settled-down in St. James Park, near the financial district, here in Toronto. There were general assemblies and training for specific duties all through-out...

  • On Profit: Some Questions
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    On Profit: Some Questions

    7 years ago

    This piece of writing has not been pre-planned. I decided to write it when I noticed a comment left by a blogger in response to a comment of mine which asked if there is a possibility for people to move past the economic system which relies on...

  • On Fear And Chief Kwah:
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    On Fear And Chief Kwah: "Trespassers Will Be Beaten"

    7 years ago

    My friends and I were driving through north-western British Columbia this summer, on our way to a provincial park: Paarens Beach Provincial Park. We ended-up getting lost and driving through a little town a couple of times. The second-time around, I...

  • I Have Questions: Why Do We Have To Eat Three Times A Day?
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    I Have Questions: Why Do We Have To Eat Three Times A Day?

    7 years ago

    I have many questions, always. My thoughts fly, chasing patterns and the other day I came across a question which seemed rather simple, or unimportant: why do we eat three times a day? After a couple of minutes of thinking, I realized that the...

  • My Thoughts XI: Canoing ...
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    My Thoughts XI: Canoing ...

    7 years ago

    I often write wherever I find myself, if I feel like writing. This is a journal entry from about seven years ago and it happened that I wrote it while I was canoeing, here in Ontario. The photograph is also mine, as the vast majority of the...

  • Death Made Another Gesture - Why am I
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    Death Made Another Gesture - Why am I "One In A Million"?

    7 years ago

    As part of a volunteer-work program I chose to be part of, I take a ten-year old boy with me to Shoto-khan martial arts training a couple of times a week. I decided to do so, when a few months ago I realized that he was scared of his own shadow and...

  • On Making Decisions and Being a Judge
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    On Making Decisions and Being a Judge

    6 years ago

    I chose to write this piece because I am trying to understand something in specific. In my life, I have encountered a countless amount of people who are of the opinion that ‘judging’ others and otherness is simply no good. Many are of this...

  • Dominican Republic: Photographs
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    Dominican Republic: Photographs

    7 years ago

    I love photographing landscapes and waterscapes. The photos posted here are from my travels through the Dominican Republic earlier this spring (2011). Perhaps through them I can raise people's interest in the little Caribbean Island which I found...

  • Asking Death for Advice
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    Asking Death for Advice

    6 years ago

    Yes, I get angry sometimes – angry at myself for being angry. At such a point in time, I have to stop and ask Death for advice. It is the only sensible thing to do. Plus, Death is always with me – beside me. It is my one constant Amigo: I can...

  • Horseback-riding in the Dominican Republic
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    Horseback-riding in the Dominican Republic

    7 years ago

    I thought I would write this blog to talk about the horseback-riding tours one can take while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. I went twice this spring, in February and March (2011). Both times it was a great experience and I would do it again...

  • For the lovers of cars ...
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    For the lovers of cars ...

    7 years ago

    I have been shooting photographs of cars for over ten years now. I have boxes full of photos from car shows. It is not a secret: I love cars and I love driving! At some point last month, I went into the town of Rosseau, Muskoka to get a pie and...

  • Canoing in the morning
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    Canoing in the morning

    6 years ago

    I am not sure what it is about mornings that make me jump-up the way I do. Perhaps it is the energy I accumulate while sleeping, or the lack of doing things while sleeping ... I'm generally always doing something. So when all my friends are still...

  • My Thoughts X: On the Road, Fort St. James, British Columbia
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    My Thoughts X: On the Road, Fort St. James, British Columbia

    7 years ago

    While traveling through British Columbia, my friends and I came across a little town called Fort St. James, which was first founded in 1806 as a trading post between Europeans and Native Americans, the Carrier Tribes. Passing through a historical...

  • Random Photographs: Alberta & British Columbia
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    Random Photographs: Alberta & British Columbia

    2 months ago

    The photographs posted here are from a road-trip around the north-western side of Alberta and the north-eastern side of British Columbia. I often shoot random things and these are those kind of random photos. I am an amateur photographer. I have...

  • My Thoughts IX: On Wishes
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    My Thoughts IX: On Wishes

    3 years ago

    I for one do not hope much. I like to wish. I find that wishes are quite straight-forward and honest. There is very little room for misunderstandings when I wish things. Wishing for me means visualizing the future. I have said it before and I can...

  • On Failed Systems and Chaos
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    On Failed Systems and Chaos

    6 years ago

    My first blog on Hub-pages was called “Shine On”. Hardly anyone read it when I posted it and it received no comments so several months ago when I went on a clean-up mode of my blogs, I removed that one too. I wrote it because I saw much change...

  • On Pity, Giving and Perception
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    On Pity, Giving and Perception

    7 years ago

    This is a difficult subject to write on. It is difficult because I already started a couple of times and then, I erased everything. I would like misunderstandings to stay away from this piece of writing. Yet, the question is simple: when we give to...

  • On Dirt Roads and Water
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    On Dirt Roads and Water

    5 years ago

    I remember as kids, my sister and I used to walk down dirt roads and kick rocks. It was fun. We could do it for hours (if we were walking for hours). Our parents never appreciated the game much because we "would ruin our shoes", as we were told. ...

  • On Trails and the Sunrise Ceremony
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    On Trails and the Sunrise Ceremony

    7 years ago

    About a couple of months ago, I went for my second time to a pow-wow on an Ojibwa Reserve where a friend is from. Having been there before, I felt a little more comfortable this time ... so comfortable in fact that I made my Volkswagen air-born by...

  • My Thoughts VIII: On Numbers
    8

    My Thoughts VIII: On Numbers

    7 years ago

    Note: I am not sure when I wrote the following but it must have been within the last year or so (maybe) because I mentioned another writer from Hub-pages whom I have known for about that time ... lol I am very bad with numbers and now that I look at...

  • On Ravens
    15

    On Ravens

    3 months ago

    I am hardly so indecisive about what I want to say regarding a topic. I even thought about not writing anything on ravens but then, I told Mr. Spirit Whisperer I would and I keep my promises. I am not sure why ravens have a bad reputation with...

  • Welcome to Jasper, Alberta
    1

    Welcome to Jasper, Alberta

    7 years ago

    This little town (Jasper) found at the north-end of the Icefields Parkway, in Alberta is a tiny community. There are somewhere around five thousand people who live there, I think. My first thoughts were regarding the way I felt while there ... I...

  • Alberta, Jasper National Park: The Athabasca Glacier
    6

    Alberta, Jasper National Park: The Athabasca Glacier

    7 years ago

    To be perfectly honest before my last trip to Western Canada (Alberta & British Columbia), I had never felt snow or ice in the summer. I had never experienced my ears freezing-off in almost the middle of July. When I arrived in Revelstoke, British...

  • British Columbia and Alberta: On Mountains
    10

    British Columbia and Alberta: On Mountains

    7 years ago

    If it was really up to me, I would have written nothing to go along with these photographs. What words can I use to describe the magnificent mountains which I photographed while traveling through the western boarder of Alberta and the north-eastern...

  • My
    14

    My "Stairway to Heaven"

    6 years ago

    One of Hamlet’s most profound questions was “to be or not to be”. Ultimately he chose “to be”, just like you and I. Consciously or unconsciously those who can read this paper have chosen “to be’. This question seems to be so banal that...

  • On the Migration of People and Our Relation to This World
    18

    On the Migration of People and Our Relation to This World

    7 years ago

    I remember reading a blog within the last six months. I am not saying the name of the writer because the blog was quite racist (in my opinion) and it got pulled-off. Actually, I will say the name of the writer: Mr. AmericanRomance. I forget the...

  • On Negativity, Old Habits and Unicorns
    19

    On Negativity, Old Habits and Unicorns

    7 years ago

    I dislike negativity. When I am told “no”, I immediately look for the reason behind why I was told “no”. Many times, I find that people will be negative when they see no way forward so, they say: “no”, “it’s impossible”; “there...

  • My Thoughts VII: On Age
    10

    My Thoughts VII: On Age

    7 years ago

    This is a journal entry from five years ago, which I came across last week (I am trying to clean some closets - perhaps searching for skeletons from my past which are still hiding around). I had to laugh at the second paragraph. I wrote that I was...

  • 20

    "To Be and How To Be"

    7 years ago

    We all live for a while. One way or another, we all do. Some of us choose for how long while some of us do not have that choice. Nonetheless we all live (for some time). You and I and Joe and all others, live. We “think” therefore we are (I have...

  • A Birthday Wish
    9

    A Birthday Wish

    7 years ago

    Yes, today is my birthday. I am not looking for happy birthday wishes – but for those who are aware of who Shannen Koostachin was, today they/we are celebrating her short but most meaningful life. Shannen was a young girl from the community of...

  • My Thoughts VI - Continuing with Journal entries
    27

    My Thoughts VI - Continuing with Journal entries

    7 years ago

    Jul. 1st, 2006 I watched a Fifth Estate documentary a while back, on the Muslim Toronto 18 Jihadi kids who got busted by CSIS and I was somewhat disappointed. The disappointment comes from the observation that the issue at hand is still not...

  • My Thoughts V, A Day At The Beach
    8

    My Thoughts V, A Day At The Beach

    7 years ago

          I certainly get a kick out of reading what I wrote in the past ... thoughts change and so, by reading what I wrote as journal entries, I get to laugh at myself. At this entry, re-reading it now, I just had to laugh. The impatient...

  • Killarny Provincial Park: Bears and Breakfast
    13

    Killarny Provincial Park: Bears and Breakfast

    5 years ago

    Killarny is one of my most favorite provincial parks in Ontario (http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/kill.html). It is about five and a half hours north of Toronto and perhaps two hours or less, south-west from Sudbury. The small town of Killarney...

  • May Is My Month
    12

    May Is My Month

    7 years ago

        By this time, every year I begin to twitch badly. I just want to go. I need to go. I need to leave. I have been stuck inside, more or less for over six months. Hibernating is a drag because I cannot do the continuous sleep that bears can....

  • A Revolution of Resistance
    13

    A Revolution of Resistance

    6 years ago

          If you are a revolutionary, you might not like this and if you are not a revolutionary, I wish you become one. Revolutions are not a simple thing. There are entire university courses dedicated to the topic...

  • On Kids, Mothers and Patience
    9

    On Kids, Mothers and Patience

    7 years ago

          I have no notes on this so, be patient with me. I have almost none (talking about patience) – I am pretty sure I got short-changed and the patience I was supposed to have has been spread amongst other people. If anything goes...

  • On Foolish Kings, Lavish Queens, Brave Emperors, Sad Prime Ministers and Presidents
    10

    On Foolish Kings, Lavish Queens, Brave Emperors, Sad Prime Ministers and Presidents

    6 years ago

    This is the night before Election Day here in Grizzly country. I have so many thoughts racing through my head … are we finally going to get rid of rotten-Harper (our useless, spineless Prime Minister). I would probably wipe the floor with him if...

  • My Thoughts IV, On the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    11

    My Thoughts IV, On the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    7 years ago

  • Ghetto for Life - The Subculture
    63

    Ghetto for Life - The Subculture

    3 years ago

    The life in the ghettos is quite different than most people imagine. The youth have nothing to lose, or that is their perception for the most part and that is the case everywhere: from Europe to North America to Latin America and so on. Life is very...

  • Book Review: The Jungle
    10

    Book Review: The Jungle

    7 years ago

          Upton Sinclaire’s “The Jungle” is a genuinely marvelous book, which I would suggest be kept away from anyone with any form of depression, from anarchists and/or those who oppose the “system”. For all such people the book...

  • #%$@ Morals, Get Your Money!
    24

    #%$@ Morals, Get Your Money!

    3 years ago

    The idea of doing business is to make as much profit as possible with the least amount of risk. There is no mention of ethics. As I wrote in a previous piece, here in Toronto we have a one hour news-business sort of television program “The Lang &...

  • My Thoughts III (Journal)
    7

    My Thoughts III (Journal)

    7 years ago

         Note: I picked this journal entry to post because here in Canada we are just entering a federal election and this journal entry relates to some of the things happening now (such as a plan by the Conservative government to spend...

  • On Greed and Popcorn
    14

    On Greed and Popcorn

    7 years ago

          The other day, I was eating popcorn at this same computer table that I am sitting at now. Suddenly I had a strange urge to shove an entire handful of popcorn in my mouth at once. Thinking about it now logically, that most likely is an...

  • Still No Public School for the Kids in Attawapiskat (Part III)
    37

    Still No Public School for the Kids in Attawapiskat (Part III)

    6 years ago

    For the past three months, my life has changed drastically. Since I packed my hiking back-pack and headed past the fiftieth parallel going north to Attawapiskat, Ontario not much remained the same for me. My road has led me to many politicians’...

  • No Name, No Face, No History
    28

    No Name, No Face, No History

    7 years ago

          There are many things I would like to talk about. My name is not one of them though; neither is my appearance and to know my past, one would have to be a good fellow, perhaps a friend for decades. I once heard that an English man will...

  • No School for Kids in Canada, Take Action! (Part II)
    13

    No School for Kids in Canada, Take Action! (Part II)

    6 years ago

          The story of Attawapiskat with its water contamination issues, housing and educational problems can indeed be overwhelming if one looks at the little that has been done in the past years in respect to what needs to be done. Yet,...

  • Winter in Ontario (photographs)
    16

    Winter in Ontario (photographs)

    7 years ago

      Since I posted photographs representing the fall season, I thought I would do the same with the winter season. Thus, here are some winter photographs taken by me in Ontario, Canada. I love this province! Enjoy and do let me know what you think of...

  • No School for the Forgotten Children of Attawapiskat, Ontario (Part I)
    15

    No School for the Forgotten Children of Attawapiskat, Ontario (Part I)

    5 weeks ago

         Children in the northern community of Attawapiskat, Ontario have been without a proper school building for over thirty years. The first school that was built for them in 1979 had the grounds infected as a result of a diesel spill soon after...

  • Hunting Politicians: Season Opened
    8

    Hunting Politicians: Season Opened

    3 years ago

          When I saw Prince Charles’ Rolls-Royce in the middle of a mob on the streets of London, I smiled … the wheel always turns. I felt bad though, we have come to such a desperate point that we are banging on the windows of our...

  • On Suicide and Hunter S. Thompson
    28

    On Suicide and Hunter S. Thompson

    3 years ago

          I think that if one feels necessary to commit suicide then, in some cases that decision should be accepted and/or allowed. ‘Attempted suicide’ has been removed from the Criminal Code in Canada in 1972 and it is only regarded...

  • The Nerd within Me
    8

    The Nerd within Me

    7 years ago

          There are many different parts to who I am. I very well could have a multiple-personality disorder but I don’t care much. I actually enjoy the different personalities that jump out, here and there...

  • The ending of a year in Ontario (photographs)
    15

    The ending of a year in Ontario (photographs)

    6 years ago

       I love nature and the colours it conjures. I did not have any photographs representing the fall so, on my last trip up-north this year I decided to photograph the season. The above photos is what I got. Let me know what you think please and...

  • My Thoughts II, A Church
    14

    My Thoughts II, A Church

    4 years ago

                    I am thankful for the many gorgeous days I have experienced in my life. Mornings are especially important for me because it is the beginning of a new day; new opportunities, choices and things to experience arise. ...

  • I'm Canadian, ehh - Now let me go back to my igloo
    40

    I'm Canadian, ehh - Now let me go back to my igloo

    6 years ago

         When I first arrived in Toronto, Canada I was not ready for the society I was to be part of. As an uninformed kid, I was expecting to literally see sky-scrapers everywhere. I suppose the few Hollywood movies I had seen created the wrong...

  • Why I could be a Republican, A Socialist Perspective
    19

    Why I could be a Republican, A Socialist Perspective

    4 years ago

    Many times throughout the history of the United States, the Republicans can be seen as the ones fighting for the common man, the poor and the underprivileged. To me this does make sense. I pulled out the dictionary on this one to find out exactly...

  • Fii pregatit (Be ready)
    36

    Fii pregatit (Be ready)

    6 years ago

    “Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.” Voltaire, letter to M. le Riche, February 6, 1770 French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778) I...

  • Why I can't sell crack or be a banker
    24

    Why I can't sell crack or be a banker

    3 years ago

    The two fastest ways to make money must definitely be selling crack or being a banker. Neither of these professions requires much effort or even education. All you need is some cash to start-off with and you are good to go. You can always find some...

  • What Che Guevarra has in common with me and the Nameless Man who light himself on fire
    20

    What Che Guevarra has in common with me and the Nameless Man who light himself on fire

    5 years ago

    To begin with I want to share a story which I think changed my life at a very young age. I am not sure how old I was, maybe five years old or even younger when my mother took my sister and me to the park. As we were playing at the playground my...

  • Shocking France!
    4

    Shocking France!

    8 years ago

       I ended-up in France this summer for a short little while and to be honest I did not really want to go. I was told to attend a wedding and therefore, I did not refuse. The reason why I did not want to go is because I figured I can go see the...

  • On Oscar Wilde, Coming of Age and Aesthetics
    3

    On Oscar Wilde, Coming of Age and Aesthetics

    8 years ago

       I discovered Oscar Wilde by chance. My sister (who is four years older than I am) was reading “The Picture of Dorian Gray” because she was using it to do a project for English class in high school. I saw the book on her bed, picked it up...

  • Poor People
    37

    Poor People

    4 years ago

    “Everyday yuh get up politician yuh cursing politician yuh cursing situation worsen But a nuh lie, if yuh nuh try, well yuh nah go get nuh bligh All a look like yuh waan see bread drop from di sky”[1] Here’s the truth: poor people need to...

  • A trip to a First Nation Reserve
    17

    A trip to a First Nation Reserve

    7 years ago

    I woke up one morning, (a little over a month ago) determined to go to a Native reserve. I had never been to one and it seemed like the time to visit one was long overdue. I admire the determination and the resilience of the Native people of North...

  • 17

    "Count My Blessing"

    5 years ago

         A year has gone by since I stumbled onto Hubpages.com and it seems the appropriate time to (as Damion Marley wrote in one of his songs) “count my blessings”. It has been a good year for me and I want to begin with by thanking Paul...

  • On Multinational Corporations, Wealth, Laws and Politicians
    9

    On Multinational Corporations, Wealth, Laws and Politicians

    8 years ago

         When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I loved to speed (while driving) … I still do actually but back then, the problem was chronic. I would get speeding tickets at least four or five times a year. They were quite bad ones too:...

  • An Unlikely Sight
    13

    An Unlikely Sight

    3 years ago

    I was walking towards downtown last Sunday (27th June, 2010), after parking my car on a side-street away from the major demonstrations and chaos when I heard pro Palestinian chants. As I got closer I could make out a Palestinian flag and some...

  • G20 Toronto Photos
    22

    G20 Toronto Photos

    8 years ago

       This was an arrest I captured while I was downtown on Saturday, June 27th, 2010. What puzzled me was the fact that this was an elderly man as it can be seen in the photos and the level of violence the police used on such a man was unprecedented...

  • Smile While You Bleeding
    14

    Smile While You Bleeding

    4 years ago

    Not wanting to seem negative and as one who complains all the time (since most of my blogs are more often than not critiquing certain issues), I thought of writing something on a more up-beat topic: “Happiness”. I think I had to do it anyway...

  • Being
    27

    Being "censored" on Hubpages

    8 years ago

         This “post” is dedicated to Mr. “Tobey100” and Mr. “Ru Blog”. Both are members of Hubpages and seem to be eager in posting their views and opinions on this site yet, they do not allow others’ opinions to show if they are...

  • On Markets, Morals and Misconduct
    8

    On Markets, Morals and Misconduct

    5 years ago

         “Put your money to work for you.” That is what any investment guru would tell you. You can retire safely if you just invest your savings and there are an endless number of investors, market specialists and/or bankers telling you just...

  • A World Made for Crime
    5

    A World Made for Crime

    3 years ago

         Our society (in North America) is quite hypocritical. We look down on criminals; we talk low of them and we send them to jail, yet we facilitate their behaviour in many aspects. There are clear examples of this, which show our...

  • Responsibilities
    30

    Responsibilities

    4 years ago

         I have started this ‘essay’ at least five times by now. Every time I get a little into it I get somebody disagreeing. “Well, walking the dog is not really a responsibility,” said my buddy as he walked out of my room. “You’re not...

  • My Thoughts/ Mes Pensees (Journal)
    16

    My Thoughts/ Mes Pensees (Journal)

    6 years ago

    6th December, 2009 Cuba … I am at an all-inclusive resort in Varadero and I am feeling shameful and ‘dirty’; overall as someone who is taking advantage of something. My feelings are not without a cause. I am a ‘gringo’ walking around...

  • 16

    "Social Borders"

    11 months ago

         I got in the car a few days ago and not wanting to listen to any one of my “billion” music cds, I thought I would leave the radio on. There are not many stations worth listening to on the radio though. Most of them are riddled with...

  • 7

    "Borders and Walls"

    3 years ago

          The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s greatest wonders: a gigantic structure, the only one we see from space. It is indeed a testament of great human determination, strength and endurance. It was built with a...

  • A few observations after three months on Hubpages
    31

    A few observations after three months on Hubpages

    7 years ago

          I have a few things to say about the way people are using this website. I shall be as brief as I can for these are just some observations, not much else. To begin with I want to say something about the point marking system which...

  • Are we at war with ourselves? (photographs)
    11

    Are we at war with ourselves? (photographs)

    6 years ago

    Quebec City, Summit of the Americas (2001) "Dodging Tear gas canisters" - Over 5,000 tear gas canisters were used that week-end ... I thought I was on a set of Star Wars for a minute ... A long night. These hurt! Beautiful Quebec city. Fearless...

  • Photos:
    14

    Photos: "This is Indian Land"

    6 years ago

    Extendable Bridge (just east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) This bridge is about 400 ft long ... Sometimes photographs need no words, in my opinion. I wish You enjoyed them! All the very best. Whew! I thought I had eaten some...

  • 'Truth
    12

    'Truth" is only true from a certain perspective

    6 years ago

        As I turned on the television this morning (April 5th, 2004), I was just in time for a ‘Live News Event’ on CNN, with President George W. Bush speaking in North Carolina. His speech was supposed to be about job creation or...

  • From
    31

    From "LOL" to "BRT"

    8 years ago

          I cannot recall when exactly I first saw “lol” appear in writing, I cannot even remember if it was in a text message or talking (writing) online with someone. I am quite positive “lol” was just like the beginning of a virus...

  • Little of what I know about dogs …
    6

    Little of what I know about dogs …

    7 years ago

        I just came back from getting my morning coffee and as I was walking back towards the house I saw a couple of my neighbors outside talking. They got a dog not too long ago, a German Shepard perhaps several months old, still a puppy. As I...

  • 12

    "This is Indian Land"

    7 years ago

        Perhaps one of the saddest traits of being human is that we do not always appreciating what we have. Most of us are caught up in the hectic flow of life, thinking about our past while we try to figure out our future. We do not always have...

  • 11

    "On Kafka and Karma"

    9 years ago

       I had five traffic tickets to take to court in order to make a court date for a trial. I left the house at a quarter to eight thinking I was ahead of the game. By the time I had reached the parking lot of the court house it was about ten...

  • 2

    "A Lonely Kitchen"

    2 years ago

         I woke up again for the third or fourth time in my life to the news that someone close to me has given up on this life. My grandma just stopped breathing. To a certain extent, I do not want to contest her death – she was after all...

  • “THE SYSTEM”
    4

    “THE SYSTEM”

    9 years ago

         So Rio Ferdinand was transferred from Leeds United to Manchester United for 29.1 million pounds. He had actually broken a world record for the amount of money paid for a soccer defender when Leeds United had paid 18 million pounds to buy...

  • Northern Ontario
    0

    Northern Ontario

    9 years ago

    I found this add to be strange since the company that put it up (Domtar) is cutting trees in northern Ontario constantly. Indeed they depend on the forest because they turn them into bills. This is what is happening to our forests. "Domtar" at...

  • Nature was taken ... what else can I name these under ...
    5

    Nature was taken ... what else can I name these under ...

    9 years ago

    Not something you come across in the forest usually while hiking. I tried to look for a road but I did not see one - I have absolutely no clue how that car ever got to the middle of the forest whenever it got there. I did not have a wide lense so...

  • 0

    "On 'I' as a number"

    9 years ago

          “Next: File no. 486099007152440300”; “can I see your Social Insurance Number” and “the OHIP number” and “your driver’s license number” and . . . I used to get hassled in university for not remembering my twelve or so...

  • Number One
    5

    Number One

    8 years ago

         We like numbers. We really do – as people we are obsessed with numbers. We like to count our money, our minutes, our cars or our hockey cards and so on. Some people love to be able to say: “I’m number one!” For example in...

  • 5

    "Shine On"

    5 years ago

    Note: This was my first blog/article, here on Hub-pages. I took it down because it had hardly any reads but at a friend's request today (17th January, 2012), I am re-posting it. This past year seems very different … different than any other...

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