Monday Meeting — A Good Samaritan


Sometimes, you just have to share. This is one of those cases! This man hopefully changed the boy’s thinking…

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:

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Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking towards the stairs when a teen-aged boy approached him and pulled out a knife.

He wanted my money, so I just gave him my wallet and said, ‘Here you go,’” Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz yelled, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The would-be robber looked at Diaz, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “

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Spring Has Sprung!

Yessiree, ladies and gentlemen, I can FINALLY say that Spring has Sprung in my neck of the woods!

On my OWN property, I see growth!

On our walk today, whilst attempting to not get my feet totally soaked (as everything is wet, wet, beyond we) we were surrounded by sunlight, birdsong, scents (read stink!) and smiling faces.  What a refreshing time it is.  After all these months of lamenting, we can finally feel a change in the air!

Took a few “Reflections” shots…

And some birds….

A day that has lifted my spirits indeed.

Now, let us hope that what they are calling for this coming Tuesday is just a joke… ‘coz I’ll cry for sure!


Well.  I was totally surprised last night by my husband, family and friends…  9 days before the actual big day, they all got together at a restaurant to await my arrival!

Big 5 - 0

Big 5 – 0

Yep… that’s correct.  I am entering a new decade.  How in the hell did that happen so fast???

Just yesterday I was 25!!!

Feeling totally blessed and loved…



A New Friend and Maybe a Bird or Two…

So now that we’re done with the neverending month that was March, bring on April, I say! (Even if it does mean I will be turning a year older…. a BIG number this time!)

But before doing so, I thought I’d share a little interesting information I caught on the news last night.  Yes, March was awful… so awful we got 28 days of temperatures below 0°C (32°F) and, 10 nights below -10°C (14°F).  No wonder we were all bitching about the endless winter!  We had good reason!

So, let us all turn the page and rejoice.  April is here!  Time to put the sheets on the line (‘coz they won’t drag in the snow any more)!  Look for robins and buds.  Can’t see them yet?  Have no fear… we’ve many days in a row scheduled for above freezing temps… no really.  They said so!  Plus, the past two days of walking have shown me some major “meltage” happening! That is definitely a good sign!


I had to choose where to walk very carefully as Zeke was going to get pretty nasty if I chose wrong!  The above was pretty much the worst of my choice…

As I had seen many birds last time we came to this park, I brought the Zoom lens… hmph!  Not too many to be seen on this day!  I just don’t understand why.  The weather was beautiful, it wasn’t too windy nor too cold… the buggers decided to make themselves scarce!

Oh well…. after taking a few wrong turns, I ended up in a nice little park with a bridge in the middle of nowhere…

IMG_1136And! We encountered a new friend for Zeke!

His name is Marley and he’s a very friendly chocolate lab.  They had a ball once we took them off their leashes!

Time to continue on our journey, our quest for birds…

Seriously.  Not an easy task!  We could hear some but they were not in the trees we were passing by!

Finally, far from a park, we encountered these…

And, I know it’s blurry…but I had to include the cardinal that mocked me all the way home!


I’m learning that it is really difficult to take a picture of a bird in a tree with a zoom lens!  Practice, practice, practice!

Yay Me!  I did my 10,000 steps on April 1st!  Woot!


Let’s just say I was quite pleased with myself!

As for today’s walk?  Not so much!

I didn’t even get half-way there…. a mere 4,661 steps.  The wind was bitter, the sun was hiding, no birds to be seen… bleak!

Crossing Teletubbie Park was no easy task, that’s for sure!  Looked like there wasn’t much snow but every few steps, down I would sink!

We basically just did a big circle and on our way back I took this bird bath in lieu of real birds and then saw this Mourning Dove.  Score!

Two houses away from ours, there was Naila, once again, looking at us walk by…



Endless Winter

So, it seems no one can get together these days without bitching about the weather and how fed up they are of the endless snow, cold and misery…

The following song, “Grounds for Violence” written by a guy from Winnipeg, Bartley Kives, recorded by Kris Ulrich and Edited by Tyler Walsh does a great job of summing it all up!  Enjoy!

Listening to this song brings me back to the fabulous days I used to work for Corby Distilleries (before they moved away to Toronto).  My departed friend and co-worker, Patricia MacNaull and I became the official “song writers” for all the initiations and other fun occasions.  We’d put new words to existing songs to personalise them.  It was a hoot and we were pretty darn good at it!

Oh I miss Pat and those days….

Murphy’s Law

Ya know?  I’m a tad frustrated today!  I always take my camera with me when I go for my daily Zeke walk.  As I don’t want to carry a camera bag, I have to make the decision which lens to bring.  I thought of bringing my zoom then I put it back, hesitated again and finally left with my standard 18-55 mm lens.


(I’ve been on a double mission lately… make that triple.  Get outside and get fresh air, while walking the dog, take great pictures to become the next Ansel Adams (OK, no, not really but I AM trying to improve my photography!) and get my 10,000 steps in.  That last one is hard as I was absolutely convinced my walks covered at least that many…. Hmph!  Nope.  I have discovered the “Walking Mate” app on my phone and have started using it.  My walks average about 8500 steps (about 6.5 km).  Dammit!  Of course if I carried my phone with my while I go up and down the stairs at home, walking around doing whatever it is that I do all day, I may get close to it but I don’t really want my phone attached to my hip.)

Soooo…. yesterday, we walked over to the other side, called de Normandie Park and we were surrounded by the beautiful chirps and songs of various birds.  It was fantastic!  Did I have a zoom lens to capture these beauties up close? No!  Though I did manage to capture this one.


So today, I decided that for sure it was going to be zoom lens all the way!  Great!


No birds could be found anywhere!  Seriously! What is UP with that?  I could hear them but they were hiding… I would have thought there’d be as many birds in deBrouages Park as in deNormandie.  Apparently not.

I did manage to capture these ones…

After that, not a bird could be seen!  Oh well, go with the flow, they say!

I ended up focusing on the water flowing in “my” river.  Hard to believe I walked all along this same river just last month!


I tried to get up close and personal with the flow!

And then thought about how I can’t wait to not have to wear boots and a heavy coat and all the other winter paraphernalia and just sit to enjoy the sounds of the woods.


Mr. Zeke, on the other hand, is just happy!  He doesn’t give a rat’s behind how cold it is!  He likes to lie in the snow and much prefers winter of the sweltering heat of summer…