Saturday, November 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Article by Hadeel about the conference
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Day 1 Morning Photos
Me and My New Best Friends, The Nobel Peace Laureates...
I'm dorking out in one of the other videos too (I forget I think it's the participant reflections one.)
Don't know if you're following our blog, but there's some neat stuff with much more to come... (believe me I know, I'm the editor in chief :-) )
But I think the best stuff is on our Twitter page.... Quotes from the brilliant women from all over the world who have come here with us.
Plus I'm twittering my own self at my personal Twitter
Long, busy days, but tons of tingles and goosebumps, even welled up - or rather, was there any time when Mairead Maguire spoke that I didn't well up? She is the sweetest, gentlest, smiliest person ever - she's luminescent, but she gives barn-burners on stage! Wow. Jody Williams, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Laureates as well) also amazing, powerful, moving speakers.
I'm so lucky to be here.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
So check out these amazing photos taken of this place by the photographer for the initiative...
Photos of Antigua and Casa Santo Domingo (where we're staying/conferencing) Be sure to click the arrows on the right hand side to see all the photos.
My goal tonight is to get some sleep..... After just a few million more things.... :-)
Monday, May 04, 2009
The Spanish is going pretty well, and ... what else can I tell you...
My head is mostly filled with mundane details about the website, media, communications, press releases, the reception for 200 people that the hotel realized it doesn't really have room for, and other blah blah blah...
I posted some photos below. The first two are the view from my balcony, the next are shots of Antigua, and the girl weaving is Angelina, who is 21. The piece she's working on has been worked on for three months already by her, her sister, and her grandmother. It has intricate shapes of animals woven in. The lady in the door is Julia, with baby Guadeloupe. Julia's mother, Maria, was also in the shop, as well as 8 year old Clara whose favorite subject is math and her teacher's name is Celia. We met them yesterday when we were touring with Ana. So lovely.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
My first earthquake
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is not a unicycle
So Kent built one of these up the other day...
It's not a unicycle, there are no moving parts. It's an Ultimate Wheel.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
I need a hobby
Ledges and steps...
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Where my brain is these days...
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Violence Doesn't Have a Religion...
My thoughts exactly
From her husband
Monday, September 17, 2007
On Thursday, September the 13th of 2007, 1.9 billion Muslims around the world will celebrate Ramadan, a period of contemplation, fasting, and increased worship. Ramadan falls in the ninth month of the lunar calendar year and is marked by the appearance of the new moon, which signals the beginning and end of the month.
Observing Ramadan is essential as fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam including Announcement of Faith (which is witnessing that there is only one God and that Prophet Muhammad is his last messenger), salaat (praying 5 times a day), Zakaat (the right of the poor on the wealth of the financially able), Fasting during the month of Ramadan, and Hajj (once in a life time pilgrimage to Kaaba).
Fasting is intended to increase one in goodness and self-control, as well sharpen the consciousness of God. Muslims also fast to honour the revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad during this month. For one month, Muslims observe Ramadan by abstaining from food, drink, and smoking during daylight hours, thus breaking their fast at sunset. This act not only allows Muslims to practice self-restraint, but to also improve their health by reducing or eliminating impurities from the body. Fasting is not required of children, travellers, the weak, elderly or sick and pregnant or menstruating woman.
During Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to refrain from any obscenity or immoral acts which can spoil the fruitfulness of the spirituality and blessings gained in this month. Also, integral to this period is a sense of community, which sharpens in Muslims the concept of social responsibility towards one another, and towards humanity at large as it encourages them to think of, and give more to the needy in our society. Many mosques will sponsor meals after sundown in order for the community to end the day's fasting as a unit, in addition to engaging in extra prayers throughout the evening. Muslims also increase their engagement in charitable acts such as organizing food and clothing drives for those less fortunate. Thus, Ramadan allows Muslims to experience a physical, spiritual, and social revival.
The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day religious festival called Eid Al-Fitr (Feast of Fast-Breaking). The celebration begins with the sighting of the 10th new moon of the lunar calendar. The most important observances of Eid al-Fitr generally take place on the first day. During this period, Muslims participate in communal prayers in the early morning and exchange visits and gifts with one another throughout the rest of the celebration.
While Muslims in Islamic countries generally regard it as inappropriate for others to eat, drink or smoke in front of them while they are fasting, this is not the case for Canadian Muslims since Ramadan is not observed by the majority of Canadians. It may be appropriate however to provide school children who are fasting with alternative activities during lunch time.
Source: Abdirizak, Cair-Can
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
On August 1, 2007, with rays of sunshine streaming through the windows, Rae left this place and headed home.
Precious, only daughter of Sharon Redden and Winston Bell, Rae will be remembered and sorely missed by her grandparents, her innumerable aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She’s going places she’s never been
Seeing things she’s never seen
Those left behind grieve – her company we no longer keep
But the angels rejoice because her beautiful soul is now free
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Community Pentecostal Church, 1825 St-Joseph Boulevard in Orleans (exit Jeanne d’Arc, turn right at St-Joseph).
Join us to celebrate Rae’s life on Saturday, August 11th, at her Godmother’s home.
2 pm ‘til whenever. Special presentation at 4 pm. Bring your happy memories.
100 Lennox Street
All who loved Rae are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation, 30 Rochester Street, Ottawa, Ontario. K1R 7V3, Telephone: (613) 837-7376. www.orhfoundation.ca
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Don't You Just Wish it Was Like That????
Link from dooce.com
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Cindy Sheehan packs it in
Monday, May 28, 2007
Miss Vicky sums it up...
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Awesome! We're doing this!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Phone (613) 741-5590 Fax (613) 748-8311
Request for Canadian Tire Money
Dear Organization and Associates:
Minwaashin Lodge is an Aboriginal non-profit organization (CRN 136843026RR0001) that supports First Nation , Inuit and Metis families that are low income, fleeing abuse, and have experienced violence within their families. We are currently planning recreational activities for their summer/fall 2007 that would provide a quality family fun time for our children, youth and parents.
If your organization can forward any Canadian Tire Money for our children and youth programming would be greatly appreciated. It will be distributed throughout the Sacred Child Program 0-6yrs of age and through our Spirit Movers & Fire Keepers Youth Program. The lives of our First Nation, Inuit and Metis children and youth would benefit greatly.
We thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
In the spirit of caring and sharing,
Elaine Kicknosway E.C.E.
613-741-5590 ext 234
Sacred Child Coordinator
Monday, May 07, 2007
Bella Enjoying Her New Basket
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Are You Quite Sure He's Literate?
Check out the CBC article here, about artist's frustrations. I like this quote from Lawrence Hill, author of Book of Negros (one of the best books I've ever read):
"You may be interested to know that Yann Martel, author of the love-it-or-hate-it award-winning novel Life of Pi, has decided to send Prime Minister Stephen Harper a new book every fortnight, along with a letter explaining why he has chosen each particular book. ... Apparently, this project was born of Martel's -- and other Canadian authors' -- frustration with the government's funding cuts to the arts."
"Artists are not encouraged," author Lawrence Hill said. "Artists are among the most entrepreneurial of business people, but they need support."So true! You have to be an expert in marketing, advertising, bookkeeping, budgeting, product selection, etc, on top of perfecting your craft.
Follow along on Yann's site here:
Maybe I'll read along with Satan -- I mean Stephen. Then we'll have something to talk about when we're new best friends. He's my neighbour after all.
And while we're at it, can we talk about the elitism of the access to the arts in Ottawa? Thirty to sixty dollars per ticket (so double that if you are not a hermit) for a play or a dance show is just NOT accessible to many people, including people like myself who would most appreciate it. But that's a post (rant) for another day.