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Guns, Racism and a Crappy Law

George Zimmerman

From my Canadian perspective the acquittal of George Zimmerman was a disgusting decision forced upon jurors by an idiotic law. Bluntly, it was one more blow to America's image as a civilized nation. It should not be possible for anyone to easily comprehend that Trayvon Martin, a barely seventeen, unarmed kid, could be targeted and subsequently killed, with the blessing of the Florida legal system. Unfortunately, we've come to expect nonsense like this from the USA. Guns, racism and a crappy law made it inevitable. Would you agree that there would not have been an innocent verdict if the ethnic origins were reversed and an armed, twenty-eight-year-old African American profiled and then fatally shot an unarmed, whitish-hispanic teenager?

I recommend that you read Cord Jefferson's article, 'The Zimmerman Jury Told Young Black Men What We Already Knew.'

My condolences to the Martin family.

Image courtesy of Huffington Post and AP

Wendy’s Seasons

Wendys Seasons cover

‘Wendy’s Seasons – Ideas for a Beautiful Life’ is now available.

Q: What is Wendy’s Seasons?
A: It’s Wendy Eves’ first eBook.

Here’s Wendy’s description:

Wendy’s Seasons blends ideas, stories, examples and even small projects to inspire you to create your own beautiful and joy filled life. Wendy’s Seasons will help you find the beauty that is within you and that surrounds you.  It all starts in ‘A Garden of Ideas.’ Find an idea to guide your way. In addition there are surprises. Tap a forget-me-not and it will show you a story, a thought or an example of the idea in practice. Each of ‘The Seasons’ contains something beautiful you can do to give that little extra. ‘Starlight’ is my way of thanking the beautiful people who have affected and enriched my life. Everyone of us is a star in someone’s life. It is the accumulation of little things, small actions, simple choices that will make a beautiful difference in someone else’s life. Know that you are appreciated. And finally ‘Ideas at Work’ are examples of letters, essays and projects demonstrating beauty in action.

Here’s my take: ‘Wendy’s Seasons – Ideas for a Beautiful Life’ is a gorgeous, work of love that focuses on discovering hope, beauty and happiness within the ups and downs of living your life. I watched Wendy paint her watercolour images, wearing reading glasses, holding an illuminated magnifying glass in one hand and her paintbrush in the other hand. I enjoyed watching her work with our first daughter, Jen Eves, who creatively enhanced Wendy’s drawings and then masterfully helped her mother layout every page of the book. Jen was in the final month of her second pregnancy at the time. The world is full of negative images and words, ‘Wendy’s Seasons’ is a respite from that place, it’s beautiful and positive. I know you’ll enjoy it. Grab your copy of ‘Wendy’s Seasons’ from the iTunes Store for just $1.99 and then enjoy it on your iPad on one of those grey days.

>> visit the iTunes Store – ‘Wendy’s Seasons’

Clearly, I’m a very biased fan, Wendy and I have been married for over forty years.

*iTunes, iTunes Store and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

Induction Wok

Induction Wok

Q: What on earth is an induction wok?
A: It’s tasty stir-fry made easy

High-Frequency Electromagnet + Magnetic Cast-Iron Wok = Yummy

Background: My stove uses traditional heating elements. I’ve always been fascinated by induction cooktops.

My daughters and son gave me a portable induction ‘burner’ a couple of days ago. Yesterday we picked up a $20 cast-iron wok at IKEA.

Now we have an inexpensive, but excellent way to stir-fry vegetables, fish and meat.

1883 Twenty-Five Cents Canada

1883 Twenty-Five Cents Canada

I lived in Regina Saskatchewan from 1958 to 1965 (ages 9—16). Home was the RCMP’s Depot Division, we just called it the RCMP Barracks. Depot Division has been training RCMP recruits since 1885. My father was in charge of the Crime Lab, that day’s version of today’s CSI. As a kid I spent many days exploring ‘the pasture’ that was on the outskirts of the barracks. Accompanied by a friend or two and my trusty bow and arrow we whiled away many summer and the occasional winter days. One sunny day, while on a new adventure, I noticed something shiny in the dirt. It was the 1883 quarter pictured above. It was shinier in the 1960s.

I recently rediscovered the 1883 coin in my sock drawer. I don’t imagine it’s worth anything other than the memories its discovery triggered, but to put my quarter in perspective:

In my first post about My Sock Drawer I referenced my unbelievably low 1972 $113/mo mortgage payment. 1972 was a time when the dollar had more value than it does today. The gal/guy who lost this quarter, lost it another 89 years before 1972 when the dollar had an even greater value. I’ve always imagined an RCMP recruit hauling hay for the horses with a hole in his pocket. Imagine how he felt when he reached in his pocket for his 25 cents.

My Sock Drawer

My Sock Drawer Reveals $113 Mortgage

I cleaned out my sock drawer the other day and made a couple of interesting discoveries, one was my 1972 pocket Success Diary.

Frank Eves Success Diary

I found my expenses list particularly interesting. A few examples:

  • Mortgage payment $113 (one bedroom condo)
  • Hydro $15.77
  • Telephone $8.19
  • Cable TV $14.83
  • Gas for 1 month $15.55

Also interesting:

  • 4th year medical school tuition $636
  • Med school textbooks $100

Med School for $636 and a month’s gas for $15.55. How things have changed. It’s not so much that prices have gone up, it’s just that today’s dollar doesn’t have much value.

So, why did I keep my 1972 diary for almost forty years? Wendy and I were married in 1972, between my third and fourth year of medical school and between Wendy’s second and third year of nursing school. We both attended the University of Ottawa.

Here’s a scanned snapshot of Wendy in our $113 one bedroom condo.

Wendy in Ottawa condo

I’ll write about another sock drawer discovery later.

Potato Print Baby Clothes

potato print baby

My daughter, Jen, created some potato print baby clothes (everyone calls them onesies*) as a baby shower gift for her best friend. They were a big hit. Jen would love to print some for you.

Soft cotton:

  • potato printed with adorable baby animals
  • non-toxic fabric paint
  • sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months

potato print onesie set

>> visit Jen’s Etsy website, it’s called ‘kiniandkai’

kiniandkai logo

Wikipedia says, “An infant bodysuit is a garment designed to be worn by infants much like a t-shirt; they are distinguished from t-shirts by an extension below the waist, with snaps or Velcro that allow it to be closed over the crotch. The purpose of the opening at the crotch is to facilitate access to the infant’s diaper. Like t-shirts, infant bodysuits come in a wide variety of designs and may be worn as undergarments or as outer shirts.”

* &#8220Onesies” is a registered trademark of Gerber Childrenswear