A Gentle Canadian Hero

Sargent-at- Arms, Kevin Vickers was at work yesterday at the Canadian Parliament.  His position is for security but until yesterday, was thought to be  purely a ceremonial position.  Due to Mr. Vickers quick wit, calmness under extreme pressure, and his preparedness for security, he faced and gunned down the gunman who was intent on killing the Prime Minister and the political leaders of Canada. Today back at work,  he is receiving much praise and many accolades from thankful Canadians.


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Veranasi, City of gods


Here is my favorite place in all of India. The post is intense, and long but after all it is one of the top 10 oldest cities on earth according to archaeologists and the oldest city in the world from Hindu mythology.

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A Pilgrimage City…Varanasi

We were in a boat at 5AM floating towards the rising sun. We were at the service at the end of the day. We were at the ghats during the day as cattle walked with us and devotees washed and drank the water from the Ganga.  We also saw the smoke from continuous cremations. The videos make this post long, but it is for those of you who choose to take the time and experience this other worldly city.


There are many pilgrimage cities in the world, Mecca, Jerusalem, Lourdes, Rome, and today’s topic Varanasi, India.  The faithful…

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Diwali or Deepavali


These images are magnificent! Share in the joy of India. . . . Happy Diwali which begins tonight!

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Look at these glorious images with all the Indian colors. In a few hours, my Indian friends will begin their celebration !  Happy Diwali! 


Celebration of Light with candles twinkling in the winter night! Welcome to the biggest Indian festival, lasting for five days, and filled with  color and joy. . .  .Diwali.  The candles make me think of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, White Dog Festival ( Iroquois Native American Festival)  and Christmas…..light in the winter darkness. Diwali began as a religious festival  to celebrate good overcoming evil, but today it is celebrated by most Indians regardless of religion as a beginning of the New Year.  It is the beginning of the Hindu calendar year and is the celebration of blessings, life, and family.  It is as important in India as Christmas is in the United States.

Preparations begin with shopping: Ah , the vibrant Indian colors. . . . .

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Diwali- Festival of Lights


This winter festival of lights and colors begins in incredible India on 10/26. Indians know how to celebrate!

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This is a short video showing the people, colors and joyful celebration of Diwali!

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No Drama Obama



The President is often criticized for being cool and detached from just about any situation.  He has  been described as having a law professor’s temperament.  Yesterday , he was in Chicago and voting early for the election  in two weeks. There is a woman voting next to him when her boyfriend , Mike, enters telling  the President not to “touch  my  girlfriend!”  Watch as Mr. Obama has a calm, funny conversation, never looks up from the computer, and continues voting. This is an example of how he earned his nickname !

This was shown minutes ago on my morning show, “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.  The rating show I am one of a handful of people who watch !

I thought a smile or maybe a laugh was a  good thing  this morning. . . .



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Groove in G /Playing for Change Music Monday

Playing for Change was begun by Mark Johnson to “inspire, connect and bring peace” through music.  It is  dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world and creating hope and inspiration for the future.

Here is a “Cinematic Discovery of International  Street Musicians”

“Through music, we all speak the same language. . . . “


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Friendly Dog on Hog


This was on this morning. It will make you smile this Sunday evening!

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