Monday, February 15, 2010

this is great

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A transcript of Shane Koyczan's poem, "We Are More," as delivered during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Games:

"Define Canada

You might say the home of the Rocket

Or The Great One

Who inspired little No. 9s and little No. 99s

But we're more than just hockey and fishing lines

Off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes

And some say what defines us

Is something as simple as 'please' and 'thank you'

And as for 'you're welcome,' well, we say that, too

But we are more than genteel or civilized

We are an idea in the process of being realized

We are young, we are cultures strung together then woven into a tapestry

And the design is what makes us more than the sum totals of our history

We are an experiment going right for a change

With influences that range from A to Zed

And yes, we say 'Zed' instead of 'Zee'

We are the brightness of Chinatown and the laughter of Little Italy

We dream so big that there are those

Who would call our ambition an industry

Because we are vineyards of good year after good year

We reforest what we clear

Because we believe in generations beyond our own

Knowing now that so many of us

Have grown past what we used to be

We can stand here today

Filled with all the hope people have

When they say things like 'someday'

Because we are more

Than a laundry list of things to do and places to see

More than hills to ski

Or countryside ponds to skate

We are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can't wait

We are first-rate greasy spoon diners and healthy living cafes

A country that is all the ways you choose to live

A nation that can give you variety

Because we are choices

We are millions upon millions of voices

Shouting, keep exploring

We are more

We are the surprise the world has in store for you, it's true

Canada is the 'what' in 'what's new'

So don't let your luggage define your travels

Each life unravels differently

And experiences are what make up

The colours of our tapestry

We are the true North

Strong and free

And what's more

Is that we didn't just say it

We made it be"

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Thursday, January 07, 2010


Monday, December 21, 2009

kitchen backsplash

Friday, May 05, 2006


There were flowers everywhere!Little pots,big pots.Huge gardens,tiny gardens.A riot of colour!And the cherry blossums were spectacular!

Thursday, May 04, 2006


We went,we saw,we returned!!!!!!!!!!!Got to meet our beautiful grandaughter!!!!!!!!!Japan was a great experience for us.Even with our non existant japanese we managed to get around with no major problems.Our son in law did help a time or two with getting reservations and tickets.(thank you Li!) I may never again see the amount of temples and shrines that we came across.All shapes and sizes.We spent 2 days in Kyoto exploring ,then went off to Andrea's home,spent 2 days at a Japanese onsen(spa) in the mountains.I think we were the only non asian in the whole resort and had a wonderful time! then back to Andrea's for a few days,then went to Tokyo for 3 days before we flew back home.Our hotel in Tokyo was across the street from the imperial palace,the whole setting was peaceful and quiet.We did manage to get lost in an underground food mall at the Tokyo train station for an hour one night.That was an experience!I am glad we went,but was also really glad to get back to the farm.I missed Toby (the dog) Connie (my horse) and our bed!!!!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Unhappy horse

Here is connie at day number 2 at Clover Valley Vet clinic.The dog bite she got on her face on feb 14 14 hasn't been responding as well as it should be to treatment.So she is at the "horse" hospital for a week or so.When i saw her today she was feeling very sorry for herself.With good reason!

Saturday, March 11, 2006


After a long day,this is true relaxation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is what happens when you mix a stubborn man,a very big nail and a crowbar.The man doesn't always win.But he did finish fixing the fence 3 hours and 4 stitches later.