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Newsletter Vol. # 3 That's how I see it!

Hi, another week closer to spring. We are going to short cut spring by visiting the Caymans at the end of March for several weeks. Our son and sister and family all reside in this tropical paradise. By the way we are taking this holiday only because it's good for our health which will increase our productivity and quality of this newsletter--so in essence we are doing this holiday thing just for you. Ahg! (See article below)

This is our third newsletter; Vol.# 3 and I do want to encourage you to share it with those on your email list. And please send in your reviews on what you're doing and seeing in your lives (theater, concerts, etc.).


Vacation-Who Needs One?  (Everyone who lives in Manitoba-that's who!)

Nearly 25 per cent of Canadians aren't taking the full number of vacation days they've been allotted, according to an online Harris/Decima poll, leaving 34 million vacation days on used every year.

That amounts to workers handing back about $6.0 3 billion in wages annually to their employers. Not surprisingly, 42 per cent of poll respondents said they're feeling stressed, tired and vacation-deprived--up from 33 per cent in 2008.

"The stress associated with the current economy and impact on the workplace makes the need for time away from work even more important," said Beverly Beuermann-King, an Ontario stress and wellness expert who says taking a vacation is an investment in one's health.

So if 41 per cent of respondents say they're more productive when they come back from their holidays, and 54 per cent say they feel rejuvenated after a break, why wouldn't a person take a vacation?

"The economy has put people in a position where they don't feel like they can take a vacation," said Karen Seward. "It makes it impossible for know that they can come back and everything will be fine.

Thirteen per cent of poll respondents said there were is there life and they're too busy to get away. Others feel guilty about taking time off work, others are holding off on taking vacations due to the state of the economy.

"We're spending all this money on health and wellness initiatives, and yet one of the best health and wellness initiatives is to simply encourage people to take time for a vacation, said Seward.
                                                                                                                                                                       Kim Covert, Canwest News Service

Pet lovers

Our family loves their dogs and cats. I can't, but I'm sure Lisa (daughter) and Drinda (wife) could name all of the pets we have had over the last 40 years. Lisa still has an abundance of cats in several dogs, we have a dog, our son has a cat. We are what I like to call "professional" pet owners. This is strictly my definition and not meant to demean other people's approach to their pets. A "professional" pet owner is one who loves their pet deeply and will do all in their power to keep them safe, healthy-well looked after. But when their time comes and you've done everything you can, you let them go and you choose another one to give a good home to. There are so many hurting animals in shelters that need a good home. My feeling is don't grieve too long over your departed pet before you rescue one that needs you now.

I would like to share with you two of our special pets that I wrote about previously.


Sandy you died today. You were the gentlest soul I have ever known. You were patient with the grandchildren, yet almost aggressive when others of your kind encroached on your turf. I suppose this old aggression came from your earlier time on the streets-before us.

Your eyes shone love! You were obedient but certainly had a mind of your own, bordering on quiet rebellion that made me laugh. You never fail to make my day a better one with your "wagging tail" and I swear you knew how to smile with your mouth and eyes.

I think you knew you had a good thing going on Elm Street-you never ran away-wandered away to explore but never far and always came back, somewhat reluctantly when called. You were my friend the great cuddler, even though you sometimes smelled. You took me back to my youth and my love of dogs. I will miss you terribly! Thank you for your gift of love this last 14 years. Goodbye my girl, goodbye Sandy.

Here is a poem a friend sent me on hearing of Sandy's death.

They will not go quietly, the pets who've shared our lives,
I subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives.
Old habits still can make think we hear them at the door.
Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go round the place the food dish used to be.
And sometimes, coming home at night, we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill,
that one place in our hearts belongs to them... and always will.
Piquito-Our Cayman Dog
Lisa brought him home from the Caymans. He was the runt of the litter and sickly all his life but such an interesting and loving dog he was.

I drink to his courage!
He never had a bad day that we knew of.
He was in pain and never made a fuss.
He never was bad tempered or mean.
He was dense and brilliant,
He was mischievous in his sprints,
      and he was quiet and stoic.
He never asked for much, only food
      which was his passion.
I am glad he was a member of our family!
My only regret, I never got a chance to say               
      goodbye, which is often the case with death.


Animal lover

A fellow salesperson, an animal lover, was suddenly overcome my allergies at one of our company meetings.

Coughing, sniffling, watery eyes- she was a mess.
"If you have such terrible allergies, why do you keep so many pets," asked a friend.

"Because"- sneeze, cough, hack- "if I'm going to be sick, I might as well have company."

                             Makes absolute sense to me!

Did you know

One in seven people around the world suffer from hunger, and 40 billion people starve to death each year or die from hunger-related diseases.
That 40 million are living with AIDS.
That 12 million die each year from lack of water, and 1.1 billion have no access to clean water.
That each day in Africa alone 3000 children under the age of five die of malaria, and 6000 adults die of AIDS.


... A game where the ball always lies poorly and players play well.

... Worst damn fun anybody ever had.

... An awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.

... The game in which you yell fore, shout six and write down five.

Did you know?

That nearly half of all college grads, or 48%, work in jobs that don't require a degree, says a new US study. 37% have jobs that require only a high school diploma. Economists at Ohio University say the ranks of over-educated workers are growing fast, too in 1970, 1% of college grads drove taxis, compared to 15% in 2010. Underemployment "is almost the new normal," the studies lead researcher told USA Today. Most depressing: it comes at a time when education costs are rising.

Oh! Oh! Happy Hour In Danger

The early baby boomers may have been known as the generation of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. But it turns out, they are hitting the bottle pretty hard as this age, as well. Isn't that something to look forward to.

A new study finds that among men and women 50 to 64 years old, almost 1 in 4 men and 1 in 10 women is a "binge" drinker- meaning that at some point in the last 30 days, he or she has downed four (for women) or five (for men) servings of alcohol in a single two-hour sitting. Such alcohol abuse- roughly defined as the amount needed to attain a blood-alcohol level of .08 (the level at which a driver is considered intoxicated)--frequently escapes the notice of physicians, even though it presents an escalating health risk as the driver ages.

The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that binge drinkers are more likely to use tobacco or illicit drugs than those who do not drink. It also found that among women, binge drinking was more common among the employed and those using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes; among men, it was more common among the unmarried and those with higher incomes.

Binge drinking among this still highly mobile group is associated with an increased risk of traffic accidents and other alcohol-related injuries.

But as these drinkers reach their senior years, when they are more likely to have chronic medical conditions and to take a wider range of prescription drugs, binge drinking incurs greater risks to their health, as well. In particular, as this generation escalates its use of analgesic medications for the aches and pains of that aging, liver damage can become a greater risk.

It's not the context you're in that creates your experience of life.
It's the story you tell yourself about it.
Blaming the world for the way you feel is like blaming the mirror for the way you look when you frown.
If you want to feel differently, change your story and ... start smiling.

A readers response to Vol. # 2 article on climate change.

I think that the whole "climate change is caused mostly by humans." The position taken by some is becoming more and more difficult to accept for a number of reasons

Key Facts about Extreme Weather Events

• Air temperature variability decreases as mean air temperature rises, on all time scales. 
• Therefore the claim that global warming will lead to more extremes of climate and weather, including of temperature itself, seems theoretically unsound; the claim is also unsupported by empirical evidence.
• Although specific regions have experienced significant changes in the intensity or number of extreme events over the twentieth century, for the globe as a whole no relationship exists between such events and global warming over the past 100 years.
• Observations from across the planet demonstrate that droughts have not become more extreme or erratic in response to global warming. In most cases, the worst droughts in recorded meteorological history were much milder than droughts that occurred periodically during much colder times.
• There is little to no evidence that precipitation will become more variable and intense in a warming world, indeed some observations show just the opposite. 
• There has been no significant increase in either the frequency or intensity of stormy weather in the modern era. 
• Despite the supposedly "unprecedented" warming of the twentieth century, there has been no increase in the intensity or frequency of tropical cyclones globally or in any of the specific ocean basins.

Source: "Chapter 7.  Observations: Extreme Weather," Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science (Chicago, IL: The Heartland Institute, 2013).

If anyone has an old mountain bike that is still safe to ride and they wish to sell it, I needed one for a family ride come the spring/summer. Telephone or email--see below.

Vol. #3 completed-- the Jets haven't made the playoffs-yet, the weather is changing, Putkin is still trying to take over Ukraine, and young people who are totally lost are joining a cause where beheadings are used to make a religious statement. Perhaps next week will be better.

Ed, Wayne, Kenn, thanks for the input.

That's how we all see it!