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Newsletter Vol. # 5 That's how I see it!

Hi, how are things with you? Interesting week for me. I made one of those "Defining Moment" decisions this week and have mixed feelings about it. 

What's happening with you? Anything you can share? How about your perspective on something that gets your ire up? Write it up and send it in.

Heading out on holidays on Wed. (3/25) so the newsletter will be down for awhile.

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Educational Suicide

The term "Educational Suicide" came about as a result of a discussion I had with a teenager in middle school. It seems her parents were beside themselves with not knowing what to do with her and her absences from school. I talked with her and found out she had plans the distant future-a career in art/interior design/architecture? -but was definitely without insight into what her plans were for the immediate future. She thought it was great fun not to attend school and stay home and play video games while her parents were at work. It hadn't occurred to her the damage she was doing to her educational future-falling further and further behind with each absence. "Educational suicide" just popped out in our discussion and I had her attention for at least that hour.

Later the parents of this teenager wanted to know "How do we talk to her and get her to go to school without us getting so angry?" Good question? First, let's understand that it is very difficult to make a teenager attend school. You can drop them off at the front door and they just truck out the back door if they really don't want to be there. So my answer to these parents was going to be more "talk with" rather than "make her attend".

Firstly, I would talk about my disappointment in the choices you are making. I would use the educational suicide argument and plant the seed that what you do today doesn't affect what can or will happen in the future. I wouldn't hesitate to bring in the discussion on what kind of "life-style" they saw for themselves with and without an education.

The second thing that could be brought into the discussion at this time would be about consequences-what will happen if this kind of absentee behaviour continues. Possible consequences that could be introduced include: I can't respect you and your choice not to be educated, so if you refuse to go to school I will call the proper authorities and they will deal with you; if you continue to decide to not attend school I will not cooperate with you regarding paying for TV channels, computer access, paying for telephone bills, if older- the family car will not be available to you. I won't be mad at you (that's the theory) for continuing this absentee behaviour but there will be consequences for continuing this behaviour. Remember, consequences work best when they are discussed and negotiated so that all parties know what will happen if this behaviour continues.
(I didn't say I knew the best way of dealing with this issue, just a way)

Golf is the answer! So what is the question?


About 11 million Americans and 1.5 million Canadians suffer from depression but only a third of them get treatment, according to Dr. Fred Erick Goodwin. The cost in terms of human misery can't be calculated, but the economic toll has been estimated at over 45 billion a year - even greater than heart disease.

If you're depressed, you think depressed thoughts, which lead to more depressed. You remember sad things and forget happy ones. You lose energy and concentration, so you make bad decisions and can't follow through on things. Brain loses the ability to experience happiness. You're no fun to be around, some people avoid you. In other words, depression is not just a mood; it leads to a truly depressing life. Get help!

Final Exam

At Penn State University , there were 4 sophomores taking chemistry and all of them had an 'A' so far.
These 4 friends were so confident that the weekend before finals they decided to visit some friends and have a big party.
They had a great time but, after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Penn State until early Monday morning.
Rather than taking the final then, they decided that after the final they would explain to their professor why they missed it.
They said that they visited friends but on the way back they had a flat tire. As a result, they missed the final.
The professor agreed they could make up the final the next day.
The guys were excited and relieved. They studied that night for the exam.
The next day the Professor placed them in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet.
They quickly answered the first problem worth 5 points. Cool, they thought!
Each one, in separate rooms, thought this was going to be easy ... then they turned the page.
On the second page was written...For 95 points: Which tire? _________

Freedom Of Speech

It seems our institutions of higher learning feel the need to protect students/staff from ideas. Freedom of speech seems to be a matter of convenience. "On this campus (take your pick) you will be allowed to speak out as much is you like but only 'on things and in ways' we agree with. If we don't agree with you we will find it necessary to shut you down, so only speak about things that are good, correct, makes sense and that there will be no controversy about."

I don't agree with anyone being allowed to spread hate and incite violence but ideas... Yes! I have come to expect religious systems to speak out against those whose ideas differ from theirs--this has been the norm for centuries. However, institutions of higher learning, disappoint me when administration and attending students want those people presenting differing views (homosexuality, abortion, radical politics) prevented from expressing their feelings and ideas on their campus. I believe this attitude gives new meaning to Freedom Of Speech:
Your free to listen to or express whatever ideas you choose,
          as long as they are the same as mine.----Yikes!!

-Victoria is a city where old people come to visit their parents.

-Did you hear about Gary Doer visiting an old folk's home? He asked the residents if they knew who he was, they replied no, but if you ask the front desk they will tell you.

Canadians Hanging up on landlines, traditional TV

A new study says more Canadians are abandoning traditional forms of phone and television service.

The Convergence Consulting Group says about one-quarter of households in
Canada won't have a wired phone by the end of 2015 and rely solely on wireless service, up from 22.4 per cent in 2013.

The Toronto-based con- suiting group also says households are increasingly
switching to new sources for their television, but the trend isn't as far advanced.

Convergence Group says online television services such as Netflix will reach almost six per cent, or 665,000 households, by the end of this year - up from about four per cent.
                                                                                                                                                                                            THE CANADIAN PRESS

For every talent that poverty has stimulated, it has blighted hundred.                                   John W Gardner

Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.                  Carl Sandberg

Maclean's magazine ran a special report entitled, "99 STUPID THINGS THE GOVERNMENT DID WITH YOUR MONEY". Here are a few of those stupid things: (many more to come. The first 5 in Vol. #2)

(6) Out of bounds: The City of White horse coughed up $1.3 million for Mount Sima, a struggling nearby ski hill. The money was diverted from the city's infrastructure fund, which had been topped up by the federal government. That was on top of $1.6 million the city gave the hill a year earlier for a ski lift.

Meanwhile: Ottawa shovelled $1.5 million into 10 Quebec snowmobile clubs for snow grooming (7); the feds pumped $13,000 into a Tsawwassen lawn bowling club in Delta, B.C., to create "jobs, growth and long-term economic prosperity" (8); the City of Ottawa spent $48,000 on a "deluxe" three-sided bike cage for city employees (9); Saanich, B.C., faces an $818,000 deficit on the city-owned Cedar Hill golf course (10); Kitchener, Ont.,
transferred $1 million into a "golf stabilization reserve fund" to prop up two money- losing golf courses (11).

Reader Response

Throw Away your Bad Food Habits and Recycle your Thoughts

So many people are complaining about their health or their weight these days. One way to judge how your health/weight is doing is by looking in your shopping cart. I go to Costco and look at what people put in their shopping Carts and see so many pre made foods and pop and condiments. Then you see the size of their waste line and it all makes sense. You are what you eat is not just a cliché. Another way to tell how healthy you are is by looking at your recycling. If your recycling is pretty near empty come recycling day then you are doing ok. If it isn't then take a look at what's in it. If you see boxes of pre made food, cans of pop or canned food then imagine all the preservatives it takes to freeze and keep food from spoiling? So much is common sense and though I tend to fall into the trap, I quickly realize that when I am feeling ill it is mostly due to eating processed food and I want people to think of this. If you can't eat it with a knife and fork then you can call it fast food.

Thank you very much Scott for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Vol. #5 "in the books" as I think they say it.
Have a great month-see you after the holiday.