The Battle of the Atlantic

May 8, 2016

The Battle of the Atlantic lasting from September 1939 to May 1945 was Canada’s longest military engagement of the Second World War. The battle began on September 3, 1939, west of Ireland, with the sinking of the passenger ship the SS Athenia bound for Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The SS Athenia had 1,400 passengers and crew […]

Anna Marie Jarvis-Mothers Day

May 8, 2016

Anna Marie Jarvis was born on May 1, 1864 in Webster, West Virginia She was the 10th of 13 children born to her parents. Anna a social activist was the founder of the Mothers Day Work Clubs. During the America Civil Waw she was a unifying force in her community. Anna was an active member […]

‘Soldier’s Tear’

October 4, 2015

By Ron Gillis, Sydney, Cape Breton ‘Soldier’s Tear’ A soldier now a poet, his rifle now a pen, Pours his thoughts on paper, to be shared with his fellow man. Thoughts of Day Landings, comrades side by side, Settling The Issue, Supreme Sacrifice. A soldier now a poet, his rifle now a pen, Word he […]

Move over, Grumpy Cat. Step aside, Hello Kitty. Never mind Garfield (from CNN)

August 22, 2015

From CNN) Move over, Grumpy Cat. Step aside, Hello Kitty. Never mind Garfield. Guinness World Records named Corduroy as the world’s new oldest living cat on Thursday. Corduroy celebrated his 26th birthday on August 1. He has lived with Ashley Reed Okura of Sisters, Oregon, since he was a kitten .”It’s truly amazing to have […]

Crows

July 28, 2015

Researchers  for the Massachusetts  Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows  near greater  Boston  recently, and   there was concern that they may have  died  from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all   the crows, and, to everyone’s  relief,  confirmed the  problem was  definitely NOT  Avian  Flu. The  cause of  death appeared to  […]

Laugh of the day…

July 7, 2015

A big, burly man visited the pastor’s home and asked to see the minister’s wife, a woman well known for her charitable impulses. “Madam,” he said in a broken voice, “I wish to draw your attention to the terrible plight of a poor family in this district. The father is dead, the mother is too […]

Am I A Fireman Yet?

April 22, 2015

Note:  This was sent to me via email.  True or not – I do not  know but it is beautiful so I wanted to share it with you.  Unfortunately I do not know the writer. Am I A Fireman Yet In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination.  Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams.   Now that was no longer possible.  The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to come true. She took her son’ s hand and asked, “Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up?  Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?” Mommy, “I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.” Mom smiled back and said, “Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.” Later that day she went to her local fire Department in Phoenix, Arizona, where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix.  She explained her son’s final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine. Fireman Bob said, “Look, we can do better than that.  If you’ll have your son ready at seven o’clock Wednesday morning, we’ll make him an honorary Fireman for the whole day.  He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!  And if you’ll give us his sizes, we’ll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat… not a toy… one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They’re all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast.” Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck.  Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station.  He was in heaven.  There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls.  He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic’s’ van, and even the fire chief’s car.  He was also videotaped for the local news program.  Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible. One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept – that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital.  Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition. The chief replied, “We can do better than that. We’ll be there in five minutes.  Will you please do me a favor?  When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire?  It’s the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time.  And will you open the window to his room?” About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy’s third floor open window…. 16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy’s room. […]

THE LION O’SCOTLAND by Matt O’Neill

April 28, 2012

Where is the Lion that used tae beScotland, That neverwisconquered – neverwistamed. That chased aw the legions o’Romeower the border An’ daured them aw ever tae meddle again?   An’ where are the hearts that marched wi’ the Wallace, An’ charged wi’ the Bruce acrossBannockburnfield? Where is the nation that roared its defiance, ’neath the […]

THE LION O’SCOTLAND

March 3, 2012

The Lion O’Scotland  by Matt O’Neill  Where is the Lion that used tae beScotland, That neverwisconquered – neverwistamed. That chased aw the legions o’Romeower the border An’ daured them aw ever tae meddle again? An’ where are the hearts that marched wi’ the Wallace, An’ charged wi’ the Bruce acrossBannockburnfield Where is the nation that […]

Poems by Ron Gillis, North Sydney, Cape Breton

November 5, 2011

Word in Webster, one should embellish, Word Thanks forever cherish,  Directed to Mom’s our Dad’s too, Bringing us up so strong, so true. Infant adult, stops between, Parent’s protector from dangers unseen, Grateful we are for leading us through, Acknowledge you now, Mom, Dad, Thank You Ron Gillis ‘My Son’s Journey’ Conceived, in mother’s womb, […]

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