Saturday, August 30, 2008

Defenders of Wildlife

I hummed and ahhhed about putting up this next post. I stay away from politics on my blog--even foreign politics :) However I am, at heart, an environmentalist with strong views. Here's what the DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE say about Sarah Palin.


August 29, 2008

Shocking Choice by John McCain

WASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

“Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.

“Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.

“This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”


The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund ( provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I had a sad reminder this week. Our dog license renewals came through. I had to phone and tell them Finn had died. I was sad at the thought I'd never get another one for her.

I did finally buy a color cartridge for my printer and started printing out photos.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Writing Sexual Tension


September 2-29, 2008
"Sex Between The Pages: Understanding & Writing Sexual Tension"
by Mary Buckham
Registration $30 at

How do you write great sexual tension? That’s the question Mary Buckham posed to Linda Howard, Stella Cameron, Susan Andersen, Nancy Warren and more romance writers who write great sexual tension from sweet to spicy hot. In her workshop, Mary combines these lessons from real-writers with practical understanding of the 12 Stages of Intimacy (based on Desmond Morris' works) and more recent findings by scientists on the amazing role biology plays in mate attraction and selection -- findings that can be directly incorporated in our creation of powerful sexual tension.

So if you want to learn how to increase the sexual tension in your work,
don’t miss this opportunity. Topics include:

* Sex versus Intimacy
* Using conflict to increase sexual tension
* The importance of details
* How to portray body language
* Maximizing biological differences between the sexes
* Analyzing those who write sexual tension well
* Exercises for your work in progress

Mary Buckham’s debut Romantic Suspense novel, THE MAKEOVER MISSION, was a
Silhouette Intimate Moments release. Her second novel, INVISIBLE RECRUIT, was a May 2006 Silhouette Bombshell. A former magazine editor, she has written hundreds of free-lance articles and a non-fiction book. Currently she is a national writing-workshop presenter, both online and at conferences. Visit or for more information about the release of her Break Into Fiction™ book coming June 2009.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Beijing Olympics

I have been meaning to blog again about the Olympics, but every time I do something amazing happens. First Michael Phelps--8 gold medals. How incredible is that? I loved the relationship he has with his mom and sisters. I'm a little daunted by his competitiveness, but I guess that's why he has 8 golds and I don't. Then the gymnastics, and holy crap if those Chinese girls are 16, I'm 60 LOL. But even so, they are incredible.

And then Usain Bolt. What an amazing feat? Three world records. And all that energy? How could you ask him to contain that? And what the heck is he going to do now?

And the diving, the running, the cycling, the volleyball, the BMX, the boxing, the triathlon... it just goes on and on and on.

The main reason I love the Olympics are the personal stories. Like the 33 year old Russian gymnast who moved to Germany so her son could get treatment for leukemia. She got a bronze. The US swimmer who competed despite having testicular cancer. The long distance swimmer who is an amputee. So many individual stories that move me.

And on a note of national pride GREAT BRITAIN got (to date) 47 medals. 19 Gold, 13 Silver, 15 Bronze. The other GB competitors also put in a brilliant show and I hope that sport grows in GB, no matter the medal count in the next summer games.

Chris Hoy won 3 golds in cycling, and Ben Ainslee won gold for the third consecutive Olympics in Finn class sailing. As close to perfect as you can get.

Canada have 18 medals. An excellent count and great inspiration for the winter games in 2010.

I'm sorry it is almost over. Then it is the para Olympics :)

Now playing: Great Big Sea - Sally Ann
via FoxyTunes

Monday, August 18, 2008

Been Camping

Longbow Lake

Rushing River Provincial Park, OntarioRushing River--Granite Knoll Hike
Beaver Pond Trail

Sorry I've been absent. We went on a short camping trip that turned into a much longer camping trip due to the fantastic weather we've been having. Canada is an amazing country. Last year we headed west and hit the badlands and Rockies. This year we headed a couple of hours east and hit the Canadian Shield. 2.6 billion-year-old rock. The landscape is completely different to the flat landscape of Winnipeg. Flat flat flat here. I find it quite oppressive actually :)

But Longbow Lake and Rushing River Provincial Park are beautiful places to hang out and swim in the lake/river. I caught a crayfish, the kids caught a couple of leeches ;P The dog hung out and DH was chief cook and bottle washer. No bears. It was all good :)

And look what was waiting for us when we got home? Courgettes the size of marrows :)

---------------- Now playing: Kid Rock - All Summer Long via FoxyTunes

Monday, August 11, 2008


I may have lived here in Canada for the last 4 years, but I still support Great Britain in sports and I always will. Doesn't mean I don't cheer for the Canadians, but it is an afterthought. Even my daughter who is eight is the same.

Go GB!!!

2 gold medals already! First, Nicole Cooke in the road race, and then, Rebecca Adlington snatched gold in the 400m freestyle from the American Katie Hoff. Awesome awesome finish. And Jo Jackson got the bronze.

I can see GB/UK using this Olympics as a springboard for the 2012 Olympics. Sport went downhill for many years in the UK and it is fantastic to see the Brits getting back into it. I'm always a little cynical about the amount of money it costs to put on a games, but with the regeneration of parts of the city (London that is, I don't know about Beijing) and the increase in world class sportsmen/women, which leads to an increase of sporting participation in the general populace, well maybe it is worth it. I hope so.

The big events are still to come.

What's your favorite?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Olympic Handshake

So I saw this from Avaaz..(below) and figured that this was the sort of gesture I wanted to be part of. I love the Olympics, I hope this one goes off beautifully, especially for all the athletes who have worked so hard for so long. Here's to some sort of positive lasting change in China for all of us.


The Beijing Olympics should be a moment to bring citizens around the world together. But the Chinese government still hasn't opened meaningful dialogue on Tibet, or made progress on Burma and Darfur -- and global activists' messages are too often lost in a firestorm of accusations about being anti-Chinese.

We've decided to take the moment back with a powerful, unambiguous message of peace, friendship and dialogue -- the Olympic Handshake. The handshake began with the Dalai Lama, passing through the streets of London, now it's gone online where all of us can join in -- help the handshake travel toward Beijing, where our message will be delivered through a big Olympic media campaign before the closing ceremonies. Join the handshake, and see yourself and others as it goes around the globe!

"With this handshake, we reach out to one another as citizens round the world in the Olympic spirit of friendship and excellence, committing to hold all our governments to a higher standard of peace, justice and respect for human dignity wherever they fall short – be it in Tibet, Iraq, Burma or beyond. Dialogue is the best way forward,
for China, and the world."