Monday, October 20, 2014

October Leaves

The leaves of October...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KLM's New Lost and Found

I enjoyed this short video showing a new feature of KLM's Lost and Found Department. When you watch it you will see why I find this so appealing.

In Dutch with English subtitles.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Day, and a Question for Teachers and Parents

Happy Thanksgiving Day to Canadians!

We celebrated early by going to a dinner party on Saturday night at a friend's house, where we had great food and even better company.

Yesterday we went to a Sukkot (harvest festival) party at another friend's house. It was fun trying to decide which of the many samples of chocolate cake was the best.

Here's a link to a wonderful-sounding film (I haven't seen it yet), a comedy written and produced by Israeli Orthodox Jews about Sukkot. It's named "Ushpizin."

Today, Monday, is also Columbus Day (or some other named holiday) for Americans. I guess we all want to have a long weekend in October.

I get why Columbus isn't a politically correct person to celebrate. Here's a link to a video parody by John Oliver and Last Week Tonight, entitled, How Is This Still a Thing?

My question to American and Canadian parents and teachers is:

When I was in Grade Five, Columbus was considered a great explorer. What do teachers teach kids about Columbus today? (I need this for some background for one of my projects. I'm not writing about Columbus.)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Vacation in Kingston

Last week we were in Kingston, Ontario. We visited with our friends who live there, walked along the lake, and just relaxed.

On the way there, we stopped to take a picture of The Big Apple, a site I've seen often but never photographed. This appeals to my love for quirky things. It's a restaurant which specializes in apple pie, oddly enough. :-)

We had beautiful, sunny weather every day except one, when it poured.

I love looking at the sailboats in the harbour, no matter the weather. M and I would fantasize about which yacht we would like to own. M liked some of the motorboats; but for me sails are essential.

Best of all, I did lots of writing on my next work-in-progress.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday in Stratford

Yesterday we drove the 90 miles to Stratford, Ontario to see a matinee performance of King Lear.

Although we drove under some dark clouds that threatened enough rain for the storm scene in Act III, by the time we arrived, the sun came back for its encore.

After a picnic lunch, we watched the play.

We took a stroll along the river to look for swans before leaving for home, taking the slower, more scenic highway.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Redesigned my website

I've been working on a fresh look for my website for about a week.

It's now ready to unveil. Take a look:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mystery Man

The Apollo 11 moon landing was on July 20, 1969, 45 years ago today.
Here is the villanelle I wrote about it.

Mystery Man

One small step can seem like almost nothing,
a quarter million miles for three to fly,
as we held our breaths to watch that first landing.

Four billion hopes--a planet's wondering
reflected in the mirror in the sky--
is one small step away from almost nothing.

Buzz followed you, while Mike was orbiting.
How could your tiny step not make us cry
as we breathlessly watched that first landing?

The media frenzy you found stifling,
a leap to fame that you would soon decry.
One small step can seem like almost nothing.

Who is this man? The press is suffocating.
Cocooned within your silence you just sigh,
and hope news will eclipse the first landing.

Mystery Man, no moon songs do you sing.
Can astronauts be brave, but also shy?
One small step that changes everything
at once. We exhale, hope for safe landing.

Copyright Barbara Etlin 2014, all rights reserved
by Barbara Etlin, Deco Owl Press.