This New Technology
Saturday February 10th 2007, 12:11 pm

I think that I was born thirty years too early. I can’t keep up, or even understand most of today’s technology and computer lingo. If I had grown up with it, like my children, everything would make more sense. I am so far behind now, that it is hard to catch up. As I learn about something which is new to me, I write it down in a spiral notebook, so I won’t forget it the next time. I even have to look up basic words such as “cookies”, which surprises my daughter, who is very knowledgeable about computers.



Canadian Authors
Thursday February 08th 2007, 12:45 pm

Yesterday I started reading a book by Canadian author Mary Lawson called “The Other Side of the Bridge”, and it is very hard to put down. It’s a good thing I am retired and can stay up late at night reading, because I read until 1:30 this morning. I requested this novel from my library because it has been on the bestseller lists for months. At the same time, I also requested her first, and only other novel, called “Crow Lake“, and picked them both up at the library yesterday. Both novels are set in northern Ontario, which is a part of Canada I know very little about. In fact, when it comes right down to it, I know more about the United States, due to books and movies, than I know about most areas in Canada.



Vitamin D
Wednesday February 07th 2007, 11:21 am

On November 23, 2006, I wrote a blog called “We Need More Sun in Nova Scotia”. It was about Nova Scotians, and most Canadians, lacking vitamin D, due to little or no exposure to the sun, especially during our cold Canadian winters. I have been taking 1,000 IU’s of vitamin D3 for years, along with several other vitamins every day. I know I may not eat a balanced diet every day, so I feel I need the supplements. Even if I did eat a balanced diet every day, I wouldn’t be able to get enough vitamin D.



Coincidences and Probabilities
Tuesday February 06th 2007, 2:18 pm

On January 8, I wrote a blog about our unseasonably warm fall and winter and the fact that Environment Canada had advised that 2007 will be a milder than normal winter. As I was writting it, I thought to myself that, I should knock on wood, or I would jinx our winter weather. Well, I didn’t knock on wood, and we have had colder than normal temperatures almost since that date. The law of averages would suggest that we were bound to get some cold weather, after all, it is Canada. I still feel I was pushing my luck to have even written about it. I should have waited until spring, then written about it in hindsight, or at least knocked on wood.



More About Global Warming
Monday February 05th 2007, 10:48 am

The online poll in today’s newspaper asked the question “Will governments take action on global warming after hearing a report about the severity of climate change?”. There were 2,430 responses, and 917 - 38% said yes, and 1,513 - 62% said no. I think this poll reflects what most Canadians feel will happen in the future. There will be little or no change in the way we live our lives, and we will continue contributing to global warming. There will be little change in the amount of greenhouse gases which industries send into the atmosphere. There will be little change in using alternate forms of fuel. I don’t believe that our government really feels they have to do anything except appease the Canadian public, who feel that it is our most important priority at the moment. There will be more programs put in place to help Canadians insulate their homes and use alternate fuels on a small scale, but this will make only a small difference in the amount of greenhouse gases we produce.



Global Warming
Saturday February 03rd 2007, 10:06 am

Politicians don’t seem to care about climate change, they care only about getting elected and keeping their seats in Parliament. This is quite evident by Stephen Harper’s only recent change in attitude, and the efforts made by the Liberals, over the past few years, to reduce greenhouse gases in Canada. All the political parties have let it go too long without doing very much about it. The Canadian public didn’t feel, until now, that it was very important. Now is the big wake up call with this report on climate change, and everyone must play their part to make changes to the way we live. This can be things such as making sure our homes are well insulated, that we drive smaller fuel efficient cars and we try to conserve as much energy as we can. It will all add up, even if you think that individuals can’t make much of a difference.