To the Family & Friends of the Cougar 911!

A helicopter made an emergency crash landing off Newfoundland en route to Hibernia oil field on Thursday.

On Thursday, March 12th, a terrible tragedy struck off the coast of Newfoundland.  A tragedy that affected every Newfoundlander.   A Sikorsky S92 chopper, known as Cougar 911, crashed and so far only 1 survivor have been found in the frigid waters of the Atlantic and one fatality.

Every single person who lives on this island, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean has felt an impact from this tragedy.   The 18 people on board the chopper were from all over the province, and once again we are reminded of the sacrifices Newfoundlanders continue to make to enable them to make a living.  From fisherman, to sealers to oil workers, the Atlantic Ocean has taken the lives of Newfoundlanders for years, as they try to make a living and provide for their families.   A person’s thoughts go back to 1984 when Newfoundland’s waters were the scene of tragedy in February 1982 when 84 people perished when a huge oil drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, tipped over and sank in a storm with 70-foot-tall waves. 

I just wanted to take a moment of quiet thought and reflection for the families and friends of those aboard that Cougar helicopter.   We pray the love of every Newfoundlander enfolds you during your journey through grief.
We send you thoughts of comfort.

Will You Dance With Me?

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As I am about to venture on to a new and exciting work journey, I think of my 6 year old nephew Riley, doing the penguin happy dance, after seeing the movie.  I thought I would share the following words someone sent me!! 

Too many people put off something that brings them joy
just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their
schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their 
 I got to thinking one day about all those women on the 
Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to 
cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

 How many women out there will eat at home because their 
husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been 
thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

 How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in 
silence while you watched ‘ Jeopardy ‘ on television?

 I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How 
about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I 
can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known 
yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.’ And my personal 
favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch 

 Because Canadians cram so much into their lives, we tend 
to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to 
ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

 We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve 
toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet… 
We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

 Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days 
get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One 
morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 
‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a 

 When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is 
open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new 
ideas. Her enthus- iasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five 
minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller 
blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..

 My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice 
cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with 
a spatula and eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the 
car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way 
home, I would have died happy.

 Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT 
to……not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon 
and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what 
would you say? And why are you waiting?

  Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or 
listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly’s 
erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run 
through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘ How are you?’ Do you hear the 

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next 
hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do 
it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a 
good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi?

 When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an 
unopened gift….Thrown away….. Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear 
the music before the song is over.

The ECMA Gala!

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Sunday night I had the privilege to attend the ECMA awards show Gala!  What a fantastic show.  The Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook was transformed to a professional looking stage.  Damhnait Doyle and Jian Ghomes did a fabulous job of hosting.  They were entertaining, funny, smart and intelligent.  Great job!

Hey Rosetta won a few awards and what a great performance.  The young up-and-comers, who earned their musical chops playing on George Street in St. John’s, N. L., walked away with three trophies for their album, “Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood).”   That quote came from the Peterborough Examiner and you can read it here.,%20THE%20CANADIAN%20PRESS

The only let-down of the night was Newfoundland’s own Tara Oram.  What an embarrassment she turned out to be when she stole Kate Winslet’s Oscar Acceptance Speech.  Can you say TACKY!  For God’s sale, you are supposed to be a ‘performer’… go out and get yourself an original speech.   You’re an embarrassment to the provice,,, I was ashamed we were from the same island.

Moving on…. other great performers included Jill Barber, Ron Hynes, interesting Acadian Rappers and the wonderful Damhnait Doyle herself. 

What a weekend, capping off with this wonderful event.  I enjoyed the ECMA’s in Corner Brook so much, and I may just have to make a trip to Cape Breton next year, to take it all in.  Way to go volunteeers and staff!



Goodbye February – Hello March!

Goodbye February by brewer crazy.

Today is March 1st.  There are 305 days left in this year, and 298 sleeps until Christmas.  I know, I know!

The worst two months of winter are over!  Hopefully!  I am so glad to see March arrive – it has been a long, lots of snow two months of January and February. 

It’s Beer Day in Iceland – a celebration of this day in 1989 that marked the end of beer prohibition.  I can’t help but wonder when Wine Day is.   It also marks the birthdays of Movie Director Ron Howard and George Eads from C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation. 

It’s also the last day of the Corner Brook Winter Carnival.  Closing ceremonies take place at Club 64 on Broadway with music provided by ‘The Newfie Connection’. 

It’s also the last day of the East Coast Music Awards with the big Awards Show and televised Gala taking place tonight.  Corner Brook has been a hub of musical talent and activity over the past couple of days.  What a treat for those of us who live here to experience the East Coast Music Awards.

Enjoy your Sunday, March 1st!