“American children and adolescents spend 22 to 28 hours per week viewing television, more than any other activity except sleeping. By the age of 70 they will have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives watching TV.”
— The Kaiser Family Foundation
Today is September 1st, and marks 4 months I have had no television. Fall is just around the corner and with much longer evenings (is it really only 8:36 p.m.) and all the shows starting up, does it get tempting…. a little!
So, I did a little browsing around the internet. Check out some of the facts at www.turnoffyourtv.com. Some of the info will blow your mind. There is concern that television is turning us into a nation of morons.. (not my words). Plus, here are five more reasons to turn off your tv.. even for a week! Try it for one week and see what happens.
1. You’ll start cooking real meals, because you wont be late for that tv show.
2. You will start exercising more
3. You’ll read more books
4. Spend more time with the important people in your life.
5. You’ll get more projects completed.
Please let me know how your week without television went.
Looking forward to hearing
I have been vacationing in Newfoundland this summer, taking in the many sites and tourist attractions. Seeing many places for the first time ever.
In August, I took my two nephews to Gros Morne National Park. We went rock exploring in Green Point, and went to the Marine Discovery Centre in Norris Point.
This is one of my favorite photos of the day. Brady is looking over a cliff into the ocean, hoping to see some fish. His little brother Riley is making sure he doesn’t lean over too far. He wasn’t asked to… he just did it. It’s one of those priceless pictures.
We even saw a moose. I’ll be posting more pictures on flickr soon.
September is just around the corner. I hope you enjoyed your summer.
The province of Alberta is considering introducing a ‘distracted driving bill’ this fall, which basically means the days of talking on a cell phone, eating fast food while driving and applying make up could be numbered. It would lump a number of ‘driving faux-pas’ into one law, and make it against the law to be engaging in activities that take the focus away from the road.
It’s about time! But I will say this, it’s one thing to make it a law, it’s another thing to enforce it. In the province of Newfoundland it is already illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving a car. However, every second vehicle in this province, you will see a driver with a cell phone to his or her ear. It’s not enforced. Eating and applying make up are bad enough, but the other day I saw a driver with a newspaper across his steering wheel, while driving down the highway. Isn’t it ironic that as citizens we see these but yet these people never seems to get stopped by the police.
Texting has become a nightmare on the road. You simply are not able to type while keep your eyes on the road. No one is that good. It’s dangerous, and you are 23 more times at a risk to get in an accident. And you know what, I’m going out on a limb here, but if you get in an accident and harm someone because of cell phones, texting or other distractions, you should have your drivers license taken away from you.
Driving is not a God-given right, it is a privilege. If you abuse that privilege, you should lose it.
Drive safe everyone
I had the pleasure today of taking the Bay Roberts Shoreline Heritage Walk. This beautiful walk along the shoreline and cliffs of the ocean surrounding Bay Roberts is instant stress relief. Developed by the Bay Roberts Heritage Society, they have done a great job of paying honor to the past while at the same time enjoying nature.
You can stand on the spot where French fishermen toiled as far back as the 1500’s. As a matter of fact, there is a small graveyard, as part of the walk, with gravestones dating back to 1676 I believe, and some of the 1700’s. Very cool.
There are more pictures of this beautiful outing on their website at
If you are travelling the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland anytime soon, take it in. You won’t regret it.
Today marks 3 months, as I continue my journey through this time in my life with no television. I’m still not tempted to hook up with satellite or cable.
This month I have hooked up with another favorite pasttime – crossword puzzles. I used to love crossword puzzles, especially the Sunday Crossword from the Washington Post and New York Times. I got out of the habit. But now I am back in the swing of things, and enjoy sitting down on Sundays with a cup of coffee and a pen (yes, a pen) and my favorite crossword.
Have also read a few great books… (a couple of not so great books). Reading ‘The Pact’ by Jody Picoult right now and really enjoying that. I also enjoyed Denzel Washington’s ‘A Hand to Guide Me’, and one of my favorites so far this summer has been Richard Paul Evans ‘The Last Promise’. Great summer pick.
I have also watched a few movies including ‘Angels and Demons’ with Tom Hanks, which I liked more than the movie ‘Davinci Code’. Ewan McGregor was great in this movie.
And I have been writing in my blog more. Good or bad, there you have it.
Hope you’re enjoying your summer!