147th Running of the Harbour Grace Regatta!

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If there is one thing to say about the province of Newfoundland, there are events all over, for every age group, and for every member of the family.  This was my first time taking in the Harbour Grace Regatta.  It was the 147th Running of the Harbour Grace Regatta, which makes it the second oldest sporting event in Newfoundland, second only to the historic St. John’s Regatta.

KIXX Country Radio was delighted to sponsor a first-time team of Rowers.  They were 8 years old, rowing for the first time in the ‘Girls Under 10 Division’.  And even though the oars were bigger than the girls themselves, they made excellent time, and did everyone proud.

I have included some pics of the fabulous girls and say hats off to their accomplishments.  If I had to row the distance they did, I would still be on that lake today.

Congratulations girls!


The Top 10 Photos of 2008.

         I am a big fan of Photography!  I love taking pictures, and I love looking at pictures.  I enjoy the entire process, which for me, means taking about 50 pictures to get one that really moves me.

Recently I was curious about the what Time Magazine and National Geographic had considered the Top 10 Photos of 2008.  Above is a picture of Cindy McCain, taking a rest wtih a glass of white wine, while campaigning with her husband, John McCain.   It was taken by TIME Photographer Christopher Morris and it was one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Photos of 2008.   Check out all 10 photos from Time Magazine at this link.


I really like taking pictures of nature.   I also like viewing pictures of nature.  So of course my favorite pictures of 2009 came from National Geographic.   Check them out.


One of my favorites was the volcano erupting in Chile.  Now that was a photograph.  And please feel free to check out some of the pictures I have taken on my flickr site.



Happy Birthday To Me!

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Today is my birthday.  For the first time in a long time, I am away on business, away from  family and friends.  I usually spend my birthday is the great company of my friends, and we drink wine, and rejoice in the celebration that we are all healthy.  We don’t take it for granted.  It’s a gift, and we celebrate and rejoice that very precious gift.

Being away from everyone, though, gives me a chance to reflect at some of the things I would like to accomplish in the coming year.   I think of Morgan Freeman’s line from the movie “The Bucket List”….

Have you found joy?

Have you brought joy to others.

I think that’s a great start to the upcoming 12 months.  When I took this assignment, which meant being away from home for the better part of a year, I had some things I wanted to accomplish.  I wanted to read more.  With no television – that’s being done.   I wanted to get in better shape – again with no television in my life, I get closer to that goal every day with exercise.  I wanted to volunteer more (need to check into that) and I wanted to improve upon my public speaking.

One of the great joys in my life is sitting down with a good book and a glass of wine.   I am doing that, which brings alot of joy to myself.  Plus, exercising 6 out of 7 days a week, and the results I am seeing, is also bringing joy.  So,  although I miss family and friends a great deal, I am finding joy in this assignment.  Not to mention the joy that accomplishing the task will bring.  That brings me to the bringing joy to others.  I am putting this in writing, I am going to volunteer more.  It is important that I find something that brings joy to others, who otherwise may not be experiencing joy in their lives.

Any suggestions?


Chateaunneuf de Pape!

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I recently got to try a Chateaunneuf de Pape for the first time.  Many of my wine loving friends have told me it is by far their favorite wine, but when the ‘cheapest’ bottle in our liquor store starts at $50, its not something you want to gamble on.

Recently friends of mine were given a bottle, and they knew I had been dying to try a Chateaunneuf de Pape, so they saved it till I came over, and we opened it up.  And I have to say, I was not disappointed.   I loved the smoothness of the wine.   And although it was smooth, it has enough body to enjoy with many foods, including a steak.  Chateaunneuf du Pape is known as a ‘food wine’, because it goes great with most foods.

I am also a fan of packaging, and this was one of the best.  They have made it look like an ‘old antique’ bottle, and I loved it.  More so, I loved the wine inside.

Chateaunneuf du Pape is a wine named after a region of the same name in the Rhone Wine region of France.   Chateaunneuf du Pape means “the Pope’s new castle” and dates back to 1308 when Pope Clement V became a big fan of the wine and the wine became known as ‘Vin de Pape’ or Wine of the Pope.   And a little later the term was changed to Chateaunneuf du Pape. 

If you have more brands of this wine that you have tried and enjoyed, please let me know.



Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

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In South Africa he is known as Madiba, to the rest of the world he is known as the greatest activist, peace-maker, and statesman.  Yesterday, July 18th, 2009,  Nelson Mandela turned 91.

I wanted to pay tribute to a man who had sacrificed 27 years of his life in prison so that other people could enjoy the taste of freedom.   When Oprah interviewed him, she wrote “For 27 years the architects of South African apartheid jailed his body–but they couldn’t touch his soul.”    He was sentenced for fighing segregation in South Africa,  and later became President of South Africa.  But I think he will be known most for emerging from prision not a bitter man, but one that defined peace and dignity.

 In 1993, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.   The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” 

Happy Birthday to the man who took a stand for freedom, and didn’t let the indignities he suffered into his soul.