Archive for July, 2011

“PARENT KILL CHILD / CHILDREN: I object to killers going free!*”

Vol. 2,  No. 11, July 17, 2011

TITLE: “PARENT KILL CHILD/CHILDREN: I object to killers going free!*”

I can’t comprehend why anyone would murder a child.  When it comes to a parent killing his or her child, I am dumbfounded. The facts of the case of Casey Anthony sickened me. The verdict was highly unsatisfactory. Caylee Marie is dead and  Casey was today set free, This is so very wrong! I came across “The Atlanta Child Murders: the Night Stalker” (Paperback) by Jack Mallard (Author). It is my book of the week. Hence, my topic is a murderer of the child kind. (Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series on parents killing children.)  

My daughters were God sent for me.  I always felt fortunate to have two healthy, beautiful daughters.  My priority was my daughters – their well-being, their safety and health, their education, their comfort … anything that concerned them.  They are my sun, moon and stars. For them and all of the other beautiful darlings out there, I want to shine the light of day on the horrific subject of the killing of  babies and youngsters.

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Dodgy Defense
Ben Jonson was known for his fiery temper. “There is no arguing with Johnson,” Oliver Goldsmith once remarked, “for when his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.” While working as an actor and playwright in 1598, Jonson killed a fellow thespian in a duel. He was tried for murder, defended himself, and managed to escape the gallows. How? By forfeiting all of his worldly goods and chattels, proving that he could read and write – and pleading “benefit of clergy.”
[Sources: Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts]
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Spaghetti-O’s
In March 1995 Thomas J. Grasso was executed by lethal injection for his role in the murder of an elderly Tulsa woman. His last words? “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”
[James French was electrocuted in Oklahoma in 1966. His last words? “How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? French fries!” … George Appel was electrocuted in New York in 1928. His last words? “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel!”]
Grasso, Thomas J. (?-1995) American murderer
[Sources:; Sunday Times, Nov. 2003]
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Victor Feuger’s Final Meal
Shortly before his execution for kidnapping and murder, Victor Feuger requested his final meal: “An olive, with a pit.” Feuger’s hope, he said, was for an oilve tree (which symbolizes peace) to sprout from his grave.
Feuger, Victor (?-1963) American murderer
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S & R* QUOTE #1: – Martin Luther King, Jr.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
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S & R* QUOTE #2: Buddha
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
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S & R* QUOTE #3: Letty Cottin Pogrebin
If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home, how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve worldly conflicts with force?
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THE AUTHOR: Jack Mallard
When it comes to American (penal) law, Jack Mallard is the real deal. After serving in the Air Force, he worked as a clerk and CI for the Fulton County Solicitor General. He graduated in law from Woodrow Wilson College and passed the Georgia State Bar in 1966.
He was appointed and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County, later as Chief Assistant District Attorney in Cobb County, and Special Prosecutor in Forsyth County during the period 1967-2007. He prosecuted felony cases: assault, kidnapping, rape, arson, burglary, robbery, theft, capital murder, etc. The ‘Missing and Murdered Children’s Cases of Atlanta’ took place during the years, 1979-1981.  Wayne Bertram Williams was arrested. Mallard led a team versed in forensics and science and secured a conviction. (The Williams’ trial was recognized in “American Trials of the 20th Century” by Edward W. Knappman, Editor.)  He is now retired in his home state of Georgia.

THE BOOK: “The Atlanta Child Murders: the Night Stalker” (Paperback) by Jack Mallard (Author)
This was no everyday story in the city. There was a serial killer, trolling for children and young people of the ”street.’ There were children fearful of going outdoors and being grabbed. The spree went on for two years – 28 people lost their lives. This was the case of the Atlanta ”Night Stalker’. Wayne Williams was the accused child killer. There was a nine-week trial, plus 25 years of appeals. Mallard was not “embedded” along with the prosecution team – he led it as lead prosecutor . He lived the trial from the inside.  He wrote the book.
There are some answers; but questions remain.  I still don’t understand. I probably never will!  

A person who murders an infant or child is bad. A parent who kills his or her own child is worse. They should be thrown in jail and the key thrown away… the bigger the haystack or the deeper the bay …the better!   

Personal Comments
An infant is a bundle of joy…so little and defenceless. A child is so innocent …so very … very precious. He or she can do no wrong. No child deserves to be assaulted or abused. For a child, a parent is someone that they can be trusted and expect protection from.  To fear your own parents is very disturbing to a child.  He or she is deserving of all the love and attention that a parent can give. Parenting is one of the most difficult and the most rewarding jobs a person can have.  How can a parent hurt or mistreat a child?  The thought makes me furious.  Parents who kill children view them as their property – to do with as they wish with them.  Most parents, who kill their kids, have an inability to feel remorse or empathy and fail to accept responsibly. There should be zero tolerance and no excuses for the killing of children. A parent that ends the life of their own child is evil and should be punished. Mental illness is the only condition that could be considered by a jury.   But, being depressed or angry at your spouse does not qualify as being mentally ill.

The Point
Babies are gifts from heaven.  These blessings grow into children. They must always be protected by parents, all members of society and by the State. 

Everyone should:

1. Love the child, whoever he or she is;

2. Protect the children – this is the duty of a parent and every other person;
3. Don’t wait – intervene straight away…stop the harm;

4.  Report immediately, any abuse or violent behavior towards a child;

5. Petition your lawmakers to make harsher laws against offenders;

Let’s stand on guard on for each and every baby and child; it’s all of our business!  

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *


“Books are life; and they make life better!*”


-Web Tech:

The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*” program.

*TM/© 2011 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: Child Abuse, Child Murder,`“Filicide”; “Honor Killing”; etc.

Child Abuse
Child abuse is the physical or psychological/emotional mistreatment of children. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.[6] Most child abuse occurs in a child’s home, with a smaller amount occurring in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological/emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

Child Murder
The murder of children is considered an abhorrent crime in the entire World; they are perceived within their communities and the state at large as being vulnerable, and therefore especially susceptible to abduction and murder. The protection of children from abuse and possible death often involves disturbing the child’s family structure, as tenuous as this may be. In 2008, there were 1,494 child (under 18 years) homicides in the United States. Of those killed 1,035 were male, while 453 were female, .[1]
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Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent killing his or her own son or daughter. The word filicide derives from the Latin words filius meaning “son” or filia meaning daughter and the suffix -cide meaning to kill, murder, or cause death. “A filicide” may refer to the parent who killed his or her child as well as to the criminal act that the parent committed.
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

S & R* BONUS FACT #1:Parenting News: Canadian moms combine their mother’s advice with research

Does it take a village to raise a child? Think mother knows best? The answer is both. According to a recent survey, 81% of Canadian moms say that when it comes to raising their children, they apply a combination of their mother’s advice with their own research and personal judgment. The study was commissioned on behalf of, a new online community for moms which combines expert advice, support and tips for women from the prenatal stage through the first few crucial years of motherhood.The mother of all surveys:When asked if they accept advice from their mother, Canadian moms responded: Yes mother knows best! I ask my mother for advice and accept unsolicited advice from her often (12%).Sometimes I listen to my mother’s advice but I also do my research and trust my own judgment (81%).No I don’t listen to my mother’s advice and I find it irritating when she imparts judgment and advice (4%). Canadian moms are savvier than ever, combining old world wisdom with new technology. While it’s natural to listen to their mother’s advice, our research has shown moms are doing their own research to make informed decisions they can feel confident about, says Helen Kargas, senior brand manager at Playtex Infant.
(Source) – More information can be found at

1999 US Department of Justice study: Filicide
A 1999 US Department of Justice study concluded that between 1976 and 1997 in the United States, mothers were responsible for a higher share of children killed during infancy while fathers were more likely to have been responsible for the murders of children age 8 or older.[1] Furthermore, 52% of the children killed by their mothers were male (maternal filicide), while 57% of the children killed by their fathers were male (paternal filicide). 61% of children murdered under the age of five were murdered by their parents; filicide is the third leading cause of death amongst American children five to fourteen years old.[2]
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Statistics: Child killed by babysitter
Characteristic                                   2000              2005             2006          2007
Murders, total. . . .                         13,230            14,965          15,087       14,831
Child killed by babysitter . . . . . . . .       30                  26                27             34
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S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Death of Caylee Anthony
The disappearance and death of Caylee Anthony, a young child from Orlando, Florida, received significant media attention in the United States. The subsequent trial of her mother, Casey Anthony, on charges of murder drew even greater coverage in national and social media.

Caylee Marie Anthony (born August 9, 2005)[1] was last seen with her mother on June 16, 2008 and was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, on July 18, 2008.[2] Her skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near the family home on December 11, 2008. Casey Anthony was indicted on charges of first degree murder and plead not guilty. The prosecution sought the death penalty and the trial lasted for six weeks. On July 5, 2011, the jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of a child, but guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. Anthony received a sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count. With credit for time served and good behavior, she was released on July 17, 2011 at 12:10 AM.[3][4][5]

In the United States, the case was called “one of the biggest ratings draws in recent memory” and “the social media trial of the century”.[6][7] Defense counsel charged that Anthony was being tried in the media to her great detriment while she was facing the death penalty.[8] The case has been cited as an example of the unfairness of prejudicial pretrial publicity with the potential for impacting the rights of defendants in the United States.[9][10][11]

On July 5, 2011, the jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse, but guilty on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.[74] On July 7, 2011, Anthony was sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines for each of the four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer, the maximum penalty prescribed by law. The defense asked that the sentences be served concurrently, on the grounds that the offenses occurred as part of a single interview with police dealing with the same matter, the disappearance of her daughter. The judge found that they were “four distinct, separate lies” and ruled that the sentences would be served consecutively, noting “Law enforcement expended a great deal of time, energy and manpower looking for Caylee Marie Anthony. This search went on from July through December, over several months, trying to find Caylee Marie Anthony.”[75][76][77]
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Keep Your Children Safe
(NC)—2011 is Canada’s Year of Road Safety so why not re–think road safety to keep your children as safe as possible?

Make sure your children are in the right stage of child restraint, the seat is installed correctly and the child is buckled up correctly.
Child seat installation tips
• Use the child seat instructions, and vehicle owner’s manual to help install the child seat. Make sure that all features of the child seat are adjusted as per the instructions.
• Once the child seat is installed, check that it’s secured. Grab the seat where the belts attach it to the vehicle. It should not move more than 2.5 cm (1 inch) in any direction.
Buckle up your child
• Front and rear facing child seats – Using the child seat instructions, make sure the harnesses are tightened so that they are snug on the child’s body.
• Boosters and seat belts – When using the vehicle seat belt, with or without a booster, the seat belt should sit on the hips (not on the stomach), and rest on the shoulder (not on the neck or off the shoulder). If the seat belt will not sit on the child correctly, then they may be in the wrong stage from the chart below.
Search “Keep Kids Safe” on the Transport Canada website,, for advice from experts on how to install child restraints safely and securely, and how to ensure your child is buckled up properly.
*TM/© 2011 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.

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SUMMER ROMANCE BOOKS, SONGS, MOVIES, STORIES: I love romance, don’t you?*”

Vol. 2,  No. 10, July 10, 2011



In the summer, perhaps it’s the heat, the sunshine or the carefree atmosphere, but romance is certainly in the air.  My book of the week is “That Summer Place” [Paperback] by Jill Barnett, Susan Wiggs and Debbie Macomber. Hence, my topic is romance of the summer kind!


I remember the movie, Grease. At the beginning, the Travolta character, was telling his buddies about the girl that he had met the summer before. Also, the Newton-John character, now transferred to the same high school of Travolta, is being questioned by her girlfriends about her summer love. Friends, both male and female, were interested and  a little envious. The movie shows some of the difficulty of continuing a summer romance into September and beyond.  

In days gone by, I went to Virginia Beach – you might have heard that Virginia is for lovers. What a beautiful beach! It is stunning:  glorious sun, sand and waters, lots of families, students working as service staff, people having fun, etc.

Oh by the way, I loved the movie, Dirty Dancing. It was a beautiful love story. Here, the young girl was rich, going to a mountain resort for summer vacation along with her parents. She was attracted to a poor boy. She did not go for the status stuff. She went with her heart.  They danced beautifully, didn’t they? 

More recently, my current relationship happened during the summer … at a time when I wasn’t looking.  It was a hot summer evening.  A single’s dance was being held at an association, the events of which, I attended often.   Reluctantly, I went out that evening; I didn’t really feel like it. But I did go and joined my friends there.  Early that night, a gentleman asked me to dance.  At the end of the dance, he followed me to my table and started a conversation that lasted four hours.  It turned out to be a very pleasant evening.  Before he left, he asked me to exchange phone numbers.  My habit was never to call the gentleman first.  If he was interested, he would call and he did.  It blossomed into a wonderful, lasting relationship. 

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Summer Romance

“While picnicing on a small island one summer day in 1906, Ole Evinrude sped across Lake Michigan in a rowboat to get some ice cream for his sweetheart, Bessie. By the time he returned from the ten-mile trip, however, it had entirely melted. Thus inspired, Evinrude set to work and soon unveiled… the outboard motor.”
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Sitting Pretty

“Oliver Herford was traveling on a crowded streetcar one day with his young nephew seated on his lap when an attractive woman embarked and was obliged to stand. “My boy,” he said, “why don’t you get up and give the lady your seat?”
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Relativity Explained!
“Albert Einstein was often asked to explain the general theory of relativity. “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour,” he once declared. “Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity!”
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S & R* QUOTE #1: Oscar Wilde
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
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S & R* QUOTE #2: Martin Luther King, Jr
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.”
(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #3: Susan Faludi
“The modern fairy tale ending is the reverse of the traditional one: A woman does not wait for Prince Charming to bring her happiness; she lives happily ever after only by refusing to wait for him — or by actually rejecting him. It is those who persist in hoping for a Prince Charming who are setting themselves up for disillusionment and unhappiness.”
(Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –

THE AUTHOR: Jill Barnett, Susan Wiggs and Debbie Macomber

Jill Barnett
Barnett is an American author – 15 novels and short stories to her credit. There are more than five million copies of her books in print in 17 languages. She has been recognized and named  to national bestseller lists: The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly.

Susan Wiggs
Wiggs – this former teacher is another American author – numerous novels to her credit. She has been published by Avon, Tor, Harper Collins, Harlequin, Warner and Mira Books. She is a conference speaker.  Her books have been recognized as a “Favorite’ or “Best” award or listee.

Debbie Macomber
Macomber is still another American author – in 2009, she showed her versatility- three books: cooking, children’s and inspirational. She is passionate about knitting. Her “Debbie’s world” includes knitting pattern booklets. She has her own yarn store, named “A Good Yarn”  in Port Orchard, Washington. She has her very own line of yarn from Universal Yarn. She is a loving and doting grandmother.


Jill Barnett

  • The Days of Summer, Mass Market Paperback – 512 pages (April 24, 2007) , Pocket Books; ISBN: 0671035363
  • The Days of Summer, Hardcover – 368 pages (June 6, 2006) Atria; ISBN: 0-671-03535-5
  • Sentimental Journey, Mass Market Paperback – 544 pages (March 5, 2002),  Pocket Books; ISBN: 0-671-03534-7
  • Sentimental Journey, Hardcover – 416 pages (June 26, 2001), Pocket Books; ISBN: 0-671-03533-9
  • Wicked, Mass Market Paperback – 387 pages (September 1999), Pocket Books; ISBN: 067103412X

Susan Wiggs

  • The Goodbye Quilt April 2011
  • Marrying Daisy Bellamy Lakeshore Chronicles #8 February 2011
  • How I Planned Your Wedding February 2011
  • The Firebrand – historical romance. Chicago Fire Book 3 August 2010 (originally published 2001)
  • The Mistress**- historical romance – Chicago Fire Book 2 July 2010 (originally published 2000)
  • The Hostage – historical romance – Chicago Fire Book 1 June 2010 (originally published 2000)
  • The Summer Hideaway Lakeshore Chronicles #7 March 2010
  • Lakeshore Christmas Lakeshore Chronicles #6 (Eddie & Maureen) October 2009
  • AT THE QUEEN’S SUMMONS, (originally published as DANCING ON AIR 1996) Tudor Rose Book 3 October 2009 (orig. pub. 1996)
  • THE MAIDEN’S HAND*, (originally published as VOWS MADE IN WINE 1995) Tudor Rose Book 2 September 2009 (
  • AT THE KING’S COMMAND, (originally published as CIRCLE IN THE WATER 1994)Tudor Rose Book 1August 2009( 1994)
  • Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery ed. by E. George (anth.)July2009

Debbie Macomber

  • The Knitting Diaries, Multi-author anthology
  • A Turn in the Road, Blossom Street Novel
  • 1105 Yakima Street, Cedar Cove Book Series – Book 11
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, Cedar Cove Holiday Hardcover
  • Mrs Miracle
  • “A Good Yarn” in the popular Blossom Street Series.

THE BOOK: “That Summer Place” [Paperback] by Jill Barnett, Susan Wiggs and Debbie Macomber

Good things come in  threes. These three acclaimed authors show that they have ‘the right stuff’. They each start with the premise: There is a lovely (fictional) place –  Rainshadow Lodge, an old Victorian summer house on a remote island in Puget Sound in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Waters bordering a blue sky, hot temps and cool breezes combine to cause three different love  connections. Each writer runs with the idea, giving it her very own take in a novella. This threesome works well. It works as the reader is treated to different perspectives from three women in different situations not expecting love: Catherine Winslow, Beth Graham, and Dr. Rosalinda (Rosie) Galvez. Things change – love happens in strange places between strange bed fellows. Such a coupling up is not for soft drinkers.

In “Old Things” by Jill Barnett (so to speak behind door #1), there is Catherine, a divorced socialite from California travelling along with her two daughters to the lodge. She is drawn by the happy summertime memories from yesteryear. She is surprised by Michael, the handyman. This is the sweet story of first love rediscovered.

In “Island Time” by Susan Wiggs, there is a doctor (i.e., Dr. Rosie) in the house (so to speak behind door #2).  Type “A” Mitch confronts the beautiful doctor,  a veritable free spirit – ‘easy as she goes’. One is busy with an environmental study and one is trying to get things done. But the Macarena changes the tempo. Not quite in sync, yet surprise surprise….they hook up.

In “Private Paradise” by Debbie Macomber, there is Beth, a widowed mother of a son, (so to speak behind door #3). She is nice … even tempered.  At the beginning, the love un-terest is a good-looking stranger somewhat bad humored….a single father of a teenaged daughter who might derail the love train. Close quarters cause trouble.  By trip’s end, all ends well on the love front.

Indeed, this is a 3-pack beach book that should be satisfying for ladies like you.


Summer is the time to get out of your comfort zone and go somewhere else and meet new people. Having loved for even just a summer is better than not having loved at all. 

Personal Comments

I look forward to summer.  Working in an educational environment, everything slows down: people are on vacation and the atmosphere is relaxed… low stress. And everyone likes to be outside – there are more parties, even pool parties, BBQs and other outings held during these months.   Along with being out and about, comes more chances of meeting members of the opposite sex.  I’m sure that we could all look back and remember summer romantic moments.  Before my relationship with Mr. Right, I went to most outdoor events to which I was invited.  I met many wonderful people; and when summer ended, I felt that it had not just breezed by me.  Instead, I felt that I had enjoyed this good weather season!

I am more aware of couples in love during the summer than any other season.  Summer romance can be very enticing.

Is a summer romance worth it?  I think so – it could bloom into a lasting relationship. However, it is also true that it could end …probably with someone being hurt.

The Point

A summer fling could be fun.  Be adventurous and be open to it!

If you’re looking for a summer romance, you should:
1. Try to go outdoors and be with friends as much as possible;
2. Attend most activities, events, BBQs, parties, etc., to which you are invited;
3. Smile and join conversations – all you’ve got to do is say “Hello!”
4. Get out and have fun.  This is the first goal. Enjoying yourself is the name of the game.

5. Be open to love happening. However,

5.1  Go into it …  not having great expectations. It is best not to anticipate too much. (This is a good defense mechanism.) It might be just a pleasant conversation or an entire evening or even good company for a few weeks. If it goes on through the summer season- great…beyond…double great.  

5.2 Let whatever be, what it will be.  If it happens, why not and if it doesn’t, it was fun trying. If it does blossom into a relationship, it will be a pleasant surprise.

6. Remember …summertime is not only for new love, but also for love already found; in this regard,
6.1 Jump start your summer; if in a committed relationship, plan a summer get-a-way and make time to re-kindle the romance;
7. Take note of my rules of the road:

7.1 Recognize that your body language and flirtatious manners is everything;
7.2 Don’t let your age stop you from indulging in a summer fling;

Are you a good kisser? Isn’t this summer a perfect time to find out? Please let me know what you discover.

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *


“Books are life; and they make life better!*”


-Web Tech:

The above is a new media production of Valente under its “United Author*” program.

*TM/© 2011 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “romance”; “summer”; “”,”,  “”; etc.

“Romance is the pleasurable feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.In the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one’s love, or one’s deep emotional desires to connect with another person. Historically, the term “romance” originates with the medieval ideal of chivalry as set out in its Romance literature.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

“Summer is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the southern hemisphere it is winter in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

S & R* BONUS FACT * #1: Virginia is for Lovers
“Virginia is for Lovers is the tourism and travel slogan of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Used since 1959,[citation needed] it has become a well recognized and often imitated part of American jargon. For example, New York drew on its success to create the I Love New York logo nearly a decade later in 1977[citation needed]. Maryland also parodied this phrase with its own “Maryland is for Crabs” slogan.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –
S & R* BONUS FACT * #2: A Summer Place (the film)

“A Summer Place is a 1959 romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. It was directed by Delmer Daves and stars Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. The film would be famous for its main instrumental theme.[1]

The story examines the adult lives of two onetime teen lovers, Ken (Egan) and Sylvia (McGuire), who were from different social strata. Ken was self-supporting, working as a lifeguard at Pine Island, an exclusive Maine resort, while Sylvia’s nouveau riche family stayed as guests of the owners, one summer between years at college. They went on to marry different people – entirely the wrong people, it turned out. Ken’s wife Helen (Constance Ford) turns out to be frigid and shuts him out romantically, while Sylvia’s husband Bart (Arthur Kennedy) becomes an alcoholic, gradually costing him the family fortune. Ken buries himself in the research chemist’s job he finds after college, while Sylvia devotes herself first to charity work, then motherhood.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

S & R* BONUS FACT * #3: Dirty Dancing (the Movie)

“Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romantic film made in the United States. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film features Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Cynthia Rhodes, and Jerry Orbach. The story is a coming of age drama that documents a teenage girl’s rebellion against her father by starting a relationship with a dance instructor during the family’s summer vacation. Almost a third of the film involves dancing scenes choreographed by Kenny Ortega, who would later go on to direct the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical.

Originally a low-budget film by a new studio and with no major stars (except Broadway legend Jerry Orbach in a supporting role), Dirty Dancing became a massive box office hit. As of 2009[update], it earned over $214 million worldwide.[1] It was the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video,[1] and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack generated two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, which won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for best duet.[2] The film spawned a 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, as well as a stage version which has had sellout performances in Australia, Europe, and North America, with plans to open on Broadway. The film is remade in Bollywood as Holiday.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

S & R* BONUS FACT * #4: Grease (film)
“Grease is a 1978 American musical film directed by Randal Kleiser and based on Warren Casey’s and Jim Jacobs’s 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a 1950s high school. The film stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and Jeff Conaway. It was successful both critically and at the box office; its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the United States, behind the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, another film starring Travolta.[2]

Plot: In the Summer of 1959, local boy Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and vacationing Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) meet at the beach and fall in love. When the summer comes to an end, Sandy, who is going back to Australia, frets that they may never meet again, but Danny tells her that their love is “only the beginning”. The animated opening credits follow (“Grease”), introducing the primary cast.

On the first day of school at Rydell High following the end of summer, Danny, a greaser, is reunited with his friends, the T-Birds: his bad-boy best friend Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and their three bumbling sidekicks, Doody (Barry Pearl), Putzie (Kelly Ward), and Sonny (Michael Tucci). The Pink Ladies, the T-Birds’ female counterparts, include tough-talking leader Betty Rizzo (Stockard Channing), who sees the error of her bad-girl ways during the musical, sophisticated Marty (Dinah Manoff), and juvenile Jan (Jamie Donnelly). They arrive and claim that they’re going to “rule the school” in their senior year. Sandy, whose family have unexpectedly cancelled their plans to return to Australia, enrolls at Rydell and is shown around the school by the air-headed but friendly Frenchy (Didi Conn), another Pink Lady. At lunchtime, Danny and Sandy share memories of their summer romance with their respective friends, unaware of the other’s presence at the school (“Summer Nights”). Rizzo is surprised when Sandy reveals Danny’s name on the way back to class, but the Pink Ladies keep quiet about Danny’s presence at the school.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –
Online dating
“Online dating services are becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide. They charge a fee to enable a user to post a profile of himself or herself, perhaps using video or still images as well as descriptive data and personal preferences for dating, such as age range, hobbies, and so forth. One report suggests that online dating businesses are thriving financially, with growth in members, service offerings, membership fees and with many users renewing their accounts, although the overall share of Internet traffic using online dating services in the U.S. has declined somewhat, from 2003 (21% of all Internet users) to 2006 (10%), and that dating sites must work to convince users that they’re safe places having quality members, according to Jupiter Research.[150] While online dating has become more accepted, it retains a slight negative stigma, according to one writer.[151] There is widespread evidence that online dating has increased rapidly and is becoming “mainstream” with new websites appearing regularly.[152] One study suggested that 18% of single persons had used the Internet for dating purposes.[153] Reports vary about the effectiveness of dating web sites to result in marriages or long–term relationships. Pew Research, based on a 2005 survey of 3,215 adults, estimated that three million Americans had entered into long-term relationships or marriage as a result of meeting on a dating web site.[154] While sites have touted marriage rates from 10% to 25%, sociologists and marriage researchers are highly skeptical that valid statistics underlie any such claims.[154] The Pew study (see table) suggested the Internet was becoming increasingly prominent and accepted as a way to meet people for dates, although there were cautions about deception, the risk of violence,[155] and some concerns about stigmas.[156] The report suggested most people had positive experiences with online dating websites and felt they were excellent ways to meet more people.[156] The report also said that online daters tend to have more liberal social attitudes compared to the general population.[157] In India, parents sometimes participate in websites designed to match couples.[146] Some online dating sites can organize double dates or group dates.[158] Research from Berkeley suggests there’s a dropoff in interest after online daters meet face–to–face.[43] It’s a lean medium not offering standard cues such as tone of voice, gestures, and facial expressions.[43] There is substantial data about online dating habits; for example, researchers believe that “the likelihood of a reply to a message sent by one online dater to another drops roughly 0.7 percent with every day that goes by”.[43] Psychologist Lindsay Shaw Taylor found that even though people said they’d be willing to date someone of a different race, that people tend to choose dates similar to themselves.[43]”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:Put your best face forward when online dating

“Online dating might seem simple enough, but to be successful there are more than a few dos and don’ts you’ll want to keep in mind, specifically around taking the profile picture.Perusing online dating profiles can be highly entertaining. Individuals claiming to be in search of love post photos of themselves next to someone (likely their ex) with his or her face cut out. Some post photos of their feet or hands or more obscure parts to avoid showing their faces. And others simply leave their profile photo blank.
Research from shows that self-portraits often get the most response from potential suitors. Surprising as this may be, these shots are usually more animated and natural looking. But there are rules for success:
Be animated: Looking unenthused won’t garner much attention so smile, smirk, look sultry or smoldering , just do something.
Stay close: Confine your pic to your shoulders and above; a wider shot may reveal information about you that you don’t want public.
Be yourself: If you’re shy and quiet, don’t post a picture of yourself looking like a party animal.
Get a second opinion: We’re not always the best judges of our own appearance; ask someone you trust to provide honest feedback on your photo.
Keep your options open: Don’t settle on your first shot; take a few and choose one. If you’re strapped for time, use a camera with an LCD screen on both sides like Samsung’s ST700, so you know what you look like before the shutter goes off. Plus, if you aren’t looking your best, the ST700’s beauty shot feature is like having a makeup artist in your camera; it automatically removes dark circles, facial blemishes and imperfections to create great portraits.
(Source) –

S & R* BONUS FACT #2: Gimme S’more
“Whether at the cottage or deep in the woods, s’mores around a fire create summer memories to last a lifetime. Start with a base for a traditional s’more including graham crackers, roasted marshmallow and chocolate and try some of these gourmet variations:
Gooey Banana Dulce S’mores add a dollop of gooey PC banana dulce de leche caramel crème spread with banana slices Peanut Butter S’mores add 2 tsp smooth peanut butter onto half of each s’moreHazelnut S’mores -add 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread onto half of each s’moreTropical S’mores -top each s’more with ¼ slice fresh pineapple and 2 tsp toasted coconut Strawberry Shortcake S’mores – top each s’more with 2 slices fresh strawberries
(Source) –

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“NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: The 1st of July – Canada Day; the 4th of July – (U.S.) Independence Day, I say: Let’s celebrate!*”

Vol. 2,  No. 9, July 3, 2011

TITLE: “NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: The 1st of July – Canada Day; the 4th of July – (U.S.) Independence Day,  I say: Let’s celebrate!*”


The arrival of the month of July means national holidays in Canada and the United States. The 1st is Canada day; and the 4th is Independence day.  My books of the week are: 1) Rookie Read-About Holidays: Canada Day [Paperback] by Patricia J Murphy (Author); and  2) Apple Pie 4th Of July [Paperback] by Janet S. Wong (Author), Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator). Hence, my topic of the week is celebrating your national day.


As young adults, my parents emigrated to Canada, a land of opportunity… a place to work hard and make a good life for themselves and also a family. Although they loved and had a deep attachment to Italy, their country of birth, they were very proud of their adopted homeland.  They felt fortunate that their children could secure a fine education and good jobs in Canada. My parents succeeded. and they wished to become Canadian citizens. I was a child when it happened – yet I vividly remember their elation.  (P.S. The only thing that they complained of … was our hard winters.)

In years past, the 1st of July was Dominion Day. It was a big deal. Now it is Canada day. It is an even bigger deal! Led by festivities in Ottawa, our capital, there are parades, the waving of flags in the hands of young and old alike, cultural shows, fireworks…and further special TV programming ….the tops  …first class all the way!  Weather permitting, I usually enjoy an outdoor activity, getting together with family & friends, watching fireworks, etc.-  I really have fun!

Indeed, I am a very proud Canadian. I cheered on Canada’s athletes at the last Winter Olympics, held in Vancouver.  I was so pleased  with the performance of my countrymen and women. I got into the spirit of the achievement, both individual and collective.  

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Brian Williams: July 4th Fireworks

“Every year on the 4th of July, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams and his family put on an impressive pyrotechnics display. “We probably set some stuff off that we shouldn’t,” he once confessed. A former firefighter, Williams was well aware of the risks. Indeed, he once recalled a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) film about fireworks. “They showed what an M80 can do to a watermelon. They showed what a sparkler can do a girl’s cotton dress, and as a result I don’t wear those on the 4th of July.”
(Source: –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Jefferson Lives

“John Adams, ever the patriot, died on July 4th, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. His last words? “Jefferson Lives.” Little did he know that Jefferson, incredibly, had also died on the 4th of July – just a few hours earlier.
(Jefferson’s last words? “Is it the Fourth? I resign my spirit to God, my daughter, and my country.”)

[“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival,” Adams wrote to Abigail Smith Adams in July 1776. “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by Solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The day in question? July 2nd (the day the Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence from England).]”
(Source: –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Cakes and Ale?
“During a tour of Canada in the early years of their marriage, Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth had a rather turbulent crossing to Vancouver Island on a Canadian destroyer. As a young petty officer entered the royal suite with a large tray of cakes, the ship lurched violently, spilling the cakes on the floor. To the officer’s amazement, Prince Philip immediately fell to his hands and knees and, crawling around, retrieved several cakes before returning to his seat. “I’ve got mine,” he then declared, smiling triumphantly at Elizabeth. “Yours are down there.”
(Source: –

S & R* QUOTE #1: Mark Twain 
“Many public-school children seem to know only two dates–1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.”
(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2: Charles James Fox, 1791
“The only means of retaining distant colonies with advantage is to enable them to govern.”

S & R* QUOTE #3: F.R. Scott, 19602
“What does ‘pro mote the interests of the British Empire’ mean in law?”

THE AUTHOR: 1) Patricia J Murphy 2) Janet S. Wong

1) Patricia J Murphy

Patricia J Murphy is a children’s writer, communications and marketing consultant. She founded Pattycake Productions, a creative services agency. She has written magazine articles and 150+ children’s books. She has a family and lives in a northern suburb of Chicago, IL, USA. She has won several awards.

2) Janet S. Wong

Janet S. Wong is an author of 23+ books: picture books about family, poetry about yoga and driving, chapter books about friendship, etgc.  Her readers go from toddler to adult. She is a speaker at teacher conferences. She lives in Princeton, N.J., U.S.A.


Patricia J Murphy

Some books by Patricia J Murphy are: 

  • Think Twice, Be Nice, Rigby Publishing, Division of Reed Elsevier, Barrington, IL, 2001.
  • Sometimes We’re Happy, Sometimes We’re Sad, Rigby Publishing, Division of Reed Elsevier, Barrington, IL, 2001.
  • Let’s See: Voting and Elections, Compass Point Books, Minn., MN, 2001.
  • Let’s See: The Presidency, Compass Point Books, Minn., MN, 2001.
  • Let’s See: The U.S. Congress, Compass Point Books, Minn., MN, 2002.
    Let’s See: The U.S.  Supreme Court, Compass Point Books, Minn, MN, 2002.
    Let’s See: Our National Holidays, Compass Point Books, Minn., MN, 2002.
    Eye Wonder! Rigby Publishing, Divison of Reed Elsevier, Inc., Barrington, IL, 2001.
    Simple Machines, Rosen Real Readers, Rosen Publishing, New York, 2001.
    How a Frog Gets Its Legs, Rosen Real Readers, Rosen Publishing, New York, 2001.
    A Visit to the Art Museum, Rosen Real Readers, Rosen Publishing, Buffalo, NY, 2002.
    Fun with Fractions, Rosen Real Readers, Rosen Publishing, Buffalo, NY, 2002.
    Rookie Read-About Holidays: Canada Day [Paperback]

Janet S. Wong 
Some books by Janet S. Wong are:

  • The Trip Back Homne
  • Buzz
  • Twist
  • Behind The Wheel
  • Me and Rolly Maloo
  • Minn and  Jake
  • Before it Wriggles Aw
  • Apple Pie 4th Of July

THE BOOK: 1) Rookie Read-About Holidays: Canada Day [Paperback] by Patricia J Murphy (Author) 2) Apple Pie 4th Of July [Paperback] by Janet S. Wong (Author), Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator)

1) Rookie Read-About Holidays: Canada Day [Paperback] by Patricia J Murphy (Author)
This book is a primer about Canada Day in printed form. It explains the history, importance, and celebration of this – Canada`s No. 1 holiday.  Such is a tool to informing the reader about Canada Day. The author asks whether you celebrate Canada Day? She prompts the children with words or phrases and images: birthday, Canada’s flag, Canadian Mounties,   celebrate,  fireworks, maple leaf, provinces, etyc. There is material about: British North America Act. anthem: “O Canada”, etc.  (N.B. The Rookie Books series tries to make its readers more worldly literally and figuratvely.)

2) Apple Pie 4th Of July [Paperback] by Janet S. Wong (Author), Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator)
This book informs the readers about the 4th of July – the No. 1 holiday of the United States of America. It is couched in the story of  a young girl’s experience as a first-generation Chinese-American. She want to fit in but anxious about her belief that her immigrant parents don’t understand what it is to be American. She wants all things American like the All-American apple pie being baked by a neighbor.  They have a market, cooking away …Chinese food of course. She thinks this to be a mistake. It’s the 4th …the 4th of July and she has a sense of the holiday- the parade is coming; and she expects that customers would not be interested  in Chinese dishes. But all turns out well. Father and Mom knew best! The market was patronized by many fellow Americans in the party mode, …in the mood for Chinese food. The 4th of July is Independence day and this is for all Americans together! Readers learn about the holiday and also that inclusiveness is good. Chinese Americans are welcome; indeed, fireworks are a big pârt of the 4th and such was invented by the Chinese!   Illustrations are suited to readers ages 3-7.


I love my country. I look forward to the 1st of July – Canada`s national day. I celebrate it …my way.

Of course, I am aware of the 4th of July – the U.S. national day of independence. I have travelled and enjoyed the festivities along with Americans in the border states. On this day, I wish them the warmest congratulations and a great party.

And I know that people everywhere on the planet celebrate their home and native land on their own national days. To them, I also offer my best wishes and joyful times.

Personal Comments

For me, Canada is the best country in the world. 

Canada is big and strong.  It has vast stretches of empty land that is absolutely breath taking with beautiful greenery. It is blessed with plenty – natural resources:  timber, wheat, oil, cattle, coal and water (electricity).   Its large economy provides opportunity for its inhabitants. Its trade with the United States is important.  It has brave soldiers in its defense force – they strive for peace not war.  (The United States is probably the most powerful country in the world.  Canada benefits from being its ally and neighbor.  To a certain extent, this makes me feel safe. I admire the United States.)

Canada is a place where life is good. I see it as going at a pace that is fast, but still better than that of others. Canada is warm and fuzzy. – it is known to be very generous. Canada has many social programs to take care of people who are less fortunate. Canada is genuinely friendly, multicultural. I am happy to live in Canada.

The Point

For me, patriotism and nationalism are good and a positive!  Everyone should have pride in country and self. Celebrate what has been accomplishd to date; and strive to do better in the future.     

I encourage everyone to:
1. Be proud of your country: its past, culture and heritage and your people: their good character and generosity;
2. Be aware of your country’s high points like natural resources and also, for balance, areas in need of improvement;
3. Become knowledgeable about the surrounding countries and the rest of the world;
4. Teach the children everywhere about the ideals of humanity, the values of respect and dignity and also that we are each our brother’s keeper;
5. Celebrate your national day with gusto;
6. Make the world a better place for all of mankind!
To all of you …Happy National Day … With love from Canada.

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *


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For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “Canada’s Day”; “Fourth of July”; “Nationalism”, “Patriotism”,  “Natural Resources”; etc.

Canada’s Day
“Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada), formerly Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three British colonies into a single country, called Canada, within the British Empire.[1][2][3] Originally called Dominion Day, the name was changed in 1982, the year that Canada gained full independence from the United Kingdom. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as internationally.”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

Fourth of July
“Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.[1][2][3]”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

“Nationalism is a political ideology that involves a strong identification of a group of individuals with a political entity defined in national terms, i.e. a nation. In the ‘modernist’ image of the nation, it is nationalism that creates national identity.[1] There are various definitions for what constitutes a nation, however, which leads to several different strands of nationalism. It can be a belief that citizenship in a state should be limited to one ethnic, cultural or identity group, or that multinationality in a single state should necessarily comprise the right to express and exercise national identity even by minorities.[2]

It can also include the belief that the state is of primary importance, or the belief that one state is naturally superior to all other states.[3][4] It is also used to describe a movement to establish or protect a ‘homeland’ (usually an autonomous state) for an ethnic group. In some cases the identification of a national culture is combined with a negative view of other races or cultures.[5]”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

“Excluding differences caused by the dependencies of the term’s meaning upon context, geography and philosophy, patriotism is a devotion to one’s country. In a generalized sense applicable to all countries and peoples, patriotism is a devotion to one’s country for no other reason than being a citizen of that country.

It is a related sentiment to nationalism, but nationalism is not necessarily an inherent part of patriotism.[1][2][3]

The English term patriot is first attested in the Elizabethan era, via Middle French from Late Latin (6th century) patriota “fellow countryman”, ultimately from Greek πατριώτης (patriōtēs) “fellow countryman”, from πατρίς, “fatherland”.[4] The abstract noun patriotism appears in the early 18th century.[5]”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

Natural Resources
“Natural resources occur naturally within environments that exist relatively undisturbed by mankind, in a natural form. A natural resource is often characterized by amounts of biodiversity and geodiversity existent in various ecosystems. Natural resources are derived from the environment. Many of them are essential for our survival while others are used for satisfying our wants. Natural resources may be further classified in different ways.”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

S & R* BONUS FACT * #1:

“On June 20, 1868, Governor General the Viscount Monck issued a royal proclamation asking for Canadians to celebrate the anniversary of the confederation.[13] However, the holiday was not established statutorily until 1879, when it was designated as Dominion Day, in reference to the designation of the country as a Dominion in the British North America Act. The holiday was initially not dominant in the national calendar; up to the early 20th century, Canadians thought themselves to be primarily British, being thus less interested in celebrating distinctly Canadian forms of patriotism. No official celebrations were therefore held until 1917—the golden anniversary of Confederation—and then none again for a further decade.[14]In 1946, Philéas Côté, a Quebec member of the House of Commons, introduced a private member’s bill to rename Dominion Day as Canada Day.[15] His bill was passed quickly by the House of Commons but was stalled by the Senate, which returned the bill to the Commons with the recommendation that the holiday be renamed TheNational Holiday of Canada, an amendment that effectively killed the bill.[16]”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

“The name Canada comes from a St. Lawrence Iroquoian word, kanata, meaning “village” or “settlement”.[10] In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona.[11] Cartier later used the word Canada to refer not only to that particular village, but also the entire area subject to Donnacona (the chief at Stadacona); by 1545, European books and maps had begun referring to this region as Canada.[11]”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

The Fourth of July 2011
“On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
2.5 million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
311.7 million
The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth.
Source: Population clock <>
$3.2 million
In 2010, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount
($2.8 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <> <>
Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing
$256,407 worth.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <>
$302.7 million
Annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation’s manufacturers, according to the latest published economic census data.
Source: 2007 Economic Census, Series EC.0731SP1, Products and Services Code 3149998231 <>”

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau) –
“On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. (Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970). Since then, the population of the United States has grown to over 311 million (estimated population on this July Fourth). Many US residents celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues with friends and relatives. In fact, 81 million Americans reported taking part in a barbecue last year (Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011).”
Source: U.S. Census – stats –

“The Canada 2006 Census counted a total population of 31,612,897, an increase of 5.4 percent since 2001.[152] Population growth is from immigration and, to a lesser extent, natural growth. About four-fifths of Canada’s population lives within 150 kilometres (93 mi) of the United States border.[153] A similar proportion live in urban areas concentrated in the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, the BC Lower Mainland, and the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor in Alberta.[154] In common with many other developed countries, Canada is experiencing a demographic shift towards an older population, with more retirees and fewer people of working age. In 2006, the average age of the population was 39.5 years.”

Name   Province                                           Pop. 
Toronto Ontario                                         5,113,149 
Kitchener – Waterloo Ontario                        451,235
Montreal Quebec                                       3,635,571
St. Catharines–Niagara Ontario                     390,317
Vancouver British Columbia                        2,116,581
Halifax Nova Scotia                                      372,858
Ottawa–Gatineau Ontario–Quebec              1,130,761
Oshawa Ontario                                           330,594
Calgary Alberta                                         1,079,310
Victoria British Columbia                              330,088
Edmonton Alberta                                     1,034,945
Windsor Ontario                                           323,342
Quebec City Quebec                                    715,515
Saskatoon Saskatchewan                             233,923
Winnipeg Manitoba                                       694,898
Regina Saskatchewan                                  194,971
Hamilton Ontario                                          692,911
Sherbrooke Quebec                                     186,952
London Ontario                                            457,720
St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador           181,113 ”

(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

“Canada’s two official languages are English and French. Official bilingualism is defined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Official Languages Act, and Official Language Regulations; it is applied by the Commissioner of Official Languages. English and French have equal status in federal courts, Parliament, and in all federal institutions. Citizens have the right, where there is sufficient demand, to receive federal government services in either English or French, and official-language minorities are guaranteed their own schools in all provinces and territories.[172]”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:What it really means to be Canadian By Melissa Yue
“When you think of adjectives to describe what Canadians are like, you might come up with words like: humourous, passive, polite, friendly, or bland. Whether any of that is true, one trait we can take pride in is our generosity. According to the World Giving Index, Canada is the third most generous country in the world out of 153 countries. Canadians donate both of their money and their time, contributing thousands of volunteer hours to help those in need. It is evident Canadians have impacted millions of lives around the world.”
Source: “News Canada”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: 10 tips for faster border crossings
“Avoid long lineups at airports and border crossings this travel season with these 10 tips:
1. Before you travel, learn your personal exemptions for goods such as alcohol and tobacco.
2. Research which products are allowed into Canada as some are inadmissible.
3. Remember free doesn’t mean tax free.
4. Report all currency you might be carrying equal to or more than $10,000.  When you report to the CBSA, you will be required to fill out a one page form. The CBSA does not confiscate, hold or seize any of the money provided you are truthful in your declaration.
5. Ensure you have the proper I.D. for yourself and children travelling with you such as a passport or NEXUS card. Check so you know what you need.
6. Be sure to fill in your declaration form honestly and accurately.
7. Declare all your purchases and be prepared to quickly produce receipts and airline tickets, if asked.
8. Never make false or incomplete declarations, as you create unnecessary and frustrating delays for everyone and risk penalties or seizure of goods.
9. Consider applying for a NEXUS membership and save time at air, marine, and land ports of entry when entering Canada or the United States. Check for more information or to apply for a membership.
10. Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for cross border travel and shopping. It reduces wait times substantially if you come prepared.”
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