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HOMELESSNESS: Facts, strategies, shelters, programs, etc. – I want you and I to help the homeless!*

Vol. 4, No.25, Monday September 30, 2013

TITLE: “HOMELESSNESS: Facts, strategies, shelters, programs, etc. – I want you and I to help the homeless!*”


As you  know, with my recent move, I’ve been lately thinking a lot about my house.  This got me thinking about the homeless.  With the changing of seasons and the coming of the cold weather, this problem becomes more urgent.  Therefore my book of the week if “Homelessness:  The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis”  [Paperback] by Jack Layton (Author).  (Note:  This is another post in a continuing series on general issues.)

You could blame schizophrenia or affective disorders for homelessness, but that’s not always the case.  Other reasons could be: a break-up, being evicted from an apartment, release from prison, etc. Another is the impact of a natural disaster. A good example is when people lost their homes due to floods in Quebec and Manitoba or the ice storm of 1998. A youth thrown out of the family home might be called homeless.

On a different level, homelessness is not always a person without a home.  Sometimes, it could be a person who loses his or her job and has to move in with family or with friends. To a degree, such a person could be considered homeless.  But, most of the time, this is only temporary.

In the past, the homeless were mostly men, but there has been a growing number of women and children among the homeless population.  According to surveys, one in 10 homeless people attempt suicide every year.  In the very cold winters and very hot summers, some homeless people die.

My heart opens up for the homeless. I can’t imagine not having a home to go to … a roof over my head, with a warm bed and food in the refrigerator.  During my bad times, my family was there for me and I will never forget that.

Story in my neighborhood: I remember seeing a homeless man circulating near a shopping centre in my neighborhood. He wore torn and shabby clothing and his shoes were broken.  A friend of mine bought him a pair of new shoes.  He would be seen pushing a carriage full of his belongings.  It broke my heart.  Apparently, the gentleman was a person with a high profile career.  A tragic car accident, killing his wife and daughter, affected him mentally.  He was unable to function and became a homeless person.  Many people were generous towards him.  Recently I heard that a good Samaritan helped him get his life back.  He is now employed and has a home.  Of course, not all stories about the homeless have a happy ending.

THE AUTHOR: Jack Layton

Most Canadians know of and liked the late Jack Layton.  Layton was born in 1950 in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Hudson, a small nearby town.  He went to McGill University and received his Bachelors and his Masters degrees.  He also received a PhD from York University.  His thesis considered the attempts by countries to control the flow of multinational capital. For 20 years, he served as city councillor in Toronto.

In January 2003, he became leader of the federal NDP, a Canadian political party.  In the 2004 federal election, he won election as the MP in Toronto-Danforth by more than one million votes. In May 2005 in exchange for NDP support in the minority Parliament, Layton negotiated an amendment to the government’s budget.  The negotiation was to delay $4.6 billion in corporate tax cuts.  In this way, he helped Canada to lower education costs, cut pollution, build affordable housing, improve transit, increase foreign aid. He even argued for new protection for pensions in the case of employer bankruptcies.  In his last federal election, he won a break through, especially in Quebec, earning opposition status for his party. However, he served only a short time as opposition leader. On August 8, 2011, Jack Layton, died at 61 after a struggle with cancer. He was well- respected for his honesty, commitment and passion to make the world a better place. His grace will be remembered.



Here are several examples:

THE BOOK:  Homelessness:  The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis [Paperback] by Jack Layton (Author)

In the past, some might have thought that homelessness only involved those suffering from mental illness or substance abuse. But we now know that this is incorrect. There are numerous reasons.

But today, homeless is far worse than we once thought. In a land of plentiful, it’s hard to understand and accept homelessness.  We all ask: “What should we do?” Jack Layton, an expert and outspoken activist on housing issues, saw homelessness as a social problem –indeed a social crisis. The book “Homelessness” gives you a view, an outlook and proactive solutions.


Homelessness is a bad place to be.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That many people don’t have a helping hand through a rough time.  For some people it’s just for a short period of time.  And for others, when they hit rock bottom, it’s much longer. Sometimes, they never recover.
  • That I know that the cold nights will be here soon. The homeless might spend their days in shopping centers and subway stations. In the nighttime, they look to shelters, but there may not be a vacancy.
  • That I have a concern that homeless people might use donated money to buy alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.  I’ve heard that some people give food instead of money. Since I consider these habits as unhealthy, I say:  “Good idea!”

The Point

We need to eliminate or at least, reduce homelessness.


Everyone should:

1.  Lose the stereotype that homeless people are boozers, drug addicts or wanderers. They are           people just like you and me.

2. Differentiate the different types of homelessness: (a) Chronic homelessness – this is someone        has been homeless for a long time; (b) Homelessness from uncontrollable circumstances –            this is when one loses a job or is enduring a difficult divorce, etc.; or it’s where there is a flood      or fire; (c) Temporary homelessness – this is where it arises from mental disorders or drug              abuse;

3. Note that homelessness is in part a symptom of: (a) Lack of low income housing; and (b)                  Lower unemployment rate;

4. Be aware that homelessness is caused by one or more of the following: :

(a) Break-up in a relationship

(b) Being evicted from your apartment

(c) Youth thrown out of a family home

(d) Out of prison

(e) Mental disorders

(f) Runaway youths

5.  Recognize that a growing number of women and children are becoming homeless;

6.  Ask yourself how you can render assistance to the homeless;

7. Give pocket change to the needy, particularly the homeless; and when you can; write a check      to local missions and organizations serving the homeless;

8. Donate food and clothes … whatever you can;

9. Help a family member in decline;

10. Inform a homeless person that there are services available. Refer him or her to social assistance, government offices, organizations etc. Help him or her to get into the offered programs;

11.  Rally your fellow citizens and politicians to do more, particularly, the enhancement of services, increase of overnight beds,  the building of more social housing, etc.

Home is where the heart is! Let’s do more!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW (Tentatively scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7th 2013) : Some know it as Fall. Others call it Autumn  Whatever the name, it’s coming. I’ll share some of my thoughts.

PREVIEW (Tentatively scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14th 2013) : This time of the year means that TV networks roll out their new programs and the start of the season for our old shows. I will tell you about my favorites. Maybe you’ll agree or maybe you won’t. Let’s see.

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For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “homelessness”; “homelessness in Canada”; etc.

“Homelessness describes the condition of people without a regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing, or lack “fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.[1] (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

Homelessness in Canada has grown in size and complexity in recent years.[1] While historically known as a crisis only of urban centres such as Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal, the increasing incidence of homelessness in the suburbs is necessitating new services and resources.[2] (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –



“The data presented here are from the Current Population Survey (CPS), 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), the source of official poverty estimates. The CPS ASEC is a sample survey of approximately 100,000 household nationwide. These data reflect conditions in calendar year 2012.

  • In 2012, the official poverty rate was 15.0 percent. There were 46.5 million people in poverty.
  • For the second consecutive year, neither the official poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty at the national level were statistically different from the previous year’s estimates.
  • The 2012 poverty rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than in 2007, the year before the most recent recession.
  • In 2012, the poverty rate for people living in the West was statistically lower than the 2011 estimate.
  • For most groups, the number of people in poverty did not show a statistically significant change. However, between 2011 and 2012, the number of people in poverty did increase for people aged 65 and older, people living in the South, and people living outside metropolitan statistical areas.
  • The poverty rate in 2012 for chil­dren under age 18 was 21.8 per­cent. The poverty rate for people aged 18 to 64 was 13.7 percent, while the rate for people aged 65 and older was 9.1 percent. None of these poverty rates were statistically different from their 2011 estimates.1


1 Since unrelated individuals under 15 are excluded from the poverty universe, there are 468,000 fewer children in the poverty universe than in the total civilian noninstitutionalized population.” (Source: US Census Bureau –


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Protect your home against winter’s wrath

“(NC) As Canadians, we are fortunate to experience nature’s splendour through all four seasons. However, extra steps need to be taken to protect your home against damage that could be incurred with cold temperatures, ice and snow.

Preparing your home for old man winter’s arrival will help you to protect your investment, says Royal LePage broker Carla Bouchard. A few simple steps can restore your peace of mind and have your home winter-ready. Bouchard recommends the following tips for winter home preparation: 1. Clean out your gutters and install gutter guards. Reduce the chance of an ice dam by removing debris from your gutters. Ice dams form when indoor heat melts the ice on your roof. If there is nowhere for the melted ice to flow, it will collect in your gutters and re-freeze, causing potential water damage when warmer temperatures return. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation also recommends using electrical de-icing cables or low-corrosion chemical de-icers. 2. Use a chimney sweep service at least once per year. Many Canadians enjoy a crackling fire on cold winter nights. Chimney sweep services remove soot, blockages and any accumulating creosote, a highly flammable substance, from your chimney, thereby reducing the potential for a chimney fire. 3. Protect pipes located near the exterior of your home. Frozen pipes are one of the most common problems caused by freezing temperatures. It is important to ensure that pipes running through your garage or other exterior areas are well insulated. If you plan to be away, set your thermostat at 65 degrees Fahrenheit and open cupboards under your sinks to allow heat to flow through. You can find more information at

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: A checklist for homeowners as summer gives way to fall and winter

“The fierce winds and fluctuating temperatures of an unpredictable Canadian winter put a strain on every household. There’s little wonder that autumn becomes a frenzy of renovations, upgrades and last-minute projects. But before any of those changes take place, an equally important step in winter preparation is the completion of any end-of-summer maintenance.

According to RONA experts, Transitioning into winter isn’t just about getting ready for the cold season. It’s about wrapping up the summer and getting organized. Remember your end-of-summer chores to keep your house beautifully preserved for the next warm season.

Here is your checklist for three key areas of your home:

Doors and windows:

Keep your home’s heating system in good shape and your heating bill down by addressing any leaks and holes that create drafts in your home.

Replace the weather-stripping and caulking where needed around doors and windows as these are key areas for heat loss during the winter months.

For older doors and windows, consider upgrading to energy efficient options that will create a tighter seal. If you have an older home, a professional can do a blow-test that may be beneficial for helping to identify problem areas.

Run water through your gutters to see if it comes smoothly through the downspouts. Any clogs should be removed before the water backs up and causes damage. Leaks and cracks can be repaired with a fresh bead of caulk. Also, check each piece to make sure it is secured tightly to the building.


Remove, drain and store all outdoor garden hoses.

Turn off all exterior spigots so that water left in the pipes does not freeze and break the pipes.

Consider replacing spigots with freeze-proof faucets, particularly if your home is older.

Wrap pipes in foam to insulate them.


Don’t forget to clean and maintain tools such as lawnmowers and other motorized tools. Some lawnmowers have a new feature on the hood where you can attach either a garden hose or a pressure-washer so that it will clean the clippings off from underneath the hood.

Take time to ensure that your household is equipped with sufficient shovels and de-icing salt. You will be happy you did it before that first big snowfall.

If all you can remember from last winter is back pains from all the shovelling, consider getting a snowblower. To maintain the snowblower, test it to see if it runs, check spark plugs, replace gas filters, and take it to a professional for a tune-up if necessary.

By taking these proactive steps, you’ll reduce your risk of repairs in the below-freezing weather. The key is to get them done before the warm weather disappears into a hazy summer memory.”

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LIGHTING IN A ROOM: Fixtures: (wall, ceiling, etc.) , spots, chandeliers, bulbs, etc. – I want to light your way to the store!*

Vol. 4, No.24, Monday September 23, 2013

TITLE: “LIGHTING IN A ROOM: Fixtures: (wall, ceiling, etc.) , spots, chandeliers, bulbs,  etc. – I want to light your way to the store!*”


With the home remodeling coming to an end, it’s just about the time to install the chandeliers.  It got me thinking about lighting, light fixtures/lamps and chandeliers. My book of the week isPerfect Lighting: Inspiring Solutions for Every Room” by [Paperback] Sally Storey (Author). (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on home and gardens.)


Lighting: The lighting in a residence can create an atmosphere. Lights let you see what you are doing and where you are going. There are all kinds of light fixtures and lamps. I like those of the Tiffany type. They have great detail and they’re charming. But I really like chandeliers.  They dress up a room. Chandeliers are made of glass or crystal.

Tiffany fixtures/lamps: I like Tiffany fixtures.  There were two in the kitchen of my new house. They weren’t expensive, but I liked the design and earth colors. The bigger one was in the sitting area and the smaller one was in the cooking space. But they were dirty. I scrubbed them up and down. Now sparkling clean, they hang in my new kitchen. You see, the rich gold and brown tones made a deep impression on me. Now, the Tiffany fixtures give the kitchen a warm and pleasant atmosphere. Since I needed a fixture over my sink area, I visited a local home renovation centre and found one with three Tiffany-like mini lights. I chose it since it was similar to the two already up. I have received compliments over my choice.  I also have Tiffany lamps in my bedroom on the night stands. They are small and delicate. I love them!

Crystal chandeliers: Many years ago we bought a big pear-shaped crystal chandelier.  We had it installed in our two-storey house which dropped from the upper floor into the main floor and through a winding stairway.  It was absolutely beautiful.  It created a dynamic effect.  On opening the front door, the sparkling chandelier was the main attraction.  When lit, its high-quality crystal appeared into a rainbow of colors.  When I moved into a smaller house, I took the chandelier with me in the hope that someday I would use it again.  That day came.  But there are some crystal parts that are missing. They’re difficult to find and the price-by-the-piece is high. Also, there was some damage from storage. Although it was in a big carton, I stored it in the basement cold room. Due to the moisture, the fixture tree rusted over the years. We first scrubbed the surface; and I am now having it restored. I am missing some crytals. From my restoration research, I discovered that the quality of crystal chandeliers is not the same.  There is a price range.

THE AUTHOR: Sally Storey

Sally Storey is a full fledged lighting/design expert. She is a director of John Cullen Lighting and Lighting Design International. She designs lighting schemes throughout the world. She is an author as well as a speaker at interior design events: Daily Telegraph/House and Garden Fair, Decorex, House and Garden magazine meetings.  She is a lecturer at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) conferences. She has been a judge at prestigious events: National Lighting Design Awards, the Society of Garden Designers Awards, the FX Design Awards and the Homes & Gardens Classic Design Awards. She has appeared on numerous television programmes.



Several are:

THE BOOK: Perfect Lighting: Inspiring Solutions for Every Room [Paperback] by Sally Storey (Author)

This book tells how to effectively use lighting and create atmosphere throughout a house.  You will find checklists and detailed explanations of how the effect is achieved and what the author uses. If lighting is on your mind, this is the reference book for you!


Lighting and light fixtures and lamps help make a house a home.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That lighting:
    • Makes an are functional
    • Contributes to a decorative first impression
    • Can set a mood
    • Has the power to transform an area giving it the theme you want.
  • That each room has specific lighting needs. For instance,
    • Kitchen lights should be bigger and sufficiently powerful and bright.
    • Bedroom lights should be smaller and lower. They should be soft – it’s calming. At the same time, they should also be bright enough to be able to read.
    • Hallway lights needs to be size appropriate.
  • That depending on your taste, lighting can add to the atmosphere you’re aiming for and pull everything together.
  • That lighting in a home can get expensive.
  • That chandeliers light up a room in a mesmerizing way, creating a luxurious atmosphere.
  • That chandeliers can definitely be a big expense. But good crystal chandeliers are available in smaller versions. Also there are good quality glass chandeliers – they can be a great substitute.
  • That lighting could be effective – it’s worth the effort to have proper fixtures.
  • That good quality lighting has always been a priority in my house.  It’s worth the cost.

The Point

Lighting is important. A chandelier is the way to embellish a home in an elegant way. It also contributes to a good first impression. I encourage everyone to consider this possibility. I also like Tiffany fixtures/lamps. I encourage you to consider these as well.


Everyone should:

  1. Think about lighting when making architectural plans.
  2. Figure out the furniture placement and ensure that lights fit the use.
  3. Employ good quality lighting so as to enhance a visual first impression.
  4. Choose the appropriate size light fixture for its location in a residence.
  5. Consider chandeliers for the hallway, dining area, etc.
  6. Invest money into good lighting – it’s a sound investment.
  7. Take a pause about buying a cheap fixture; although it may look good, it may not work properly and securely or have durability.
  8. Buy energy efficient bulbs – there are also bulbs with low watts, but high brightness.
  9. Remember the flashlight in case there is a power outage.

I’m pleased that I shone some light on the subject of lighting. I hope you now see the light in a different way!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”


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

“A chandelier is a decorative ceiling-mounted light fixture. Chandeliers are often ornate, and normally use lamps. Crystal Chandeliers has more or less complex arrays of crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

“A light fixture (US English), light fitting (UK English), or luminaire is an electrical device used to create artificial light by use of an electric lamp.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


“The earliest candle chandeliers were used by the wealthy in medieval times. They were generally wooden crosses, with spikes on which candles were secured. They were hoisted to a suitable height, hooked on a rope or chain.

More complex and elaborate chandeliers continued to be developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but the widespread introduction of gas and electricity had devalued the chandelier’s appeal as a status symbol.

From the 15th century, more complex forms of chandeliers, based on ring or crown designs, became popular decorative features in palaces and homes of nobility, clergy and merchants. Its high cost made the chandelier a symbol of luxury and status.

By the early 18th century, ornate castormolu forms with long, curved arms and many candles were in the homes of many in the growing merchant class

By the 1890s, with the appearance of electric light, some chandeliers used both gas and electricity.

More complex and elaborate chandeliers continued to be developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but the widespread introduction of gas and electricity had devalued the chandelier’s appeal as a status symbol.

Toward the end of the 20th century, chandeliers were often used as a decorative focal points for rooms, and often did not illuminate.”(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Smart renovations add value to your home

“Every homeowner has been told that renovations pay off in the long run. But it is hard to know which ones and how much. In recent years real estate giants have been crunching the numbers and working out formulas to help property owners wrap their heads around what they’re getting out of their renovation investments.

Amongst such smart reno investments as kitchens, bathrooms, fresh paint and flooring is the installation of a fireplace. According to the Remax Return on Reno Index, the installation of a fireplace generates an estimated 11 percent return on investment.

Advancements in flame technology and auxiliary heating have made incorporating a fireplace into any dwelling an easily, viable option. Dimplex, an innovative leader in this field, tells us that electric units offer realistic flame technology to give your home a quick update. With a sleek design and optional heat output, these units operate for pennies an hour, without the need for a gas line. Utilizing electric units in design and reno planning also allows for greater flexibility in room placement and does not require a builder permit or a post-installation inspection.

Smart realistic flame technology is offered in an array of décor-friendly styles from mantels and wall-mounts to television console units. The added benefit of on/off heat control lets owners utilize the flame-only option to add ambiance to a room in any season, with or without heat output. Perhaps, one of the most appealing aspects of an electric unit is its easy installation, the simple assembly and plug-and-play design allows for easy set-up.

In addition to fireplaces, other big impact renovations included the installation of a soaker bath, which can generate a 56 percent greater return on investment than the average renovation (think personal spa); fresh paint generated a 29 percent return; and sprucing up curb appeal netted 7 percent.”

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2:Decor Trends 2014: Decorate with themes that inspire you

“Photo caption 1: Seaside Harmony gives you the colours of sun, surf, and sand. A cool palette of blue-green and white, plus the warm peach with white, revives the spirit. Design elements: minimal furnishings, sculptured driftwood, and sea glass. Behr Paint Colours: Ocean Liner (T14-1), South Peach (T14-2), Miami Weiss (T14-3), Edgewater (T14-4) and Sky Blue (T14-5).

Photo caption 2: Urban Alternative applies neutrals like olive and burnt orange to showcase skills and craftsmanship in wood, metal and stone work. The atmosphere is modest, relaxed and attainable. Design elements: distressed wood treatments, raw metal finishes, filament lightbulbs and earthbound shades. Behr Paint Colours: Boho (T14-6), Offbeat (T14-7), Film Fest (T14-8), Hipsterfication (T14-9) and Coffee Bar (T14-10).

Photo caption 3: Grand Reign captures the imagination with a sense of opulence, romance and mystery. Use luxurious detail, colour, and ornamentation. Choose a rich, masculine look, or delicate and feminine. Design elements: jewelled colours, layered textiles, guilded frames, and decorative mouldings. Behr Paint Colours: Imperial Jewel (T14-11), Coronation (T14-12), Grand Soirée (T14-13), Cloisonné Blue (T14-12) and Minuet Rose (T14-15).

Photo caption 4: Natural Avocation expresses respect for the things that intrigue you. In your favourite room, give any curious mind a rich colour experience in passions like botany, geology, archaeology and celestial events. Design elements: weathered maps, antique books, geological artifacts and illustrations of birds, plants and insects. Behr Paint Colours: Arboretum (T14-16), Archivist (T14-17), New Shoot (T14-18), Sunday Afternoon (T14-19) and Amaryllis (T14-20).

(NC) What do grand mansions, ocean liners, natural science and industrial metals have to do with decorating? Experts predict that the latest home decor trends will demonstrate one or more of these special interests.

Indeed, as home fashion begins to reveal the newest looks for 2014, it is the influence of history, hobbies and the impact of nature that will be swaying our choices in paint colour, furniture pieces, and decorative art.

It’s an exciting opportunity to express admiration for many aspects of the world around us, says Erika Woelfel, the director of colour for Behr Paints. And because it’s a truly personal touch, this trend is creating some of the most beautiful rooms to date. Our company is launching four eye-catching themes with twenty brand new paint colours for 2014. They are Seaside Harmony, Urban Alternative, Grand Reign, and Natural Avocation and each one gives the do-it-yourselfer easy tools to showcase the people, places, and things that most intrigue them.

Woelfel points out the highlights of each theme:

Seaside Harmony is the open look of modern resort chic, where the colours of sun, surf, and sand come together in a relaxing mix. The cool palette of blue-green and white soothe the senses; a warm peach and white revives the spirit. The design elements for Seaside Harmony include minimal furnishings, sculptured driftwood, and sea glass.

For Seaside Harmony, the colour recommendations are Ocean Liner (T14-1), South Peach (T14-2), Miami Weiss (T14-3), Edgewater (T14-4), and Sky Blue (T14-5).

Urban Alternative, Woelfel continued, features inviting neutrals, especially olive and burnt orange:

This style is inspired by time-honoured skills and craftsmanship in wood, metal, and stone work. It is the natural evolution of the ‘industrial modern’ decor into something that feels more modest, relaxed and attainable. The design elements for Urban Alternative include distressed wood treatments, raw metal finishes, filament lightbulbs, and earthbound shades.

The new colours for 2014 in this theme are Boho (T14-6), Offbeat (T14-7), Film Fest (T14-8), Hipsterfication (T14-9), and Coffee Bar (T14-10).

Grand Reign is your invitation to distinctive opulence and romantic glamour:

Showcase a favourite room to reflect an exquisite residence from another place and time. Fascinate the eyes with luxurious detail, colour, and ornamentation. You can do it with a rich and masculine look, or make it delicate and feminine. The idea is to capture the imagination with a sense of romance and mystery. The design elements for Grand Reign include jewelled colours, layered textiles, guilded frames, and decorative mouldings.

Behr’s new colours for Grand Reign are Imperial Jewel (T14-11), Coronation (T14-12), Grand Soirée (T14-13), Cloisonné Blue (T14-14), and Minuet Rose (T14-15).

The Natural Avocation theme, says Woelfel, gives the spotlight to your hobby, adding a sophisticated touch to your home:

You might choose the world of science and nature expressed with local and exotic flora and fauna motifs. Botany, geology, archaeology and celestial events give the curious mind a rich experience one that especially comes alive with colour. The design elements include weathered maps, antique books, geological artifacts, plus bird, plant and insect illustrations.

The corresponding Behr colours are Arboretum (T14-16), Archivist (T14-17), New Shoot (T14-18), Sunday Afternoon (T14-19), and Amaryllis (T14-20).

More information on the latest colour trends is available at and the colour trend brochures are available at The Home Depot.“

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PRESCHOOL: Age, teacher, books, songs, crafts, games, etc. – I think toddlers are so adorable!*

Vol. 4, No.23, Monday, September 16, 2013

TITLE: “PRESCHOOL: Age, teacher, books, songs, crafts, games, etc. – I think toddlers are so adorable!*”


With my grandson starting pre-school and joining my granddaughter, I thought of preschools for toddlers as a subject for my next blog. Children at an early age are a handful, but they’re so cute.  Therefore, my book of the week is “Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K: A whole year of curriculum-based exercises and activities in one fun book!” [Paperback] by Liane Onish (Author).  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on schooling and returning to class.)


My Childhood: When I was a very young child, I did not have the opportunity of preschool. I also did not attend a kindergarten.  In those days, our school boards did not offer kindergarten. I started school at grade 1. I also had a language challenge.  My parents were immigrants; so their English skill was not great. They had difficulty helping me with my homework.  They hired a young lady to assist me.  When it came to my brothers, I got the job of assisting them when they needed help.

My Daughters: While my daughters were growing up, it was important for me that they play with kids their own age.  Interacting with such children is necessary.  Since grandparents were babysitting my daughters all day, I realized that I had to do something. I wanted them to mingle with other children.  I arranged for my first daughter to go to a pre-school.  She loved it.  For my second daughter, I asked if there was an opening in a small babysitting group of children hosted at her house by a loving woman whom I knew well.  She said: “Yes!” My youngest loved it. So, both of my daughters were happy with their pre-school experience.

At the age of 5, my daughters attended kindergarten.  Due to pre-school, both of my daughters were well advanced.  This helped them to do well in kindergarten.  Later, I sat with them every evening to help them with their homework.

My Grandchildren: Before choosing a preschool for her eldest, my daughter researched carefully.  She looked for a preschool, fully licensed with high standards. It also had to have teachers who were well-trained and experienced. She found one! My granddaughter is now starting her 3rd year – she will start kindergarten next year. This year, my grandson, age 2-½, started pre-school.  He was soooooooooo excited.  He adjusted and fit in immediately. This can be explained by the fact that his sister also attends the same pre-school. This made a difference.  When I asked him about school, he replied that he had a new friend with black hair.  He’s so happy about his new surroundings.  Both my grandkids are now advanced for their age.

THE AUTHOR: Liane Onish

Liane Onish is a writer with credits of several books that have been published. She is also an editor of children’s books.  Several are:  Storytime Stickers:  Mr. Potato Head:  The Busy Day (Storytime Stickers), Brain Quest Workbook:  Grade 2, Brain Quest Workbook:  Pre-K, and (Pre-K) Get Ready for Pre-K with PB & J:  Concepts for Early Literacy (the Clear and Simple Workbooks).



Here’s some, to name a few:

·        Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K: A whole year of curriculum-based exercises and activities in one fun book! by Liane Onish (Jul 9 2008)

·        Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 2: A whole year of curriculum-based exercises and activities in one fun book! by Liane Onish (Jul 9 2008)

·        Building Real-Life Math Skills: 16 Lessons With Reproducible Activity Sheets That Teach Measurement, Estimation… by Liane B Onish (Oct 1 2011)

·        Solve-the-Riddle Math Practice: Fractions & Decimals: 50+ Reproducible Activity Sheets That Help Students Master… by Liane B Onish (May 1 2012)

THE BOOK: Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K: A whole year of curriculum-based exercises and activities in one fun book! [Paperback] by Liane Onish (Author)

First, Brain Quest Pre-K is curriculum-based. It helps the children with their lessons in class. It is directed to parents. It is well organized. It has photographs and the explanations are easy to understand. The workbook makes learning fun – it has exercises and games. The book includes such subjects as alphabets, numbers, letters, shapes, colors, sounds, etc. It uses mazes, sorting and matching, picture games, etc.


As parents, we love and take care of our children. Our overall job is to bring each of them up to become a well-adjusted and productive adult and a good citizen.  But, one of our jobs is to prepare our children for their school career.

Personal Comments

I say:

1. That attending a preschool with a high-quality program will not only prepare a child for kindergarten, but also their full school career.

2. That it’s crucial for a child at a young age to develop the brain.  This will have a positive effect on him or her throughout the rest of life.

3. That it’s good to keep a child active while they’re learning;

  1. That children can learn to like school by starting with a preschool in which they’ve had a pleasant experience. They’ll realize that learning can be fun.
  2. That preschool is where children will learn to interact with other children. A child needs to learn how to play in a group. They will learn to socialize, share and play in a group. Since they will have a group of friends to be with daily, they could make friends.
  3. That preschool contributes to a child’s social and emotional development.
  4. That preschool is where a child learns to follow instructions.
  5. That a good preschool can make a difference in how well a child develops socially and mentally.  It helps a child to advance in his or her education.

The Point

A good preschool is a great advantage to children.  It could be an expense, but if you can afford it, it’s worth every dime.


Every parent of a toddler should:

  1. Research the topic of preschool;
  2. Search for a preschool that is licensed and highly qualified. Your child is the reason;
  3. Look for a preschool with teachers who are well-trained and experienced;
  4. Keep in mind the recommended teacher-child ratio of preschoolers per staff member;
  5. Check out to see if the school has a good program.  You’ll know a good one, if it has a wide variety of singing, dancing, painting, reading, play time and also learning alphabets and counting. It also makes learning fun for your child.

Preschool is a place and time for coaching and practice; and that’s very good! Doesn’t that make sense?

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

Preschool education (or infant education) is the provision of learning to children before the commencement of statutory and obligatory education, usually between the ages of three and five, depending on the jurisdiction. (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –



  • In a typical week during spring 2011, 12.5 million, or 61 percent, of the 20.4 million children under 5 were in some type of regular child care arrangement.
  • Family members continue to serve as an important source of child care for preschoolers. In 2011, 24 percent of preschoolers were regularly cared for by their grandparents, 18 percent by their fathers (while their mothers worked) and 10 percent by a sibling or other relative. The percentage of preschoolers cared for by grandparents has risen from 1997, when it was 21 percent.
  • Similar percentages of preschoolers with employed black or non-Hispanic white employed mothers were cared for by grandparents (32 percent and 31 percent, respectively).

Hours in Care

  • On average, preschoolers with employed mothers spent 15 hours more in child care than children with nonemployed mothers: 36 hours per week and 21 hours per week, respectively.

Father-Provided Care

  • Preschoolers whose mothers worked nights or evenings were more likely to have their father as a child care provider than those with mothers who worked a day shift (42 percent and 23 percent, respectively).
  • The use of any father care among Hispanic children with employed mothers increased to 32 percent in 2011, up from 20 percent in 2005.

Child Care Costs

  • Mothers with children under 5 were more likely to make child care payments than mothers with children only between 5 and 14 (46 percent and 23 percent, respectively).
  • While the cost of child care increased over time, the percent of monthly family income spent on child care stayed constant between 1997 and 2011, at around 7 percent.
  • Families in poverty who paid for child care in 2011 spent a greater proportion of their monthly income on child care than did families at or above the poverty line (30 percent compared with 8 percent).

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau) –


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Motivation for success at school

(NC) For a child to become motivated about school, they need to see learning as an enjoyable experience and believe that it is a sound investment in their future. Here are three steps parents can take to help children be more successful at school:

Set attainable goals: Teach or help your children to establish many goals within projects, both in school and with respect to everyday activities, such as cleaning their room and getting dressed in the morning.

Celebrate when your child has achieved a goal: Recognition and praise are powerful factors that encourage motivation. Reward your child with your time and attention. These are more important than anything else you could possibly offer.

Be specific with your praise: Saying you did a great job” is not clear enough. Tell your child specifically what you think is wonderful about them and what you liked about what they did. This will highlight the behaviours that you would like to see again and again and again.

Enrolling your child in an after-school program can help develop their excitement about school and learning, says Jasmina Zurovac, director of corporate donations at RBC. We’ve seen thousands of children who participate in these programs develop self-esteem and an increased motivation to excel in school.

Zurovac points out that the tips above were initiated by the RBC employee assistance provider, Ceridian Canada. Since 1999, she added, the RBC After School Project has provided more than $30 million in grants to 248 community-based after school programs in Canada, helping almost 31,000 children learn, grow and reach their full potential. More information is available online at

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2:Four tips to ease the transition back to school

(NC) Autumn marks a crucial time for families, especially for kids back to school and the daily routine of class, extra-curricular activities and homework. To ease your child back into the school year, make learning fun outside the classroom to keep their minds sharp. Tech expert, Amber Mac, the co-host of television show AppCentral, shares her tips for helping kids gear up for the school year ahead.


Reading is fundamental to childhood development. To make it interactive, replace the television with reading exercises in your child’s downtime. For example, the LeapReader (by LeapFrog) is a new technology tool that helps children sound out words, read sentences and works with your child’s skill level to improve their reading and vocabulary. Reading at home bolsters children’s imaginations, develops their interests and above all, is the ideal complement to school studies, says Amber Mac.

Challenge With Games

One of the key ways to make learning fun is to add an entertainment component. Games with an educational foundation are an easy way to ensure your child is learning while having fun. There are a number of kid-friendly tablets available, and one of the favourites is also from LeapFrog, the new kid-tested, LeapPad Ultra. With over 800 downloadable games, apps and videos for this device, your child will be able to tailor content to best suit their interests.

Make It Personal

With the return to the classroom come new wardrobe additions and fresh supplies. Spark your child’s creativity and encourage them to personalize. Whether it’s patches on a backpack, a keychain for their backpack they make themselves, or stickers to personalize their agenda, getting the creative juices flowing will give them a sense of accomplishment and allow them to express their unique personalities.

Schedule time for Fun

Plan educational and fun activities/outings on the weekends. For instance, visit a museum one day, play a word association game the next, or head to a sports game. The key is to switch up the routine and still integrate learning, while helping kids stay inspired and have fun.

Keeping kids engaged in learning activities outside of the classroom will ensure their minds are fresh and prepped for the school year ahead. Back to school is a special time for parents and children alike, so make the experience fun and keep the excitement and learning going throughout the year.

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Vol. 4, No.22, Monday, September 9, 2013

TITLE:  “9/11 COMMEMORATION 12TH ANNIVERSARY: “On 9/11, I remember, support, pay homage; I also believe and have faith!*” UPDATE – Sept.11th, 2013


It will soon be Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.  I am again thinking about that fateful day in fall, 2001 when the world changed. I am also thinking about where we are now, on this, the 11th anniversary of 9/11. My book remains the same:  “Commission Report 911 by Commission National” (Hardcover – Aug 30 2004). This book contributes to our understanding of this horrific event. (Editor’s Note: This is the thirds update of the blog post, first published  Vol. 1,  No. 14, September 12th, 2010)

UPDATE-Sept. 11, 2013

I recognize the magnitude of the catastrophe. I am sad over the loss of life. Last night, I watched a show commemorating 9/11. I again saw some of the unforgettable images from that fateful day. I was touched by the stories of people who were there and are still living with their painful memories. I heard about some who had moved on. I fear that it will happen again.

P.S. In the show, there was a Muslim woman, who stated that 9/11 was committed by terrorists who happen to be Muslim extremists. She regrets that many Americans look at Muslims with suspicion. She states the vast majority of U.S. Muslims are loyal Americans – they live in peace and harmony with their countrymen. This statement made me think of the new Quebec law that the P.Q. provincial government is attempting to pass, which would prohibit the wearing of religious head gear and visible symbols in public places.  I think that this is wrong. We need to respect all our fellow citizens and their freedom of religion.

P. P.S. A while back, I saw a TV program about a man who misrepresented that he was a victim of the 9/11 attack – he tried to get money for the loss of a non-existent partner. I was repulsed by his greed, insensitivity and lack of morals. He is one of the lowest of the low! 

UPDATE – Sept.11, 2012

On September 4th, in Quebec, Canada, we just had a general election – it was quite acrimonious. Once the polls closed, a man angry with the election results, showed up at the victory party of the winning leader/party. He was armed, killing one innocent, wounding another, trying to get to the Premier – elect presumably to carry out an assassination.  Those with a political agenda still live to die and do us harm. This was close to home. There is still work to do to stop terrorism, foreign and home-grown. We owe it to the fallen on 9/11.

P.S. On the news this morning, there was an announcement that a further benefits package for first responders and others at ground zero was to be put into place. While it’s late, I will still say that’s good! Recognition of those brave souls shall never cease. Love and gratitude for them is an ongoing work in progress.


This week, it has been heartbreaking to again watch on television some of the footage on the events of the 911 attacks. Today, I watched some TV documentaries. I went numb in shock all over again. There were images of blown out windows, people running down the stairs trying to escape, etc.

The thought of the jumpers was extremely tough. The falling man photo was difficult to look at. The stories of flight 93 and the others were so moving. The fact is that many people didn’t make it. The lives of so many innocent people were lost.

A terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility. It was the doer of the deed. We attempt to get into their heads, trying to make sense of their intentions – it can’t be done. It is necessary to find these to be evil acts.  These were murderers.  The hijackers died, but they were not punished. Many of the leaders, especially Osama Bin Laden have been killed, but they have not been punished. These people should have been punished.

The allies went into Afghanistan and waged war, toppling the Taliban, a regime in a failed state, harboring Al-Qaeda.  The cost has been huge. Many soldier lives were sacrificed.  There have been several notable subsequent attacks, foreign or home-grown, in many countries.  Many further civilian lives have been lost.  Now 10 years later, the world is still, very much, in a defensive mode.  Getting on a plane is still very difficult – high security is necessary. There have been many complaints about “patting down”.   The announcement about the killing of Bin Laden, the master-mind of the 9/ll attacks, finally came. President Obama got it done, but there was no relief. The number two also was taken out, and still no relief.   There still is a fear that other attacks might happen.  Word is that Bin Laden had plans for another attack on the tenth anniversary.  New York and most of the world are on high alert.  The war against terror goes on.

There has been one controversy after another: what to do with ground zero, the building of a mosque in lower Manhattan, the deteriorating health of the 9/11 first responders. (The US Congress just recently passed a bill covering their care.)

But I really want to talk about the people.  I pray for those who left us so suddenly.  I pray for the victim families. Last week on a morning show, a lady along with her children, talked about how they want to put the tragedy behind them and move on with their lives.  From 9/11 victims fund, both of the children were given scholarships to study in Great Britain.  They both took advantage of the offer and got a good education.  It’s nice to know that these folks were provided for and are gaining success. That makes me feel good. And while I am brought to tears by the heroism of average people, so many heroes, their selfless sacrifice … I am strengthened in my belief in people, their goodness. I thank you all who gave so much from the bottom of my heart.

In closing, I recognize that our world wide global village is getting smaller. No matter where we live, we were all witnesses to 9/11, the worst and best in humanity. The aftermath is just more of the same – the best and worst of what humanity has to offer.

Ground Zero refused to be the abyss. Instead, in a flash, it turned into holy ground and in 10 years,  it has become a place for a memorial garden and a construction site where the new World Trade Center is proudly being erected – proof positive that good does indeed beat evil. We don’t forget, but together we move on!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
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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=========================================================================ORIGINAL POST – Vol. 1,  No. 14, September 12th, 2010


This weekend, on the anniversary of 9/11, I got to thinking about that fateful day. I would like to share with you some of my experiences and thoughts.

Since I start work at 8:00 a.m., I was in the office when I first heard the bulletin. I will always remember that moment. It is one of the significant days of my generation. In the instance of the deaths of Pres. J.F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Dr. King, etc. and the walk on the moon by Astronaut Neil Armstrong and the fall of Saigon, I was younger and not quite part of the adult world. But with 9/11, I was of age and I had to deal with it.

It was approximately 10:00 a.m. when people were slowly trickling into my work space to discuss the tragedy. I could not quite believe it. I kept thinking that the TV pictures were from a horror movie not the news channel. When I kind of digested what had happened, it kept getting worse. I desperately wanted it to stop. Like everyone, I did not then know how it would escalate and play out. It marked me along with the entire world.

Here are some stats:
*The victims numbered about 3,000;
* There were 19 hijackers who died;
World Trade Center
* There were 2,752 victims of which there were: (a) 343 firefighters; (b) 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority; (As per  the New York State Health Department, 836 responders died as of June 2009.)
* Most were civilians, including nationals from more than 70 nations;
* People in the 100s were killed instantly upon the planes crashing into the the towers, while many of the others were trapped and died after the buildings collapsed.
* About 200 +- jumped to their deaths;
* There was one secondary death, from lung disease due to dust from the building collapse;
* At Pentagon, there were 184 people who died.
(Source: Commission Report, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, etc.)

THE AUTHOR: 9/11 Commission
The 9/11 Commission – its formal name is the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. It was established on November 27, 2002. Its mandate was: “to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks”
(Source Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

There are many books on topic; as for example, notably:
1.  “New Pearl Harbour” by David Ray Griffin;
2.  “ The 911 Commission Report Omissions and Distortions” by David Griffin;
3. “Crossing the Rubicon” by Michael C Ruppert;
5. “Towers of Deception” by Barrie Zwicker;
(N.B. These books are enumerated for your information – I am not recommending them and I do not necessarily subscribe to their conclusions.)

THE BOOK: Commission Report 911 by Commission National (Hardcover – Aug 30 2004)
It is a comprehensive document, fact-filled narrative of the real story, step-by-step, playing out in several locations involving many people. It is both heart-breaking from the immense tragedy and uplifting due to the heroic acts of ordinary folks meeting the challenges and becoming shining stars of the righteous. Read and endure, but also rise to the heavens. It is an impressive read, which will surely move you. You will finish it with an opinion of what was good and what was deficient in the U.S. response.

The 9/11 tragedy affected all of us emotionally. For me, I felt numb because of the innocent people at work killed for no reason. I also felt fear. But in the end, I felt hope out of courage.
The point
It was a horrible event. I will not deal with the policies – I will leave that to the governments. I will not deal with the politics – I will leave that to the politicians. I will not deal with the issues of the military – I will leave that to the top brass and the officer corp. But I will deal with the human side.
1. First, people perished that day – I remember and will never forget. I also acknowledge the tours of duty served and the supreme sacrifice of brave American, Canadian and other NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. etc., and I affirm my heartfelt gratitude and support.
2. Second, families lost loved ones – I extend my deepest sympathy and express my personal wish to stand with them to provide never-ending succor.
3. Third, there were heroes – I pay homage to these brave people.
4. Fourth, because of an appointment or a stop at a grocery store or just missing the bus, arrivals were delayed until after the tragedy had started; and as a result, lives were incredibly spared. When I heard some of the stories that were revealed later, it confirmed my belief in destiny – I believe.
5. Finally, I encourage each and every person who survived 9/11 to extend a courtesy to one another regardless, of nationality, creed, religion, etc. – I have faith that, someday, the world shall overcome the cause of 9/11 and we all shall live in harmony.

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
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“President Mubarak of Egypt was on an official visit to Qatar and asked to be shown the network [the fiestily independent Arab television network, Al Jazeera],” an Iraqi employee once recalled. “He arrived unannounced and at first the guys on the gate didn’t recognize him. When he finally got inside, he was appalled at how small we were. ‘So this,’ he said, ‘is the tiny tinderbox that started such a big fire.’”

[“Whatever we do, people say, ‘Why are you doing this now?'” Al Jazeera’s Ali Mohammed Kamal once remarked of Arabic culture of suspicion and paranoia. “They even said it when we did a story on the history of the Lebanese civil war. And when we ran a video of one of the 9/11 hijackers reading his own will before embarking on the attack, we were accused of distracting attentino from the [Israeli] siege on Arafat’s compound. [pause] But Arafat’s compound is always under siege. For us, the news is the news.”] (Source: –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Tumbling Woman
“In 2002, officials at New York’s Rockefeller Center unveiled a sculpture called “Tumbling Woman” by Eric Fischl intended to commemorate victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack who fell (or jumped) from the towers’ windows. Following a host of complaints, “Tumbling Woman” was deemed inappropriate and promptly removed.” (Source: –

S & R* QUOTE #1: President George W. Bush
“It changed my presidency …it was like walking into hell.”

S & R* QUOTE #2: – Aristotle
“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.” (Source:  Wisdom Quotes) –

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “World Trade Center (N.Y)”; “9/11 Attacks”; etc.

World Trade Center

“The original World Trade Center was a complex of seven buildings featuring landmark twin towers in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. The complex opened on April 4, 1973, and was destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks. The site is being rebuilt with five new skyscrapers and a memorial to the casualties of the attacks. As of September 2011[update], only one skyscraper has been completed with four more expected to be completed before 2020. A sixth tower is still awaiting confirmation to be built. At the time of their completion, the original 1 and 2 World Trade Center were the tallest buildings in the world, surpassing the Empire State Building, also in Manhattan.

The complex was designed in the early 1960s by Minoru Yamasaki and Associates of Troy, Michigan, and Emery Roth and Sons of New York.[2] The twin 110-story towers used a tube-frame structural design. To gain approval for the project, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to take over the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, which became the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). Groundbreaking for the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966. The North Tower (1) was completed in December 1972 and the South Tower (2) was finished in July 1973. The construction project involved excavating a large amount of material, which was later used as landfill to build Battery Park City on the west side of Lower Manhattan. The cost for the construction was $400 million ($2,169,167,354 in 2011 dollars).[3] The complex was located in the heart of New York City’s downtown financial district and contained 13.4 million square feet (1.24 million m2) of office space.[4][5] The Windows on the World restaurant was located on the 106th and 107th floors of 1 World Trade Center (the North Tower) while the Top of the World observation deck was located on the 107th floor of 2 World Trade Center (the South Tower). Other World Trade Center buildings included the Marriott World Trade Center; 4 World Trade Center; 5 World Trade Center; 6 World Trade Center, which housed the United States Customs. All of these buildings were built between 1975 and 1981. The final building constructed was 7 World Trade Center, which was built in 1985. The second King Kong was filmed in 1976 with some scenes mentioning and showing the World Trade Center. The World Trade Center experienced a fire on February 13, 1975, and a bombing on February 26, 1993. In 1998, the Port Authority decided to privatize the World Trade Center, leasing the buildings to a private company to manage, and awarded the lease to Silverstein Properties in July 2001.” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –

9/11 Attacks

“The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th or 9/11[nb 1]) were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C., area on September 11, 2001. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets.[3][4] The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to take control before it could reach the hijacker’s intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.[5][6][7]
Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda, and in 2004, the group’s leader Osama bin Laden, who had initially denied involvement, claimed responsibility for the attacks.[2] Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror, invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, who had harbored al-Qaeda members. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. In May 2011, after years at large, bin Laden was found and killed.

The destruction caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan.[8] Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. Numerous memorials were constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial. Adjacent to the National Memorial, the 1,776 feet (541 m) One World Trade Center is estimated for completion in 2013.[9]” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –


See above.

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: 9/11 activities for Canadians
(NC)—”The images and painful memories of the September 11 terror attacks may still be fresh on the minds of the families who lost loved ones—even though they occurred a decade ago. For the rest of us, the constant dose of discouraging news events—from natural disasters, civic unrest, heinous crimes, scandal-plagued celebrities, and sporadic eruptions of violence—are enough to desensitize us to the horrors experienced by victims on that fateful day.

To soften your heart to the every day realities of the Sept. 11 victims’ families and friends, consider taking part in one of these activities:

1 Write letters of appreciation to your local fire, police, and emergency services departments. Also don’t forget the service men and women who fight terrorism overseas. These individuals live lives of sacrifice. Remember to say “thanks”.

2 Act on compassion. Think of ways you can make positive change in the world. Share your talents at a seniors centre. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Help a child living in extreme poverty through Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. The opportunities are there if you are willing to act.

3 Embrace multiculturalism. On 9/11, countries around the world set aside their cultural differences to unite in sympathy over the thousands who perished. Do your part to promote peace by: reading biographies about notable country leaders who had a positive impact on their constituents; opening your mind and taste buds to ethnic foods; or learning a new language.

Participate in these activities to make 9/11 a lesson learned on compassion and sensitivity. Keep informed on landmark events that changed the world and do your part to improve your world.” “News Canada” <>

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