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  1. Mendalla

    Mother's Day and Father's Day exclusionary?

    Read the article let need below and let me know what you think. These are mostly "Hallmark holidays" anyhow so why not collapse them down to a Family Day. We have a holiday by that name in some jurisdictions, maybe we should actually make it mean something...
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    Women's World Cup 2019 - Where's the coverage?

    With all the excitement (justifiable to be sure) over the Raptors, another big sports story is getting overlooked. And, sadly, it's the Women's World Cup in soccer. Unlike in men's footie, we are actually a contender in women's (ranked fifth in this tournament) and our captain, Christine...
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    This guy knows how to go out in style

    Martin Sloan isn't a household name, but after reading this article, I kind of wish he was. Unable to work due to a disability (severe PTSD from an abusive childhood), he lives on a pittance and became a voice for the poor. Now he's dying, but is going out in a string of tweets that reflect both...
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    Franco Zefferelli, RIP

    The great Italian film and stage director has left us at the age of 96. He leaves a legacy of films, operas, and even a TV miniseries (Jesus of Nazareth). Zefferelli's style was big and lush. I remember seeing a Zefferelli production of the opera Turandot on TV and it was big and glittering...
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    Beyond Meat - vegetarian food finally goes mainstream?

    Been reading a lot about Beyond Meat recently. A&W now carries their veggieburgers and meatless sausage patties on their menus. Timmy's is going to offer meatless breakfast patties using their product. Is this the one, the meatless meat that makes going veggie mainstream? Or just a faddish blip...
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    Coming Out?

    If you were "in the closet" about something (gender, orientation, religious belief, whatever) and wanted or needed to "come out" to people (church, family, spouse, friends, whatever) who might not be sympathetic, how would you do it? How do you approach letting the world know about something...
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    Front porch sitting

    A guy I follow on Twitter retweeted this: And it got me to thinking. The house I grew up in, which dated to the early sixties, had a nice big porch. There was easily room for 3 adult sized lawn chairs, maybe four if you squeezed a bit. And we took advantage of it. With no roof or awning over...
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    2019-20 Council Roster

    The 2019-20 Council was approved by 100% of those who voted. It was a disappointing turnout this year, well down the previous years, but sometimes that's how it goes. I've updated the staff listing so you can see who's still in. Thanks once again to @revsdd for his time, work, and sage advice...
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    Time for a New Orleans funeral

    One of my favorite American cities is New Orleans. A big part of that is the music. Rag, jazz, blues, even rock and roll are all part of one of the greatest musical traditions on this continent. And one of the biggest names in that world left us the other day. Malcolm John Rebannack, better...
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    Pride news

    There have been a couple stories out of New York that tie in to Pride Month. First off, the NYPD commissioner has apologized for the Stonewall Inn raid and more broadly for how LGBTQ+ were treated by the police for so many years...
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    D-Day and the fading past

    So, it's been 75 years since the invasion that kicked off the final phase of World War II. American, British, and Canadian troops landed on beaches along the Normandy coast to begin the process of ending the Nazi occupation of much of Europe. I was listening to the CBC radio news this morning...
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    OMGWTFBBQ! The Pope changed the Lord's Prayer!!!!

    Okay, not really. All Pope Francis did was adopt a different translation for one line. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/pope-francis-made-this-big-change-to-lords-prayer/ar-AACrYdv?li=AAggFp5 Given the number of translations and variations out there now in various languages, I don't really...
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    Wondercafe2 Pride

    50 years ago this month, June 28-29 to be precise, the famous Stonewall Riots took place in New York. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots It's a pivotal moment in twentieth century history whose repercussions are still being felt today. A year later, in 1970, the first Gay Pride...
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    Xenforo 1 is gone! Long live Xenforo 2!

    And that's a wrap. The official announcement of the end of standard support for Xenforo version 1.5, the final major release of Xenforo 1, went out today. They will still do security fixes up until December 31 of this year but, to all intents and purposes, Xenforo 1 is now history. This is why I...
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    A None's Story

    Was checking Libby, the library e-book app, to see if anything new was up and they had a new book called "A None's Story" by Corinna Nicolaou. No, that's not a spelling mistake. Corinna is one of the 30 or so percent of Americans who describes their religion as "None" or "No religious...
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    Yes, we can catch the fake news disseminators and hidden operators...if we try

    We've had a political firestorm blow up here in London. "Fake news" sites that attacked two council candidates, both women, in last fall's municipal elections have been traced to the owner of a political consulting firm used by several candidates here in that election. One of those two lost and...
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    2019-20 Council Vote

    As there have been no nominations made for the year of 2019-2020, Council shall operate with the returning 4 moderators and not fill the vacancy created by revsdd's "retirement" while we conduct a review of the makeup of Council and the nomination process. The following is the Council slate for...
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    Raptors Rapture

    So, tonight marks the first time that an NBA final game has been played on this side of the border. The Toronto Raptors take on the Golden State Warriors in their first ever championship series. There's lots of excitement among basketball fans in TO, but what about the rest of the country? Is...
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    Independent MPs

    So, we do allow, and often have, Members of Parliament who are not part of a party. The are sometimes, even often, MPs in transition out of a party under whose banner they ran to get elected but some are elected as independents. Jody Wilson-Reybould and Jane Philpott have decide to try their...
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    Aging homes

    It seems to me that as we age, so do our homes. I've owned my present residence for nineteen years as of next month. So far this year, I've had to shore up the step to the deck and the deck boxes. We are now thinking of replacing the deck. We've replaced several windows in recent years and the...
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