Self educating!

It’s an interesting concept isn’t it? Forget the formal education process and simply self-educate!

Sadly, there are more issues with that concept than I have candles on my birthday cake … and that’s lots but, outside of our respective formal education systems, self-education is a very viable and rewarding habit to get into. Continue reading

Blog Changes!

My Blog was giving me problems in a number of areas.

The contrast between the background and the text was fairly good, but italics lost some of that contrast. I heard from a few people that their handheld device had real problems in that area. A stronger contrast was therefore desired.

I also felt it was time to change the Blog header. Ray was certainly the reason the Blog was started, but topics now are much broader, and I wanted to include “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” and “The Odessa Chronicles” in the header area.

Finally, through my own inconsistencies, my Posts that related to my “Just Thinking” book were in various Categories! It was my desire to have each of my books dedicated to their own Category, making it so much easier for an interested reader to find out more about the book, and read excerpts, without hunting through unrelated Posts.

The end result is the following Categories:

My books “Just Thinking”, “The Odessa Chronicles” and “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” each have their own Category. The Category will only contain Posts directly related to the specific book.

Dear Diary – will contain Posts that are based on me! They may be addressing my history; my thoughts about different things; my plans for the future … in fact  anything that involves my beliefs/my perceptions/my understandings of life and our world.

Just Ray – will contain Posts just about him, and that do not directly relate to my book about him “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”. This will be of interest to people who just want to see pics of Ray and/or read about our adventures with him.

Food for Thought – will contain Posts that are planned to stimulate thought on a broad range of life topics.  This is currently my favorite Category (a result of me having to go through many Posts in order to get them organized). I had forgotten how many thought provoking Posts were filed away here!

Dog Writings General – will contain Posts that are dog related, but not necessarily focused on Ray.

Note: The existing  Dog Writings General Category contains many Posts that focus on Ray. I am slowly going through them in order to make this (and the Just Ray Category) more effective, but there are over 500 Posts to go through. It is going to take some time before this Category is “clean”!

Music – will usually contain selections of music (with a YouTube link), that make an impact on me for whatever reasons. While most Posts will contain a music link, there will be some that just discuss specific perspectives of music.

Uncategorized – This Category no longer exists.


A local interview!

We have a lady in our town that loves dogs … and photography.  She publishes a book every year that is a collection of photographs of dogs she meets as she travels around here. All the proceeds from book sales go to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society (being the organization that rescued our beloved Ray).

The book is a very popular fundraiser, but this year she wanted to go a step further in her interest in dogs. She subsequently started podcasting, which covers her interviews/talks with people from all aspects of life and from anywhere  in the world. The common denominator is man’s best friend …. dogs!

A few weeks ago, she asked me if I would be interested in participating, and the answer is below!

Life Circumstances!

The following is a copy of a May 2016 Post from this Blog. There are now many new Followers who would have never seen it, and therefore missed out on a golden opportunity to have some constructive and positive reflections! You “guys” can now have the same opportunity that my earlier Followers had! Enjoy! Continue reading

If I could catch a rainbow…

I was sorting through a box of old photographs in my “get the pics in albums” project, and came across this handwritten poem in my writing. While it is very good, I know that I did not create it so must have copied it from somewhere. Continue reading

“Bonkers Conkers”!

Quite a while ago now (a year or more ago), we had a large branch come down from our very old Maple tree. A part of it was relatively straight; a part of me was relatively creative, and a part of our garden shed was relatively useful. Continue reading