The Other Side of the Coin

A beloved male lion is lured outside the preserve, killed by a “big game” hunter and decapitated. A six year old cat in Gatineau QC doesn’t return home then is found brutally beaten and has to be put down. There is a war on against felines it seems. I suppose we have to face the ...

Gotta Love ‘Em

It didn’t start out this way. I was a dog person for the first half of my life – I grew up with dogs. I didn’t think about having a cat until I met a couple of Siamese in the early 1980s. Then we got Brio – the most dog-like cat you could have ever ...

Three Hour Tour

Our cruise was coming to an end early on the morning of May 1 as we slowly made our way under the Lions Gate Bridge and into Vancouver Harbor. All that was left was a leisurely disembarkation and a brief tour of the city before a dropoff at the airport. Piece of cake, right? Right. ...

The Big Island – Part 2

Our final visit to Hawaii was on the windward side of the Big Island in the town of Hilo. In Hilo we did not have to tender as we docked  in this rather un-scenic harbor. The view on the opposite side of the ship was a bit nicer, though. After a brief tour of Hilo ...

The Big Island – Part 1

Our final visits before heading across the Pacific again were to the big island of Hawaii. We started out on the Kona side once more – this time at the port of Kailua Kona. It looks rather hazy here because of volcano smoke. That’s a feature of the big island I guess. Here’s the landing ...

Maui – Part 2

On our second cruise we returned to Maui for a couple of days and this time we had a brief tour of the island outside of the town of Lahaina. Our first stop was at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The plantation is primarily a tourist attraction – it has an excellent motorized train tour. But ...

Memorial to the Greatest Generation

The veterans of the Second World War are part of the Greatest Generation – and there is no greater Memorial to them than the one which honors the memory of USS Arizona (BB-39) and the gallantry of her crew. A visit to this Memorial has been on my bucket list for close to 60 years ...

Kitten Explosion

I was in the local Pet Valu yesterday, and in the process checked out their adopt-a cat cage. They had 3 kittens in there. The oldest girl was 3 months of age. Her brother had been adopted and to keep her company the store got two more kittens. They were only two months old – ...

Honolulu Confidential

  If you’re a normal tourist flying into Honolulu and staying in Waikiki in a luxury hotel near all the high end shopping malls, your impression of Honolulu might be a bit different than if you arrive by cruise ship. First of all you won’t see this outside your hotel room. Nor will you get ...

10 Years On

10 years ago today the movers finished loading the van and we locked the door at 56 Pennington Crescent, Georgetown for the last time. As I recall it was in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. The next day we moved into our current home in Almonte, after a 400 Km drive and an overnight stay ...

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