10 Reasons Why I Should Adopt Justin Bieber

10 Reasons Why I should Adopt Justin Bieber

Time to step back and gain perspective?

1. He needs a family to live with. My husband and I have been married for 31 years and we have three well-adjusted sons close to his age.

2. He will gain some perspective on his life if he lives at our house. He spent his adolescence performing, rehearsing, living out of a suitcase, and making more money than he could handle. By stepping back from the music industry, he will see that people around him don’t recognize he is heading for burnout, as his self-destructive behaviour indicates.

3. Our house rules are simple – have fun without hurting yourself or others, and obey the law. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation, and call a taxi, or walk home, so you don’t injure yourself and others.

4. He can sing and jam in our home recording studio. His three new brothers need a good lead singer for their rock band, and they can do the recording and mix and produce the songs. They can also make electronic dance music for his dance moves. Afterwards, they can have some spaghetti. Eating fast food while on tour makes your body tired.

5. We will remind him to treat people with respect if he forgets.

6. His adoptive dad will lead by example, and won’t confuse him by participating in bad boy behavior with him. You have many friends to party with, but only one dad to guide you.

7. He will be free to go shopping at the local shopping mall, without paparazzi sitting on his car so he can’t leave the parking lot safely.

8. He can get back into playing hockey when he’s living in Canada with his adoptive brothers. He can go with them when they rent the ice, play drop-in hockey, or throw the net in the back of the truck and have a scrimmage on a local frozen pond. One of them is even a goalie! He can have some fun with his peers before he is back working from dawn to dusk on a fifty city tour on five continents.

9. There are lots of good addiction treatment centres nearby us, and TMZ doesn’t have to know which one he signs into.

10. His mom loves him and wants him to be happy.

photo credit: jaredpolin via photopin cc

A Different View of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

WWII Navy Recruitment Poster

On Remembrance Day, many Canadians observe a moment of silence on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, to remember the sacrifices of all those who served in wars, so that we could have peace.

Honoring our veterans

Honoring our veterans

I am grateful for all who served. On a personal note, my dad fought in WWII, and my paternal grandpa, fought in WWI.

I am grateful for The Royal Canadian Legion, an organization which has done so much to support veterans and their families over the years by giving them a place to gather. In the days before the diagnosis of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), those veterans, like my dad, who would wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat from their war flashbacks, could go to the local legion and talk with comrades who had faced similar experiences.

Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion supports veterans and their families

I am grateful for the scholarship I received from The Legion to attend UBC. The Legion preserves the memory of those who served each year, with Remembrance Day ceremonies at cenotaphs, where they lay wreaths decorated with poppies to remember those who fought against tyranny so we could have freedom.

I am grateful for The Canadian Government for giving veterans retirement pensions, and developing a Veterans Housing Program through CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation) giving returning veterans the opportunity to purchase an affordable house. My mom and dad purchased my childhood home in South Vancouver through the veterans housing program.

Today, as the number of surviving veterans is dwindling, and their children, the baby boomers are becoming seniors, we will be passing the torch to the younger generation, who may not know relatives who were personally involved in a war. To ensure the sacrifices of the veterans were not in vain, in a peace keeping country like Canada, together we can consciously work on achieving lasting world peace in the veteran’s honor.

Peace is a feeling that starts in our own hearts and spreads to those around us.

world peace

World peace to honor their sacrifice

The Dalai Lama says peace will only be temporary unless people and nations can build genuine trust.

He is “deeply opposed to war”, but doesn’t advocate appeasement. “It is often necessary to take a strong stand to counter unjust aggression, such as in the Second World War, but it’s best to avoid war if at all possible… As long as adversaries don’t trust each other any number of factors can upset the balance of power…Lasting peace can be secured only on the basis of genuine trust, he says.

Please take a moment this Monday to remember.

This peace poem was written in the 6th Century BC by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu:

If there is to be peace in the world,

There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,

There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,

There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,

There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,

There must be peace in the heart.

Wishing peace to all of you. Ann Hoy

google images, photo pin

Happy Labour Day Canada!

fighting for fairness - labor day

fighting for fairness

On the first Monday in September, Canadians celebrate Labour Day, in honor of the workers who build the countries’ roads and bridges, hospitals and schools, and serve in the public and private sector in numerous roles such as: firefighters, police, farmers and retailers; all contributors to society and the economy.

Labour Day in Canada began in 1872, when workers held a demonstration parade campaigning for fairness in the work place, a 9 hour work day, and the right to join a union and go on strike without being imprisoned.

The huge public support for the ongoing demonstrations prompted Prime Minister John A Macdonald to promise to repeal all laws against trade unions.

Trade unions brought safer workplaces, improved working conditions and higher wages and benefit plans. By 1883, the Canadian Labour Congress was founded.

*source: Surrey Now newspaper & www.timeanddate.com

photo credit: Copper Kettle via photopin cc