Saturday, October 1, 2011


This is quite the interesting story about a man who started his own fragrance line to reminded him of Norway.  Lacking any finances, his own self promotion is really the story here and it involves among other things a garage sale suit and a camera without film!

Norway in a bottle: Geir Ness fragrance represents home country - | News, sports, business, jobs - Minot Daily News

Friday, September 30, 2011


It looks like fall.
My geranium before the first frost.  Around here the flowers are at their showiness come September unfortunately the risk of frost starts as early as the first weekend  Those that survive go on to greatness.
A beautiful but windy day at Kenosee Lake, Saskatchewan.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


 There are very few robins left and this one looks fat and sassy and ready for a long trip.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bright and beautiful.  I can hear the sounds of  Canada Geese in the sky strengthening their wings and testing their GPS's but they really won't be on their way until late October.

Presbyterian church established in 1896 Whitewood, Saskatchewan.  My grandparents may have taken their children, which would have included my mother, to town for shopping in the years 1915-1927.

An abandoned bridge along side the highway in the Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, a reminder of a time when they made things to last.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011



“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is that I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs.
There is one picture of my kids sitting in the grass on a quilt on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night.
I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” — Anna Quindlen

Monday, September 26, 2011


First diagnosed in Canada in 2007 anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis has affected 22 young female victims.  Some of the cases were profiled on the CTV News last night and there is an article on their web page.  The symptoms are frightening and bizarre thus early recognition and treatment is of the utmost urgency.  The more the public and medical personnel become aware of this new disease the earlier it will can be recognized and the sooner intervention and treatment can begin.

Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDA-R) encephalitis is an immune-mediated syndrome that remains under-recognized despite a growing body of literature. This syndrome has been predominantly described in young females with a constellation of symptoms, including personality changes, autonomic dysfunction and neurologic decompensation. It is commonly associated with mature ovarian teratomas. We describe the classic presentation of anti-NMDA-R encephalitis in three dramatically different patients: Case A, a young woman with ovarian teratoma; Case B, the eldest case reported to date; and Case C, a young male with no identifiable tumor. We review the literature summarizing the differential diagnosis, investigative approach, treatment options and challenges inherent to this disorder. We advocate good supportive care, involvement of multiple health disciplines and use of immune-modulating therapies in patient management. These cases underscore the need for increased awareness and high diagnostic suspicion when approaching the patient with suspected viral encephalitis.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Line-Up for Yesterday
A is for Alex
The Great Alexander;
More goose eggs he pitched
Than a popular gander.
                                         — Ogden Nash, Sport magazine (January 1949)

Grover Cleveland Alexander was one of the greatest pitchers in history who played for two decades in major league baseball.  His story was on Turner Classic Movies {TCM} today in the movie THE WINNING TEAM portrayed by Ronald Reagan in 1952.  He won the 1926 World Series against the New York Yankees pitching as a St. Louis Cardinal in arguably his best game ever.
 Alexander was born in Elba, Nebraska, one of thirteen children. While overcoming the setbacks of epilepsy, hearing loss, and double vision, the man they called "Old Pete" compiled 373 victories, ranking third behind Young and Johnson.
 His biography is worth the read from history making feats on the mound to the answer why and how his eyesight and hearing were damaged.