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The End of Summer

Posted by donaldwhite on August 31, 2008

It seems so unfair that the summer has come to an end. The ironic thing is that the weather has turned out to be wonderful this past week and forecasters are saying it should continue to be nice all of the coming week. I cannot but help remember the winter of 2007/08 and all the snow we had.

We had more snow this past winter than any winter I can remember in my 56 years of being on this earth. It almost makes me wonder what is in store for the coming year. We seem to have two seasons in Canada one being Winter and the other being “Getting ready for winter”.

From My Front Door In April 2008

From My Front Door In April 2008


Lady at Cote Vertu Metro Station

Lady at Cote Vertu Metro Station

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Wood Stoves That I Still Love So Much

Posted by donaldwhite on August 28, 2008

Love more than ever before. Give in one day and see what it brings you.
Love more than ever. Give in one day and see.

Whether it’s the warm glow of the fire, the crackle of the wood or the deep penetrating warmth, wood stoves have a way of making people feel relaxed and right at home. Yet, in addition to ambiance, wood stoves today produce a low-cost heat that helps protect winter air quality and reduces the threat of global warming. They also please so many special people. I promised a wood stove would be in my life one day and I never break a promise.

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Quote For Today

Posted by donaldwhite on August 28, 2008

Love Woosdtove

Love Woosdtove

“We would worry less about what others think of us if we realize how seldom they do” Ethel Barrett

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The World As We Know It.

Posted by donaldwhite on August 28, 2008

The World As We Know It.

So as we look at the world getting smaller each and every day what do the future generations have to look forward to? There have always been wars and they will never stop. There will always be people and countries but mostly the leaders of those countries that truly believe in war as a justification to conquer the world. I would hate to be a young person in the world we presently live in for there is so much uncertainty.

Small seems to be the rule and no longer the exception. Smaller stores, smaller shopping centers, smaller paychecks, smaller homes and condos not to mention smaller cars. In fact Fiat of Italy has re-released the Fiat 500 that was once the flagship of the company’s production way back when, it was also the smallest car being produced int he world at the time.

The world is changing and I am not ready for this change as it happens all around me. Twenty years from now I would hate to see what we have become as a world. I will leave that to all the young folks out there to sort things out and I truly hope they find leaders for their countries that stand for real values and not just ego trips.

This world could be a lovely place to live if people would just leave it alone.

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Back To School

Posted by donaldwhite on August 27, 2008

Well it is that time of the year that most parents rejoice over, the week that the kids go back to school. It is almost as important as Christmas or Thanksgiving for my American friends. Here in Montreal the transit commission will try to accommodate the tens of thousands of new riders on a daily basis. They say that with their fleet of 1240 buses and their numerous subway cars they will come up shining, but hey this is Montreal and with all the road construction going on these days I would be surprised if they even came close. I take the bus to and from work and have enjoyed the empty seats during the summer months. Now they will be filled by iPod listening and backpack toting kids of all ages and sizes. Oh the joy for the common commuter. Oh well at least they are getting an education and for that I say good for them.

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Perfume “The Story of a Murder”

Posted by donaldwhite on August 26, 2008

I wanted to see this film ever since I saw the trailer for it back in 2006. It is a story in the 16th century back in the days when perfume was the essence of life. It is based on a young fellow born to an unwed mother tending to her flea market stall and had him under her stall table. She sold fish and when she gave birth to him, and this wasn’t her first birth of a child, she left it under the table to be cleaned up with the remainder of the fish droppings at the end of the day.

The difference with this young fellow was that he has a remarkable sense of smell and from his first day on earth he was special. He was placed in a shelter run by a woman interested only in money and when he was old enough around the age if 14 he was sold to the owner of a tannery to work as a slave. Over the years he became familiar will all the senses around him. Everything from wet rocks to people to everything possible to man.

He finally met up with a down on his luck Italian perfume maker and befriends him by showing him how to make the exact copy of one of the most popular fragrances at the time.He did so not by measuring the ingredients in the formula but by adding just the right amounts of essences known to man at the time. It was a perfect copy. The Italian perfume maker couldn’t believe his good fortune for the young man in exchange for the knowledge the perfume maker knew and promised to teach him, improved on the competition’s formula and created no less than 100s of new fragrances making the Italian perfume maker the most important man in France at the time. He was back at the top of the perfume industry. The Italian perfume, played by Dustin Hoffman, taught the young man all that was necessary to become the world’s best perfume maker, but this still wasn’t enough to satisfy his desire to find the world’s most unique fragrance.

With the help of the Italian he was given traveling papers to go to the City of Grassie whee the finest flowers were grown but this was still not enough for his goal. He realized that every essence known to man at that time was made up of 12 different and unique base oils but it was also a legend that the Egyptians had discovered a 13th oil in one of the ancient tombs that once opened made all the world rejoice with happiness from the sense they were experiencing. This is what the young man was looking for.

He realized that the method to making oils was to distill anything and everything to discover the 13th essence. He did this by killing 12 women randomly and wrapping their bodies in animal fats and extracting their unique smells and turning them into oils. The small fortress city of Grassie needless to say became livid with fright as these young pure women were being killed and robbed of their uniqueness. When finally the 12th base oil was well sealed in his class jar he set out to find his 13th victim and did so making her his 13th and rarest oil. After carefully mixing all the oils together he was finally caught by the elders of the fortress city and sentenced to the gallows. However once upon the platform in the square he managed to release a single drop of his newest creation and all the city people fell to their knees and treated him as a god and cherished the ground he walked on allowing him to be set free and allowed of leave the city of Grassie.

The site selection for the movie was a combination of Germany, France as well as other European locations. It was well worth the wait for this movie to be released on the Internet where I patiently waited for it to download. I would have to say it was one of the better unknown films I have ever seen and will watch it over and over again.

Just my thoughts.

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McGill & Wellington

Posted by donaldwhite on August 26, 2008

I love this place. Small bistro and cafe. Photo taken summer 2007.

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If I Knew

Posted by donaldwhite on August 26, 2008

If I knew how to write a song
I’d write one everyday
It would say that I’m in love with you
And why I feel this way

It would have to say you’re pretty
And as rare as a desert rose
It would say you’re a looker
From your head down to your toes

You are funny, dainty, fragile
And as feminine as can be
You’re smart charming lovely
And everything to me

You’re my comfort when I’m lonely
You’re my peace when I need rest
Of all the women I’ve known
I must rate you the best.

You’re the orchard in the jungle,
you’re the better half of me
You’re all of this and so much more,
you mean the world to me

Still so much is left unsaid,
It would take me far to long
I know how much I love you,
If only I could write a song.

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WHEN YOUR HUT’S ON FIRE!!!!

Posted by donaldwhite on August 25, 2008

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, ‘God! How could you do this to me?’ Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! ‘How did you know I was here?’ asked the weary man of his rescuers. ‘We saw your smoke signal,’ they replied.

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Life Without The Olympics

Posted by donaldwhite on August 25, 2008

So what are we to do now that there are no more Olympic Games to watch on television. I for one will miss the great coverage seen on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) who in my opinion had the best coverage in North America. I have to say that I am not into sports however when I see youth from all over the world come together and give it their all, I am a believer.

I mean sports like water polo, volleyball, track and field, cycling as well as all the other rarely seen sporting events were covered in great detail. I am proud of the 18 medals the Canadian athletes won for I know that they have to pay their own way in their training as well as keeping up with their education and for the most part working at a part time job. So I want to thank the Canadian Athletes for bringing home the medals they did and I need to say that I am so very proud to be a Canadian.

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