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Change …

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Things are not looking up. People are starting to worry about their lives, their lively hoods, their safety. Fear is beginning to permeate life.

It is hard to watch the news right now. I’ve been following the disaster unfolding in Japan. What the people in Japan are going through, I would not wish on anyone.

On late night radio, we are starting to hear the first tones of concern and fear. A number of people – many people – are wondering what comes next. The name Lindsey Williams in being beckoned once again. People want to hear what he has to say now, and what to expect.

This is what people are beginning to fear. Fallout reaching the shores of the U.S. and further abroad. I listened last night to men talking about what’s coming and it is becoming clear that fear is in the air.

I think the not knowing and the “they don’t need to know the severity of things” discussion has begun. Will we get the truth from the governments involved in this disaster? Many questions and concerns are being raised.

The crazies are out saying all kinds of things. The word “Armageddon” has been raised by some. And from last nights discussion, it is not what if, but when. People are reading the signs, and the question is, who do you believe? What do you believe? And what are you going to do to insure the safety of your family and friends?

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The weather is getting warmer. Hopefully the great thaw has begun. Maybe if we are lucky, the last vestiges of Winter are passing away. The snows are melting and soon, we will see grass in open spaces.

The sun shone today and it was a good day all around. I am on reading week so I have the week off. But my two profs have left us enough work to keep us busy all week in preparation for mid terms next week, and I have another oral presentation to present in two weeks time.

I got set up done early tonight and spent the better part of an hour working on my mid term at the hall. The prof gave us a page of questions, terms and theories to look up in the text and from the slides from class. I got a good portion of the questions done today.

We had good numbers at both meetings. We talked about change. That’s about the only constant in life, change…

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Things are changing, things beyond our control. People in Japan are facing what seem like insurmountable odds to find the dead and missing, to clean up the mess and try, once again, to rebuild their lives from such utter devastation.

The world weeps with them. And the world is paying attention to every update that passes over the airwaves. We hope for the best, and we hope that there is transparent information exchange.

People are afraid, there are no two ways about it. People are seeking answers to questions that, in my estimation, cannot be answered simply. Some believe that the signs are written on the wall. I don’t subscribe to this line of thinking.

We must have hope. The world is not coming to an end. Some say the rapture is coming soon, May 21st to be exact. But the bible tells us that we won’t know what the appointed day is, and when it is coming. But there are those who are set in a belief that Jesus is gonna come, and soon.

We shall see who is right.

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It is going to come down to a choice, wait for it …

Who has the real truth? Who are the true believers? Are the end of days on their way? And if there is a God, do you believe he is warning us of dire things to come? The fundies have their panties in a wad and something is gonna have to give sooner or later.

Pay attention to the signs and omens. Change is afoot. It may not come like we want it, or how we need it. But I believe that if we are steadfast and hopeful we will prevail. I am in the life and living crowd.

All we have is today. We are powerless over tomorrow.

We pray for those souls who have died, we pray for those who are left. We pray for the world in this time of calamity. And we hope that things get better, and not worse. We don’t need another disaster.

We need a miracle. A few of them at that.

I’m not giving up just yet to sit here and wait for Jesus to come get me. I’ve lived this long, and I am sure as hell not ready to die either. And I know that many of you out there don’t want to die either.

So we will see what Jesus has up his sleeve in the coming weeks.


Balmy

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With a ( -6c ) temperature it is downright balmy today, as I stepped out on my balcony this morning. They say rain/freezing rain/snow is on tap for tomorrow, I think the great warming has begun. We shall see…

Anywho I have class tonight – and another one of Judith Grad’s great adventures in communication. Oy Vey !!!


5:02 a.m.

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It started snowing at 1 am this morning as I was writing my Tuesday post. It is now 5:03 a.m. and we are almost at White Out conditions. I cannot see the surrounding buildings the snow is coming down so fast and furiously. The forecast had called for 2 cm, which in the last few hours has been updated to 5 to 10 cm… and 10 cm works out roughly to 3 inches of snow (or more), on top of the 20 cm we got on Sunday, which is almost 8 inches of snow (or more), which looks more like a foot or more in some areas of the downtown core.

They say if you don’t like the weather in Montreal, wait twenty minutes…

The snow plow crews have  tomorrow off and Christmas Day as well, and won’t that be a bitch for commuters. All this snow and no plows for two days, Montreal is going to come to a standstill. UGH…

Me thinks we are taking the Metro home from the bus station instead of a taxi, not in this weather…

Stay tuned more to come tomorrow…

I really need to sleep…


You Heard it here FIRST – SNOW!!!

On October 28th 2008 at 11:30 p.m. I am posting this word for the first time this season…

IT’S SNOWING IN MONTREAL !!!


Fairy Dancing…

Tonight’s weather cast calls for rain tonight into tomorrow. And a chance of wet snow falling over the city of Montreal in the next 48 hours… SNOW already and it isn’t even Halloween yet!!!

UGH!!!


The Turning…

Fall is marching on in Montreal. Just a couple shots of the trees in our neighborhood.


Second volcano erupts in Alaska's Aleutian chain

By Yereth Rosen Tue Jul 22,

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A second volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has erupted in less than a month, shooting steam and ash as high as 20,000 feet into the air, officials said on Tuesday.

The eruption on Mount Cleveland on Chuginadak Island took place 90 miles west of Okmok Volcano where ongoing eruptions since July 12 have captured the attention of scientists and forced nearby residents to evacuate.

The initial eruption on Mount Cleveland, a volcano about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, occurred

on Monday, showering ash on nearby fishing vessels, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a joint federal-state office that monitors Alaska‘s plentiful volcanoes.

Mount Cleveland, one of Alaska’s most restless volcanoes, has continued to spew clouds comprised mostly of steam and there is what appears to be a small lava flow trickling from the vent, the monitoring group said.

“It erupts so frequently that it’s not a surprise when it erupts,” said Peter Cervilli, research geophysicist for the Alaska Volcano Observatory, noting that Mount Cleveland, which rises to 5,676 feet, erupted last year.

Cervilli called the proximity of the two eruptions a coincidence and said the two events are unrelated.

The events at Okmok, a 3,520-foot (1,073-metre) volcano on Umnak Island, have been more dramatic, prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory to keep staff at work around the clock.

Explosions from Okmok have recurred regularly since the initial eruption on July 12, sending steam and ash up to 30,000 feet in the air and keeping the remote island’s 10 evacuees from returning home.

If Okmok remains true to historical patterns, eruptions there are likely to continue for weeks or even months, according to projections from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

In the fishing hub of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, located 65 miles northeast of Okmok, ash has turned skies hazy and prompted air-quality advisories from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Airline pilots and mariners passing through the area are also under advisories to avoid the ash.


Second volcano erupts in Alaska’s Aleutian chain

By Yereth Rosen Tue Jul 22,

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A second volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has erupted in less than a month, shooting steam and ash as high as 20,000 feet into the air, officials said on Tuesday.

The eruption on Mount Cleveland on Chuginadak Island took place 90 miles west of Okmok Volcano where ongoing eruptions since July 12 have captured the attention of scientists and forced nearby residents to evacuate.

The initial eruption on Mount Cleveland, a volcano about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, occurred

on Monday, showering ash on nearby fishing vessels, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a joint federal-state office that monitors Alaska‘s plentiful volcanoes.

Mount Cleveland, one of Alaska’s most restless volcanoes, has continued to spew clouds comprised mostly of steam and there is what appears to be a small lava flow trickling from the vent, the monitoring group said.

“It erupts so frequently that it’s not a surprise when it erupts,” said Peter Cervilli, research geophysicist for the Alaska Volcano Observatory, noting that Mount Cleveland, which rises to 5,676 feet, erupted last year.

Cervilli called the proximity of the two eruptions a coincidence and said the two events are unrelated.

The events at Okmok, a 3,520-foot (1,073-metre) volcano on Umnak Island, have been more dramatic, prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory to keep staff at work around the clock.

Explosions from Okmok have recurred regularly since the initial eruption on July 12, sending steam and ash up to 30,000 feet in the air and keeping the remote island’s 10 evacuees from returning home.

If Okmok remains true to historical patterns, eruptions there are likely to continue for weeks or even months, according to projections from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

In the fishing hub of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, located 65 miles northeast of Okmok, ash has turned skies hazy and prompted air-quality advisories from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Airline pilots and mariners passing through the area are also under advisories to avoid the ash.


Remote Alaska volcano erupts, spewing rock and ash

The Okmok Caldera…

By RACHEL D’ORO, Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A volcano erupted Saturday with little warning on a remote island in Alaska, sending residents of a nearby ranch fleeing from falling ash and volcanic rock.

The Okmok Caldera erupted late Saturday morning, just hours after seismologists at the Alaska Volcano Center began detecting a series of small tremors.

The explosion flung an ash cloud at least 50,000 feet high, said geophysicist Steve McNutt.

Ten people, including three children, were at Fort Glenn, a private cattle ranch six miles south of the volcano on Umnak Island, located in the western Aleutians about 860 miles southwest of Anchorage.

They were later picked up by the fishing boat Tara Gaila, which responded to a Coast Guard request for emergency assistance. The Tara Gaila was taking them to Dutch Harbor, (Home of The Deadliest Catch) the Coast Guard said late Saturday night.

The ranch residents had managed to call military police on Kodiak Island on a satellite phone before losing their connection, according to the Coast Guard.

At the same time it issued the general request for assistance from boats in the area, the Coast Guard diverted the cutters Jarvis and Melon to head toward the scene from their patrols in the Bering Sea.

A rescue helicopter from the Melon responded but had to land in Dutch Harbor after flying through some volcanic ash, causing some damage to the aircraft, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lee Goldsmith said those at the ranch reported rock and ash falling around them.

Okmok is 60 miles west of the busy fishing port of Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island. Ash was reported falling in the region, McNutt said.

Two planned flights from Unalaska were canceled in response to the eruption, said Jerry Lucas, a spokesman for PenAir, the primary airliner serving the area.

The 3,500-foot volcano last erupted in 1997, according to McNutt. The volcano has shown signs of increased activity during the last few months, he said.

Previous eruptions have typically produced lava flows, but the volcano center could not immediately determine if that had occurred in Saturday’s explosion, McNutt said.


Brazil oil field could be huge find

By ALAN CLENDENNING, AP Business Writer

SAO PAULO, Brazil – A deep-water exploration area could contain as much as 33 billion barrels of oil, an amount that would nearly triple Brazil‘s reserves and make the offshore bloc the world’s third-largest known oil reserve, a top energy official said Monday.

National Petroleum Agency President Haroldo Lima cautioned that his information on the field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro is unofficial and needs to be confirmed — but his comments sent shares of state-run oil company Petrobras soaring in New York and Sao Paulo.

Petrobras said in a statement that more studies are needed to determine the potential of what could be the planet’s largest oil find in decades. Analysts said the magnitude of the find, if confirmed, could have far-reaching global energy ramifications.

“This would lay to rest some of the peak oil pronouncements that we were out of oil, that we weren’t going to find any more and that we have to change our way of life,” said Roger Read, an energy analyst and managing director at New York-based investment bank Natixis Bleichroeder Inc., which buys and sells stock in offshore drilling contractor Seadrill, a Petrobras contractor.

Lima told reporters that Petrobras “may have discovered a huge petroleum field that could contain reserves large as 33 billion barrels,” amounting to the world’s third-largest reserve, according to his spokesman, Luiz Fernando Manso.

His agency later issued a statement saying the comments were based on a recent report in World Oil magazine and a report last November from Brazil’s Agencia Estado news agency.

Brazilian Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo declined later Monday to discuss the discovery, saying, “It’s better to wait for official confirmation.”

Lima’s agency regulates Brazil’s oil industry, and his initial comments appeared to represent confirmation of what experts have long suspected: That extremely deep exploration areas hundreds of miles off the nation’s coast may hold potentially huge reserves.

Brazil’s current proven oil reserves are 11.8 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Energy Department. The U.S. has 21.8 billion barrels in proven reserves.

“You’re talking about a reserve the size of total U.S. reserves,” said Tim Evans, an analyst with Citigroup Inc. in New York. “It’s a big, big number.”

If proven, the oil in the exploration area called both Carioca and Sugarloaf Mountain by analysts would also be five times larger than the Tupi oil field, whose estimated reserves of 8 billion barrels were announced by Petroleo Brasileiro SA in November. Petrobras also announced a blockbuster find of natural gas in February in an Atlantic Ocean field nicknamed Jupiter.

“More conclusive data about the potential of the discovery will only be known after the conclusion of the other phases of the evaluation process, and the market will be informed at the opportune moment,” Petrobras said in its statement to Brazilian securities regulators after Lima made the comments.

While the potential Brazil find could add significant supplies to a global oil market many see as tight, it would likely take the better part of a decade before any of the oil finds its way to market.

Evans said it’s impossible to say whether more 33-billion-barrel oil fields exist under the sea.

“Nobody really has data on what’s out there in the middle of the ocean,” Evans said.

Petrobras’ American depository shares closed up 8.3 percent in New York, or US$9.33 (euro5.88) to US$122.18 (euro76.99).

The company’s shares went on a wild ride on Sao Paulo‘s Bovespa exchange, fluctuating between 2 percent and 7 percent higher and settling up 4.8 percent while the benchmark Ibovespa index fell 0.7 percent.

Oil prices were unaffected by the news. Light, sweet crude for May delivery rose US$1.62 (euro1.02) to settle at a record US$111.76 (euro70.43) a barrel.


Reading Week…

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This week is reading week, I am supposed to be reading for class. It is a good thing that I have kept up on my reading and for Christian Spirituality, I am ahead of the curve as I have read much farther in the text than required for next week. My other class, Theology 101, we come to find out that, we spent $40.00 on a text that is no longer used in the class, go figure. So now we are flying by the seat of our pants relying on class notes on the skool website for information. There is no rhyme or reason to the class any longer. So why bother???

I usually get to a point that I can’t fill my brain with any more religious writing, because I get to “religion overload” very easily. So I resorted to my bookcase in the bedroom to try and cure what ails me, and I picked up Memoirs of a Geisha again, and that has become my bedside companion. I loved the book and it has been a long time since I read it last so I enjoy it.

In my daily running of the blogs I came across several subjects that I thought were inspiring, such as February and the thought of spring. I woke up this morning and once again, the wind was howling outside, we live 17 stories us so when the wind is gusting at 30 clicks today, the windows buckle in their frames and the seal on the balcony door whistles. How I hate miserable gray days… I just want to stay in bed.

Spring has not yet been something that I think about until the beginning of March, because last year we got slammed with all that snow late in 2007, so we in Montreal hold our breaths through February waiting on the next big dump. Tomorrow there is snow in the forecast once again, then lows will hit the [-20c range] Ugh!!!

Living in the city does not lend itself to walking through the streets looking for clues as to the emergence of spring. The green spaces are still covered in a layer of snow, so that is a real bummer, I think Winter should end tomorrow. But that won’t happen now will it?

There was a strange fluke the other night here in the wordpress world. My stats spiked through the 800 hit mark from 350 the day prior, which was strange, because it totally blew my average daily hits and garnered me a new Highest hit mark on February 16th of 818 hits in one day, which gave me an endorphan rush because word press does not show us every hit but it does show us the most popular reads.

I find it funny that people are reading the same posts day after day, and I wonder, what is it that people are looking for in my historical writings? My Living with Aids, my Coming out Story and Hannibal Rising are the most popularposts over the last week. Weird…

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I’ve been spending an insane amount of time over on IMVU as of late, because I opened a club and now I have a dj’s list of music that I have collected and my friends all meet in the club and last night we were in the club until 3 a.m. in the morning. I am a nightowl person so I’d rather sleep all day and then play all night. IMVU brings together people of all ages and from all places and I find it incredibly fun!!! There is a discussion that I want to write about but not right now…

I put on Memoirs of a Geisha and I guess I can keep writing…

I had a strange dream about working in an office, that I worked in long ago. I was trying to arrange flights for someone and I was rushing about the office in a mad dash to get them done and I was all over the place. I saw the same people I worked with in the dream and it seemed to last a long time. I don’t know why I was transported back to this period of time, maybe it was because of new reconnections, I guess.

There is other stuff I can write about but for now, I am going to stop and think about the really deep stuff and get back to you later…


Oh My God … Edited

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**Edit: 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, it is Still Snowing like MAD outside. It has been snowing for over 24 hours now**

You should see the snow that fell in Montreal today!!!

I went to meet Ms. Louise at her building which is just up the street from home and there was 3 feet of snow on the ground. We walked into Westmount and got to the church, and none of the sidewalks or the street had been plowed – so we, carrying boxes of cookies and cakes had to navigate through three feet of snow to get to the church doors, which were covered up by 3 feet of snow falling off the church roof and blowing from the North to South of the building.

I started shoveling the sidewalks around the church an hour before the meeting started, and I shoveled a 1 foot path through 3 to 4 feet of snow. Now I am no spring chicken and I can only shovel so fast. By the time I got to the end of the road, I had to shovel all over again as the snow was falling so fast, the drifts were being blown at 60 clicks, what a mess that was…

I made two huge pots of coffee, we had enough food to feed a small army, and only SIX people showed up for the meeting!!! That was six more people than we had expected in the middle of a snow storm… UGH!!!

I walked Ms. Louise back to her building and set off for home which is 5 blocks from home, and the plows are just starting to plow the streets and sidewalks, so I walked down the middle of the street [Ste. Catherine’s Street] as there were no cars on the road because of all the snow. I did almost get run over by a sidewalk plow, 100 feet from my front door. I didn’t hear it coming as the wind was blowing and I was carrying a bag, what a mess!!!

Suffice to say, Environment Canada got this one WAY WRONG!!! We were told not to worry that we would only get 2 to 5 cm, well we got more like 30 to 40 cm. in some areas. We are expecting another 10 cm overnight… Jesus, Mary and Joseph!!!

anyways, I am exhausted so that is it for now…


Snow White, Serenity …

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I stayed up all night, watching the snow fall on the city. It was beautiful, it was sacred. I thought about the poem I wrote her not long ago.

Oh, beauty of beauty,
Come to me quietly
and be still my beating heart
and quiet my soul.

I have longed for your face
for your body and your soul
I call to you now, harken my call
and appear before me,
in all of your beauty, come…

Speak to me of the silence
fill me with the joy of your presence
give to me that which I have been waiting
fill me and make me one with you
in the silence of this night

I wait for you, like I have waited for no other
Come, let us dance, for the night calls us to be united
Ave Maria, the goddess of beauty
the Mother of the universe
we await your arrival with glad hearts
and quiet serenity…

We danced all night, you would have loved to join us. It was such a wonderful night of nights, the peaceful quiet, the falling snow, beauty at my side, in her gown of sacred white.

This day I suited up and put on my snow boots and ventured out into the cold, to see for myself what she had brought the city. There is nothing more sacred than making first steps in a bank of freshly fallen snow.

There is a hush in the city, the sound muted by piled up snow. This is when all gets quiet, the hustle and bustle becomes methodical well placed steps and careful navigation. One must not rush through the white, care must be taken to avoid slips and scrapes.

I remember how we used to go to the park and lay down in the snow, making snow angels in the virgin snow. I meditate on the hopes that you did that today as well.

It was hard going for awhile to find my footing in the deep snow, how steady your hand was at guiding me through the drifts. I miss that hand today. And i wonder, did you offer that hand to someone else?

The day is beautiful the snow is still falling as I look out my window across the square. I hope you took some time to dance with her and that your day was as beautiful as mine.


Photo Essay #17 Snow on Monday 12 hours in

Time: 1:57 p.m. Monday afternoon
Cabot Square in the Summer before…

There is at least a foot of snow on the ground and deeper in unplowed areas, and it is still snowing now 12 hours into this snow storm.

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Cabot Square this afternoon…

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Looking [back] down the street I have photographed from above

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Out Front of our building

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This is a 12 foot snow drift…

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The corner / intersection next to our building…

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Cold …

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You know how we waited for Winter to come, and we talked so much about snow and wanting cold weather when it was so hot outside. Well, I forget how miserable it is in the ‘in between’  times when it is rainy and wet between the snow events…

The gray overcast, maybe it will rain or maybe it will snow today, gives me pause to reconsider whether or not I like the cold. They say it might snow tonight, if the temperature falls juts a few degrees further…

So until tonight after my meeting I bid you adieu…