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Archive for November 2010

Lakshmi Puja

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I'll be honest. I have no idea what any of the items in the photo symbolize.

Lakshmi is one of many Hindu symbols of god. She represents material and spiritual wealth and prosperity. My Pishi (aunt) performs a religious ceremony called a puja in her honour every year at the end of October.

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November 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Posted in Hinduism

World Toilet Day

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What kid isn't looking for deals on lumber?


Yesterday (Nov 19th) was World Toilet Day. 2.6 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation. People without toilets are forced to go in public places. This is a particularly important issue for women who are often not permitted to relieve themselves during daylight hours for issues of “modesty”. After dark, they are at risk of assault.

The Big Squat tries to raise awareness for this issue by getting people to squat for one minute in a public place. We’re working towards a day when all little girls can sit on the toilet reading Beaver Lumber catalogs.

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November 20, 2010 at 9:53 am

Posted in Rape, toilet

Jamie Oliver

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He also told us about the time he burned his penis while cooking a Valentine's Day dinner naked. He ended up spending the rest of the evening with a bag of frozen peas cooling his junk. He said he's only told this story in Canada for some reason.

Jamie Oliver did a Q&A/demonstration at the convention centre last night. He told us he has a thing for chillies. He often uses them to get going in the morning instead of coffee.

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November 19, 2010 at 11:53 am

Posted in food, Jamie Oliver

Horse and Buggy Parking

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This store had more suspenders than you can shake a stick at...
Horse and buggy parking out behind Wallenstein General Store near Tonya’s home town of St. Jacobs. Wallenstein is old-order-Mennonite country and this store is a great place to stock up on old-order goods.

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November 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Posted in Mennonites

Sam Javanrouh

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Sam was very open about things others might consider his trade secrets...

Thanks to Tonya for making me sign up for a photography workshop with Sam Javanrouh. He’s the author of Daily Dose of Imagery which is one of the top photo-blogs in the world.  He’s responsible for one of my all-time favorite photos. Sam gave us a number of excellent hints and tips on photography including how to take photos while panning. It takes a little to get the hang of it, but I think the effect is worth it.

Only one driver gave us the finger...

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November 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Posted in Photographers

US Niagra Falls

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The US version of journey behind the falls also gets you closer to the falls...

I was presenting at a conference in Niagara Falls a few weeks back to which Tonya came along. We decided to walk over to the US side. For anyone who hasn’t been there, I highly recommend it. The American side is a lovely peaceful state park (on the left) while the Canadian side is rundown tacky, cheesy and overstimulating (right). Our theory is that a bunch of American’s came over and bought up the Canadian side. As a result the Canadian side feels American and the US side is actually more welcoming.

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November 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

Posted in Niagara Falls


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I also love when fall leave carpet the ground.

I love Toronto’s ravines. It’s like a another world down there in the middle of the city.

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November 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

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Halloween would be more fun in the summer.The only thing that throws it off is the playdough...not very appetizing.


The most creative pumpkin carving we saw this year. This year Halloween was cold. Reminded me of Halloween as a kid in Sudbury. Getting a costume to fit over a snowsuit is a challenge.

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November 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

Posted in Halloween