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Saturday Surprise — This ‘n That

Jill Dennison gifts us with a very enjoyable weekend starter. Please enjoy!

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Hello Friends!  Once again we embark on aweekendWhat better way to start the weekend than with something fun, eh?  Well I’ve got just the thing …

All the world is a canvas …

I was bobbing along on Bored Panda yesterday (I love Bored Panda … always something to love!) when I came across a unique form of artwork.  Russian illustrator Nikita Golubev lives in Moscow and scours the city in search of … dirty cars & trucks!  And what he does with them is … at least in my opinion … really amazing!  I’ve picked out a few to share with you, but you can see more on Bored Panda.


Isn’t that cool?  If someone did that on my car, I would immediately have a coat of clear-coat applied so I could keep it forever!  You can watch a short (41 seconds) clip of him doing his art

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John’s Believe It Or Not – Special Edition – June 30th

It’s Our 45th Wedding Anniversary! 

On Saturday, June 30th, 1973, Anne Dolores Runstedler and John Francis Fioravanti were married by Father Francis Xavier Reitzel (first cousin, once removed to Anne) at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Waterloo, Ontario.

Posed kiss of bride & groom after the wedding ceremony.
Can you tell this was a posed kiss in the back seat of a ’69 Chevy Caprice? Aww, it was sweet anyway!

We first met in English 101 class at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo in September 1969. I was in my first year studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood (7-year program). The first three years of the program had we seminarians taking classes with other students at the university while we lived in Resurrection College – the seminary residence on campus. I was majoring in History and Philosophy.

Anne posing with her Bridal Bouquet.
This is the photo we selected for the cover of our wedding album… gee whiz! Where’s the groom?

Anne, also a freshman and Waterloo native, was living at home and working part-time at Economical Insurance Company in Kitchener. Anne was dating another guy at the time, although she claims it wasn’t serious. Anne was an English major who also studied courses in mathematics.

The wedding party photo.
Our Wedding Party: Bottom L-R: Diane Berges (Anne’s cousin), Anne, Judy Lavigne (Anne’s best friend and Maid of Honour, Mary Jane Fioravanti (my sister). Top L-R: Dave Berges (Anne’s cousin), Peter Fioravanti (my brother and Best Man) John, Patrick Fioravanti (my brother) Mary Jane and David met at our wedding and then got married!

We met in English class and then discovered we were in the same philosophy class as well. Most days, I would attend the daily Mass at Notre Dame Chapel – the women’s residence at St. Jerome’s College. Anne would often be there too, sitting with her boyfriend. I would often wink at her in the chapel and she would blush. Her boyfriend was not amused! We had become friends in class and she offered to type an essay for me when I could not borrow one at the seminary. I kept things platonic because seminarians were not allowed to date – in preparation for a life of celibacy. Besides, Anne was dating and I was content to be friends.

Picture of the bridal couple with both sets of parents: Left to Right: Richard & Jean Fioravanti, Anne & I, Mae & Hubert Runstedler
Left to Right: Richard & Jean Fioravanti, Anne & I, Mae & Hubert Runstedler

I left the seminary halfway through our second year because I knew I would be miserable as a celibate. I moved into the home of my brother’s in-laws in Kitchener for the second half of the school year. As well, I found myself in the same Wednesday evening philosophy class which ran three hours. We’d head over to the men’s residence cafeteria for coffee during the break. Anne and I usually sat at the same table and chatted amiably. She mentioned that she heard I had left the seminary. We talked about that until the break was over – but I had no idea she had recently broken up with her boyfriend. I was aching to ask her out but I was too frightened of rejection – and I was pretty sure that would happen.

Anne posing in our backyard showing her bridal gown and train.
Anne posing in our backyard showing her bridal gown and train.

One Wednesday evening at break time, a miracle happened! Anne asked me to accompany her to the upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance at St. Jerome’s College. I was flabbergasted! I think I just sat there grinning stupidly at this beautiful girl who has asked me out. It was our first date – February 11th, 1971, and it went so well that Anne agreed to marry me when I proposed in April of 1972. The following September I started my teacher preparation in Hamilton while Anne began a thirty-nine-year career at Economical Insurance Company. We married on June 30th/’73.

Anne and John cutting their 45th Anniversary cake.
“More muscle, John. Yes, Anne… whatever you say, Dear!” Our exercise group presented us with this cake at our final class on Thursday.

As we celebrate 45 years of marriage, people often ask me what is our secret. I always respond with a chuckle, “That’s easy! “Yes, Anne. No, Anne. Whatever you say, Anne!” And I would often remind our three children, “When Momma’s not happy, NOBODY’S happy!” All kidding aside, sometimes we feel like an endangered species in this day and age of divorces and multiple marriages. Mostly, we just feel very lucky!


John’s Believe It Or Not… June 29th

* 1922 – France formally transfers ownership of 100 hectares at Vimy Ridge to Canada. * 1613 The Globe Theater burns down * 1995 U.S. space shuttle docks with Russian space station * 1967 Actress Jayne Mansfield dies in car crash * 2003 Katharine Hepburn dies at age 96

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…

* 1922 – France formally transfers ownership of 100 hectares at Vimy Ridge to Canada.

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a war memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. It also serves as the place of commemoration for Canadian soldiers of the First World War killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave. The monument is the centerpiece of a 100-hectare (250-acre) preserved battlefield park that encompasses a portion of the ground over which the Canadian Corps made their assault during the initial Battle of Vimy Ridge offensive of the Battle of Arras. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 29th”

Thursday – Anything Possible – Quiet Day of Recovery

Another delightful tale starring Twiggy, Lucy, and Bailey by author John W. Howell. Please enjoy!

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Lucy Bailey Twiggy

“You heard Pops you two. No running around. Twiggy needs her rest after surgery.”

“Yes, Mama Bailey. We heard. A little jog couldn’t hurt.”

“Come on Twig. Chase me.”

“You sure it will be okay?”

“What can it hurt. All dogs run.”

“Well okay. You go and I’ll run after you

“There you go, Twiggy. You look great.”

“I don’t think I can catch you two.”

“Go catch Bailey. Then come back after me.”

“Okay, Lucy. Look out, Bailey here I come.”

“Gotcha, Bailey.”

“You sure did kid. Now go get Lucy, but walk.”

“Gonna get cha, gonna get cha. Gonna, gonna, gonna.”

“Bring it on, little stuff. I can outrun a freight train, let alone a little caboose like you.

“Okay ladies. Time to come inside.”


“Yes, Boss?”

“You and Twiggy take it easy out there?”

“You have no need to worry, Boss. We were like lambs. Right Twiggy?”

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 28th

* 1981 – Terry Fox Dies in Vancouver. * 1953 Workers assemble first Corvette in Flint, Michigan * 1914 Archduke Ferdinand assassinated * 1919 Keynes predicts economic chaos * 1888 Robert Louis Stevenson sets sail for the South Seas

It’s Thursday! Did You Know…

* 1981 – Terry Fox Dies in Vancouver.

Terrance Stanley (Terry) Fox, CC, OBC, athlete, humanitarian, cancer research activist (born 28 July 1958 in Winnipeg, MB; died 28 June 1981 in New Westminster, BC). Terry Fox inspired the nation and the world through his courageous struggle against cancer and his determination to raise funds for cancer research. Not long after losing his right leg to cancer, Fox decided to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research. He ran from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario, covering 5,373 km in 143 days, but was forced to halt his Marathon of Hope when cancer invaded his lungs. He died shortly before his 23rd birthday. The youngest person to be made a Companion of the Order of Canada, he was also named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. His courage and determination have inspired millions of people around the world, many of whom participate in the annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 28th”

Good People Doing Good Things – Rob & Reece Scheer

Amid all the upsetting news bombarding us each day, Jill Dennison sends us, by way of antidote, a delightful story about two men who are doing wonderful things for others! Please share!

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This week, good people have been dropping into my lap!  No, not literally … that is actually Princess Nala you see on my lap.  But several times in the past week I have come across stories about good people.  This morning, I would like to introduce you to two of those good people:  Rob Scheer, and his husband Reece. Rob and Reece ScheeerRob Scheer was raised in an abusive household where his parents, both alcoholics and drug addicts, thought it was great fun to hold guns to their children’s heads from time to time.  When he was ten-years-old, his parents died and Rob was placed in foster care, carrying all his worldly belongings in a trash bag.  Rob was determined to rise above his beginnings, to define his own path in life.

At age 18, as typically happens with foster kids, Rob found himself homeless.  Not knowing what else to do, he joined…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 27th

* 2003 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day First Celebrated * 1829 Smithson’s curious bequest * 1922 First Newbery Medal for children’s literature * 1968 Elvis Presley tapes his famous TV “comeback special” * 1963 JFK visits Ireland

It’s Hump Day Wednesday! Did You Know… Today is Canadian Multiculturalism Day…

* 2003 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day First Celebrated

A policy of multiculturalism was officially adopted by the Government of Canada under Pierre Trudeau during the 1970s and 1980s. The Canadian federal government has been described as the instigator of multiculturalism as an ideology because of its public emphasis on the social importance of immigration. The 1960s Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism is often referred to as the origin of modern political awareness of multiculturalism. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 27th”

Be Better …

Jill Dennison reminds us in this timely and well-written post that opponents of Donald Trump need to take the “high road” when responding. This is very hard to do, but it is the only road to success.

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I did not plan nor want to write a post about the Red Hen.  Or about Kirstjen Nielsen or Sarah Huckabee Sanders and their restaurant choices.  It is ridiculous and a waste of my time and yours.  BUT … there is a bigger issue here and it is an important one:  R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

I do not dislike Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for I do not know her.  Never met her, never had a conversation with her.  I do not like the fact that she perpetuates Donald Trump’s lies, I do not like her denigration of certain members of the press, and I think as far as the job she does as White House Press Secretary, she is without values.  That said, if I saw her eating in my favourite restaurant I would not harass her, would not so much as give her a sidelong glance.  I would either ignore her and leave…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 26th

* 1959 – Queen Elizabeth II officially opens 318 km long St. Lawrence Seaway with US President Eisenhower. * 1917 First U.S. troops arrive in France * 1945 U.N. Charter signed * 1975 Sonny and Cher’s divorce becomes final * 1993 Clinton punishes Iraq for plot to kill Bush

It’s Tuesday! Did You Know…

* 1959 – Queen Elizabeth II officially opens 318 km long St. Lawrence Seaway with US President Eisenhower.

The St Lawrence Seaway (Great Lakes Waterway) is the system of locks, canals and channels linking the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River with the Atlantic Ocean. The construction of progressively larger canals along the St Lawrence River began as early as 1783. By 1900, a complete network of shallow draft canals allowed uninterrupted navigation from Lake Superior to Montréal. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 26th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 25th

* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau wins majority in 28th federal general election. * 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn * 1950 Korean War begins * 1993 Kim Campbell takes office * 2009 “King of Pop” Michael Jackson dies at age 50

It’s Monday! Did You Know…

* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau wins majority in 28th federal general election.

The Canadian federal election of 1968 was held on June 25, 1968, to elect members of the House of Commons of Canada of the 28th Parliament of Canada. The Liberal Party won a majority government under its new leader, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Trudeau, who was a relative unknown until he was appointed to the cabinet by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, had won a surprise victory over Paul Joseph James Martin, Paul Hellyer and Robert Winters in the party’s leadership election earlier in 1968. The charismatic, intellectual, handsome, single, and fully bilingual Trudeau soon captured the hearts and minds of the nation, and the period leading up to the election saw such intense feelings for him that it was dubbed “Trudeaumania.” At public appearances, he was confronted by screaming girls, something never before seen in Canadian politics. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 25th”