Monday, August 31, 2009
So, as you probably know, I got back from six days of camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains (Jasper area). I went for a three day camp with my Venturer company, and my dad and I went three days early to do some extra hiking.
Below are some photos.
The first day, we hiked about 12 kms (with about 400 meters of elevation gain) in Wilcox Pass.
There was a herd of 11 bighorn sheep in the pass
And down below, we visited Horseshoe Lake which is one of my favourite little lakes in the Rockies. It's very beautiful ( and really deep and full of fish!). Actually it's deep enough that people like to go to a little cliff ledge and jump in, just for kicks. We saw a whole bus load of people in swim suits going to jump into the water. It was pretty funny.
More to come tomorrow.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
You get a mini lesson about flutes now. This is the end part of the flute. It's called the "foot". See the three circular keys? This is a B Foot. My old flute only had two keys on the foot and so it was a C Foot. With the extra key, you get an extra note! Flute music never really goes below the B, so with this flute, I can play pretty much all the flute music written! (Theoretically, of course, I'm not technically capable yet. :P)
This flute is also an open hole flute. That means that the flutes have a hole in the middle of them, as shown by the photo below. Open hole flutes are quite a bit tougher to play, but give a lot more room for different tone colours, pitch control etc.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Nevertheless, I am very pleased to have come across one that actually does what it says it does. It's called The Hunger Site and all you have to do is visit it everyday and click the button on it and the sponsors will pay for cups of food.
Here is the link.
I looked it up on Snopes.com and it's real. Here's what Snopes has to say.
So go and click daily! You'll notice that there is a bunch of different tabs at the top of the page (they read: Hunger, Breast Cancer, Child Health, Literacy, Rainforest, Animal Rescue).
So please click the "Click Here to Give- it's FREE" button on each tab daily!
Snopes also has an article about the Breast Cancer tab. You can read it here.
Whadaya know? It seems that you can actually (distantly), do some good from clicking buttons on the internet. Tell your friends.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I'm going camping and hiking with my Venturer group, and so I'm leaving today for the mountains! Actually, our camp officially starts on Thursday, but my dad and I are going a few days early to get some extra hiking in beforehand. Once the rest of the Venturers arrive, we're going to be doing some long dayhikes in the mountains, and just getting more experience camping in the mountains. I'll be back on Sunday. Meanwhile, I've got some posts written that are scheduled to be posted while I'm gone. I'll try to have one written for everyday that I'm gone, but we'll see.
Take care everyone!
Monday, August 24, 2009
- Do you give panhandlers money?
- Do you think we should just give money freely and believe that it's not our responsibility to know what they do with that money?
- Should I have caved in and given him that $3?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
You can click on that and email that post to anybody you think may be interested. :)
"Now, I'll just clarify. I do not hate facebook. I love facebook. I really do. It's fun, and makes it easy to connect with friends I haven't seen in a long time, or live far away from me. So this isn't a stand against facebook at all. Its just a way for me to take a break from something that was becoming too much of a time waster for me"
And mainly, I've been feeling like I really need more time to read, think, observe, write and compose. And facebook is too much of a distraction from that. So goodbye facebook. I'll be back in two weeks. I'm still going to blog daily and email and all that, just...no facebook.
It feels good for me.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
So at at good friend's suggestion, I read How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman. I found it very interesting, and enjoyed it a lot. I'm a big nerd when it comes to books on psychology and how people think (which is why I find books by Malcolm Gladwell fascinating!). This one is pretty similar in thought process and in writing style. It offers some very interesting insights into what affects diagnoses and what can affect misdiagnoses. And it certainly isn't only for people in the medical field, or for those interested in the medical field. It gives lots of suggestions on how patients can help with diagnosing and questions to ask your physician. It's a good read. I'd recommend it.
Friday, August 21, 2009
After a temporary hiatus from blogging, I am back! And so, I have something extremely important to share.
I have new sheets. And a new comforter. No, really, it really is that cool.
Check out the photos.
Isn't that fabulous?
Check out this pattern and tell me if that isn't the most groovy, rad and cool pattern for a comforter ever.
Look at this wonderful sea of green and blue fabric and see if it doesn't harrow you with joy and jubilation. It does for me.
Okay, more exciting goodness coming up in the next couple days! Watch for topics like my brand new flute(!), a book review on How Doctor's Think, a movie review on the new movie Adam and other things! Thanks for reading!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I was also inspired by something I heard from a little boy. He was probably about six years old. I was sitting on the hill on my tarp, when he and his family walked by. The mom and the dad were looking around and discussing the best place to lay their tarp down. Then the little boy said
"Mom, it looks like they put a lot of work into this, so let's just enjoy it."It was completely adorable. But more importantly, I think he unknowingly hit right on the head, exactly what I trying to say in this post. I really think that one of the important things about living life is realizing that circumstances are not either good or bad, but simply are and if we simply appreciate them for what they are, we'll be a lot happier with our lives.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Hey everyone, right now, I’m just in the middle of a great folk music festival, so I haven’t had the time to post regularly. Sorry! I have some posts that have been stewing in my mind and I’ll get back to a regular posting schedule on Monday.
Friday, August 7, 2009
So, what do you do with the time that you've got?
It's a question that I've been thinking about, because I don't know if I'm really living or not, you know? I mean, I love life, and I'm really very happy, but I'm always wondering if I'm really making the most of my life. What can I do differently? What can you do to really live? Maybe it has something to do with learning to notice every single aspect of your life, and realize that they all come together to make this moment, and then be able to appreciate the moment, not label it for good or bad, but just to appreciate that it is.
Daniel, once more thinking out loud.
Wait, did any of that actually make sense at all?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I'm also doing some reading. At Kelsey's suggestion via the comments section, I'm reading How Doctors think by Jerome Groopman. I'm finding it really interesting, and I'll be sure to post a review once I'm finished. I'm also reading Richard II by Billy Shakespeare. I've only just started reading it, but again I'll post a review when I'm done.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Hmm, it seems like I ask waaay more questions on this blog than I answer... But I suppose it's true that:
"The unanswered questions aren't nearly as dangerous as the unquestioned answers." (Anonymous)
Being in the mountains, I felt very, very small. It was wonderful in some ways, because I felt like all of my problems and concerns were all so insignificant and unimportant to the planet in general. I'm just one small person in the entire universe. It was refreshing.
On the other hand, I'm the only thing in the entire universe that I can control. So is it better to focus on the fact that the universe will go on without you and that your problems are insignificant in the scheme of things, or to focus on the idea that you and your problems are the only things you can control and focus on working on you and not thinking about the universe?
I guess that the best thing is to find a medium between them both- realizing that you can only control yourself, but working on bettering yourself so that you may have an influence on others.
Daniel, thinking out loud.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I just got back from camping in the mountains. It was a really great vacation. It’s been said hundreds of times before, but there really is something about the mountains that is so rejuvenating, awe-inspiring, spiritually-provoking, or something. It gave me a lot of time to think and read, and I’m thankful for that. We did a whole bunch of hiking and saw some incredible views. It was seriously breathtaking. I feel like it was just what I needed. Now my challenge is: How can I better appreciate all the beauty and goodness that is all around me?