autumn haiku – where in the world = où dans le monde where in the world are the Gatineau Hills? fall leaves whisper where? où dans le monde les Collines de la Gatineau ? l'automne murmure où ? Richard Vallance photo © by/ par Richard Vallance
spring haiku de printemps – float planes = hydravions float planes in Tofino – rain? ... not again! hydravions à Tofino – encore la pluie ? Richard Vallance
spring haiku de printemps – fiddleheads = têtes de violon fiddleheads in the forested hills – andante breeze têtes de violon sur les collines forestières – brise andante Richard Vallance Fiddleheads are native to Canada. They taste like spinach. They thrive in the Gatineau Hills just outside Ottawa and the Outaouais. Les têtes de violon sont endémiques au Canada. Elles ont le goût des épinards. Elles prospèrent sur les collines de la région du Gatineau proches d’Ottawa et de l’Outaouais.
summer haiku d’été – striking Canoe Lake = sur le Lac Canoe striking Canoe Lake lightning springs to life from your oil palette sur le Lac Canoe quel coup d’éclair né de ta palette Richard Vallance
spring haiku de printemps – ravens = corbeaux ravens in flight, ravens on totem poles, rainforest tricksters corbeaux en vol et sur les mâts totémiques, filoux forestiers Richard Vallance In the Amerindian culture of the Pacific west coast Haida, tricksters are awfully naughty clowns essential to any contact with the sacred. Dans la culture amérindienne des Haidas du littoral pacifique, les filoux sont des clowns vilains essentiels dans toute communication avec le monde sacré.
Why do I write so many haiku? To put it in the simplest terms I can, because I am so deeply inspired by the astounding beauty of our country, Canada. Being Canadian, I am naturally always moved by the vastness of the natural world in Canada. But that is not all. That is why the vast majority of my haiku are, in a word, uniquely Canadian. Of course, I also write haiku about other places in the world, as well as senryu. I am prolific in haiku, simply because I love them, no matter who writes them, so long as they are beautifully composed. I also published a quarterly haiku journal, Canadian Zen Haiku canadiens, ISSN 1705-4508, from 2004-2010. As it so happens, I have been a natural-born poet most of my adult life. I used to write hundreds of sonnets, and I even published a multi-lingual international sonnet anthology, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, which features some 200 sonneteers and poets from around the world. So you see, poetry, and above all haiku, comes so naturally that it is second-nature to me.
wildlife – summer haiku d’été - the living montage = le montage en vie our lasting wildlife passing through summer, this living montage la faune chez nous qui passe tout l’été, ce montage en vie Richard Vallance
winter haiku d’hiver – Sable Island = l’Île de Sable blowing snow on Sable Island - wild horses neige soufflant à l’Île de Sable - chevaux sauvages Richard Vallance
spring haiku de printemps – fiddleheads =têtes de violon fiddleheads in a rain shower – water music têtes de violon dans la pluie légère – « water music » Richard Vallance - based on the Water Music suite by George Frederick Handel (1685-1759). Fiddleheads blossom in late April and early May in Canada. - basé sur le « Water Music » par George Frederick Handel (1685-1759). Au Canada les têtes de violon fleurissent vers la fin d’avril et au début de mai.
Some more astounding photos of Argentée in the woods in Ottawa:
The first 2 photos in the first series of 3 are of the National Capital Commission Parkway, which is forest land running straight through the heart of Ottawa for 40 kilometres (25 miles for Americans). In the third photo we see Argentée sitting in the grass on top of the cliff you see in the first photo.
In the second series of 4 photos, you see Argentée in the grass again, and in the last photo you can see her merrily dragging me back home along the forest path. That is why she is in fact a forest cat. It is her breed. And she knows exactly where she is going.
Universal Medicare rankings by country, with Canada near the top, and the poor performance of the United States:
In the first chart here, we can see the world nations with Universal Medicare, with Canada in third or fourth place, at least according to two sources (although we sometimes rank around tenth):
In the second chart, we see cost expenditures and cost benefit analyses:
The United States has the worst performance of all developed nations in the world, and sometimes worse than in third world countries. People without private insurance in the USA are stuck. Even people with private insurance more often than not are not covered for pre-existing conditions. For instance, I had my cataracts removed from both eyes at the cost of only $2,500 C per eye (C$ worth about 78 cents US$), whereas in the USA the cost is $4,500 US per eye, and sometimes insurance companies will only pay for the operation, and not the lenses if you are insured.
Canada, one of the most amazing and most peaceful countries in the world!
Of all the countries in the world, Canada surely ranks as one of the most beautiful. Canada is the second largest country in the world, covering 4,000 kilometres coast to coast, or 10 % of the circumference of the earth. Our population is a mere 36,000,000, making us one of the least populated countries in the world. China is fourth, with 2 billion inhabitants! But what really makes us stand out is our rank among the top most peaceful countries in the world! We rank 7th. or 8th. all the time, twice even coming in ahead of Switzerland! See the figures below:
Notice that on the last chart in the second set, Canada ranks eighth and the United States 114! This is because guns are an absolute, hotly contested and irrevocable right in the USA, this situation running counter to all the basic principles of democracy, and accounting for their crime and murder rates, which is 10 times per capita greater than Canada’s, where acquiring guns is merely a privilege, as in most democratic nations, not a right by law.
God has surely blessed a very few nations on earth, and we are among the select few.
scenes from Ottawa, Ontario, the capital Canada, one of the most beautiful cities and countries in the world! Our population is 1,000,000, making us the fifth largest city in Canada. Many people compare Ottawa to Geneva.
The first photo is a general view of Ottawa:
The next two photos are of the Parliament Buildings:
The next two photos are of the stunning Rideau Canal in summer:
The last photo is of the green belt and Dow’s Lake:
photos of my little house, front yard etc. in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital city of Canada, May 9 2018:
I have been moderating this blog for years now, but I have never yet shown where I live and what it is like. My neighbourhood is quiet, but then so are almost all of them anywhere in Canada. I live in a little row house with 2 bedrooms, a living/dining-room, a laundry room and a garage. This is the house where Argentée spends all her time outside spring, summer and autumn, except of course when it rains, because she is after all a cat!
In the next 3 posts, I shall tell you some very interesting things about Canada, which is so very much unlike the United States in so many key respects.
Hope you like the photos!
Our site moderator, Richard Vallance Janke, April 30 2017
Unkind in commemoration of the savage attack on a Muslim mosque in Quebec City, Sunday, January 29, 2017 3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day, and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17: 3-4 Is humankind so kind or so unkind we have embraced and have abandoned love we’ harmonized ... or despotize to blind ourselves to pitying the mourning dove? — or mob ourselves with xenophobic crime? — and chase our dreams but chase them all away? — We pillorize our neighbours half the time, while terrorizing those for whom we pray. Come on! What, come again? Can you explain why our religion has to reign supreme, while theirs and yours must suffer mindless pain to kill our worlds that no one can redeem. Excuse me, God... Hey, do You give a damn as we expose our souls to another scam? Richard Vallance, January 30, 2017
Attack on Mosque, Quebec City an act of vile, barbaric & senseless violence! At least 6 people were killed, 5 critically injured and 3 more injured in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City during evening prayers, police said. Gunmen fired on about 50 people inside the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday at 8 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT). “Six people are confirmed dead - they range in age from 35 to about 70”, Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told reporters, adding that eight people were wounded and 39 were unharmed. Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details about them or what prompted the attack. The mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui,was not inside the mosque at the time of the shooting. He received frantic calls from worshippers. He said, “Why is this happening here? This is barbaric.” Comment by Richard Vallance Janke: As a Canadian in a peace-loving and highly tolerant country such as Canada (quite unlike the United States with its xenophobic president, Donald Trump, at whose doorstep we can lay part of the blame!), I am utterly horrified and shocked at the act of vile, barbaric, senseless, violent murderous attack on a Muslim mosque in Quebec City, around 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017. Words cannot describe my horror or that of almost all 36 million Canadians at this savage act of terror! I urge and implore all who visit Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae to tag this post with LIKE and to reblog it, as well as to retweet it on your twitter accounts! I dissolved in tears this morning when I woke up to hear of this vile act of terrorism. Here are two photos from the night of the attack:
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Guess what! All 17 of the conjectural units of measurement in Minoan Linear A panned out! To my great surprise and definite relief, it appears that all 7 of the conjectural units of measurement in Minoan Linear A have panned out. Looks like I hit gold in the Klondike!
The pristine beauty of Canada. Lac Philippe. Only 40 km. outside Ottawa, the Capital City: The most beautiful and one of the most peaceful countries on Earth. The entire country looks like this! Impressive eh!