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Good People Doing Good Things — Maggie MacDonnell

I don’t often reblog, but I thought this should be celebrated! Thanks for sharing this Jill 🙂

Filosofa's Word

This is actually the second ‘Good People’ post I have written for today.  The first will appear sometime soon, but likely not as a ‘good people’ post, though the subject is indeed a good person. I debated and soul-searched about its appropriateness for the Good People post, and decided rather than perhaps stir some conflict and controversy, I would shelve it and write a different post.  Today’s good person is a teacher … the winner of this year’s Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize of $1 million.  I did not know there was such a prize, did you?  Well, allow me to introduce this year’s most-deserving winner, Ms. Maggie MacDonnell!

Imagine, if you will, that you have just earned your college degree and are now a certified teacher.  The world is your oyster; you can teach anywhere in the world.  Where would you go?  I am betting not too many would…

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Flower of the Day: August 9, 2017

Cee’s Flower of the Day (https://ceenphotography.com/2017/08/08/flower-of-the-day-august-9-2017-tulip/)

This one’s pretty cool!

What I’ve done on 2017 Summer Holidays Part II, Day 4

I hate scraping and sanding ceilings.  I also hate that it is almost impossible for you to see all the work I did this afternoon on this bathroom.  All on a white ceiling.

Before (around the fan)

After

Before (around the exposed pipe)

After (sanded and spackled, and still will need to be sanded AGAIN, and a bit of caulking, I think…sigh…).

The rest was a lot easier to sand.  Do you know how hard it is to get up a ladder around a toilet and a tub to sand and scrap 10 foot ceilings?  When you are afraid of ladders and heights???

I hate prep…

Kitten Thursday – back home again!

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/tether/

And without further ado, Kitten Thursday!!  Guess they didn’t miss us that much..

Nothing to see here…

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/local/

So much to do today – gotta get to it!

Flower of the Day: May 23, 2017

Cee’s Flower of the Day (https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/22/flower-of-the-day-may-23-2017-bearded-iris/)

The Camellias are fading…

A to Z Challenge: P is for Pilot (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, P is for Pilot Street!

Here is a Google map showing where Pilot Street is located in James Bay.

What I could find out about Pilot Street:

Back to our one-block streets, Pilot Street runs from Niagara down to Dallas Road.

Apparently there are no registered Heritage houses on Pilot, but it is known for its “wartime” housing.  Here is an example:

From http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/Neighbourhoods/jamesbayhistory.html:

“The opening of Panama Canal in August 1914 encouraged more industrial development in the vicinity of Ogden Point. A breakwater was constructed during WWI and the Ogden Point Docks were opened to deep-sea shipping. In the late 1920s a grain elevator was built and later a fish processing plant, both served by a railway barge slip. During World War II the former Outer Wharf became a major ship building facility for the Victoria Machinery Depot. The old Armadale Estate was subdivided, Pilot and Dock Streets were opened up and “Wartime houses,” affordable houses for the shipyard workers, were constructed. ”

Here are some pictures I took of Pilot Street.

Here is the Dallas end.

A different approach – here are some tiny houses along Pilot Street:

And, at the Niagara end, are some community gardens!

What else do you want to know about Pilot Street?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting letter P of my A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more I posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-4-19-2017-letter-p.html.  Stay tuned for Q is for... tomorrow!!

Flower of the Day: April 19, 2017

Cee’s Flower of the Day (https://ceenphotography.com/2017/04/18/flower-of-the-day-april-19-2017-tulips/)

Tulip #12!

A to Z Challenge: B is for Beacon Street (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, B is for Beacon Street!

Here is a Google map showing where Beacon Street is located in James Bay.


Beacon Street is one block, stretching from Douglas Street by the park to St. Andrews Street.

What I could find out about Beacon Street:

Not a lot.  I imagine its name came from Beacon Hill Park.  Like other streets in James Bay that are close to the park, the park end is apartment buildings, but as you move away from the park, you find more houses, most of them older.  There are, interestingly enough, no registered Heritage houses on Beacon Street.

What I would like to introduce you to is the Beacon Drive In!  This has been a main-stay of Victoria since the 1950s, and their ice-cream (and milkshakes) are amazing.  You definitely have to check it out if you’re ever here!

Here are some pictures I took of Beacon Street last summer.

Looking up from the park end.

The apartment buildings on the park end.

Looking back towards the park.

Even the elves have a place on Beacon Street!

What else do you want to know about Beacon Street?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting letter B of my A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more B posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-4-3-2017-letter-b.html.  Stay tuned for C is for… tomorrow!!

Tuesday – can I go back to bed now?

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/minimal/

So, I’m  not feeling great this morning, nor was I feeling well over-night.  Headache-y, a little fever-y and generally sick to the stomach-y.  Not sure if it’s the weather, a touch of the flu, or work making me sick again.  Possibly some of each, although I’m pretty sure which one of those is in the lead.

This may not help the stomach, but it helps the head a bit!

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