November 1, 2012 - And yet another reminder, this is also National Novel Writing Month,and there is a contest this year for authors - both amateur and professional - to write a 50,000 word novel in less than a month. So go out and give it a try!

November 1, 2012 - A quick note for those who were looking for my pumpkin art gallery - it has been moved now to this site. Previous year's pumpkins are still located at my old website.

October 31, 2012 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

October 25, 2012 - For those who would like to help with the search for a cure for cancer, but lack the PhD and million-dollar laboratory, there is a new project online called ClicktoCure. After a brief tutorial online, users look at microscope images of tumor samples and identify different types of cells. Then the scientists running the project can compile the data to analyze trends and hopefully find improved methods of treating cancers.

October 22, 2012 - Just as cyberbullying is in the news, I discover that someone has set up a fake e-mail account address using my mother's information and is spamming people from it. Pretty pathetic really. So if anyone gets a strange e-mail from her, that's the reason.

October 20, 2012 - I have had a few people ask where I get the templates for my jack-o-lanterns each year. Most of them I actually draw myself, but another great source is Zombie Pumpkins. They always have a great selection of templates at reasonable prices. Star Wars fans may also want to look at some of the great designs at Ether Graphics, and of course if someone wants one of my old designs I can usually pull them out of the files.

October 18, 2012 - Just a reminder that October is anti-bullying month, and it has unfortunately become especially poignant this year. So whether it is in school, in the workplace, in neighbourhoods, in families, or in politics - let us all strive to put an end to bullying!

October 15, 2012 - Back from my trip now. It rained too hard to mow the lawns, too wet to clear brush from the driveway, and the storms were too wild to do any serious astrophotography. But on the upside, I got to be away from the city for a while!

October 12, 2012 - Sometimes happiness is as simple as leaving town for a weekend in the country, camping out under the stars. (I will post photos when and if I return from my trip.)

October 8, 2012 - Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends and family!!

October 3, 2012 - One negative aspect of installing a wireless security camera is that you get to learn what your so-called friends and family do to your property when they think you can't see them. But I suppose knowing what they are truly like and how self-entitled they have become is still better than living in ignorance. At least we have learned who cannot be trusted anymore :(

October 1, 2012 - I have had a few people ask me about a large family tree posted on another website connected to, which carries my name and address as contact information. This was a tree I worked on about a decade ago, and then turned over to other people. Unfortunately they "corrected" it by altering dates and names, and posted it all over the internet but they left my name and address on it. I have nothing to do with it, and I have asked the company to remove my contact information from their website.

September 30, 2012 -  To those whom I promised photos to, there will be a slight delay. My photo hard drive has completely crashed and I am having to order in a replacement and then spend many hours restoring the backup copies. But I will send them out when the time comes.

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