Ice shoves no longer — caves being destroyed some time this week

An iconic and beautifully rare scene on the shore of Crystal Beach is about to be destroyed. People flooded the area this past weekend to view the ice shoves at Crystal Beach on Lake Erie. Of course, as in any large crowd, not all went according to plan and common sense was not at its peak. A senior citizen broke a hip after slipping on the ice, emergency vehicle access was blocked by the many illegally parked cars, and by Family Day, the caves themselves … Continue reading

Interactive Map of Toronto’s Fallen Soldiers (Source: Global News)

I am beyond impressed with this map provided by Global News. An incredible 2870 names of fallen soldiers from the First World War geocoded and analyzed, plotted onto this map of Toronto according to their next of kin’s address, along with their age, date of death, occupation and rank. ¬†If you’re especially familiar with the area, this might be of extra interest to you. ¬†I lived next to the residence of a fallen gunner named Edward Trevor Lynge. He died September 7, 1918. ¬†Gives “close ‚Ķ Continue reading


It turned out of course as many know by now that the body found up north from my last post was that of Shana Carter, missing since December 2010 from her Grimsby residence. ¬†Everything about this story is a little too close to home, geographically, for me. ¬†It’s scary for us smaller-town people to realize this stuff happens outside of the bigger cities. ¬†It’s equally scary to think that we drove past and looked into that little nook of the woods a hundred times over ‚Ķ Continue reading

Grey Whales Population Booming

I was happy to read this today.  From the Weather Network: So far this year, Mexican authorities have counted 1,198 whale calves and 523 adults, a steep rise from the 599 counted in 2011 and the 183 counted in 2010. The whale count is the highest it has been since 1996, when a total of 2,721 gray whales were counted by environmental authorities. Between 2007 and February 2012, the government estimates that approximately 3,553 gray whales were born in Mexican waters. The whales breed in … Continue reading

One-Year Anniversary of the Japan Tsunami

I remember waking up and looking at my Twitter feed the morning it happened. It was a day after my sister’s birthday. ¬†(Oh by the way, should she read this, happy birthday Meghan!) ¬†Japan had been hit by an enormous wave that demolished so many homes and destroyed enormous expanses of farmland, and worst of all, ended up taking an estimated 20,000 lives. ¬†If that wasn’t enough, a nuclear plant was affected, causing additional threat. ¬†The footage was unreal. ¬†Water was on fire as it ‚Ķ Continue reading

Get offa my mountain!

I am probably an awful person for finding this story so funny. Mountain man terrifying Utah cabin owners. I guess it’s less funny when it’s not happening to you, and/or more funny when you currently wake up three times a night to check on your car and see if you need to chase anyone down the street with your old closet rod. ¬†Ah, good old relateable news. Share the post “Get offa my mountain!” FacebookXShare‚Ķ Continue reading

Why You Cry

Ever hear of the ‘appoggiatura‘? Interesting article about what makes us want to bawl our eyes out while listening to pretty, pretty songs. ¬†I’m willing to bet Fleet Foxes know about this phenomena and purposely lace each heart-tugging mountaineer folk tune with a quota of 10 or more. From the linked article: Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted a simple experiment. He asked music lovers to identify passages of songs that reliably set off a physical reaction, such as tears or goose ‚Ķ Continue reading

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