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450 PAPE

Last night’s news featured a story about this address – one many a Salvationist would recognize as the site of our unwed mother’s home from many years ago. Described in the media as a mansion – well old mansion – it is indeed a huge property and one that saw dozens of young women reside in during years past. It was also the place where Wendy’s Mom worked for a number of years. She was the house mother.

If you want to learn more about the current story you can go to .


A new start

In 2005 I started a blog – Hybrid Thoughts – on Blogger. It’s been 11 years of posting thoughts, photos, videos, and links. At times I’ve been serious and reflective, other times I have been a bit goofy….yes I admit this part of my personality.  Hybrid Thoughts began because we had moved to Calgary and I wanted my parents to be able to experience what our kids and we were in  our new home. At first, I had been emailing photos but those were the days of dial up and lots of buzz, click, buzz…taking a long time to get one photo across the internet.

The idea of a blog came from Jason who suggested I could post photos and then all our family could see what we were doing. I experimented a bit with this and that until Hybrid Thoughts was born.

The new start is a switch from Blogger to WordPress – a change of platform. My thanks to Phil who worked to help me pull over the past 11 years of posts – unfortunately, they did not all come over. Yet, I will pick this up and move forward. You’ll see some changes – some differences for sure. I am working at understanding how this platform works so if you can be patient, it will get better over time.IMG_0301

When the plows come out

Yesterday morning we were up early as we were headed to St. Catharines to see Mom and have lunch with her. As usual, we join her for the service at the corps.

It was blue sky and sunshine leaving the house but as we rounded the west end of Lake Ontario by Hamilton we ran into heavy snow and out came the plows! I could see them – all three of them – as they headed down the QEW blocking all lanes. So with snow on the road and plows just ahead of us our arrival time was lost….we were late…30 minutes late!

We had a great day with Mom and enjoyed being with her for a few hours.

On another note, CBC reports that a man who was earning $140K per year working in the oil sands was laid off on January 8 and has now filed for bankruptcy – one month later. Good lord – what did he do with all that money? Sorry, but I just don’t see why you would allow your name to make the news in that way. I would say that there’s much more behind this story.

It was family day today in Ontario, and Alberta.  This is always a good day. And it’s the anniversary of when Phil fell off the mountain! Remember that Phil?