Part Two: Can we learn from history? Perhaps the question is what can we learn from history? Or why don’t we learn from history?

Part Two: Can we learn from history? Perhaps the question is what can we learn from history? Or why don’t we learn from history?

Something that I think bears repeating.


As early as 1939, Nazis began arresting teachers, civil servants, artists, priests, politicians, representatives of the intellectual elite, and members of the numerous resistance organizations that were springing up in Germany and Poland. Sometimes these victims were simply shot on the spot. Others were arrested and sent to concentration camps for trivial offenses—like failing to sing the pledge of allegiance with enough enthusiasm.

Before Auschwitz was built, Poles were expelled from a large region west of Krakow. By 1941, all residents were gone and their homes had been demolished.

Auschwitz I, located near the former village of Oświęcim, was an SS garrison and the seat of the main offices of political and prison labor departments. The main military supply stores and workshops were located there. Political prisoners began arriving in 1940.Auschwitz II-Birkenau, built in 1942 on the site of the former village of Brzenka, was originally intended to…

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Muttart Conservatory from Outside

Muttart Conservatory from Outside

After an enjoyable listen to a Celtic Trio and a tour of the Feature Pavillion , my friend and I wandered around outdoors and took photos of the Muttart Conservatory from outside.It is a landmark in the downtown area of Edmonton, Alberta.It has four pyramids which include Temperate, Tropical, Arrid and Feature, the latter of which changes its theme according to the season.There is a restuarant and  gift shop just inside the front entrance and the smallest pyramid in the middle is where concerts, floral and art shows take place. It is stunning from the outside as well, always changing colour and can be seen from both shores of the North Saskatchewan River that runs through the city.





The Sesquicentennial Tulip

The Sesquicentennial Tulip

Thursday evening I toured the pavillions at the Muttart Conservatory, particularly the Feature Pavillion which is abundant with the smell and visual delight of tulips.In honour of Canada’s  150th anniversary this year, Holland produced and sent our region 30,000 tulips, some of which are being displayed in the Feature pavillion. The tulips  are red and white, the colour of our flag and when it opens shows  a flag-like maple leaf in the center. I went in the evening so the tulips were closed but I must go again in the daytime.

Holland has been generous with gifts of tulips as a show of gratitude to Canada when we played a part in its liberation at the end of World War ll.My father was a Sargent Major in the Royal Ontario Regiment (tanks) so he had first-hand experience in this event and warm memories of the people of Holland.

Personally I like tulips, all the colours and varieties, as well as their smell, which does not trigger my asthma.This exhibit celebrates Spring as well and includes daffodils, hyacinths, etc.Flowers at this time of year are a sight for sore eyes.Enjoy!

All photos were shot in low light and hand held so there is motion blur as a result.









More Cold Weather with Nice Shadows

More Cold Weather with Nice Shadows

Well, we have had some real teasers, but Spring definitely is NOT here yet.Today it is -20 celsius which is hard when we have had warm spells with temperatures the same number but in the opposite direction of the scale.Guess I will accept things as they are and get outdoors. There is a fresh fall of snow , so it is pretty! Since I live in Alberta I can almost be sure that there will be lots of snow yet to come.Today I was fascinated more by the shadows cast on the snow rather than snow scenes. The sun is getting low



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Pileated Woodpecker on the Trail

Pileated  Woodpecker on the Trail

I don’t hit the trails as much as I used to, when I could grab the car and head out on a whim.Lost the car about a year ago and rely on friends or city transit.A few weeks ago it was bitterly cold and no one wanted to go outdoors other than the die-hards.Presently I have the use of a car plus we are having a “heatwave” with temperatures soaring up to ten degrees above celsius. No hat, no gloves, just a jacket and my camera. Yes!

As luck would have it, I found some birds including my favourite, the Pileated Woodpecker.The first shot was through the branches. Then two more after I moved closer. Clear shots with the camera pointed up , capturing the brilliant blue sky. Not perfect but I sure like them.




Winter Magic

Winter Magic

We had a few days of continuous hoar frost  in Edmonton in January that had just about everybody spellbound by the beauty. The first few days were socked in with fog then the sun came out. I wrote on my tablet but got nothing but frustration and many failed attempts so came home to work on my computer and publish this post.







Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Have been busy and not near computers alot so writing today about an event that took place in late January , the celebration of the lunar new year at West Edmonton Mall. A little boy beside me gave me a candy and I found an envelope and gave him a coin.I enjoyed seeing the dignitaries and appreciated their support for this event hosted by the Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre.It was a friendly atmosphere and a first time for me attending. Welcome to year of the Rooster!