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Monday, 17 September 2007
The Sacred Garden And Fellow Travellers

It's really great when someone connects with a website that was created from a personal vision of mine.

This is what she said of it:

"Your website seems odd yet familiar. You speak of gardens. The only garden I remember was the  one I played in as a child with other "children" that no one else could see. I have had many dreams, lost time, and various odd contacts".

This website can be found at and you are welcome to visit it too.


Posted by qualteam at 10:42 PM EDT
Sunday, 16 September 2007
Canada's Greatest Hero: Terry Fox

Actually, in a documentary done a few years ago for the CBC, Terry Fox finished second in polling for the greatest Canadian, right behind Tommy Douglas, the father of our health care sytem, but in front Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who repatriated our constitution from Britain to Canada.

Terry was a warrior not against communists, terrorists or the nazis. He was a warrior against the most hated disease on earth, cancer.

I'll always remember his face on television filled with pain and determination.

Not only his actions were inspirational, but his words as well. His marathon wasn't just another marathon. It was a "Marathon of Hope". He firmly believed that "one person could make a different in this world in the fight against cancer". He also believed that "there would come a time when the suffering would end."

For the first few years, I ran "The Fox 10k Run" with my own "Marathon of Hope T-Shirt". I collected money for cancer research and over the next 26 years 400 million dollars was collected from Terry Fox marathons around the world.

Much headway has been made in the fight against osteosarcoma and cancer since then (1980).

I think it's fitting that Canada's too biggest heroes (i.e. Terry Fox and Tommy Douglas) fought against something that attacks almost every human being, ill health through cancer and unaffordable health services.

Posted by qualteam at 6:43 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 September 2007 7:19 PM EDT
Friday, 14 September 2007
My Top Ten New Country Songs Of All Time

With the help of the Eagles, Johnny Cash, and Marty Robbins, the pop/rock of the 50s, the 60s, and the 70s became the new country of the last couple of decades. Here are my favourites: At ground zero is Shania Twain's "I'm Gonna Getcha Good".


  1. I Love This Bar/Toby Keith
  2. What Part Of No Don't You Understand?/Lori Morgan
  3. Lets Go To Vegas/Faith Hill
  4. I Want To Do It All/Teri Clark
  5. Friends In Low Places/Garth Brooks
  6. Neon Rainbow/Alan Jackson
  7. Mustang Heart/George Fox
  8. Independence Day/Martin McBride
  9. Blue/LeAnn Rimes
  10. Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw

Posted by qualteam at 2:35 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 14 September 2007 2:45 PM EDT
Thursday, 13 September 2007
I Like High Energy, Fun Rock And Roll Songs

That's why I cheered for Jaydee Bixby.

Is anyone doing great rock this days? Do I have to go back 30 years or more to find fun rock and roll songs like Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs" below:

Posted by qualteam at 1:53 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007 2:03 PM EDT
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
It Was A Great Canadian Idol Finale Tonight
Mood:  a-ok

What a difference a day makes. What a difference Jon Bon Jovi and Eva Avila make. What a difference a loose Jaydee Bixby makes.

With material like "Johnny B. Goode" and "That's Alright Mama", Jaydee rocked the house and all of Canada. Unfortunately, the audience voted on his nervous performances from yesterday and he was designated as the worse of the two finalists. The other one, Brian Melo was voted Canadian Idol.

I'm not a big fan of Brian Melo. While he does have stage presence and great intensity (mostly sadness and pain), he has a tendency to sing all his ballads in the same way. Soft at the beginning and loud/raspy during the chorus. It's highly likely that audiences would tire of listening to him after awhile.

There's no penalty for finishing second in this competition. Look at the careers of Clay Aikin and Katherine McPhee.

I'm looking forward to hearing some good country songs from Jaydee.

Posted by qualteam at 10:11 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007 10:54 PM EDT
Monday, 10 September 2007
The Canadian Idol Competition Comes Down To Two: Jaydee Bixby Vs Brian Melo
Mood:  down

This wasn't a competition of who did the best. It was a competition of who did the worse.

Personally, I've been in karaoke contests that were much better than this finale.

Jaydee did reasonable impressions of Bon Jovi, Tom Jones and Jaydee. However, he looked nervous in every song which detracted from his performances. The best that you can say about him is that he tried to be entertaining/energetic and sing songs of different genres.

Brian Melo, on the other hand, sang all of his three songs in exactly the same way and in the same style. If you heard one, you heard them all. On the high notes, he shouted and his voice became raspy. This would be ok if he was singing heavy rock songs, but the guy was doing ballads.

In the competition of who did the worse, Brian Melo wins hands down.

The most memorable comment was Zack saying that he'd manage "Jaydee any day in some sort of Branson show".

It should be noted that Jaydee was well down the list of the judges' favourite singers.


Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007 10:57 PM EDT
Sunday, 9 September 2007
I Remember Former Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney

Tonight, I saw Brian Mulroney's interview with Lloyd Robertson on CTV. The interview didn't make me think more of the man. He still thought that the constitutional accord, Meech Lake was scuttled by the efforts of former prime minister, Pierre Trudeau and Newfoundland premier, Clyde Wells. The Meech Lake Accord was designed to get Quebec fully on board as a member of the Canadian Federation. This fascinating subject was a source of much debate from 1987 to 1991. It lead to a second Quebec separation referendum in 1995 which was narrowly defeated.

Getting back to Meech Lake, it was Manitoba Legislative Representative, Elijah Harper, who stopped the Manitoba assembly from ratifying the accord. Mr. Harper, who's a Native-Canadian, claimed that Meech Lake was created without any imput from Canada's first nations. 

Mr. Mulroney never mentioned Mr. Harper's name or Indian issues in the TV interview. He focused on the betrayals from political enemy, Pierre Trudeau and his "friend" for thiry years, Lucien (the separatist) Bouchard. How could Mulroney not know about Bourchard when he fought for the separatist cause in the first Quebec referendum in 1980???

There were other issues which I have against Mulroney, but the biggest one was his decision to step down before the election in 1993. He was like a rat leaving a sinking ship. 

In 1984, the Conservatives won a record 211 seats, but in the 1993 election, they were almost wiped out with only 2 seats nation wide. Did Mulroney retire or did he cut and run? The decision is yours.





Posted by qualteam at 10:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 September 2007 10:57 PM EDT
Friday, 7 September 2007
My Top Ten Inspirational Songs Of All Time

The songs below can all be heard at . Irene means peace.

  1. Put A Little Love In Your Heart/Jackie DeShannon
  2. Keep On The Sunnyside/Alison Kraus
  3. Jesus Take The Wheel/Carrie Underwood
  4. Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw
  5. Turn Your Radio On/Ray Stevens
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Waters/Simon And Garfunkle
  7. I Shall Be Released/Joan Baez
  8. The Dance/Garth Brooks
  9. Before The Next Teardrop Falls/Freddy Fender
  10. Wings Of A Nightingale/The Everly Brothers

Posted by qualteam at 10:22 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007 10:28 PM EDT
Thursday, 6 September 2007
How Are You Doing On The Phys-Ed And Health Courses?

In the quest to do well academically, sometimes students ignore some important subjects like "Physical Education and Nutrition" for example.

The fact is humans have a high maintenance body that has to be treated properly to work at proper efficiency. Junk food, inactivity are not the "fuels" that make your body engine work well.

As a young person, I played at every sport imaginable, but I ignored my diet. Slowly my weight increased and I developed gall bladder, prostate and cholesterol problems. I was determined to handle these irritants before they handled me. 

I worked out everyday at work for 15 minutes. I increased my intake of fruits (e.g fruit/protein smoothies) and vegetables. I also took digestive enzymes, saw palmeto, garlic and other nutritional supplements for my condition. After many months, I lost 30 pounds and my other physical problems are near normal.

It isn't enough just to know that one should exercise and eat nutritious foods. One has to put it into practice to get results.

Be honest with yourself. Are you passing or failing physical exercise and nutrition?

Towards A Healthy Lifestyle

Reducing The Risk Of Disease




Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 6 September 2007 10:36 PM EDT
Monday, 3 September 2007
Remember The Working Poor On Labor Day
Mood:  hungry

The working poor are those who pay half their pay checks for an apartment or room. Often, they have to work at two or more jobs in order to raise their families.

Sometimes, they don't qualify for benefits and/or employment insurance because they have no choice but to work on contract.

Often, they can't afford skill training so they're forced to work at minimum wage jobs.

These people aren't looking for a hand out, but a hand up.

Please check out the classic movie "Grapes Of Wrath" by John Ford. The message is a clear today as it was in 1940.

Whenever you hear about hedge fund managers  making over 270 million a year selling subprime junk mortgages, remember the haunting last words of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath.

"I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too".

Posted by qualteam at 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007 8:13 PM EDT

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