MSMF Picnic 2015 in on June 27th – a most delicious way to help people

This is a most awesome cause – with the most delicious food ever.

MSMF is a very worthy charity, turning tragedy into hope.  They have been holding their fundraising picnic for 21 years…and I remember going to them, from the very first one, which was held at my friend’s backyard…

But, their flyer says it all:

MSMF Annual Picnic 2015



It seems that WordPress has, in their wisdom, done some awesome improvements to their site….and until I re-learn the system, I seem unable to embed things – like the MSMF most awesome poster (which says it all).  my apologies – please, see the flyer here.

So, please, do follow the link…

In the meantime, here is some of the most important information:

Saturday June 27,

2015 Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa

Indian Vegetarian Food: 11 AM – 2 PM

Entertainment starting from 1:30 PM

Programs for kids starting from 11:30 AM

While the programs are free to all, there is a cost for the food (hence, the fundraising aspect):

 $20 per 13yr or older, $15 per 12yr or younger

And if you doubt just how awesome and effective this charity is, here is a bit of their stats as of October 2014:

Children Educated: 2,233

Scholarships: 450

Out Patients: 2,113,071

Surgeries: 203,984

Eye screening camps organized :  Adults: 2,088, Children: 995

This really is a most delicious way to make the world a better place!!!


MSMF: Annual Indian Food Picnic in Ottawa

The 2014 MSMF Annual Indian Food Picnic in Ottawa will be held on June 21st!

This year, this fundraising event celebrates its 20th year!

If you love awesome vegetarian Indian food and would like to indulge while helping those who need it most, please, come!

It will be held at the Andrew Haydon Park – and while it’s an all day even, with entertainment and lots of fun, the food will start being served at 11:30am.

While I am not certain which dishes will be served, this is what the menu was last year.


So, come and have fun!!!


Fundraiser to help re-settle Tibetan refugees

The Canadian government has recognized the difficult situation the Tibetan refugees are in and has permitted a number of them entry to Canada as sponsored refugees.  This means that, unlike other immigrants who are ‘sponsored’ by the government and thus get support from it to help them settle, the sponsors of these Tibetan refugees are the ones responsible for all.

Now, don’t get me wrong – they sponsors are quite happy with that!  And charity delivered directly from those who want to help to those who need the help is always kinder, more human-touch as well as more efficient than any help government would provide!

Yet, the more of us are helping, the more of us will feel great – and the more people will benefit, become happy Canadians, and lend a helping hand in their own turn.  I know, because earlier in my life, when I first escaped the persecution in my native land, I was so grateful for all the help I received from individuals first in Austria, then in Canada that now I am doing well, it makes me very, very happy to lend a helping hand in my turn.

So, please, help if you can – you’ll feel better for it!


Update:  For those for whom the above graphic does not show up (my apologies):

Come celebrate Tibetan New Year

February 21st, 2014, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa

Suggested minimum donation is $30.00

RSVP Jose 613-263-2388,

Good things happening in Zamboanga

It is so awesome when the religionists get along with each other!

And not just lip service, ‘outreach’ and photo-ops:  actually helping each other in practical ways.

In Zamboanga, Philippines, that is exactly what happened:

“We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” said Jimmy Villaflores, Santa Catalina barangay (village) head.

But to the surprise of the mostly Christian residents, the Muslims, a number of them residents Zamboanga City who returned home from abroad recently, announced they had come to Santa Catalina to rebuild the Christ the King chapel.

“We have not heard of any Muslim helping build a chapel before,” Villaflores said.

But before the Christians could say anything to the Muslims, they went to work, sawing lumber, driving in nails and doing other things to rebuild the chapel.

“We are very happy about it. Santa Catalina residents are deeply touched by their efforts. We really appreciate how our Muslim brothers and sisters are helping us,” Villaflores said.

Retired police Chief Superintendent Sukarno Ikbala said he was listening to a live-streaming radio broadcast in the United States one day when he heard a  fellow retiree, Senior Supt. Julmunier Jubail, rallying Muslims to help in the rebuilding and relief efforts in the city.

Ikbala said he immediately came home, met with Jubail, retired Senior Supt. Bensali Jabarani and several other Muslim professionals and formed a group they called “Esperanza” (Hope).

“Esperanza stands for Environmental, Socio-Psychological, Economic, and Religious Advancement of Neo-Zamboangaenos’ Aspirations,” he said.

Ikbala said from that meeting, they raised P120,000 from the Asia Foundation and from fellow Muslim Abdurahman Nuno. The money is now being used in rebuilding of the Christ the King chapel.

It is awesome when people help people – without waiting for the governments to come and meddle, without religious leaders (really just another breed of politician) foaming at the mouth at the thought that members of different religions are actually getting along and helping each other!
And when it happens, we need to let everyone know that it is possible, so that those who have hate preached at them just might get to see that there is another way.

MSMF: Annual Indian Food Picnic in Ottawa

If you like Indian food and you’ll be in Ottawa next weekend, Saturday, 22nd of June, 2013, Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa.

This is a fundraiser for the Manjari Sankurathri Memorial Foundation – and the food is always ECXELLENT!!!
This is what’s on this year’s menu:  Indian Vegetarian Food (Served from 11am – 2pm)

Entertainment is from 2pm – 5pm.
MSMF Facts to date:

  • Children educated – 1,930
  • Eye surgeries performed – 178,805

For more information, please check or contact

MSMF Annual Picnic Flyer 2013(1)


The ‘top 12’ lists

A few days ago, I had asked who are the 12 people (famous enough for the rest of us to have heard of them) whom you’d like to spend a day/have dinner with.  Some very, very intriguing people got nominated in the comments – some of whom did make it to the early versions of my list, but did not make the cut of being in the top 12.

And, I promised I’d post mine (I wrote them down before asking posing this question in the above-mentioned post), along with some others:  well, this is that post!

My list is as follows:

  1. Richard Feynman
  2. Xanthippe
  3. Hypatia
  4. Hatshepsut
  5. Cixi
  6. Archimedes
  7. Giordano Bruno
  8. Ludwig Von Mises
  9. Samo
  10. Mika Waltari
  11. Margaret Thatcher
  12. Mark Twain

My hubby’s list:

  1. Galileo Galilei
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. Albert Einstein
  4. Neil Armstrong
  5. Leonardo da Vinci
  6. Pete Townshend
  7. Chris Hadfield
  8. Julius Caesar
  9. Alexander the Great
  10. C. D. Howe
  11. the first human
  12. the last human

My younger son is in his early teens, so, citing the inexperience of his youth, he only picked 6:

  1. Richard Feynman
  2. Notch (Markus Persson)
  3. Albert Einstein
  4. Nicola Tesla
  5. Robin Walker
  6. Gabe Newell

Interestingly, my older son’s list starts with the same man as mine and his brother’s:

  1. Richard Feynman
  2. Euclid
  3. Leonhard Euler
  4. Archimedes
  5. Plato
  6. Isaac Newton
  7. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz  (on the grounds that he’d like to get the two of them in one room, then bring up Calculus…)
  8. Georg Cantor
  9. Edsger W. Djikstra
  10. Douglas Hofstadter
  11. Alan Turing
  12. Alonzo Church

His girlfriend’s list is also very interesting:

  1. Empress Wu
  2. Zhuge Liang
  3. Emperor Qing Shi Huang
  4. an early hominid
  5. Richard Feynman
  6. Beyonce Knowles
  7. a common Japanese soldier who participated in the Nan Jing massacre
  8. Karl Marx
  9. the Buddha
  10. an African pygmy before contact by European explorers
  11. a Mayan ruler
  12. a native of the Easter Islands





Here is the ever-enigmatic CodeSlinger’s list:

Alexander the Great
Genghis Khan
Julius Ceasar
Jesus Christ
The architect of Göbekli Tepe
Thomas Jefferson
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Albert Einstein
Paul Dirac

And, young Juggernaut has a short list:

  1. Jim Morrison
  2. Friedrich Nietzsche

My mom also contributed ‘her 12’:

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Claude Monet
  3. Edgar Degas
  4. Napoleon
  5. Jesus Christ
  6. Mary, mother of Jesus
  7. Obama
  8. George W. Bush
  9. Jack Kennedy
  10. Marilyn Monroe
  11. Jan Evangelista Purkyne
  12. Ray Charles

My dad, however, gave perhaps the most Aspie answer possible:

Totally alone!

Though, he did say he’d like to bring this book.

Now, I’m going to have fun looking up and learning about all these people!

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Good bye, Barbara Ann



Lady Thatcher passes away

Growing up behind the iron curtain, she was my idol – because she was the only one my oppressors feared!

The sad news comes during a sad vigil for me, as I spend time at a hospice, waiting for a dear relative (a warrior-woman who had dedicated her life to the Canadian military and to protecting all our lives) to breathe her last…

Difficult days…

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Free Speech hero passes away


Isn’t if funny how our society has a double standard when it comes to lawyers?  If you are a defense attorney for murderers, pedophiles or cannibals, you are just fine – but defend Holocaust denier and you are smeared by association…

I’ve met Doug Christy only once, at a courthouse where I was spectating in a free speech case, but he impressed me as highly intelligent and very professional.  A tireless fighter for the freedom of speech – he will be missed!




The Jewish Defense League Calls On Our Supporters To Attend An Emergency Fundraiser For Blogger Blazingcatfur

Radical Muslims are attempting to shut down Blazingcatfur.

Monday January 7TH, 7:30 PM

Toronto Zionist Centre, 788 Marlee Avenue

For additional information call JDL at  416-736-7000