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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Academy

Here is the Girls side of the school that sits between my back yard and the peace park...

From Wiki.. The schools namesake;

John Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, IPA: [ɡjovani melkiõrre ʙoskoː]; 16 August 1815[1] – 31 January 1888), was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century, who put into practice the convictions of his religion, dedicating his life to the betterment and education of poor youngsters, and employing teaching methods based on love rather thanpunishment, a method that is known as the preventive system.[2] As he was a follower of thespirituality and philosophy of Francis de Sales, Bosco dedicated his works to him when he founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (more commonly known as the Salesian Society or the Salesians of Don Bosco). Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious congregation of nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls, and popularly known as Salesian Sisters. In 1876 Bosco founded a movement of laity, the Salesian Cooperators, with the same educational mission to the poor.[3] In1875 he published 'Bibliofilo Cattolico - Bollettino Salesiano Mensuale (The Catholic Book Lover - Salesian Monthly Bulletin.)[4][5] The Bulletin has remained in continuous publication, and is currently published in 50 different editions and 30 languages.[4]

Bosco succeeded in establishing a network of organizations and centres to carry on his work. In recognition of his work with disadvantaged youth, he was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Oliver Peace Park and Community Garden

The History: Prior to 1914, 103 ave was known as peace avenue. The Garden was purchased from the Catholic School Board in 2008.

I sat in the initial meetings where we discussed what kind of green space the community wanted.

The park has a series of raised beds that allow the seniors in the surrounding assisted living complexes to garden as well. The large rock was to be a water feature... I'm not sure what is happening with that.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fire Men!

The Fire Boys were in the river valley practicing repelling and using other rescue equipment.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Dog Days of... Fall!

This is not my dog... ;-)

All the pictures I took of Farrah turned out badly!

Friday, October 1, 2010

My Fav doggy Trail

Sorry about the complete lack of dogs.. I went in the middle of the day and it was a tad slow.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

THe Dog Park Foot Bridge

THis bridge turns what would be a 30 min drive into a 10 min one. It connects the south and north sides of the river. In the winter half of the bridge is left unplowed for the cross country skiers.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Dog Park

It's fall and I have rediscovered my love for the dog park. My prior dog was lost in a separation so for a while I wondered around the park trying to decide if I wanted to be a single parent. In the end I decided to take the leap. Pictures of Farrah will come later.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


HI... it's been a while since I have done this.... SORRY

I have been through a divorce, Major Depression, Gained 40 lbs, Lost 20, a new BF and now a career change.

Sadie has been with me through most of it ;-)

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