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40 Is Just a Number

Well, my 40th birthday is ending in less than an hour. Frankly, I don’t like that number. It’s an age many people dread. So, I’m just not going to care about age.

And then it happened. I stubbed my toe on a door, lost my footing at the top of the stairs, and went tumbling down. Scraped and bruised shoulder and elbow, scraped hand, and bruised knee.

Happy birthday to me.

What’s Going on Inside My Head

Here’s what I’ve been thinking about recently:

  • My daughter read her first book by herself. This is actually pretty exciting for me.
  • I worry about the future of science in the US.
  • Climate change is real. Stop trying to hide it.
  • I wonder which team will draft me when I finish this season in the OHL in NHL 17 in Be a Pro mode.
  • This had me laughing my ass off.
  • Tomorrow is my daughter’s 5th birthday. This weekend will be the first time that we have a birthday party for her and invited friends. I wonder how it’ll go.
  • What should I watch on Netflix?
  • I loved the school group that came through at work yesterday. Amazing kids.
  • I miss Japan.

What have you been thinking about recently?

39, but Not Admitting It

It’s my birthday. I remember when my parents were my age. Now I’m that age. Weird. But you know what? I don’t care. Age is just a number, and I feel totally different than my age.

People are expected to be or act their age. I may act it in some ways, but I’ll still do fun things younger people do. I’m not going to be an age, I’m going to be me. Besides, with my daughter being only four, I have to be young at heart.

In other topics, the trip this weekend was amazing. The hotel was amazing. The hot springs were amazing the view was amazing. I have a lot of pictures, but also around four videos to add to A Taste of Japan. I’ll try focus on those videos before we go to Canada, but no way I can finish them all. It’s about thirty-three videos to make.

Wish I could take that holiday over again.

My weekly report is delayed, and will be done tonight, as well as the weekly science video, and another post with a video I recorded this morning. Lots to see!

Happy Birthday to a Four-Year-Old

Happy birthday to my incredible daughter! She’s four years old today.

Static! She’s looking a bit older, more like a kid. Growing up too fast.
Looking cute. She loves to pose for pictures.

It feels like it’s been such a short time, but my daughter has grown from a newborn baby to a smart, creative, and loving girl. She tells us she loves us every day, many, many times. She loves to cuddle. Her new favourite sentence is “I like…” And now that it’s her birthday, she gets to open her birthday present. And yes, she got what she asked for.

Four years old means she gets to start kindergarten. She needs to improve her English, but she’s been making big strides lately. By the time September comes around, she’ll be speaking pretty fluently in English, I think. This is also the year that she finally gets to go to Canada. And she’ll be meeting her grandparents in person for the first time, and many other relatives. It’ll be a big year.

So, happy birthday to my little girl! Love ya!

Authors Answer 12 – Childhood Favourites

Authors were once children.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?  Many authors loved reading books when they were kids.  It’s my daughter’s third birthday on Sunday, and she enjoys books, though she can’t read them.  She’s mostly into colouring books at the moment, though she likes looking at pictures, too.  Last year, she got the entire set of Beatrix Potter books.  We haven’t read it together yet, since she’s not patient enough to sit down for more than a minute with it.  So, what did our authors enjoy when they were kids?

peterrabbitQuestion 12: My daughter’s third birthday is on January 25th. What children’s books did you read when you were a child?

H. Anthe Davis

There were these two Buddies books with a duck and a bunny and a monkey who were best friends and had adventures that usually involved standing up for people being bullied.  I really liked those but no one else seems to have read them.  I also remember a lot of Ezra Jack Keats books, and stuff like The Story of Ferdinand.  That’s right, Ferdinand!  You don’t have to fight if you don’t want to!  When I was slightly older, I read stuff like Sideways Stories from Wayside School and the Babysitters’ Club and the Chronicles of Narnia, Dark Is Rising, Castle in the Attic.  Those kinds of things.

Paul B. Spence

I have dyslexia and didn’t learn to read until I was 9 years old. After that, I couldn’t stop. Children’s books for me were Podkayne of Mars, The Dragonriders of Pern, Stalingrad (a nonfiction book), Mutiny on the Bounty, and the Mowgli stories, which are NOT for kids. As far as suggestions for a 3-year-old, I wouldn’t even know where to start.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Oh man…what didn’t I read as a child? I don’t really know how it happened, but I was reading at a pretty young age, and my parents encouraged the habit by buying me no end of books. They used to pick me up at least one book every time we were at Coles, and back when the grocery stores and gas stations used to have those “one book available each week” sets we used to collect them all. I had piles of books about everything from fairy tales, to ghost stories, to an entire series about a group of girls who put together a club for babysitters. One of my favorites as a small child was the Paper Bag Princess, because who doesn’t love a princess who can take care of herself?

Amy Morris-Jones

I used to love a series of books called Sweet Pickles—especially the one called “Elephant Eats the Profits.” As I got older, I broadened my horizons to Charlotte’s Web.

D. T. Nova

If you mean a very young child, anything by Dr. Seuss. And some associated with various cartoons and movies; for some reason I really liked the Gremlins book.

But after I really started reading, let’s see. James and the Giant Peach, A Wrinkle in Time, Peter Pan, and for less famous examples the Carmen Camera and Lucky Starr series.

And a lot of nonfiction.

S. R. Carrillo

I always wanted to read older, more mature books than I was allowed when I was younger, as children’s fiction felt me feeling massively unfulfilled in the fiction department, so I spent most of my formative years reading nonfiction, where the world was real and sometimes ugly, and I really appreciated that.

Jean Davis

I don’t remember much before Chronicles of Narnia. I think that set the bar for me as a kid. In fact, I don’t recall having books as a little kid or having anyone read to me. I was set in front of the TV so that my mother could read her vast collection of mystery novels uninterrupted.  It wasn’t until I had access to the library at elementary school that the book bug sunk its claws in deep.

Caren Rich

I love children’s books.  I still read them.  Some of my favorites are:

  • Ramona Quimby– because the imagination of a young girl is an amazing thing.
  • Where the Wild Things Are– it’s just amazingly fun
  • Mr. Pines Purple House– no one likes to blend in
  • A Bad Case of Stripes– Ok, I didn’t read this as a child, but I read it to my kids.  A great book about individuality

That’s probably enough to get you started.

Linda G. Hill

I loved Dr. Doolittle when I was a kid, since I adored animals. Of course it wasn’t until I was about 8 or 9 that I could read them by myself. When I was very young it was anything that had to do with Disney. The only way to get the stories unless they were in the theatre was to read them, after all.

Elizabeth Rhodes

Happy birthday to your daughter!  I started out by reading Dr. Seuss books.  Hop on Pop was the first book I read on my own, and I quickly went through the collection.  Another favorite of mine was Where the Wild Things Are.

Jay Dee Archer

I started out with mainly nonfiction books, including the encyclopedia, of course.  I read a lot about dinosaurs, space, and animals.  I even had a bird field guide I liked to read and study the different species of birds.  When it came to fiction, I was started out with Hardy Boys, though I didn’t really read them much.  There were some books in elementary school, like Charlotte’s Web, and I also read some Dr. Seuss.  But in general, I was a big nonfiction reader.

How about you?

What were your favourite books when you were a kid? What would you recommend for a young child today?  Let us know in the comments below.

Lots of Hate for Neil deGrasse Tyson

So, this happened.  I’m really curious about people’s thoughts.  I like Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I think he’s doing great things to help educate people on science and get people interested in astronomy.  However, he’s gotten a lot of conservative Christians angry.

So, Sir Isaac Newton was born December 25, 1642 (Julian calendar).  It’s a fact that can’t be changed.  Newton was a celebrated physicist.  I could see an astrophysicist wanting to celebrate his birthday.

So, December 25th was a Pagan holiday before it was Christmas. That’s a fact that can’t be changed, either.  What’s funny is that the traditions you see on Christmas aren’t even Christian traditions (the tree, presents, Santa.  And certainly not ham, because the Bible says pork should not be eaten).

Because Tyson is in the spotlight a lot, he gets vilified.  In my opinion, I don’t care one way or the other.  I’m not a Christian, and I don’t attack religion.  I like to get along with everyone.  But on the other hand, Tyson was just stating facts.  It’s how people interpret them that’s important.

Just my thought this morning. What do you think?  Happy Holidays, everyone.

What are you doing December 21st?

Friday, December 21st, 2012.  Winter solstice.  I have the day off.  What am I doing?  I’m not sure yet, but I’ll definitely be continuing to live in this continuing world of ours.  This is the only time I’ll say this: No, the world isn’t ending.  The Mayans did not predict the end of the world.

Now, winter is approaching.  It already feels like winter here.  The Japan Meteorology Association has predicted that this winter will be colder than last winter.  Last winter was the coldest in several years.  But this winter will be colder?  I’m not looking forward to that.  It’s no secret that I dislike winter.  I may be from Canada, but I don’t like the cold.  The Tokyo area has a mild winter, but with the lack of central heating and decent insulation, it’s always cold inside.

I have some things to look forward to, though.  New Year’s Day will be interesting.  I’ll be spending it at my wife’s family’s home, where we’ll have an amazing meal, delicious sake, and most likely go bowling.  My daughter’s first birthday is next month, too.  It’ll be an exciting time to see her change from a baby to a toddler.  With the week off that I have around New Year’s, I also plan to do a lot of work on this blog, as well as write as much as I can.

So, what are you planning to do after the non-end of the world?