Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Two Voices For Children & Youth Rights Win

Newfoundland Traveller:

All of us need to work for peace. Each in his own way. Within homes. In communities. Between communities. Within countries. Between countries. Respect and love are at the core of peace. We all have voices to share with others.

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“I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and the first young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award.” Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Two Voices For Children & Youth Rights Win

Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Two Voices For Children & Youth Rights Win

Christine Amanpour – Who is Malala? Full Malala Interview

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart. Lao Tzu

When I heard, today, that the Norwegian Nobel Committee had awarded the 2014 peace prize  to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India…

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The East Coast Trail Ramblings

Were we excited this past Saturday when we decided to join the Mayor’s Walk from Gallows Cove to Spray Lane! We were so excited we arrived at the town office 20 minutes early. We were transported to Gallows Cove by bus, and about 20 of us walked to Spray Lane. We stopped along the way to enjoy the incredible views and to snack on Girl Guide cookies.

There were two difficult hills but the rest was easy to moderate walking. We chatted with other walkers along the way and had some photos taken. We were led my Michael Gardiner, a member of the TETC. Of course Ralph Tapper, our mayor and his wife walked with us. Ralph gave a speech at the beginning and another at our wonderful sandwiches and soup lunch, created by the Hungry Hearts Cafe. Our guest walkers included T.A. Loeffer and her partner. T.A. Gave an inspiring talk on the benefits of being in nature. Ms. Geralynn Christmas from the East Coast Trail Committee gave a short speech, enlightening us on news from the committee.

Because we enjoyed our Saturday walk so much, my husband and I decided to go to Flatrock on Sunday and walk to Spray Lane, a distance of 8.7 km, and considered to be moderate walking. It took over two hours and was invigorating. There were many hills, and rocky areas. My poles came in handy and I’d recommend them to all walkers, to help with knees and balance. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the scenery.

There are 24 trails making up the East Coast Trail, with a total of 265 km included thus far. I’m sure this will grow to include many other community trails. If you would like to donate to the ECT, go to
It is a very worthwhile cause in my opinion. I know people who have walked in groups, with family and alone. I plan on doing all of it eventually.

(Note: I may have some names spelled incorrectly. Please contact me if you know the right spelling. If you have more info to add, please add a comment.)

Here is a list of the 24 trails of the East Coast Trail:
Muddier Wet Path(Aquaforte to South West River)
2.9 km. 1-2 hrs. Easy

Spur wink Island Path (South West River to Port Kirwin)
17.1 km. 7-9 hrs. Difficult

Bear Cove Point Path (Kingmans Cove-Renews)
11.6 km. 4-6hrs. Moderate

Island Meadow Path (Renews-Cappahayden)
10.1 km. 4-6 hrs. Moderate

LaManche Village Path(Tors Cove-La Manche)
3.7+1.4 km. 2-3hrs. Easy

Flamber Heath Path (La Manche-Brigus South)
14.5km. 7-10hrs. Difficult

Brigus Head Path(Brigus South-Admirals Cove)
6.5km. 3-5hrs. Moderate

Cape Broyle Head Path (Cape Broyle -Calvert)
18.3km. 8-10hrs. Strenuous

Caplin Bay Path (Calvert-Ferryland)
5.2 km. 2-3 hrs. Easy

Sounding Hills Path( Ferryland-Aquaforte)
5.5km. 2-4 hrs. Moderate

Cape Spear Path(Cape Spear-Maddox Cove)
9.3+1 km. 4-6hrs. Moderate

Motion Path (Petty Harbour -Shoal Bay Rd. Goulds)
13.5+6.3 km. 7-9hrs. Difficult

Spout Path(Shoal Bay Rd. Goulds-Bay Bulls)
16.3+6.4km. 8-11hrs. Strenuous

Mickeleens Path (Bay Bulls-Witless Bay)
7.3km. 3-4hrs. Moderate

Beaches Path. (Witless Bay-Mobile)
7km. 3-4hrs. Easy

Timbers Point Path (Mobile-Tors Cove)
5.1 km. 2-3hrs. Easy

Blackhead Path (Blackhead- Cape Spear)
3.7km. 1.5-2.5hrs. Moderate

Deadman’s Bay Path (Ft. Amherst-Blackhead)
10.6 km. 5-8hrs. Difficult

Sugarloaf Path (Logy Bay -Quidi Vidi Village)
8.9km. 3-5hrs. Difficult

Cobbler Path (Red Cliff-Outer Cove)
8.2km. 3-4hrs. Moderate

Silver Mine Head Path (Middle Cove-Torbay)
2.4km. 1-2 hrs. Easy

Father Troy’s Trail (Torbay-Flatrock)
8.7km. 2-4 hrs. Moderate
(Comment: Parts are easy walking, but the rocks may prove difficult without sticks. There are two major hills, at the end near Torbay beach. Don’t get confused by the signs going to the church and beach. We kept walking without taking many left turns. There are planks of wood covered in wire for the wet areas. There are many views for photographers, close to the water. I would like to see some benches where a break might be needed. There are many rocks to sit down, but I hate having to be pulled up from that low. My knees are not what they used to be. We saw some couples sitting in cars enjoying the view if the beach and water. I was so happy that I brought a water bottle as I was warm and felt thirsty. Next walk I will bring some snacks for a half way break. So …I would call this my first easy to moderate path which we did in 2 1/2 hrs. Enjoyed thoroughly.)

Stiles Cove Path (Flatrock-Pouch Cove)
15.1 km. 5-7 hrs. Difficult

Biscan Cove Path (Pouch Cove-Cape St. Francis)
7.3+4 km. 3-5 hrs. Moderate

The mind can never break off from the journey.- Pat Conroy

Not I-Not anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself. – Walt Whitman

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end. – Ernest Hemingway

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings. -Moslih Eddin Saadi

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The Pantry in St. John’s, Newfoundland

What a lovely refreshing place to have lunch!
No, it isn’t cheap but it is nutritious. I enjoyed a chicken sandwich and artichoke soup and it tasted spectacular.

If you visit our city and want to support a great cause-Autism, then you can find this lovely cafe behind the Janeway Hospital, off Prince Philip Drive. Just turn at the lights going to the Health Sciences Center and it is directly behind the Janeway. I thought I was lost but I saw the sign. There is construction but you can still get to it.

There is a list of specials written on a board on the wall, and also there is a small menu. Fresh homegrown ingredients are used when possible. There are some vegetarian items as well.

The customer service is second to none. The lady who took our 16+ orders wrote our names by our orders, to make it easier to serve us when the meals came flying out. The quiche was in high demand and there were only four pieces left if anyone at our table was interested. Most of our party drank water with our food, and the jugs were refilled quickly.

I would go there again in a heartbeat. Next time I will sit outside.

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Bucket List 2014

1. Get healthier
2. Walk a third camino. I’ve done Camino Frances and Camino Portugues.
3. Write or organize ten books. I’ve published three books so far: A Cornucopia of Ideas For New Teachers, St. Shotts: Our Home, Our Anchor and Strong Camino Woman. I’m working on five books at this point in time: Camino Portugues Adventure, How My Childhood Influenced my Teaching, Some Things Are Meant to be-10 Stories to prove this in my life, another St. Shotts book, a Pasadena book. So this is more than 3/10 done!
4. Walk the East Coast Trail
5. Walk the last part of the Via Francigena
6. Have a clothes/shoes/purse exchange for 15-25 women
7. Volunteer for two more non profit organizations
8. Make two quilts
9. Become a better chef
10. Complete a program in Health and Safety and to get a job using it. This will be my next career
11. Learn Spanish and French
12. Go on a cruise

Tell me about your bucket lists.

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Bridges on the Camino Portuguese – updated!

Originally posted on Trepidatious traveller - camino blog:

I’ve been motivated to re blog this post by caminoforums member Lucimi. She made a lovely comment in response to the post, which in turn inspired me to seek out some bridge-related quotations. The most delightful aspect of this research was that I ended up on a Winney-the-Pooh website and spent an hour or so languishing in the charming words of A A Milne. I am a few quotes short and would welcome any suggestions in the comments section below.

The sun rising behind the Vasco de Gama bridge spanning the River Tagus in Lisbon. Completed in 1998 in time for the Expo 98 World Fair. Europe's longest bridge at 17.2 km

The sun rising behind the Vasco de Gama bridge spanning the River Tagus in Lisbon. Completed in 1998 in time for the Expo 98 World Fair. Europe’s longest bridge at 17.2 km (day 2)

“Hi Magwood, great photos, especially the one of the Vasco da Gama bridge, what an impressive feat of engineering. I wonder what is it about bridges that makes them so fascinating. They join fields, forest paths…

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Calgary In September 2014

Oh, it is so great to see the children and their families! Nice to visit familiar streets and cafes, too. Walking to Prince’s Island Park was hectic with all the skateboarders, bicyclists and other walkers but it was worth it. The park is beautiful and accessible to all.

Higher Ground and The House are lovely cafes to sit and chat or just write like I do. The coffee is good and the chatter inspires one to keep busy. It helps with the creative process. I will return there every time we come.

Since I am retired now I don’t mind that the shop items are too expensive. I don’t need anything and if I chance upon a 90% off sale as I did at the Peacock Boutique, I buy items for my daughters in law, not for me. It is great to say “I don’t need more silver rings, or stylish shoes or handbags.” I might buy a pair of earrings if they strike my fancy and are less than $20. Or I might find a book for my five grand kids or for myself. You never know what you will find on Kensington. Isn’t that the thrill of browsing anyway?

So I don’t have many friends here, but the family makes up for that! I have met the neighbours and others at Callum’s birthday party. They are all so very welcoming. I could live here for a month every year, or come every two years for a week! Anywhere is home when you have family and friends who are happy you are here.

So to all the Newfoundlanders who make Alberta home, I’m happy for you. I love the trips to Canmore and Banff. I love the tiny free libraries in front of people’s houses. I love the parks and cafes. Most of all I love the friendly faces who ask where you got your accent. At least they care enough to ask! I always ask ‘And where did you get yours?’ I hope I’ll be around to come back again for a visit.

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The 2014 St. Shotts’ Weekend That Had Some Twists and Turns

Friday night was one of the worst nights that we have ever experienced, with thunder and lightening that was scary. But all of that happened after midnight. Before that there was heavy downpours but that didn’t hamper the fireworks and then the bonfire on the beach. My husband and I watched the beautiful fireworks from our front room window.

On Saturday morning we just had our kettle boiled when the power went, came back and then went for good…until nearly 10 p.m. This threw a monkey wrench into our day as we had planned to have fried fish for our guests who would be arriving around noon. The river race went ahead and the sun shone brightly. Our guests were content with sandwiches, raisin buns, bakeapple and rhubarb jam and date squares. The beer and wine were still cool, so no problems there!

My husband hooked up a small generator and kept one refrigerator going. We wondered how we would cook our chicken wings for the 5 o’clock potluck in the community hall. Peter again figured that out after our afternoon of bakeapple picking. He boiled the wings in a big pot on the barbecue and later drained the water and poured honey garlic sauce on them and simmered them in our roasting pan.

The sun was shining for the cemetery mass, and folks had no trouble finding the hall for the potluck supper. We were surprised by how much food was there. There seemed to be just as much food as ever and someone had even boiled water for tea or coffee on a propane unit outside the building. The committee members never skipped a beat! Kudos to all of them!

Then people were wondering if the dance was going ahead, and an announcement was made that it would be taking place, with or without electricity. Fine St. Shotts’ spirit!

Sure enough the band arrived and the hall was in full swing! What a night of laughter and fun! Considering there are only about 60-70 people living in this tiny community most of the time, to pull off an event for over 200 is no mean feat. All residents and visitors appreciated the involvement of committees and volunteers who gave of their time, hard work and abilities to make this an unforgettable weekend, despite the inclement weather starting it off and on Sunday afternoon and with the added burden of power stoppage. Hats off to the volunteers and the good ole Newfoundland spirit! It’s alive and well in the tiny community of St. Shotts!

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