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Friday, January 22nd, 2016
9:00 pm
The snow storm on the east coast (etc.) and our filk community
Please stay safe and let us know that you are ok.

Here or on FB.

Virtual hugs to all of you

Monday, December 7th, 2015
9:02 pm
FKO26 PR#1 and a Filk Hall of Fame update
The PR#1 has been sent to those in our data-base.

If you did not receive this and want one - it is on-line on the FKO web-site (or you can send to me an e-mail at FKOREG AT Gmail DOT com.

I have now received two fantastic nominations for the Filk Hall of Fame. But I still need more. Through the FKO web-site.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
7:43 pm
Filk Hall of Fame
Just a reminder that Nominations for Induction into the Filk Hall of Fame for 2016 are due by the end of the first week in 2016.

The preferred way is via the on-line form in the FHoF section of the FilKONtario (Filkontario.ca) web site.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
8:54 pm
To Bill Roper

World Series.

I will cheer for the Cubs if you cheer for the Blue Jays - for both to get to the World Series.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
5:27 pm
FilKONtario - Pre-Reg.
Just a reminder that this closes on Apr. 6. I will receive cheques until that date. Payment by PayPal will also be accepted to this date.


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
7:03 pm
Just a reminder that if you intend to purchase a membership or banquet ticket at the Pre-Reg. price, that I need to receive the payment, by Apr. 20. Thanks.
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
9:08 pm
FKO Progress Report
The FKO 24 Progress Report has been sent out. If you want one and did not get one, e-mail me via:
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
11:35 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour: Feeding Bodies and Minds
I am a regular volunteer at Neighbour 2 Neighbour, a Hamilton food-bank. You can visit their web-site here: http://www.n2ncentre.com/. For last year’s FKO, I asked (very close to the con) for food donations. I want to thank those who brought me items. I want to expand from last year, what I think you can help me with. If you are coming to FilKONtario this year I want you to know that N2N also has a used book store, and distributes some books free to both kids and adults. So we're looking for either non-perishable food or used, even damaged books, especially books intended for children or youth. Should they happen to be SF&F books, that is, even better. Convert them when they're young!
BTW – the FilKONtario ConCom has my support of this project.
Oh, if you are on a ConCom for any filk or even non-filk convention, I would love it if you can pass on my idea. I, of course, would love to hear about this.


Monday, December 17th, 2012
8:04 pm
Filk Hall of Fame
We are trying to update the FKO web-site with photos for the FHofF site, of Inductees.

I am looking for a photo of Bill Mareschiello. If you have one, please e-mail me and I will let you know, where to send.


Thursday, December 13th, 2012
10:54 pm
Filk Hall of Fame - nominations.
The correct date for last nominations is Jan. 7. The Jan 10 one, posted by Jane, was my error.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
10:06 pm
Filk Hall of Fame Nominations
Please go to the FilKONtario web-site to make a nomination. Nominations close on Jan. 7, 2013.


Saturday, August 25th, 2012
8:03 pm
40 year's ago - right now - 8:00 pm, EST
Judith and I are celebrating a special day today. Forty years ago this evening, we were married -- and still each other's best friend. I was 10 and she was 8 and 1/2 :).

A longer post from Judith, may follow.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
8:56 pm
Filk Hall of Fame
I do not post very often. But I look at LJ's post daily. I comment, sometimes.

Once again, I ask, to all those in the filk community, to send in your nominations for the induction for 2012.
Please go on the FKO web-site and to the Hall of Fame nomination page to send.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
9:47 pm
FilKONtario Pre-Registration
FilKONtario pre-reg closes on Monday the 25th. If you are planning on coming, and want to take advantage of the pre-reg price, you now need to pay by PayPal. Please e-mail me regarding this. Thanks.
Saturday, February 26th, 2011
8:26 pm
Postage Stamps - a request
I collect stamps. This started as a kid, thru my father,and continued. After Jude and I got married in 1972, it was still a hobby of mine.
It continued after we had Jennifer and a little bit after Richard was born.
I introduced my father-in-law to this hobby, and now have his collection.
I have not touched the hobby since this.
A couple of years ago, with thoughts from Jude and our kids, I needed to find a hobby - and this one was suggested - and I have support from the home front to pursue.
So, if you can save a stamp, on any envelope you receive, and send to me, via Mongol mail, or what ever, this would be great. If you could include a mint stamp from your country (i.e. unused) that would be great. If you know someone who has collected stamps in the past, and has a collection that they know longer want, let me know.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
4:48 pm
Blizzard Warning - for Southern Ontario
This from the "Environment Canada" web-site:

"This is the first widespread blizzard warning for Southern Ontario since March 1993, during the 'storm of the century'."

We get snow storms, in Hamilton - we also get "lake effect snow".

As Judith has previously posted - we have no where that we have to be tomorrow (Wed.) We have provisions for us and the "kitties".
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
9:59 pm
Aurora Award
First of all, I want to thank Jude for her post about this award.

I have not been on LJ for awhile, but Judith passes on to me, daily, any updates she thinks I should read. In this case, I have read all your comments, to her entry and I want to thank you all.

Below is what I commented on, for this award, on the Filk Hall of Fame Facebook page. I thought you needed to see it here.

"As I said to Jane, when Judith woke me up last night ... I was very, very, surprised that I won this.
This was not my award, it is the filk community who shares it with me. I started the Filk Hall of Fame to ensure that the members of our community, whose contributions should not get lost, get the recognition they deserve.
To me, the more important thing about this award, is that it is one within the SF fan community - not just within our segment of this, the Filk Community. I hope, even if in some small way, it helps us to grow."

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
1:59 pm
Volunteering - Part 2
Last week was volunteer week in Hamilton - and subsequently there were ads in the paper for volunteers. Even though I knew I wanted to help out the Bruce Trail Association I figured I had some more time available so I contacted the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and had an interview with them on Monday.
Neighbour to Neighbour: run a food bank - 1000 clients who can use the service once a month; offer resource counseling; have self-help programs; read to kids in the school; and have a used bookstore.
The interview went well and the coordinator asked that since I had an interest in books and had been involved with taking money in my capacity as Treasurer of many volunteer groups would I like to work in the bookstore as they needed help there. I agreed - they only require a minimum of one 3 hour shift a week - but I can work others or in the food bank warehouse if I want to.
I had an orientation this morning. Duties will include: sort book donations into whether they are even saleable due to physical condition; sort by possible value for sale - someone else decides whether what we have put into this category should be and they price (and this group is kept separate from the rest); sort balance into fiction and non-fiction for both kids and adult books; sort further by type - i.e. SF, mystery, history, sports etc. and put these in the applicable bins; put on shelves if room - various people are responsible for certain types (sections) and they fill the shelves and move old stock to the reduced section; take cash from those who buy books; take phone queries regarding donations including giving the caller an alternate outlet for their donation if we don't need them i.e. things we don't sell like clothes.
My first shift in next Wed. from 9:30 to 12:30. I don't have a section to shelve and look after yet but since I noticed that the hard-cover fiction is not in alpha order I asked that if I had time could I work on that and was told yes as the person who is in charge of that section has not been in much.
I will let you know how this progresses and I do more things there.

Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
3:08 pm
Being a volunteer - part 1
I have posted before about retirement and trying to find a part-time job while Judith is still working.

I have decided that in the mean-time, along with the e-Bay stuff I am doing, that it is now the time to start volunteering.

We love the chance to hike along the Bruce Trail - and the Bruce Trail Association (BTA) is always looking for volunteers. The Bruce Trail is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It covers 840 km of main trail and has 440 km of connecting trails.
It is broken up into sections and the one we live in is the "Iroquoia Club".
Through the Iroquoia web-site I contacted them and let them know that I would like to help in some way - especially with trail maintenance. Anyone who has walked the Bruce Trail or any "managed" recognized trail know how much, as hikers, we appreciate that the trail is safe and enjoyable - and most of these would not exist without members wanting to volunteer.
I was finally able to connect with someone late Monday evening and met with a dedicated work party of 13 others to do trail maintenance Tuesday morning (they do a work party on Tues. and Thurs.). The supplies needed to do this work are either donated from outside the BTA or paid from the association itself. All labour is done by volunteers.
Each work assignment, has been prioritized as to what needs to be covered.
Our job on Tuesday was to cover a certain amount of trail to cut up trees that had fallen over the trail or cut down trees that are dead, or are beside the trail and may fall down at any time.
I was the newest to the group (ages between 55-70). As I found out, there is a core group in the weekly work parties, of what they call "Trail Captains" who are appointed to ensure that for their assigned section, the safety of anyone - whether a BTA paid member or not, can safely enjoy the trail. Some of them have been doing this for 15 years. Some of them are "experts" in their previous work-life. Of the 14, I was 1 of 3 who was not a Trail Captain.
We split went in different sections of the same trail from where we parked - this was mainly to cut up and remove trees that had fallen over the trail.
We then moved to another section where we had the same type of trees but, also those dead trees still standing close to the trail, that could pose a danger. Even though the trails are walked weekly, there is always new trees, tree roots etc. that due to weather conditions, need attention.
We took with us (other than our own needs): 2 chain saws and the gas and oil they need, hammers and shims to work with what the person sawing needs, 2 pry bars (about 7 ft. in length), 2 "peveys" (if you have ever seen a TV program where they show loggers rotating logs - that is a pevey), 2 rope/pulley systems.
Whenever a tree was being cut, a member of the group would go a certain distance beyond each end of the cut - to ensure anyone coming along the trial would know what was going on.
I was new to the group - I helped as much as I could. These are volunteers - when someone gets tired, someone else steps in. People as for advice.
It was fun - I met another "tribe", I walked 8000 steps and I did something useful to ensure that the BTA can continue. For now, I told them that I will be there on Tuesday mornings.

And after tomorrow I will be able to post, Part 2

Current Mood: satisfied
Sunday, January 28th, 2007
12:20 am
Filk Hall of Fame
The Jury has made their choices and the Inductees have been chosen.

The Inductees have been phoned and the Jury has been told who will be inducted.

I want to first thank all those who nominated and secondly the Jury for being part of this - without nominations and a Jury to be part of the selection process, the Filk Hall of Fame would not exist.

Those attending the FKO banquet will learn who the Inductees are and the rest of the con membership after that, on the Saturday evening. I will post to here, after the con and the web-site will be updated with the names sometime after FKO.
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