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The Comfort Maple tree is an individual sugar maple (Acer saccharum) located in Comfort Maple Conservation Area in the Town of Pelham, Ontario. The tree is estimated to be about 500 years old.  While this estimate is not based upon a complete ring count, if correct, it would make this one of the oldest sugar maple trees in Canada.
The tree is named for the Comfort family, who acquired the land on which it sits in 1816. A township map from later in the 19th century shows the land owned by John B. Comfort  and a sign at the site tells visitors that the tree and the land around it was donated to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority on April 30, 1961 by Mrs. Edna Eleanor Comfort.
The tree is 24.5 metres (80 ft) tall and 6 metres (20 ft) in circumference at the base. The tree has been repaired over the years with bricks as well as concrete and guy wires. The conservation area is located at the end of a narrow lane off of Metler Rd. (Niagara Regional Rd. 28) near North Pelham. It is surrounded by farm land. It is just 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres) and has a small parking area and some benches. 
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Truckers usually communicate with each other using citizen’s band (CB) radios, but they communicate with you using headlights, turn signals and trailer lights. In a lot of cases, you probably don’t realize they’re doing it.
The most common signal is used by cars and trucks in oncoming lanes. They will double-flash their headlights when they just passed a police speed trap that you’re heading toward. While this is very helpful, be sure you know your local laws about this, in some places it is against the law.More than two consecutive flashes from oncoming traffic signals that there is another type of danger ahead, such as a foreign object on the road and drivers should proceed with caution. These two signals are often confused, but the appropriate action is the same, slow down. ...
Friday, April 09, 2010
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See: "On Cesar Chavez Day: Recognizing Farmworkers"
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Obit from San Jose Mercury.
Photo by the late Warren Bolster, Skateboarder Magazine, Dec. 1976.
"There is a river, whose streams gladden the city of God..." (Psalm 46:4).
The stream flowing through our lives is from eternity to eternity. It is artesian. It is totally adequate. Everything we need is borne by that stream. Its origin is the realm beyond, and it carries infinite resources. In this space-time realm, conditioned as we are, the stream can seem to be a trickle. It seems puny against the drugs we're battling, against the divisions among us or the power of greed that fuels our economy.
When we're up against all the world's needs and lacks--the way we perceive life--the stream seems inadequate. But in fact, it is a powerful, surging, cleansing tide that purifies all it touches. It is a grace torrent. It flows irrespective of merit. It carries everything that a human being has ever needed--and could ever want. Whatever we need will flow by at just the opportune moment. Our problem is that we're not attuned to the stream. We don't see it. We're not even looking in the river's direction.
But when we wait in expectancy, looking at the stream and then recognizing what we need as it floats by, we simply reach out and take the gift. It's an effortless way of living. Usually we're not attuned to effortlessness. We're too busy striving. We're holding forth and carrying on and trying to reach our goals. The wisdom of the stream is the opposite of this. What I'm talking about is moving from a conceptual awareness of God's care--the idea of God's providence--to trusting the flow of that stream that carries everything we need and will bring it at just the opportune moment.[Read the rest of this sermon at Inward/Outward.]
Gordon Cosby, along with his wife Mary, established The Church of the Saviour in 1947. In this, his 93rd year of life, he still offers his wisdom and vision to the community. Audio versions of his sermons can be downloaded at Tell the Word. (Click on "Search the Word.")
Source: Sermon (June 11 1989)
Monday, March 01, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I heard a very inspiring interview on CBC's Q with Tamra Davis, the director of this film about 1980s artist Jean-Michael Basquiat. Inspiring, I guess, except that Jean-Michael died of a heroin overdose. A brilliant, trend-setting artist gone too soon.