Monthly Archives: December 2007

Best Christmas Gift

One of the best television shows ever has finally come to DVD. My So-Called Life is a classic show in all aspects of the word. It was released earlier this year and I had to fight with myself not to run right to the store and pick it up. I put it on my Christmas list instead and waited.

It was well worth the wait. This is the best Christmas gift that I got this year. The boxed set comes with a 40 page booklet full of information and photos from this ground-breaking series. There are plenty of bonus features on it as well. A few key episodes even have commentaries on them.

If you have never seen this series, do yourself a favour and look it up. It has amazing writing and performances. It is brilliantly shot as well. I can’t say enough good things about it, and I am not the only one. The show was only on for one season but it has managed to stay in pop culture and has become a phenomenon. Deservedly so.

You can check out this great site for more information.

http://www.mscl.com/

Best & Worst of 2007

Here it is. My year-end Best & Worst list.

THE BEST OF 2007

Best new T.V. show – Torchwood

My favourite T.V. shows on the air right now all debuted last season. I have tried watching some of the new shows this season but there aren’t really many that capture my interest. I didn’t stick with any of the new shows except for Torchwood. It is a spin-off of Doctor Who. It brilliantly written, dark, and mature. It is perfect Friday night viewing.

Best song – Rihanna “Umbrella”

This song is amazing. I love the lyrics, the delivery, the beat, Rihanna’s voice, and the video. This song has been everywhere this year. Hands down, this gets my pick for song of the year.

There are a few songs that came close and I still have in Heavy Rotation – Sean Kingston “Beautiful Girl,” Akon “Blame it On Me,” Bone Thugs and Harmony “I Tried,” Alicia Keys “No one,” and Beyonce “Irreplaceable”

Best album – Common –Finding Forever

Common still has it. He makes hip-hop albums for mature for listeners that just bang. Intelligent lyrics, great beats, and great delivery.

Other albums that I spin quite regularly; Buffalo Tom – Three Easy Pieces, Kanye West – Graduation, Classified – Hitch-hiking Music, and Avril Lavigne – Best Damn Thing

Best Artist – Akon

Akon has appeared on so many hit records this year. His own album is banging and it seems like he can do no wrong musically.

Best book – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling.

This book wrapped up the series beautifully. I really enjoyed the entire series.

Best music video – Classified “Hard to be Hip Hop”

This video is amazingly done. It sends up hip-hop stereotypes in a very humorous and entertaining way.

THE WORST OF 2007

Worst Movie – Transformers was the movie so many people my age were looking forward to. I was a huge fan of the cartoon show when I was a kid. I saw the animated movie in the theatre. I started collecting the comic books a few years ago when they relaunched the title. They have been amazing books with great writing and character development. Unfortunately, the movie was horrible. It tried too hard to appeal to a mainstream audience and lost everything that Transformers was about. The series has always been about the robots. The movie was about a boy, his new car, and his hot girlfriend and some flashy effects. Thumbs down.

Worst Album – Remy Ma “The BX Files.” She went from being the hottest MC to have on your remix, to dropping a great debut album, and then to falling victim to the sophomore slump. Too bad.

Worst T.V. show – The Bionic Woman – It looked like it would be worth watching. I gave it a good try but after about four episodes, I realized that it just wasn’t going to get any better.

Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas everyone! I wish you all the best this holiday season. I will be taking most of the next week off from blogging to enjoy the holidays. I will post a farewell to 2007 entry and maybe another entry or two.

I will start my regular posting routine again when school starts back up in January. I will also be officially launching my new commonplace book blog at that time. Until then, all the best!

Lots of love,

Chase

Sad Drive Through the Valley

I took a trip on a new thoroughfare today and it was a really depressing trip. The ride was quick and uneventful. I made amazing time. I drove from Grimsby to the Hamilton Mountain in minutes. I had been avoiding this new expressway as a silent protest. But today, with the pressures of Christmas shopping looming over me, I decided to drive on the Red Hill Valley Expressway.

When I started running in high school on the cross country team, we ran in this valley. It had nice trails that looped through hills. There was a nice waterfall coming off of the escarpment as well. It remained one of my favourite places to run anywhere. I absolutely loved this valley. Now it has a highway running through it.

Apparently the city “needed” this thoroughfare and maybe it did. Although, we did live without it before, and we had a great green space that ran from the escarpment all the way down to the Queen Elizabeth Way. It was beautiful.

I could still see the beauty today as I drove through it, but it wasn’t the same as walking or running through it. I think we have lost something really valuable here and that we won’t ever get it back. It’s sad.

Of course the highway is now here. It links up the expressway on the mountain to the main 400 series of highways in Southern Ontario. It is a vital link in infrastructure.

Perhaps it is a necessary evil, although today I think that that is only half right. But ignoring it and not using it won’t do any good. At least we still have Princess Point and the Royal Botanical Gardens here. Hopefully we won’t pave over any more of our beautiful green space. That is my Christmas wish.

Rap Music Isn’t Music

I come across this mind state all the time. This latest instance was at a small Christmas get together at a colleague’s house. Almost everyone there was a teacher. I was in one of those small conversations that start up at these things. There was a first year teacher, a high school principal, a veteran teacher with 18 years of experience, a high school teacher, and myself. The high school teacher made the comment that “rap music is an oxymoronic term.” He said, “Rap music isn’t music.”

I think this is an ignorant mind state and I can’t believe that people think this way. When I asked him why he doesn’t think that rap is music, he said because there isn’t any melody to it. We were then arguing about the definition of music.

I talked about the talent to write lyrics that rhyme and how rappers are quite clever in how they manage to do this. They rap in cadences, in the middle of lines, and in multiple syllables. I argued that the artists actually do have melody in the way that they deliver the lyrics. In hip-hop we call this flow.

I tried my best to change his mind but I don’t think I did. I didn’t get much support from the other teachers either. They shrugged their shoulders most of the time during our heated exchange. I was trying to have nice debate with him but he kept coming back to his narrow definition of music as something that had beat and melody. I argued that anything with beat is a song. You can’t have a song without beat and rhythm. I don’t think the limited definition of melody needs to be added to these two key ingredients. In fact, he admitted that drum troupes make music.

In the end, he did admit that rap is poetry and a form of art but he would not budge on his original statement. He said that he can appreciate it but to him, rap is not music because it has no melody.

I know he might not read this, but I want to continue this argument.

Rap is music because

1)It is delivered and consumed in the same way as any other music genre
2)A rapper does the exact same things any other songwriter does. He or she writes lyrics and decide how them fit together with music.
3)I could take any song from any genre and rap it and I bet that I could make it sound good.
4)The instrumental track or “the beat” can be very musical. Rap is not just about simple drum patterns and loops.
5)Rap singers use inflection, dynamics, accents, many other musical devices.
6)Music is anything that we listen to.
7)It is acknowledged as a music from by Billboard
8)Rap has the two components to any form of music, beat and rhythm
9)Rapping is a talent that needs to be practiced and developed just like any other form of music performance

There are so many people who don’t understand rap music and hip-hop culture and won’t even try. To those people, I will always have something to say. Hip-hop is a valid form of music. It is poetic and beautiful. And it isn’t going anywhere. It has been around for close to thirty years now. It is time that it was accepted as a legitimate art form. I won’t stand for any less than that.

A Teacher on the Front Page – And It’s Good News!

I was pleasantly surprised to see a teacher on the front page of the newspaper this morning. The story is about how Dino Crapsi has made a difference in his classroom and community.

This is the picture of Dino Crapsi that appeared on the front page today. It is a bit hard to tell from the picture, but he is wearing a vest that is accurate map of the world. Right away you can see the passion that he has for his subject. He teaches high school geography and incorporates technology in an amazing way.

Mr. Crapsi uses Geographic Information System or GIS in his teaching. It is a computer application that allows the user to map out all sorts of data. His students have won awards using it. It sounds like an excellent program.

Click on the link below to see the full story.

http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/298462

Ecophobia – We Are All Doomed!

I came across the term “ecophobia” recently while reading an article about “green classrooms.” Now being green is the politically correct thing to do. I have nothing against conserving and being respectful to the planet. I have done so since I was a child. I have always recycled. I don’t litter. I don’t waste water. I have even tried to cut down on the amount of driving I do. I am doing my part. Yet everyday, we are bombarded with news stories about climate change and global warming.

We are told over and over again that something needs to be done to save our planet. In fact, I have heard on television that we only have five years to do something about it or it will be too late. I don’t see anything really happening. We haven’t heard any good news. It would seem that we are doomed. Scary stuff. No wonder that some kids are scared of nature.

Ecophobia is the new term to describe the fear that many people have for the earth’s future. The doom and gloom that we are bombarded with on a daily basis from television, to movies, to news, to books, etc, is enough to frighten little children. And some people think fairy tales are too much for the youth.

The article “Classrooms are Going Green” in this month’s Instructor magazine encourages educators to teach children to love and appreciate the natural environment. Samantha Cleaver writes, “once children enjoy the outdoors and understand how the environment works, teaching them about environmental issues can empower them.” I wholeheartedly agree.

Scaring people doesn’t seem to work. Giving people facts and education, and then letting them make their own decision is the only way. This is something that I try to do in the classroom every day. The ideas in this article require us to take the learning outside. This is hard to do for a lot of reasons, but it is worth exploring more. I think my classroom could be greener.

Destroying Our Sense of Closure

Why do Networks do this? Why do they destroy our sense of closure? I quite frankly have had enough of this!

I enjoy watching television. I need it some nights. After a long day of work, I like to come home, lie down on the couch and relax. I love watching hour-long drama series and actually getting into the stories. My beef with television stations is that it seems to have become common practice now to run a commercial before the show is even over.

I know that you have seen this. You are watching a show and really enjoying it. It comes to an end and you want to sit there for a moment and just take it all in. You need to have a sense of closure. You watch the credits roll and just think about the show you had just seen. It is a much needed moment sometimes. But what happens, more often than not now? The credits get squished all up so that they take up only half of the screen while we are subjected to a commercial of another show that the network in pushing.

This interruption of my favourite programs is really annoying. My other pet peeve about network television is that they will run commercials during the show. Usually when show gets back from commercial, we see an animated flurry at the bottom right of the screen. It may tell us what show we are watching now and then the image will flip to tell us what comes on next. You know what? I don’t care and I don’t want to see this commercial. I want to see the show.

I also don’t need to see the station identification in the corner of the screen for the entire episode either. Is there anything we can do about this? I know that most of the times I can just ignore these extraneous stimuli. I can focus on the program and not the advertisements thrown at me. Although, sometimes these ads have come at crucial moments and have obscured an important clue on the screen. I have missed foreign language translations that were written in captions on the screen because of this practice. I have missed small details that were crucial to the mystery I had been watching.

All of the practices interrupt my viewing pleasure. I think it is time for networks to realize that most people do not appreciate these practices. It is time for a change. I might also add that it is easy enough for anyone to change the channel and you may lose a viewer.

Musical Triumph

Last night was the annual Christmas concert at my school. It was amazing. After a month and a half of struggles, trials, and tribulations, it seems that all our hard work paid off.

We combined the Grade 3 and 4 classes this year to do one song. We sang “Up on a Housetop” but we added some instruments to our performance during the chorus. It sounded like this,

“Ho Ho Ho, who wouldn’t go,” some kids were shaking jingle bells along with the rhythm.
“up on a housetop,” the kids tapped on drums to simulate the reindeer walking across the housetop.
“click, click, click,” and students tapped rhythm sticks together.
“down through the chimney” – students struck the inside of triangles
“is Good St. Nick.” – everyone struck their instrument three times.

During practice, this never worked so well. Someone always played at the wrong time or was talking. We worked so hard to coordinate this but last night, they blew me away. It was absolutely perfect. Everyone sang with enthusiasm, played at the right times, and got a loud cheer from the audience. It was an amazing feeling to see all the hard work pay off like that.

The choir got to close out the show. We sang, “On Christmas Morning,” and “Old Toy Trains.” Once again, they really impressed me with their enthusiastic singing and projection towards the audience.

I think this was the best Christmas concert I have ever performed in. I didn’t even perform. All I did was organize the choir, hold lots of practices, and conduct them on the big night. Yet, it still feels just as good to lead a great performance as it does to be up on stage delivering one. It’s a great feeling and I love it!

Secret Santa Doesn’t Work!

I can appreciate the thought behind Secret Santa gift exchange. Names are picked randomly and anonymously from a hat. Participants then buy a gift under $15 for the person they picked. The gifts are to be signed from “Secret Santa.”

I have had a few bad experiences with Secret Santa. I remember when I was a child and we did this, I just happened to pick my best friend’s name. Of course, I wanted to get him a really cool gift so I went over the dollar limit. I got him a gift I knew he would appreciate. I was excited about the day we exchanged gifts. I didn’t realize that my present would cause such a stir. My friend got the coolest and most expensive gift and everyone knew it. A lot of people seemed upset about this. I will never forget it.

I don’t think Secret Santa gift exchanges are fair. I chose not to have on in my class this year for a few reasons.

1) The teacher always has to buy at least two gifts in case someone forgets or is unable to buy one for the person they picked.
2) Someone is usually upset at the gift they got in comparison to everyone else’s.
3) People have forgotten the concept behind the “Secret” part and sign their names.
4) People try to figure out who gave them the gift.
5) I keep getting the same thing over and over again.
6) Some places of work don’t allow you to opt out of this.
7) Someone is usually left out. A lot of times it is a small oversight but it seems to happen every year.

I don’t like this practice at all. If you want to give someone a gift, then by all means do it. But don’t make this a big event that everyone needs to participate in.

Last night, we had the annual staff Christmas party at my school. We came and put our gifts under the tree. I noticed that my gift was signed, as were most of the others that I saw. I made sure that the gift I gave wasn’t signed by me but by “Secret Santa.”

I don’t want to sound unappreciative. I like giving and receiving gifts. It is part of the fun and wonder of Christmas. However, the truth is that now that I am older, the gifts aren’t really important to me anymore. If I didn’t get one gift this year but spent a lot of quality time with family and friends, I would be happy. Besides, last night I received the third insulated, stainless steel, coffee mug from Secret Santa. I don’t even drink coffee. Oh well. It’s the thought that counts right? Or is it?

Blog Entries on Google

I shocked myself today as I did some research online. I was trying to see if there were any websites that were dedicated to quotes from rap songs. I was researching my idea about publishing my commonplace book in a blog.

I have wanted to find a good way to organize the quotations I have collected for quite some time now. I thought that a new blog would be the perfect vehicle for this endeavor. I could post up all of the entries in my commonplace book and they could be organized easily by theme, author, genre, and any other appropriate tag by putting labels on the posts.

My commonplace book now has 300 entries in it. If I post at the same pace as I do on this blog, I would have enough entries to last just over a year. I thought that a good way to add to my collection would be to add some of my favourite rap song lyrics. So I typed “rap commonplace book” into the Google search engine and got my post “Hip Hop in Final Jeopardy.” This really shocked me. I have searched by my name before and got a hit but I have never found a blog entry of mine by doing a regular search. It was so cool to see this happen.

I have started my new blog but won’t be regularly posting until the New Year. I want to run regular features on it like I do here in this blog. I will probably have a specific weekday to shed light on hip-hop. I am still working out exactly how I will post up entries. I want this to be a great collection that I can share with you.

Since a commonplace book is a personal collection of striking passages from any source, I thought it appropriate to title this new blog, Thoughtful Cacophony. It is a collection of thoughts and it fits ties in nicely with the title of this blog.

Please head on over to Thoughtful Cacophony and let me know what you think.

Commonplace Book # 13

“But it must be said from the outset that a disease is never a mere loss or excess – that there is always a reaction, on the part of the affected organism or individual, to restore, to replace, to compensate for and to preserve its identity, however strange the means may be . . . “ – Sacks, Oliver. The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales. Summit: New York, 1985. pg 6

Compensation is an amazing thing. Science is often unable to explain how people manage to recover from certain conditions. I have read accounts about the brain that are absolutely fascinating.

My favourite superhero is Daredevil. He is a blind man whose only super power is that the rest of his senses are all heightened. He can actually “see” all around himself in a sort of built in radar. His powers were the result of accidentally being dosed with radioactive chemicals. However, my favourite storyline in the comics dealt with him losing his powers. His trainer and confidant told him that it was never the radiation that endowed him with powers. He said that everyone had this ability but had forgotten how to use it.

It is possible that we don’t really know how to use our minds and bodies to their fullest potential. That is why they can act on our behalf to compensate when need be. It is a fascinating topic, definitely worth more exploration.

Inner City Visions

I caught a show this weekend called Make Some Noise. It was an amazing show about young Canadians who have done some extraordinary things to make a difference in the world.

I saw an inspiring segment about a young man who started up a recreation centre. He had a unique vision and appropriately named the centre I.C. Visions. I.C. stands for the youth that this center serves in the inner city. The centre got funding from the government and is the first hip-hop recreation centre in North America.

The centre runs a variety of programs to reach the youth of the inner city in Toronto. I think having a centre that focuses on hip-hop culture is a beautiful thing. It engages the youth and provides them with a safe and supportive environment. This is exactly what kids need.

Hip-hop is more than just music. It is something that can be created by anyone with the desire to do so. It is a way of life and a culture that defines so many young people these days. This centre allows kids to creatively express themselves. They have an urban music oriented recreational drop-in, music industry workshops and seminars, talent showcases and competitions, a full-fledged art and photography project, a basketball program and a clothing line division.

I wish there were more of these centres. This is exactly what kids need. Hip-hop is a powerful force that speaks to a whole generation. There are people like me who have grown up with this culture. What a great way to give back to the community and make a difference by sharing this love with the youth. Kicks and kudos to the creators of this amazing program!

Recommended Reads # 5


Watchmen by Allan Moore and Dave Gibbons

This book is a classic in all rights. It has won a Hugo Award. It has had a huge influence on books that came after it. It is in many people’s top ten lists. And lastly, like all classic literature these days, it is being turned into a film. The one thing that is unique about this book is that it is a comic.

Watchmen is a graphic novel that brings humanity and realism to superheroes. It deals with mature subject matter and is not simply a comic book. It transcends the medium and is brilliantly written. Any preconceived notions that you may have about comics will be thrown out the window when you read this book.

So far, all of my recommended reads have been prose work that would appeal to an adult audience. I don’t believe that this book is any different. It is great literature and should not be discounted because of its format. So even if you have never read a comic book before in your life, this is a must read.

I hope that the upcoming theatrical adaptation of this work will be as well done as another Alan Moore graphic novel adaptation you are probably familiar with it. It is one my all-time favourite movies as well, V for Vendetta.

Classroom Economy

I thought I’d take my classroom economy one step further. I was really happy with how it had turned out so far, and it seemed to be a good lesson in responsibility. This time, I would sustain it for a month and make it a class challenge.

I gave each student in my class $20 worth of play money at the start of last month. I let them know that they needed to be responsible for this money for the entire month of November. Since there are about twenty school days in the month, this works out to be a dollar a day.

I started up a bankbook. I used a coil notebook and dedicated one page to each student. I locked up the classroom money kit and the bankbook in my cupboard. When a student needed to buy a new pencil, I took their twenty-dollar bill, made change, wrote it up in the bankbook, and handed out the new pencil. I fined students a dollar for not bringing back homework and for talking during the announcements.

After a week of this system, I pulled out the prize box. Anyone who still had $20 was able to select a prize for free from this teacher store. Other students could “buy” a prize for a dollar. I reminded them that the goal this month was to have the most money left at the end of it. Nobody took me up on my advice and everyone who had less than $20 spent a dollar on a prize. I don’t think I could blame them. I probably would’ve done the same thing in their position.

For the next three Fridays, I opened up the teacher store and gave prizes away to the people who still had $18.00 or more left. For everyone else I charged them a dollar. If a student had less than $10.00, I charged them $2.00 for the prize. And each Friday, everyone bought a prize.

This past Friday was the final day of the month long contest. I collected all of the money back and checked it against my records. I had one student who still had $18.00 left, one who had $16.00, and one who had $15.00 left. I awarded them some special prizes that I had brought in just for the event.

I’m not sure if this is saying anything but the three winners of this month long contest all happened to be girls. It makes me wonder if ladies happen to be better at managing finances than me. Just a question, what do you think?

A Lesson in Responsibility

It started out simply enough. I wanted to give the students in my class a genuine experience working and dealing with money. It is a very practical application of math and the work that we need to do in class. So my idea, was to give each child $5.00 of play money. They really seemed to like this. The school play money looks pretty realistic as well.

So now each student had $5.00 of play money that they were to keep in the side pouch of their pencil cases. If anyone lost the play money, they would owe me real money to replace it. I made this threat fully hoping that I would never have to follow through with it.

I gave each student a brand new pencil to start the week. I told them that if they lost their pencil they would have to “buy” a new one from me. I also told them that if they failed to bring back their homework they would be fined a dollar. Students who still had all the money at the end of the week would be able to buy a special prize from the teacher store.

This really seemed to work. Students were responsible for their money and looked forward to buying a treat at the end of the week. I decided to try it again the following week. One student lost her $5.00 bill. I hated to exact the penalty that I had threatened only the week before so I casually forgot it. When Friday came, I did not let this student have a prize but I didn’t mention the penalty. Everyone else in the class seemed to be enjoying the system so I again ran it the next week.

To my surprise that following week, the student who had lost her $5.00 of play money brought in a real five dollar bill and gave it to me. I hesitated to accept it. Losing one bill in my math kit wouldn’t make a big difference. $5.00 is a lot of money for a kid in Grade 4. These thoughts ran through my head. Yet, at the same time, I was proud that she was showing such responsibility. I did what I had to. I put the money into my shirt pocket, thanked her, and gave her a new bill of play money.

Shortly after this exchange, the principal happened to wander into my classroom. The students were quietly working and on task. I pulled out the $5.00 from my pocket and offered it to him as a donation towards the Grade 8 trip. He accepted it when I told him the story. I think all the students learned something from this exchange. It gave me another idea (continued tomorrow) . . .

Commonplace Book # 12

“Luria thought a science of this kind would be best introduced by a story – a detailed case-history.” – Sacks, Oliver. The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales. Summit: New York, 1985. pg 5

I always thought that the humanities had a lot to say about the nature of reality. I have always been an admirer of good stories. I love literature. I loved studying books in class and writing essays. I don’t know a lot of people who actually like writing essays in university but I loved it. It was actually a bit of a loss when I no longer had to write them. I found that I missed it.

Analyzing stories was something that I had done for almost my entire school career. But now that I had my degree, I no longer needed to do this. It didn’t seem to sit right with me. That was when I realized that story is everywhere. It isn’t just in books. Everything tells a story, even science. This quotation helped me to finally understand what science is, and it started my collection of story quotables. There will be a lot more to follow.

What is your Dream Car?

When I was a child, my dream car was the black pickup truck that Michael J. Fox had in Back to the Future. It was a beautiful ride with chrome running boards and hunting lights. I always told myself that I would own a truck just like that someday.

So far, I have only owned second-hand cars. They have all been ordinary mid-sized cars. I would still like to have that truck but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I have a new dream vehicle now anyway.


Here is my new dream car. It’s a BMW X5. I have had the chance to drive one and I immediately fell in love with it. I don’t know what it is about this car. Maybe it’s because it is more practical for my life now than a pickup truck. Maybe it’s because it handles so well and looks amazing. Maybe it’s because it is way to expensive and I know I will probably never have one. Whatever the reason, this is my dream car.

I love the fact that both of my dream rides are powerful vehicles. They are also both practical for different things.

If I had enough money to buy two cars, I would consider buying a ZENN car as well. I first was introduced to this car on the Rick Mercer Report a few weeks back. ZENN stands for Zero Emissions No Noise. Now that is a dream of a different sort. I love to do my part to save the world. This car would certainly help.

The ZENN car is completely electric. It makes absolutely no noise when it is in operation as well. The only drawback to it that I can see is the regulated maximum speed for an electric car is only 25 mph. The battery also gives you only 35 miles per charge. It would be perfect for small trips around the city but it wouldn’t really suit all my transportation needs. Too bad too because it is a great car, very cost efficient, and excellent on the environment. If everyone had these, the city would be so much quieter as well. No Noise! It’s unbelievable.

So there are my three dream cars. What are yours?

Give A Day

Today is World Aids Day. What are you doing about it?

I have decided to take my usually day off of blogging and post about this important topic.

I watched some great coverage on music television yesterday that really got me thinking. B.E.T. dedicated their entire show last night to raising awareness about this deadly disease. The hosts debunked myths about the disease, and educated the audience in a very informative way. I hope that they reached their usual audience and that the message got through.

I flipped around to MTV Canada and saw a story that really piqued my interest. Notable and respectable musicians were encouraging us to “Give a Day to World Aids.” The idea is that on December 1st we all give one day’s pay to this important cause. Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies was speaking about what a difference it could make worldwide if everyone donated. I know that he is right.

I am usually reluctant to give out a large amount of money to a single charity. I donate money and time to important causes often. I have a few “favourite” charities, that I have no problem donating to several times a year. Maybe it is time to expand this practice.

I wrote earlier this week about the amount of debt I am in right now. I can’t really afford to give up a day’s pay. Yet, I have so many blessings in my life that I feel compelled to do this right now. So I think I am going to log on to giveaday.ca and donate my hard earned money.

I’m not in the best place right now to donate, but if I wait until I am in a good place financially, I probably never will. Something to think about anyway. Why don’t you consider giving a day?