Feb 28, 2012

On the one year anniversary of Ricky Holditch's passing, I took a little reminder of him with me all day long.  First at work, I wore my blue "R H" ribbon. Later at home, my comfie blue Ricky t-shirt was the way to go. The shirt features a memorable quote from Ricky "Make Use of the Time You Do Have"- wise words we can all appreciate indeed.

Ricky's family and friends gather at his resting place on the one year anniversary of his passing...

Ricky's pal Donald John Angus Maclean posted this pix on his facebook page in honour of his bud...
 See below for more about this amazing young man, who left us far too soon.
Never Forgotten

It's hard to believe that Feb. 28th marks one year since Ricky Holditch passed away. The inspiring young 26 year old showed tremendous strength during his final weeks, going public with his battle with cancer in the local media. Perhaps Ricky sensed his time with us was soon coming to a close and he wanted to share his story with others. His revelations were messages to everyone to listen to their bodies and for all of us to grasp the beauty of every day because you never know when your time is up.

Ricky had a strong support group which included his family and friends. Their love and admiration were abundant when they held a memorial fundraiser in his honour a month after Ricky died. His sister Tammie, girlfriend Steph and good friend Donny were amongst those who got tattoos as permanent reminders of their love for Ricky. Throughout the past year it was not uncommon to see Ricky's pals posting messages on facebook telling of how much they've missed him and we're certain with this being the anniversary of his death, there are sure to be many more.

Ricky was an amazing guy and even those like myself who only got to know him a little couldn't help but see the remarkable way he lit up a room just by being in it. It's because of this that Scribbles has a page dedicated to Holditch. A special place to visit whenever we need a reminder of all that was good about Ricky.  Visit that page by CLICKING HERE.

With Ricky as the inspiration, Scribbles has created a special video clip we call "Never Forgotten". Sadly Ricky is not the only person we have said goodbye to too soon. This clip is devoted to them all.



"What a nice dedication for such a wonderful person, I cant believe its been a year :("
-Jennifer Beaucock 

"Thank you Ken for the video you did for Ricky"
-Yvonne Sanford Holditch

"Awwww, that's so awesome Ken...My Dad called me to say he watched the video and he liked it :) also I love how you have Dave Doggett in there he was a dear friend of mine and I wish I had gotten to say goodbye, but we will see them all one day in Heaven!"
 -Tammie Holditch

":( love u guys"
-Stephanie Valhalla

Feb 27, 2012

 WOOF! WOOF!  Come to the Dog Show
Cher Ready to Hit the Road Again

Cher has thrilled fans by announcing plans for her first tour in six years.

The Believe legend last hit the road from 2002 to 2005 on her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour, which she insisted would be her final trek.

At the time, she joked she was too old to tour again, saying, "I'm approaching 80 and if I did that thing everyone does, come back in five years, I'd be driving around in one of those carts you know, the ones with the joysticks you see in Costco."

However, the star went on to perform a 200-show residency in Las Vegas from 2008 until 2011, and has now told fans she will kick off a new tour in September.

In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, Cher reveals she has just seen the sets for her new show, she writes, "Oh my God!! Just saw the sets 4 (for) the show!!! I cant show u (you) cause (sic) you'd never 4give (forgive) me! There's so much magic I am breathless!

"No s--- I'm shaking! The whole set/look changes 4 (for) every song! I mean completing changes! Tour starts in Sept! First dates Kansas.

Cher has also been recording her first studio album since 2001's Living Proof and the record is due for release later this year

Feb 24, 2012


I LOVE this new song by Kelly Clarkson. It's about a relationship gone wrong, but the chorus applies to so many things in life. As some of you know, I'm dealing with some major changes and Kelly's chant that "Whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" really speaks to me right now. Check it out.

Feb 23, 2012



My nephew Patrick is a major fan of The Big Bang Theory, so that was the theme for his 13th birthday party in early February. We all dressed as geeky scientists (seen below) and the table was decorated with lots of items you'd find in a lab.

But the crowning touch was Patrick's cool cake (above), complete with a photo of Big Bang's Sheldon and covered in colourful gumballs. Bazinga indeed!

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty, "Little" Ball of Fur

Rob's sister Patty's cat Hunter has not been going hungry, that's for sure. Here we see Sandra Burger-Vedder and Rodney Dennis holding Hunter during a recent visit (lift with the knees folks.)  Patty swears Hunter is back on diet food, but we suspect he must be secretly ordering take-out when no one's home. Happy kitty, Sleepy kitty Purr, purr, purr.
 "All I Want for Easter are My Two Front Teeth"
Graham Storie-Clark enjoys a sunny day in the park.
Court's Prop 8 decision a stern rebuke to its backers
by Tom Waters -CTV News

LOS ANGELES — Last week , in a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeal struck down California's contentious Proposition 8.

But while the ruling has been viewed primarily for its legal effect, it is much more than a rejection of Prop 8 itself. It's a new and forceful rebuke to its backers.

Proposition 8 was the referendum, narrowly approved by voters in 2008, that put a stop to same-sex marriages in California and became a political fault line dividing the state.

On one side of that divide: the religious and social conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage and support Prop 8. On the other side: liberals, civil libertarians, most of California's elected officials, and -- not least -- the gays and lesbians whose private lives have been held up for public debate.

Before last week's ruling, Proposition 8 had already been declared unconstitutional. But opponents of same-sex marriage had appealed, hoping for a different outcome. And if they had also hoped for a moral judgment from the court, they got one. Just not the one they had in mind.

The deciding judges have openly questioned the motives of Prop 8's supporters, stripping away the cloak of good intentions and finding only naked prejudice.

In public at least, opponents of same-sex marriage have often said: "We're not anti-gay. We're just trying to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage."

But now the court has looked them in the eye and said, bluntly, you are anti-gay.

"It will not do to say that proposition 8 was intended only to disapprove of same-sex marriage, rather than to pass judgment on same-sex couples as people," the court says.

Proposition 8 is "a judgment… that gays and lesbians are of lesser worth."

What's more, the court says that's all it is.

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite sex couples."

Certainly all parties agree that Proposition 8 "serves no purpose, and has no effect" other than to deny same-sex couples the status of marriage. It does not give or take away any other rights or benefits.

Proposition 8 supporters maintain that they have been acting out of a desire to protect religious rights and the integrity of the family. But the court found this claim simply untrue. Such motives "cannot have been rational bases for this measure… because Proposition 8 did not further any of these interests."

That's because Prop 8 has no effect on any laws governing family, child-rearing, religious freedom, or any other aspect of life apart from the single, narrow question of who can use the word "marriage."

And the court said that attempts by supporters to claim that Prop 8 serves some valid public-policy interest "cannot be credited as rational."

It found the sole purpose of the measure was to deprive gays and lesbians of status, merely for the sake of doing so. And the "inevitable inference" is that Proposition 8 was born solely out of "disapproval of gays and lesbians."

To support its argument that the true motive for Prop 8 is nothing more than animosity toward homosexuals, the court points to the rhetoric of the referendum campaign. The initiative was promoted, it says, "in terms designed to appeal to stereotypes of gays and lesbians as predators, threats to children, and practitioners of a deviant ‘lifestyle.'"

The court stopped short of accusing voters of calculated ill-will. But applying the words of an earlier judgment to them, it said "Prejudice, we are beginning to understand, rises not from malice or hostile animus alone." It may also come from "longstanding, sincerely held private beliefs."

But no matter where these personal biases originate, the court says, "a desire to harm" is not a legitimate legislative interest. And neither is "basic disapproval of a class of people."

The legal question, of course, is "whether a majority may use the power of the state" to validate and enforce its own prejudices "through a law that abridges minority individuals' rights." The court says unequivocally it may not.

However, same-sex marriage is not just an issue of law, but of values. And in ruling on one, the court has also weighed in on the other.

While those opposed to same-sex marriage frame much of their argument in moral terms, the court found their case to have little or no moral substance.

It is faint praise indeed if the best that can be said of Prop 8 supporters is that they are not motivated by "malice or hostile animus… alone."

But perhaps most significant, the court has exposed a basic lack of good faith. And in the final analysis, how can it even be said that Prop 8 supporters "mean well," if the one and only thing they actually mean to do is devalue the human worth of another group in society?

Feb 21, 2012

I'm Sexy and I "Bow" It!...LMFAO!

With the cute bows in her hair and her big blue eyes, Alina Dennis looks an awful lot like Cindy Lou Who from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Alina's parents Rodney and Heather hosted a Family Day dinner with plenty of delicious food for all to enjoy.

Thanks for a great meal and visit, Rodney and Heather, I really had a great time.

Feb 18, 2012

TV's longest running sitcom The Simpsons airedr its 500th episode Feb. 20th on FOX.  This comes on the heals of creator matt Groining receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the announcement that FOX has renewed the series for another two years.

With news like that, seems I'm not the only one who loves these yellow-skinned characters. My Simpsons collectibles has increased over the past year, thanks to flea market finds and gifts from family and friends. A new Scribbles video clip highlighting my growing collection is now in the planning stage and will make its debut here soon.
The Spaghetti Incident
This cute clip from Dogwork.com made us laugh,
 although we're not sure why the cockatoo is on the kitchen counter. 

Feb 15, 2012

 Love (and a Tasty Dinner) is in the Air

Just because Rob has moved back to his sister's place, doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a great Valentine's dinner together. Above, check out the nice table Rob set.Below we have Rob with his gift bag and yours truly with my cool new t-shirt, which was part of my present from my big guy.

To see even more photos of our Valentine's Dinner CLICK HERE

Feb 14, 2012

Bon Voyage

I had a great visit recently with our pal Kerri Thomson-Fortier, where we had a chance to catch up on what each other have been up to and enjoy a nice dinner at Ricki Jo's Restaurant.

Kerri was particularly bubbly during our get together and that's because she leaves Feb. 15th for a week in Cuba with her pal Penny. From what she shared, Kerri's been packed and ready to go for a while and with all the various cameras she picked up on the weekend, there will be no shortage of photos to share with you when she gets back.

Have a fantastic holiday Kerri and thank you again for dinner (and homecooked baked goods)  that was most nice of you.

Hey Mister DJ

He's quickly becoming Niagara's most popular DJ and as we see here Rob Kalmar not only sounds good, his diverse sense of style also hits all the right notes.

Interested in DJ Robin Hamilton bringing your big event to life?  Visit our Business section for more info.

Feb 12, 2012

Computer Hoax Revealed
by Glyn Whiteley | Fundy Web Hosting

"So I’m sitting watching TV when Angela hands me the phone. It’s a guy by the name of Max claiming to work at Microsoft. He informs me that my computer has been sending out reports saying that my computer is infected. Now I have herd this happen from people bringing their computer in to the store but this was first hand experience… so I thought I would play dumb and follow along and this is what happened:

First they tell you to press the windows key +R this will bring up the “Run Dialog Box” then they ask you to type EVENTVWR, this will bring up the Event Viewer for windows. They will tell you to look at the “Application Log” this will show you error’s and warnings in windows, most of this stuff is normal stuff and you don’t need to worry about.

He then told me to close this box and press the windows key +R again and type in www.teamviewer.com this will allow him to access my computer so he can fix it. (Team Viewer is a legitimate website)

At this point I had had enough, I informed MAX that I was a Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft does not contact their customers if they have spyware on their computer. I don’t think MAX could hang up the phone fast enough!

The Moral of the story: Microsoft will not call you directly if you have malware or a virus on your computer. Your Internet Provider will probably call you first. I just thought I would post my experience so no one else get’s caught with this."

MONSTeRS!!  #99
by Angela Whiteley
 Digby, Nova Scotia

Feb 11, 2012


Beautiful Butterfly Appears at My Apt.

I had a colourful surprise waiting for me when I came home from work the other day. There on my fridge was this adorable painted butterfly and a note describing him. It was painted by my nephew Graham -who lives in the same apartment building as I do -and presumably his mommy Jane (who has a key to my place) placed it on my fridge (or maybe it flew over, after all it is a butterfly)

The note accompanying the butterfly says: "My butterfly's name is Graham. I see red, green and blue. My butterfly looks like a rainbow"  He does indeed Little Man and Uncle Ken loves having it on display at his place.


 Eye Close-Up
by Angela Whiteley
 Digby,  Nova Scotia

Feb 9, 2012

Chassie's Classy!

There’s plenty of great reasons for people to visit Talk Wireless Inc. and one of them is Telus Sales Rep Joshua Chassie. Joshua joined Talk Wireless last Summer - when I was on sick leave - and works out of the company’s St Catharines location at 216 Merritt Street. With his winning attitude, extensive customer service experience and interest in all things technical, Joshua is a great asset to Talk Wireless and a real pleasure to work with.

Recently Joshua filled in for me for a few days at our Niagara Falls location and did a stellar job (not to mention some great rearranging in the office area.) And as if all these things weren’t reason enough to appreciate Mr. Chassie, he’s also a fellow Simpsons fan (“Whoo Who”).
"MMMMmm! Thanks... it Looks Delicious"

Ottawa pal Gary the bearded dragon lizard seems impressed with his meal - thanks to his human parents Megan and Andy.

"Pssst, Hey Cat..Knock the Top Off this Thing for Me"
 Floyd the cat checks out Gary's place.