Sep 30, 2015

FAB PHOTO | by Darin Sherk

Darin says of his awesome photo, "This is at the top of a mountain called Heckle Hill in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. They had built two Wind Mills here to produce Hydro, one has failed and never been replaced."

Great photo Darin. 

Sep 28, 2015

ANNIVERSARY | Drifting Back 36 Years

No matter when you may have first discovered Scribbles, you've been a part of a very interesting journey. A place where the accomplishments and special moments of those around us have had a place to shine.

Many times friends has told me how it felt like they knew someone else whose stories and pix they had followed on Scribbles over the years. They may never meet in person, but somehow they've made a connection.

Some friends share tales of meeting someone for the first time, such as at work or a group they just joined, and realizing that person somehow looks familiar. Yep. As it turned out they had both been featured in past Scribbles posts.

In many cases you and I have watched together as kids have become adults and then parents of their own, all well-documented over the years through one of Scribbles many incarnations.

Knowing that there are so many amazing people whose paths somehow crossed with mine and ever since then they've become a part of Scribbles, is certainly humbling.

Believe me when I say, I do not for one minute forget the uniqueness of Scribbles and its elite band of followers, who are truly like family to me.

September 1 was "officially" Scribbles 36th Anniversary.

It was Labour Day weekend 1979 while watching the Jerry Lewis Telethon that I first sat down with some paper, pens, crayons, scissors & glue and started creating. Jerry Lewis and Ed McMahon would be staying up all night for their cause and so was I. What resulted was a small single copy book called SUNNY Digest, for my youngest sister Jane.

We've changed a few times over the years - our biggest being Scribbles Magazines [that many of you still have kicking around your homes somewhere] and our transformation to the world wide web.

Who would have thought that 36 years later Scribbles would still be doing what we love best...making you the star of the show.

And let's not we're using a forum that can be viewed around the globe. That's certainly a lot different than a single copy digest that was shared amongst its readers like a library book.

Where in the world is Scribbles today? Anywhere you want it to be!

Happy 36th Anniversary to you and us....the stars of Scribbles!

Ken Leavoy


Sep 7, 2015

PICTURE PERFECT | A Rich Eye for Beauty

  ENCORE POST FROM JULY 2013  This golden gem was taken by our friend Rich Hunt and is truly worthy of framing. Rich wears many hats and has lots of interests, as we have mentioned before on Scribbles, photography is certainly one of his finest.

Things That Make You Go, "Hmmmmm?"

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going to?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?

If people evolved from apes,why are there still apes?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Sep 1, 2015

PETS | Cottage Cool Cat

And a day of fresh air and fun at the cottage, Olive the kitty likes to curl up near "mommy" Megan for a long cat nap, as seen in this photo from last Summer.

EDITORIAL | Lesson Learned

It was 25 years ago today - Aug. 30th - that my biological father took his life. The fact I refer to him as my "biological father" and not dad, is a pretty good indication that we were not very close. 

My parents separated when I was 9, which I feel was the bravest and wisest decision my mother ever made. My father was a very troubled man and I'll spare you the details of the abuse he inflicted upon my mother, my sister and I, prior to mom leaving him and starting a new life with my step-father.

My father and I lived hundreds of miles apart and had very little contact throughout the last 20 years of his life. I had forgiven him for the things he had done in the past and we were civil towards each other, but that was about it.

When my mother came to my workplace 25 years ago today and said "Your father is dead", my immediate response was "He killed himself, didn't he?" Somehow, I just knew.

At his funeral, I got to see the many people who were truly hurt that Keith was gone. Friends and family who interacted with him on a regular basis.

Having myself attempted suicide in the past, I learned something the day we said goodbye to my father. I saw the pain and anguish of those who loved him and told myself to always remember this.

It's not always been easy, but when I've been in that deep dark pit of despair, I recall my grieving grandma and the others who were devastated by my father's actions. Then I visualize how MY family and friends would feel if I were to follow in his footsteps.


Dad, I wish you had of reached out to your loved ones instead of a loaded gun, Your actions taught me something I will try never to forget. And as I've sat here carefully choosing what to say and what not to, I've realized something.

I miss you too.

YOU | Surprise, Surprise!

My cousin Jeanne Prince who lives in Renfrew, recently turned 60 and her family and friends gathered on Aug. 15 to celebrate the event with a big surprise party.

My life long buddy Doug offered to drive to Renfrew and back in order that we could also join in the fun. Accommodations were taken care of by my cousin Cathy (Jeanne's sister) who was one of the many party coordinators.  Cathy & her husband Ernie have two trailers at a campground on Mink Lake, so Doug and I stayed in one trailer and Cathy & Ernie stayed in the other one,

We will be putting together a video of the event, featuring lots of photos and video clips, but while we wait for that, here is a short clip of Jeanne discovering that Doug and I were among her 60 party guests... IT'S HILARIOUS!!


It's often been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and while in most cases that's quite true, sometimes to truly tell the story, it takes two. HERE'S A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE MEAN:

Last Summer, Gail Sharratt-Mallory and her daughter Katie enjoyed a holiday in Australia. While they were there, the mother daughter duo did all kinds of touristy things, including checking out a zoo.

As we see below, Gail almost laid an egg, when a large bird decided to get a MUCH closer look at her.

I trust you didn't have to use that empty plastic pop bottle to protect yourself, my fine feathered friend!

When Megan Fox turned the legal drinking age a few years back, one of the things she wanted to do when she and her mom Jeanne visited St Catharines that particular Summer was to check out the local gay bar with yours truly and my sister Jane.

The one and only hot spot at the time was The New Vouz, so that's where we merrily made our way.

Below we see our two Country gals before seeing pix of hot, naked men on the TV near our table, and their reaction after viewing a pix that would make even the barnyard bulls back home envious.

Not that we purposely intended it to be part of the theme, but here's another mother and daughter "LOL" moment.

Julia Dickson-Eckert and daughter Jade decided to be trendy and take some "selfies" this August, joined by their lovable little dog Murphy. Although the first "selfie" is quite tame, when Murphy's eyes bugged out, the girls went dog gone crazy with laughter.

The pair of pix below were taken in April 2011 when my then partner Rob and I visited the Ottawa Valley.

As part of the tour my cousin Janet McParland took Rob, myself and my cousin Megan for a joy ride on the family's ATV (All "Terror" Vehicle.)  While I rode shotgun with my hands firmly gripping the grab bars, Rob and Megan sat in the back, facing opposite the direction the vehicle was traveling.

Janet hit a rock (aka "small mountain") and the ATV took off in the air, as did everyone sitting in it, especially Megan, who was captured in mid-air by Rob and pulled back to her seat.

Below are the exclusive pix of the incident. Photo one taken a mere heartbeat prior to our lives flashing before our eyes, as evident in photo two.

Funny as Hell to share later, but requiring a change of underwear when it actually happened. LOL!


Our last set of pix are truly considered classics in my family. The first photo was actually taken AFTER the second one, once we had all composed ourselves as best we could.

And just what was it that had us all in stitches?  My mom was trying to get my step dad to move over a bit for the photo and when she touched his sides he accidentally farted.  Our reactions in the second pix say it all.

It's universal folks.....farts are funny, especially when they pop out when least expected.

And by the way, that cute little kid sitting between me and my then partner Glenn is none other than Megan Fox who has the dubious honour of having been featured in three of our five photo sets featured in this silly section.

Do you have any photo duos that fit the 'It Takes Two' theme?  Brave enough to share them with your fellow Scribbles pals?  We'd be happy to feature them if you do, so don't be shy.

RECIPE | Ice Cream Sandwich.


Healthy Ice Cream Sandwich.... It can't get any better than this!!!

1. Blend Greek yogurt and FRESH strawberries (or fruit of you choice)

2. Apply a thick coat to graham crackers and make sandwich

3. Freeze.