Jul 26, 2019

YOU | All Aflutter


Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, 
but simply because they lead you nowhere.

- Paulo Coelho

Jul 25, 2019

PETS | Oh Brother!

People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

YOU | 3 Party-Filled Days!


"WOW, can you believe it, i have made it to 60!!

Since we plan on moving to Nova Scotia real soon, this will be my last birthday here. It would be great to see as many old friends that i can. It's been a long time since i had a big party here.

Please Repost & Share"

PS...Don't worry Dave & Chris aren't leaving quite yet, but this will likely be Dave's last birthday celebrated from his home in Port Colborne, ON 

PASSAGES | Dr. Smith Truly Made Us Smile

Dr. Smith's Obituary

SMITH, Dr. David John Kirvell .After a courageous battle with cancer, David passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in his 73rd year. Beloved husband of 49 years to Pat (nee DiSapio). Proud father of Paul (Krystyne), Dr. Daryl (Nadia), and Dr. Judene Benoit (Andre). Doting grandfather of his "wild ones" Anika, Sofia, and Wilder. Much loved brother to Ron (Pat), Lois (Victor), and Dennis (Madeleine), and brother-in-law to Jim (Ina). David will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Herbert and Effie (nee Bowland).

He will also be missed by his other family at Smith Family Dentistry

David served the St. Catharines community as a dentist for 44 years with compassion and integrity. He was proud that all three of his children also chose careers in the dental field and worked directly with him. 

In honour of his dedication and generosity in helping patients in need, donations to Community Care's dental assistance program and the United Way's Brushed Aside denture program will be welcomed via George Darte Funeral Home

Growing up in White River, Ottawa, and North Bay, he developed a great love of the outdoors. An avid canoeist, bowler, and golfer; he will be missed by all of his many friends.

When he wasn't in the office, he loved to be in the wilderness of northern Quebec or at his cottage on Stoney Lake. A lifelong learner, he was passionate about pure mathematics, genealogy, and the sciences. But above all, he loved his family. 

RECIPE | Ken's Tasty Summer Salad

Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow. 

Jul 24, 2019

EDITORIAL | We're All in It Together

Hi everyone!   
Summer is sizzlin' all around us and nowhere is that more true than with you...our amazing Scribbles gang. You've been making the most out of every heat-filled moment with celebrations and holidays.

Our "biggies" this time out would be our two Ottawa Valley themed posts and Scribbles Videos. Let Love Grow gives you an intimate look at what it was like at Megan & Andy's wedding, held in a large field in rural Renfrew. It was almost surreal seeing so many of you at the big event and not just because you saved me a chunk of cash in postage fees when I gave you your Scribbles keychains. LOL!

I won't lie, I was a bit scared during the storm's climax as that large tent flapped and roared with the down pouring of the rain and crashes of thunder. Sitting in an area where there were plenty of kids meant I had to keep my cool and act all grown up about it all, but I was eyeballing the nearest exit just in case.

I'm so happy for Megan & Andy. Love truly grows in this family and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Many of you had cause to celebrate in the past few weeks. First it was graduations then it was Canada Day and we have cool collages of you enjoying both.

Scribbles Dunnville friend Kathryn Stengel shares her stunning photography and the mission of By the Willow, which she is associated with. Bekah, Dave & Chris have new dogs at their homes, we have a new Scribbles pal and we review two more movies.

This is our last multiple posts update until September. For the remainder of the summer, we'll have fewer posts, released singularly not in groups (So no "10 New Posts" till the fall.)

Lately I've been reminded of how just unique Scribbles is through our interactions with those darn keychains or from seeing you in Renfrew. It's a pretty one-of-a-kind entity and it thrills me beyonf words to play ringmaster to all of it.

Happy summer, enjoy YOUR new Scribbles posts.

Ken  xoxo

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Jul 16, 2019

YOU | The Class of 2019

“Be who you are and say what you feel,
 because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

YOU | Secret Scribbles Fan Discovered

Common sense is like deodorant, those who need it the most never use it.

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SCRIBBLES VIDEO | We Returned to Our Roots

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” 

SPECIAL SECTION | Megan & Andy's Wedding

SCRIBBLES VIDEO | Let Love Grow.... Megan & Andy's Wedding Day


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MOVIE REVIEW | The Intruder Definitely Isn't Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

In The Intruder, a young couple buy a beautiful home in Napa Valley, but encounter trouble when the previous owner refuses to let go of the stately manor. It’s kinda like Fatal Attraction without the boiled bunny.

Dennis Quaid is perfectly cast as the psychotic prior home owner who becomes absolutely unhinged when the new owners don’t follow his strict routines. Quaid’s performance steals the show.

The Intruder gives us suspense without resorting to over the top gore or computer generated effects.

If you’re looking for a few good chills, yet not enough to keep you up all night afterwards, The Intruder will do the trick.


YOU | Comfort & Respect By the Willow

YOU | True Patriot Love

When things don't go right, turn left.

PASSAGES | Five Years Without Her

SCRIBBLES VIDEO | ENCORE | Remembering Connie  | 2014

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Start with you. Start where you are. Changing the world is an exciting idea. Changing yourself makes it possible.

QUIZ | Do We Think Alike?

Back in the 80's & 90's, Do We Think Alike? was featured in almost every issue. Do you and I think alike? Let's find out. Grab a paper and pen and answer the following questions. My answers and what it all means appears below the questions portion.

Do We Think Alike?  

1. There's lots of ice cream flavours but to me you can't beat this flavour ________________

2. My favourite thing to do outdoors in the summer is _________________

3. The thing I have to do in the summer that I don't like is _______________

4. The BBQ is at optimal heat, time to get cooking.  The best thing to BBQ is _______________

5. Man, I'm thirsty. I need a drink. My favourite non-alcoholic thirst quencher is _______________

6. Coffee or tea?  You can only have one, the other will no longer exist. Which one would you KEEP? __________

7.  My favourite season is ____________________

8.  My favourite pizza topping is ____________________

9. But I don't like this on my pizza ___________________

10. If I could be a contestant on a game show, I'd want it to be this one __________________

My answers appear after this....


MY ANSWERS for Do You Think Alike? 

1. Vanilla is still my favourite ice cream. 2. In the summer I like gardening & working in the yard. 3. Cutting the grass is the thing I don't like doing in the summer.o 4. BBQ'd hamburgers are still my favourite.  5. Give me an iced tea when I'm thirsty.  6. If there was only one, sorry coffee, my choice is tea. I could live without coffee, but keep your hands off my tea. 7. Fall is my favourite season  8. My pizza must have pepperoni, the rest is optional. 9. Don't even think of putting anchoves on my pizza. 10. If I could go on a game show, gee that's a tough one, there's 2 that come to mind...I guess I'd say Press Your Luck, I love that show, it would be awesome to be playing against those whammies.

How many questions did you answer the same as me? 

0-4  Looks like we don't think alike very much. That's okay, we connect in other ways.
5-7  Impressive! Guess we're mre alike than some may have thought.
8-10 I bow down to you. You think very much like me. And gee, I can't find fault with that. LOL. You're one smart cookie!

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MOVIE REVIEW | Yesterday's Troubles Aren't So Far Away

After watching the movie Yesterday, I went online to see what the critics thought of it. Talk about polarizing. While some said it was superb, others slammed the film, with one referring to it as the worst movie she’d ever seen (obviously that reviewer has never seen Mama Mia 2, which not even an appearance by the iconic Cher could save.)

To bridge the gap between these opposing points of view, let me toss my 2 cents into to the opinion pool. Yesterday is neither the best nor the worst of movies... and that’s both a problem and a pity. A film that pays homage to the Beatles massive library had the opportunity to knock it out of the park. Instead it merely walks to first base.

The premise, without revealing more than the film’s trailers have, finds the world a strange place where the Beatles and the mania that they caused, has never existed. Only the lead character Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel - a down on his luck musician, remembers the Fab Four and claim’s their lyrics as his own. Yes, the concept is a bit odd but if you go into it anticipating you will be asked to use your imagination, it makes the impossible plausible and the movie somewhat more tolerable.

Yesterday does bring us rearranged covers of the Beatles songs, something that has worked in the past for other films such as Across the Universe and is entertaining here as well. But where it failed for me was about midway when the plot not only thickened, it congealed. The “no Beatles” story was still present, but seemed to take a back seat to another storyline, one that’s been used repeatedly for decades on the big screen and has been done better.

John Lennon asked us to Imagine a world of peace while Yesterday asks us to imagine the planet without the four lads from Liverpool. I’m still holding out hope for Lennon’s vision but have little of it left for Yesterday.


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Jul 15, 2019

YOU | Jody Turns Her Passion for Beaches into Unique Collectibles

Our friend Jody has taken her love of all things beach-related and turned them into a new part time business.

Sas & Lily's Just Beachy offers "unique, handmade beach and ocean themed items for your home, cottage, work, and special occasion".

Items include: gel candles, resin art, personalized photo items, beachy furniture and more.

Jody says "Sas & Lily's Just Beachy...[is] named after my two fur babies Sassy and Lily who loved walks on the beach."

On her newly launched Facebook page Jody says "If you see something that catches your eye, just send me an email or message me and an item can be made personally for you."

Jody adds, "[Sas & Lily's Just Beachy is] dedicated to, and in loving memory of my Mom and best friend Sue and her love for the cottage."