April Fools Day!

Having just heard Jason Kenny announce a 1.5 billion investment in the Keystone pipeline. Plus a further 6 billion on future loan guarantees I checked my calendar. Yes indeed it was April first! April Fools Day. But wait! Kenny is serious he has invested 1.5 billion in this pipeline project. I can’t believe it, why do we have to pay a big oil corporation to buy our oil?? I’m no financial expert, indeed my only knowledge of the oil business was learned watching the Beverly Hillbilly’s. I recall they discovered oil on their property and the oil company paid them making them millionaires. So why does Kenny have to pay big oil corporations vast sums of money to buy our oil? Seems to me we have the oil and if an oil company want to buy it they come to us. Kenny tries to justify this huge investment by telling us we will enjoy extra jobs and a 30 billion profit somewhere off in the distant future. The big oil guys claim we will still be using huge amounts of oil fifty years from now. Well they would say that wouldn’t they. I have to ask the question who is the April Fool, is it me? or is the Albertans who will be still paying for this huge deficit long after I’m gone. In this big oil deal clearly some greedy palms are being well greased. God Bless and keep reading.

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April Fools Day!

Let’s not speak of the pandemic or the serious issues it is causing to millions of people world wide. Let’s instead talk about our own government, struggling to continuing as normal as is possible under these difficult circumstances. Yes folks, the government continues to work very hard in the interest of the most needy. No doubt you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about? Well, while our fearless leader speaks daily to the nation reassuring us that financial aid is on the way. The most desperate and needy are already receiving much needed financial help. To whom am I referring? Why, our elected members of parliament of course. Yes! our underpaid and undervalued politicians are getting a raise! Their salaries will increase today by approximately $2800.00. April Fools Day. However they are not to be considered the fools, indeed not! that is us, the tax payers. So to all Canadian tax payers, happy April Fools Day! PS the cheque is in the mail??? I have included a few photos of the most needy in our society . PS I almost forgot to mention the carbon tax increases today as well!! Talk about a double whammy!!!  God Bless and keep paying taxes!

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United Way?the wrong way.

 I cannot think of one single or sensible reason why the Federal Government would believe giving an aid package to the United Way to administer is in seniors best interests. The money has been allotted via United Way to provide for Senior citizens in need. I imagine the first thing United Way will do is deduct their administration fees. Who would happen to know what those fees might amount too? I suppose it is too much to expect for a politician to do something smart? How does a needy senior request funds and who decides if the senior qualifies? How does one even access these funds through the United Way? Seems like this will require a large amount of red tape. Of course, I could be wrong, and the money is already flowing like a well oiled machine! If you believe, that then I have a bridge to sell you. Seriously, why couldn’t Government have simply added an extra amount to the monthly pension cheque’s. Oh yeah! That would just be to easy, and governments never do things the easy way. It seems by the time any money reaches the people that need it the most, a fair chunk as been whittled away by nameless faceless administrators?. Just my thoughts to date, still waiting to hear from a United Way agent!!God Bless and keep reading.

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A Beautiful Day

Sunday was a beautiful day, I sat outside most of the afternoon enjoying the sunshine. The neighbourhood was quiet, just a few crows, and the distant sound of a blue jay. Then the quiet was broken by the sound of a Chainsaw. The road was quite busy for a Sunday, probably people out for a drive. I saw the odd quad nipping down the road, but no motorcycles. Linda was quite excited on Saturday when a bike went roaring by. As I sat there gazing around at the sights and sounds, I realized there was one thing missing. The sky was clear and blue with nary a cloud to be seen. That’s what was unusual! The clear blue sky. We usual live under a busy sky filled with vapour trails crisscrossing the sky. Today not one trail to be seen, it brought back the reality of the situation. The pandemic covid-19 the isolation of people, of travellers, of business people, of the world of commerce now missing. No planes flying, or at least very few flying. Still the sunshine cheered me up, isolation, but the signs of spring are everywhere. Keep safe folks stay home and wash your hands often. God Bless and keep reading.

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A Little Weekend Humour.

Another Ronald Reagan joke about the Soviet Union.
If the Soviet Union were to allow another Party, other than the Communist Party to exist, it would still be a one Party State – because everyone would join the other Party!

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In the Surgery

“Relax David, it’s just a small surgery, don’t panic.”

‘But Doctor my name isn’t David…”

“I know, I’m David!!!”

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Target Practice

Husband is throwing darts at his wife’s photo, not a single dart is hitting the target.

Wife calls out, “Honey what are you doing?”

Husband, “Missing you.”

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Did you know?

The female praying mantis devours the make within minutes after mating.

While the human female prefers to stretch it our over a lifetime!!!

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Men Blond Jokes

A blond man is in the bathroom and his wife shouts, “Did you find the shampoo?”

He answers, “Yes, but I’m not sure what to do….it’s for dry hair and I just wet mine.

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A blond man spots a letter on is doormat. It says on the envelope ‘DO NOT BEND’.

He spends the next two hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.

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A blond man shouts frantically into the phone, “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only 2 minutes apart!”

“Is this her first child?” ask the doctor.

“No!’ he shouts, “This is her husband!”

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Marriage Wish

Wife, “Why are you watching our wedding video backwards?”

Husband, “I like the part where I take off your ring, walk out of the church and go to the pub with my friends!”

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College Applicant

Parents can be very upset when their children don’t get into the college of their choice.

As an admissions counsellor for a state university, I took a call from an irate mother who was demanding to know why her daughter had been turned down. Avoiding any mention of the transcript full of D’s, I explained that her daughter just wasn’t as “competitive” as the admitted class.

“Why doesn’t she try another school for a year and then transfer?” I suggested.

“Another school!” exclaimed the Mother. “Have you seen her grades?”

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One way on how to cope with the current level of stress

Heard some advice on the radio last night; it said to have inner peace, that we should always finish things we start, and we all could use more calm in our lives. I looked through my house to find things that I’d started and hadn’t finished; so I finished off a bottle of Merlot,a bottle of Whiskey,, a bodle of Bailey’s, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiumun srciptuns,an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how feckin fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. A telum u luvum. And two al bee hapee wilst in de anstalation.

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Fax Hint

As a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, I taught a series of popular courses on software engineering. The program was highly competitive and difficult to get into, but one student made our decision whether to accept him quite simple.

When asked to fax over his college transcript, the student told me, “Well, I would, but it’s the only copy I have.”

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Turn Back the Clock Night

 I thought during this trying time of self isolation I would post something from the past. I dug out this old photo taking in circa 1982 at the Charlottetown Race Track. It was called Turn Back the Clock Night.  It featured races between pacer horses and antique cars. When the sulky driver saw my car he said “Hey I wasn’t told I’d be racing against a Rolls Royce! I was quite flattered that he considered my 1948 Rover, a Rolls! Although his recognition was close, in England the Rover was known as the poor mans Rolls Royce. Not sure about the car but I certainly fell into the poor man category. Sorry the photo isn’t very clear, But it was taken in a very close nose to nose photo at the finish line. Still if you look carefully you can make out most of the details.  Look at the sun roof opening where you can see a little head wearing a spaceman helmet. Yes, that is my youngest daughter Susannah (AKA Budge) keeping a close eye on my driving! We didn’t win the race as I felt it would have been unfair to the one horsepower horse! It was a fun night with a variety of old cars. Probably the highlight was the Doug Parkman crew driving a Model T and having to push it over the finish line in the dust of the winning pacer. Happier days than we are presently going through, but great memories are a good tonic. So please, during this crisis, stay home, and wash your hand often.    God Bless and keep reading.

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Interview with the Author

Interview with the Author.
Posted on July 20, 2019 and reposted 26th March 2020
by irishroverpei

Interview with the Author. “Lily and Me”
Posted on April 6, 2019
by irishroverpei
Interview With Author Frederick Ben Rodgers by NFReads.com http://www.nfreads.com/interview-with-author-frederick-ben-rodgers/
Introduction
I was born in Belfast N.I on 15th January 1939 delivered at home by Dr Frederick Smith, for whom I was named. We lived in one of the thousands of 1860 era tiny slum like terrace houses typical of the city. I lost my mother the same year on Boxing Day, we had been at war with Germany for four months.
Please introduce yourself and the story behind your books!
My story spans the first fifteen years of my life. Of being adopted by my eldest sister and her husband, and taken to live in England. Growing up through the war years, and later attending a total of fifteen different schools. To finally returning to my family in Belfast and regain my family name of Rodgers. Finding myself a stranger with my father, brothers and sisters. At the age of fifteen I joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman. To offer more details would to give away the purpose of my book “Lily & Me.
What inspires/inspired your creativity?
It was many years later I felt the inspiration and need to record my story. In 2000 I was attending a legion Remembrance Day dinner, there were several speeches talking about the Second World War and the Korean War. There was no mention of the First World War, when my turn to speak came, I felt the need to address that, my father had served in France from 1916-19. However, I knew so little of my family history I could only make brief mention. This was I believe the moment when a seed began to grow in me to learn more about my own history.
How do you deal with creative block?
I have authored three books, two memoirs and one fiction. I can’t say I have really suffered a period when I couldn’t write. Of course I’ve had many times when I just didn’t feel like writing.
What are the biggest mistakes you can make in a book?
Other than missing words lacking comas etc and probably poor grammar I don’t recall any big errors, but remember I attended fifteen schools.
Do you have tips on choosing titles and covers?
I really don’t have anything to offer, in both my memoirs I kept the title and covers simple.
How has your creation process improved over time?
I think like most things we do, the more practice the better we become. I look back on my first book and sometimes think I could have explained some parts better etc.
How do bad reviews and negative feedback affect you and how do you deal with them?
I think we all feel a little hurt when receiving a critical revue. I have been fortunate in this area having to date only received positive revues. Oh, a few people have mentioned my incorrect use of sentences etc. But I don’t dwell on it.
What were the best, worst and most surprising things you encountered during the entire process of completing your book(s)?
Clearly for me the best was learning about my family and my past. You must understand I was removed from my home and siblings. In my early years I greatly lacked the sense of belonging, of being a part of a loving family. This was probably the worse part, learning of what I had missed. Most surprising was my journey of research and writing my first book. It was a most exciting time and so revealing, it gave me a real sense of myself.
Do you tend towards personal satisfaction or aim to serve your readers? Do you balance the two and how?
It has to be both, I needed to feel satisfaction in the story I was telling. It was also important that the reader could visualize the images and situations I was portraying.Balancing the two. Never easy and I wondered so often if anyone would ever want to read my book. I suppose that is quite natural when writing a first book especially when it’s essentially about oneself.
What role do emotions play in creativity?
This was a challenge, I spent many a restless night deciding whether or not to include a particular incident within the pages. In the end I decided on being truthful and write down the events as they happened. However, I did not include one very serious incident, which ever since I have question myself as to why not??
Do you have any creativity tricks?
Not really a trick, perhaps creative. I struggle with my first chapter, I was aware the first chapter was what kept the reader turning the pages. I decided to begin the book using the last chapter as the first. I believe it has worked out well.
What are your plans for future books?
I’m over 80 years old and health is not great, I do enjoy blogging and writing letters to the editor. However, I have no ideas or plans to write anymore books. But we never know when we might change our minds.
I served total of 23 years in the Royal Navy and RCN. I have been to the other side of theworld and back have sailed under the arctic ice, surfaced through the ice on a submarine, have play soccer on the ice. I married in 1963, and divorced in 1969, I won the custody of my four year old daughter Caroline. I remarried in 1972 we had a second daughter in 1973 Susannah. My wife Linda and I live in a little cottage in Abram Village, Prince Edward Island. We have been married 48 years, our two girls are grown and moved on. We live with our two dogs, Yoda a 11 year Keeshond, and Rosie a four month old Caren terrier mix. I have self published three books, two memoirs one fiction.
In my interview today I talked only about my first book “Lily & Me” my second book follows on where the first left off “The Royal Navy & Me” Finally four years ago I attempted my first work of fiction “Chapter XI Armageddon”
Books
http://irishroversbooks.com/

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Snitch line?

I don’t think the idea we should report a neighbour via a phone number is really what islanders are about. We don’t know why a neighbour goes out, or why they need to visits someone. Suppose a neighbour called for help, needs medical assistance with something. It seem using a snitch line is underhanded, like spying or an opportunity to get one over on a person one doesn’t like. This is a policy that could set neighbour against neighbour. Instead we should have a help line to report neighbours in dire straights. I suspect there are many people in need of help, hungry, frightened and needing assistance. Reporting neighbours to the authorities was practices in Nazi Germany during the Second World War. That folks is how police states begin, so please refuse to accept or use the snitch line. God Bless-and keep reading. 

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What to Blog About?

Oh Boy! It’s getting tough to write a daily blog when confined to the house! A few people that know me might say, “hell you never go out anyway” and they would be right. My immune system is seriously compromised and for that reason I rarely mix in large gathering. Nevertheless, Linda and I do enjoy dining out on the odd occasions. I would go to the pharmacy for my meds, attend appointments and when needed get my hair cut. I suppose one of the big items I miss is going to a book store. As I write this I’m into my last unread book, trying to read slowly but losing the battle. Anyway, we all read at a certain pace, some speed readers others like me slower but savour the story all the more. I never realized the things one might miss when they are unavailable. No post office, no library, no coffee shops, well maybe a drive through, finally no one to do my toe nails this month. Life is tough! Or maybe we are all spoiled and have taken so much for granted. There, I have managed another blog with out actually saying much. Sorry. God Bless and keep reading.

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The Virus Dilemma

We have a scary situation if not terrifying. Hospitals and medical professionals are working at maximum capacity. People are not working or earning, governments both federal and provincial are providing financial aid. Thousand have applied for EI, banks are deferring mortgages, loans etc. My fear is where does this end? Governments can’t provide aid in lieu of wages for extended periods. Like us they will run out of money too. No exports going out none coming in means no cash flow. People must absolutely cooperate by staying home, keeping distance from others. I know that is not happening now,  too many think it doesn’t affect them, it’s not their problem. It’s everyones problem, and until we either bring it under control or find the cure stay in doors. I’m elderly and there are many more like me, what happens if one suffers a stroke or heart attack. I’m sure such medical emergencies continue even in the face of this pandemic. The hospitals are full and the staff swamped? Oh yeah, forgot about haircuts! Might have to grow a ponytail! For God Sake stay home and follow the isolation requirements. God Bless and keep reading.

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