Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thought of the Day

Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down. 

Author unknown

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thought of the Day

If you think education is expensive - try ignorance.
- Derek Bok

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thought of the Day

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thought of the Day

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. The rain falls soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Irish blessing

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thought of the Day

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependant on us. We are dependant on him. He is not an interruption of our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider of our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.
Mahatma Ghandi

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Soil by Spring!

My leaf & yard waste bags were picked up today. They'll be soil by spring. One of my favorite parts of the campaign. Thanks again Anne for the idea and Heidi for making it happen!!

Thought of the Day

I would like to have engraved inside every wedding band, "Be kind to one another." This is the Golden Rule of marriage and the secret of making love last through the years.

Randolph Ray

Monday, October 25, 2010

A few thank yous

To all who put their names forward to run in a municipal election today, thank you. Hope your campaigns have left you inspired and encouraged.

One day soon I need to stop and journal about all the moments that stood out during the campaign. It's been a great journey, thanks to all of you who came forward to help. Thank you for the many ways you have shown your support - the comments; notes; signs on lawns, cars & homes; donations; help with organizing the campaign; introductions to your family and friends; visits; meals; help raking to fill signs; company going door-to-door; mannequins sporting my t-shirt and the list could go on and on.

Thank you for your support. It means more than words can convey.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thought of the Day

Don't ask what the world wants, be what the world needs.
Ryan Lister

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thought of the Day

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
- Johann von Goethe

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thought of the Day

Punctuality is the politeness of kings.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thought of the Day

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~Robert Brault

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thought of the Day

You only live once.  But if you work it right, once is enough.
Fred Allen

Food for Pollinators - Getting more from our Hanging Baskets

Last night I was at a workshop where the discussion touched on the need to provide plants for pollinators and to establish corridors. What about addressing the potential for hanging baskets that already line the main streets in many communities to include an assortment of pollinators? I recognize that these are taken down in the fall but am wondering if it's still a helpful suggestion for our climate? Thoughts?

I recognize this may be standard practice in some areas but wanted to start a discussion in the hopes of helping the practice expand.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thought of the Day

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.
- Knute Rockne

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thought of the Day

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

We are a Team

I'm wondering if my supporters saw a trend in my campaign. 

We are a team.

I provide the poster, you post it. 
I provide the sign, you fill it. 
get elected - your job has just begun. 

As your representative, I will want to hear from you - about the good things you see and where we could improve. Let's keep the conversations going so Stratford benefits from everyone's input.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thought of the Day

Good clothes open all doors.
Thomas Fuller

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thought of the Day

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
Mary C. Crowley

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thought of the Day

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.
- Johann von Goethe

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thought of the Day

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, October 11, 2010

One word

A collection of words chosen by family and friends recently to describe me. Have asked those wanting to see me elected to this fall to describe me in one word to help give voters a sense of my character. Feel free to share your word too!

Wordle: Kerry_2009

Thought of the Day

If you want happiness for an hourtake a nap. If you want happiness for a daygo fishing. If you want happiness for a monthget married. If you want happiness for a yearinherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetimehelp others.
- Chinese Proverb

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thought of the Day

The very thing one likes, one does well.
Japanese Proverb    

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thought of the Day

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.

- Heber J. Grant

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thought of the Day

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Edward Gibbon

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Do the Math Campaign Reflections - Day Three

Tonight I'm working on writing my response to a question about how far I'd go to support the City's Official Plan and my reflections to the Do the Math campaign. Contemplating both at the same time is interesting. We have finite resources. How do those who are hungry, who are on a waiting list for affordable housing, who want a splash pad or any myriad of scenarios feel about spending money that detracts from meeting their immediate needs/desires?

Sometimes there's no right answer. Is it right to spend money to uphold your official plan while people are hungry? Maybe yes, maybe no. Is it right to allow development to happen that may end up detracting from the quality of life others will enjoy in the future? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Hindsight is 20/20. Those who are ignorant of history are destined to repeat it. Could we go back in time, most would support reducing the number of properties developed into gas stations. Looking ahead, we must ask ourselves whether Stratford can support the additional retail space being proposed. While we want to prevent having our landscape littered with vacant buildings and pavement, we must respect the right of companies to do business. The official plan is a live document that as new information is presented, can be modified.

But at this moment, I'm hungry. Maslow comes to mind - it's hard to engage in a philosophical debate when your basic needs are not met.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Do the Math Campaign Reflections - Day Two

Tonight there was a forum for Stratford's candidates for the position of Avon Maitland District School Board Trustee. As I've been considering what to take to school for lunch from what is in a typical hamper, I've better understood the challenge for those living in poverty to make sure they have the protein they need without endangering the lives of those with peanut allergies.

I'm missing fresh fruit and vegetables. There's a project in Toronto that I'd love to see considered for Stratford. Homeowners with trees that they are unable to harvest contact the organization. Volunteers then go pick the fruit and give 1/3 to the homeowner, keep 1/3 and donate 1/3 to the food bank. I love the model just haven't made time to explore it for Stratford yet. Would love to hear others' thoughts on this.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Do the Math Campaign Reflections - Day One

Realized this morning how much I appreciate having variety in my life. While the focus of the challenge is on food, choosing what to wear reminded me how fortunate I am to have choice. 

Tonight a friend and I were doing some work together and I invited her for dinner. We shared a box of Kraft dinner. Having people over is a normal part of my life and I realized one of the ripple effects of poverty that would be most challenging for me is the sense of isolation in losing the ability to host others for meals.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thought of the Day

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there.
Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thought of the Day

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action.
Arnold Toynbee