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Archive for the ‘Links’ Category

For Terror or Worse…

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on March 24, 2009

I don’t mind someone running my name through a computer to see if I’m a terrorist…a murderer… or anything else illegal…unless…it is illegal to speak out about something…long pause

But after reports that Google and many other search engines keep all data and searches… Facebook wanting to keep all my information even if I delete my stuff…Facebook actually deleting an unfavorable comment I made last week….finding those New World Order videos just the other day (out of the blue…NOT looking for them), the constant yakity yak about globalization and now a benign referral to this video…it really makes one pause and wonder…


Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE tech!  I think this is remarkable technology and can be used to all kinds of good.  If only we could trust one another, ah yes, the ever elusive Utopia.

Databases…data being held about you from the time of your birth, where you are, etc. have been in existence for a long time…HOWEVER…it is getting easier, more people are selling their “proverbial souls” for the love and greed of money or power… AND (it is a big and too) “we the people” are sleeping…soundly, passively in our peaceful little worlds…it has happened before… more than once… recently… I pray it doesn’t happen again.  Then I realize I live in reality.

I’m truly not trying to be a fear-monger, the media does that well enough.  However, it isn’t like I’m out there looking for this stuff.   It comes to me, I share what I believe I’m to share.  Peace, love and joy to you.


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Have you snorted lately?

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on June 11, 2008

 Click here to snort.


Okay, maybe you didn’t snort….but did you crack one? 

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O Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaay…

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on April 24, 2008

The searches for today made me pause for a giggle or two.  Hope you get one too!


happy Easter!  ….HUH?  Thought that was quite a while back, must be in another country???


canvas garages  ….love it when someone is browsing!!!


link:  …this search under Google pulls up my Wii post…WT?


Mary Kay Pushers  ….never heard that before and laughed my head off.


Posted in Fun, Humor, Life, Links, Mary Kay | 5 Comments »

For Laughs!

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on April 18, 2008

Check out this blog if you haven’t already, it is a hoot and quick to run through.


by saclute

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Posted by TheCanvasGrey on April 16, 2008

I just found a new favorite place!  Post was changed…so it isn’t your eyes, it was me.

 Okay, I admit it….I didn’t scroll down far enough or look hard enough…ick. 

I saw some Coexist stickers and “Ask your doctor if medical advise from a TV is right for you.”  

That one got my attention and funny bone.

I had no idea of the political slant at the bottom

I still love the thought of being a peacemonger.

Just not from that direction. 




Posted in Appreciation, Awareness, Dreams, Figuring it out, Hope, Learn, Life, Links, Media, Politicians, Politics, prayer, Religion, Spirituality, thankfulness, Think about it, Trends, Truth | 2 Comments »

The Age of Autism

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on April 10, 2008


Nicole Beurkens the Director of Horizons Developmental Remediation Center in Michigan asked me to mention that during the month of April for every new person who signs up for a free newsletter at  her clinic will make a donation to a scholarship fund for parents who require financial assistance to access treatment. 

I do this as an informational service and to be helpful, not as a recommendation.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND any individual treatment, place, etc.  I do have links to a variety of autism websites for informational purposes. 

I think each child and family are unique and could benefit from any number of people, places and programs. 

I recommend:

     education, read as much as you can as quickly as you can about similar situations.

     early intervention if possible but it is NEVER too late!

     deep breathing, for you, your child, your family, it helps!

     at least a consultation with a neurodevelopmentalist.

     one way all the way isn’t necessarily THE way, try lots of things to see what works for YOU!

     read, reach out to others, use their experience to help yourself and your family (use ME)! 

This is by far my favorite definition of autism because I find it the truth.







 Above all, love is love is love.  Everyone has difficulties in life we can rejoice about them and how we are different or lament about it.  I ALWAYS choose to rejoice because I’m never bored, there is always something to do or learn.  Thank God!  I get to choose happiness!

Posted in Appreciation, Autism, autistic spectrum, Awareness, Children, Family, Girls, Health, Hope, Kids, Learn, Life, Links, Love, Media, Mom, Mother, Think about it | 9 Comments »

Happy April Fool’s Day

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on March 31, 2008

 Here is a link to the top 100 April Fool’s jokes (per this site). 
 My favorite is #10:
#10: Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity

In 1976 the British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth’s own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

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Unlocking minds…which key fits?

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on March 10, 2008

Or does any one key fit anyone?  Are brain problems just neuro related or are they psycho related or a mixture of both?  How much of the environment plays into it?  The things we eat, drink, amount of exercise, fresh air, good and bad bacteria, inside, outside, upside down…it makes my head spin.  One thing is for sure, we, as humans, are in our infancy when learning about just one area and much less than our infancy as to how they intertwine, relate and what they need from each other to function in a healthy way.

But just for fun this site has some interesting tests for your brain

Posted in Appreciation, Autism, autistic spectrum, Awareness, Figuring it out, Grow, Health, Hope, Learn, Life, Links, Love, Media, thankfulness, Think about it | 2 Comments »

The Teacher still teaches…

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on March 3, 2008

Many of you have seen or heard about Randy Pausch (A Teacheris the link on my blogroll) and his profound final lecture.  I like to keep up on his activities as I am lead to pray for he and his family and all those that suffer from “difficult” diagnoses.  His most recent update proves he is still teaching, God bless him. 

If you or someone you know is facing a difficult diagnoses this is something to read and rejoice:

He also has a new lecture about time management that I just discovered.  I think he wrote it for me…I’m in DESPERATE need.  I’ll be watching it soon! 

White Rabbit

Photo by krisopherallen


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Advertisement, For Sale: Commercials, have you noticed?

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on February 13, 2008

Have you noticed the commercials lately? 

Hyundai their new mantra:   Rethink EVERYTHING

Dove   Campaign for REAL beauty, thank you DOVE!

Vaseline Intensive Care  You must see this, it is amazing! I love this type of art.  I tried to find the hands advertising campaign but found this instead.

There is a new one that I just caught a glimpse of recently but I can’t remember the product.  It was different parts of bodies that were of every age and color.  Real bodies with moles and wrinkles…I am amazed!  Tylenol is the product.

Just think of it, everyday people, how we really look, how we really feel…it is amazing!  I’ve never experienced this in my lifetime.  All the images in advertising have been telling me what I should be, what I should want, what I MUST HAVE…

Deprogramming feels good! 


Lest we beware that they are still trying to get our attention, still advertising a product but thankfully from OUR perspective instead of what “they” think we should be!

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WoW Wii Mii Woves Mii Wii

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on February 12, 2008

sportswii.jpg    Get everyone up off their bum and get one of these!  

We happened to be at Wally World last week in the electronics department when the first shipment of Wiis in three weeks came in (talk about LUCK) and got the last one, they were gone in less than an hour.  We got it for the rock bottom price of $249.99 (yes people are paying much more at eBay and  Even my frugal, cheap fanny couldn’t pass that up.  We’ve been playing on my Super Nintendo from the 1980s.  YES, kids, that’s how cheap I am.  But I’m a Nintendo kid born and raised and Mario is my fav (okay I love Link too). 

Long story short, if you have young ones who love gaming like we do, don’t hesitate and get one.  I don’t know all the particulars but it hooks to your computer and you can download the old stuff.  Plus you can play other people via the net.  This is something I’ll have to figure out after I’m a pro or ace on everything.  ;-0  The most important thing it does is get you off your bottom and into the game. 

Wii comes with Sports which is fun!  Of course I had to get Super Mario Galaxy as well.  After huffing and puffing around on the Sports we sit and play Mario then back to huffing and puffing.  The thing I love about Sports is you can play as actively or as passively as you would like (or can).  So perfect for people who have young kids but aren’t so young anymore!  AND I’ve discovered an old love again TENNIS!!!!  I could play it all day long tho I don’t because of my kids, “MOM, I thought we were supposed to SHARE!”

Check out Hawty McBloggy, my Game Girl Rocks.  Her blog has got tons of stuff about all types of gaming and also about Wii.  Plus you can check out her contests too.  She had a caption contest recently that made me bust a gut.  Yes, I participated and got mentioned too…which is really cool!  She has some very, very, very funny stuff on there so check it out when you think you’d like to move up or over to something different in your gaming sphere. 

At any rate, this is part of my “plow around the stump” thinking for the new year.  I’m not joining them because I can’t beat ’em.  I’m moving around them to something that everyone can live with.  So our love of computers and gaming transfers well to the Wii Sports.  Now I feel like they are getting some activity during the winter months.  

I play it HARD and just can’t beat Hungry Hubby who just bats at it hard and wins.  I’m all over the floor but I win the exercise/hard working award!  I’ve noticed we’ve had more energy this week.  Our steps are lighter and our wind is longer…just image the tip top athletic condition we will all be in by Spring!   ***wink, wink, nudge, nudge***

I’m not done with this ANY time soon!  😉

Posted in Appreciation, Awards, Awareness, Children, Family, Fun, Games, Health, Humor, Kids, Life, Links, thankfulness, toys, Trends | 8 Comments »

Do you wanta get funky with me or go to Funkytown?

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on February 12, 2008


Mercedes gave me another blog award for being funky….and I love it! 

In celebration I’d like to give everyone a treat with this rendition of Funkytown which I’m pretty sure you’ve NOT heard before! 

If you would like to be awarded this award for your funky blog, please drop me a line or comment and I’ll pass it right along to you and link you back!

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The Outcry for CHANGE!

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on February 7, 2008

FightingWindmills turned me on to a post at CheeseSlave.

After reading through I just had to ask some questions of us all:

I’ve read something like this on more than a few topics and not just about Monsanto (see the open letter to Hillary at Cheeseslave).

Cheeseslave says “I’ll have to learn more about Obama but I have a sense that he is the latest Prius they are trying to roll out to keep us in the dark.”

Cheese, you are right about this.  It is all a smoke screen.  This open letter is just the TIP of a huge iceberg on so many things it makes my stomach churn.

Deb, you are right about the FDA.  Pressure for drugs to make us live forever, you know.  **wink, wink, nudge, nudge**

And there is NO truth in advertising anymore…okay, there is half truth in advertising, leaving out critical information that could steer you to um, EATING YOUR VEGIES or a VITAMIN deficiency…and away from their product du jour.

I could go on and on about what is wrong because there is so much.  Unfortunately ONE PERSON (a new president) isn’t going to fix it all. 

It has to be a huge change across our nation, it has to be an outcry so long and so loud from millions upon millions before the kind of change needed is going to happen.  A wave of change has started, it needs nurturing and growth.  So that 4 to 8 years (or even 12) from now the people who caught the wave can be in positions (legislative, judicial) to support and uphold the changes that NEED to be made in the STATES and in FEDERAL governments. 

That is a lot of people needed to ride the wave much less keep the energy of the wave high…is it YOU?  Are you willing to commit to politics, start in your community, local, state levels?  Holding offices of change in your area?  Are you willing to get into politics at the state or national level to support a person in a presidency that will need the support to really change things? 

A president can’t do it alone.  Are you willing?

I’m asking these questions thoughtfully…not antagonistically. 

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Cahoots or Conspiracy Part Trois!

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on February 1, 2008

Original post:  Cahoots or Conspiracy?

Follow up post:  Cahoots or Conspiracy Part Deux

The saga continues:

Oh so much to catch up on, Obama gets support of the entire Kennedy clan, liberal left endorses Obama.  Hillary can’t control Bill?!?  People are dropping out of the race like flies BEFORE “Super Tuesday” and can we just cut to the chase please. 

***rolling eyes***

The Dems have made history already and America is still itching to make some more history.  The best the Repubs can offer will be two “old school” men (sorry to disappoint but I don’t think Paul and Huck can hang much longer) so that leaves them out of history making possibilities.  

So it boils down to the Dems.  Since their policies are already left wing all the other factors would come into play; personality, likability, the favored, the beloved, strong, either a black man or a white woman. 

Although Obama is handsome and charismatic it would be a miracle to overcome this former president’s spouse.  After all Bill is equally charismatic and handsome to some (obviously not me).  😉  And as painful as it is to write this, there is still too much bigotry in this world/America (from all sides) to hope against hope that a black person could hold this office…just yet…I do believe (KNOW) it will be in my lifetime.  Plus his name is Obama…dag nab the fates! 

So the only conclusion THIS grey canvas can come to is that Hillary is our first woman President who is also married to a former President. 

Obama will continue to be popular…maybe Vice Pres. or the first black Pres. but definitely not against THE CLINTONS, not in 2008.  Make no mistake, Hillary and Bill are running together (no matter what they say in public).  There is an historic legacy to obtain, and they will by God.  The Kennedys were a diversion. 

Do you feel like a pawn?  It’s okay, we will soon take up our knight and bishop status it just won’t be for another 8 to 12 years but we (the people) will get the power back!

I’m done now.  😉

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An award…who ME???

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on January 29, 2008

Well I can hardly pass up an award from a friend of mine now can I???

My friend and blogging buddy Mercedes at Mercedes World has bestowed upon me the following award:


Started by Colin

As part of this award, I gather, I must bestow it upon others and so I’d like to award a few of my favorite blogs:

Fighting Windmills for her commitment, thought and kindness to others!

Whitterer on Autism for her wit, wisdom and kind, kind heart!

Hawty McBloggy for her energy, fun and dedication to girls in gaming!

Mother of Shrek for teaching others to view things differently!

Teaching Tommy for sharing your adventure with Tommy!

Each of these women have shared something that has touched my brain, heart, spirit more than a time or two and I thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart! 

That goes for you too Mercedes!!!!

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Junk the SOLs…find a different way to test our youth!

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on January 23, 2008

A friend and fellow blogger, Fighting Windmills, talked about IQ on her blog the awhile back and got me to thinking and we know how dangerous that is!!!  HA!

Junk the SOLs, they are touted as the equal to SATs, ACTs and pass/fail tests.  Too much emphasis on the test and NOT what kids are actually learning…they are learning to memorize answers.  The pressure on the teachers, schools, kids is UNBELIEVABLE.  If you have school aged kids you’d know what I’m talking about.  Walk the halls the weeks before and during testing and you can cut the tension with a knife.

Check out the clip from The Colbert Report featuring a chat with Malcolm Gladwell who explains why IQ tests don’t really tell us about intelligent.  Gladwell said that IQ tests may show that Abe Lincoln wasn’t too bright.  So there is one point for dumping tests, in my book!  I wish this segment was longer.  Gladwell has captured my interest in his thought process and I want to know more…I know, I’m a brainiac!!!
I think there are different type of IQ/brain types.  I think EVERYONE has a place and a talent/IQ for something…even if it is teaching us how to understand them.  Everyone has something to contribute, everyone has a gift or special purpose, it takes us all to make the world go round!  How boring would it be if we were all the same, liked the same things, wanted the same things, discussed the same things, constantly fought with everyone that was different…what a waste of our most valuable commodities…time and energy!

Tests never tell the whole story nor is everyone great at expressing themselves through tests.  Tests don’t tell the whole story about the capabilities, capacity or quality of learning, it is a snapshot of who can remember something and regurgitate in under pressure.  It’s proven that those that didn’t get good sleep, feel well or eat well before a test perform lower than a “good” day.  Testing isn’t a true representation of the TOTAL picture. 

The SOLs should be removed because the pressure on everyone isn’t worth the false sense of “No Child Left Behind” (I do like the thought…not the process designed to promote the thought).

I’m done now!  😉

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Something to make your DAY!

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on January 22, 2008

Something to make your day!

Thanks Bev for sharing this with us!

Posted in Appreciation, Autism, autistic spectrum, Awareness, Children, Dreams, Fun, Glow, Hope, Kids, Learn, Life, Links, Love, Spirituality, thankfulness, Think about it | 2 Comments »

Brain Blog

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on December 30, 2007

In my quest to discover more about how our brain works, what makes us…us.  I found this cute little quiz and took it.  I was exceedingly happy that they think I have an idealistic mind…now did they mean I’m idealistic or that to have my brain is idealistic?  ***snicker*** 

At any rate they’ve also given my brain a color, which happens to be one of my favorites but I was hoping that it looked more like this:


Here are my results and the link to get yours (it takes all of 2 minutes).

***Your Brain is Purple***
Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places – or a very different life for yourself.
What Color Is Your Brain?

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Another update on the Mary Kay Bus Employee Scandal 12/19/07

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on December 21, 2007


Posted in Awareness, Life, Links, Mary Kay, Mary Kay Business, Mary Kay Class, Mary Kay Director, Mary Kay Party, Mary Kay Story, Pink Truth, Stay at Home Mom, Truth, Women, Work at Home Mom | Leave a Comment »

The Merry Christmas 2007 virus

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on December 13, 2007

Via at this link you can find out about emails that may have a virus attached.  There is an email for 2007 called “Merry Christmas” which is being passed around as a virus.  This issue is covered under INVITATION on this list.

Here is the link to the original virus information at Snopes from 2004.

Thanks to Aunt C for this information!

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