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Happy Mother’s Day

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More Abandoned Manitoba

Reston and District Library is hosting Author – Gordon Goldsborough with More Abandoned Manitoba on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. As well as reading and signing his books, Gordon will have both his books, Abandoned Manitoba and More Abandoned Manitoba for sale for $25 and $35.00. He is accepting cash or cheques only.  Based on a regular feature on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show, the book Abandoned Manitoba was a runaway success in 2016, becoming the top-selling, non-fiction book of the year in Manitoba. Scientist and historian Gordon Goldsborough returns with more compelling abandoned sites from across Manitoba. Armed with a drone and a deep curiosity about local history, Gordon had more stories to share than could fit into one book. Adventure into abandoned quarries, dance halls, and more.

More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails, and Ruins is a full-colour, richly illustrated book that looks at abandoned sites around Manitoba, describing their features, what caused them to be abandoned, and what they tell us about the history of the province.


Don’t Let Your Mental Health Struggle Become Your Identity

 In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.

At this point many readers will think that this article does not apply to them, but wait, keep reading.  Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.

 That statistic equates to more than 6.7 million people in Canada living with a mental illness. Of these, more than 1 million are children and adoles­cents between the ages of 9 and 19 years of age. Approximately one in four people will know someone who has died by suicide. Each year 4000 Canadians take their own lives and many more try. Within Manitoba the incidence of suicide is 1 death occurring every other day by suicide. The highest rate of suicide across all populations is within the 15-24 years age category.


May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week

My daughter who is an LPN sent me a note:

I expect a gift if you have ever called/texted me any of the following:

• Can you look at this?

• Am I in labor?

• Do you think I need stitches?

• What is this rash?

• Is it contagious?

• Should I call my Dr.?

• Do you think it’s broken?

• Can I take Tylenol/Mortrin

• Should I go to the ER?


Just for Laughs

Mum: The amazing ability to hear a sneeze through 3 closed doors in the middle of the night, three bedrooms away… while Daddy snores next to you.


Sunday school teacher: Tell me, Johnny. Do you say prayers before eating?

Johnny: No, ma’am, I don’t have to. My Mum’s a good cook.


A boy goes to a strip club.

Mum: Did u see anything there that u were not supposed to see?

BOY: Yes, I saw dad!


Why don’t they have Mother’s Day sales?

Because Mothers are priceless.



What’s the difference between Superman and Mothers?

Superman’s just a superhero now and then. Mums are superheroes all the time.


What three words solves Dad’s every problem?

Ask your mother.


“Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”
– Ambrose Bierce





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