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I'm sure there are other places in the world where this is also true, but in Quebec, there is a perceived war between French-speaking people and English-speaking people.


Quebec has an organization called "L'office de la langue française" (referred to as the "Language Police") which has been created to protect the prevelance of French in Quebec. The Office serves to uphold the regulations under the Charter of the French Language. You can submit complaints to this organization when there is a perceived transgression against the charter. 


An exaggerated case of a complaint made it in the news last year, and the press dubbed it "Pastagate". Allegedly an Inspector from the Office sent a letter of warning to an upscale Italian restuarant for not having words like "pasta" and "antipasta" translated into French on their menu. 


I left Quebec long ago and only know what I hear in the news. I would love to hear the views from people, English and French, who currently live in Quebec and are affected by this Charter and the Office that upholds it.  

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Home is where the heart is


There's no place like home


You can't go home again


Home away from home


Home free


Make yourself at home


The longest way around is the shortest way home


Nothing to write home about


Home stretch


The lights are on but nobody's home


Until the cows come home


Wherever I lay my hat that's my home


A man's home is his castle


Bring home the bacon


Home wrecker


Charity begins at home


 

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Can people get addicted to food? 

Are severely obese people like drug addicts or alcoholics, but their addiction is food? Do they get a little "high" from eating? 

I've heard it said that being obese is a "choice". You "choose" to overeat and become obese. But do you? I think this could be an interesting debate. 

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I believe that most dreams have meaning. Sometimes the meaning is clear. Other times, you need to search for the meaning. 


Dreams can represent things we worry about. After I had my first child, I kept having dreams that something bad would happen to him. In one dream, I was holding him in my arms, over the railing of a balcony on the eigth floor of an apartment building I used to live in, and I dropped him over. In another dream I had, he was lying at the bottom of a pool, drowning, and I could not get to him. It's easy to see that these dreams were representing the anxiety I was feeling as a new mother. 


Dreams can represent things we want. I had a recurring dream that I could fly. I would have that dream at least once a week when I was a pre-teen. In each dream, I barely had to do anything, and I could fly. In one dream, I just had to hold a leaf, and up I would go. In another dream, I just had to imagine flying, and I would be soaring across the sky. As I got older, the dreams of flying became further apart, until eventually I didn't have them anymore. 


Dreams can also come from some random event in your day. For example, a friend mentioned in passing the name of someone we knew when we were in high school, and I ended up having a dream about that person. Or I hear a song on the radio that I have not heard in a while, and dream about that band. The mind is a tricky thing!


Finally, I'm convinced that some dreams are simply theresult of what you eat before going to sleep. Have you ever noticed when you go to sleep with an upset stomach, you have weird dreams? If you are drifting in and out from the stomach flu, do you find you have nightmares? I have noticed this to be the case for myself. My grandmother used to tell me if I ate pickles before going to bed, I would have nightmares. I think there was some basis in what she was saying. Anything you eat before going to sleep that is hard to digest or that causes you abdominal discomfort will affect your dreams. Really! Try it!

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For those who have not read my record "Number One Daughter", I have an older sister who went to a public high school, but skipped through most of it and ended up dropping out. Because of that, Number Two daughter (me) got to enjoy my high school years at a private all-girl convent school. The school building itself was so old that it was classified as a national historic site in Canada (I think some of the nuns were too.)

There was an expectation that there would be more control at a private school and less chance of me running wild like my sister did, and there was some truth to that. For example, if you were five minutes late to any class, both of your parents were notified, and the nun police was sent out to find you. If you were caught smoking, you could be expelled. Their curriculum was a bit more regimented too. I remember some of my friends in public school had the option of taking hairdressing courses or shop classes. Our only choice was in our last year of school - we could decide between a focus on Science or Math.

I could live with the stricter control, less choice of courses, even the "no boys anywhere ever" aspects of going there. But the one thing I could never accept and be comfortable with was the uniform we had to wear. It was a green plaid tartan skirt with dark green tights and plain black shoes (no heels). The only variety offered was that you could wear a cream coloured blouse or cream coloured turtleneck. And you were not allowed to show up wearing what you wanted and then change when you got there. Nope. You had to show up wearing it and leave wearing it.

To this day I can remember how mortified my 12-year-old self felt, having to wear that uniform on the bus, in the metro, walking in my neighborhood between the bus stop and my house, where strangers and people I knew (boys too!) could see me. It wasn’t until I was older and learned how to wear jeans over my tights, or to roll up the top of my skirt to make it a mini, and to wear cool boots or shoes that I could quickly change with the plain boring ones I carried in my school bag before walking into school, that I got over that embarrassment

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How many of us have gone to a fortune-teller at least once in our lives?


Can they really tell our fortunes and predict the future? Or do we change our future to make them fortune-tellers?


As much as we plan what we will wear and whether or not we will venture outside based on the weather network's weather forecasts, I think we make decisions about our futures based on what fortune tellers predict. 


A few years back, a friend and I went to see a fortune-teller. She was a little "out there". She advised me that something bad would happen to me if I went outside on a certain day. She had me, as well as my friends and family, so worried, that I did not leave the house that day. Nothing bad happened to me. 


A few years later, I went to see another fortune-teller, and she seemed much more grounded. The things she predicted for me all those years ago mostly came true, down to the the hair and eye colour of my future husband (brown & brown), when I would meet him (in a few years) and that we would be from different cities. She also predicted some things about my job and salary (I would change jobs and get a salary increase), and that I would be moving away from home (which I did). 


Did she really predict my future? Or did I create my future based on her predictions?


Or, were her predictions so generic that they could have applied to anyone? 


She also told me that I would always have to work for a living and that I would never win the lottery, and eerily enough, she was right about that too.

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It takes two to tango


Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me


Two's company, Three's a crowd


Two heads are better than one


A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure


A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush


Kill two birds with one stone


Lesser of two evils


Like two peas in a pod


Put two and two together


Two wrongs don't make a right


Two left feet


Second best


Go for number two (bathroom)


The second time around


Two-step (dance)


Two sides to a story


Two by two, male and female, they entered the ark to join Noah, just as God had commanded (Genesis 7:9)


 


 


 


 

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To this day, dark water scares me, and I can credit my fear with all of the scary movies that came out when I was child that involved dark bodies of water that churned with terrifying creatures. 


Swimming in a lake where you can't see the bottom, or wading in a choppy ocean where the roiling waves mask what is underneath, scares me. Even taking a late night dip in a safe, residential pool, worries me. I worry about what is swirling around under me, waiting to grab me and pull me under, or tear the flesh off my bones with sharp little teeth. Swamp creatures, great white sharks, piranha, Jason from Friday the 13th, could all potentially be waiting for me in the inky darkness!

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The action & the emotion. 


Some expressions: 


Missing link


Missed the mark


A near miss


Hit and miss


Miss the point


Missed the boat


Misses a beat


 

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Exploring the preconceptions we have or are faced with throughout our lives. Looking at how and why we have preconceptions. Do we develop them ourselves or acquire them from family and friends? What are some of the most common preconceptions?

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Looking at the psychology behind internet hoaxes


How some hoaxes have backfired from being funny to fatal


Some of the largest scale hoaxes played, such as War of the Worlds Radio Drama hoax of 1938, Loch Ness Monster


April Fool's day

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People have submitted "Love" & "Romance" as ideas, but since there will be episodes airing in February of next year (assuming the schedule is the same as it was this year), why not have an episode focused solely on Valentine's Day? The myths and traditions, the symbolism, how it makes certain people feel (married, involved, single). 

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From the Greek tragedies of the past to "tear jerkers" to real-life tragedies played over and over on TV, how tragedy has been used to "entertain" us. 

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