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.
Home is where the heart is
There's no place like home
You can't go home again
Home away from home
Make yourself at home
The longest way around is the shortest way home
Nothing to write home about
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
Charity begins at home
Can people get addicted to food?
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!
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.)
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.
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
Go for number two (bathroom)
The second time around
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)
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!
The action & the emotion.
Missed the mark
A near miss
Hit and miss
Miss the point
Missed the boat
Misses a beat
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?
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
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).
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.