Eggs, Carrots and Coffee

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

    A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

    Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

    In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

    Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘Tell me what you see.’

    ‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.

    Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

    Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’

    Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

    ‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

    Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

    Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

    Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

    May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

    The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past. You can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

    When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

    Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

    You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID SINCE YOU’RE READING THIS RIGHT NOW); to those who have touched your life in one way oranother; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your

    If you don’t send it, you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten someone’s day with this message!

    It’s easier to build a child than repair an adult. This is so true.

    May we all be COFFEE. 

Found: One Bunny Rabbit

Corky discovered him/her early yesterday afternoon when we were strolling through the front park to the building. I didn’t know quite to what to think, other than "not my problem" after a few half-hearted attempts.

My sister Laura had a pet rabbit years ago, and my opinion towards it was that the nasty little savage was a prime candidate for the stewing pot. I’m gussing this history may have played somewhat on my indifference, but it didn’t last for too long, as three hours later and the poor creature was still out under the bushes.

With the help of another neighbour, I was able to make a grab for the frightened creature and have brought it upstairs where it can feel safe. It must be someone’s pet, as once it settled down, it was quite comfortable being handled and stroked. Also, it’s fur is clean and glossy.

My feeling is that perhaps while the fire department was evacuating all 150 residents from nearby homes in that fire yesterday, this little guy must have been left loose and unattended.

I’ll keep my eyes out for notices in the meanwhile.

99.3% isn’t enough for you?

I just signed an urgent global petition to urge Berlusconi, Sarkozy and Harper to keep their promises to the poor.

It is vital that we do not let these leaders undermine the world’s anti-poverty efforts. On Thursday, UN poverty expert Jeff Sachs will deliver our global call to the United Nations General Assembly. I thought that you might want to join me in taking action — read the following email to learn more and click the links to join the call! 

plea for the poor link



Dear friends,

World leaders gather this Thursday at the United Nations to renew the fight against extreme poverty. But three countries — France, Canada, and Italy — are threatening to undermine the world’s anti poverty efforts, by slashing their development aid budgets and breaking their international promises.

Sarkozy, Harper, and Berlusconi promised to contribute 0.7% of their national income to fighting poverty — aid money that would save millions of lives, and still leave these donor countries with 99.3% of their money. But apparently, they think 99.3% is not enough.

Our best chance to keep these rich countries to their word on aid delivery is to raise the alarm in New York this week. Sign our petition now, spread it to friends and family — and our friend, world famous economist and top UN official on poverty, Jeffrey Sachs will deliver it in speeches to the assembled heads of state at the UN summit this Thursday. The more names on the petition, the stronger the message that promises on poverty must be kept. Click below to sign now:

Promise Breakers

We know that public outcries like this one can work — because massive people-powered movements have transformed the fight against poverty over the last decade. The Jubilee movement cancelled hundreds of billions in dictator debt in 2000, and pushed world leaders to adopt the Millennium Development Goals to cut world poverty in half by 2015. In 2005, poverty campaigners the world over won commitments from G8 leaders to double aid to Africa. Because of these efforts millions of poverty related deaths have been stopped and millions more children are attending school, sleeping under anti-Malaria bed nets, and drinking clean water. Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have all exceeded the 0.7% target and in this year aid rose in real terms in nine EU countries. If all countries stick to their promises, programmes fighting disease and alleviating extreme poverty could be scaled up across the world.

But this year, some rich-country leaders apparently think that the public no longer cares about poverty. In Canada, which kept 99.7% of its income last year, Stephen Harper seems more interested in winning his election than in upholding Canada’s tradition of moral leadership. France’s Sarkozy, for all of his diplomatic efforts, appears to think that his people don’t care about lives and deaths beyond his borders. And in Italy — already one of the stingiest donors in the world — Berlusconi appears happy to slash crucial funding, even though, as host of next year’s G8 summit, his actions set an example for the other richest countries.

French and Italian Avaaz members are already flooding their governments with thousands of messages about aid. But those of us in the rest of the world can play a crucial role as well–sending Harper, Sarkozy, and Berlusconi a clear signal that we expect them to keep to their word — so please help us raise an outcry that can’t be ignored at the UN summit:

In recent years, millions have been galvanized by a vision: that ours can be the generation that ends extreme poverty. With other crises vying for our attention, the strength of this vision is now being tested. Let’s join together and ensure that leaders keep their promises — so that the promise of human potential in even the poorest communities can be unleashed.

With hope,

Ben, Alice, Ricken, Graziela, Paul, Milena, Iain, Veronique, Brett — the entire Avaaz team

PS: For a report on Avaaz’s campaigning so far, see:


Fact sheet on Official Development Assistance from rich countries:

More on the Millennium Development Goals:

Bono and Jeffrey Sachs’ blog on the poverty debate this week in New York:

To learn more about the international campaigning that has moved governments in recent years,

More on concern about France’s meeting 0.7% targets

More on Canada’s backtracking on 0.7% commitment:

To see the 2008 report on governmental aid to Africa

To learn about Jeffrey Sachs’ work on UN Millennium Development Goals

To see examples of how aid is working

Complete write off as fire destoys heritage home in Toronto Annex

Within a half hour, it was evident that there was going to be no way to save the 100 year old heritage home located at 145 Bedford Road in Toronto’s (and mine) Annex neighbourhood . The only thing the more than a dozen fire trucks with firefighters called to the scene were able to do after that, was preventative. Save the other nearby homes.

I’ve never understand why Toronto allows home to be stacked so closely, sometimes within inches of the other. There needs to be some law passed on that one, seriously

Thank goodness no none was hurt. When I saw how fast the house went up, and all that smoke, it was the first thing I wondered. There was a plumber inside working when the fire broke out, but he was able to get outside without incident.

The cause of the fire isn’t known.

The home had just undergone about $100,000 in renovations over a
six-month period. The family that purchased the home was hoping to move
in within the next few weeks.

A spokesman for the Toronto Fire Department says the home is so badly damaged it will have to be torn down.

150 evacuated after 3-alarm fire in Annex

Firefighters battle a blaze at 145 Bedford Rd. on Sept. 23, 2008. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/Sun Media)
Firefighters battle a blaze at 145 Bedford Rd. on Sept. 23, 2008. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/Sun Media)

Fire crews are battling a three-alarm blaze at a house under construction in the Annex this afternoon.

Toronto Fire was called to the home in the posh Avenue and Davenport Rds. area around 12:52 p.m.

No one was in the house when the fire broke out, Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said.

Firefighters fear the blaze may spread and have evacuated approximately 150 people in the area.

"We need to make sure people get out of their houses, we don’t want
anyone to get caught in another fire sparked by this. We don’t need any
victims," District Fire Chief Stephan Powell said.

Check back at for updates.

Re: Do animals matter to you? from the Green Party

Hello Christopher
Thank you for writing.  I have gone to the site and looked at the survey.
You have asked my personal views and first I wish to state that I think our
leader Elizabeth May answered the survey very well.  I believe that animals have
rights as sentient beings and need to be protected against cruelty.  I am not
vegetarian and eat meat and so I won’t claim to support movements against the
raising of animals for food.  I believe we need to strengthen laws and
regulations surrounding the treatment of farm animals designated for slaughter. 
I am willing to bring forward any amendments that my party desires to strengthen
our awareness of animals including education programs and I will certainly join
in an international effort to make these attitudes global ones.  I support a
move to local organic farming and return to ‘family’ farms.  I have associates
who came from Haiti and tell me that when they arrived they wanted to obtain
land for farming.  This isn’t allowed apparently.  I would like to make it
possible for new Canadians to create small family run farms that would allow
them to raise a variety of animals.  There is also a matter of slaughter houses
and the fact that local farmers are not allowed to slaughter their own stock.  I
would support working with the provinces to create a more decentralized system
utilizing smaller slaughter facilities and allowing local farmers to run
cooperative slaughter houses.  The Green Party is committed to strengthening
regulations and hiring the appropriate number of inspectors and enforcement as
needed to maximize the safety of the process.  When you here of the Green Party
talking about smaller government we are not talking about areas where safety and
inspection compliance is concerned.  I support a ban on owning pets for people
who demonstrate cruelty and who have been convicted.  I support counseling for
youth who commit acts of cruelty as this is a known behavioral warning
Thank you
Stephen LaFrenie
Green Party of

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 5:41 PM, <>

Mr Stephen LaFrenie
Green –

Dear Mr LaFrenie,

I recently visited and
was disappointed to learn that some parties have still not responded to the
survey on animal welfare developed by the World Society for the Protection of
Animals (WSPA).

As a resident in your riding and someone who cares deeply
about the welfare and treatment of animals, I would like to know what you will
do, if elected, to improve protection for animals?

I encourage you to
visit WSPA’s website to review the survey questions and the responses received
so far. I would like to know your personal position on these important national
animal welfare issues and hope you will encourage your party to respond to
WSPA’s survey – if they haven’t already done


Mr. Christopher King
250 Davenport Road,
Unit 2101 Toronto Ontario M5R 1J8

On this day…

On this day in 1897, The Sun in New York published its "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial in response to a letter
from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who was troubled by friends’
claims that St. Nick didn’t exist. Francis Pharcellus Church‘s reply
read, in part, "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no
Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There
would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make
tolerable this existence
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Ramsden Park

I go on a lot of walks. First, it helps burn off all the nervous energy I accumulate throughout the day from my ADHD, secondly because I own a dog, who because I live in a bachelor apartment, albeit a large one, needs an outlet himself to get some exercise. We also benefit from the social aspect.

Nothing helps that more so than by going to Ramsden Park

It’s a great place first off, thanks to it’s being at the end of a dead end street, so there’s no danger of traffic, other than local, and that’s limited at best. It’s also the only off leash dog park that I can think of in my area. All others are leash requested, although some people feel that they can do whatever they want, where ever they want, and if people don’t like it, they can move back to whatever country they came from (these are not my sentiments, FYI.)

The people who gather there along with their canine companions, unlike where I live, don’t cop attitude. For them, it’s a chance to relax and see people they normally would never see otherwise, what with busy lives, work, kids, etc…

I had forgotten all about this place up until recently, and now I have every intention of making it part of Corky’s and mine daily routine. We both benefit from this greatly.