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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Radio talk show hostess Naz Sohni Uppal

Naz Sohni Uppal is the Radio South Asia Friday hostess of a show called Naz at Night that runs from 10 p.m. to midnight on World FM 101.7.
South Asian woman

Their website promises "only the quirky and esoteric need apply" for anyone interested in an interview with Naz.

She has asked to interview me, as the author of SpaceHive, a middle grade/young adult novel that takes place partially in India. 

SpaceHive features Jason Anderson, the 12-year-old Canadian protagonist, with a South Asian Muslim young man named Aadab Ali and his Hindu girlfriend Iodine. Aadab speaks Urdu and some of that language is included in the novel.

It's a multicultural and multinational story with a moral that the world is a "global village"  (thanks, Canadian philosopher/educator Marshall McLuhan).

The world must cooperate in order to combat the alien invasion of giant bees and wasps, headed by the dreadful General Vard and his Black Watch.

If indeed the interview takes place as planned and is aired, I presume the listeners will be South Asian and other cultures with a world view, and will generate interest in SpaceHive, especially with my Indian and Pakistani readers, whom I have been trying to cultivate quite unsuccessfully.

I look forward to meeting Naz Sohni Uppal and chatting before the actual interview takes place.

I'll try to be "quirky and esoteric."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Norse origin of the name Friday

Today is Friday, June 21, 2013.

The origin of the name Friday arises from the Old English word meaning the "day of Frigg." 

Frigg was a pagan Norse (Scandinavian) goddess supposedly married to Odin, the most powerful Norse god. 

Norse god and goddess

Frigg's name means "love" or "beloved one." Her name was changed in various countries. 

The Scandinavians called Venus "Frigg's star" and the constellation Orion was supposed to be her "spinning wheel," perhaps because they noticed the stars swinging in the night sky.

The name Frigg is associated with married women. She was called on by women to assist in childbirth, and Scandinavians used the plant Galium verum as a sedative and called it Frigg's grass.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Killer" bees

Little known facts about "killer bees":

The bee known as the "killer bee" – the Africanized Honeybee – attacks in large numbers and they have been known to chase intruders for over a quarter of a mile when disturbed. 

Their venom is no more dangerous than regular honeybees, but because they attack in greater numbers, your chance of having a severe allergic reaction when they sting you is increased.

The "killer bee" lives in South America, the western and southern USA.

Each bee can sting only once because their barbs are hooked and when they fly off part of their abdomen is ripped off including the stinger.

(Regular honeybees also can only sting once and then they die, unlike bumblebees or carpenter bees, which have smooth barbs).

The queens were originally brought from Africa and Tanzania, but the Africanized honeybees have spread throughout the world.

Because of their aggressive nature, it's recommended that you call in a professional exterminator to get rid of their nests.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15 in Denmark History

On June 15, 1219 King Valdemar brought victory for Denmark.

Legend says that the Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark, fell from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse in Estonia, and brought the Danes luck.

The flag of Denmark is the oldest national flag in the world.

King Valdemar was also known as Valdemar the Great, and his reign saw the rise of Denmark, which reached its zenith under Valdemar's son.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Canada, My Home and Native Land

Leaving my Native Land for two weeks

Going to Michigan, USA

My vacation has finally begun and I'm flying tomorrow morning to visit friends in Michigan, USA.
Superhero flying with computer mouse

Canada vs. USA

What can I expect to find in US Customs here at the International Airport?


Some of the differences BETWEEN CANADA AND THE USA:

I've scheduled some posts every few days while I'm gone. I'll be back on Thursday, June 27 and will probably check in shortly thereafter. 

Meantime, be good lil Canucks without me.

I'll miss you.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Who I am and having FUN

New posts scheduled

I scheduled 4 new posts for June 14, 18, 21 and 25.

I've tweeted several times for old posts on Hootsuite for various days from now until June 27 when I come back.

Plan to have FUN

Thanks, my good friend Judi, for suggesting I simply have FUN and I presume that's carte blanche to do what I want to. 

Because anyone who knows me, knows that I wouldn't hurt anyone while having FUN and doing what I want to!

Who am I?

Judi also suggested that I try to be more like me. That means finding out who I am.

Can anyone help?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

5 Maybe Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Me

  1. I was born the year before WWII ended, making me a War Baby, just before the Baby Boomers, so I'm not responsible for the Boom!

    Soldiers and helicopter
  2. My oldest son was born in 1963 when I was 17 and unmarried, and I gave him up for adoption. He found me in 2001, the year of 9/11, on Valentine's Day.
    Boy holding heart
  3. I like to study boxing and karate at Panther Gym a few blocks away, and they accommodate the lessons to suit my age and damaged neck.
    Blue boxing gloves
  4. One of my brothers received the Order of Canada before he retired from the Armed Forces.
    Canadian flag, Ottawa, Canada
  5. I'm going on vacation next Wednesday morning, from June 12 - 27, to Michigan, USA to visit friends.
    Plane flying over clouds
    The bald eagle, symbol of USA



  • Schedule old posts and recycle them hoping they'll look new?
  • Schedule tweets on Hootsuite to direct traffic to my site when I'm away?
  • Prepare 4 new posts so there are two in each week I'm away?
  • Hope for the best and do nothing?