Saturday, March 9, 2019

Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum

The Sharon Temple was constructed by the Children of Peace, an Upper Canada Quaker sect from 1825 – 1831. The Temple is an architectural symbol of their vision of a society based on the values of peace, equality and social justice. It opened as a museum in 1918 and was designated a National Historic Site in 1990 because of its historic and architectural significance.  Acquisition and preservation of the Temple, by the York Pioneers in 1917, was one of Canada’s first examples of historic preservation.

Under the leadership of David Willson, the Children of Peace established a co-operative economy, founding Ontario’s first credit union and a land-sharing system that helped make Hope (now Sharon) one of the most prosperous farming communities of the time.  They established the first co-operative – the Farmers Storehouse marketing produce and lending money to local farmers. Caring and charitable, they also built the province’s first homeless shelter.

The Children of Peace cultivated music wholeheartedly both in and outside of the Temple recognizing its education and community-building value. They created the first civilian band in Canada and built the first organ in Ontario.

The Sharon Temple is now operated as a Museum by the Sharon Temple Museum Society.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Winter Rural Landscape in Canada

Now that it's March
(le sigh)
I am holding on to the beauty
of these icy blues and
silhouetted treelines

I have a painter friend who paints
winter landscapes and the paintings
are always purple
.....not white
He says snow is blue and purple

It's time though...
to be given the warmth 
of precious Spring sunshine

Nothing makes one appreciate
Summer like a frigid cold

Anyone who participates in 
'Winter Things'
will miss this landscape

I will miss all the dark and cozy
hours of this season
but I cannot lie
I love heat!


Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Monday, February 25, 2019

12 Simple Steps for Easy Meal Prepping

1) Calculate how many meals you need.

2) Keep it simple.

3) Utilize leftovers.

4) Opt for easy cooking methods.

5) Rely on frozen foods.

6) Keep breakfast simple.

7) Have a go-to snack.

8) Get creative.

9) Buy budget-friendly staples.

10) Write out your list and go shopping.

11) Keep track of how long your items are in the fridge.

12) Choose the best products to prep and pack your food.

More resources for meal prep:

Patti Friday: Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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