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Favourite Forensic Pathology And Anthropology Books!!

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My dream job would be to work full-time in forensic pathology, but as I am a casual with three jobs in pathology including forensics, I just have to dream this will come true.  So I read and study and day-dream about it.  I know this is not a job that most people would want to do, but it is for me the best job ever.  Here are just a few of my favourite forensic and forensic anthropology books, both non-fiction and fiction.

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Any of the Jefferson Bass Body Farm books (fiction).

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Forensic Anthropology books.

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Forensic Pathology books.
I read a lot of different kinds of books, but forensics is my favourite whether it is non-fiction or fiction.  They feed my dream to one day work full-time in forensics, participate in a mass grave exhumation or work in forensic anthropology.  Cheers, Michele

Why I Love Paris!! Travel Photos and Memories!

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Paris is a city that we had the opportunity to visit many times while living in Europe.  There is no other city quite like it.  We have tried to see as many out of the way places in Paris, but yes, I will admit we did the touristy thing and went up the Eiffel Tower two separate times.  Loved it.  We wandered all over the city, up and down side streets into the different districts.  We visited the huge flea markets and saw amazing things for sale.  The Louvre was visited several times and we drank our fill of all the history and beautiful artworks.  The building itself is an architectural gem that should not be missed.  We climbed the Arc du Triumpe, wandered down the Champs de Elysses, ate in great restaurants including dim sum and sushi restaurants.  I even drove in Paris and didn’t die!! The Musee d’Orsay was purused and the Impressionist and Post Impressionist artwork drooled over by me. We drank coffee in fantastic people watching cafes.  Went to the great shopping districts and lived vicariously seeing people by Yves St. Laurent and Chanel like it was nothing new or exciting.  We loved Paris and hopefully will have a chance to go there again.  I am just going to post my photos and hopefully this will give you an idea why Paris is so amazing.

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As you can see by just a few photos, it is an amazing and beautiful city.  I could post tons more, but I just restricted it to a few.  Hope you get a chance to go there and if you have been, I would love to hear about your adventures.  Cheers, Michele

Things I Would Tell My Younger Self!!

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I have been reading these kinds of posts on other bloggers’ sites and thought I would do some reminiscing and figure out what I would tell my younger self.  Here are just a few of things that my younger self should know!

  1. Save my money and invest it in myself.
  2. Don’t worry about people judging me, they don’t really care about what I do as much as I think.  Those that matter don’t mind, those that mind, don’t matter.
  3. Have more self-confidence.  Stand up for myself and be easier on myself, stop being my own worst critic.
  4. Be more appreciative of all the wonderful things life has to offer.  Appreciate good friends and family more and be closer to the people that are important to me.
  5. Be more careful of my own feelings.  Be kind to myself.
  6. Listen more carefully to my instincts about people.  Make better choices in friends and relationships.
  7. Work harder and enjoy school more.
  8. Take opportunities when they arise, don’t let self-doubt make me turn away from greatness.
  9. Love my kids and husband and parents more and spend more time with them.
  10. Be more open and honest without making myself too open to hurt.  Allow vulnerability and accept that it is part of my humanness.  Cry more over the more things that matter, but cry less over things that don’t.
  11. Travel more when the opportunity arises.
  12. Don’t worry about fitting in; trying to fit in is an acceptance of mediocrity and conformity.
  13. Read more, watch TV less.
  14. Don’t let the hurts of the past affect the joys of the future.
  15. Be happier and laugh more.

These are just a few things that I would tell that much younger me, and if even a few of them sunk in, I might be a different person in a different place.  But then again, I like myself very much and where I am in life and the choices, mistakes and missteps that I have made have lead to the person that I am.  So who knows…maybe I should just leave my younger self to make those choices and I will still end up in the wonderful place I am in.  Life is great, I have people in my life that make me truly happy and each day brings me joy.  I hope that you are in a place in your life where you feel the same…but then again, we all wish we could go back and tell that younger self to smarten up, lighten up and not to give up.  What would you tell your younger self?  Cheers, Michele

Learning To Turn A Wooden Bowl With My Dad Part 2!!

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So my beautiful bowl is finally finished, and I can cross this challenge off my bucket list.  The last coats of friction polish are now on it and it is packed in my suitcase ready to take home to Ottawa.  I had a wonderful time learning how to turn wood on a lathe with my dad and will treasure this bowl for the amazing memories of this time we shared as a tangible reminder.

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This is what we started with on the lathe.

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Here is the inside of the bowl, I think the dark brown wood grain looks like a buffalo running across the prairie, which is appropriate since I was born in Manitoba, which is Buffalo country.

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This is the outside of the bowl.

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Here are the three bowls made so far out of the four chunks of cherry wood that a friend of my dad’s gave him.  The one on the far right is mine, the other two were turned by my dad.  What do you think of my newly learned craft?  I am absolutely delighted with the results.  Cheers, Michele

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things!! Places!!

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In a further effort to appreciate all the blessings and joyful things I have been given in my life.  I love to travel with my family and have been able to visit some amazing places.  These are just a few of my favourites.

  1. Seville, Spain.                                                                                  image          
  2. Runaway Bay, Jamaica (snorkelling to be exact)image
  3. Paris, France                                                                                 image
  4. Liverpool, England                                                      image
  5. Venice, Italy                                                                                  image
  6. Munich, Germany                                                                            image
  7. Brussels, Belgium.                                                 image
  8. Athens, Greece.                                                   image
  9. Dublin, Ireland.                                                           image
  10. Berntkastel-Keuz, Germany.                                 image

I just realized that many of the pictures show me with a glass of beer or wine in my hand.  You would think all I ever did was drink in Europe, but those are just the pictures I have and want to share.  Hope you have some wonderful places that live on in your heart and memories.  Cheers, Michele

Drift Finds Of The Week!!

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Sorry about the corny title, but these finds were not thrifted, but found drifting through the beautiful waters near Runaway Bay, Jamaica.  I took photos of many of the things I saw with my GoPro Hero 4 Black mounted on my brand new wrist mount.  I saw amazing things this trip, lots of new fish species and some cool but weird finds.  I will show you the fish first and then the unusual items I found last.  Leaving the best for last of course!!

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Jamaican Flying fish with it’s beautiful “wings” spread.

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A spotted Ray.

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A Doctor fish.

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A Lion Fish.

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A cuttlefish which changed colours many times in response to me following it around.

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Sea Slug Shell.  This still had a partially eaten slug still inside and I was able to pry the flesh out before washing it.

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Horse tooth.  I also found parts of the rest of the skeleton; some ribs, a vertebrae and a tibia or two.  I left the other bones behind because I figured it would take some real explaining to the border guards coming back through customs.

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An antique clay pipe bowl.  From what I can find out from researching off the Internet and based on the markings and shape, it is possibly from the 1700s or 1800s.  Pretty cool I think.  I can only imagine who used this pipe and then either lost it or discarded it when the stem broke off.  This is my favourite find for sure.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and the post.  Let me know what you think.  Cheers, Michele

 

Bucket List/ New Year’s Resolutions! My To-do List For 2016 and Beyond

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With 2015 drawing to a close and 2016 fast upon us, I thought I would review my wish list of things to do in the future.  I know it may seem like I have completed lots of things on my bucket but, I still have lots of wishes left.  I think life’s to-do lists should be bigger than just the mundane of doing laundry and chores, it should encompass things that scare or inspire me.  So this list will never end, which is awesome, because then I always have the challenge of doing something new.

  1. Walk on the Great Wall of China.image
  2. Improve my French.
  3. Swim the Great Barrier Reef.????????????????????????????????????
  4. Write another book, a murder mystery this time.
  5. Go on an African Safari.  image
  6. Pet a lion.
  7. Learn Cantonese and Mandarin.
  8. Become a better sewer and tailor.
  9. Learn to play the guitar and piano better.
  10. Go to the Brandenburg gate.image
  11. Walk the moors in Scotland.image
  12. Go on an Italian food course in Tuscany and learn how to make traditional dishes.                image
  13. Write a cookbook of my family’s favourite recipes.
  14. Hold and love my grandchild(ren).
  15. See the lights flashing on the Eifel tower again in person.image
  16. Drink a leche con leche in Italy in a small cafe while I shamelessly people watch.
  17. Go on an archeological dig.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  18. Help with a genocide or natural disaster in a forensic autopsy technician capacity.
  19. Get my masters in forensics.
  20. Get a restricted and unrestricted gun license.image
  21. Sky dive.
  22. Learn to scuba dive.          image
  23. Make a Youtube channel.
  24. Snorkel in Hawaii.
  25. Live off grid in a farm-house that I helped build, with my own self sufficient garden with chickens and goats.
  26. Own a horse.
  27. Make a Zombie movie.  My daughter Madeline and I wrote a script on a long car ride.
  28. Downsize all my clutter.
  29. Go to St. Petersburg and see the palace.image
  30. Go on another World War I Commonwealth war graves tour and visit more battle sites and war grave sites.
  31. Visit the beaches of Normandy.image
  32. Go on another wine tour.
  33. Ride in a hot air balloon.image
  34. Visit again all the places where I have lived as a reminder of where I came from and how far I have come.
  35. See my children continue to grow and fulfill their bucket lists.
  36. Grow happily older with my husband.image
  37. Appreciate and not take for granted all the great things in my life.
  38. Read “The Hundred Books to Read Before You Die”.
  39. Learn sign language.
  40. Climb the pyramids at Machu Pichu.image
  41. Get another tattoo.          image
  42. Continue to thrift shop, collect vintage and refashion finds to wear them.
  43. Make more doll houses.
  44. Start knitting again.  And knit socks and mittens for myself.
  45. Take a wood-turning class.  And make a wooden bowl.image
  46. Take up cross-country skiing again.
  47. Do the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen….correctly.
  48. Keep up with my journaling.
  49. Write a book of our family stories to be passed down after I am gone.
  50. Leave  behind a legacy that is positive and meaningful.

I continually add to this list, but this is just a start.  Hope this bucket list inspires you.  Cheers, Michele