September 01, 2018

I don't know how to increase the size of the text in this blog - hope you can read it. New York Times Comments re trade negotiations….. BettyInToronto I understood we only had until Friday [Aug 31/18] to sit at the NAFTA table? 2 RecommendShare ————————————— I'm betting on Trump, and so are the markets ——————————————————————— @Rob Campbell——-f no deal is reached at all, the markets will stagger, stagger, stagger. He has thrown mud in Canada's face and the quotes of him from yesterday show that he is having real trouble with thinking about all of this. Another example of his style of governing having only negative effects - particularly with other countries. BettyInToronto I expect someone in the White House [should that house still have caps?] is reading these comments and others to him. Maybe dear daughter Ivanka? They must be somewhat unnerved to see so many Americans defending Canada. I think this is why he is having trouble holding firm. Surely SOME of his base can and will read? Surely SOME of his base have visited Canada or met Canadians visiting the US - surely he is losing SOME of his base?! Hope lives eternal in the human breast! - I forget who I am quoting there:). 1 RecommendShare ————————————————————————— Canada has no choice and will ultimately bow to US requests. The Canadian gets cut a third without the support of the US BettyInToronto Thats what you and The Trumpet think. I suppose it might be what the Americans would do if they were in our position - the dollar seems to be of the highest value to many Americans - could be why you have a good [haha] "business man" leading your country. I hope you are wrong. I desperately hope we don't sell our soul and when I hear what Trudeau has to say and see the way Freeland says it I don't think we will. —————————————————————————————————— Part of what PJ Stamp of Newfoundland wrote - The comments by Americans in particular offer a reassuring insight into the strength of Canada/U.S. relations. What they show, I think, is that the relationship is overwhelmingly positive at the level where it counts most - citizen to citizen. It is far too strong and enduring to be endangered in any substantive way by any one government leader - no matter how irrational, obnoxious or threatening. etc I replied to his comment - Many Canadians are going to the supermarkets (in cars with Canadian flags flying!] and looking very carefully at where our foods and other goods are coming from. I am one of them. We aren’t buying USA imports. I hope and trust the managers of these stores are watching us on camera as well as noting the salads, juices, canned goods etc left on the shelves if they come from the USA. Sometimes we pay more for Canadian but so be it. We are a strong people! 19 recs at 2.25PM Well and truly spoken. I too thank the many Americans supporting us. Many of us I are sorry we can no longer buy your groceries or shop at the "Canadian" chain stores your country owns. It took me a while but I finally found an excellent salad made in Canada - I have adopted it forever. I doubt we will be able to forgive and forget how America voted for an Emperor with No Clothes who has no respect for Canada. We have often laughed at the Americans flying all those flags but now we are flying our Canadian Flags. I think has made us stronger and much prouder and grateful to be Canadian. Its an ill wind that brings no good! ————————————————— Tears For USA from SF had this to say - Trumps problem with Canada is clearly Mr. Trudeau. He is younger, smarter, more attractive and his biggest failing is that Ivanka clearly is taken with him. Alex C of Ottawa says - I will accept no deal & its impact rather than be blackmailed by a man who has - allegedly - committed crimes to be elected President of the United States. I - thank God - don't have to live in Trump's warped reality and don't see him as a rational actor with whom my government should negotiate. I hope that my government adopts a similar point of view & wait for an adult to reside in the White House before it engages in negotiations. Reply46 RecommendedShare ————————————————————————————————————— @obummer You think "the biggest winners will be Canadian consumers who will have access to competitive American goods and services!" I replied - Obviously you have never been to Canada. Our stores have lots of American products including groceries - it is hard Not to Buy them but a lot of us are doing it. We also have lots of American stores - from Walmart to Sacs!! Come visit - try to find a "Socialist" - I am certainly not a Socialist not do I know any socialists - we don't even have a socialist party to vote for. I hope you know that we actually vote up here? I have both lived and visited your country and it has many assets but I much prefer my country. I feel safer here - in every way! ——————————————————— @Jake Wagner Medical care is only too difficult to understand for those who have enough money to buy good health for themselves and don't want to pay health costs for those less fortunate (or lucky) than themselves. Not with their dime! It is easy to understand Healthcare - Everyone who works donates [via tax deductions] to everyones healthcare. All the tax deductions go in one big pot and is doled out to those who need it which most of us will before we die. Wow - I didn't realize foreigners stand first in line in the U.S. Does that include Canadians? How do I get in line first? I wonder if you would rather be Spanish than American - YOU could be first in line! "Coursening of politics by denying that resources are limited"? What resources do you mean? Money? You seem to have lots of resources for troops and bases all over the world? Your country chooses to spend your money on Wars and Power rather than People. Many many of your people seem to have voted for a man who cares not at all for anyone except those with lots of dollars - like Manafort maybe. However, Manafort might even be off his list soon - like Senator Cain Manafort also got caught and the Trumpet likes those "who don't get caught". You have a lot of blind people over there. I hope they are on the way to realizing they have made a horrible mistake! You sound like you are still Blind. Sorry - open wide Sonny! -------------------------------------- @DaveB ask all those who didn't vote at all! and ask them to please vote next time - for the sake of your country and mine. PS - I still don't buy products imported from the USA nor do a lot of other Canadians by the look of the fruit and vegetables left on the shelves. From the time Trumpet was elected I have believed, and hoped, he would bring himself down but more importantly, bring down the Republican Party. I lived for some time in NYC and love it although I will probably never see it again. Americans are a great resourceful people but they have come to believe they are the greatest. I don't think so - they are a cruel society in many many ways. They worship the dollar. I think and hope the States will become more like Canada - yes, we sometimes lean too far to the left and yes we pay more taxes but I think we have the right to hold our heads higher than Americans. So far most of us believe it is best for all concerned to Share the Wealth. I am sorry for you America. I wish you well. You must get rid of that con man in the White House. Reply30 RecommendShare JulieB NYCAug. 21 @BettyInToronto, you are on point. I think President Obama will be the last Democrat I'll see in my remaining 25 or so years here on earth. Trump's victory was fueled by angry and confused people who didn't even realize that he was going to take away their healthcare.

August 20, 2018

Kirkland Kabins  24"x36" Oil on Canvas $2,000.00 


If you happen to be in Midland, Ontario, Canada this month you may want to go to the Quest Art Gallery. If you do you will see my painting and 32 other excellent works of art! Click on the painting for a closer look. I am thrilled to have my work accepted, over 250 artists submitted over 400 works.

August 14, 2018

More New York Times Comments - re an article about a man who was executed in the U.S.A. - NYT August 13/18
It is nothing less premeditated murder. Horrible, horrible horrible! 

A person in St Louise. MO said 
OK, the execution of Billy Ray Irick is uncivilized. But America was "civilized" after killing (all ca.) 100,000 Indians, enslaving 400,000 Africans, carpet bombing to death 700,000 Cambodians...? We had "quiet" periods in our empire-building ("All Quiet on the Nation-Building Front"), and if you want to call that being civilized before Billy Irick, go at it. I'll go along with Gandhi: "Western Civilization? It would be a good idea/"
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BettyInToronto
Toronto, CanadaAug. 13
Don't leave out the atomic bombs dropped on Japan! The only country in the world who has dropped them. 
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a person in Colorado said 
@dgfitzgerald Well, yes. And our society has chosen.  Incarceration and death penalties are a better investment than societal support to try to avoid crime and violence in the first place.  There are so many people with various psychological problems, and there is no serious way to tell which of the many violent or deranged people may turn homicidal. So you can see what an economic quagmire it would be to actually help so many people who MAY turn violent versus simply cleaning up after the horrendous fact. Big Government versus Freedom. So, here we are. 
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BettyInToronto
Toronto, CanadaAug. 13
@dgfitzgerald Man - you Americans are all about the almighty buck - SAD!
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A man from Adks wrote -

Capital punishment is the very definition of excessive use of force.  

As a BOP retiree, I can tell you that we received training every year reminding us that once the threat is contained, and the inmate or inmates are restrained and under staff control, the use of force STOPS.  You don't get to give an extra kick to a restrained inmate because he just threw bodily fluids into your face, or because he injured a coworker, or because he's a real jerk and is causing problems all the time.  No.  Get them under control, get them into a cell, and then go walk off your anger.  (Did everyone follow that rule?  I can only say that, in 21 years, I didn't witness anyone breaking it.  If I did, I would have stopped it.)

Why, then, is it considered appropriate to take an inmate, strap him to a gurney, and kill him?  

We should be better than that.  It's not about him, it's about us.
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BettyInToronto commented August 13

@AG Respect and congratulations to you. My uncle was a Sheriff in a small Canadian city. I believe he was mostly a good man but I also remember him taking my brother and I, when we were 9 or 10, to "his" jail to see the poor suckers in their blue shirts behind the big bars staring out at us. Shame on him!!!
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August 08, 2018


Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.
Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

 Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.

Pythagoras (BC 582-BC 507) Greek philosopher and mathematician.

August 05, 2018

On Friday I received an email telling me this painting of mine has been chosen along with the work of 32 other artists to be part of an August 24 to late October exhibition at the Quest Art Gallery in Midland, Ontario! I am so pleased and flattered to be included as these fellow artists have many more credentials than I. Their work is wonderful. I have priced this painting at $2,000.00 but am not sure I want it to sell. My family owned Kirkland Kabins for many years. That is my father in the back row. He built most of those cabins himself. I am in the orange dress in the front row, one sister beside me and another in the blue sunsuit. The other people were guests who rented cabins from up although when I replaced some of  the guests heads with my neighbours heads. 

July 28, 2018

"Laugh and the World Laughs with You"
Hey - its finally finished and I love it!! This canvas has been sitting in my studio/living room for over 3 years. It is 4 feet high and 6 feet long. I have to thank Katie for re canvasing it - thanks Katie! For a long time it rested against the wall with just a drawing of The Barrie Polar Bear Club swimmers drawn on it. At some point I got COPD and had to change from oil based paints to water based oil. Eventually and slowly [hey! I'm 84!] the swimmers evolved into portraits [sort of] of friends and me and my sweet no-longer-here dog. Hope you like it too. Click on it to see more detail.

June 11, 2018

My NY TIMES COMMENTS — along with many many other Canadians posting. July 11/18 BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada8h ago I went to the dollar store this morning [I wonder who owns that dollar store - I should have asked and will next time] - for 2.50 I got one of those Canadian Flags and attached to to the back window of my car. I also have handwritten "I buy Canadian" signs under my windshield wipers. June 10/18 I am buying nothing from the U.S. - nor from American stores. I have signs in 3 windows of my car saying so. I never used to look at where my carrots, potatoes and even apples [and I live in Apple country!] came from but lots of them come from the USA. Now I look and hope other Canadians will too. We may only be one tenth the population of the U.S. but I can tell you we have far more friends the world over. I lived in Europe for almost a year and Americans were not loved [rightly and sometimes wrongly] long before the Tweetering Trumpet sulked onto the scene.

May 30, 2018

I might actually manage to finish this painting?! So much fun - click on it to see it close up. 4' x 6'.

May 08, 2018

May 01, 2018


I go to Go Figure" most Monday mornings. It is a 2 hour life drawing class in Nottawa, Ontario. This particular model was clothed and this was a 1 hour pose. I "painted" her on my ipad pro using Procreate.  When I got home I gave her another coat of paint - I like her!!

April 20, 2018

Hey guys - The New York Times not only published this one but I got a "Times Pick"!! It is in the comments of a article titled "Why candidates are embracing Socialism" .... "I am an 84 year old Canadian. Many Americans would call me a “Socialist” which they incorrectly seem to equate with communism. I have lived and studied in New York City and will never forget the day an American friend told me how her mother died prematurely because she stopped taking her cancer meds for financial reasons. She chose to [and did] leave her daughter the family home. I said something like “Wow! that would never happen in Canada” and she said “but thats SOCIALISM Betty!”. Call it what you like - I call it sharing the wealth. Yes, we ere - sometimes we go overboard and sometimes people take advantage of Canada’s generosity. I see it as better than erring in the opposite direction and giving too little."

April 16, 2018

This was a post in the New York Times comments today. I have to agree with Michelle from California. Scary and sad. Michelle California 19 minutes ago Mr Comey states that Trump doesn't represent American values and he should not be President because of his moral failings. Unfortunately, he does represent American values, only our worst values/traits which are our love of celebrity and money, our complacency and ignorance concerning politics and the rest of the world, and mainly, our racism and demonization of people who are not white Christians. Even though Trump is hiding his criminality, he is not hiding his character. Sixty-three million people voted for him because of the aforementioned values which is the truly frightening part of the Trump debacle.

February 27, 2018

My Post today - self explanatory I think. 

Oh heck - Your second hilarious headline in 2 days. #1. Trump would have gone  up those stairs in a minute!  #2.  Jared Kushner got a B, or was it a C? I didn't have to read either article before commenting. I know, I know, I have a mean streak! I guess I am just a nasty woman. 
my post to the New York Times yesterday -

The Headline - Trump Says He Would Have Rushed in Unarmed to Stop School Shooting

BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada 3 hours ago
My god how could he? The man has bone spurs in his heels! Give him a break. Thanks for my morning laugh!

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February 21, 2018


from the New York Times yesterday - my comments re comments re an article titled “How to Break up with your iphone”

Someone posted this - “I got off Facebook a year ago because it was too tough to see how well everyone else's lives were compared to mine. I was stunned to find 20 more hours a week to live my life. That's over 1,000 hours a year, or the equivalent of almost *60* 18-hour days. I'm glad to have two more months of living every year now, and will consider the points in this article to see how I can otherwise expand this.”

I replied with this - got 3 Likes -
I find it tough to realize everyone else has so many loving, supportive friends. Friends galore - by the hundreds and thousands!
My father always said something like "if a man [he should have said person but this was a long time ago] has 3 good friends by the time he dies he is a lucky man". Thats about the way it is for me - not counting my FB friends of course!

Someone posted this -
I have a flip phone. It allows me to take (bad) pictures, text and call. Period.
It horrifies me to sit on the subway, in a museum, in a nice restaurant, a movie etc and see my fellow human beings drowning in their phones, oblivious to their surroundings or companions. They are lost in the world they have crafted on their phones, where everything that does not pertain to them is shut out and, like Narcissus, they can stare at themselves forever.
Smart phones are dangerously seductive and addictive. Designers make them do more and more things to draw users farther and farther in. If Mussolini or Hitler had lived in the time of smart phones, we'd all be speaking German. 

To start, do not allow your smart phone into areas and times of your life when you would not welcome some other human being. Never, ever have it in your bedroom, or be on it after 9. Those are not 'public' times or spaces. Do not use it when your attention is needed elsewhere - work, driving, school or time spent with friends or family. Unless you are in some kind of crisis, you do not need to check it repeatedly. It is far more necessary to focus on the world and people around you.

Never forget that the people who design this technology are trying their best to make you dependent on it, to invade every crevice of your life for their own profit, to separate you from the distractions and messiness of actual life.

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I replied with this w - got 1 Like -

You mean I should say goodbye to the New York Times, The Atlantic, Vanity Fare, New Yorker, Al Jeezera, The Guardian, PBS and on and on and on? Or should I subscribe to them all? I said goodbye to Television and hello to my Macs 2 years ago. The best thing I ever did. The internet is a wonderful place - so much knowledge so easily available any time of the night or day! I am sure there are people who say telephones were a crazy invention - so much better to just talk over the back fence! 

February 18, 2018

Finally getting some work done on my 6'x4' masterpiece [ha ha] which is so much fun! I am working from left to right and everything I do cracks me up - the Helmet Man with his Olympic mitt and completely missing right hand .... Then Slightly Ivanka or maybe it should be Slightly Blind Ivanka since her hair mostly covers her left eye. It looks like I am going to sitting next to her but you never can tell - so far I am only a sitting ghost in Charcoal .... repeated down below wearing red pants?!

February 16, 2018

I posted this after the NY Times report that Mueller has accused 16 Russians of interfering in the American election. Yeah!

My Post - "Apparently some Americans did not realize they were working for Russians who passed as Americans. Could some of the comments in here [and in many other places] not be from people who were unwittingly or wittingly convinced by so called Russians that Hilary was all bad and the Big Braggart was all good? I least it would be an excuse for the bad guy winning?"


This person replied to my post -

I Heart

 Hawaii 20 minutes ago
I don't know about the rest of the NYT commentators, but I'm still waiting for the smoking gun... that Trump knowingly colluded with the Russians. Until that's brought forward, there's still due process. Innocent until proven guilty.
       

BettyInToronto

 Toronto, Canada 1 minute ago
Or his son? or his son-in-law? or or or .... do you think they would not tell him?



February 02, 2018

My post for the New York Times this morning - don't know if it will be published or not. Will let you know.....

It has been published - 15 minutes ago and I already have 3 recommendations. As a Canadian it costs me $11.30 a month to subscribe to the New York Times. Aside from the good reads I am allowed to Comment which I find challenging and gets rid of some angst re what I consider to be the scary sad state of the world right now. Let me know if you subscribe and I will watch for your comments. take care, Betty

When will the Americans take to the streets? This is so sad, scary and depressing! They have lost their mo-jo. Evil is winning .... will we all go down in flames?

January 19, 2018

Working on this one again - great using my ipadpro and my apple pencil before I go to the canvas. What a treat! I can't imagine how long it is going to take me to finish this 4' x 6' canvas?? However long it takes it will be a pleasure - painting feels so good!

January 18, 2018


 Life Drawing in Collingwood - Jan/18



January 05, 2018

ALONG THE ROAD

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
   She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
   For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow
   And ne'er a word said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
   When Sorrow walked with me!

                       Robert Browning Hamilton

January 04, 2018

I have been posting comments in The New York Times Comments columns lately. Sometimes they get published and sometimes they don't - it is challenging and fun. If you subscribe to the NYT and read the comments I am "BettyinToronto".

sent or not
Jan4/18 - BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada Pending Approval
Its a movie! It MUST be a movie! 2016/7 could not have been that dumb? I say it is a hilarious, sad, sad dangerous humiliating, dangerous, disgusting blockbuster. The worst is that thousands think it is not only good but also real. Who are those people? They scare me to death.
PS - the comments are great - lots of laughs and truths in those words !

Jan3/18 - BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada 25 minutes ago
But we have thought that so often over the last year!

BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada 45 minutes ago
The Greeks said "The mills of the gods grind slowly but they grind exceedingly small". Lets hope the mills hurry up and let us sleep easy for a while? Canadians feel for you America!
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Jan2/18 - Well well! Seems Kim Jong-un has called Mr Trumps bluff! I don't think we will be having a war soon - don't know about you but I am relieved! 
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BettyInToronto Toronto, Canada Pending Approval
Re; Sarah Huckabee - Is she actually a real person? I hardly visit the Press Room anymore but if I do walk in [via my screen, of course] I walk out very quickly. Ugh! She is at it again! So sanctimonious! Such hard, cold brown eyes! Such bullshit! I am almost  sure she is a puppet and somehow I know who is inside her voice box.


Dec 24/17 - NY Times PUBLISHED MY COMMENT! My understanding is Trump is of German heritage. Is there any modern group of people who have more to answer for than the Germans? Well ... maybe the U.S. when they dropped the only atomic bombs that have ever been dropped on human beings? So glad I am Canadian although I loved living in New York City and feel sad to know I will never go there again. What a great town it was and hopefully will always be - but surely it isn't American?   

January 02, 2018

MONEY AND A FRIEND

I once had money and a friend;
   Of either, thought I store.
I lent my money to my friend
   And took his word therefor.
I sought my money from my friend,
   Which I had wanted long.
I lost my money and my friend;
   Now was that not a wrong?

                                   Unknown
 

January 01, 2018

"If only the gift the gods would give us to see ourselves as others see us."



Note - this is the way my father always quoted it although it is not exactly the way Robert Burns actually wrote it!  Close enough I think.

December 31, 2017

from me to you - Happy New Year 🍀❤️😘


Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

Solitude

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

December 29, 2017

What Dorothy Parker had to say about Love -

 “I require three things in a man: he must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.”

“Now I know the things I know, and I do the things I do; and if you do not like me so, to hell, my love, with you!”

“Better be left by twenty dears / Than lie in a love-less bed; / Better a loaf that’s wet with tears, / Than cold, unsalted bread.”

“Four be the things I'd have been better without: love, curiosity, freckles and doubt.”

“It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.”

“By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying."