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Alexander Sandy McInnes the Castle Guy
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Creative, complex with a sarcastic wit & an appreciation for the simple things in life.
Creative, complex with a sarcastic wit & an appreciation for the simple things in life.

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Because I've been so busy lately on other projects, it has been quite a while since I've shared with you a story on my blog. Recently, we attended the 118th anniversary service at Rock Union Church, and I felt inspired to share this wonderful event with you.
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Rock Union Church - Bringing the community together for 118 years
On Sunday July 18th, we attended the 118th anniversary service of Rock Union Church at the corner of the Sixth Line and Concession 12 in Grey County.  This beautiful little church was built on 1898, and has been the cornerstone of the community since that t...
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I woke up this morning to a news feed littered with fear, loathing, mistrust and prejudice. It's amazing how so many folks take a tragedy and try to spin it for their own benefit, whether it be political, to bolster an argument, or simply re-inforce their already prevalent hatred. ISIS is definitely a cancer that has to be eradicated, but the tragedy in #Orlando was not a part of that cancer. To try and use that to bolster hatred against Muslims is wrong. The events of Sunday morning was clearly hatred against the gay community. Does t surprise me? Absolutely not. It's interesting how so many think that our society is so accepting, but believe me when I say this - it is a myth. As a gay man, I have endured harassment, discrimination, violence - you name it. Discrimination and hatred is alive and well, and sometimes even comes from sources closer than many would think. There are those who will be stiflingly nice to your face, yet call you faggot the minute your back is turned. These folks are easily dealt with and dismissed, as so their comments should be. However, we now live in a world where mere words are not the only violence hurled at us. Some of us endure beatings. Some are stoned, and some are hurled from buildings. All because of the kind of love they have within their hearts. How is this right? It's almost as though we've regressed as a society back to Medieval Times? What frightens me the most is that our world is descending into a madness that we haven't even seen peak yet. It simply leaves me in tears contemplating and thinking about it. Our society is now saturated with hatred and loathing, but hey - as long as it makes for a good selfie, who cares? When will folks ever learn that life is not infinite, and it is a precious gift that we only get but once? Sadly, I know that realization will never happen within my lifetime. Thanks for listening, and have a beautiful Tuesday friends. xoxoxoxo :(
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#Snoopy and #Woodstock out and about on Route 66! 🌞
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How is it that just about anyone regardless of qualifications or lack thereof can run for public office these days? If you apply for a job anywhere, you have to go for an interview. These days you practically have to give a blood sample, a credit report and justify your sanity when applying for any job. Why aren't the same standards applied to those seeking political office? There should be guidelines put in place that if you don't have the necessary credits in your resume, you are rejected just like any other job seeker. If bankruptcy can be held against folks seeking a job at say "The Gap", why cannot it apply to someone seeking a possible presidential nomination? If you went to a job interview and came across as racist, sexist or homophobic, I would think that you'd be shown the door immediately. Why is it that we allow people who clearly display these tendencies and much worse to waste both our time and money running for an office for which they are most clearly unsuited? I know we're supposed to live in a "democracy", but as with any position, there need to be clearly established requirements for the job that the candidates should have to meet. Otherwise, we are opening the door for any Tom, Dick, Donald or drama teacher to run willy nilly with both our economies and our safety. Do you really want to entertain the possibility of a reality show caricature with his hand on the "red button?" Wake up America. It's time for you to tell someone, "your fired!"
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The Osprey Museum and School, circa 1889
Without a doubt, one of my most favourite places to spend an afternoon in the summer is the Osprey Museum.  Located at the corner of Pretty River Road and Grey Road 31 in the little hamlet of Rob Roy just a short drive away from our cottage. This charming m...
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Grandpa's Yard Sales .......
Many Nottawa folks will recall my grandpa Neil McInnes for his days as custodian of Nottawa Public School, and many will remember him for his many excellent annual yard sales.   A bit of history first.  After his service in Europe during World War II, my gr...
Grandpa's Yard Sales .......
Grandpa's Yard Sales .......
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Gibraltar's Pioneer, John Ernest (Ernie) Bullock
There are some unique folks in life that you never forget, and our country neighbour John Ernest (Ernie)Bullock was one of those special individuals.  He was born in Gibraltar on January 4th, 1906 to parents John Bullock and Harriett Ann Hogg, and spent his...
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