Shawn L. Bird

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Crazy fact November 28, 2017

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:31 pm
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You know what’s crazy?

There are 195 countries in the world, and according to WordPress analytics, at least one person from 178 of them has dropped by this blog over the years.   That’s at least one representative from 91% of the globe!  WOW!

Thank YOU for coming by!

And if you’re writing from  Central African Republic, Cuba, Equitorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Greenland, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Kyrgikstan, Macedonia, Mauritania, North Korea, Solomon Islands, South Sudan,  Turkmanistan, Tajikistan, or Western Sahara, you’re particularly welcome!  Thanks for filling in a new piece of my world map!



poem-prepared August 9, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:32 am
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Lord Baden-Powell had it right when he advised the Scouts to Be Prepared

especially in summer paradises, the drop in visitors are far from rare.

But while the public zones might meet pass inspection

the bedrooms require some interjection and disinfection

Explosions of laundry piled in the guest room

Slow motion quandry to solve in a hurry

Hang up the phone, fly into a flurry

Hang up the clothes; Come we must hurry!

In just twenty minutes make this space habitable

for twenty minutes we must be indefatigable!

Make up the beds. Whip round the vacuum,

then answer the door bell crooning, “Good afternoon!”


around the world May 24, 2012

Filed under: Commentary,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:10 am
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One of the interesting features of  Wordpress is a list of countries from whence one’s blog visitors log in.  I find it quite fascinating that in the last 30 days, visitors have dropped by from 51 countries!

So if you have come from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, France, Finland, Greece, Norway, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, New Zealand, Portugal, Russian Federation, Argentina, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Iceland, India, Switzerland, Slovakia, Romania, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Italy, Turkey, Czech Republic, Ireland, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Ukraine, Bahrain, Lebanon, Peru, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, Bangladesh, Albania, Myanmar or any other country, thanks for stopping in!  I am most glad to have your company!

I’d be delighted to hear from you, please feel free to leave a note in the comment section and tell me something wonderful about the town or country where you live.

I’ll start:  What’s wonderful about living in the Shuswap region of BC, Canada,  are the sparkling lakes, and the opportunity to be in a forest in a few minutes walk.

In this map the darker the colour, the most hits per country- from 578 for Canada to 1 from Myanmar.


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