New Review for I Guess We Missed The Boat

This is perhaps one of the most imaginative reviews I have read:

Now I have to say that if the author’s imagination roams as widely as found on page 129 then you can decide whether you want to travel with this individual! I’m sitting here wondering whether his travel companions ever had this described to them–before it became part of this book–and whether they’ve traveled together since then! Actually, traveling with somebody is always more fun in my experience. And if you can’t travel, finding a travel memoir by somebody with a great imagination and sense of humor might just be the best way for you to see some of the world… or at least the next best thing to actually being there! Check it out…” – Glenda A. Bixler, Book Reader’s Heaven

Read the whole review at:



An 11-year old’s poem

I was recently approached by 11-year old Jeremy Kitagawa at our church and he asked if he could do an interview for a poem he was writing as a school project. Of course, I was flattered and keen to find out what his poem would be like. When he sent me the result, I blushed a little, was very touched by it and amazed at the writing. I think you will see why when you read it.

Thank you, Jeremy. You make me feel good about our future!

Barry Finlay the Famous, known for his knowledge and helping the homeless,

even noted down notes for a novel, while climbing, curving, and conquering crags.

Daring and dangerous deeds they were, climbing Kilimanjaro is a careful career.

Set out sightseeing summits with his son. The genesis was gradual.

After a week they were weak. At 6000 metres, the leviathan named altitude sickness lashed at his head.

The last steps were satisfying. A day in December was when the Daredevil was born. Accountant at first, Adventurer after. Talked to on T.V. Winning wood carver he was. A stupendous scribe for the society!

Hired experts to help the homeless, accomplished amazing actions.

Some singers, a celebrity and a sorcerer helped in the struggle to protest against poverty.

An award from the queen was given gracefully to him. Eventually escaped eminence to Evelyn, his wife.

As a child, a foresight at the family farm foretold he would follow philanthropy as his future.


Mark the Dates – I am very happy to announce the dates for our events this year:

August 22 – Keep on Climbing Golf Tournament at Manderley on the Green, Ottawa. – All proceeds go to Wounded Warriors Canada to help fund elite service dogs that are trained to operate with veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

October 19 – 4th Annual Education for Africa Family Variety Show at Greenfield’s Pub & Eatery - All proceeds go to Plan Canada to help fund a sanitation project in Tanzania, Africa. Proceeds are matched 8:1 by the Canadian federal government.

We hope you will mark them both on the calendar and join us.

More details will be announced soon.

Kilimanjaro and Beyond on Top List of Climbing Books

I am very happy to say that Kilimanjaro and Beyond made it to the Climb Kilimanjaro Guide list of best Climbing Books That Will Shock, Excite and Inspire You. Check out the complete list at the link.

For anyone planning to climb Kilimanjaro, this site has their own book called, COMPLETE CLIMBING KILIMANJARO GUIDE BOOK.  You can never get enough resource material if you are making the climb.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

We would like to wish all our friends and supporters and their families a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2014. It has been a wonderful year for our projects with the announcement that the Plan Canada commitment to help young women and youth in Tanzania start small businesses has been fully funded. We are excited that the project has been completed but also looking forward to announcing a new project in 2014. Plans are already underway for a golf tournament and variety show fundraisers  next year.

Take good care and we will see you soon!



It was my pleasure and truly an honour to be interviewed on International Mountain Day (Dec. 11 – who knew, right?) by Nigerian United Nations blogger, Ebenezar Wikina. Ebenezer calls his interviews The Stroll and he has interviewed such notables as Christina Lamb, co-author of “I Am Malala” and Ndaba Mandela, one of Nelson Mandela’s grandsons.

Please take the time to read some of his other interview as well.


A Christmas Idea Like No Other

Although I’m not actively involved in this project, it is one I fully support and endorse. I feel it is another case of helping girls raise their country out of poverty.

Girls in communities in Cameroon are still unable to attend even primary school. More than 60% of these young girls are home because they do not have the means to attend school or have a normal life. Many as young as 15 already have children, many are married, many are exposed to sexual exploitation, trafficking, poor health care, all because they do not have an education.

The key to protecting girls from trafficking, prostitution and unwanted pregnancies is education and a small donation goes a long way to doing that. Our donations of any size can help. For example, $10 will sew a pair of uniforms a girl can use for a year, $50 will train five girls in computer skills and $85 will pay a girl’s school fees for a year.  A larger donation, like $500, will buy text books for three classes of 100 students!!

A donation of any amount is a fantastic Christmas idea and this project is worthy of our support. Consider helping the girls of Cameroon lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty they are in. Believe me, you will feel good about yourself if you do.

You can read more and donate here:



Comings and Goings

A few things are scheduled for the upcoming weeks and months. Here is the updated schedule:

  • November 23 – Book signing – Barrhaven United Church – 3013 Jockvale Rd. – Barrhaven
  • November 28 – Book signing – Ottawa City Hall
  • December 11 – I will be interviewed by Wikina Ebenezar  on his blog, The Stroll, at Ebenezer is a United Nations Volunteer Blogger.
  • December 14 – Book signing at a Christmas Craft Show at Walter Baker Arena in Nepean, ON.
  • December 31 – Release of an ebook called, “Interviews With 100 Indie Authors” in which my interview with the author is Number 79.
  • January 17 – I will be interviewed on author Blakely Bentley’s website.
  • April 27 – Speaking to the Sunday evening pizza group at City View United Church