Saturday, April 4
Many families are not as lucky as Will's. The waiting lists for help are long and treatment is very expensive. Please be aware that autism effects approximately 1 in 150 people. I love one of those people and chances are that you do too.
Thursday, April 2
Tonight, the sky was golden, blue and pink. It was a nice ending to a lovely spring day.
I was able to get the above photo of the little guy. Tonight I saw a pair of robins sitting on the ridge of Marrianne's house. The photos didn't turn out because the robins and the color of the roof were too much the same. That's what you call camouflage. This afternoon, I saw a cardinal in the same area. There are a lot of bushes and shrubs there. This is the male. I couldn't get a good shot of the female. These two birds are usually close together and one day I'm hoping to get a photo of the pair.
After dinner tonight, I had Dakota out and had taken the camera along because of all the bird activity in the area. I've been keeping it in my coat pocket for any photo opportunities. As Dakota and I were walking along the edge of the park, this Great Blue Heron happened by, heading to his favorite spot along the canal. Thank goodness I had the camera. It would have been a shame to have missed this fantastic shot. I may never have such an opportunity again.
I hope you enjoyed these photos of the birds in our area. ~Blessings, Mary~
Wednesday, April 1
The Board of Directors of Autism Society Canada, proposes a “Canadian Charter of Rights for Persons with Autism” as of March 1st, 2009 in celebrationof World Autism Awareness Day April 2nd, 2009.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and other relevant declarations on human rights should be considered. In particular, for people with autism the following rights should be included:
1. The right of people with autism to live independent and full lives to the limit of their potential;
2. The right of people with autism to an accessible, unbiased and accurate clinical diagnosis and assessment;
3. The right of people with autism to accessible and appropriate education;
4. The right of people with autism (and their representatives) to be involved in all decisions affecting their future; the wishes of the individual must be, as far as possible, ascertained and respected;
5. The right of people with autism to accessible and suitable housing;
6. The right of people with autism to the equipment, assistance and support services necessary to live a fully productive life with dignity and independence;
7. The right of people with autism to an income or wage sufficient to provide adequate food, clothing, accommodation and the other necessities of life;
8. The right of people with autism to participate, as far as possible, in the development and management of services provided for their well-being;
9. The right of people with autism to appropriate counselling and care for their physical, mental and spiritual health; this includes the provision of appropriate treatment and medication administered in the best interest of the individual with all protective measures taken;
10. The right of people with autism to meaningful employment and vocational training without discrimination or stereotype; training and employment should have regard to the ability and choice of the individual;
11. The right of people with autism to accessible transport and freedom of movement;
12. The right of people with autism to participate in and benefit from culture, entertainment, recreation and sport;
13. The right of people with autism to equal access of all facilities, services and activities in the community;
14. The right of people with autism to sexual and other relationships, including marriage, without exploitation or coercion;
15. The right of people with autism (and their representatives) to legal representation and assistance and to the full protection of all legal rights;
16. The right of people with autism to freedom from fear or threat of unwarranted incarceration in psychiatric hospitals or any other restrictive institution;
17. The right of people with autism to freedom from abusive physical treatment or neglect;
18. The right of people with autism to freedom from pharmacological abuse or misuse;
19. The right of access of people with autism (and their representatives) to all information contained in their personal, medical, psychological, psychiatric and educational records.
People who live with Autism have the right to live without fear of discrimination, harrassment and being ostracized for their disorder. Chances are you know someone with autism. Today, one person in 150 has some form of autism. I love one of them and chances are you do too. Please help raise Autism Awareness.
Monday, March 30
I'm done my rant now. I hope you all have a good week and take good care of your plumbing. If not, you may find yourself in a similar predicament to mine and that wouldn't be good. ~Blessings, Mary~
Sunday, March 29
The property is spacious and the trees and yard frame it in a natural setting. Inside at the time of construction was dozens of rooms, including a billiard room, a butler's pantry, a large drawing room and of course the lady of the house had her own boudoir. Modern conveniences included bathrooms, water closets and force pumps.
After Henry Yates died, his massive estate was divided among his survivors. His wife, inherited the property and the house. However, the fortune dwindled and by 1923, Yates Castle stood empty. It fell into a state of disrepair and looters stole fireplaces, woodwork, light fixtures, plaster mouldings and stained glass windows.
Enter Joseph and Mary Talos, who lived just down the street. They were a hard working couple. Mary cleaned houses and worked as a cook. Joseph slugged marble at the foundry. But Joseph dreamed of one day owning a fine house like Yates Castle and when the property went up for back taxes, Joseph scraped together the money to buy it. He paid between $4,000 and $5,000, which was a lot of money in the late 1920s.
Today, it is owned by Joseph's descendent, Steve Talos. Steve remembers going with his father, Rudy, to work on the house when he was a kid. He hated it. However, after earning a degree in history, he began to take more of an interest in the castle and has renovated and restored it to look much like it did in its heyday.
Large tree stump in the foreground gives the house a little more character. Notice the slate roof and the beautiful trim in the photos that give the better view.
The garden of Yates Castle. Notice the ornamental fence in the background. Imagine having all that property to garden. It would look magnificient with arbors, climbing roses, clematis and other climbers.
The two photos above are of the renovated coach house. This property would have been magnificent when it was first built.
Today, Steve Talos has the property up for sale and is asking $1,855,000. Unfortunately, it has been divided into apartments. It would have been wonderful if it could have been kept as a single dwelling, but I wonder how Joseph would feel about that price if he were alive today.
Yates Castle has only been owned by the two families to this point...the Yates and the Talos'. What a history this house has. If only those walls could talk, what a story it could tell.
I hope you enjoyed these photos and a bit of history about Yates Castle. It has been a point of interest to me for many years and I hope whoever purchases it treats it with tender loving care. ~Blessings, Mary~