Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 203:

In my early days at Chalk River, Roger was my inspiration and mentor, even though at a tender age of 20 he was some 10 years my junior. He was also indirectly responsible for my learning downhill skiing. This happened since he was considered an indispensable staff member, because he produced up to fifteen papers a year in a field where two papers was considered quite adequate. The hierarchy was so scared of losing him that he was granted the privilege of taking every Wednesday off in winter to go to a ski hill some 90 kilometres away. He also had the privilege of inviting staff to accompany him.

Bisous Masques by L. Martel

This is a 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas board which I thought I had finished but I can see it needs some more touch up. I added the Dio Foods on the van because that was the company I had with my younger son. The lower picture was the earlier rendition.

Earlier rendition…

Yoga Nidra on YouTube

That was so restful Mountain Energy Yoga thank you.

Mountain Energy

Give yourself 20 minutes to relax while listening to this meditation.

Yoga Nidra is considered to be Pratyahara. Pratyahara is one of the eight limbs of yoga, as mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Pantajali. The meaning of Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the senses as a form of nourishment.

“In yoga nidra, we restore our body, senses, and mind to their natural function and awaken a seventh sense that allows us to feel no separation, that only sees wholeness, tranquility, and well-being,” says Richard Miller, yoga teacher and clinical psychologist

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Yoga Nidra is used successfully to treat many conditions including chronic pain, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Learn Savasana with me

Thank you Mountain Energy Yoga, we all need to learn how to do this, especially now.

Mountain Energy

My second video is published on YouTube.

Here’s a link to it:

Savasana is a very helpful way to improve posture and to release tension.

When you lie on your back on the floor gravity does a lot of the work.

The benefits you may experience from practicing savasana include:

lowered blood pressure

Calm mind, reduced stress

Improved digestion and immune system

Reduced anxiety, fatigue

Relieves headaches

Give yourself 10 minutes to practice this pose especially if you are having a stressful day!

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Sold Out by swo8 Blues Jazz

In 2001 my husband and I attended the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, in protest of the agreement. The photos in this video are from this event. The reason I’m posting this today is I tried to buy a glass jar today to hold salt since the box it comes in always leaks. The government has determined this as a non essential so I can’t buy it at Dollarama. I guess I could have bought it from Amazon, but I refuse to do that. The whole pandemic has been mismanaged and in the process, the government is overstepping its boundaries. Where do they get off telling me what is essential and what is not? BTW, we got hit with tear gas at that event in 2001.

Toronto City Sky Scape by L. Martel

This is a 20″ x24″ oil on canvas city scape of Toronto. The word, Toronto, is Anglicized from Mohawk, was spelled tkaronto and taronto and used to describe an area where trees grow in shallow water. It is the moon that caught my eye. I have yet to blend it through out the sky so it is a work in progress.