By Katherine Kiang
KaTsZoNe
April 17, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

In February, 1984, I wrote an essay comparing the two year old Charter of Rights and Freedoms ("Charter") with the American Bill of Rights for my high school law class.  At the time, I was wondering why did I decide to choose that topic instead of another one.  I was not confident about writing an essay about something I had little inkling about.  There was no internet back then and there were not many articles that I could use as research material.  How could I possibly make a comparison of a less than two old Charter with an almost 200 year old U.S. Bill of Rights?  I could not possibly make things up!

After all these years, I have learned and seen what the Charter means to Canadians.  When .........

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November 11, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

A young boy with a drug addict mother and unknown father who finds his gift as an equestrian, finds a wild, crazy "unrideable" horse.  The equestrian is disqualified from two Olympics because of drug use.  Sean Fine wrote in the Globe and Mail describes them, "A crazy horse, a troubled rider.  Each brought out the best in the other." 

When I first heard about the tragic death of Hickstead during a competition in Verona, Italy, I was pretty sad.  I love horses.  I have watched competitors jump horses.  I have watched horse and rider perform at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  Years ago, I went to a stable and riding school several times with my friend Donna and saw where the horses lived and played.  I filled up the buckets of water for the horses, I threw some hay in their stalls.  Donna and I would take a wheel barrow full of hay and took them out in the field where the horses would go and graze.  I watched students learn to ride and groom their horses.  The riders knew the horses well, and I know, they grew attached to these wonderful animals.  Each horse had different personalities and I loved listening to Donna tell stories about Duchess (Donna's horse), Cheyanne, Paladin, Omby.  I also know how sad and devastated she and the others were when one of the horses died.  And, by the way, Duchess, Cheyanne, Paladin, Omby and others - may they all rest in peace.

Remembering those days I had spent some time with horses, I understand how devastated gold and silver Olympic medalist at the Beijing Olympics, Eric Lamaze, must have been when his beloved friend, Hickstead, suddenly collapsed in the middle of the competition in Verona.  Hickstead suffered a heart attack.  He gave his all and then slowly lowered his body, trying not to hurt his friend, as he was about to take his final breath.  Videos apparently showed Hickstead giving his friend, Eric, one last glance, before he collapsed and died. 

These two champions, in spite of rough beginnings as individuals, were given second and third chances to make their talents known.  They came to be everything that they could be - without holding back.  Once they knew how they could be good for each other, you could say, the rest is history!  Is it easy to pursue something you are naturally good at?  Not for Eric Lamaze or Hickstead.  At the time of his death, Hickstead had already reached legendary status.  It amazes me what can be accomplished when we truly "become ourselves". 

Below are photos of those four memorable horses I had mentioned: Duchess, Paladin, Omby and Cheyanne.  Photos were taken from Harrogate Hills' website where these horses lived, communed with their owners, played with each other and three of them served as teaching horses.  (Ref. www.harrogatehills.com/memorium.htm)



Duchess                                                                                    
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Paladin

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Omby

Omby_1

                                  

Cheyanne

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Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

REUTERS/Todd Korol

 

Articles about Lamaze and Hickstead:
www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/lamaze-and-hickstead-brought-out-the-best-in-each-other/article2231222/

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2011/11/10/lamaze-lost-a-friend-with-death-of-hickstead/


 

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August 6, 2011 @ 1:30 AM

In my Feb. 2005 issue of KaTsZoNe, I wrote about Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day (Feb. 2), a North American tradition, where the belief that the groundhog can predict whether or not there will be 6 more weeks of bad weather (longer winter) is based on the old European tradition of Candlemas. If it was a sunny Candlemas, it was believed that there would be 6 more weeks of winter.  The Germans added the belief that if an animal (initially a hedgehog) was frightened by its shadow on Candlemas, it meant 6 more weeks of winter.  This belief was brought to America in the 18th century by German settlers who adopted the groundhog as a weather predictor.  I found some Groundhog Carols.  They are hilarious! (http://ourworld.......

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July 31, 2011 @ 12:21 PM

Continuing with the theme of "Enlightenment" from my August episode of KaTsZoNe newsletter, here's another topic of Enlightenment for many teenagers -- especially the girls -- Justin Bieber!

On July 30th, my mom and I were walking past a Shoppers Drug Mart and saw a sign of Justin Bieber outside.  I told mom that he came out with a perfume, so, maybe we can go and see if Shoppers carries it.  We met a saleslady in the cosmetics section who pointed it out and sprayed a sample for me.  It's called "Someday" -- a light floral (probably roses) scent.  I noticed 3 young girls come by and they saw a life-size board in the image of Justin Bieber and asked the saleslady to take a photo of them...
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