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Winnipeg Christmas Blizzard 2016   Leave a comment


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Between 18 and 33 centimeters of snow fell in Winnipeg as part of a winter storm that began on Sunday and continued into Monday morning. A number of provincial highways have been closed due to unsafe conditions including poor visibility. It was bad, but not the super-blizzard some were predicting. Highways outside the city are closed and Winnipeg streets are clogged and covered in icy snow. Be careful out there.

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Posted December 26, 2016 by markosun in Manitoba, Weather

Thank Goodness, Manitoba is going to have a White Christmas after all!   Leave a comment


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It was starting to look like Winnipeg and the rest of Manitoba was going to be snowless this Xmas. Above average temperatures were causing sleet and drizzle, instead of the glorious intricate snowflakes to fall from the sky. However, Mother Nature came through with a medium blizzard that blanketed the province today. Now we can chill out and enjoy a white and proper Christmas season.

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Photo of Portage and Main from early this morning.

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Posted December 6, 2016 by markosun in Manitoba, Weather

Another Moody Manitoba Morning   Leave a comment


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Posted October 22, 2016 by markosun in Manitoba, Music

Fierce Manitoba Skies   Leave a comment


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Unsettled weather lately over southern Manitoba has led to storm clouds and the resulting monsoons.

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Posted June 7, 2016 by markosun in Manitoba, Weather

Springtime in the prairie town   Leave a comment


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Scooting through downtown

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Posted May 15, 2016 by markosun in Manitoba, Winnipeg

Small Amish Community in Manitoba   Leave a comment


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Road sign near Gladstone, Manitoba

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In 2006 eleven families of Amish from Ontario moved to southern Manitoba.  High farmland costs back in Ontario led these adventurous people to move out west.  It is hard to gauge the population of Amish in Manitoba, suffice it to say there would be approximately 150-200 individuals based on average family size.  Other families have joined the original eleven. They live near the small towns of Gladstone and Plumas in south-central Manitoba.

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The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships with Swiss Anabaptist origins. They are closely related to, but distinct from, Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Jakob Ammann. Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish.

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A team of 4 horses pulling a seeding machine

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Over 250,000 Amish live in the United States, mainly in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Over 40,000 live in southern Ontario, with a very small group in Manitoba.

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Lots of horses in and near the farmyards

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Two key concepts for understanding Amish practices are their rejection of Hochmut (pride, arrogance, haughtiness) and the high value they place on Demut (humility) and Gelassenheit (calmness, composure, placidity), often translated as “submission” or “letting-be”. Gelassenheit is perhaps better understood as a reluctance to be forward, to be self-promoting, or to assert oneself. The Amish’s willingness to submit to the “Will of Jesus”, expressed through group norms, is at odds with the individualism so central to the wider American culture. The Amish anti-individualist orientation is the motive for rejecting labor-saving technologies that might make one less dependent on community. Modern innovations like electricity might spark a competition for status goods, or photographs might cultivate personal vanity.

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Seeing the Amish farms is like going back in time to the late 1800’s. Except for the rubber tires.

Amish subgroups, known as affiliations, differ in the use of modern technologies. Television, radio and the internet are not used by the vast majority.  Some affiliations do allow certain modern technologies. Modern amenities and devices such as flush toilets, chainsaws, pneumatic tools, mechanical refrigerators, running water, propane gas and lawn mowers are used.

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Posted May 1, 2016 by markosun in Agriculture, Manitoba

Planting Time in Southern Manitoba   Leave a comment


Spring is here and the crops are going into the ground. Great time of year. Farmers busy doing what they do.

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Looks like a Robot insect.  Actually it is an agricultural sprayer to control insects and crop diseases.

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And then there is the Amish community in Manitoba.

 

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Posted May 1, 2016 by markosun in Agriculture, Manitoba