An Apt April Fool’s; Being Multifaceted; Multifaceted Endlessly Explained; Unforgettable: The Song and a Story; Remarkable News from the US, Reported by Al Jazeera; TikTok Panic; Confidence Game Revealed; Dryburgh Sense of Humor Revealed; Photos of Dryburghs 

I requested and received a free trial copy of  AB Today – learning that Premier Smith’s birthday was on April Fool’s Day. How apt is that??? Apt is appropriate or suitable in the circumstances.  This is the quote: 

“No one can sing me Happy Birthday today. I’ve already had it sung to me by my sheriffs.”

 Premier Danielle Smith, born on April Fools’ Day, asks listeners of her radio show not to sing her birthday songs.” 

Hmmm, “My sheriff’s” – If one gets sheriffs of one’s very own, perhaps I shall run for Premier. And the election is on my 80th birthday. A gift to the province of Alberta – ME. I am definitely qualified, although that might be an impediment. Hahahaha 

Yet, again a word came to me. Multifaceted, therefore in my usual fashion I Googled  and discovered that, lo and behold, that is what I am. “A multifaceted person has many abilities, or a personality with many sides to it.” That is me. Is it a good thing? It is indeed. “That’s why being multi-faceted makes you win in such an environment. A multi-faceted person is curious, creative, flexible, and open to learning and new experiences.” There are 40 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to multifaceted, such as: all-round, varied, various, able, accomplished, and adaptable. I rather enjoy being all of those (except perhaps all-round, if applying to the shape of my body). 

It is not as bad as it might seem. What does being multifaceted mean? “Essentially, it means to have many different parts or sides — each part relating to you in a way that shapes your identity. Although there is great emphasis on the idea of each side being different, they are all similar to the extent that they are all cohesive to makeup, you.”

There is such a thing as multifaceted intelligence. “In essence it means the ability to understand and reflect upon one’s own and others behaviors, motives, moods and emotions and to use this information to act in a socially ideal manner. According to Thorndike (1920) there are three aspects of intelligence: abstract, mechanical, and social intelligence.”

There are, apparently, eight types of multifaceted intelligence.

  • Logical-mathematical intelligence. …
  • Linguistic intelligence. …
  • Spatial Intelligence. …
  • Musical Intelligence. …
  • Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence. …
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence. …
  • Interpersonal Intelligence. …
  • Naturalistic intelligence.

To be totally honest with you – I am missing some types – well just one and I have half of it. I have no mathematical intelligence but I am logical. I cannot sing (at all) but I do have other forms of musical intelligence.  I am totally, utterly tone deaf. I was in a church choir during my early Protestant days, the choirmaster had me mouth the words – it is that bad. It was a bit humiliating but as I had/have a big mouth I was able to make a large contribution. Hahaha


Intrapersonal – to be totally honest, yet again, I did not know what interpersonal intelligence

 was, so I looked it up. Soon you will know the meaning. 

 “Intrapersonal communication is communication with oneself or self-to-self communication. Examples are thinking to oneself “I’ll do better next time” after having made a mistake or having an imaginary conversation with one’s boss because one intends to leave work early. It is often understood as an exchange of messages in which the sender and the receiver is the same person.

Look it up in Wikipedia – it goes on and on and on. More than you would ever want to know- well more than I wanted to know anyway.” 

I am now putting this to music. “Multifaceted, In Every Way” , to the tune of Unforgettable, the Nat King Cole version. 


That’s what you are


Though near or far

Like a song of love that clings to me

How the thought of you

Does things to me

Never before has someone been more


In every way

And forever more

That’s how you’ll stay

That’s why, darling, it’s incredible

That someone so unforgettable

Thinks that I am unforgettable too


In every way

And forever more

That’s how you’ll stay

That’s why, darling, it’s incredible

That someone so unforgettable

Thinks that I am unforgettable too

That song is relevant to a recent restaurant encounter, a rather unbelievable one actually. I returned to Dalla Tavola Zenari, a great restaurant, after an absence of almost a year and began conversing with one of the staff. 

Me: I do appreciate your blue eyes. After being in the Middle East for so long seeing blue eyes is such a relief. 

She: (laughingly) I know! We had this conversation before. 

Me: But I have not been here in almost a year. That conversation HAD to have taken place back then.

She: It did. 

Me: But you have had hundreds of customers since then. How could you remember?  

She: It is because you are unforgettable. 

Me: Hey!! That is a song. I know it! 

She: Yes, it is by Nat King Cole. 

Me: Thanks!  I forget that. I guess he is forgettable. Hahaha 

So the song was recently in my mind during my last lunch at Dalla Tavola Zenari, last lunch before Ramadan. Made an Instagram reel about it being my last lunch, not last supper. How decidedly ecumenical of me. Ecumenical: universal, all-embracing, all-inclusive. Speaking of the Islamic tradition of Ramadan and the Christian ‘version’ of the Last Supper. Not sure that the Last Supper happened, or whether it was the invention of some European Popes. 

Al Jazeera brought great news to Muslims today. Could not believe my eyes when I read it. Joseph Stepansky wrote on March 30, 2023: “The United States Senate has voted to repeal the legal authorisation for the 2003 war in Iraq, a move hailed by critics who have long called for legislators to address the legal architecture of Washington’s post-September 11, 2001, “war on terror”. The move on Wednesday, which came just more than a week after the 20th anniversary of the US ground invasion of Iraq, represented the first time since the 1970s that the Senate has voted to revoke an authorisation for presidential use of force.” 

That is almost a miracle. The USA admitting that it might be wrong??? Al Jazeera does a great job of reporting – exceptional as a matter of fact. They call in the big guns, who are named, to add more details to the story. 

“Heather Brandon-Smith, the legislative director for militarism and human rights at the Quaker nonprofit Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL), called Wednesday’s vote “a really strong step forward from Congress” that signals the legislative branch has begun to re-claim its war authorisation and oversight role. “[Congress is saying] we don’t want this any more,” she said. “It’s our job to decide when we go to war and who we go to war against. And we’re going to take this authorisation off the table.”

The vote was incredible considering the schism that exists in US politics.

 “It was approved in a vote of 66 to 30 with bipartisan support. During debate, Senator Bob Menendez called the repeal “a recognition that Congress not only has the power to declare war but also should have the responsibility to end wars”. Thank you Senator Menendez, very well said!  Again, Al Jazeera brings in the big guns. Other cowardly (and lazy) news sources would say something like – reliable sources say – begging the question of who it is and weather or not they are truly reliable. This practice is the source of much misinformation. 

Scott Anderson, a senior fellow at Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program, said the repeal would represent more than just “good housekeeping” or a “check-the-box exercise”.“It actually really does subsequently have a legal effect, I think,” he told Al Jazeera.”

Other news from Al Jazeera about social media, of all things. 

“What’s behind the TikTok panic? The social media app has more than a billion users in 150 countries, but lawmakers are looking at the app with a more cautious eye as its popularity grows. The US and other countries have already banned TikTok from government phones, while India and Afghanistan have instituted outright bans. But in a congressional hearing last week, US lawmakers suggested to TikTok CEO Shou Chew that an outright ban on the app could be in the cards in the US as well.” 

 I will get it off my phone, do not use it very much anyway. Goodbye TikTok! I will not be missing you. Hahaha. It is gone, took only a second to remove. There is a personal reason why is should be removed – a scammer came into my life (very briefly). Scammers used to take up a lot of my time and attention. No longer – they came, they saw, they did not conquer. Hahaha Wikipedia has this to say about confidence games: 

“Confidence trick is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust. Confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulitynaïvetécompassionvanityconfidenceirresponsibility, and greed. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as “a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct … intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial”, as they “benefit con operators (‘con men’) at the expense of their victims (the ‘marks‘)”. 

That says it all – I used to be credible, and naive, but no longer. I still have my compassion and confidence but never was greedy or irresponsible. The test: “What am I getting out of this?”.It is NEVER mutually beneficial. Bye Guys – you know who you are if you read this. I may, or may not, expose you. Depends on how I feel at the moment and, if you reappear to irritate me. 

But onto one of my better facets – no, it is actually my best facet – as in good, better, best. Fascinating to see the origins of the quote.  St Jerome quoted, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best.” This incredible mission took St. Jerome 30 years to complete and his work became the standard version of the Bible for more than 1000 years.” By the way, the Quran did, and does not to this day,  need the likes of St. Jerome to do a rewrite. 

My very best facet is my sense of humour. A sense of humour is inherited. I get it from my Dryburgh side of the family. Miracles, of all miracles, I ‘met’ my long lost cousin actually my second cousin and not formally met. We have had the funniest of ‘conversations’ enhanced by social media – not Tik Tok, thankfully or he would now be long gone. 

He: You are an amazing dynamic woman as well as being a Dryburgh. That’s a double hit of awesomeness I guess. 

Me: It ain’t easy being awesome. Hahahaha 

He: Have you ever watched Blackadder? An English TV show starring Rowan Atkinson. 

Me: Never have I seen that program. I do not have a television. 

So he sent me the link via email and now you can look at it.  

He: Something you might find amusing. 

Me: Thanks! Now I am totally addicted and shall blog and write no more. I am laughing so hard! I have spent seven years blogging every day – millions of views and written two books. Too bad so sad those days are gone. I have gone from the amuser to the amused. 

I do hope you realize that I am in a weakened condition as well. Ramadan Day 4. Hour 12 of the 16  hour fast. Now IF I lived in Sydney it would be over. Do you have an extra bedroom per chance???? Alexis

He: Two extra bedrooms 

Me: Hmmmmmm

In keeping with the theme of the day the attached photos will be some members of the Canadian Dryburgh Family. The first shall (hopefully) be George and Janet Dryburgh(the originators) on the steps of their Regina, Saskatchewan home.(circa unknown) The second is a rather unique gathering of Dryburghs in 2015 (I believe). I am in the front row, second from the left.  The third photo is me standing underneath a street sign that says Dryburgh Crescent. The Regina street was named for my uncle Dave Dryburgh. There is also a snowman in the photo – I am the one in the grey coat. Hahaha