February 25, 2010-narrow wedding shoes

narrow wedding shoes
narrow wedding shoes

February 25, 2010
I’ve been in the market for cute and comfortable, but not chunky. I don’t know exactly why, but I don’t like chunky shoes on me and yet, think they look cute on others. Anyway, I knew if I really wanted a pair of supportive, somewhat narrow shoes, they were going to have some bulk. I tried on a few pairs after discovering I am still a narrow with a ridiculously slim heel. I think going for years wearing all medium width shoes, high heels, pointy toes, flats with no support and all that has taken a serious toll on my feet.

I took the plunge and got the cutest pair that fit my requirements and am now adjusting. I love the red patent leather and the little detail on the toe. They’ll go great with jeans, black and grey pants so why not give ’em a try. I’ve been wearing them for a couple hours at a time so they won’t blister on Saturday when I’ll be on my feet for 9 hours. I’m bringing my tennies just in case!


ETA: I wore them for 9 hours while on my feet and came home with no blisters and no throbbing! Last time I worked a wedding for five hours my feet hurt for days. I’m totally sold and over the chunky hang up. These shoes are great!

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narrow wedding shoes

John Bosco was born in Becchi on the 16th of August, 1815. He came from a family of poor farmers. He lost his father, Francesco, at the age of two.
His mother raised him. She taught him to cultivate the soil and to see God behind the beauty of the heavens, the abundance of the harvest, the rain which showered the vines. Mamma Margherita, in the church, learned to pray, and she taught her children to do the same. For John, to pray meant to speak with God on his knees on the kitchen pavement, to think of him while seated on the grass, gazing at the heavens.
From his mother, John learned to see God also in other faces, those of the poor or those of the miserable ones who came knocking at the door of the house during winter, and to whom Margherita gave hot soup, mended shoes.

The great dream
At the age of nine, Don Bosco had the first, great dream which marked his entire life. He saw a multitude of very poor boys who play and blaspheme. A Man of majestic appearance told him: With meekness and charity you will conquer these your friends; and a Lady just as majestic added: Make yourself humble, strong and robust. At the right time you will understand everything.
The years which followed were given direction by that dream. Son and mother saw in it the indication of a way of life.
John tried immediately to do good for boys. When the visiting performers trumpet announced a local feast in the nearby hills, John went and sat in the front row to watch them. He studied the jugglers, tricks and the acrobats secrets. One Sunday evening, John gave his first performance in front of the kids from the neighbouring houses. He performed balancing miracles with pots and pans on the tip of his nose. Then he jumped up on a rope strung between two trees, and walked on it applauded by the young spectators. Before the grandiose conclusion, he repeated for them the sermon he heard at the morning Mass, and invited all to pray. The games and the Word of God began transforming his little friends, who willingly prayed in his company.
Little John understood that to do good for so many boys he needed to study and become a priest. But his brother Anthony, already 18 and an unlettered peasant, did not want to hear of this… He threw away his books and belted him.
On a cold morning of February 1827, John left his home and went to look for work as a farm-servant. He was only 12 but life at home was unbearable on account of the continuous quarrels with Anthony. He worked on the Moglia farm, near Moncucco, during three years. He led the cattle to pasture, milked the cows, put fresh hay in the manger, plowed the fields with the oxen. During the long nights of winter time and during summer, sitting under the trees while the cows stripped their leaves, he went back to his books and studies.
Anthony married three years later. John returned home and resumed his schooling, first at Castelnuovo and then at Chieri. To provide for his needs he learnt different trades: tailor, blacksmith, barman, and he even coached students after classes.
He was intelligent and brilliant, and the best students of the school flocked around him. He founded what was known as the Happy Club. At 20 years of age, John Bosco took the most important decision of his life: he entered the Seminary. There followed six years of intense studies after which he was ordained priest.

He becomes Don Bosco
On June 5, 1841, the archbishop of Turin ordained John Bosco a priest. Now Don Bosco (in Italy the family name of the priest is preceded by Don) was finally able to dedicate himself full time to the abandoned boys he had seen in his dreams. He went to look for them in the streets of Turin. On those first Sundays—says young Michael Rua, one of the first boys he met in those first months, Don Bosco went through the city to become aware of the moral conditions of the young. He was shocked. The outskirts of the city were zones of turmoil and revolution, places of desolation. Unemployed, sad and ready to do anything adolescents caused problems on the streets. Don Bosco could see them betting on street corners, their faces hard and determined, as if to get their way at any cost.
Near the city public market (Turin had a population of 117,000 inhabitants at that time) he discovered a real market of young workers. The part near Porta Palazzo, he wrote years later swarmed with peddlers, shoe polishers, stable-boys, vendors of any kind, errand boys: all poor people who barely eked out a living day after day. These boys who roamed the streets of Turin were the wicked effect of an event that was throwing the world into confusion: the industrial revolution. This started in England but it soon crossed the English Channel and made its way to the South. It would bring a sense of well-being unheard of in previous centuries, but it would be at a very high human cost: the labour question and the gathering of great number of families below the poverty line in the slums of the cities, coming in from the countryside in search of a better life.

Boys in prison
But Don Bosco met the most dramatic situation when he entered the prisons. he wrote: To see so many boys, from 12 to 18 years of age, all healthy, strong, intelligent, insect bitten, lacking spiritual and material food, was something that horrified me. In the face of such a situation he made his decision: I must by any available means prevent boys ending up here. There were 16 parishes in Turin. The parish priests were aware of the problem of the young but they were expecting them to go to the sacristies and to the Churches for the required catechism classes. They did not realize that because of population growth and migration to the city this way of doing things was inefficient. It was necessary to try new ways, to invent new schemes, to try another form of apostolate, meeting the boys in shops, offices, market places. Many young priests tried this.
Don Bosco met the first boy on December 8, 1841. He took care of him. Three days later there were nine, three months later twenty five and in summer eighty. They were pavers, stone-cutters, masons, plasterers who came from far away places, he recalled in his brief Memoirs.
Thus was born the youth centre (which he called oratorio). This was not simply a charitable institution, and its activities were not limited to Sundays. For Don Bosco the oratorio became his permanent occupation and he looked for jobs for the ones who were unemployed. He tried to obtain a fairer treatment for those who had jobs, he taught those willing to study after their days work.
But some of his boys did not have sleeping quarters and slept under bridges or in bleak public dormitories. Twice he tried to provide lodgings in his house. The first time they stole the blankets; the second they even emptied the hay-loft.
He did not give up though, being the obstinate optimist he was. In the month of May, 1847, he gave shelter to a young lad from Valesia, in one of the three rooms he was renting out in the slums of Valdocco where he was living with his mother. I had three lira when I arrived in Turin said the boy sitting near the fire, but I found no work and no place to sleep.

Money problems
After the youngster from Valsesia, another six boys arrived that same year. In the first months money became a dramatic problem for Don Bosco. It would remain a problem throughout his life. His first benefactor was not a countess but his mother. Margaret (Mamma Margherita), a 59 year old poor peasant, had left her house at Becchi to become mother to these poor boys. To be able to put something on the table, for them to eat, she sold her wedding ring, her earrings and her necklace, things which she had kept jealously until then. The boys sheltered by Don Bosco numbered 36 in 1852, 115 in 1854, 470 in 1860 and 600 in 1861, 800 being the maximum some time later.
Some of these boys decided to do what Don Bosco was doing, that is, to spend their lives in the service of abandoned boys. And this was the origin of the Salesian Congregation. Among the first members we find Michael Rua, John Cagliero (who later became a Cardinal), John Baptist Francesia. In the archives of the Salesian Congregation some extraordinary documents, are to be found, such as: a contract of apprenticeship on ordinary paper, dated November 1851; another one on stamped paper costing 40 cents, dated February 8, 1852; there are others with later dates. These are among the first contracts of apprenticeship to be found in Turin. All of them are signed by the employer, the apprentice and Don Bosco.
In those contracts Don Bosco touched on many sore spots. Some employers made servants and scullery-boys of the apprentices. Don Bosco obliged them to employ them only in their acknowledged trade. Employers used to beat the boys. Don Bosco required of them that corrections be made only through words. He cared for their health, he demanded that they be given rest on feast days, that they be given their annual holidays. But in spite of all the efforts and contracts, the situation of the apprentices of the time remained very difficult.

Bashing leather and pushing an awl
In autumn 1853 Don Bosco came to a decision. He begun shoemaking and tailoring shops in the Oratory at Valdocco. The shoemaking shop was located in a very narrow place near the bell-tower of the first church he had just finished building. There Don Bosco sat at a cobblers bench and in front of four little boys he pounded away at a leather sole. Then he taught them how to manage an awl and pack-thread.
After these shops for shoemakers and tailors, Don Bosco built other shops aimed at training book-binders, carpenters, printers and mechanics; six shops in which the privileged place was reserved for orphans, the poor and totally abandoned boys. To take care of these shops Don Bosco invented a new type of religious: the Coadjutors or Salesian Brothers. Similar shops were very soon built in other Salesian presences outside Turin. The Salesian Brothers have the same dignity and rights as those of the Salesian Priests and clerics, but they are specialized people for professional schools. (At the time of Don Bosco’s death, the Salesian professional schools numbered 14 in all. They existed in Italy, France, Spain and Argentina. The number later would grow to 200 across the world).

Password: At once
In the dialogue between Don Bosco and the first boy (he himself wrote this dialogue) there is the expression at once. It looks like an ordinary expression but in reality it is Don Bosco’s password. In fact Don Bosco is drawn to action by the urgent needs of the young and the impossibility of waiting any longer. In the face of the incertitude of the industrial revolution, in the impossibility of finding good and ready made plans and programmes of action, Don Bosco and the first Salesians used all their energies to do something at once for young people in trouble. What directed their programmes of action were the urgent needs of the youngsters. And young people needed a school and a job that would guarantee a more secure future for them; they needed to feel as if they were really boys, that is, they needed to let loose their desire to run and jump in open green spaces, instead of feeling sad beside city sidewalks; they needed to meet God to discover and live according to their dignity. Bread, catechism, professional training and work protected by a good work contract were the things therefore that Don Bosco and his Salesians tried to offer right away to these youngsters. If you come upon somebody who is dying of hunger, instead of giving him a fish, teach him how to fish, it has rightly been said. But the contrary is also true: If you come upon somebody dying of hunger, give him a fish so that he may have the time to learn how to fish. Immediate intervention is not enough nor is it enough to prepare a different future because meanwhile the poor may die of misery.

I have done nothing
In the following years, Don Bosco, working almost to exhaustion, accomplished many imposing works. Besides the Salesians, he founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian Cooperators. He built the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians at Valdocco and founded 59 Salesian houses in six nations. He started the Salesian Missions in Latin America sending there Salesian priests, brothers and sisters. He published a series of popular books for ordinary Christians and for boys. He invented a System of Education founded on three values: Reason, Religion and Loving kindness. Very soon people saw in it an ideal system to educate the young. When somebody would tell Don Bosco the list of the works he performed, he would interrupt the person and immediately say: I have done nothing by myself. It is the Virgin Mary who has done everything. She had traced out his road in the famous dream he had when he was nine. Don Bosco died on January 31, 1888, at dawn. To the Salesians who were keeping vigil around his bed he said in a whisper these last words: Love each other as brothers. Do good to all and evil to none… Tell my boys that I wait for them all in Paradise.

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Morant’ s Curve Digitage
Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on Bow Lake near Lake Louise and the intersection of highways 93 and 1.

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Morant’s Curve Signage

For Tourists and Madmen . . . "If I mistake it not, it will be a great resort for tourists and madmen who like climbing mountains at the risk of breaking their necks. C. Schreiber, CPR Engineer.

When the tracks were completed to Lake Louise in 1883, the Canadian Pacific Railway set out to entice the world to come and explore these "Canadian Alps." The CPR imported guides from Switzerland to lead

aspiring "madmen" and women safely up these peaks.

Panorama Ridge 2824 m
Mount Babel 3,101 m
Valley of the Ten Peaks
Mount Temple 3, 544 m
Paradise Valley
Mount Lefroy 3, 423 m
Haddo Peak 3,070 m
Saddle Mountain 2, 433 m
Fairview Mountain 2, 743 m
Lake Louise
Bow Lake

Mount Temple 3, 543 m elevation and 1540 m prominence is in the Bow Range, Banff National Park. It is located in the Bow Valley between Paradise Creek and Moraine Creek and is the highest peak in the

Lake Louise area. It dominates the western landscape along the Trans-Canada highway from Castle Junction to Lake Louise. It was named by George Mercer Dawson in 1884 after Sir Richard Temple who

visited the Rockies in 1884. Mt. Temple was also the first 11,000 foot peak to be climbed in the Canadian segment of the Rocky Mountains. Quartzite and limestone rock. 550 million years,

(9 km E of Lake O’Hara). (8 km S of Lake Louise). (21 km NE of Mount Goodsir). This peak is #8 on the Height List for Alberta . This peak is #8 in Prominence List for Alberta.

Mount Temple is the highest peak in the Bow Range, and for many climbers is their first peak over 11,000′. From the Trans Canada highway to the north one sees a most impressive north ridge and North Face,

complete with a mantle of hanging glaciers, right from the summit. The tourist route is the SW face, which is accessed from Moraine Lake (the scene on the old 20 dollar bill), then up to Sentinel Pass, traversing

east onto the scree. For most day trippers it’s a scramble in the scree, and then a long stagger to the summit. However the weather should not be underestimated.

History: Named in 1884 by George M. Dawson after Sir Richard Temple who was the leader of the British Association Excursion Party that visited the Rockies in 1884.

Rocky Mountains < Canadian Rockies < Continental Ranges < Park Ranges < Bow Range

Coordinates: 51°21′03″N 116°12′21″W / 51.35083, -116.20583

Clearly the most massive and the highest of the mountains of the Lake Louise area, Mount Temple is the first of the high peaks near the Continental Divide which one sees driving west along the Trans-Canada

Highway. The view of the mountain from the vicinity of Castle Junction was described by Samuel Allen when he read an account of his first ascent of the mountain to the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston

on March 12, 1895. "One who travels west from Banff up the valley of the Bow will see in front of him, shortly after leaving Cascade Siding, a tall helmet-shaped peak rising in a series of inaccessible cliffs to a

snow tipped summit. But it is not until Laggan is reached, and the western face of the peak is seen -now to the southeast -that its height or beauty is adequately realized, although from all points it dominates

the landscape."

Rising directly from the Bow Valley, the mountain offers three quite different views to the traveler, each of which features huge, steep cliffs. The view from Castle Junction makes clear the fact that this is a

mountain different in height and character from those to the east. Looming 719 metres above Panorama Ridge, Mount Temple rises to an elevation of 3543 metres, its rock appearing darker and more purplish

than the nearer ridge and its upper cliffs always highlighted by snow. From the Moraine Creek Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway, the mountain seems very close. This is the narrowest that it appears and is

a most impressive viewpoint even though the summit cannot be seen.

Mount Temple is composed of quartzite and limestone that is early Cambrian in age, the formations being about 550 million years old.

The view from Lake Louise is the classic one of Mount Temple and, again quoting from Wilcox’s speech of March 12, 1895,

"From a base fifteen hundred feet higher than Laggan, this western face rises in one unbroken wall of nearly four thousand feet. A plateau above the latter is occupied by a magnificent area of glacier and neve,

sweeping down in curving folds from the summit to the top of the wall, while the overhanging seracs above, and the fine powder on the scattered ledges below tell of many a thundering avalanche of ice. This is

Mount Temple."

In 1894, Walter Wilcox, Samuel Allen, and L.F. Frissel made the first ascent of Mount Temple utilizing the southwest ridge. Despite the mountains inaccessible appearance from the various viewpoints in the

Bow Valley, this so-called "Tourist Route" is of such difficulty that Ken Jones, the first Canadian born alpine guide, claimed that it is possible to "lead a milk cow to the top." Ken was of course joking, but

technically it is an easy climb.

However there are risks involved both from falling rock and, if the route is lost, steep cliffs and avalanches. In 1955 seven young people from the United States were killed on this route in Canada’s most costly

mountaineering accident. A group of eleven were climbing up a huge bowl on the southwest slopes of the mountain on a very warm July 14th. Ten of the boys were swept 200 metres down a snowfield and

though a bottleneck before the snow stopped and set up like concrete.

The cliffs of the north face of Mount Temple were not climbed until the 1960’s.

When viewed from the north and north-northwest (along Highway #93) a striking, steeply-dipping line of snow is seen connecting with the east ridge of Mount Temple about halfway up the mountain. This

snow-highlighting is not related to the bedding planes but is formed from snow gathering in what is known as the Aemmer Couloir. Guide Rudolph Aemmer led Val Fynn up this route in 1918 in what Chic

Scott describes as, "a serious attempt on this ridge from Paradise Valley." The pair reached the base of what is known as the "Black Towers" at the top of the couloir.

Although there has been considerable confusion regarding the history of the naming of this spectacular mountain, including speculation that it was once referred to as Mount Lefroy, there is no firm evidence of

a name for it until the arrival of George Dawson in the early 1880’s.

He officially named the peak in honour of Sir Richard Temple, an economist who was the leader of a "British Association" field trip to the Canadian Rockies in 1884. Primarily interested in India, this was Sir

Richard’s only visit to Canada. George Dawson was working in the area during 1884 but it is not known whether the two met there. Perhaps they did and somehow Sir Richard made an impression on Dawson

who then chose to name one of the most spectacular peaks in the area in his honour.

For a panoramic view from the summit of Mount Temple visit www.canadasmountains.com.

Legendary alpine guide, Edward Feuz jr. climbed Mount Temple in 1965 at the age of 81. [Gest]
Scrambling Routes
A moderate scramble via southwest scree/snow slopes. Mount Temple is the ultimate scramble. Towering majestically over Lake Louise, this hulking giant, third highest in the southern Rockies, presents a

dauntingly impregnable wall of vertical rock capped by perpetual snow and ice. This impression is a facade. Hidden away on the southwest side lies the heavily-used "tourist" route. Temple is the most accessible

3353 m (11,000 ft.) peak in the entire Canadian Rockies and probably the most often climbed. With an apparent blessing by Mother Nature one summer’s day in 1996, the sun shone while a small wedding

ceremony was performed on the top. It is believed the wedding night was spent elsewhere. Anyone doubting the conditions (either their own or that of the mountain!), should consult the Lake Louise Warden

Office before heading out. In a typical year, the route is in condition by mid-July. Carry an ice axe. Be aware of hiking regulations that may be in force on the approach route if there are bears in the area. Kane,

Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 235

Climbing Routes
South-West Ridge (Normal Route) I
A deservedly very popular scramble to the top of one of the highest mountains in the Rockies. It has a very short approach on a highway of a trail, the ridge is non-technical, and the view from the summit is

stupendous. An ice axe could be really useful since the upper slopes are often covered in hard snow. Early in the season, beware of cornices along the final section of ridge and at the summit; several fatalities

have occurred because of carelessness on the upper slopes, so take care. One of the easiest routes in the book. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 129

East Ridge IV 5.7
At the time of the first ascent this was a major undertaking and a very impressive ascent. Only in the late ’70’s did it lose its reputation. Having said this, it is not a trivial route by any stretch of the imagination.

For comparison, it is longer, more difficult and hence more serious than the E Ridge of Mt. Edith Cavell. Certainly it is an excellent candidate for those climbers looking for a challenging one-day alpine route.

No doubt its modern popularity is in part due to its inclusion in the book "Fifty Classic Climbs of North America". The original line of ascent followed the ridge throughout, including the ridge through the

"Black Towers". However, it is now common practise to forsake the intricacy of the ridge in the Black Towers area for a straigh-tforward gully system that breaks through the Towers on the south side of the

ridge. Crampons and an ice axe are needed for the final section. The route has been soloed in a few hours but most parties will take a major part of a day for a round trip. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs

page 130

North Face, Greenwood/Locke IV 5.8 A2
This route offers both the safest and the most technical climbing on the north side of the mountain. The majority of the climbing is on a rock spur and thus subject to little or no objective hazard. After a

relatively tame start in the "Dolphin", the climbing on the spur becomes sustained, but is well protected and on good quality limestone. The crux is close to the top. Though predominantly a rock climb,

crampons and ice axe are necessary to reach the start of the rock climbing. Rock shoes are an asset though not absolutely necessary. From a bivi at Lake Annette, the route can be climbed comfortably in a day

with a pre-dawn start. It has actually been soloed in five hours! Best in August when it is usually driest. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 132

North (Lowe) Ridge IV 5.6/7
Due to its position below the seracs of the N glacier, this route suffers from high objective hazard even though it follows a prominent rib. For some strange reason many people assume it is free of hazard. Check

out the ice avalanche pictures in CAJ 1976 (p. 5) and judge for yourself! It is questionable whether this route should be included in a selected route book, but the few people I know who have done it say it is

worthwhile. Probably the biggest gamble described in the book. The climbing is mostly easy 5th class with some short, harder sections. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 134

North Face, Elzinga/Miller IV 5.7
Originally a variation to the N Ridge, this route has become the most popular route on the N Face. It is subject to some high objective hazards but it is possible to gain height much more quickly on this route

than the Lowe Route and hence spend less time exposed to hazard. Furthermore, there are some route choices that dramatically minimize hazard. The route has been climbed in 6 hours though most parties will

take longer. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 134

North-East Buttress, Greenwood/Jones IV 5.8 A1
This takes the rib that deliniates the boundary between the N and NE faces and provides the safest route on this side of the mountain. It has been climbed comfortably in a day. Rock shoes are useful but not

absolutely necessary. Take your crampons and axe for the summit snowfield. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 135

North-East Face, The Sphinx Face IV 5.9 A2
To the east of the Greenwood/Jones route is another face, dubbed the Sphinx Face by the late Bugs McKeith, which forms a subsidiary peak on the E ridge. In the middle of this face is an obvious snow/icefield.

The route follows this up to steep, loose rock bands which guard the north side of the E ridge. Not a particularly great climb but certainly of interest to those keen on doing an alpine "5.9 A2". I’ve included it

more for completeness than for aesthetic reasons. The nature of the rock is such that a summer ascent would be a lottery. The first ascent party required one bivi on the face and one on the descent. Dougherty,

Selected Alpine Climbs page 135



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