More articles in category: Humanities

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Careful What You Wish For

With all the beauty love, kindness and wondrous things that this life on our planet has to offer us, there is no free pass for any of us. We are all painfully aware of our world’s humungous deficiencies… war, hunger, illness, poverty etc.

How often do we find ourselves wishing, hoping and even praying for a respite from the ills of this world? If only there was n…

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To our grand-parents

I was very fortunate. I knew two great grand-mothers and had all four of my grand-parents until the age of 20. I lost my last grand-parent 21 years later.

Our grandparents were always present for us. They supported us financially when needed. They babysat us to give our parents a break. They took us places, told us stories, taught us how to play cards, fix things,...

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The Ladder of Awareness – Part 9

Imagualization – Celebrating the victory first

This is a combination of visualization, guided meditation, and superconscious hypnosis.

  • The visualization part comes from the questions asked, usually based on previous conversations with the subject. The guide asks to start with asking you to imagine a moment of success you want to come t…
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Out with the Old and In with Absolutely Nothing

In reference to the article my fiancee recently published entitled, “Serial Consumer NO MORE”, we have succumbed to the heinous realization that we were being unknowingly persuaded into draining our wallets and our brain cells into social media marketing trends. Coming to terms, the both of us sat down together in search of an action plan. What was our next step…

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Women , the Miracle

Women under God-Centrism

A Miracle

 ( this article will take 5 mints to read , you can read more in the book I wrote …….” I “. )

From my perspective, this is the most expressive term for a woman. Why do I say this?

God created women with amazing ability to do many things in parallel, and do them all competently. It is natural …

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Serial Consumer NO MORE

I have immersed myself in minimalism documentaries as of late. Truly making me question my faith in this current society we live in. I’ve known all about global propaganda, subliminal messages, and the ever trending death sentence that is social media, but as I look around I haven’t really come to full terms at the severity of our current situation. 

When dwelling…

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The Ladder of Awareness – Part 8

The Ladder of Awareness – Part 8

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Into the method: Part 2.

Notes on Today:

We jump forward by allowing ourselves to go deeper than ever before and climb the ladder past the highest rung.

I’ve kept it shorter today in hopes of giving you an eve...

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The Muddy Warrior

I DID IT!!! I’m alive and well! I am transformed! I am still on a high of disbelief and awe of myself. Yes, I will toot my own horn! This is a big accomplishment for me, and in “new” Nathalie ways, I am revelling in it! (Many self-pats on my back. Ha ha!)

What an incredible and exhilarating day at Mud Hero Montreal?!! I did it! I am an official Mud Hero! I climbed. I…

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Have you considered listening to an Audiobook?

I haven’t…not until now that is. Now that it is summer time and many of us are planning road trips to cottages, flights to different parts of the world and just down time in general, let’s consider an audiobook.

Why am I suddenly and for the first time intrigued with this format of “reading” you say? Well, today I received an email from Orca Book Publishers, li…

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The Ladder of Awareness – Part 7: Into the method…

Into the method…

Part 1: 

1) WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW:

Struggling for money, struggling to be a better listener, struggling with being clear with myself about what I want, and struggling with self-forgiveness.

What do I get from all these together is I’m struggling. It’s the ‘poor me’ conversation I have with myself, exter...

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The Ladder of Awareness – Part 7

Into the method…

Part 1: 

1) WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW:

Struggling for money, struggling to be a better listener, struggling with being clear with myself about what I want, and struggling with self-forgiveness.

What do I get from all these together is I’m struggling. It’s the ‘poor me’ conversation I have with myself, exter...

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I Saved my Dad – Korsakoff & Exploitation Pt.1

This article (in many parts) is meant to raise awareness for several issues that I feel very strongly about: mental illness, a condition called Korsakoff Syndrome and for financial exploitation, especially of senior citizens but of anyone who finds themselves in a vulnerable position, and who could easily be taken advantage of by predators in sheep’s clothing usually, …

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Why You Should Read!

Today with instant gratification, people are absorbing their information through bits and bytes. I am amazed when sending emails or messages to people, how often it occurs that the receiver of  my message does not even reply to or acknowledge any of the particulars. They are skimming and scanning and not absorbing much at all. It has happened many times that I have to resend…

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LIFE

Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it

Although time seems to f…

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Egotism Under Self-Centeredness

(This article will take you 7 mnts to read , you can read more about this in the book I wrote

…” I “.)

Egotism Under Self-Centeredness

I would like to make it clear that a person living under self-centeredness is not necessarily selfish, egotistical or lacking in morals. Selfishness, in some definitions, is placing one’s interests abov...

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Turning Catfish into Lemonade

“How many times has this happened to you? You have a bass, and you’re trying to find an exciting new way to prepare it for the dinner table. You could scale the bass, remove the bass’ tail, head and bones, and serve the fish as you would any other fish dinner. But why bother, now that you can use Rovco’s amazing new kitchen tool, the Super Bass-O-Matic ’76. Y…

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The Art of Humility

I recently read about Jocko Willink, a former Navy Seal Commander and best selling author. He mentions that late in his SEAL career he would occasionally be asked to fire persons from leadership roles. He noted that the reason these leaders were being fired was not because they lacked the skill or competence or even courage in their leadership roles. They were to be fired b...

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Where I Come From

Where I Come From

           

I used to think I came from a checker game. That God suddenly missed a move with his red checker, and Satan pounced. “There. I finally win.” Cackles the Devil. “Now he has to spend a minute more in the womb. Now his arm will be crushed against the wall. He won’t be able to use it.”

And God, being the fair and just Bei…

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Revelation: Goals happen organically

The last week of December, and the first week of January, I decided to make a list of life and career goals. I decided on my goals, wrote them on papers and filed them away in a binder.  I’ll be honest, some of them were too constricting, I had put too much on my plate, and by mid February, I was exhausted. I took a break from my goals, albeit, I often feel guilty…

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The Solar System Example

(This article will take you 3 mnts to read it , you can read more in the book that I wrote …” I “.)

The Solar System Example

We know that the sun is the center of the solar system; it moves, while the planets of the solar system orbit it, and some of these in turn, like Earth, have moons that orbit them; however, the center is reserved for t…

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Make an Old Friend

“You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.” – Dave Chappelle

She is so old that she was a waitress at the last supper. He is so old that his social security number is 1. Jokes like this are funny, but sometimes they discount the value that the “chronologically gifted” have to offer. If you want to develop t…

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Get Out There and Do It!

The first time I really read Psalm 18:32-36, I couldn’t help but say, “But my life is anything but perfect! But perfect from whose perspective? God looks at our trials and sees them as tools to mold and shape us to be more like Christ. If we had the fairy tale life and didn’t ever face any problems, we would never have any challenges to conqu…

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Are you and your kids safe?

People are encouraged to play sports; after all, exercise is healthy for them. Exercise helps decrease stress levels, burn fat, decrease risk of heart disease, increase concentration, and make us healthier and stronger. Here’s the problem though, when is the last time you asked yourself if you and your kids are safe wherever and however you choose to be physical…

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Consciousness under Self-Centeredness Paradigm

( This article will take you 9 mnts to read, you can read more on the book I wrote …” I ” .)

The Formation of Consciousness under Self-Centeredness

Consciousness, choice and initiative have been discussed in previous chapters. Let’s look at another side of consciousness. Was your consciousness formed haphazardly, or selectively? When you woke …

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Ways To Give Back

Ways To Give Back

 

 

When I host my workshops one of the questions I ask the audience is what are some of the ways they give back.

Is blows my mind how many people think they can only give material things.

Ways to give back

  •  Carry someone’s groceries to the car
  • Walk someone’s dog
  • Water som...
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The Ladder of Awareness – Part 3

WELCOME TO THE CONTINUING OBSERVATIONS THAT FOLLOW THE DISCUSSIONS SESSIONS BETWEEN MYSELF AND MY MENTOR, BEREL M. WEINER FOR OUR BOOK PROJECT TENTATIVELY CALLED: “THE LADDER OF AWARENESS: THE PROCESS OF BEING YOUR TRUTH.” 

THESE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS FOLLOWING EACH SESSION AND HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO CHANGE WITH EACH NEW WEEK OF DISCUSSION…

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A Virtual Book Club is a Great Option

Are you the kind of reader who would love to share ideas and discuss the latest book you are reading with others? Are you also the kind of person who doesn’t have time in their schedule to go to book club meetings? 

There are so many of us who just don’t like the idea of going once a month or every few weeks to a scheduled book club meeting. We would stil…

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The Ladder of Awareness Part Two

Welcome to the continuing observations that follow the discussions sessions between myself and my mentor, Berel M. Weiner for our book project tentatively called: “The Ladder of Awareness: The Process of Being Your Truth.” 

These are my thoughts and feelings following each session and have already begun to change with each new week of discussion. S…

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Is it True Story Telling or a Money Grab?

I started reading because my father was a reader. My earliest recollection is of my dad lying on the living room couch with his latest book. I was about five years old and looking for some attention. I crawled up next to him and asked him what he was doing. He said he was reading. My next question was why he was reading something that didn’t have any pictur…

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Well Worth Reading!

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander is magnificently ironic, darkly comic, and hugely illuminating. In it, Englander delves into the complexities of love, relationships, and human behaviour.

This story starts off simply with two couples meeting each other after many years. The women had been friends a long time ago…

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TowaT #1 – Change

Welcome to the first of a new series I have created entitled, TowaT.

There is so much I want to share with you! I get so tied up in my head on how to execute the stories, that I hinder myself from writing and sharing, thus, leaving us both at a loss.

I have many article topic ideas for a while waiting, sitting on scraps of paper, incomplete…

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The Ladder of Awareness Part One

For the next few months I will be posting observations that follow the discussions sessions between myself and my mentor, Berel M. Weiner for our book project, tentatively called: “The Ladder of Awareness: A process of being your truth.”  

These are my thoughts and feelings following each sessions and have already begun to change with each new we…

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HISTORY SENIOR PROJECT: Hidden in the Landscape

(Ken Dunn asked me to post this when it was finished, but my original paper is over 37 pages long. So here is a SIGNIFICANTLY abbreviated version of it – my final paper for my history degre. “Hidden in the Landscape”: Architectural Landscape and Spiritual Mystery in Romantic England and Ireland. Enjoy!)

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From the first appearance of stone cir...

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The Road Less Traveled By….

Let’s face it.

Most people ignore a delightful way to express themselves.   

You may consider it to be as breathtaking as a glorious sunset. As amusing as a giggling toddler at the beach. As satisfying as warming your bones inside after shoveling snow in zero degree weather. What am I referring to? (Have yo…

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day began early for us in 2014. After a long journey by plane, train, and auto, we arrived on the Adriatic coast, in the small town of Lesina, Italy, on May 13. What happened there changed our lives forever.

Lesina was the location of the airbase of the 325th Fighter Group of World War 2. They were known as the “Checkertails” because of the yellow and bla…

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Jumping Out of Our Comfort Zone

When my children were teenagers, I decided to go on a vegetarian diet. My sister had embraced this diet and couldn’t say enough about how much better she felt, so I decided to give it a try. In thinking of my children, though, I thought it would be a good idea to sneak it in gradually. Going through the vegetarian cookbook she had given me, I found just the…

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Trust The Universe Has Your Back

The universe has my back. Is listening to me. Is responding.

How do I know this?

Green painters’ tape and wide hangers.

Umm….what?

I always tell people when you jump into the universal flow, you will be surprised at how effortlessly and quickly it takes you along where you need to go – like floating down a lazy river in an inner tube on a...

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you and i

I’d like to encourage you, dear readers and writers, to consider dabbling in poetry.

Poetry offers you a way to express your inner thoughts, feelings and ideas in a simple, concentrated way. You can choose to rhyme or write in free verse. You can say outlandish things, and make comparisons that are elegant, funny or strange. As I mentioned in an…

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Time to Get Muddy!!!

Oh oh! What have I done?! This is beyond the outside of my comfort zone! Oh my goodness!

Truth be told, I am currently not the most fit I have been in my life. There was once a time, long ago, when I was quite physically active with sports and running around; the last decade and a half though…ummmm…not so much. Health issues did play a role in this too. But, I am…

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The Energy of Song

I have been watching a weekly series on CNN called Soundtracks. The second episode aired tonight and it focused on the music that came out of 9/11 and how it helped to heal people after the tragedy. Last week’s episode focused on Martin Luther King and the music that served as backdrop to what he believed in.

This series reminded me of how powerful music can be in ho…

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The Energy of Song

I have been watching a weekly series on CNN called Soundtracks. The second episode aired tonight and it focused on the music that came out of 9/11 and how it helped people to heal from the tragedy. Last week’s episode focused on Martin Luther King and the music that served as a backdrop to what he believed in. 

This series reminded me of how powerful music can b…

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The Akashic Record

I want to open with a quote for this article;

“Our reality is just what we tell each other it is. Sane and insane could easily switch places if the insane were to become the majority. You would find yourself locked in a padded cell, wondering what happened to the world.”

This could not be closer to the truth. There is nothing more then what t…

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A Fantasy? No not for me!

This week our student book club chose the Fantasy genre for our next meeting. Oh no I thought! I’m happy to read almost every type of genre, including science fiction, but fantasy, no that is certainly too juvenile for my enjoyment.

Reluctantly I started to read t…

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Dying for God for the self and for ” Us”.

5 mnts reading 

Dying for God for the Self and for ‘Us’

To examine this subject, I’m going to ask you to imagine being a situation where you decide to give up your dear life for God. I’m going to claim that the most valuable resource God has given you to achieve what He wants of you is you. We can probably agree on the fact that you have only one life, an…

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The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained

In my first article, The Art of Caring Comes From Within, I gave you an overview of my perspective on being a caring individual. If you haven’t read it, you should go back and read it as I’m sure you will like it. In this article, I’ll sha…

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Against All Odds – Inspiration & Impact

Have you ever been so inspired by someone else’s story of not only survival but also inconceivable resiliency?

Have ever been so inspired by someone’s struggles that your own hardly feel worth even thinking about, let alone verbalising?

Have you ever been so affected by someone else’s story that all you want to do is to share it with any & everyone?

...
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Persistence

Hello today to my fellow readers I hope your day is going well and life is opening a ton of doors for you. If it is not going as well as you would like it to go, and you want more doors to open for you starting today I think I might have something you would want to do to help. What if I could show you a way, that can help you out and it is as easy as taking your dog on…

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Life Sucks And Then You Die… (Part 2 of 3)

Did you feel totally awkward reading Life Sucks And Then You Die (Part 1)? If you did, have you taken the time to ponder why was that? Do you think it jus…

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Making it Past Appointment Two

My first appointment went well. The counselor seemed nice, I gave her the buffet version of my life story, and we set a date for my next appointment. Good stuff. I knew I needed this, and I was ready!

The night before this second appointment, as I was washing dishes, I was struck with a revelation.

I DON’T NEED COUNSELING.

Y…

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The Ridge Runner

I am a proud son of the Tennessee mountains. I was never called a “hillbilly” at all, either in a joking or a pejorative sense, nor would I have taken offense. Occasionally when I was a young lad, I would see the Confederate flag, usually on a pick-up truck, and came to see it as a teen-age rebellion icon, nothing more. When I was older, I understood the true significan…

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Children’s Consciousness Under Self-Centeredness

( This Article will take you 5 minutes to read it  – and I hope much longer to think about it -.)

Before speaking of raising our children, we need to define our terms. Children, specifically, share a universal language, the language of children. Children understand each other after mere minutes together, no matter their differences. I believe that this merits our ...

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Motivation to make your goals last forever

What is the most pain you have ever felt in your life, and why are we so scared of this feeling? Some people will say death, or public speaking, or losing your job, or travel, or being alone, or failing at life. I think we do this all on the daily, and yes sometimes there are worse days than others. We cannot control that fact, life gives us the cards it wants us to hav…

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Ivanka Trump got it right!

Ivanka Trump tweeted this week saying “ This #NationalLibraryWeek, we honor our libraries and librarians for opening our eyes to the world of knowledge, learning and reading” 

This last week April 9 – 15 was National Library Week in the United States, instituted by the American Library Association. October is Canadian Library Month! During this time, lib…

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A Special Friend

Have you ever considered writing poetry to express yourself?

Poetry offers a fun way to take a “snapshot” of life.  Poems can transport you to a new place, share your ideas, and allow you to eternally savor a feeling, an experience or an event. But more than that, poetry gives us a way to create a meaningful tribute to special people. 

Si…

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The Waiting Room

Sitting in the Waiting Room of the Montreal Neurological Institute with Mom.

A much overdue appointment seeing that her last MRI was in December 2016.

I have been here numerous times in the last 11 years.  Mom is greeted by staff who have gone through this whole ordeal with her. Familiar faces smile. She gets several hugs. I shake hands with people who I …

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GTA area housing prices raise RED FLAG with Feds

April 2017 Bidding Wars…Solution

Our Federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, is concerned that recent, year over year dramatic price increases will have a long term implication on housing affordability. The impact is also felt by tenants, who in some cases have seen their monthly rent double…

In an opinion piece published recently in the Globe and Ma...

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PRIORITIES AND PRECIOUS TIME

Stand-up comedian Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s older brother died from leukemia Wednesday morning. He was only 57 years old. Charlie co-starred on Dave Chappelle’s Chappelle’s Show, where some of Dave’s most memorable skits involved Charlie and his night-time parties with Rick James and Prince. They were highlighted as some of the fu…

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THE ABSENCE OF RELIGION

At the beginning of December on a Saturday evening, close to the end of Livia’s home stay, the Gideons local Ray Hubbard Camp had a Christmas Dinner Party. She was invited to be our guest speaker and talk about her first 16 years of life growing up in a home with Christian parents. She explained that she had never heard her parents once use the words God, Jesus Christ, rel…

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Creating Your Own Special Place to Write

When I first started writing, I worked at my laptop at the dining room table but found I couldn’t seem to get very much done. I would be in the middle of an important thought, trying to get my thoughts down while it was fresh on my mind, when someone in the family would interrupt me.

I am one of those people who needs it to be …

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Be an Opportunity Maker

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise mosteffectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

I recently came across a wonderful TED talk by writer Kare Anderson entitled “Be an Opportunity Maker” (if you are not familiar with…

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Help Yourself

One of my most memorable times growing up was “family dinner time”. My Mother was one of those traditional types that demanded everyone sit at the dining table at 6:30 every evening for dinner. Dad had his spot at the table, Mom had hers, my brother Chuck had his, and I had mine. Plates, utensils, and napkins were already set in place along with our favorite beverage. (M…

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Finding Purpose In My Life

Luke 1:45 – “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” When I first got so sick, I was convinced that my life was over. I was praying and whining and asking what I was supposed to do now, telling God how much I loved to work and how much I missed it. I felt lost without it. I couldn’t see any future, and …

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Why do we ask for a disscount

I saw this by a friend who is as confused by this as I am. This doesn’t apply to everyone – but about 90% of friends, family and people in general. 

Why?

💋 Kylie Jenner releases a lip gloss, people buy it.

👟Michael Jordan puts out a new shoe, people buy it.

🚙 Matthew McConaughy is the spokesman for a car and people want it.

🎧 Dre has ...

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Opportunity To Connect

Hidden Opportunities

I took my mother to the post office to renew her passport and the line was very  long, I drove her to another office in the near by city.

We got to the 2nd post office and we were the first people in line. There was a nice lady behind us and we smiled at each other. Then we went to the Fed Express office I needed to make som…

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What Birds Showed Me

‘Birds are a miracle because they prove to us that there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.’ Douglas Coupland

I have loved birds my whole life. I can remember as a child sitting out in the backyard waiting to catch glimpses of birds floating around from tree to tree. I was fascinated by them. I can even recall wanting to be a bird. I …

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These are the People In My Neighbourhood – #2

Dear Friends, Neighbours, & Readers,

I am very happy to introduce you to Dr. Amanda Glew. 

She leads the wonderful team at the Timberlea Vet Clinic in Kirkland alongside Dr. Isabelle Cote, Glenn MacIsaac and a support and technical staff that live their love of animals. It is nothing short of amazi…

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Coincidence or Synchronicity?

Has this happened to you? You think of a person you haven’t spoken to in a long while and get a phone call from them?  Better yet, you bump into them?! Even more so, you see each other in an airport in a city which you both do not live in?!! How about, you were thinking of an occurrence and then it happened?  

These types of “coincidences” happen more often than not. …

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Books books…to collect or purge?

It has been a while since I have taken stock of my book collection. I don’t know about you, but I find it very difficult to get rid of books from my personal library. Whether the books on my shelves have been “read” or are on my “to read” list or even on my “not going to read but they look good” list, I somehow cannot say good bye to those who have become my …

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Consistency is Key

My family and I just went and got a great new member of the family, met Leo he is a rescue 140 lbs at 6 ft tall on his back legs Great Dane. He is great with the three girls, likes to sleep and be outside and for how big he is he is scared of the thunder. I thought today I would wright about consistency, because like in other parts of our lives it is always key….

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Refuse to Give Up!

I was having one of those frustrating mornings where I wasn’t making as much progress as I wanted in my writing. When my daughter called to see if I wanted to go to the zoo, I jumped at it. We got to the mongoose enclosure just as they threw some nuts out for them to eat. I watched this one little guy pick up the biggest nut he could find with this thick…

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Unhealthy Diet of Politics

Be wary of Health Sciences Institute, an outfit that promotes dietary supplements and dispenses alternative medical advice. I have no problem with the organization’s health activities or products it pushes. My quarrel is with its operators’ radical right-wing political agenda, which it promulgates in tandem with the health messaging. Health Sciences sponsors Medix Select, a…

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Permission to be Grumpy

You only need to scroll down the news feed of any social media site to be inundated with positivity. Cute little memes that are meant to brighten your day. Inspirational quotes of courage, bravery, humor and encouragement….

Don’t get me wrong, I do it too; sprinkling my positive vibe out into the world hoping that I am having a positive effect on someone’s day. An...

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Shattered Pieces: A Memory

              All this was new to me – the fist, the fear, the oppressive futility of my situation. Lacking the tools to handle it, to make it go away, I did the next best thing and fed it, keeping it quiet and sleepy while I sought my own escape. Fearing any word or action that would unsettle our fragile status quo, I avoided anything disruptive, spontaneous, honest – any...

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When Life is Just Too Much

What do you do when life is just too much?

I’ve come to realize that I have 2 modes

  1.  Completely lazy, procrastinating, not wanting to do anything: This often happens to me if the things that are happening are directly happening to me and not affecting anybody else. I end up in this phase for several hours or even a day…but then...
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Are you curious?

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”. Walt Disney. 

Babies and young children are intrinsically curious…touching everything, experiencing new things and questioning the world. Without realizing or underlying motives, they are just interested in the new w…

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When in Rome …

People who regard me as a liberal are going to be surprised by this piece. I don’t like labels, and think of myself as a pragmatist who believes that progressive ideas just happen to benefit all but the rich much more than do conservative approaches, which are geared toward the affluent members of society.

President Trump’s attempts to ban Muslim immigrants is rac...

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Reacting to Other People’s “Stuff”? BE A TREE!

Each and everyone of us are affected by the things that others do, or say or how they act. Most often when its someone we are in a more intimate relationship with (Ie: our spouse, boss, mother, sibling or child) we are MORE affected by their state of being. 

Think of a situation when your boss, spouse or child were in a bad mood about something. Acting out of thei...

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Happiness Is An Inside Job

Happiness Is An Inside JOB 

I was watching and interview with Marisa Peer and she said “Happiness Is An Inside Job”. 

That phrase got me thinking how many people spend their last dollar purchasing the latest toy, shoes, dress purse, belt, or car to impress other people. As if other people hold the key to their happiness. 

Wealthy people don’t care a…

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Parenthood is NOT a Competitive Sport

Parenthood is NOT a Competitive Sport.

There are no Gold, Silver or Bronze medals awarded.

Why do parents feel the need to compete when speaking about the hardships of Parenthood?

What is with this obsession with being the “PERFECT” parent? 

Parenthood is HARD.

There is no sugar coating it.

How else is it supposed to be?

Ever…

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An Exercise in Gratitude

During a recent conversation with a close friend, I was lamenting my lot in life and dramatically sharing my existential crisis in regards to that perfectly defeatist question: “What am I doing with my life?” Thank goodness he didn’t slap me and scream in my face to snap out of it! He did, however, challenge me on something I’ve been reluctant to do; He asked me to rec...

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Giving With No Strings Attached

Giving With No Strings Attached

 

It was a Tuesday night, and I was at an event, Susan  was a speaker. After she finished her talk we were networking and she handed me one of her books. I enjoyed her talk and asked her if she would like to be a guest on my Women’s Wealth Radio show, we recorded my show  the following day. I was speaking with my frien…

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It’s elementary, my dear Watson.

The Grammar Grouch is more dyspeptic than usual today. The thing which has him in high dudgeon is that totally, woefully, abysmally wrong pairing of the prepositions “between” and “to” in expressing the distance in whatever context from one item to another.

Please read those last five words again: from one item to another. In instances such as t...

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Be Inspired When You Work!

There is a strongly held belief that working hard is the only way to success. I don’t think that is true. I think that working hard can get you to some success, but my question is this: “How was your journey?”

A kid in school who is considered lazy is just uninspired. When that same kid was little, we would have never called him lazy.

If someone had watch...

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Stop living vicariously through children!

To start off, I will state that I don’t have children, so I’m not speaking from the viewpoint of raising children. I’m speaking from experience, observations, knowledge, and let’s face it, just plain common sense.

I tend to be around parents of children of different ages quite a bit, either due to work, family or friends and one thing I see a little too often is …

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Does Connection Really Matter?

What in the world is a Friendship Pod? I have been asked this so many times. I am going to now answer it. A Friendship Pod is a gathering of maybe five or six people who might or might not know one another. They sit in a circle and a leader begins by telling everyone that each person will have three minutes to share what is important t…

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Pull The Knife Out – Forgiveness.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article on the lost art of repentance, but today as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across this quote, “Forgiveness is taking the knife out of your own back and not using it to hurt anyone else no matter how they hurt you….

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#1stworldproblems

The term “First World” refers to so called developed, capitalist, industrial countries, roughly, a bloc of countries aligned with the United States after WorldWar II, with more or less common political and economic interests: North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia. – Google

I never liked the term “1st World”.

I f...

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Have you found your Tranquility Zone?

Ever feel that life in the technological multi-tasking world leaves you always ON? Always checking your phone for emails, texts, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat, periscope ….. never ending? Do you find yourself watching a movie on Netflix or a series on TV and playing Candy Crush or Words with Friends?

The effects of living with a constant stream of t…

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Are You a Caterpillar?

Does A + B = C? Some people would say yes, however, to the caterpillar, I don’t think so. As the caterpillar crawls down the road each summer, I don’t think he thinks of his life as A + B = C. How could he? Look at what happens to him. His existence is magical. Have you ever really looked?

One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf, …

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And what will that get me?

 “Do what you want to do – be who you want to be.”

I keep seeing this adage popping up. It has been on multiple social media sites, and I’ve even heard a student or two at school say it. If you don’t think about too hard, it seems kind of nice. The sort of saying you can kind of nod along to.

But lately every time I see it or hear it, it drives me a little mo…

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A few little known facts about Valentines Day

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” — Albert Einstein

On Valentine’s Day 2010, 39,897 people in Mexico City broke the record for the world’s largest group kiss.

Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Japan in 1936 and has become widely popular. However, because of a tr…

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In, or out, of the notorious “comfort zone”?

How many times have you heard “get out of your comfort zone”? What is the “comfort zone”? Why would one want to get out of it?

“A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment…

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You Can NOT ‘Babysit’ Your Own Child!

How often have you heard a conversation, usually between two women making plans to do something and one says to the other “…I’ll have to see if John can babysit the kids”. WHAT?!?!?!

If you are referencing the ‘JOHN’ whom you are married to? The one whom did the ‘deed’ with you..the deed that resulted in the eventual birth of said child?

Then he CAN NOT babys…

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Daring Greatly!

I talked to dear friend of mine the other day and was telling her about my plan to send out weekly inspiration hints. She asked an important question. She wanted to know the impact that inspiration had on a supreme desire. She wanted to know if it was the same thing. Let’s explore that concept.

I love this quote from the yoga master, Patañjali, “When you ...

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When I am Gone

When I’m gone,

Don’t just give me to the earth.

I loved the wind and the sky, too.

I fell under the spell of fire, hissing at me to partake of its secret knowledge.

On bright days I skimmed the surface of the sea; on darker ones I plunged far, far below.

Feed me to the elements.

I hope you’ll cry a little, no…

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Was Lincoln A Dictator

Was Lincoln a Dictator?

                                   

That’s a charge that his detractors make. It’s not completely without merit.

For example, during the eighty days between Lincoln’s first call for troops and before Congress convened Lincoln called forth the militia. He ordered his opponents to disperse quietly and return to thei...

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Be Present…..even for the Crappy Stuff.

One of the struggles of the human experience is “BEING PRESENT”. We are always either revisiting (or wollowing) our past or focusing (or anxious) about our future.

The gift of life is found in the moments when we are truly PRESENT and in the NOW.

BEING PRESENT is quite easy when you are experiencing joy. Whe…

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A Surprise That Might Inspire You!

I heard a story the other day that touched my heart and fired up my imagination. Long ago, in the 1930’s there was an author who wrote a children’s story in poetry verse. Before he was published, he had spent many months and days walking the streets of New York City talking to publishers, and no one liked his work. They said that children would never respond to poetry. S…

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Are High School Students Hungry?

  Are Teens Hungry For Success

 

My journey to be part of a panel for high school students.

It was raining, I had never seen it rain that way before. I went to gas up my car. I went to the first pump put in my credit card and it was not working. I went inside to the attended and he told me the payment machine was out of ord...

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Drawing A Line in the Sand

Have you ever said to yourself, “This must stop”? Have you ever drawn a line in the sand and said, “Never again”? Drawing a line in the sand has two meanings. First, it means there is a physical point beyond which you will proceed no further – you will not cross the line. Second, it means that when you make a decision, the consequences are permanently decided and irr…

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Great Endorsements for Giving Candy To Strangers

“In the 1950s life was much simpler. In today’s culture of hustle and bustle, Stan’s message in Giving Candy To Strangers is a welcome and thought provoking way to grow your business and enhance your life, while having fun at the same time. Please read it, practice it and share it!”

Jerry Mathers, actor – Leave It To Beave…

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What is your formula for your life Part 4

Life is always going to be hard, kick us when we are down, punch us right in the gut, pour salt in an open wound, and just keep coming at you. What we have to do is know this, and keep getting up again and again. Because at the end of the day what are you willing to go through to get what you want…

The quote in the picture is great and I think sums up what we all wan…

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When does History Happen? Lincoln and King

When does History Happen? Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Image from the Waterford Institute

 

Some people argue history happens when the right person shows up at the right time and place under conditions, which facilitate change. To some extent I agree with this idea. On the other hand, I…

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Davis Donates Books to CNHMS Student Authors

Deborah Ann Davis, author of the highly received Fairly Certain and Fairly Safe, met with four groups of Middle School Readers at CNHMS to share her presentation on the development of fictional characters. Most of the attendees were budding authors themselves.

The science teacher turned author was thrilled to be back at her f...

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The Problem Is the Problem!

I want to talk about another idea presented in my book, The Friendship Pod Affair, which will be released, February 21st.  When something comes into our awareness that we judge as a problem, most of us immediately go to the activity of stewing about the problem. We talk about it with our spouse, with our friends and ourselves. We look…

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All The Colours Of The World

I am currently reading one of the most beautiful novels that I have read in a long time. It’s called All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The novel is set in World War II and one of the main characters, a young girl, is blind.

Today I came across the following passage, where the girl describes the images she can remember before she became blind at the age…

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Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Not my words this time around but words that need to be remembered.

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered this speech on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Washington, D.C., Lincoln Memorial.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the…

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When a relationship ends it DOESN’T mean it failed

 Every once in awhile, you happen upon a chance meeting with someone who blows your mind. The kind of person who rouses a new energy that you had previously only read about in a corny romance book. That person takes your life from black and white to hi-def Technicolor. Kind of like that scene in the Wizard of Oz when the evil witch dies and the town c…

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Self Care is NOT Selfish

Self Care is a word that is used a lot more often than it is done. It has taken me a long time to come to a clear understanding of what Self Care is and truly embrace it as a necessity NOT a luxury.

What is Self Care?

I believe for many people, Self Care is about ‘looking after yourself’ – makes sense right? but it is so much deeper than getting a massage,...

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Why do you want Part 3

The ability to let that truly does not matter slide…

If you really are able to see a goal then that is all you are doing is seeing the goal. To really get the goal you are working towards there are many little things to go through to get the goal, but only 1 main one and that would be never let anyone take your goal from you. 

If you never quit, you set your…

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A Few Things I Learned From My Rise To The Bottom

When I first became self-employed the title on my business card read “Exalted Ruler” of The LooneyBin (the name of my studio) as to poke fun at the tediousness of titles. One day, while at a press-check, I stumbled upon an office next to a printer I was at. In the center of a large glass door that reflected shadowy images from the trees at the curb, read a sign: …

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Open Your Heart to Another and Be Changed

 One of the most powerful things I have done in the past few months is to connect with someone who seemed different from me. With genuine curiosity, I asked, this person to explain her viewpoint, I was completely open to hearing her. I wanted to understand. I didn’t want to change her.

What surprised me, is that what she said, wasn’t that impor...

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Leap of Courage!

Courage is perhaps the most used word when one intends to lift someone’s spirit; get someone out of these emotions such as despair, fear, anger, frustrations, and all the other negative traits. But what this seven letters word, C-O-U-R-A-G-E really mean? How do you seek it, find it, and keep it?

So, what is courage? The meaning of courage is best defined by the Cambri…

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Tape measure for your life part 2

Do you ever feel like you have an anchor tied to your foot, and you are drowning in the ocean called your life? Or do you wake up and think to yourself you want to be somewhere else in your life, and see others getting a head in life, yet you feel like you are just stuck? Go and get a tape measure and I can help you get control of your life…

You are not doing anythin…

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Look, Learn and Listen

“If you make listening and observation your occupationyou will gain much more than you can by talk.” – Robert Baden-Powell 

“Oh, look… there’s a squirrel!” That’s how I met my friend Ted. I suffer from the malady called shiny ball syndrome. Others may call it “squirrels in the brain.” Un…

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Training for freedom Part 1

You know there are 63 hours left in 2016? What could you get done in the 63 hours before 2017? Here is a short list…

After a while, a measly 3.1 miles doesn’t seem very far. And it’s not – most of us can run a 5k in 30 minutes or less. If you’re slower, your rate of improvement is going to be dramatic if you train smart.

 

Drive to Ne...

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An Educator’s Resolutions

During each and every Christmas break for the last ten years, I have carefully planned out the lessons for the second half of the school year. I chose the novels I would teach, I picked the activities, technology, and assignments I would use, and I scheduled the various assessments to determine if my students were learning what they needed to be learning.

This yea...

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Do What’s Right When No One Is Looking

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst notthen be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

This is a short article for a very good reason, because this is neither the place nor the time to preach to you. This is, after all, a business book, albeit…

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Do We Still Need Libraries / Librarians? Part II

This continuation highlights additional advantages for going to the library and using the expertise of your librarian:

Children:- Too much screen time for kids? Well how about letting them wander through the children’s’ picture book section, choosing their own stories; or for older children, deciding which book they would like to read…