More articles in category: Humanities

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The Human Condition

I’m a part of a bi-monthly writer’s group and even though our meetings are full of spontaneity and have no real structure with the discussions we have, the two main rules in place are: we only discuss writing and that we will write. We set aside 15-30 minutes to write using prompts that I post to our FB event page. I usually post these prompts 12-24 hours before we actual…

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“The Teenager Locked Inside of me Finally Emerged”

Okay. I’ve been trying to write an article on OxyContin and the heart-breaking stories of how it has contributed to death tolls among teenagers, young adults, etc. but the creative juices just haven’t been flowing. If I cannot write in an excellent way, I don’t want to write at all. I’m tired, I’m over-working myself, and I’m stressing about every little thing. So I can’t se…

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Victims of Bullying: A Whirl Wind of Emotion

As an author of young adult books on bullying, and as a teacher, I’m using one of my paintings to describe the confusion a child faces as a victim of bullying behavior. I could have used pictures of students being aggressive on the school grounds, or girls refusing to allow another student to sit at the table in the cafeteria. Girls who bully, use verbal threats to make t…

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How to Cease the Procrastination

 I’ve heard it may times. “How do you write so many books in such a short time?” I personally don’t think I’ve written that many books. I began in 2007, and thought my first was my last. Then imagination swooped in like a voracious falcon, and feasted on my mind. I had many stories to release unfettered tp the masses. If you write, you probably do too.

 I’…

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We Can Make A Difference

My mama was not a person who could sit still for very long, and she worried about retiring. What was she going to do to fill her time? It didn’t take long before she was busier with her charity work than she was when she worked full time! I had a good role model.

For a lot of us, though, it is so much easier to sit at home, criticizing and pointing our fingers at …

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Independent Living For Foster Youth

One of the biggest challenges in the foster care system has to be the independent living services provided to foster youth. It has continued to remain one of the hottest topics in Washington. As a foster care alumna, I am very familiar with the personal struggles of a foster youth approaching emancipation from the system and suddenly having to learn independent livin…

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I don’t want a baby – STOP trying to make me!

So to give you a background, when I was 21 years old, I found out that having a child would be very dangerous for me. You see, I have lupus, it took 7 years for me to get a diagnosis, and two strokes. I have to be on medications for the rest of my life. Mainly immune suppressants, anti-vitals, pills to protect my stomach and blood thinners. At the time, I was crushed…

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What is abuse?

The word abuse is sometimes thrown around rather freely. There are really eight types of abuse/violence that can occur in a relationship, be it between a man and a woman, two men or two women, or between a parent/caregiver and a child. Let’s talk a little about what the different types are:

Physical Violence. Physical violence occurs …

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The Last Song

The Day My Heart Ached

He takes the stage. Sitting on a stool, he uses the guitar to hide himself from the crowd. Soft chords strum as he says a few words about the song he is about to sing.

When he first heard it, the song hadn’t yet been released. The group, Tenth Avenue North, played it live on the XM radio Christian music station ...

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Growing Older…

I think the devil has twisted the process of aging to make it something gross, like old people are less than those who are younger. To make it even worse, he has fostered this obsession we have with youth, and there seems to be almost a fear and disdain of aging. Breast implants, tummy tucks, face lifts, butt lifts, collagen and Botox injections – staying …

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Creating Opportunities for Youth

Creating Opportunities For Emancipating Foster Youth

While working on this article, I couldn’t help but think of my own experiences as a foster youth. I remember that I had developed an interest in writing while attending elementary school. I was an eleven year old sixth grader when my favorite teacher, Mr. A, noticed my passion for writing. He was …

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THE ONE BELOW: Short Story

The ice glimmered in the blackness. I could see it from outside my splintered wooden windowpane – the glistening whiteness, trying to invade the warmth of my darkness. When the ice first came, everyone assumed it would melt within a few days. The day after, the temperature dropped another degree. The following Tuesday, I still heard the occasional hick spout off, “Give it a…

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Speak up

The latest week’s news about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults and indecent behaviors hasn’t really come as news to many. While there have been rumours circulating for years about Weinstein’s tendency to either expose himself to women or forcing/coercing them to have various sexual encounters with him, it is extraordinary that one woman finally dared stand up for herself a...

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“It was Just One Note”

It was just one note.

Sometimes I wish media restrictions on teachers had exceptions.

This one would have been worth an exception.

Her name is Minanja — and she is undisciplined, awkward, ashamed. She sits in detention frequently. Even if her intention is to manifest a tough, resilient frame, her masquerade is not crafty enough to hide who she is. Sh…

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TowaT #3 – The Colour Black

There once was a Time that “black” was my colour of choice when it came to my wardrobe. This was a loooooong time in my life. I lived in black. Nearly all my clothes were black or very dark colours. It started in high school.

I felt most comfortable in black. I felt like I blended in and the colour didn’t draw attention to me. I felt it was slimmin…

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Surprise

It’s that time of  year again when you must dash out and find Treats for the little ones who want to Trick.

I do like Halloween. Kids are creative with their outfits. The little ones are dressed up in the cutest of costumes. Their reactions are “dead” funny! I just don’t like the ingredients in all those “goodies” we hand out.

The merchants association in…

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Gaslighting

If you are a movie buff you might have seen a movie called “Gaslight”. It premiered in 1944 and tells the story of how an abusive husband slowly makes his wife crazy by distorting her reality. Gaslighting is a very insidious and real tactic many abusers use, and unfortunately it has not been recognised as an abuse tactic until recently.

Gaslighting is a form of man...

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THE GREAT 2017 MICK INFILTRATION: Spooky Story

I stand in the middle of Seattle on the typical blood strewn street. Looking up at the darkening sky, I whisper a curse under my breath. Poor visibility during a storm always makes aiming trickier. A newspaper flies over my head and I grab it before it can pass by. Seeing the headlines “LEPRACHAUN ATTACKS WORSEN,” I realize nothing has changed. We jinxed the world when w…

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Why don’t you like the book I reccomended?

I was enthralled with the latest book that our school staff book club is reading. I excitedly have been handing out copies and waiting for positive responses. Within two days I found a copy of the book I had lent to someone, back in my library with a note on it, “Not for me!”.

This got me thinking, how could someone possibly not love a book of such great literary q...

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Alone

The one source I love most as a writer is my vivid imagination. Part of that is fueled by dreams. Unlike many people, I can remember 90% of my dreams hours after I wake up. It’s an ability that spills over onto the written page. Ninety-nine percent of the time this is a blessing – last night was not one of them.

I’ll explain in a minute but first, a brief back-story …

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How to Make Your Characters Three Dimensional

 

 When writing a good fiction tale, you need to be able to write your characters to feeling like real people. You have a name, but that’s just the 2-D letters. You want your readers to care about your figments. You have to give your characters depth. These are the steps to make them 3-D.

 

Profile: In order to create a real-feel…

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She’s Not There Anymore

Before my heart attack, I never dwelt on my mortality. But now that I have faced death head-on, I can’t help but be overcome by emotion at the thought of death. Don’t get me wrong, I have a Christian faith that tells me that when I am gone I will be in a better place. And I hold on to that with every breath I take. But over the past few years, my feelings have grown mor…

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Me too #Metoo

Unless you have been unplugged for the last little while you will most likely have seen the barrage of “Me too” posts on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It seems to be a constant stream of women (and some men) finally daring to share that they have been subjected to some form of sexual harassment and or abuse. When I read about the Me Too movement (if w…

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Women’s Rights….

There are some things that I can’t believe we are still discussing in 2017. As a woman, I am very interested in women’s rights, equality and also, some of the double standards. I enjoy debating and discussing these topics, I feel that it is the only way that we can grow and learn more. There are some things that I am in agreement with, but other things that I am in disagree...

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I Fall For Autumn

This time of the year I always remember the poem that Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues wrote to describe autumn. His description fits our fall here in Colorado and throughout the country. His poem is called The Dream.

When the white eagle of the North

Is flying over head

And the browns, reds and golds of autumn

Lie in the gutter dea…

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Reading is not always pleasurable.

I often write about the marvelous works of literature that take us to a new world of pleasure and excitement. However, reading can also take us to unknown worlds of reality, horror and cruelty. These are not works of fiction but writings from people’s memoirs of a time gone by which is incomprehensible to us, sitting in the comfort of our warm homes, stomachs satisfied and c…

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“So it was me afterall: Beth Childress, feral.”

 It was me afterall. 

 I am not sure if she said it to make herself feel better or if she just had to let it out sometime, but for years my mother would tell people, “Beth is not married because Bill’s death had such a devastating impact on her.

 Bill is the name of my father, who died suddenly when I was a teenager. 

 I started thinking about s…

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We live by memories

In his book, Alternate Reality – The Mostly True Story of How I Became a Sociopath, author B. Steve Ross tells a harrowing story of an event that happened when he was 7 years old. In the story a 7 year old Steve Ross, his 9 year old brother, and his 4 year old sister escape out of a 2nd story window …

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My body is beautiful no matter what you say!

I recently attended a lecture on obesity, overweight and stigmas associated with these conditions, and I have to say that the lecture opened up my mind about a lot of things. It made me think of all the times that somebody made me feel as if I HAVE to lose weight, and all the times somebody made me feel as if I wasn’t beautiful because I’m not super thin.

Beauty…

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FIERCE DETERMINATION

I believe you dream it, your create it in your consciousness, your draw it to you & you make it manifest. Fierce determination is your laser focus to steer  the course to make it happen. It can take 1 week, 1 month, 1 year or 5 years. It will materialize.

 

HOLDING THAT GOAL IN YOUR MIND & NOT LETTING ANYTHING OR ANYONE GET IN YOUR …

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Who says charity can’t be fun?

Often charity requires us to give of our time or donate money expecting nothing in return, but the feeling of doing well for others. While I think that in and of itself is a wonderful thing, but it is also fun when you get to play and donate at the same time! For some this might be partaking in a charity poker game or for those of us unskilled in the art of gambling, …

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Giving what we no longer need.

When I see people doing good in my community it makes me smile. When I see people making great efforts for those outside the community it makes me feel proud. Lately, I have been noticing so many small initiatives that people have begun to help the world around us. We in Canada and the US are for the most part very lucky. We want for little and have so much. This isn’t the …

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When did we lose our humanity…

When did we lose our humanity…and what can we do to get it back?

As I was at the bank depositing some money yesterday I ran into a homeless man. Now, I live in a suburb and we don’t usually see homeless people around here, at least not as often as the hundreds of homeless you can see downtown on any given day. He was sitting outside the bank with a sign saying “Anyth…

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Sending a Book To a Prisoner in Jail

The United States prison population is the largest on earth. Currently, 1 in every 31 adults is either in jail, prison, probation, or on parole: that’s a lot of people. There’s a good chance that you know one of them. It might be your friend who got that DUI. Yeah, he knew he should have waited before driving, but he didn’t and now he’s going to have to do the time. You’d l...

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EVERYDAY GRATITUDE

October is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving but what if we developed an attitude of Gratitude as a way of living…every day.

Stop and think for a moment…What do I have to be grateful for? Then write it down. I am sure you can think of ONE thing. I am also sure that you can think of one thing for the next 21 days. Giving thanks is not just about being polite. Devel…

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A Life Full of Color

Growing up the youngest in a houseful of girls, my mother called me her odd child. She was a beige and light peach woman who birthed a daughter who loved color, the brighter the better. Even as a child I decorated my room with colorful pictures to help erase the dreary gray of the Pacific Northwest. Color had a way of lifting my spirits and helping me center myself in a w…

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An Uncharacteristic Lifeboat

“An Uncharacteristic Lifeboat”

              I don’t know which thought came first – that I was insignificant or that I was unworthy. But one day, upon waking up, those two emotions had so engulfed me that I did not know who I was apart from them. They whispered to me each hour, taunting me with chastising recollections.   Their weight was heavy.   They were no l…

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Educating Our Future

Years ago as a young professional, I took Gallup’s Strengths Finder quiz, and Context was in my top 5 personal strengths. I knew that the context of situations was so essential for me to understand everyday life. I suppose it wasn’t very surprising to me as I had recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and Religion. I love history, the good, the bad, the ugly…

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That’s life

Alanis Morissette said it best : “Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you”.

We had a busy weekend planned. Our son had his entrance exams for high school, swim practice and studying. I had to work, running around and meeting clients, visiting family, weekly chores. None of it has happened nor will it happen.

Yesterday, I picked my son up after school...

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How To Make Your Passions Your Life

The Renaissance Soul by M. Lobenstine

“If I were to envision the Renaissance approach to life, the traditional career metaphors of a highway to follow or a mountain to climb wouldn’t come to mind. The Renaissance approach t…

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Literature in a Nutshell

It is so easy and relaxing to sit in front of the television after a long day at work and just ”veg”. What can be more wonderful than enjoying the latest TV drama, dance or cooking show? These shows are addictive and thoroughly relaxing at the end of the day. But do we remember these shows days or weeks later, or do they just become a blurred recollection of evenings gone b…

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REGRETS………

Have you ever thought about your regrets? Recently, I was speaking with someone at an advanced age who said they regretted so many things in their life. I felt so saddened by this. I experienced the same sadness during many conversations with my Dad as he aged. He was my rock & was so successful in business & in his personal life that we all, my s…

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The permanent effect of trauma on children

Hollywood as well as many of the professionals in the mental health field have been giving certain groups of people suffering from mental health issues a bad name for years. They typically are lumping all Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Psychopaths into one group. Yes, all have similar issues and traits, but all are not equal. These groups are often vilified in movies and…

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Repentance: Required for Life!

Repentance is one of the pillars of a true and just society. And in this article, I share with you a few reasons why we need to ensure we foster it.

Repentance is the act or process of repenting, and also remorse or contrition for past conduct or sin. To really understand repentance, we could substitute sin with transgressions of the law. What law? Thou shall not ...

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Impossible Blessings

I recently had a baby and so I haven’t been writing for a few months, but this morning my mind is spinning and my heart feels full so I’m turning back to the trusty keyboard to get some thoughts out. My baby is beautiful. I mean, really she just takes my breathe away (and my sleep and also all of my alone time). One of my favorite things is watching her and my two-year-…

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Choice The Magic Word

Choice- the Magic word”

 When one makes a personal choice, “Autonomy” is achieved. When a child is encouraged and allowed to make their own choice, then this child will inherently take more responsibility for their behavior. If every child in a classroom learns how to make socially appropriate choices, then we can achieve a respectful and engaging environmen…

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The Decision Is In!

My son’s Visa was approved! It came through on Friday. I had been anxiously waiting all week not knowing when the Embassy would get their power back on and re open. I had called my son’s mother Friday morning to check in and she hadn’t heard anything so when I saw her calling me Friday afternoon I was unsure of what it was going to be about. I quickly called her back an…

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A Librarian’s Nightmare

From someone who enjoys the written word, particularly when it is elevated in great literature; and from that same someone who makes a living promoting the joy and the benefits of reading, you can imagine their horror when faced with magnificent literature used for the “wrong” purposes.

 Yes, dear readers, that someone is “yours truly”. How thrilled was I when a …

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Let them suffer

Suffering, for some, is roughing it without running water or electricity. For others, in some countries, that’s just day to day life.

We live in a privilege part of the world. We have not had war in our backyards. Our kids, essentially, want for nothing. They are hungry, they go to the fridge or ask to stop at Tim’s for a snack. They expect the latest fashion or t...

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Hurricane Irma

We have probably all watched Hurricane Irma play out over the news just as we watched the horrifying aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 

When I lived in Cuba I’ve lived through a few hurricanes but mostly cyclones that would come through our neighbourhood as we were not right beside the ocean. Regardless how close you are to the ocean, you still worry about the C…

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Embrace your IMPERFECTIONS

 I often find myself sitting in Coffee Shops observing the people around me. They all come from diverse backgrounds, families, and cultures. It’s like a bunch of scenes out of a bunch of different movies. I’m just observing waiting for the drama to unfold. I stare in admiration as the people behind the counters who get paid very little work so hard to make each indiv…

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Full Circle

I often reflect on how life can lead us on interesting paths. Twists and turns and adventures that seem to make no sense at the time, but when looking back afterwards have actually taught us some very insightful lessons.

Two years ago this November I decided to rewrite my story. I wasn’t happy with the way I was living my life both personally and professionally, s...

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Forgiveness

 After I let the tear-drops fall. After I looked at my tear-drops on the floor. After my face was red like a tomato.  After the humiliation. After the rejection. After the tears were shed. I shed one last tear. I said a prayer, and I picked myself back up. I let go of the hurt that I faced from the leadersh…

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Audible Response in the Houston Area

My colleagues at Audible, ACX, and I watched the terrible news about Hurricane Harvey with the same sense of “What can we do to help?” that so many others had. We’ve noted publishers making books available to schools, libraries and shelters in the area and applaud their efforts. We wanted you to know that we’ve contacted the tens of thousands of Audible members in the gre…

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THIRSTY WORK: Short Story

Snapping her hair tie in place and flicking her pony tail twice, Maggie Barry stood in the middle of her family room and stared at the TV screen. The disc was still loading but she could already feel her adrenaline rising.

“I’m going to get through it without stopping this time, Nana,” she said, flexing her feet in preparation. “I know I will.” Jumping down onto t…

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The Million Dollar Frog

The Law of Attraction:

That which is like unto itself is drawn.

It was only a little frog, not even as big as a quarter. He was unmoving, sitting on the edge of my garden fountain. He was probably hoping I wouldn’t notice him. But I did, and I was thrilled to see him. He was my sign that I am right on trac...

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What Does Labour (Labor) Day Mean To You?

WHAT DOES LABOUR (LABOR) DAY MEAN TO YOU?

 

When asking someone what Labour Day means to them you will get an assortment of answers.  How about after Labour Day you can’t wear whites in the fashion sense. Summer is over. Back to normal. Long weekend to party. Appreciation for everyone for making a difference at their workplace. These are just a few. For ea...

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What is being a parent?

I see so many people around me who have kids, are having kids or are planning on having kids. Some people integrate the children into their lives, others don’t. Some people try to spend as much time with their kids as possible, while others barely see their kids. I’ve come to realize that there is a huge difference between a dad and a father, a mom and a mother. Almost anyon…

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Don’t Have Time to Read?

Life gets so busy with work, children and other family responsibilities that finding the time to enjoy a great book seems like something that is unattainable. Do you have that pile of books on your night table beckoning to you? I do! I usually have a pile of at least 4 books waiting patiently to be chosen for an evening’s enjoyment. Of course, working in a library gives me…

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role models

This picture,by Lorie Deshene, is why I teach young adults the importance of being a socially acceptable role model. I believe that not only do children need respectful role models but also do adults. WE All LEARN FROM IMITATION! Let’s be the role model that sets the example and may many imitate us!

As a teacher in a multi-cultural college I have realised that no m…

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One more thing to do

Despite the unusually cool and wet weather, we remained faithful to our neighbourhood pool this summer.

We are big swimmers and love the pool community.

Last Saturday was the annual Dorval Day meet. This is the day where all 3 outdoor pools get together and compete to celebrate another summer’s end. These pools are city run however they require c…

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The power of reading

I’m guessing that if you are reading this then there is a good chance you are a reader! Personally I’ve read hundreds of books, maybe more but there are only handfuls that really, and I mean really grip you. This is the power that reading has over us and how wonderful life is as a reader.

One of the books that literally gripped me …

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Small Moments

Last week, I stopped and slowed down. It was during this time when my mind was a bit quieter that I was able to really notice the small things in my life that week that I am grateful for:

The time I spent with my Dad in Southampton. Our talks and camraderie. The peacefulness and tranquility of the small beach side town. The childhood memories it brought back fo…

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Types Of Love

Types Of Love

From an article by Mateo Sol at LonerWolf.com

Ancient Greeks wrote about nine different types of love. Their insights are as applicable now as they were when first written.

Eros: Erotic love was regarded as dangerous and frightening. Under its influence people lose control of thoughts and actions. Spiritually mature people can enjo...

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Small In Business Is A 2017 Trend

It seems that for North America, the Western culture is finding a growing need to offer consumers more convenience via the micro-store or pop-up shop. Yes, this is becoming a trend in 2017 in North America. I’ll share with you what I’ve discovered about the trend and maybe we can find a use for this.

First of all, micro-enterprises are not a new thing by any stret…

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Empathy

Empathy

Pity and sympathy involve feeling sorry for someone else’s distress. Empathy involves imagining ourselves in the situation of the disturbed person. Empathic people experience some level strain as if we were in the situation ourselves.

Like many other aspects of behavior, the capacity for empathy has a biological component. Without claws, fangs or blindi…

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Happiness comes from Giving!

Do you think that when it comes to money, that the majority of us are more satisfied spending it or helping others in need?

Studies have shown that when we choose to give away some of our cash rather than spending it on ourselves, that MRIs have shown a great wave of satisfaction with longer lasting affects!

Giving time or money to a food bank, to a shelt...

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Being Selfless in a Selfish society

How do you raise a child to become a Selfless Adult in a Selfish society?

I believe it is by example.

Doing so, I have to admit, can be trying at times. You are tested daily.

What I have learned is that in all reality One cannot be truly Selfless without being somewhat Selfish when needed. There has to be a balance of both or else you get lost i...

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Are you feeling lucky?

 

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. Ray Kroc

 Luck

Noun

1.    Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

Verb

1.    Chance to find or acquire

 

Luck…One of my least favour…

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The 13th Step on The Ladder of Awareness

Focus of the session…

Understanding disappointment

Question: What is your default way of being when you realize your results are not the way you want?

Answer: Disappointed & discouraged!

Question: What does that feel like?

Answer: I di...

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Don’t put children into boxes!

Children are often categorized by their “abilities”. This occurs in the educational world as well as the literacy world. It has been shown over and over again how children’s abilities change and develop with maturity, yet trying to put them into pre-determined “levels of ability” still prevails. 

How often has it happened and still continues to, when a child i…

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Are You a Justice Warrior

Do you think it takes a superhero like Batman or Superman or Wonder Woman to be a Justice Warrior? Sometimes it might seem that way if we look at the condition of society. Greed and selfishness run rampant among the rich and the middle classes. Crime and violence run rampant among the poor. And the colour of your skin does impact the way you are treated in society and your ...

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Choose Joy

For the past couple of months I had been struggling with some work that I had started doing. It hadn’t turned out the way I had believed it would and I was feeling uninspired and unhappy. 

I fretted about this for two months. I worried about what I should do. Whether I should stick with it and see if it got better or if I should let it go. I kept asking myself, “…

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The Value of a True Friend

How many of us have those real true friendships? You know the kind I’m talking about, don’t you? It is the kind that the movies make so much money on by glamorizing them in various scenarios, and in different characters.  Let’s start the topic which I’ll probably need to do in 3 parts.

We’re all told we need friends like that via various explicit and subliminal mea...

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Digital Citizenship – the Latest Buzz Word

One cannot walk the streets, ride on a subway, go to a restaurant or even to the movies without seeing people everywhere on their smart phones. Did I say even at the movies*?

So what is Digital Citizenship and how does it apply to our cell phones? There have been many definitions but in short it is the practice of safe and responsi…

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The Glow and the Sourse of light

The Glow and the Source of Light

( This article will take you 4 mnts to read…you can read more in the the book I wrote …”I”.)

An important point here is that there is no specific type of people with a monopoly on love, peace and tranquility; it is a state of being they have arrived at consciously, by enabling the Divine Spirit within…

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The Next Generation

The world we currently live in consists of six generations it needs to cater to. It’s important to know that so that we can know how to reach out to each generation. It’s important to know just how diverse the world is amongst the people we share this world with. We live in a world full of concepts, full of ideas, full of perceptions, full of perspectives, and most def…

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The Summer That’s Totally Unexpected

I haven’t been on Goread because of the recent good weather and other things that happened during these past couple of months. But there is something more I recognised. Yes, we love the summer months in Canada. Feeling the warmth of the sun is amazing when you’re used to cloudy and overcast or even cold.

Did you know that we even had hail falling one day at the …

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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 …

86.
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…

87.
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...

88.
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…

89.
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…

90.
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...

92.
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, …

93.
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…

94.
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…

95.
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...

96.
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…

97.
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...

98.
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…

99.
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…

100.
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…

101.
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…

102.
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…

103.
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…

104.
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 …

105.
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...
106.
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…

107.
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…

108.
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…

109.
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…

110.
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…

111.
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…

112.
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…

113.
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...

114.
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…

115.
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…

116.
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…

117.
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...

118.
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…

119.
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…

120.
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…

121.
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…

122.
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…

123.
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…

124.
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…

125.
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…

126.
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?

...
127.
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…

128.
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…

129.
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…

130.
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…

131.
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 ...

132.
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…

133.
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…

134.
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…

135.
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 …

136.
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...

137.
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…

138.
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…

139.
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 …

140.
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…

141.
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…

142.
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 …

143.
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 ...

144.
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…

145.
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 …

146.
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…

147.
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. …

148.
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 …

149.
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….

150.
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…

151.
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…

152.
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...

153.
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...

154.
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...
155.
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…

156.
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...

157.
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...

158.
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…

159.
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…

160.
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...

161.
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…

162.
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...

163.
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...

164.
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 …

165.
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…

166.
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….

167.
#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...

168.
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…

169.
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…

173.
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…

174.
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 ...

175.
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…

176.
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…

178.
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…

179.
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...

180.
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…

181.
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…

184.
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...

185.
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…

186.
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…

187.
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…

188.
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…

189.
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…

191.
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: …

192.
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...

193.
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…

194.
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…

195.
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…

196.
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...

197.
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…