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2018: Better Than You Think

2018 May Not Have Been a Year You Will Remember Fondly but… 1

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People who clean homes for a living typically don’t have any job benefits. Th...

What have we done?

                Is the Human Race in Trouble or Is there Hope?

In moments of meditation and reflection preparing to begin the new year trying to find direction for my life and career I found it hard to not be bombarded by the things that we are surrounded with in all forms of the media. Since my goals involved with my career are surrounding the philosophy of…

Christmas Truce

Christmas Truce

Thanks to David Hunt of owlcation (dot) com for this true Christmas story


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The Christmas truce of 1914 during World War I is famous and well documented. Nothing like it happened during World War II but there was a small incident which shows that even in the darkest days...

O Holy Night

O Holy Night 

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Image by Gervard van Honthorst from Wikipedia


O Holy Night is an unlikely Christmas song for a number of reasons. In 1847, his parish priest asked Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, who was better known for his poetry than for his piety, to write a poem for Christmas m...

Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells


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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem on Christmas day 1863. In November of that year Longfellow’s oldest son, who had volunteered for the Union Army without his father’s knowledge or permission, was severely wounded in battle. References to the Civil War are rarely included in the hymn…







           Wedding season will be approaching in a nanosecond and brides and grooms alike will busy sprucing up the last-minute what nots to make their day memorable.

           Though this time can prove to be exhilarating for those soon to be wed, for the still yet single, it can leave a mild...

Halloween Practices During The Civil War

Halloween Practices During The Civil War

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The Peoria Morning Mail, on November 2, 1862 reported, “All-Hallow E’en. This old-time anniversary which took place on Friday evening was made the excuse by some of our wild boys for throwing unsavory missiles, putrid vegetables; taking gates off of the hinges, and sundry oth…

We Are Always Connected To Our Heavenly Loved Ones


We Are Always Connected To Our Loved Ones In Heaven!

And, your Heavenly Loved Ones want to talk to YOU!

When we were very young, we understood our connection with our Heavenly friends and loved ones a whole lot better than most of us do at the present time.

Do you remember having Imaginary Frie…


She had her own motorcycle, a Norton, when she was sixteen years old. She could take it apart and put it back together. Her father had always wanted a boy, but after three girls, he had given up, but this daughter was different. She was a free spirited, fearless tomboy, and became her father’s favorite. He called her “Jackie,” even though her given name was Florence. She …

Understanding Failure

“Most people hate to fail, and for good reason—failure is no fun. But those who perform best do so by building up their weaknesses rather than ignoring them. A foundation of success is accountability. Take ownership of your failures. Question, learn, and acknowledge them, and then use that process to eliminate weaknesses and become better at what you do.”…

Rewrite Your Autobiography

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We are who we tell ourselves we are. And it is possible to rewrite our autobiographies. 


As we construct our internal identities, we tend to focus on particular interpretations of our experiences, such as, “No one was there for me, so I must be unlovable or I was m…

The Orange T-Shirt

 Sunday, September 30th is Orange T-Shirt Day in Canada. Many people around Canada put on a “Orange T-Shirt” with the slogan: “Every Child matters.” This is to represent indigenous people who were taken away during the 60’s scoop movement. They were placed …

Don’t Quit!: Part 2 Taming Selfdoubt…NEVER QUIT!

Sometimes just the daily pressures of life can cause us unnecessary stress. In fact, many people lose sleep and become sick worrying about things or people in their lives. 

Do you ever notice that when you are stressed out or worrying about something, you’re less tolerant of others and of yourself? You’re more likely to say something you don’t really mean or mak…

Lethal Confessions

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” King Solomon

We’ve done it. We’ve all said something that we wished we could take back, or reopen our mouth and take out our foot, but it’s too late.

There are those times when we’ve made a silent confession that we later regret. Or, we’ve allowed something to brew for a long time then we explode with anger…

Cohesive Patchwork of People

This video is a beautiful tribute to an attack on our nation. Look close and see the diversity in the city that came together to help heal. Let’s not wait for another attack or disaster to come together as a nation. Our na…



“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” Aristotle

For years I had a deep yearning to write but my fears of inadequacy, of self-doubt, and the fears of the “what ifs” kept me from even contemplating the fulfillment of this desire. The fear of what if I am rejected, what if no one reads what I have written, and many…

Crisis in Long Term Care

Throughout the nation long term care facilities that provide custodial care for Medicaid dependent seniors are closing. The population impacted are the most vulnerable who have no financial resources having been identified under Medicaid as being impoverished. In the city where I live two local facilities, one a rest home with 49 residents and the other a large catholic…

Accents and understanding

I have an accent to my speech. So do you. We neither of us hear it, however, because in the mind of us, we sound like everyone we are consistently around or the media sources we consistently pay attention to. The thing is…an accented speaking voice is not a problem if the language spoken is spoken correctly.


 Technically, we can all understand someone s...

Do You Live For Yourself – Or Others?

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Did you grow up in your hometown, marry young, buy a house close by and stay there for the rest of your life; or did you spread your wings and fly off, finding new places and new friends, liv…

Charlotte’s Web: A Spider’s Motivation

A few months ago, maybe many months ago, I read Charlotte’s Web to my kids. They loved it (of course they did, it’s a great story), and I did too. I had read it before, as a child, but of course there were things that I had forgotten, and still more that I had completely missed as a young reader. I like going back to books I have read before and finding the pieces that I pr…

Avoiding Medical Costs & Remedies

Medical Cost Problem Avoidance.

One of the great financial traumas of aging is the fear of excessive medical bills that can bankrupt. As we age, so the need for more healthcare increases and along with this, the exposure to high medical costs. As long as we need care there will be a cost, but avoiding the unnecessary costs and pitfalls of the hea…

Love Always Prevails!

My 16 year old daughter, Megan Logue, wrote a beautiful essay for school about a difficult time in her life when she felt love, compassion, and support from family, friends, and her community. Megan gave me permission to share. The picture above was taken about 8 years ago. Megan is on the right. Her brother, Jeremy, is in the middle and her twin sister, Rachel, is on …

Try Not To Smile

One cannot help but to radiate a Smile when around a Sunflower! Sunflowers are known to increase happiness, promote smiles, lift energy levels and moods. It’s very difficult to not Smile around a Sunflower. Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves share in their book Flower Therapy “each blossom of a Sunflower has a dark center and radiant yellow petals, representing the …

Things That Matter

I’m a little behind on my For Whom the Bell Tolls post, so this is a filler until I stop procrastinating. This quote is from Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (a book that I found to be a welcome surprise). You can read about my thoughts on it here.

I love this quote because we do seem to s…

Ethical Dilemmas Cheating

As the new school year starts out let us remind ourselves and our students that cheating is unethical. Oh yeah and the people in business, the military, politics, and so many other careers.

An article was published on the Internet on 11 March 2009 called, “Are Kids Today Worse Than Ever?” by Martha Brockenbrough from the Mom’s Homeroom website &…

Try Something New

Each individual has a unique perspective on the world. Although there are enough similarities between some of us to divide us into groups, we all have an outlook that can truly be defined as, “our own.” In preparation for the upcoming week of student teaching, I began to read, “The Way They Learn,” by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. The author of this book speaks loudly of the n…

Team sports spirit

It’s a warm summer morning.  All is calm as we walk towards the municipal pool to watch my son swim in season finals.  As we approach the pool we can hear kids talking, laughing. We can also hear water splashing from swimmers diving into the warm water.  The chatter amongst people gets louder, the blast from the speaker is crisp and clear for all the announcemen…

Dementia and Advanced Directives

Dementia is an insidious disease that is a common problem for people in advanced age. Because this disease is slow developing it is important that anyone who is at risk of dementia decide on what is important for their care when they are no longer able to manage the care for themselves. 

Consider a healthcare directive for dementia in addition to a healthcare dire...


Occasionally I have been asked if I have any advice to give to aspiring actors. I presume this is because I have been one myself for a number of years. Surely it can’t be because I have reached that magic age at which wisdom and arcane knowledge are conferred upon me, to dispense like an oracle to those who seek guidance. Nah. Not that old.

However, because I…


Greatness is an acquisition of status by the people who have contributed to an organization, group, or purpose that is greater than themselves. Greatness, in the world’s eyes, is about material possessions and accomplishments. Nothing wrong with these things. But is this the correct definition? It’s Serving others for the glory of God. This i…

(The?) Ohio State University


With the start of the college football season, we will be seeing countless player introductions. In recent years, there has been a trend of players being very specific in the naming of their schools. Sometimes, they’re correct and sometimes, they’re not. (What the heck is he talking about?) Well, thi…

Neither the Swift nor the Strong

“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) 

These words have come back to my mind many, many times since July 26, 2018. I’ve seen this sentence multiple times over my life while reading the Bible, and I thought I understood it.

Today, those words mean much more to me than ever before.

Trial By Fir…

The three 2’s

           As if linguistic discussion is not boring enough, introducing math probably won’t make it better, but here we go. There are three 2’s in English: two the number, too the synonym for also, and to the preposition. Want a quick guide on when to use which?


This one is purely nominal. Ser…

No, I won’t.

Photo credit by the author Shirley Pierre

I did not listen. 

My parents most likely asked me not to touch fragile objects. Countless times I am sure. What does fragile mean? You see, I am a young child and I am curious and I cannot stop myself. There are many things that catch my attention. I NEED to know what those objects are. The feeling agains…

Fun in Golf and Life

Photo credit: Earl Lasalle

A rainbow is the beauty that can be found after a rainstorm.

A couple of articles ago, I asked if golf is still fun. I got a lot of feedback from my friends and fans that agreed with my premise that we need to put fun back into the game. Since I published that article I have been living the motto of promoting and having fun at and on…

Does the Universe Direct your Reading?

Sometimes we wonder how much we are in control of our lives and how much subconsciously we are directed by the world around us and our universe.

The summer is here and I have a whole pile of books waiting for me to dive into them. I was wondering which one to read first when I experienced a strange sequence of events.

I recently went on a trip to visit relativ…

Words Coint

As writers and readers we know that words count, and we also know that our languages have evolved to put explicit means and concepts into our lexicon. So I am still annoyed that a government would seek to limit the use of some terminology in this land of supposed ‘free speech’. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been advised by the Trump administration to …

What Is A Character Arc And Why Is It Important?

A character arc is related to the plot line of a story in that it effects and is effected by the plot. But it portrays the journey the character is taking inside his head as opposed to the one he is taking in the outside world.

A character arc is only going to exist in a certain type of...

The Giving Tree

A fast moving fire roared out of control August 16, 2016 in Southern California threatening and burning areas in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Oak Hills, and surrounding areas. More than 82,000 people were under mandatory evacuation. This fire was named the Blue Cut Fire and it cut off major highways.

Being an Oak Hills Resident, I had started followi…

Success versus Failure

Reading Time:60 Seconds

I saw this picture and thought it resonated in so many areas with certain people. Most of you that are authors on here will identify with the above, you may have been through your own issues, highs, lows, successes and failures but we all share a common purpose..

  • Successful People Read Ev…
It’s never too early to start reading to children.

At just a few months old, babies are ready to enjoy books and being read to. The earlier you start reading to and with your little one, the greater the chance that your child will develop a love of reading later on. Case in point, recently, on the TV show “Little Big Shots” with Steve Harvey as the host, we were introduced to five-year-old Daliyah.

Daliyah at th…


Reading Time: 30 Seconds

I’ve been a little quiet this month, a few things are happening professionally which I will go into when the time is right, but I have also been “trolled” on here, not the first time but the second..

In each of these instances the person of course hasn’t the courage to speak openly about who they are but chooses to make idle thre...

Restrictions on Rehabilitation that don’t make sen

Over the years, many nursing homes have gradually moved from a custodial care model where they care for residents to the skilled nursing facility (SNF) model which includes rehabilitation. The rehabilitation is generally post-operative and their patients tend to be admitted from hospitals. Rehabilitation has a higher reimbursement for a facility than custodial…


Homelessness is the circumstance when people are without a permanent dwelling, such as a house or apartment. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure and adequate housing. Most patients were released from mental hospitals in the 1950s and 1960s, yet vast increases …

An simple road to cancer death reduction

Imagine if there was a way to dramatically reduce cancer deaths for some cancers by about a quarter.

Imagine if some 135,400 American lives could be saved from cancer just in 2018….

All the Light (Part 3 of 3)

(Click here if you missed Part 1 or Part 2)

The Meaning of Light

What did Anthony Doerr mean by the title, All the Light We Cann...

Opposites DO NOT Attract!

Have you ever either been in a relationship or heard about one where the phrase “Opposites Attract” has come up?

It’s a pretty popular concept that is used wide spread across humanity to explain those seemingly OPPOSITE two that join in union and call the relationship LOVE.

What if I were to tell you that it is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for that to ...


What does it mean to have character? Is it just being odd or having a trait that makes to different than the person next to you. How do you build it and grow it? It is not something that one can fake or pretend to have. So you either have it or not. To be a leader it would be nice that they have it. So that the people that follow you know that they can depend on you. You ca...

A Grateful Heart

My cup overflows with blessings in my life; my health, my family, my work just to name a few. I am so blessed! My life is amazing just as yours is as well. However, some may not see their life through the Rose Colored Glasses their God, divine maker, source energy does.

A person’s vision of life may be clouded with ailm…

All the Light (Part 2 of 3)

(if you missed Part 1, click here)

Perception and Reality

How can we pierce our own version of reality? Doerr poses the problem through Marie-Laure’s father, who carried a dangerous secret throughout much of the story. When he feels …

Do I look Stupid?

We are all aware that there are scam merchants out there preying on the unwary. These cheats seem to be everywhere these days. I have had 3 attempts this last week to scam me. I’m tired of people trying to cheat, but it seems that it goes from the top to the bottom of society these days. 

My first scam contact of the week was a phone call warning me that I was serio…

What are your kids doing this summer?

Summer is here and school is out. What is there to do with the kids if they are home and bored? The immediate solution which the kids gravitate to, is spending time in their virtual worlds… computer games, social media and other online activities.

It has been found that young people are losing the ability to focus and comprehend any information which does not come …

Revisiting-The Waiter Rule!!

Reading time:60 seconds

I’m going to revisit an article I wrote nearly two years ago but I think this is so important in all of our lives and how we deal with people that it deserves another mention…

You may or may not have heard of this. When I first read about it it put me in mind of so many people I have met and o…

Is Golf Still Fun?

When did people stop having fun on the golf course?

I ask this question because my observations lead me to believe that over half the people who I see at the golf course are there to be miserable.

When I ask, most people are unhappy about their game, which usually provides me an opportunity to give a lesson or two. However, a fair number just want to co…

Just Bill Me

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I’ve always loved books, and I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been able…



The title of this article rolls around in my memory like a steel ball in a pin ball machine. I recall there was a popular song under that title and then a movie by the same name, way back when and the music presses forward until I begin to repeat some of the lyrics over and over and then humming the tune. I can’t shake…

Accessible Housing Benefit for Seniors

The Senior Accessible Housing Act – HR 1780

Few people know that there is a benefit to which they can subscribe to help make their home more senior friendly.

This act simply enables a senior citizen over 60 years of age to claim a tax credit of up to $30,000 for home modifications that will enable them to age in place in a safe, functional and…

Here We Go Again…Or Not…

“So how soon are we talking?”

“This Thursday; it is now an emergency,” the glaucoma specialist said to me with concern.

“Oh. Okay,” I said with disappointment and surprise.

It was Monday, May 4th, and I was being seen for my routine follow-up for the right eye that had surgery three weeks earlier. The pressure in my left eye had risen and was hit…

Celebrating Fénix

Fénix was his name. My grandmother never told me why she chose to name her son Fénix with a Spanish spelling. Or was it Fénix’s own father who chose his name? His friends would call him “Mèt Fé”, creole for Master Fé, a reference to his few years (or months?) of teaching elementary school in Haiti in the early 70s. He loved to drink, he loved women, he loved crossword puzzl...

Cancer Awareness

 Many schools around Canada just finished participating in a #TerryFoxRun to raise money for “Cancer Research.” I remember doing the run when I was a child, and I’m completely glad that it has still continued. 

 For a young man such as Terry Fox to have struggled with cancer so early on, to end up with an amputated leg, and to decide to make a run across Canada t…


 I hate losing at love when it’s the one thing I want. I hate when people look at me and envy me because I have the life they want. What they see as success. I see as failure. I fall in love hard, and I break my own heart even harder.

I miss my ex and I often shut the door from allowing a new lover in. Nobody is ever good enough for me because the memories…

Don’t Be Afraid of Change

How many people are afraid of change when change is brought up in a meeting? There is a musical called ‘Chess’ written by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus, about a complex love affair that revolves around the World Championship of Chess. Tim Rice (who was one half of the duet composer and writer Webber and Rice) wrote that he has seen so many productions of ‘Che…

Summer Reading Recommendations

June is finally here and the school year is drawing to an end. Time to prepare for summer reading. Much of the year has been taken up with reading books for both teenage and staff book clubs. Although I have enjoyed all these books and in particular the discussions that went along with the books, it’s time to choose books that I would like to read personally.


Inhale the Future.

“Inhale the future, exhale the past.” By Layne R., Ohio.


I found this quote on a Dove chocolate wrapper. It became appropriate as I am at a standstill with my writing, mostly because finances are stopping me.

However, I may not be able to completely finish the book; cover, professional editing, and marketing, I can keep writing. I c...

He Fell From a Star

April 2018 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Little Prince, by French author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery. St-Exupery’s life, writing, and death have fascinated people for all these years: the story behind the story is just as interesting as the plots of his most well-loved works.

“St-Ex” was a little too old to be a war pilot (although …

All The Light (Part 1 of 3)

Light is a spectrum of wavelengths, only a tiny portion of which is visible. A scale so large that “mathematically, all of light is invisible.”

Stay with me for a minute while I digress. The movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is underrated. I really enjoyed it (even the volcano-skateboard part). But of all the scenes in it, one exchange seemed especially meaningfu…

Celebrating The Loss of My Flight Status

If you’ve seen the movie Up In The Air with George Clooney and Anna Kendrik, you’ve have a glimpse into the prestige and life of a frequent flyer. Well that used to be me. For almost two years, every single week I flew from Canada to the US for work.

Travelling for work has an allure of prestige. Skipping the long security lines, priority baggage and endless upgr…

A tribute to my late Dad for Father’s Day

A tribute to my late dad on Father’s Day

I love you Dad…I miss you Dad…I wish you were still here alive with me and my family.  You will be proud of your grand daughters Ashley and Jaclyn. I am proud of being your son. 

I lost my Dad when I was 11 and he was in his mid forties. He left behind a wife with 6 children, the youn…

“Manic-Depressive” Artists and Their Relatives

In a German study conducted in 1949 it was discovered that a condition known as Cyclothymia, a psychosis first identified by psychiatrist Karl Ludwig Kahlbaum and his assistant Ewald Hecker, often existed in artists and in their relatives as well indicating a mild genetic relationship for this mood-swinging illness. Kalhbaum was the first to recognize that people with cyclo…

History Comes Alive

‘History is SOOOOO Boring!!’ ‘Why do we have to learn history we will never use it?’ How many times have we heard that in our lives? How many times have we said it? We need to make learning history fun and more useful. So how do we go about doing that?

I have in the last week lived in the 1620’s, 1770’s and the 1820’s. Going to see the “Living History Museums” in…

Work for your Medicaid Benefit

The move to compel Medicaid recipients to work for their benefits is, and always has been, a problematic requirement.

This is something tried before and it did not work. It was tried in the 19th century in Ireland when the famine impoverished millions. It was called the ‘Poor Law’ and it instituted work houses.

The notion that people who are …

Beware of the Mouse Traps in life!!

Reading Time; 30 seconds

Now and again life throws stuff at you that you just didn’t see coming.. People you loved and trusted.. People that you thought you knew but subsequently found at that you obviously didn’t  know them.

We are all striving for what is best for us and our families but do we do so at the cost of our reputation?? Do we…

Native Worldview Bias and Understanding
The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people. ~ Maria Montessori

In order to gain the clearest insights into spiritual matters, one must view the world as a child does, without the filters of N...


In life I believe in positivity… 

 I don’t believe I ever struggled. I believe I always understood God’s power through me. 

Every dark road and every dark tunnel. I always looked at others on the same ones who didn’t know God, and I cried and I prayed for them. 

 There are times I came back to my dark roads with the same circumstances and I saw hopeless…

Observing Kindness

Two weeks ago, on my way to another early morning follow-up eye appointment, I witnessed a most beautiful event. Well, in my opinion, anyway. It was the second time I was out on public transit since the eye surgery. During the hustle and bustle of rush hour traffic, I was not as reactive, jumpy, or nervous, as I had been the previous Monday. I walked with tall stance, full…

The. Box. Is. Here.

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“The rental car is going to be left at the airport?! For two days?!! It won’t be used?” says Madame B., my assigned insurance agent, on the phone. She continues, “I highly recommend you take a taxi to the airport”. My nose begins to flare and the warm spring air that flows through the house enters my body but I don’t allow it to go t…

Social Media can be a great educational enhancer!

So I’ve written two articles lambasting social media and technology from differing points of view, (see previous articles), so why am I now singing the praises of said technologies?

After having read the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couro…

“What is a man, I asked. . .”

“What is a man?, I asked. . .”

 The author of nine novels, seventeen short works of fiction and hundred of poems asked this question in dozens of ways throughout his career. The answer was always the same, always definitive and never complete. It was a question he asked of himself and anyone he met during his long journey. The answer he sought, but was never ab…

I Am So Happy For You…

“I am so happy for you!”, I say, day in and day out, to so many people that I interact with. Please read to the end of this article and you will use this statement as many times a day, as I do. This will improve your life. I will show you how! 

I am certain that you know all too well that GREEN MONSTER (GM) called envy or jealousy, even if you do not want to admit…

The Way We WORD


“The Way We WORD”

It happened yet again.

It was just a box of doughnuts. But on this day, this particular dozen proved to be more costly than the $9.71 I was charged. (Tax not included.)

         Let me start by saying, “I love my job.” (It feels good to see that in writing.) It’s true – it …

Should I? Shouldn’t I? Will I succeed?

photo credit:Epiphany Institute

Should I or shouldn’t I are questions that I ask myself often. I have so many ideas for projects, books and businesses, but every step of the way, I am always questioning whether I should embark on those projects. I see my friends who are extremely successful and have more than one project that is ongoing and it makes me ask myself why…

Ethics: What Guides Your Decisions And Actions?

What is important to you?

Are you willing to help others?

Are you concerned about social issues like poverty, homelessness, and malnutrition, both locally and globally?

Are you concerned about environmental issues like pollution, species extinction, and global warming?

Are you concerned about child welfare?

Are you concerned about...

The Love of a Goddaughter

To my sweet goddaughter, Julie, watching you become a loving Mother for the 2nd time fills my heart filled with many treasured memories of the day you graced this beautiful world & came into my life!

When I was asked to be your Godmother, I was of course ecstatic but, more than that, I was extraordinarily honoured. I knew that you & I would always have …

You made my day!

Reading time:30 seconds

Today I needed to go to the bank and put some cheques or (checks!!) in and as it was a beautiful day we decided to walk our two doggies with us.

We took Bella (pictured) and Charlie our Chocolate Labrador with us and so many people came up to us to say hello and fuss the dogs. They of course loved it and it was a natural…


This past weekend I attended a special high school reunion, the Macdonald High School Class of 1985 was celebrating our collective 50th birthdays! As we are all from the Montreal area, we congregated in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, where our former school is located. Some of our old watering holes are still around and they benefited from our renewed presence as we celebrated our fr…

Journey of SOUL Sister-Hood

Soul Sister – Who Is She?

A woman of great substance! She possesses the inner strength to diminish obstacles, move boundaries, eliminate resistance and humbly regain control of her life. She is an idol, yet to be idolized. She is a force to be reckoned with yet never forceful. Her gift to the world is her simple, but majestic presence. Her loving…

Whoa! I Can See Myself in a Movie…

In our modern way of living, we have become a rat race running on a hamster wheel way of being and existing, even for those who are operating at a slower place, if we really stop, be still and observe, many of us have become some form of a routine machine. There is nothing wrong with this way of being, it just is, and it’s as simple as that. Our next project, our next ve…

Meaning of Chutzpah – Nigerian Scammers

Interesting how life often butts heads with you then throws more stuff at you when you least expect it. Seems there’s always something coming at us out of nowhere for us to deal with, sometimes in a cascade of experiences where things hit – one after another after another and before you know it you’re inundated and overwhelmed.

Ever happen to you? We…

I See A Beautiful World!

Smell the flowers. See the butterflies, the majestic mountains, and the breathtaking sunrises. Hear the children laughing and feel the joy in conversation. There is beauty and serenity everywhere!

I am a believer in Law of Attractio…

Social Media…can be soul destroying!

This week once again I was privy to a discussion on the ills of social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and other forms of social media are causing many people’s growing dissatisfaction with their lives.

For teenagers this is particularly troubling as it is difficult to see everyone else’s lives through the rose coloured glasses, which are the images…

For Profit – or not for profit ?

Nursing Homes – Skilled Nursing Facilities

Not-For –Profit or For-Profit?

Both structures – either for or not for profit – basically have similar reimbursements. Medicare, Medicaid and private payers don’t care in their reimbursements what the ownership structure of the facility may be. The difference, theoretically, is that the for-profit facilities are expec…

Teaching Reading vs Teaching Literacy

“Hey! That’s not work-related reading!” – a certain husband to his wife, when he found her doing logic puzzles instead of reading her book for book club or writing her article for this week.

When I was in middle school, the “gifted and talented” students were allowed, for one year only, to go to “enrichment” classes during the sevent...

💜💯Blessed promises and I swearS💯💜

“I promise……”, as always came out of his mouth….. “I swear….”, as if I could believe him….. empty…broken promises🤥🤥🤥🤥

The truth is I have heard it all my life…. I promise…. the puke burning in the back of my throat……🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢

It’s as bad as I am sorry…..:🤢🤮🤢🤑🤢🤮

Useless, empty words……..

Die Cliches Die

As the detective came into the room he was told that he needed to ‘avoid it like the plague’. As the victim was ‘dead as a doornail’ but he had to get ‘the tiger by the tail’ and start the investigation. He thought, ‘if only walls could talk’ the investigation would be completed. The detective then thought to himself as he was looking around the room he started picking th…

Apartment Hunting…Worse than Online Dating

Photo credit to Kat Girard

When I tried online dating, I thought to myself that no experience could be worse. I met married guys, engaged guys, strange guys, guys who were in love with ex-girlfriends, guys who I wondered on their sexuality, guys who wanted a wife asap, guys who never wanted a wife, guys who were overly worried about appearances, guys who I’m not su...

Medical Marijuana – Effective?

Medical Marijuana – Interesting research

People in pain from medical issues have long had recourse to ‘approved’ pain medications. Opioids that are commonly available are distilled from plants, and also synthesized, and are effective even though they have addictive qualities and may have serious side effects. Yet marijuana has been classified as a Schedule 1 drug ...




Wow ….is that the alarm already? Yep, it’s 5:30 am and I have so much to do this morning. I get up slowly, not moving fast at all to pull the shade back from the big slider on my deck upstairs. The sun was just starting to pop over the rolling hills in the distance. An oran…

Lessons From Birds

For the past week and a half, I have been putting out orange halves and grape jelly in the hopes of attracting Baltimore Orioles to my yard. It’s important to put these out at just the right time so that they see it on their migration back from the south. If this window is missed, they won’t return to the yard.

On Saturday morning, I was walking by the kitchen wind…

Value Thyself-Grace Integrity Respect and Loyalty

The Swan is a symbol of purity, beauty, grace, love and elegance, but it can also symbolize divination and balance. The swan as an animal totem can also help you understand better spiritual evolution and maintain grace in the communication with other people. (Ta…

Being Ready for Second Chances

Being Ready for Second Chances

In 2015 the Kansas City Royals won the World Series in part because they risked signing two players that other teams were not willing to take serious chances with.

Kendrys Morales, a former teenage Cuban baseball star, played in the majors off and on starting in 2006.  He became a starter in 2009. On May 29, 2010 he leapt int…

💕🤭Life🤭 💕& the💕🤭Unexpected💕🤭

”yes I know things will be fine and eventually thing will work themselves out, I know what is meant to be for me will be me… I know.

but I need a miniut or two to pull myself together, because sometimes the shit life throws at me gets a bit  heavy. That’s all.”

-author unknown

life is all about the unexpected. We love unexpectedly, we fight…

Hindenburg disaster

May 6, 1937, the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroy during its attempt to dock in New Jersey. Thirty-five of ninety-six members from the airship died, and one casualty on the ground.

The disaster was a spectacular newsreel coverage and photographs. The event shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airsh…

Balloons on the Wind

A young girl that I have never met inspired this poem:

Tiffany was barely a teenager when brain cancer took her life. Two of her greatest talents while she lived were art, and telling stories (a girl after my own heart). But something else she took great passion in, something that was even more important than the gifts that God had granted her, was her te…

“Wonder and Wildness in Alzheimer’s Patients: Givi

“Wonder and Wildness in Alzheimer’s Patients: Giving Back a Little Piece of Life”

“There is a wonder and wildness to life and freedom for those who obey”

Michael Card, “Joy in the Journey”

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         I remember it like it was yesterday. One Sunday, t…

Hospital Manipulations are hurting Elders

Most elders have subscribed to Medicare for years and still have to pay for Medicare coverage outside of, and above, Part A (which is the only part really covered). But Part A has some limitations and some of these are being exploited by hospitals. As a result, elders who should get care under Medicare are finding they need pay extra when discharg…

It Works

To all of us who still do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook even exists, here’s what I’m doing to gain better understanding: I am trying to make new friends without using Facebook, but while applying the same principles. 

Every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what …

Are Our Prayers Heard & Answered?

Are Our Prayers Heard and Answered?

This article is actually an embellished version of the one in my book, Warrior Spirit Path of Medicine (Balboa Press)..

If you wonder, if you don’t know, if you just don’t get that prayers DO get answered, then this is for you. It’s not the actual excerpt – I’ve embellished on this one.

I drove my daughter every day –...

Alternative Universes

“Space, the Final Frontier”. With these words an alternate universe was visual created on TV. Star Trek has in the last 52 years given us an alternate universe that we see our human issues discussed. Because of breaking ground of discussing social issues in a television show we have seen other visual alternate universes pop up to do the same thing.  

Star Trek do…

Sorry I am wrong

Reading Time: 30 Seconds

We all have things going on, things that seem to take over our lives from time to time. We are in a results driven society where the need to be right and not being the one having made a mistake is oh so important.

Or is it?

I do think that results are important in whatever discipline or field you may be in. You may be in…

A Little Help From My Friends

I wanted to share with you something incredible that happened to me this month of April. Well, one of them.

As some of you may have read by now, I have had an issue with my eyes for the last two years. So many times I nearly wrote about it but another message was meant to be voiced. Without going into details of the issue at hand (which will have its own time), l…


I lost my dear friend Jerry on November 16, 2017. We had known each other for over 60 years. Over those years we developed a close relationship. We had lost touch with each other for about 15 years due to military service and career changes, but we reconnected in 2009 after I returned from Iraq. I had been doing some government work in the mid-East for about 11 y…

Ready Player One…the book or the movie?

Previously, after reading the book “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline I was intrigued by the subject matter and the idea of technology taking over our world in a virtual reality existence. The angle of discussion in my article was philosophical in its reflection on what our world could become. I sadly acquiesce that the future of our existence will be tied in conjunction wi…

How to use the semi-colon properly

😉 Recognize the symbol preceding this sentence? Semicolons are useful for more than the winking eye and sly smile from the technology generation. The origin of the semicolon actually predates texting.

Grammar laid first claim upon the use of the semicolon mainly to control run-on sentences.

The all-too familiar senten…

Lay Down Your Crown

We wore crowns at Church yesterday! In a way, we are all kings and queens of our own existence. With free will, we have the power to choose over family, finances, cars, houses, and even our own lives—and what began as a fun exercise involving audience participation, soon became clear as to what it means to be kings and queens of our own exi…

Lay Down Your Crown

We wore crowns at Church Sunday!

In a way, we are all kings and queens of our own existence. With free will, we have the power to choose over family, finances, cars, houses, and even our own lives—and what began as a fun exercise involving audience participation, soon became clear as to what it means to be kings and queens of our own e…


Reading Time: 30 Seconds

When you reach the end of your day, do you often reflect upon what happened during the day.

  • Was it a good day?
  • Were you the best you?
  • Anything you’d do differently?
  • Did you make the most of the day?
  • Did you spend too much time worrying ...
Be Responsible with your Energy

Something happened recently that I wanted to share with you. Up to now, we haven’t had the chance to explore the concept of our “energy” and the effects we may have on others. For some, this may be the first time this comes on your path and that’s super. For others, you may be a veteran at the concept. You may also be somewhere in the middle, not really paying much att…

What Dangers Are They Hiding About Antidepressants

Side Effects, Part II: What dangers are law-makers hiding about antidepressants?

I couldn’t listen to her any longer…this beautiful British broken-spirited lady divulged her traumatizing story about finding her teenage boy dead on a noose. The pain was tangible; it punched me in the stomach and stung my veins with venom as I w…


                        I WILL BE THE BEST I CAN BE

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I awoke one cold and breezy morning about a month ago at 5:30 am. I did not jump right up out of bed as I normally do. I couldn’t. I just wanted to lay there in my warm bed snuggled up to my big fluffy Persian cat Chucci (Chu…chee), who was purring so loud he seemingly w…

The Joys of Job Interviews

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Lately, I have been interviewing people for two different positions in my clinic. I have to say that some of the interviews have taken away a bit of my faith in humanity. Just to avoid wasting my time interviewing people who had no chance of being hired, I made sure to put all my specifications in the job posting online. I ask…

The Power of Voice

What’s in a Word?

Ephesians 29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

It wasn’t that I was depressed the morning of the 5-year anniversary of my heart attack—no, it definitely wasn’t depre…

Do You Live In A Healthy Community?

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

My definition of community

Common unity

Common – we all share the same local environment 

Unity – we all coexist/cohabitate in the same general area

I want to shed light on some o…

Finding Freedom in Nature

Yesterday afternoon, I was down and out with one of my migraines. I had woken up around 7pm, and as I was lying in bed trying to determine if any of the pain had dissipated before I risked moving, I heard the unmistakable song of a red-winged blackbird. I lay there listening, and every few seconds it would repeat its call. It sounded so close to the house and I could t…

Dreams Are Worth Living

The TransCanada Highway spans 7,821 kilometres (4,860 mi) across the country and is one of the longest routes of its type in the world. Our population in relationship to the size of the land is very small and so taking this route that carves its way from one end of the country to another can feel like one is endlessly in the middle of nowhere even if they’ve been driving f…

A Sibling in Always: Part One, Chapter One




old man alone

grows by two, his sad life.

They called him good, until it came –

a coarse sadness that would not let him go.

So it grew stronger and it kept him breathing hate,

then it began to subside – ninety years.

His name now dim: drunk and crazy.

The d...

Save the Elephant Day

 April 16th is fast approaching and although I’ve been writing a lot of “fun” things to do lately, to make your life more exciting by celebrating each and every day, not all National Days are fun filled.  Some of the National Holidays are a little more serious. April 16th is amongst other things, also “Save the Elephant Day”, which is also known as “World Elephant Day…

Caregiving: A Journey of the Heart©

If anyone told me that I would be an author one day, I probably would have responded, “you’re joking right?”

Me? I never would have thought I would write a book. In fact, I never enjoyed writing and this was probably due to the fact that I had to write SO much during my years of study at the university level and also while I was in the program to become a certified N…

In Honor of a Man’s Man

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Our lives …

Pieces of my Heart

Well, this weekend is somewhat bitter-sweet for my wife and I.

On April 5th, 2013, I left work early on a Friday afternoon due to, what I thought at the time, was food poisoning.

I suffered through the night and it began to abate somewhat – enough that I felt well enough to play our second round in a mixed doubles tournament. After lunch, I took to court 13…

Understanding Behavior

According to Webster’s Universal College Dictionary fear is “a distrssing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc. whether the threat is real or imagined….” (Webster, 2001, p. 291)

Picture this, you have just been kidknapped, forced into a cage, then scrubbed down and given some kind of injection. Then forced back i...

65 Times Around the Sun!

Recently I completed 65 trips around the Sun and what a trip it has been. As I begin my 66th trip I am wondering what is in store with changes in our lives. When I started my trips around the Sun gasoline was $0.19 a gallon, the telephone was attached to a line and you had to rotate the dial after you picked up the receiver to make a call. We were not in space with ei…

Come Back, Barbara: Hope for Wayward Adults

Come Back, Barbara: A Story of Hope for Adult Children and Their Wayward Parents


              I didn’t want to leave my couch on that particular Saturday morning, but there were signs – glaring at me, talking to me, popping up at every corner – that I should, indeed, go against my natural inclination and attend a particular ...

The Drastic Consequences of Subtle Manipulation

Photo of the Peace River Valley in beautiful British Columbia which will be flooded if the Site C dam project is completed. Construction is currently in progress….

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

We have secretly been manipulated into making unethical choices and living unethical lifestyle…

Questionable Trust

Most people will consider a break in trust when they are cheated on or a boss lets you down claiming they will do something but then subsequently either back track or deny what they said in the first place.

I would like to say I am an extremely trustworthy father, I never make promises I don’t mean, I’m there for my kids. Some will question this statement as I …

The Weight of the Glass

Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?…



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Some years ago a military training exercise for new recruits in the Alps seemed destined for disaster. Weather conditions deteriorated in a sudden and unexpected way. A severe blizzard was predicted to last a week. The veteran sergeant who had been in charge of the group broke his leg. A helicopter crew risked increasing winds a...



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Some years ago a military training exercise for new recruits in the Alps seemed destined for disaster. Weather conditions deteriorated in a sudden and unexpected way. A severe blizzard was predicted to last a week. The veteran sergeant who had been in charge…

Learning to Listen!

Reading Time; 60 Seconds

Unfortunately there are some ignorant people in the world, some simply act upon what they are told without taking the time to think for themselves. They jump to conclusions and quite often end up realising that what they have been told is perhaps not exactly as the situation appears, four points y…

Holiday Celebrations (reupload)

Please note the title of this article is called, “Holiday Celebrations” and not “Holiday Celebrations (reupload)”. I am having troubles with publishing this article and have had to change the name of the title with hopes this will get to you now. Thank you for your understanding. ~ Nathalie


This weekend, many people around the world are celebr…

The High Cost of Growing Old.

The High Cost of Growing Old.

Its no secret that as we age we need more healthcare and while this is happening we are earning less money. Our need to pay goes up while our ability to pay goes down.

Most people want to live their lives in their own home, surrounded by the things they have collected over the years and amongst people they know a…

I picked a book that no-one liked until…

This last month, our staff book club read the book “Tomorrow there will be Apricots” by Jessica Soffer. I always feel responsible for my book choices in the hopes that staff will enjoy, be inspired and learn something.

This book appeared to be the antithesis of my expectations. Most of our readers, arrived at our book club meeting ready to share just how awful this b…

Nature and Nurture

“Among the most sacred gifts you can give your child is the gift of health. This gift is best given by example.” ~ Dr. Rand Olson

Why do people love their pets so much? Because they interact with them and have a connection with them. No material thing can ever replace that. And no connection to any material thing will ever compare to that. Even in a …

The Controversial Gun Control

photo credit to Fox News

I have to admit that I have always been fascinated by the obsession with guns in the United States of America. Personally, I don’t have a problem with gun ownership as long as it is managed in a responsible manner. What I don’t understand is how personally or angry people become when the subject of gun control comes up.

A little histor…

Spontaneous Surprises!!!

Sometimes letting go and being spontaneous is one of the best things that we may do. As much as we plan, sometimes the best laid plans fail. What to do then? Flexibility and creativity may be your best allies in finding solutions. Other times, just “seeing where the wind blows” may bring in the most amazing experience, of course, this depends on the situation….

Through the Eyes of a Sighted Person

How would someone describe the beautiful, intense turquoise color of the sea?

How would someone portray the vibrancy of the dazzling colours of Bougainvillea?

Quill Cloud

How would someone illustrate to a blind person, the succulent color palette …

The US has the best Healthcare in the World ?

The US has the best Healthcare in the World – well, not really.

A recent study by ‘The Commonwealth Fund” ( compared 11 advanced democratic countries and placed the US at last. World Health Organization (WHO) had previously ranked the US as 47th in clinical outcomes. One thing the US does lead with is cost. The US was (and is) at leas...

Indigenous Wisdom for a Modern World

Indigenous culture along with the ancient wisdom it carries is slowly making its way into a modern world. Waste lo … This is good. The powerful traditions and ceremonies used by my people for hundreds of years are now being discovered by my non-indigenous brothers and sisters. I’ve always known that our wisdom and teachings were meant for all people. Our knowledge …

We all need help sometime..

The guy in the photo many of you won’t recognize if you don’t live in the UK but he is one of the best known and successful TV presenters in the UK and is part of an extremely successful “double act” that presents several shows. To many he has everything, fame, money and all of the trappings that some believe this brings.

Yet he has fallen upon bad times; just t…

My 101 Words Story…! (1) The ‘Toy Car’ Journey

This journey is not an ordinary journey as it seems. My Mama used to take me along, in my early years, for shopping and as soon we stepped down the bus the very first thing she used to buy a ‘Toy Car’ for me and my journey starts rolling it on my tummy up and down while Mama busy interacting with the shopkeepers shopping and resolving their family matters by and by. My…


The picture at the top of this article is one of which my daughter painted in high school as a teenager. She had a difficult time naming the painting, but when I looked at it with experience eyes I immediately saw the battle and the clearing of the smoke. It invoked in me the feeling of experiencing life challenges when we go through a battle. I was shaken by the “BOOM,” and…

Will a virtual world become our new reality?

In today’s virtual world, we are spending more and more of our time on our computers and online. Wherever you go, it is difficult to find people not absorbed with their smart-phones. They are playing video games, shopping online, doing their banking, paying bills, ordering food or tickets for shows, watching movies, chatting with their thousands of Facebook “friends”, using…

My Last Visit: Toxic Doctors, Part Three

So, I’m reading a new book and it takes me back to the last visit with my previous doctor.

         In A Mind of Your Own, a few pages in, several phrases jump out at me, screaming, actually, in fury and in rage:

         “One in four women in their forties and fifties use psychiatric drugs.”


The elephant in the Hospital Business Office.

A simple remedy to remove hundreds of millions of dollars from healthcare costs.

The US healthcare system has a unique problem – Unnecessarily complex billing and accounting that is totally stupid in a hospital. This is a problem with a stunningly obvious solution that can eliminate hundreds of millions, if not a billion or more, of wasted dollars ann…

“Co-dependency or maternal love?” Part Two

If I am in pain, she suffers. If she cannot get in touch with me or with my friends, she calls the police. I get massive numbers of texts weekly that say,” Please call your mother.” 

Cry, the Beloved Country, for the unborn child, who is the inheritor of our fears… Let us not love the earth too deeply.

         I believe parents can love and serve thei…

Comfort Zone

The devotions leader posed a true or false question to me this week: Do we know it is God’s will when we feel at peace about a decision?  

My knee jerk reaction to this question was an adamant yes but then the devotions leader asked me why? I really had to think about it. In so many examples throughout my life, many of my decisions were based on how comfortab…

Communism, Capitalism, or a Sustainable Utopia?

Photo: Artwork by Mark Henson titled “The New Pioneers”

“We cannot continue living as we do now” ~  The Climate Nexus, Robert Sanford and Jon O’Riordan

What do you want to contribute to in your life? Do you want to support the current paradigm of the global society that perpetuates inequality, social injustice, and environmental devasta…

I think I can, and so I will

I can’t do it.

I won’t even try that.

I’m too old for that.

I’ve never been able to do that, and I never will.

That’s way out of my league.

I say these phrases to myself over and over again. It doesn’t matter how many times I prove to myself that I can do, I can surpass my limits, I always doubt myself. I remember many years ago, I was ...


In days of old, when winter was near and it grew cold

all bears came to hear, so the story was told.

That once upon a time….

Did you know that we all have different listening styles?

Do you know anyone who finished a line or sentence

while you were still speaking? Or, someone who

gets anxious listening to …

The Elephant in the Healthcare Provider’s Office

The Elephant in the Healthcare Provider’s Office — Part 1 of 2 parts regarding the stupidity of how the US healthcare system has built in unnecessary costs.

The US healthcare system has a unique problem – unnecessarily complex billing and accounting. A simple fix can eliminate hundreds of millions in wasted dollars annually.

Bernie Sanders, visiting a Canadian …

Psychology of Color

Without color, anything is drab and boring, and putting color research to work can put the rainbow in your corner. Please note, there is hype about color psychology but it is often presented without scientific research; following this article will be a list of sources to lend credibility to the claims presented. First, let’s explore individual colors’ subtle power ove…



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One of the things I learned from my facebook page — I Love Abe Lincoln — is that there are Confederates around. If you are audacious enough to praise Abraham Lincoln onlin...

Learn To Love

She bit her thin lower lip turning it red, as I displayed the little silver

box wrapped up with a shiny red ribbon. I smiled with satisfaction at

her untamed anticipation.

“What is it?” she asked, while pressing gently on my wrist.

“This is for you.” I said, and laid it on her knee. She gasped. Looking

at me she quickly parted my fi...

Dictatus Homo Sapiens Infallibilis

Sensible Living and Opinions… on Four Feet 5

Dictatus Homo Sapiens lnfallibilis


Gary             And that was the famous Westminster Dog Show. What do you think?

Niu Niu        I think dogs should focus on their minds, not their appearance, particularly us girl dogs.

Gary              …

Aging in Place – at home – successfully.

Aging Successfully to get the most from life

As we age, so our bodies, our cultures, our attitudes, our interests, our health, our mobility, our friends and our finances change. I know looking in the mirror, and just thinking about my life, just how much I have changed in my 70+ years of life. I think about how I will sustain my lifestyle doing the things I want …

Technology in Education

The latest buzzword in education is “technology”. Every parent wants to know that their children’s schools are up to date with technology. Every classroom needs to have a smart-board and every student should have a laptop, iPad or tablet. Teachers should prepare their lessons to be interactive and should abreast with the latest educational technologies.

Children t…

Technology in Education is not always beneficial

The latest buzzword in education is “technology”. Every parent wants to know that their children’s schools are up to date with technology. Every classroom needs to have a smart-board and every student should have a laptop, iPad or tablet. Teachers should prepare their lessons to be interactive and should abreast with the latest educational technologies.

Children toda…

A Letter To My Younger Self

Quill Cloud

Dear Little Liis,

Don’t ever forget the energy you have right now. In your sunshine yellow dress with matching socks and mighty sassy belt. Twirling a Twizzler pretending it’s a baton and you are leading a magical parade. Chocolate sta...

“Opposite Action”

At first I ignored the voicemail and the text. They were mere suggestions. 

Someone on a weekend retreat had cancelled and left an opening for me, free of charge.

Sorry.  Not gonna do it. This would seriously interrupt my plans for the day.

It’s the weekend – I should do what I want, right? I have no family obligations, no work obligations, …

It Takes A Community To Raise A Child

“Working at achieving others’ welfare accomplishes your own along the way” ~ Tsongkhapa

Is your happiness and the happiness of your family all that is important? Are you willing to compromise the lives of others in order to achieve happiness for yourself and your family?

In modern societies it is easy to be manipulated into thinking that caring ...

Three debut novels that ‘prepped’ careers

Award-winning author John Green wrote his first novel, Looking for Alaska, about teens at a prep school in Alabama. When Miles Halter comes to “the Creek” as a new student in his junior year, he finds the experience includes challenging classes, professors with doctorates, sharp div…

The Secret Song of Scoring a Good Daddy

Fathers be good to your daughters

For they learn to love like you do

— John Mayer, “Daughters”

“The Secret Song of Scoring a Good Daddy —  my  Daddy, Bill Childress”  

A few people handle life. Most people allow life to handle them. I have been like most people. I want to be like the few. When my biolo…

Sometimes It’s Ok To Break The Rules

I am flashing back to one of my early modelling test shoots from the early 1990s. I loved the photography contact sheets back then! This photo has always meant a lot to me and is one of my all time faves. Back then we plus models were told we shouldn’t shoot editorial. “It just isn’t done.” Our photos and books were expected to be safe “girl next door” images. Getting “edgy...

What if You Don’t Enjoy Reading Books?

There are so many people who claim: “I don’t read books”. There are many reasons for this claim.

One of the main reasons is “lack of time”. When inviting people to join my staff book-club, this is one of the most common reasons given for not signing up. Everybody is too stressed and too busy. It’s not easy after a long day at work, once dinner is done, children are…


Have you ever looked at extremely successful people & thought?

“I wish I was as confident as they are!” or

“I would love to do what they’re doing!” or

“I could NEVER do what they’re doing!” or

“Everything always seems so effortless for them!”

All of these people, who we look at through our ‘envious’ eyes, had to climb their Moun...

Contributionism: What Do You Contribute?

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. ~ Mahatma Gandhi


What does success mean to you?

How do you define success?

In modern society success is generally measured by an individual’s net worth. And it matters not what an individual does to gain (financial) success. That is a big problem. Success …

Survival Is Selfish

Pain is Everywhere

I work with 16-25 years olds. I interact with them, share lives with them, and generally get access to the story behind the story.

It’s one of my greatest honors, yet also the greatest source of pain in my life.

We generally listen to the news, watch the divisiveness of s.m., and different headlines being thr...

Literary Devices Make Writing Interesting

Conduplicatio is a literary device that uses repetition of a word in different places throughout a line or paragraph. It resembles anadiplosis in that it serves as an effective focusing technique because it emphasizes the important idea.

Anadiplosis requires the repetition of the last word in a sentence to begin the next sentence. The key word in conduplicatio doe...

Touching History on Its Racing Flanks

As we struggle into 2018 with partisan politics, racial tensions, arguments over DACA and immigration laws, I hear the words of a Tony Hoagland poem still ringing as true as when they were written in 2002.. This incredible poem, “The Change”, is in Hoagland’s collection entitled What Narcissism Means to Me. In it, Hoagland, as an aging white man, deals with the…

PAZA Series: The Sacred Tree of Life (Part I)

“For all the people of the earth, the Creator has planted a Sacred Tree under which they may gather, and there find healing, power, wisdom and security. The roots of this tree spread deep into the body of Mother Earth. Its branches reach upward like hands praying to Father Sky. The fruits of this tree are the good things the Creator has given to the people t…

The Bucket List and the Golden Years

We have a bucket list – its those things we want to do before we ‘kick the bucket’. Most people have one, its either written down or in their minds somewhere, but my wife and I actually wrote ours out and put it on the back of the kitchen door many years ago. These are things to do that are very important to us, and we don’t want to miss any.

Life is no…

Part Two: When Do You Break Up With Your Doctor?

              So…I made it through that year of teaching…somehow. 

              The pills he prescribed numbed me just enough to veil the intense emptiness, the grayish-black matter that fogged up my brain.

              I don’t remember what day he first started prescribing benzodiazepines….first Valium, then Xanax


Revenge is a dish best not served at all

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I was recently watching an old t.v. show that is a guilty pleasure for me, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” and it was an episode where a character was refusing to adjust a curse on a vampire with a soul because he was more focussed on revenge. In the end, the v…

The Epitome of Devastation

 I was sifting through Facebook today when I came across a video of absolute devastation, the video was of a man allegedly confessing to heinous crimes of human trafficking. He confesses to trafficking up to 3000 + children mainly girls and killing over 400 of them when they became of no use.

 Reading this and knowing human trafficking to be a widespre…


Ever since early humans saw birds fly, and realized that they could not, the yearning for flight must have existed, for what? Tens of thousands of years, at the very least? I’m sure that birds must have represented food, at first. At some point, you figure, a caveman scratched his head while watching his lunch soar away, and sadly wondered, “Dang. Why can’t I do…

Analogies and Metaphors and Similes! Oh My!

Often those three words bring eyebrows to a furrowed position. The following examples will clear up the differences.

Analogies aim at explaining an idea or thing by comparing it to something that is familiar. They are a form of figurative language used for more impact or a more vivid description. Metaphors and similes are tools used to draw an analogy. …

Comparison and Keeping Your Life Small

It is said that comparison is the thief of joy. Many of us find ourselves in an endless internal battle of comparing ourselves to others. The same can be said when we compare ourselves to where we used to be. I know that’s true for me, especially when it comes to fitness.

I competed in powerlifting two years ago. It was the strongest and most empowered I’ve felt in …

$1 Down & Just $10 A Month

“Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be carried out immediately.” Charles M. Sheldon

All across this nation, year after year, gyms offer great deals banking on the insanity of New Year’s resolutions! That’s right, they know the numbers. They know that scores of people will buy their great offer knowing that over 80% of these new mem…

Right to Try experimental drugs – is it Right?

The newly announced move towards a “Right to Try” experimental medications has raised serious ethical questions amongst the medical profession with clinicians arguing on both sides.

Currently, any drug needs to pass a verifiable process to validate that it does what it is purported to do before it becomes available to the public. The FDA in evaluating ne…


(This is a short story I wrote about the “Despooking” process from the horse’s perspective. Despooking is when you desensitize a horse to lots of different things, because they’re scared of almost everything! Enjoy!


“Oh boy!” Pearl thought dejectedly, as she wandered around the round pen. “Here we go again! I don’t get why he’s always doing this.”…


(This is a little short story I wrote about the “despooking” process from the horse’s point of view. “Despooking” is when you get your horse used to all kinds of different things, because their instinct is to be afraid of almost everything. Enjoy!)


“Oh boy!” Pearl thought dejectedly, as she wandered around the round pen. “Here we go again! I don’t ge…

Rhetorical Questions and Hypophora

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”

(Pete Seeger in Loose Talk, 1980)

I identify with Seeger’s quote because I don’t read the fine print unless I have to. And, he’s right that experience is what you get when you don’t read it….

Mirorring Abuse – Surviving abusive relationships


Life. It’s all about perception and attitude. My attitude about a lot of things differs from others in that if something comes at you, deal with it and move on. Much of it is karma so you’re best off if you become a “karma chameleon” and change with the colors that you’re confronted with. 

I’ve been married twice. When people ask why, instead of going i...

Learning to Love You More

No matter what we say, or what we preach, we all judge books by their covers. Without a doubt, there are a multitude of reasons for this, from our hard-wired neurology to long-established social patterns to frequent laziness. Although working with used books does help me in my attempts to break myself of this habit – learning that there are still some real treasures hidden ...

Effects of Poisoning the Land with Pesticides

A few years ago my husband called a pesticide company to come out and spray for termites. They were attacking our home and he said that when the contractor sprayed the house the termites came raining down. I wasn’t there at the time.

I arrived shortly after he sprayed the house and saw him spraying one of the outbuildings. The pesticide he was spraying came down in to…

Rise of the Rainbow Warriors

“Our ancient prophesies say a time will come when the blue sky and waters turn black and green things turn brown and die. Animals and fish will disappear and birds will drop from the sky. This devastation will come as a result of man’s greed and disrespect for Mother Earth … 

“Great Leaders, Warriors and Shamans of many nations will be born to be …

Rise of the Rainbow Warriors

“Our ancient prophesies say a time will come when the blue sky and waters turn black and green things turn brown and die. Animals and fish will disappear and birds will drop from the sky. This devastation will come as a result of man’s greed and disrespect for Mother Earth … 

“Great Leaders, Warriors and Shamans of many nations will be born to be P…

“It’s all in your head”

I have a pretty rare genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, EDS for short. It’s not one of those fancy rare diseases you see them solve on TV shows like House or Grey’s Anatomy (ok, there was one episode that did touch on it to be fair) but rather a collection of symptoms that can be pretty hard to interpret. There are numerous different types of EDS, and only…

Fictional accounts of the Holocaust – worthwhile?

I’ve come across many works of fiction dealing with the holocaust. Personally I prefer not to read fictional accounts of the holocaust when there are so many narratives of actual survivors who have written their stories of their own horrific experiences. It is more important today than ever before to read the stories of survivors as most of them have passed on and very f…

Is Doctor assisted ‘Aid-in-Dying’ a good idea?

New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts are moving toward a vote on whether doctor should be allowed to legally prescribe medications that would help people with limited life expectancy from terminal disease to choose when they die.

Professional medical groups are philosophically opposed because they see the mission is to cure, not to assist in death. The AMA has …

A Tribute to a Beautiful Woman

Often I sit and remember a strong woman whom I admire a great deal, and though she is no longer with us. She has a permanent place stamped in my heart. The following is my last complete memory of her. Her touch, the curl of her graying almost white hair, the shallow breath, and the bright blue eyes that looked into my soul.                 

My Grandma was a beau…

Parallelism and Antithesis

Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech is an example of using a literary device called parallelism.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Seven paragraphs following the one quoted above begin with “I have a dr...

Organization, is there a secret?

Organization, something I am both good and horrible at.

I tend to forget often, probably because my to-do list can get a tad too long. So knowing how I am, when I applied to do my masters, I was worried. I was extremely worried that I wasn’t going to be able to handle working full-time and going to school on an almost full-time basis. But, I am handling it, and I am…

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

This week our school hosted the Anne Frank Exhibit. It is a travelling exhibit originating in Amsterdam. The exhibit shows by way of huge posters and a moving film, the chronology of the horror of the rise of Hitler and the calculated removal and extermination of 6 million Jews. They were hunted down, humiliated, starved tortured and killed in labour and death camp…

My Fear Of Becoming a Writer

 Where should I start? What should I write about? Who in the world is going to want to read what I have to say? These questions and a million more like them runs through my head every time I try and put pen to paper. You see, I’ve been writing for a very long time. Since I was in the 7th grade to be exact. I use to write poems and little short stories for family and friend…

The Seven Values of Lakota Life

“C’anku was’te wan mayani kta c’a Oyate kin waciniyapi ye.”Be strong and true in your values and all that is sacred to you. Let what you speak from your heart also be the same as your actions.

The Seven Lakota Values, give by White Buffalo Calf Woman is a way of life for those of us that are part of Oceti Sakowin—the Great Sioux Na…

The Devil Made Me Do It. Or Maybe Not.

A spate of postings in various forms of social media question if atheists can be moral. These missives derive from the virtually unquestioned assumption that morality is derived from religion. The assumption is false and dangerous.

Rarely do we hear of a terrorist strapping on a bomb and screaming “there is no god!” before squeezing the detonator…

Traits t…

Evictions of patients from nursing homes and hospi

Recently on social media a video appeared of an elderly woman being wheeled out of a hospital to a bus stop in just a gown and slippers with temperatures below freezing. She could no longer pay for care. This is extreme, however, every day residents are discharged from nursing homes all over the country because their Medicare benefits have expired and they can…

Stop the Suffering. Start the Healing.

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future. ~ Dian Fossey

It’s time to embrace ethical and healthy lifestyles to reduce human suffering and disease and to protect biodiversity and the biosphere.

Biodiversity is all the living organisms on planet Earth. And the bios…

I, Witness: Personal Encounters with Crime


 I, Witness: Personal Encounters with Crime by Members of the Mystery Writers of America edited by Brian Garfield:   A Review by Warren Bull\

Photo from Pixabay


Published in 1978 to celebrate the opening of the Second International Congress of Crime Writers, I, Witness is a collection of anecdotes, personal experien…

Paying it Forward

So today  I was on an unfamiliar route at my pest control job due to the snow throwing a monkey wrench in the day.  I would not say it had been an extremely stressful day, but it’s always a little irksome when you’re not really familiar with your surroundings and the customers of that day.  It had taken me an hour to get into the office this morning due to traffic and poor…


(Hi everybody! So, I finally have a conclusion to “Apex Predator.” Check out the previous parts in my articles. I’m not totally happy with the ending yet and it needs to polishing, but here it is! Enjoy!) 

“What the heck is going on!” I hear Mike’s voice as if in a dream. “How can that thing be out there?” 

Opening my eyes, I see a small space…

More Than Just “Books”

When I was in middle school, the “gifted” students were allowed, to go to “enrichment” classes during the normally-scheduled “reading” course. I was one of those lucky students who thought we were getting away with something. For one period a day, I escaped those horrid “reading” textbooks – usually containing stories about some simpering kid who was more of a goody-two sho…

“Make America Great — and Canada Too”

 “Make America GREAT (And Canada too)”  

I would love to think that America can indeed become great again, but one arena that is essential to address is where we are frail. We are great, still, in some ways, but the past decade has disclosed that we have become increasingly weak in the way we treat individuals who ar…

Why is it so hard to say no?

Why is it so hard to say NO?

Do you have a hard time saying No to people? Do you agree to things and then find yourself resenting the fact that you did? If so…let me just say you are not alone. Is this a good habit though? Saying yes to things or agreeing to things when you really want to say no? You already know the answer – it is not healthy at all, but sti…

Thank you Selena Gomez

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Thank you Selena Gomez!

Thank you for bringing to light a disease as little known as Lupus.

Thank you for not hiding your illness as so many other members of Hollywood often do. 

Thank you for your honesty.

So many actors and actresses come forward with their various diseases, but Lupus is a tricky o…

Keeping the Spirit Alive

“Keeping the Spirit Alive:” these words have become my mantra. They are also my commitment. They call me to walk in the ways of my ancestors who lived in peace, beauty and knowledge with all of Creation. We are connected through spirit to all the lives that came before us. Living your life, honoring the ways of our Ancestors,is the way to reconnect ourselves to the sour…

It’s a pain to be in pain unnecessarily.

It’s a pain to be in pain unnecessarily.

When visiting an elderly lady in a nursing home not so long ago I immediately recognized by her expression that she was in pain. Her face revealed this immediately. So I asked her, “Are you I pain because you look like you are”.

She told me that she had cancer and only had a short time left and that yes, she was …

Going without

Ok. Let’s get real.I’m a white, blond blue eyed female living in Canada. I don’t really “go without”. However, after living out of my house for 4 months due to renovations that went over time by 7 weeks, I have come to realize that one CAN live without.

We left August 26th and were scheduled back October 27. I packed strategically. I went through my kitchen taking ...

WARNING: Watch What Muscles You Dare to Drill!

Be careful how you practice.

Warning: Watch What “Muscle Memories” You Dare to Drill

Part 1: Muscle Memory: The Good (well, the first good)

Just a few years ago, in my multiple attempts to maintain muscle mass, my “memory of muscles” applied mostly to reps and weights I pushed in the gym.

Many authors…

Forgiving The Holiday Blues

      Welp, the Holidays are over. People are going home to be cold in their own houses, and life is shifting back to normal. We’re starting over with a new year and a bounce in our step, and making things happen. Everyone is also telling all their friends back home how the holidays with the relatives went. Out come the crazy uncle stories. Out come the food disaster s…

HeHaKaPa: Introduction to the Keeper of the Pipe

HeHaKaPa: Elk Head, was my great grandfather, a Lakota medicine man in the days of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. He was the Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the Chanupa, for my tribe, Oceti Sakowin, part of the Great Sioux Nation. This medicine, passed down through the bloodline to his relatives has been helping people for many generations.  As a direct descendant …

Battle Cry!

My wife and I went to see the movie The Darkest Hour about Winston Churchill when I started to think about battle cries. I remembered the battle cries from the past. Here is the battle cry for England which came from Winston Churchill “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in th…


Reading time:30 Seconds

Firstly I wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year, I hope that you have had a peaceful time and that you are charged and ready to go this year.

You may well wonder what on earth the above picture is, I will tell you the story of how I was given this slip of paper.

Only two days prior to Christmas Day I had bee...

Lift Your Head

Head lowered to the world, he takes the same route day in and day out. Work is only a few blocks away and when the weather is right, he’s all for ditching the car and stretching his legs. besides, it gives him those extra few minutes to surf the web and check in with all his social media accounts. The paved sidewalk keeps him straight and with the exception of a cyclist o…

The End And The Beginning

The End And The Beginning—Anadiplosis and Anaphora

This day is the last day of 2017. This day is our daughter’s 21st birthday. This day is a day for gratitude.

I wrote the above as a simple example of the literary device known as anaphora. I used ‘This day’ three times in the beginning of each sentence. Anaphora helps to emphasize a point, a thought, a feel…

Th Alphabet Ends With Y

The Alphabet Ends with Y: An Appreciation of Sue Grafton’s Book

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It will be hard for new readers to understand how important Sue Grafton was to mystery fiction. From their point of view, her work will be remarkable for her skill and her evident evolution as a writer from book A to book Y. Interested readers will be able to read her h…

Studying for Marks or Knowledge?

It is evident that the majority of students in academic secondary schools focus primarily on their grades rather than absorbing knowledge. As a school librarian this is something that I come across on a daily basis. When asked for information on any particular topic for a research essay or assignment, the students don’t want to be given any historical or geographical back…

I’ve Been Climbing With No Gear

I hope this article inspires you to keep climbing.

What I am about to tell you will be difficult to read. Everyone has challenges throughout their lives, but when I explain my past, people almost always cry. To keep it light for you, I will say I was abused physically and emotionally from a very, very young age.

My father died when I was about 3 1/2 years old…


Dear Christmas,

I tried so hard to put the “Christ” in Christmas this year. I started this month out feeling ecstatic. I was on an extremely positive note. I was in a very meditative state. I even read a book on meditation. I read a few self-help books on life-education. I wanted to be more like Oprah. I look up to that woman so much. She is so empowering. She i…

The True Message of Saint Nicolas

Years ago when I decided to get baptized in order to get married in a Russian Orthodox Church, I decided to do some research into all the saints the Christian Orthodox followed. At the time it was around Christmas time, and I was always curious about where the idea of “Santa Claus” came from. The priest spoke about all the traditions the church did around this time, and…

The Life of a Man

The life of man is beset with things that tempt him on all sides. He must be as diligent as possible in the pursuit of what he wishes to attain. Nothing is promised to any man, but his thoughts. And so, we all must think as effectively as possible, for our own sakes.

The life of man isn’t promised to be all golden roads, but it can be. If we hone our skills and…

What do I do with my tree?

It’s the day after Christmas…


And I sit here, realizing that this big day – the day that most employees get to take off from work, the day that is celebrated around the globe – has come and gone and I did very little reflecting.

So right now, for a few minutes, I’m going to reflect. Maybe you…

She Made a Huge Wrinkle Through Our Time

Celebrated author Madeleine L’Engle died on September 6, 2007, but her impact lives on. Her books touched children and adults across generations, an achievement recognized by the many awards she received, including the 1963 Newbery for A Wrinkle in Time. Whether the newest movie version of this book enchants audiences or flops the opening weekend, guides to c…

~CASA Will Be My Voice~

She sat in the corner, quiet as a mouse. I watched her from the door as she looked out into the room. Her eyes darted back and forth a nervous attempt at maintaining control of her situation. I hated to tell her that though she watched and waited, being backed into a corner she could never defend herself.

I couldn’t help but feel her fear. Those small eyes pierced my…

To Read or Travel?

Recently I was given the book “The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and Out of Prison” by Jacques Pauw. This was a fascinating read about the current president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. It read more like fiction, describing the corruption of the highest order in the South African government. It lists all those who surround and protect the president and…

Is Water a Drug?

When one takes to thought, it is a process. Chemically transitioned into a word. So can one define that action? Some say it is a “Drug” any form of admittance into the human body.…

A Friday Night Light

A woman spoke of human trafficking today. She asked for prayers, contributions or letters to strengthen her in her journey to love the young women of Cambodia who are victims of sexual abuse. She transparently asked for help so that she and these young women don’t have to feel so isolated from the world around them. Our prayers and efforts to reach out deliver a sense of n…


Stuff. It’s suffocating. It’s overwhelming. It piles up in a corner. It falls on your head when you open the closet door. You trip over it in the middle of the night. You fight over what to do with it. Nobody wants to buy it. It’s the reason why you rent a storage unit and purchase a bigger home. 

Stuff is quite powerful. It’s what connects you to your past, holds…

Angels All Around Us

I woke up to the pouring rain. Again. Too many gray wet days without the slightest peek of sunshine were getting me down. But then I read this verse and I couldn’t help but smile. I immediately began to think about the times I knew of that God sent an angel to help…

It was getting too hot in the desert so I decided to head back to the mountains in Colorado. I hi…

New Astronomy Signs For The Deaf

The American Sign Language (ASL) has just invented new signs for the deaf that concern Astronomy. This is interesting to me as I have been writing a story about a deaf woman that lives in the American frontier of the 1820s. How does she communicate with others when she knew the American Sign Language but the people around her did not. In my story The woman teaches the ASL…

“Parties for Prostitutes”

Hi, my name is Beth…..

And I’m a prostitute —

— prostitue to my selfish desires, prostitute to my football teams…prostitute to…the list goes on….

              But this story is not about me. Well, it isn’t about JUST me.  It’s about a professional working girl who had never celebrated a birthday.                   


“Co-Dependency, part 1: Love Them NOT as You Do”

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child who is the inheritor of our fear. May we not love the earth too deeplyAlan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country

              According to psychologists, we learn by imitation. This is a key reason that children who are diagnosed with  Autism Spectrum Disorder have such trouble com…

Life Limiting Health Problems-The Discusion

When I was working in hospice & palliative care I was amazed at just how bad doctors are at telling patients bad news about their health. Marcia Frellick reported the results of a poll taken by Medscape …

Why Don’t They Like Me?

Have you ever wondered why someone doesn’t like you? In the office, a social organization, or even in your own family. Well…think of how a child or young adult feels when they are shunned or looked down upon by their peers. Believe it or not, this is a phenomenon that happens all across the world at this age. But my article will only deal with our own country.


This year…. we Volunteer!

Ahhh yes… Christmas. “Tis the Season alright.

“Tis the season to be triggered;  to trip over memories of Christmas’ past, to be stressed out over obligatory events that you don’t want to go to, to spend money on stuff no one needs, to pretend that having no family to spend it with is totally “A-OK”.

I should have put a WARNING in the title of this article...

This Time Around

Have you ever had to fight your way back? I’m saying that you were once in a position of power, wealth and love and through poor choices, you lost it all? If this isn’t you, then you wouldn’t understand. But for those that can hear me clearly, This time around, will be different for me.

This time around, I will respect more what’s to be respected, more. This time ...

Trusting One Impacted Three Lives

To begin I want you to think of this scenario. Money is tight all around. You’re working like most people and barely have enough money at the end of the month. Then one day out of the blue you decided to trust someone to owe you money. Could you do it? You might for a family member or a best friend but what about a complete stranger? Someone did and what happens next is ama...

Becoming a Fisherman

Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.”

There are a lot of quotes in this world, but none stand out to me so personally as this one. While I’m not trying to downgrade the effects of giving selfishly to others—the practice is something that’s spoken about a length in the Bible and I believe …

Being A Fisherman

Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.”

There are a lot of quotes in this world, but none stand out to me so personally as this one. While I’m not trying to downgrade the effects of giving selfishly to others—the practice is something that’s spoken about a length in the Bible and I believe …


We all have it!


Yes, every one of us human beings have it……a natural talent. We may not have discovered what it is…yet. But it …

Empathy, the Hero Maker (a review of Walk Two Moon

“In the course of a lifetime, there were some things that mattered” (Walk Two Moons).

I’ll admit it up front, before reading this I thought it was a science fiction book. I have no excuse for it. But, well, there was the whole “two moons” thing and that seemed space-like a…

How To Be a Storyteller

Storytelling is a great way to teach lessons or to inform people of issues and history. I have been working on a story to tell at the Christmas Party for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Colorado Springs Chapter. This has been a challenge for me. I have had to expand my thought process from writing parables to writing a one man play and now I have to write a…

Recognition of work for elders in the city

Last November I was the recipient of the Tingle Award from Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services for my work as an ombudsman with elders in area nursing homes. At the same time I received a Citation from the City of Somerville mayor for my work in the community.

As an ombudsman I am an advocate for nursing home residents to ensure their care is appropriate, their ne…

It’s that exciting time of the year again…

Most of our wonderful readers would not hesitate to agree, believing that I am about the describe Christmas or the upcoming holiday season…but NO, for me it is “conference” time.

There is no better opportunity for professional development, networking and even a little fun thrown in. Each year when I receive notification of upcoming conferences, I am filled with excite…



Katie woke in the middle of the night to the cold touch of sweat on her brow. The sound of the waves crashing against the side of the boat and the steady rocking back and forth unsettled her. Opening her lids, her eyes shone out blu…


The Child’s mind

Delicate as an eggshell

Forever damaged

By word’s burning inferno

And shattered by

A single, salty tear

The preceding is a micro-poem I wrote for my twitter feed. As a poet and author, I like writing using prompts because it help me develop my imagination using outside influences. As a part of this regimen, …

In Love With The Girl In Me

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to weep and a time to laugh.” The Bible

Is it just me, or does something change within us as we approach the golden age of fifty? For me, I started doing more soul searching. I acknowledged that I needed to make some changes in my life and so, a few years prior to the celebrati…

Don’t Forget The Research

Research is one of my favorite things to do. I was recently asked to do a story for the Hearing Loss Association of America Colorado Springs Chapter. This story will be revealed on 16 December at their Christmas Party. The theme of the story is to revolve around a Mountain Man Christmas. I researched for stories about mountain men and Christmas. No luck!

This meant I …

We Rise With A Smile Against Bullying

Children come into the world with a clean slate. Hate is a learn behavior that can destroy the peace and harmony that makes us human. If you watch two toddlers at play, their world is filled with joy and laughter. It’s not until adults enter into their world that their lives have a 50/50 chance of surving the chaos and distruction life has to offer.

A child’s firs…

“How to Lose a Guy in Three Dates”

4 Mistakes -3 Principles = 1 lonely girl.

It happened again. Einstein’s definition of insanity applied, “doing the same thing over and over, expecting differerent results.”

So… did I let him slip away — this time?

Well, true to form, our first three dates were amazing. He respecte…

Helping Foster Youth Develop a Transition Plan

As a foster care alumna, I have experienced the transition to adulthood from foster care as a youth. I have also experienced the process as a professional. My knowledge on the subject comes from years of personal experience, as well as from what I have read and learned in my professional training. The transition to adulthood and economic self-sufficiency presents many new a…

“Title”: Can’t Think of What to Write?

Hi everyone! So, this is a rather abstract piece that kind of fell out of me. I hope it makes you laugh. It’s about the writing process . . . sort of. 


(cracks fingers, pops neck, shakes hands, and begins)

I’m only typing so I can get double-spacing on this page. I am almost there and I just made it.  What made me type th…

Why do we still refer to libraries as libraries?

Did you know that according to, the word library hails from the term librarius, which means “concerning books,” from the Latin librarium meaning “chest for books,” and from the word liber which means “book, paper, parchment,”?

Libraries today are hardly…

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…

“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…

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…

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.


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 …

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…

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…

Scarecrows and OxyContin: Teens in Trouble

Scarecrow, scarecrow, what’s that you poppin’?

                   A powerful pill they call OxyCotton

                   But it’s so tiny, that it catch you draggin’

                   Haven’t you heard big things come in small packages?


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 …

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 ...

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 living s…

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 …

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 …

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…

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...

“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 M.J. — 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. She’s ob...

Do we really have freedom

This just now came to me with all the free time that we suppose to have. Where in this country where our troops are fighting for even on our everyday lives. When we are at home  or work my question is do all of us have freedom. I mean really has that question ever came to you. While you sit down or lay in your bed or even doing your favorite hobby. When I go to work …

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…


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…


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...


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…

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...


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 …

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…

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…

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…

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...

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…

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…

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

Photo credit:

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 na...

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 …

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.



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.



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, …

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 …

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…

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...


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…

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…

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…

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…

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...

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…

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…


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…

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…

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 ...

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-…

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…

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…

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 …

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...

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…


 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 indivi…

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...


 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 leadership.

 I grabbed my box of Kleenex and I dried those eyes of ...

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…


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…

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 track...

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...

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

Types Of Love

Types Of Love

From an article by Mateo Sol at

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...

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…



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…

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...

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...

Are you feeling lucky?


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



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


1.    Chance to find or acquire


Luck…One of my least favour…

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...

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…

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 ...

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, “…

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...

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…

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…

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 defi…

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 …

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…

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,...

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…
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…

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 …

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 …

The Ladder of Awareness – Part 8

The Ladder of Awareness – Part 8


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...

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…

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…

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

Into the method…

Part 1: 


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...

The Ladder of Awareness – Part 7

Into the method…

Part 1: 


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...

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, …

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…


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…

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...

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…

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...

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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...
The Ladder of Awareness – Part 3



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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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!)


From the first appearance of stone cir...

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…

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…

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…

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.


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 gorgeo…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?


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…

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…

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.



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…

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 ...

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…

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…

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. 


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 …

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...


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…


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…

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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. 


💋 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 ...

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…

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 …

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…

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. …

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 …

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….

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…

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…

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...

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...

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...
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…

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...

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...

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…

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?


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...

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…

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...

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...

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 …

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…

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….


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...

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…

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, …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 ...

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…

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...

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…

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…

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...

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…

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 Beaver…

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…

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…

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...

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,...

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…

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: …

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...

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…

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…

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…

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...

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...

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 …

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…

Scarcity versus Abundance

Scarcity versus Abundance

 Image from Pixabay

I’ve noticed a number of people discussing the contrast between thinking in terms of scarcity and

thinking in terms of abundance. Even for high achieving people, often there is a lack of a reference

or a measuring tool that can be used to see how well a person is doing. It’s easy to start com…

A Burning Desire To Be Creative

“Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Much like Jackson Pollack on a bourbon addled sabbatical, I too often used alcohol to bolster my creativity—or so I thought. As an aspiring artist while in college, with an ever-expanding mind and a budget for alcohol—although limited, I explored the creative i…

Don’t Put People On Pedestals

“As experience widens, one begins to see how much upon a level all human things are.” – Joseph Farrell

Vernon Bergfalk is very direct and straightforward yet unassuming, and he loves to talk to new people. When I first met Vernon, my son William and I were walking our dog Jack along a forested path. We heard a voice call out through the trees, “Hey, that’s a …

Get Your Ducks In A Flow!

“Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.” – Will Rogers

My front yard lacks the dark green manicured look that is so common in much of suburbia. This is thanks to a gaggle of geese (yes, a gaggle), a swan or two, and a badling (yes, a badling) of ducks, all munching and grazing to their hearts content. We live on a lake in sunny Southern California, whic...

Exude Empathy

#21 Exude Empathy from (Giving Candy To Strangers) 

“Empathy is about finding echoesof another person in yourself.” — Mohsin Hamid

When I was growing up, my mom used to say, “Walk a mile in my moccasins.” The line originated from an old poem written by Mary T. Lathrap in 1895. Aside from our Native American heritage, this particular p...