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Damn You William Shakespeare!

I’m not mad at the Bard, not really, but today I am upset with a devotee of William Shakespeare, Eugene Schieffelin. I came across several smashed robin eggs, and I lamented on the foolishness of man meddling with nature. 

Eugene Schieffelin was responsible for introducing the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) to North America. In 1890, he released 60 sta…

The Back To School Scam

As I saunter mindlessly on a very rare day off through the aisles of a well-known department store, I can’t help but notice the lanes beginning to transform into an all too familiar theme. 

“Back To School” signs were everywhere! Brand new multicoloured binders, matching pencil cases, gel pens?, erasers in the shape of popular tv characters, and BACKPACKS.. oh th…

Essential Oils and Wellness

There are so many different categories when it comes to classifying Wellness. 

It is not only the absence of disease, it encompasses so much more. How we feel physically, mentally and emotionally as a whole predisposes our own state of overall well-being. 

So it is imperative that we nourish our body, mind and spirits with the essentials of li…

When Mental Health Services Fail the Suicidal

“I heard you were a bad girl and got arrested” a neighbour said to me when I got home. On our quiet cul-de-sac street there had been no missing the three police vehicles, nor the uniformed officers who’d pounded on my door. Many eyes had seen me leave in the back of a police vehicle, as tears streamed down my face. “Everybody’s talking about it! What di…

Sweet Memories

I grew up drinking switzel. My Grandma would make a cold pitcher for my dad and me when we were hauling wood or doing chores. Just what is switzel? Switzel – also known as switchel, swizzle, ginger-water or haymaker’s punch – is a beverage made of water mixed with vinegar and honey, then seasoned with ginger. 

Switzel is believed to have originated in the Caribbean…

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Victoria Laurie’s “Ghost Hunter” series is for a new generation interested in the paranormal, for people more familiar with TV’s “Ghost Hunters” and “Most Haunted” rather than the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and possessed card catalogs.

M.J. Holliday can trace her ancestors back to the famous “Doc” Holliday of America’s Old West… and she can talk to him, too. When …

Going Dutch

Writing, it’s hard work. The best make it look easy. It’s not. There are rules. Elmore “Dutch*” Leonard knew them all. He should. He wrote Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing along with 45 other books, including the best selling novels Get Shorty, Gli…

5 Tips for Saving

Make Saving Money a Habit, Not a Chore

For better or for worse, habit is everything. Developing a habit can take months of dedication and discipline. By anticipating what saving money can do for you, you tend to be more determined to save. Therefore, it is important to set aside a fixed amount every time you receive money so that saving becomes jus…

Fertility Clinic Fire: a Moral Dilemma

A pro-choice thought experiment circulating around the internet asks a tough question of those who identify as pro-life: 

A fertility clinic is on fire. You have to escape quickly but there’s a crying child near you. There’s also a container marked “1,000 Viable Human Embryos.” You can’t put out the fire and you can’t get addit…

A Force of Nature

There is a small patch of fur that keeps tickling my nose as it blows in the Arctic winds, but that doesn’t matter, because I am snuggled in tight against my wolf brothers and sisters, and our pile is warm. For once, my belly is completely full because Amaroq brought down a caribou bull today and we have all been able to eat our fill. The sky above us is full of wheels…

Reach for a New Hero…

I tend to read a lot of mysteries. Even the most well-written mysteries are still brain candy, a plot meant to engage our minds, a story spun to draw us in. Perhaps this is the reason I love mystery  series so much.

I’ve noticed a lot of bookstore customers working their way through a mystery series or two …

Part 2 – The Over-The-Counter (OTC) Marketplace

We start by examining the Investopedia explanation of the OTCBB and OTC Markets Group, as it is well written and very comprehensive:

The majority of larger companies that trade publicly choose to list their stocks on one of the major exchanges – the NYSE or Nasdaq. However, many companies are unable to meet the financial or other listing requirements for the exchang…

Not Quite What I Had Planned

Not quite what I had planned…  These are the words that best describe our little family trip to Niagara Falls.  We do this almost every year.  We head off for two nights in Niagara Falls at the end of August.  It’s a way to celebrate our wedding anniversary and to include the kids in the celebrations.  This year, we were celebrating 11 year.

I booked a …

Lunch Box Menu – Kids approaved

Welcome to the lunchbox event. Let me introduce myself, I’m a 42-year-old mom of 2 boys ages 7 and 9 and full of energy. I’m also a health and fitness coach and make it my mission to not lose my mind when it comes to making lunches for my boys. Oh and let’s not forget making healthy lunches too! Life can be crazy, schedules can be crazy and kids can thr…

Never Say That
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. ~ Edmund Burke

Say the thing that ought to be said because it is the correct thing to be said in the moment for the building up of another or saving another ...

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 …

When the Thunder Booms

When the Thunder Booms – When the Buttons on the Snake’s Tail Rattle-


This article is to raise awareness of the role feelings can play in keeping us safe.  I believe that most of us could benefit from a tune up on being aware of our feeling states moment to moment.  I invite you to focus on two primary feeling words, Fear and Guil…

The Comparison Trap

The importance of my message today is imperative. I am all too guilty of doing this and in this age of social media, I know you are too. 

Many of us are getting caught in what I like to call, The Comparison Trap, which is constantly comparing ourselves, our lives and our status to those around us. 

This trap has been ingrained in us since our elementary s...

With love, Louise xoxo

Photo credit by the author Shirley Pierre

My mother always told me I asked too many questions. I was curious about everything. I wanted to know how things worked together, how the stars stayed still in the sky, how did we come onto Earth. One day, I asked my mother if Jesus Christ was a magician because every year in December, He was born. Come spring, He died, and l…

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…

Perfect Practice

Practice makes perfect, right?

Not quite.

I grew up during the 1960’s, when astronauts and the Space Race and the first moon landing were all things that everyone was talking about. There was an incredible amount of national focus on all of this, and that focus was matched by the incredible amount of training (practice) that the National Aeronautics and Space A…

The Agony of Rural Disability Dental Care


Today was our son’s yearly dental cleaning. No one likes to go to the dentist, and parents often find it one of the worst chores. HOWEVER, it’s a whole ‘nother thing for those with special needs children. 

My son is 25, profoundly autistic, with several other diagnoses. He lives in a group home near my h...

An Audience of One

An Audience of One

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A different drummer  

Setting goals is an essential part of achieving success in following your passion, but it is easy to end up with goals that lead to dissatisfaction. Making X amount of money, writing a New York Times best-selling book or becomi...

The End Is Near

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The End Is Nigh!

Yes, the end is near but there is always an end near on every day of the year. The end of someone’s depression is near. Someone’s love affair is coming to an end. A person’s fight with terminal cancer is coming to an end. A long marriage is coming to an end. The book is coming to an end. Every day there are endings.

Some ...

What Did That Sign Say?

What Did That Sign Say?


It’s easy with punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, and word choice to create unintended humor.

I recently saw a welcoming sign in a church window that would have benefitted from editing: “We love our neighbors immigrant LGBTQ of color with disabilities of all faiths.” I wondered how many neighbors  could possibly...




As a society, we are frequently encouraged to protect ourselves from germs, computer viruses, the negative impact of clutter at work and home, our health from stress, our identities from hackers.  This article directs your focus to one area that may have more far-reaching impact than typic…

The (Short) Alphabet of Simple Songwriting, Part 2

In my last article, we discussed the As and Bs of writing lyrics that people can connect with quickly to understand your message. Here comes article 4 – the As and Bs of writing the music that helps people not only receive your message but ENJOY si…


STEP SIX in Value and Purpose

“If I have any desire at all, it is to show the brotherhood of man.” William Saroyan

“No man can be an exile if he remembers that all the world is one city.” C.S. Lewis

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks ...

Isn’t puberty a beautiful thing?

I once coached a 7th grade middle school football team. I handled the defensive side of the ball and also coached the ‘B’ team. For those who don’t know, that is the term for the players who don’t get much opportunity to play in the games that count for the record, ‘A’ team games.

Football is very hard work. (Well, duh. Go ahead and roll your eyes at me for stating t…