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The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Jersey Devil

Excerpt from “The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Jersey Devil” the eighth book in the Totally Ninja Raccoon series. The Totally Ninja Raccoons are specifically written for reluctant readers. Short chapters, humor, adventure, and one picture per chapter keep kids feeling a sense of engagement and accomplishment as they plow through these stories and ask for more! …

Open Letter to the Suicidal

I’d like to tell you that everything will get better. I’d like to tell you that you’re going to have your happy ending.  

I’d really like to, but I can’t.

Life is hard. For some of us, it’s really crazy horribly painfully hard! We feel like no matter what we do, we get it wrong. We fail. Again!  And we always end up alone. It hurts!  It hu…

Cancer Sucks!

Yes, I’ll say it again, “Cancer sucks!” How many of us have lost someone to this horrific disease? We will all know someone in our lifetime that has been diagnosed with it…if we don’t already.

In the past month a dear friend AND my cousin’s husband have been diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer. A newlywed member of the family also buried her beloved husband of 7 mon…

Writing a Press Release

Your book is done. It’s time to let the world know. A press release can be the quickest and easiest way to get free publicity. What is a press release? A press release is a short, factual news story written in the third person and given to the media to encourage the media to feature the story in publications and programs.

If done correctly, a press release can result…

The True Cost

I recently watched a documentary that I had no idea would shape my way of thinking going forward. 

“The True Cost” is a groundbreaking documentary about the severity the fashion industry has taken on the world around us. 


I walked away from the, “The True Cost”, completely baffled and disgusted with my own ignorance. I had no real idea of …

Staying Strong Through Difficulty

Staying Strong Through Difficulty

Dealing with the unexpected is part of life but knowing this doesn’t make it any easier when you’re going through a difficult time.

Whether you’re dealing with a job rejection, entrepreneurial challenges, heartbreak, or the loss of a loved one, these four strategies can help fortify you to forge a…

Relay for Life, Seasons of Life

We are coming into the season where local Relay for Life teams start kicking it into high gear, raising money and getting ready for the big event. The Relay in my town of Wellsboro, PA is this weekend, July 13-14. I always keep tabs on the Relay activities, and try to donate as much as I can. I feel a real kinship to cancer patients and their families, since both my m…

Must read books for everyone in business or sales!

I think that personal development is an understated part of success. I don’t think people spend enough time talking about how important your mindset is when it comes to taking the next step. Most people are where they are at in life because their thinking has never changed. In order for you to change, your thinking must first change. It is the same thing as a gym. If…

Independence Dreams: Support Locals

There’s an internet meme being shared around a lot lately. The meme varies a little, and may or may not be attributed to the original author, Rebekah Joy Plett. In essence, the saying encourages us to buy things created by independent artists, authors, musicians, and crafters. These things, this meme reminds us, “aren’t just … a THING”. When you buy this artist’s creat…

Current Cheap Cruise Deals

I have written several articles on how to find good travel deals, but I realized that I have never once in real time published any good deals. I was browsing around this morning and I came across several good deals…so here goes! For this article I will focus only on Carnival Cruises, because there are so many deals all the time it is tough to keep the article short and s…

The Hardest part about writing a book

Why is writing a book so hard? Why is it that it seems like it takes forever to finish your first book? Why does nobody around you understand what you are going through? I remember when I was putting together my first book, friends would call me all the time at night to come and hang out, but I almost always declined and told them I was working on the book. It became a pai…

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…

A History of Ice

It’s time to hang my hammock. It’s summer, and people are complaining about how hot it is. Not me, I’m breaking out my cooler, and filling it full of ice and my favorite carbonated beverage* and relaxing in the shade. Ice—it cools our drinks, keeps the potato salad fresh, and makes summer tolerable, but it didn’t always used to be that way. 

We open the fridge, …

The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Potter County

My husband, children’s author Kevin Coolidge, and I, have been taking the show on the road more often lately. It’s fun, because it allows us to see a variety of fun and interesting festivals. At the beginning of July, we were thrilled to participate as vendors at the Bark Peelers’ Festival.

The 44th Annual Bark Peelers’ Festival was held on the 7th-8th of July …

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…

What is a Penny Stock?

Before we can begin investing and trading in the penny stock arena, we need a clear grasp of what it is we are dealing with. We need to establish a definition of what constitutes a penny stock and where these securities trade. Some investors mistakenly assume that a penny stock is a stock that trades for a cent. While there are many stocks that trade for one cent, an…

Practice Delight

Have you ever watched a small child and wished to feel the same delight in life and ordinary things that they do? 

Do you spend time on social media, or watching the news or other television, and feel misery or hopelessness? 

Or do you just go through your days in a grey fog, putting one foot in front of another, and dreaming of someday

I hav…

Your Debt Collection Rights

Debt issues can be hard to manage and when you add the stress of a collection call from a very persistent creditor can make a challenging financial situation all the more stressful.

The good news? You’ve got debt collection rights, and lots of them-thanks to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  This federal law lays down a specific set of rules that third-part...

Counting Your Macros

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Counting your Macros”? 

This was something I heard all around the fitness community since diving deep into the world of health consciousness and weight lifting. 

But I never really understood what it meant or what it entailed. 

Finally, after numerous fitness mentors made mention to ‘macros’ in each and every one of t…

Secret Pleasures and Hidden Gems

Secret Pleasures and Hidden Gems by Warren Bull

Talk of rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayertelevision series has me remembering how much the original series was a secret favorite of mine. Once you accepted the concept, which I have to admit was tough for those not into vampires, demons and such, the writing was great switching between humor, angst, id…


A small turquoise bird is born. Overflowing with love from his mother.  One day the baby bird must learn to fly. He perches up to the edge of his nest, looks out, and feels confident that today is the day he will learn to fly.   He leaps out and for a moment, feels like nothing will set him back. Expanding his wings, heart beating a mile a minute to end up spiralling d…

“Mental Illness: Inexplicable yet Hopeful”

{Long story short:   Part Two of “The Weight of Being Judged By Your Weight” may resume later. When I wrote Part One, I possessed the type of energy that I thought would last until the following week for Part Two. But I lost that stamina – and I haven’t gotten it back}

So, this article will take a different turn and focus on the types ...

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…

Three who Refused the Label of Failure

Three who Refused the Label of Failure 

Image from Pixabay


The band: Johnny and the Moondogs, AKA The Quarrymen went through name changes before they settled on the name they became known by. Stu Sutcliffe, Tommy Moore, and Pete Best dropped in and out before the band before they settled on the permanent members. Band members swapped instrume...

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…

Good Listening Skills

So many times we could avoid problems by just stopping and listening and then responding with respect. Good listening is to make someone feel safe in speaking to you as a confidante. In order to maintain strong alliances, you need that person to feel safe coming to you when something goes wrong, whether it’s your family, friends, or coworkers. When we respond we must respo…

What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Money?

Have you ever given consideration as to how you’re going to teach your children about money? This is an ongoing discussion in our household considering my partner and I both feel strongly about educating our son on the importance of responsibility, budgeting, the danger of credit cards as they apply to consumer debt and most importantly, contentment. 

I recently w...

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…

Social Media, Human Connections Paying it Forward!

Attention Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all social media…Paying it forward, an article about building your puzzle by building up others! 

Looking back at an article I had published regarding how our lives are like jigsaw puzzles led me to share this. We as people have been designed to have relationships with others. My goal with this article is to begin a new relat…

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…

Writing Getaway

I’ve been trying to write a book for a few years now. I’ve made progress. But I always feel like I should be, or could be, doing so much more to get ahead in my writing project. Earlier this year, my friend suggested I go away to write my book. It made sense. No kids, no chores, no distractions, just me and my unwritten book. Pages to be filled out.

It isn’t alwa…

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 …

In the Moment

Last night I was hurrying across my backyard when I noticed the sunset. I stopped in my tracks to admire it. Then I began thinking, how many times am I too rushed to even notice? Or conversely, when I notice I feel I must take photos, and get over-involved in that rather than the beauty.  

How many times do we simply stop and enjoy the moment? (Yes, I’m laughing at…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

3 Beliefs That Make Us Fat

With all the diets on the market, you’d think we could have solved the problem of obesity by now, but it seems to be getting worse. There are a lot of reasons for expanding waistlines and there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but changing the way we think about some things just might help us reach our weight loss goals. Here are three beliefs we need to rethink:…

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…

CDG part 1

Photo credit by the author Shirley Pierre

I wake up half an hour before the alarm at three o’clock in the afternoon. I instantly honour my internal body clock even when it is subject to Paris time. I feel groggy from lack of sleep and I feel excited that I will be walking around Paris with a fellow crew member, *Annie. She got sent by her dear friend to bring ba…

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…