Before I Die: 5 Life Lessons For My Granddaughter

Mahalia, My Kitten When this was first published, my granddaughter, Mahalia was almost 14-months old.  On July 1, 2014, she made a premature entrance and turned all our worlds around. No one would have convinced me that the day would come when I would be so in love with a grandchild. However, my Kitten, as I have called her since first seeing that ultrasound snapshot of her, has stolen, wrapped up and secured my heart. Due to her young age, genius as she might seem, I am sure Kitten will

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Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?

Showing Hospitality To Strangers As another Christmas approaches, the thought of angels are front and centre in most of our minds. This piece was published last year and with a little revision is shared again this year. It is one of those posts that bloggers refer to as “evergreen,” because of the timelessness of its content. Angels are very much among us and that is a truth that cannot be ignored or go out of style. Four years ago, life was somewhat different for me. I had relocated from Alberta

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Selfie: The Modern Portraits

New Norm The Internet in general and social media in particular have changed the way we connect, communicate and correspond. New language, words, acronyms and skills have developed and entered our lives. None has been more pervasive than “selfie!” More and more people are having their 15-minutes of fame by going “viral” on one or all social media platforms. Many can trace their “fame” back to a selfie, taken in their bathroom (most often). Then you have those like the Houston Native, Irvin Randle, who seemingly out of the blue

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Happy Anniversary To Us

One Year “An anniversary is where you look back at having either fulfilled Cinderella or Lord of the Flies.” ― Fernando A. Torres Looking back, this one year anniversary of ours is not a fulfillment of either but it most certainly is a celebration of keeping a promise made.  Blogging on and off for over 10 years up to 2015, there was never a definitive focus for any of the blogs that I have created and managed. They were all literally online journals. They were ‘places’ where the outpourings of

Natural Foods You Want To Eat

Sex or Dinner – Which Is Better? After sex (or is it before?) food, particularly natural foods, is my next favourite thing! There was a time in my life when I was grossly overweight. I say grossly not because of society’s standards of beauty. I simply was not happy with the 210 pounds that I was packing. My baby pictures are that of a fat but cute little thing. My mother said that I was close to nine pounds at birth and I kept the weight up until I started

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Mother’s Day Message

Love Of A Mother Over a decade ago at a Mother’s Day event – brunch, supper, something with lots of food – I heard a woman declare that it would be the saddest day of her life if her children did not celebrate her on that special day. The depth of her emotions as she made that declaration moved me in a perplexing way. On the one hand, being a mother myself, I could understand the pain of not hearing from my daughter on a special occasion. Yet being a

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Let Him That Is Free Of Sins

Virtues And Sins As we open the conversations on the seven deadly sins and virtues, memories of how eleven years ago I laid myself naked to the readers of my earlier blog.  Throughout the month of May, we will be discussing the teachings promulgated by the Church in modern times and you are invited to reflect on how your life might have been affected by them. Our underlying question is what kind of life are you living? The follow-up question is whether this is the life that you want or

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Affirm Your Best Life Into Being

I See… Vision Boards are very popular of late since so many celebrities are touting how powerful they have been in their lives. But, you do not have to be a celebrity for vision boards to help direct your life. You do not have to star in a reality show or have your own talk shown to affirm each day, every minute if needs be, what you would like to experience in your life. You do not have to create a vision board at any particular time of the year.