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17 Things I Have Learned This Year

The Year In Review “Go big or go home,” the saying goes so it has taken me a few weeks to come up with this list. Apologies for not posting for a couple of weeks now. Spent the time experiencing and fully living through 17 of the lessons this year taught me. That number, 17, was not my original idea. Last year October, I shared nine things that were taught to me by that point in the year. My first thought was to review that list and update as necessary.

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Things Happen In Threes Or So They Say

The Threes In Religion Whether you label them good or bad, things are said to happen in threes. Over the course of my life, even to date, this adage has proven to be correct. Maybe that is merely me waiting for the next shoe to drop each time something momentous occurs? If you are a Christian, the power of the Trinity will be familiar to you. According to Wikipedia, “many world religions contain triple deities or concepts trinity.” Along with Christianity, this includes: the Hindu Trimurti the Hindu Tridevi the Three Jewels of Buddhism the Three Pure

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Press The Play Button On Your Life!

Glued To The Play Button Is your finger on the play button? A couple of years later and my finger is still stuck on it. This article was first written in 2015. Then, some aspects of my life were coming into focus. The past was rapidly fading and I was diving deep into what Jay Asher wrote in his book, “The Thirteen Reasons Why:” “You can’t stop the future You can’t rewind the past The only way to learn the secret …is to press play.” When it comes to this

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GIVING THANKS: TODAY AND EVERYDAY

STOPPING TO GIVE THANKS Thanksgiving Day is not one that is observed on the island of my birth – Jamaica. Throughout my youth, I was mostly unaware of the day that North Americans stopped to give thanks. Today is that day here in Canada and our American friends will be sending up their thanks in November.  Why such close neighbours and cousins chose to observe Thanksgiving almost a month apart I honestly do not know. However, if you really are curious, Google is sure to have an answer. I am

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Fake Friends And How To Spot Them

Facebook And Fake Everything This is not the first time that friendship is the topic of conversation here. However, this is the first conversation about fake friends.  With all the talk about “fake news,” we might as well broach the topic. Facebook is in the news this week – although it seems to always somehow be in it. The much-loved social media platform is accused of harbouring fake news. Whether it knowingly did so is being analysed. There are those, myself included, who would argue that this is nothing new

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Moving Day: Is It Here Yet?

Clearing Space Moving house has always been pleasurable to me. Some might think it is crazy-making but for me, it is not. It has been a couple of years now that I have not moved house. However, the thought of decorating a new space, despite the reason for having to move in the first place, thrills me. “I hear there are people who actually enjoy moving. Sounds like a disease to me – they must be unstable. Though it does have its poetry, I’ll allow that. When an old dwelling

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Clutter: Here Are Some Reasons To Let It Go

Please Burn Down My House! Spring is usually the time of year that many clear the clutter around their homes. We are almost at the beginning of Fall and time to hunker down. Yet, we are starting a conversation about clearing space. Any time of the year is good to release clutter from our lives especially the type that is in focus here. Unless you are a hoarder, physical congestion in our space is problematic for moving around. While we will look at the value of cleaning house regularly, it

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3 Types of Shit People: Which Are You?

How We Deal With It “Shit happens.” That is something no one can deny. Most often, it happens when you are either least expecting it or when you can least afford it. This conversation is not for everyone. They are shit-shy and this talk will be very frank. It will also be quite short as there is no point in beating around the bush. In life, you will meet all kinds of people handling shit. Some do it to get ahead. Others to cause trouble – deliberately or mindlessly. And