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Missing You. A Tribute to My Mom
Posted:Jul 26, 2021 8:16 am
Last Updated:Aug 1, 2021 9:16 am
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Today is a day of reflection as I am overwhelmed with memories of my mother. She would have turned 93 years young.

Although she has been gone eighteen years, not a day goes by that I do not think of her.

My mother taught me everything except how to live without her.

She had a way of understanding my problems without even having to tell her.

The beautiful memories of the times we spent together make me smile.

There are days I wish I could have her back for just a little while.

Then we could sit and talk again, just like we used to do.

She meant so much to me, forever and always will too.

I find myself doing a double-take when I see her image in the mirror until I realize it is me, not her, just the way she always knew.


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That s Not My Job!
Posted:Jul 19, 2021 12:15 pm
Last Updated:Jul 25, 2021 12:41 pm
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A little short story as told by Somebody



I laughed when I saw the above. It reminded me of my days in the corporate world.

Bet You have met people like this.

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Your Bad Behaviour Is NOT My Responsibility
Posted:Jul 11, 2021 12:26 pm
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2021 3:57 am
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The phrase “Am I my brother’s keeper?” occurs in the context of the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis. The brothers made sacrifices to God, but God favoured Abel's sacrifice instead of Cain's. Cain then murdered Abel, out of jealousy. And the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, "I do not know: am I my brother's keeper?"

Growing up, I was the youngest, with two older brothers; there was less than four years difference in our ages.

The eldest was considered the conservative one who “toed the line.” The other one loved to push boundaries and was more the daredevil.

Occasionally, they would get into scrapes. The eldest would challenge the other one to some outrageous dare. When things went awry, and they got caught, the eldest would exclaim insistently, “It’s not my fault he did it.”

A friend and I have had numerous disagreements on this subject. Of course, I would intervene if I was with him and he was about to put himself or others in harm’s way. I have done the same with strangers. For example, warning someone about to step out into oncoming traffic.

But I can’t stop him from blurting out the first that comes into his head or to ensure he re-reads his email, text or comments before pressing Enter.

I have often reminded him that:
Actions have consequences.
Spoken words cannot be unheard.
Written words cannot be un-seen.


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No Relationship Is Ever A Waste of Time
Posted:Jul 8, 2021 1:39 pm
Last Updated:Jul 12, 2021 2:23 pm
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Throughout our lifetime we have many different types of relationships. Each one teaches us more about ourselves.

We can look at what didn't work & become clear about how we want our next relationship to be.

We can develop new standards as we are more aware of what we will and what we won't accept.

When we start repeating patterns that create arguments, chaos, rejection or abandonment, we can use these lessons to see what we need to change.

When we are in a relationship we can either gain self-respect or lose it depending upon how we allow ourselves to be treated.

Life is a process of beginnings and endings. Whenever a relationship ends, we experience its loss and learn from it.
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Making A Difference To Someone
Posted:Jul 6, 2021 11:52 am
Last Updated:Jul 15, 2021 1:42 pm
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One of my elderly, widowed neighbours sometimes comes across as aloof, cranky and unfriendly. Other times, she is engaging, cheery and congenial. You just don't know which version you will encounter.

A few days ago, she was standing in her driveway looking pensive. I greeted her as I always do and asked if everything was OK. We chatted for a few minutes and I asked if she needed anything at the store. Initially, she was quite hesitant. She finally admitted she could always use a loaf of bread but didn't want me to make a special trip. Of course, I did in fact make a special trip just for her.

Later, when I delivered that $2.00 loaf of bread, tears glistened in her eyes. She insisted I wait while she got her purse. When she pulled out the money, a $5.00 bill was clutched in her fingers. I told her I didn't want her paying me, it was my pleasure to help. She pulled herself up to her full height, eyes glistening and declared, "I know that. And I know that you really mean it. But I appreciate your help." Now it was my eyes that were glistening as a thanked her and slowly returned home.
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I Am Strong
Posted:Jul 5, 2021 12:05 pm
Last Updated:Jul 22, 2021 1:26 pm
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I learned a long time ago to accept myself for who I am. With one exception.

Like many women, I wasn't ready to accept being grey-haired. It was easy to think it would make me look "old". After all, my Mother had beautiful, thick hair which she coloured until her passing at age seventy-five. On the other hand, I have relatives that turned prematurely grey in their early 20's

With everything else that has happened this past year, it gave me time to reflect and consider what's really important. I decided if someone was going to judge me solely on the colour of my hair, then they aren't the kind of people I want to know.

So, I went to the hairdresser, cut my hair short to get rid of all remnants of the old me. I couldn't be happier. The compliments have been an added delight and my bank account won't take the same hit
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Ten Things People Learn Too Late
Posted:Jul 4, 2021 12:40 pm
Last Updated:Jul 7, 2021 12:26 am
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Hidden Gems In Canada
Posted:Jul 2, 2021 11:14 am
Last Updated:Jul 16, 2021 1:34 am
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From nearly-forgotten natural wonders to one-of-a-kind accommodations, these little-known Canadian attractions are worth adding to your bucket list.

The World’s Smallest Desert
Carcross Desert, Yukon


Yes, Canada has the world’s smallest desert. The dry climate & fierce winds of the Yukon have resulted in the creation of 540 acres of sand dunes in a region that was once the bottom of a large glacial lake.

An Underground Slide Ride
Horne Lake Caves, British Columbia


Vancouver Island has the highest concentration of caves in all of Canada (there are more than 1,400 of them!). One of the most stunning places is at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, where you can spelunk through absolute darkness. You’ll also have the chance to barrel down the only underground slide in Canada and rappel through a waterfall!

Medieval Glamping
Good Knights Medieval Encampment, Alberta


Wannabe lords and ladies bed down in a lavish, medieval-style tent kitted out with queen beds, wooden floors & electricity. You’ll even have access to the throne room (AKA, your very own ensuite bathroom with flushing toilet). Lap up the royal treatment with in-tent breakfasts, archery lessons and medieval feasts.

Mysteries Embedded in Manitoba’s Legislature
Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes and Masonic symbols have been concealed so expertly within the building’s imposing architecture, their presence went unnoticed by historians and visitors for nearly a century. From April to October, weekly Hermetic Code Tours led by Dr. Frank Albo, a local architectural historian, shed light on the cryptic symbols throughout the building.

A Bunker Built To Withstand A Nuclear War
Diefenbunker, Ontario


During the Cold War, an underground bunker was built for senior members of government in case there was a nuclear attack. Although former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker never visited his “Diefenbuker,” you can. Considered Canada’s Cold War museum, it is located in the small town of Carp, just west of Ottawa. In the 100,000 square foot labyrinth, you’ll find the Prime Minister’s personal suite, a massive bank vault, as well as the world’s largest escape room experience.

The Chance To Sleep With A Pack of Wolves
Parc Oméga, Quebec


In Quebec’s Outaouais region, at Parc Oméga, wildlife enthusiasts can actually spend the night in a luxurious lodge while the wolf pack stands guard in the grounds outside. Peep through the cabin’s panoramic windows to see what they’re up to, or head to the observation lookout to get a bird’s eye view of the wolves in their natural habitat.

A Safari For Caviar Connoisseurs
Carters Point, New Brunswick


Premium caviar is now being produced in Carters Point, New Brunswick. You also have the chance to sample it firsthand on a “caviar safari.” Each July, scientists with Acadian Sturgeon & Caviar take guests on a tour of the region. In addition to multi-course caviar tastings, you’ll see sturgeon harvesting, assist in research and enjoy a sturgeon barbecue on the beach.

The Oldest Lighthouse In North America
Sambro Island, Nova Scotia


No, the oldest lighthouse in North America is not to be found in Maine; nor is it in the Caribbean, where Columbus made landfall. Although the historic red-and-white-striped beacon can be reached by sailboat, nothing beats a helicopter expedition with Heli-Picnic Island Escape. Lifting off from Halifax Harbour, you’ll take in the striking jagged coastline before enjoying a champagne picnic near the lighthouse with your own personal sommelier

North America’s Largest Reconstruction
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia


Once one of the busiest harbours in North America (and a strategic French outpost in the New World), a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is like stepping back in time. North America’s largest reconstruction began in 1961; today, a quarter of the original town, including its fortifications, streets, homes and gardens have been painstakingly recreated. Throw in character reenactments, and the Louisbourg experience takes you to the 1740s.

A Bird’s Eye View of Icebergs
Iceberg Nest, Quirpon Island, Newfoundland


It’s one thing to go on a boat excursion to view Newfoundland’s famed icebergs. It’s quite another to see them float underneath you. The Iceberg Nest on Quirpon Island looks like a glass box with transparent walls, ceilings and floors. In addition to marvelling at the frozen skyscrapers gliding down Iceberg Alley, you’re also likely to spot whales and dolphins (22 species migrate here each year) swimming a dizzying 100 feet below.
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CANADA DAY
Posted:Jul 1, 2021 11:02 am
Last Updated:Jul 4, 2021 6:25 pm
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Today is Canada Day. It is a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 , enactment of the British North America Act, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

This year's celebrations are sombre, with the recent discovery of the remains of hundreds of Indigenous at former residential schools. Many cities and towns have scaled back or cancelled Canada Day celebrations outright to make space for those grieving the lost and forgotten.

Canadian Heritage is still holding its virtual Canada Day events, including an online concert featuring French, English and Indigenous musicians. However, as those events kick off, the flag on the Peace Tower in Ottawa will sit at half-mast.

As our Prime Minister stated, " We must reflect on our country’s historical failures and the injustices that still exist for Indigenous peoples and many others in Canada."

I will never deny that this is my home. I will be honest about our past and do my best and what is necessary to help build a better Canada.


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There Are Different Kinds of Great Fathers
Posted:Jun 20, 2021 12:53 pm
Last Updated:Jun 21, 2021 11:04 am
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It isn't just in humans that fathers show such a wide degree of parenting styles, roles and responsibilities. The same is true in the animal kingdom.


Perhaps the most unusual of all animal fathers are seahorses. They are one of the only m.ale animals in the world t.o get pregnant. The female deposits her eggs into his brood, then he fertilizes the eggs and carries them t.o term. As you can see in the image, they can get quite large. Seahorses can deliver as few as five babies or as many as fifteen hundred!


After a summer of hunting and feeding, Emperor Penguins enter their breeding season in the fall, where each mother produces only a single egg. After she transfers the egg t.o her mate, she spends the rest of the winter in the open water. The father penguins huddle together, guarding the egg. By time the egg has hatched, the father penguins will have lost forty-five percent of their body weight. They then leave to feed at sea.


Bald eagles mate for life, and parent many eaglets, often returning t.o the same nest year after year. Both eagles take turns adding sticks t.o the nest and keeping the eggs warm until they hatch. The fathers do most of the hunting and feeding by gently placing small pieces of meat into the young bird’s mouths. As the eaglets mature, both parents care for their young together until the baby birds can fly and hunt on their own.


Male silverback gorillas lead cohesive families, defending females and offspring from threats by charging and beating their chests. They have an important role in their offspring’s socialization and support infants during times of weaning. Virunga National Park is home more than half the world's mountain gorilla population.


A hardhead catfish doesn’t get pregnant like a seahorse, but he does put up t.o forty-eight of his fertilized eggs in his mouth and carries them with him for sixty days. If that wasn’t uncomfortable enough, he doesn’t eat for this entire period.


M.ale lions often laze around in the shade while female lions hunt all day. However, they will put their lives on the line when it comes t.o protecting their territory, their females, and their cubs. The lionesses hunt and provide for the pride, allowing the males and cubs t.o eat first, and in return, the lion fathers do whatever it takes to protect his family.
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Giving In To Temptation
Posted:Jun 8, 2021 12:50 pm
Last Updated:Jun 20, 2021 2:21 pm
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"I don't have t.o prove anything t.o you."

He nodded. The barely hidden fury in her eyes was easier for him t.o handle than the glaze of fear it replaced.

“Then for yourself.” Deliberately he smiled, baiting her. 'What's the matter, do I scare you?"

He'd pushed exactly the right button and they both knew it.

She tossed her hair back and slowly, purposefully slide her hand from his shoulder t.o his chest. She wanted a reaction but he only lifted an eyebrow and with the slightest grin, watched her.

So, he wanted to p.lay games? Well, she was up for it. Tossing common sense and caution aside, she pressed her lips against his. They were firm, cool and unresponsive. Damn him!

With her eyes open, she watched him, getting frustrated.

'Satisfied?"

"Not hardly." His eyes might have remained calm but if she had bothered t.o check his heartbeat, she would have found it erratic.

"You're not trying very well,'" he mocked her.

He slid a hand down t.o her hip, shifting her balance just enough t.o have her sway against him. "You want m.e to believe that's the best you can do?'

Angry humiliation ripped through her. Cursing him, she dragged her mouth t.o his and poured herself into the kiss.

His lips were still firm but they were no longer cool. Nor were they unresponsive. For an instant, the thought of retreating tugged at her. And then the needs, almost forgotten and silenced for too long took over. A flood of longings, a whirlwind of passion overwhelmed her.

She could feel the long, hard length of him pressed against her and the slow, deliberate stroke of his hands as they moved up her back and into her hair.

His mouth no longer patient, took and took from her.

She shuddered against him and made a sound that was part protest, part confusion as she tried t.o struggle away.

"I am not finished yet," he cautioned her.

"That makes t.wo of us," she responded defiantly.


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Stepping Back Is Good For the Soul
Posted:Apr 13, 2021 1:29 pm
Last Updated:Jun 13, 2021 3:09 pm
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Recently, I took some time to step back and step away from here. I needed the break to reflect. refresh and reenergize. Here's what I confirmed for myself:


Each day is a blessing. Each day is an opportunity to start afresh. Each day gives you a different feeling and the chance to build yourself even better.


Life's hard knocks have taught me how to survive and how to stand up for myself. Others should not mistake my good-natured demeanour for being a pushover.


Being loud and obnoxious has never been my style. Sometimes, staying silent is the best option. It quickly quiets those looking to stir up trouble when none exists and they realize they can't bait you into a meaningless debate.


Salt and pepper shakers. I have sets that belonged to my great-grandmother. my grandmother, my mother and my own. All but one pair (that I use every day) are sitting in my china cabinet. The old ones are rarely taken out but hold fond memories of special family get together and are hard to part with.
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