Growing Wiser

Emotional awareness is a sign of growing maturity. We all need to learn to control impulses to act before we examine facts and issues. And, the earlier we learn how to control our thoughts rather than having them control us the better. Continue reading “Growing Wiser”

Affirmations and Neuroplasticity

Have you tried benefiting from applying neuroplasticity through practicing the power of reciting affirmations? Reciting affirmations ie. positive statements to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through life has a long history of efficacy rooted in neuroplasticity. Continue reading “Affirmations and Neuroplasticity”

In Praise of Urban Farming

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After World War II urban planning separated farming and city living. Cities became food deserts overshadowed by high rises; family farms were replaced by factory farms. As time passed awareness about what we eat, how it’s produced, and concerns about health and environment issues led to a resurgence of backyard gardening, and the emergence of guerrilla gardening, community gardening and urban farming. Continue reading “In Praise of Urban Farming”

Nuclear Power: When will we ever learn?

March 11th was the anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region, which was triggered by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. That tsunami wiped out Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and in doing so, washed away the people’s confidence in nuclear power. Continue reading “Nuclear Power: When will we ever learn?”

Springing Forward

March came in like a Snow Lion but the snow and cold didn’t last for long. A few days after the power was restored we replaced our parkas and toques with raincoats and umbrellas. Today is Spring (Vernal) Equinox and the Sakura (cherry blossoms) are heralding the change of season.
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Butt Out and Live Longer

smokingWhen I made the decision take better care of myself ie. to love myself I made several changes. The most important thing I could do to improve my health was quitting smoking. Butting out to live longer was not easy but I did make it after several attempts. Continue reading “Butt Out and Live Longer”

Spontaneus Creativity in a Small Package

The little girl with braided hair was last to enter the room after the bell rang. She joined the others who circled the teacher’s position,  watching attentively over her shoulders as she wet the brush and prepared the ink stone. Continue reading “Spontaneus Creativity in a Small Package”

Coping with Change

Change and death are essential elements of life itself but we instinctively resist both. There are numerous reasons for resistance to change be it either unexpected or expected and they are rooted in fear. Nothing is as upsetting to the human psyche as unexpected change because nothing has greater potential to cause us harm.
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Seize the Moment Surrender the Outcome

New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being easy to break but don’t ever let breaking a promise to yourself stop you from beginning again. Each and every moment offers an opportunity to start something new.
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Timeless Topics

herbal teaI have created a new category called Timeless topics for visual posts with minimal text like this example: Applause Time After Time. All posts will be aimed to provide inspiration for those, who are focused on self improvement and most will be less than 250 words in length.  Just long enough to read and ponder over a cup of tea or coffee. Continue reading “Timeless Topics”

Applause Time After Time

The last note was a blue note and silence filled the room for 40 seconds when the sound of applause burst like a bomb. The audience rose to their feet with right arms raised and fists pumping into space. The sight amazed her. The sound was intoxicating – addictive. Continue reading “Applause Time After Time”

Canada Post Delivers Lump of Coal for Christmas

free-pattern-xmas-stocking-knittingLetter volumes are down and online bill payment billing has replaced most snail mail payments, but Canada Post’s financial situation is not as dire as one might think, so the plan to cut door-to-door delivery to the last five million Canadian homes getting it is a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings. Continue reading “Canada Post Delivers Lump of Coal for Christmas”

Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy

1candleI’ve been feeling so good about the way I’ve been taking care of my business and by that I mean my health and happiness.  That’s not to say that making a living isn’t something I’m taking care of too because I am. It is to say that I have my priorities straight so I’m experiencing gratitude and joy.  Are you? Continue reading “Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy”

Doing Less, Producing More, Feeling Great

flowerI have finally learned a life lesson I have failed to learn many times before.  Being productive isn’t about doing more. Being productive is about doing less and doing what I choose to do better. Continue reading “Doing Less, Producing More, Feeling Great”

Last Minute Reprieve

drinking waterWhew! Am I ever relieved. It seems I won’t be hospitalized. I bought a new robe and slippers and upon returning home I got a call from my urologist. The ultrasound which is more accurate shows one stone left but the x-ray does not reveal it. We are hoping the stone will dissolve and become smaller and I’ll pass it. Continue reading “Last Minute Reprieve”

A Silver Lining


I was disappointed to find out the results of my ultrasound pointed to surgery. My perception was that hospital was a negative place to be going and I was feeling down because I was afraid. You see, my brother, who died just a year ago contracted two hospital born diseases (hepatitis C and MRSA) and I chose to focus on that so fear arose. Continue reading “A Silver Lining”

August: Where did it go?

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August 29, 2013 – Wow! Where did the month go?

August is my favorite month of the year and this year it just seemed to slip away. The month was punctuated with several memorable visits and gatherings which I enjoyed so much. And, we have plans to share this the last summer long weekend with friends.

Granted I wasn’t up to  functioning at a high level this month and maybe that’s a good thing as I do tend to overdo every summer. But I didn’t expect to have a crash course in what kidney stones were all about. Continue reading “August: Where did it go?”

Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks

3 smoothie drinksUp to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water and we all have to drink a significant amount of water to replace routine water loss.  Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in.  And summer time is when the risk of dehydration soars along with the temperature.  One way to make sure we beat the heat, chill out and drink enough water is to make some cool summer beverages. Continue reading “Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks”

Walking Lightly One Step at a Time

footprintsClimate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent of CO2 emissions come from private home electricity usage, heating and waste. Wasting electrical energy prompts CO2-emitting power plants to produce more and heating with oil, wood and/or natural gas directly creates greenhouse gasses. Continue reading “Walking Lightly One Step at a Time”

Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live

small differenceVolunteers make the good things in the world go round. Every act of goodwill creates a strong multiplier effect that everyone benefits from.  Finding a volunteer position that will allow you to contribute your energy and skills to worthy causes in your own community means you can make a difference in the lives of others right where you live. Continue reading “Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live”

Mentoring is Making a Difference

mosquitoEvery one of us is able  to contribute and make a difference to the people in our world in our own unique way. How we define success is up to the individual. Whether you want your life to make a difference and what difference you want your life to make is also up to the individual.  Continue reading “Mentoring is Making a Difference”

Looking Forward a Stress Free Future

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Last autumn was a good time to renew my strategy for the future because I recognized there is no magic potion that will guarantee a long, healthy life. I made an assessment of where I was at and where I wanted to be. Continue reading “Looking Forward a Stress Free Future”

Compassion Quotations and Mantras

heart-chakraCompassion may be defined as deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the desire to relieve it. Our own suffering gives rise to compassion and can result in doing something for another without the expectation of  return, often at a personal risk or cost.  Without compassion our species would not have survivedContinue reading “Compassion Quotations and Mantras”

Islands of Sorrow, Oceans of Grief

globe On islands of sorrow, across oceans of grief,  all over the world there will be no tomorrow for marine life and ocean birds. They ingest our waste, starve, writhe in agony and die, and we are none the wiser.

The oceans are precious, yet we fill them with lethal junk that doesn’t break down in the environment,  junk that’s the agent of death for the life that’s left in the wild.  We sit in front of our TV’s and believe the wilderness we see there is intact. Well it isn’t and that’s a fact.  If you lived on a tiny island like me, you would begin to see a glimpse of what we are doing to the seas. Continue reading “Islands of Sorrow, Oceans of Grief”

Favorite Valentine’s Day Song 2013

love letterMy husband and I are baby boomers who  were young teens when rock and roll was loud and proud. Without doubt we liked rock music but we also liked Bob Dylan and other beat poet types.

When we first heard Leonard Cohen’s Bird on the Wire in 1968 we loved his poetic music and became fans. Most will be acquainted with * Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and we do love it too but … Continue reading “Favorite Valentine’s Day Song 2013″

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?


Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to deny it is unhealthy for both mind and body. Living in a technologically connected 24/7 society that undervalues solitude and overvalues attachment is stressful and stress is a killer.  Continue reading “Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?”

Shop Local this Holiday Season

shop localI love some things about this Solstice, Hannukah, Chrismas, Kwaanza season.  It’s truly the season of good cheer and well wishes but times are hard. No one is flush with money. Everyone is reluctant to increase their debt.

Local business people and charities make a significant positive contribution to the quality of life in our communities all year round.  Shopping local is the first step towards ensuring community success and security in a competitive global market and I’m shopping local. How about you? Continue reading “Shop Local this Holiday Season”

An Attitude of Gratitude

gratitude1My program of retaining an attitude of gratitude and enjoying my life every day is going well. I’m living mindfully in the moment and taking small steps to encourage myself to celebrate life.

My life is not less stressful than it was before I began this commitment, but my coping skills are improving as I make attitude adjustments throughout the day. Continue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude”

Time Keeps on Ticking into the Future

paradox clockTime influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. Our attitudes to time and the way we use it, reveals much about our personality, attitudes and philosophy.

Do you race to beat the clock? Or do you have too much time on your hands?

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Summer Lingers – Give Thanks

It’s been a long hot summer and though it’s officially fall, summer weather isn’t over yet.  In August and September the Lower Mainland of B.C.  and Vancouver Island  broke a 119 year dry-spell record. We had only 5 mm of precipitation in September and 2.9 mm in August. The woods are tinder dry and we are all on forest fire watch, as we enter this Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend, which promises to hold even more sunshine for us. Continue reading “Summer Lingers – Give Thanks”

Computer issues

happy sad masksThis is to let your readers know that I am not ignoring you. I have been enduring 3 days of internet connection and computer issues. I have an appointment scheduled with a repair technician this afternoon. Hopefully, he will be able to sort these issues out before I go crazy.

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom- Letting Go, Moving On, and GrowingCollege and school teach many things. While primary schools is very much about learning facts and figures, college is more about learning who you are and what you’re passionate about. A lot of self-realization and personal growth happens in college—not the least of which being how to become a true adult. These lessons aren’t learned in hushed college lecture halls or busy college lab rooms—they’re learned through experiences and friendships that teach us who we are and who we want to be. One lesson that I learned during my college experience is how to let go and move on after a challenging time. Continue reading “Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing”

A Basket of Kindness

Yesterday, we were the beneficiaries of a random act of kindness. After a long day of renovating and painting, while still running our business, we cleaned up and collapsed on our deck to discuss our plans for supper. I haven’t been feeling well lately and we had just agreed we were both too tired to get into cooking, when we heard a car winding down our long driveway. We both groaned. We were hot, tired and not desirous of company, but we had forgotten to close the gate. Continue reading “A Basket of Kindness”

Learning About Feng Shui

Soon after we began our house painting that quickly morphed into a full-blown green home renovation, I did some reading both online and offline about Feng Shui. “Feng Shui” means literally “Wind and Water” — that’s what we experienced in June – wild winds and 25% more rain than average for month. I was looking for home decorating tips focused on color and placement but discovered that Feng Shui is so much more than that.  Continue reading “Learning About Feng Shui”

Learn to Include More Humour in your Life

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Anticipation of laughter reduces potentially detrimental stress hormones. Credit: iStockphoto/Nicole S. Young

Learning to include more humour in your life can have a significant effect on your overall health. Being able to see the funny side of things can produce general health benefits, and can also help to build and reinforce relationships. Some ways to boost your humour levels include not taking yourself as seriously, while knowing how to use humour in different situations, and without creating awkward situations or causing offense. By following some of the tips below, it is possible to understand and develop the value of humour for your wellbeing. Continue reading “Learn to Include More Humour in your Life”

Entanglement and its Antidote, Detachment

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Flickr mesh of branches by cususi

Our ability to enjoy our lives and relationships reflect our habits — habits that reflect our personal history, family and cultural traditions and our entanglements.

Family background plays a key role in shaping future family relationships, as typically, those who are easily entangled come from families that are  chaotic and not skilled at emotional communications, so they tend to repeat the cycle. Continue reading “Entanglement and its Antidote, Detachment”