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by / on September 23, 2014 at 10:27 am / in INSPIRE

Guatemala: Naked & Afraid

Lights and camera aside, this could make for a great reality TV moment. I only wish I was making this up… It had been a typical afternoon in el Tizate Guatemala with the building team. Finished up the painting project in town of Parromos, took a break for lunch with a host family and then back up to the construction [...]

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by / on August 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Niagara the Fruitiful

  Gluttony. It’s one of the seven deadly sins – yes? If that’s so, then I’m destined to fry in the proverbial fiery furnace, all thanks to fruit season in Niagara. From the first strawberries in the spring to the last pears and apples of the fall, I gorge daily and unashamedly. Yes, I’m a fruit pig – the lady [...]

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by / on June 12, 2014 at 11:26 am / in INSPIRE

To Build a House

In two weeks I will be packing my bags and taking off to Guatemala and I need to be honest with you…I have no idea what I am doing. I am going into this next adventure with a blindfold on. When a good friend of mine asked me if I wanted to travel with her and her family to Guatemala [...]

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by / on May 20, 2014 at 10:33 am / in INSPIRE

Small Fears

Just when you think you’re brave…. I’ve always prided myself on not being squeamish. A bat’s fluttering overhead? I won’t flinch. Spider creepy-crawling towards me? Feh!  Need someone to pick up a snake? I’m your girl. But even the determinedly calm among us have limits. I hit my personal wall one night when a mouse found his skittish way into [...]

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by / on February 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm / in INSPIRE

A Word With My Teenaged Self

One of my friends posed this interesting question on Facebook the other day: If you could give your younger self two words of advice, what would they be? That got me thinking – because, baby, two words just wouldn’t do it. I can think of a bunch of things I’d like to tell my teenage self – all good advice [...]

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by / on December 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm / in INSPIRE

Let it Be

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Are you ready to bake hundreds of exquisite little cookies, wrap a couple of hundred perfectly chosen presents, host several festive gatherings and go right out of your ever-lovin’ mind while you try to keep up with all the holiday demands? It’s all about expectations – particularly the unreasonable ones we place on ourselves [...]

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by / on December 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm / in INSPIRE

Christmas Mall Basics

The MALL – a scary, stressful place, especially in December. But there’s something about crowds, moonlight madness nights, decorations, and the thrill of the hunt I enjoy. Sure…I could shop from the comfort of home, but I like to sit in the food court, savouring my bean burrito and Diet Coke, crossing gifts and/or people off my list – DONE. [...]

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by / on September 30, 2013 at 11:25 am / in INSPIRE

Good Day’s Work

My father, a small town doctor, used to say, “The best cure for insomnia is a good day’s work!”  Never one for going to the gym, my dad was nevertheless one of the healthiest and most active people I’ve ever known. He gardened, built furniture, fished, canoed, shoveled snow, raked leaves…you name it…he did it. And he never had a [...]

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by / on June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am / in INSPIRE

Cleaning Up My Act

Boy oh boy…there’s nothing a writer loves more than an opportunity for a great big juicy metaphor. Yup. We just love comparing one thing to another – makes us seem really…uh…profound. So…let me tell you about the pressure washer my husband got for his birthday. After waiting for the required it’s-your-present-so-you-get-to-use-it-first period, I finally got my turn this weekend. Largely [...]

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by / on May 23, 2013 at 10:42 am / in CONFERENCE, INSPIRE

Dirtiest Day of My Life

I think it is safe to say that I am a clean freak. Everything in my house has its place. My nephews know that when they come to my house cupcakes do not have icing because that is a mess waiting to happen. Actually, who am I kidding, they don’t even get cupcakes because the messy fingers, faces and furniture [...]

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