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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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by / on May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm / in INSPIRE

Let’s Talk – Mental Health Week

So…let’s talk. May 6 kicks off the start of National Mental Health Week in Canada – following up on February’s Let’s Talk campaign, we’re dragging that issue right out of its dark corner where we can all deal with it. Good thing and about time. Statistics show that a sizable percentage of us will experience some form of mental illness [...]

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by / on April 4, 2013 at 11:22 am / in CONFERENCE, INSPIRE

Naptime in Kenya

The idea seemed so simple, “just help get the kids down for a nap” he said. Of course we couldn’t say no! We had just spent the morning falling in love with these 25 orphaned children at the Karibu Centre in Thika, Kenya and were excited by the fact that we were asked to help out so that the house [...]

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by / on March 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm / in CONFERENCE, INSPIRE

Living Different

Live different. That’s what I have been inspired to do after travelling over 1200 kilometers to experience two weeks in the poorest parts of Kenya. Although my trip is over, I have now found my inspiration and my journey has just begun. I, like many others, have always been thankful for the life that I have here in Canada, loving [...]

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by / on January 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm / in INSPIRE

Listening Out Loud

You never know who’s listening… Be careful what you say….an inveterate eavesdropper like me might just be tuning in to every word. With the all time I spend in airports, train stations and coffee shops, waiting for flights, meetings or the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar, I’m awash in a sea of other people’s loud [...]

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by / on December 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm / in CONFERENCE, INSPIRE

Kenya Calling

Experiential learning, what does that mean? Learn by doing? Learn what, by doing what? These are all questions I am faced with day to day in my role as Director of Experiential Learning at White Oaks Resort. I am always more than happy to begin a conversation in response to what learning by doing actually means. To me, it’s about [...]

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by / on October 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm / in INSPIRE

Accidental Vacation

I caught a bridge the other day. You have to live in Niagara to know what that means. I’d been hurrying to a meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, rushing too quickly to notice the world around me. The gambler in me made choose to take Queenston Street instead of the highway and that was my undoing. A raised bridge put an end [...]

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by / on July 20, 2012 at 10:03 am / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Niagara’s Bounty

I went to the grocery store the other day and had my attitude adjusted. Thought I’d pick up a bag of milk – it was $16.00 for three liters. Yup. And the bottle of ketchup I looked at was $14.99 – no kidding. And three, tiny, pale triangles of under-ripe watermelon on a Styrofoam tray? A stunning $3.99. Where was [...]

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by / on June 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm / in DINING, INSPIRE

Patio Mojo

Can you feel it? The need to get outside and take in all the rays, breezes, buzzing and chirping possible? Outdoor living is hotter that ever. I think, mainly because of all of the cool furniture and décor you can buy, but also because of global warming (so do cut down on those disposable plates). I resisted the outdoor mega-trend [...]

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