Be the change you want to see

  When it comes to cleaning up after yourself, some people, most notably my children and my former students, might accuse me of being rather dictatorial in nature. That’s probably because that was non-negotiable in my books. However, as some tyrants might do, I didn’t just made the rules, I tried my best to live … Continue reading Be the change you want to see


New Year, New Intentions, New Beginnings!

Another New Year celebration has come and gone. Champagne corks have been popped, horns have been blown, and hugs, kisses and good wishes exchanged. A myriad of folks have declared that 2017 will be their best year yet and have made resolutions to demonstrate that intention. But after all the partying and merry-making has faded … Continue reading New Year, New Intentions, New Beginnings!

The Unappreciated Christmas Gift

When I was growing up, Christmas was always an exciting time as I eagerly awaited that moment when we got to open our presents. Most people remember a special gift that they were thrilled to receive, but, in my case, one of my most vivid recollections is the rather disappointing gift I received one year. … Continue reading The Unappreciated Christmas Gift

There’s No Place Like Home

Recently my husband and I returned from a 15 day cruise on the Danube and Rhine rivers. It was a wonderful, highly-anticipated trip that was filled with many wonderful sights and experiences. Travelling to new places has always been a highlight for me and I jump at the opportunity to do so, any chance I … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home

Remembering All Their Sacrifices

  Most Canadians are aware of our country’s involvement in World War II and are familiar with names such as Dieppe, Normandy and Juno Beach. But, sadly, fewer realize that Canadians played a key role in the war on the Pacific front against the Japanese by helping defend Hong Kong. Hong Kong was a British … Continue reading Remembering All Their Sacrifices

Trick or Treat Shenanigans

Hallowe’en throughout the ages has been a time for both celebration and superstition, candy and costumes, and revelry and high jinxes. But for me it has always been a time that is a reminder of some Hallowe’en fun that almost awry. It was the fall of my first teaching assignment and my first year of … Continue reading Trick or Treat Shenanigans

Complaining Can Be Contagious

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."     - William Shakespeare With the cooler weather coming on, flu season is fast approaching and many people are looking to get their annual shot to ward off potential illness. As terrible as this viral infection might be, there is a much more insidious … Continue reading Complaining Can Be Contagious