15 Empowering Things to Tell Your Kids (and Yourself)

AWR say I love u a lotIn the summer of 2012, I was cracking up (not in a good way). I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. So I did both. Often. And intensely.

I had been caring for my then 83-year-old mother with insufficient support for about eight months, and I was about to lose the plot, cash in my chips, throw in the towel, give up the ghost.

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6 Powerful Ways to Make Your Life More Beautiful

AWR Make YOU first loveThis little gift from me to you is based on a message from my Mom, originally published here with great love, and renewed, reviewed and re-energized today for all of us. Enjoy!

1) Make YOU your first love

I know, I know, this can be a tough one, especially since we are all imperfect, and we are often taught that we should strive to be flawless. The fact is, perfection, like fitting in, is vastly overrated.

Remember the story of the cracked pot? Love yourself because of your imperfections, not despite them. Make peace with who you are and where you are today, don’t wait for who you will be once you “fix” yourself.

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beware the charming king of swords and his evil pair of queens


a nurse her re rhyme


reversed king swords tarotby punkie


the king is in the parlour,

pissed off at his sister

the queens are in the pantry

finding ways to twist her


like the princess and the pea

she is quite contrary

the brat, the bitch, the mean old witch,

the cursed mary mary


what can be done to stop her dead?

her blog is such a bother

she blurts and spurts until it hurts,

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inspiration for underdogs: the story of david and goliath revisited


warrior woman


As an Aquarian, I often find myself on the leading edge of change.

I’m an early adopter. I see possibilities where others don’t; I have a never-ending stream of ideas. I sometimes find it hard to understand why others don’t see what to me is as plain as day. Read More…

What do Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US NSA whistleblower Edward Snowdon have in common?


Trudeau and Snowden


Something fundamentally world changing it would seem.

Justin Trudeau is the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, sworn into office Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Eric Snowden is the US National Security Agency whistleblower who gained notoriety in 2013 for leaking information about the NSA and mass surveillance. Read More…

7 great reasons to drink red wine


This little gem of an infographic made my day, week, month and year. Had to share. Thanks to for the information :)


wine benefits

i fell off my bike


Naked woman on tricycleFirst cycle of the season = first fall of the season.

Yep, fell over in middle of road  in the midst of changing gears.

It may have been a derailer issue, or perhaps it was the fact that I couldn’t get my feet detached from the pedals quickly enough.

Anyway, I lay there for a bit to make sure I wasn’t dead.

I wasn’t.

Only slightly battered and bruised.

I was reminded of life. And was grateful to still be living it.

Got up. Dusted self off.

Checked for potential injuries. Found none of consequence.

Put the chain back on where it was supposed to be (learned that handy trick last year). Wiped eye with greasy fingers and smeared black crap all over face.

Got back on bike. Kept going. No other choice.

Equally worth remembering are: the delicious smell of lilacs, the rush of white water, crab apple trees in blossom, and a lone fly fisherman in the river.

Stay tuned…

P.S. it was a bike not a trike and I wasn’t naked, though I will be in the future and you can stay tune for that too 😛

the paradox of chaos


Black hole of chaos w pink rays

The black hole of chaos with pink rays by Yang MingQi

“Paradox is the very core of the universe,” I wrote, having spent a good chunk of the last decade contemplating exactly that.

I keep running headlong into seemingly diametrically opposed ideas, facts, truths and the like existing in the same time and space and being equally valid. Impossible, but true.

Paradox fascinates me.

“I would prefer chaos to paradox, however, just semantics (grok)?” He emailed back.


“Chaos and paradox the same? Not really,” I thought to myself, and then decided to investigate further.

I turned to the repository of everything – the Internet. Read More…

how many men does it take to change a light bulb?



And a drone to capture it.


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15 pics of a snowy spring morning


Just when you think it’s going to be spring – oops! It’s winter again.

When you wake up to a morning full of snow, it’s great to strap on your “shoes” and take advantage of the beauty.

That’s what my friend Sue and I did on this mid-March day.


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look up and find poetry


Moon eclipse croppedA long-time friend is going through a rough patch.

She had some unique and extremely challenging obstacles to overcome this week.

“I’ll send you positive vibes,” I said when we talked on Monday.

“Just look up,” she said. “And tell me what you see.”

So I did.

This poem is dedicated to her.
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fight for your own creativity


I love this.