once upon a bad hair day at the vatican


purple hair purple hair

me & my “i-don’t-think-I-could-date-a-woman-with-purple-hair” hair & she-devil blue-green eyes bwahahahaha

Colin Lively, one of my crazy online friends  shared this story on FB:

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:

“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

“We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”

“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser. “That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”

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7 leap before you look lessons from Mandarin ducklings


DucklingsHatching a new venture?

Or reinventing yourself?

In my experience, there are lessons to be learned everywhere all the time – especially in nature and the animal kingdom.

The video below of the ducklings came to me randomly from the captain of my ladies golf league.

It was too good not to share 🙂

I hope you enjoy the natural wisdom of these Mandarin ducklings as much as I do!

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I was feeling a little sorry for myself today. Then somebody sent me this.



Reality check.


No Arms. No Legs. No Worries.

No Arms & Amazing

A Tribute to Stacey McInroe Conner

Barbara Guerra (Born with no arms)


Besides going a little crazy in a good way, Susan Macaulay created and curates Amazing Women Rock, SheQuotes and My Alzheimer’s Story. She also helps people with public speaking, confidence building, writing and editing.



I Found the Future in a Brown Paper Bag

Paper bagOf these four, which one doesn’t fit: rug, egg, drum, sex?

I remember the question. I remember the answer. But I’ll be damned if I remember the rest of the quiz.

(Memory is a strange thing. I don’t beat myself up over the loss of it.)

No matter. The question surfaces as I contemplate the brown paper lunch bag in front of me.

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8 Good Reasons to Go Crazy

Gone Crazy back soon

“Perhaps being crazy is actually a good thing!” (Said I to myself, myself having been a square peg in a round hole pretty much from the get go, and BTW isn’t it interesting how we seek to validate our own beliefs about reality? Grist for yet another mill…)

Once the words had been silently spoken, I was compelled to find evidence that would transform the possibility into reality. The Internet, naturally, obliged.

My digging unearthed a few dubious facts (oh what a tangled worldwide web we weave), which I’ve married to my personal observations and those of online friends and fans, to produce this edifying, not to mention entertaining (if I do say so myself), octet of good reasons to go nuttily, crazily, crackers: Read More…

Come Winter


Third tee on the North Hatley golf course after the ice storm 2013

Spring, summer, and fall
come and go:
birth, life and surrender
like preludes to your eternity,
colourful crazy quilts
to your thick white blankets,
seasonal experiments
before you settle in.

Firewood stacked
three cords deep
awaits your arrival.
Like the seasons before you,
it will go up in smoke
leaving feather-like ash
to mark its passing.

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Dead to the World

Sleeping Woman (1935) A beautiful piece of art by Tamara de Lempicka (see link below)

Sleeping Woman (1935) A beautiful piece of art by Tamara de Lempicka (see link below)

eyes open.
a thought bubbles
to the surface:
“i’m awake.”
awareness skips
across my consciousness
forcing me to stir.
i resist.

i burrow deeper
into the folds
of the duvet.
i will bury
myself alive
today, tomorrow
and the next.

turn on my side
face a window
of clear blue sky.
dawn is long gone.
i’ve slept late;
very, very late.

another thought:
“i should go
for a walk.”
but i don’t.
i close my eyes,
drift back into
that which
eluded me
this night
like others
before it.

i float
half in
half out
of a restless
slumber that
bumps into dreams
here and there and
mumbles an obligatory greeting
but doesn’t stop for more.
it hides inside,
hangs a “do not disturb” sign
on its door.

“go away life,”
i whisper to my wakefulness.
“leave me alone
in this sleepy place
where regrets
don’t poke
and prod me
and cause my heart to ache.

let me be dead
to this world
for awhile,
until wounds heal
and joyful angels
take me by the hand
once again.”

Beautiful image Woman Sleeping (1935) by Tamara de Lempicka

Fight the Good Fight. Your Way.

diana nyad 3Journalist, author, motivational speaker and world-record-holding marathon swimmer Diana Nyad made five attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida.

She first tried at age 28 in 1975.

She failed. She made four subsequent attempts in August 1978, August 2011, September 2011, and August 2012.

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How To Kick Ass in Two Minutes or Less

When I see this happen in real life, I’ll know we’re on the way to not needing the word “feminist” anymore: Read More…

Feminist: A Word We Love to Hate

“I hate feminist.” Joss Whedon says to a roomful of feminists at an Equality Now‘s #MakeEqualityReality benefit dinner. And gets a laugh.

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