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April 11: Join Us For The Ultimate Party on Google+

Good morning everyone! Can you believe we are in the month of April and our party is in its 5th week? We are growing steadily as more of you spread the word and share a post. Thank you! Now on our 4th week of this great Google+ party. If you are new to this post and unsure about what this is, I’ll explain. Every Friday we host The Ultimate Party on Google Plus – G+ Bloggers and G+ers join the fun. Each week, our G+ Circle grows ...

Memories: The Tomboy Life And A Few Broken Bones…

“A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.”  Jessamyn West Memories: The Tomboy Life And A Few Broken Bones... A fractured tibia is not fun... Back in the day, when I was a little girl, I was a daredevil tomboy. I climbed trees, chased cats and dogs, and thought nothing of racing a car down the street.  Were you a bit of a Tomboy as a child? Did you climb the occasional tree and compete in ...

Tripping

Catching a Few ZZZZs on the Flight Nothing better than catching up on some sleep on a long flight,huh?  Isn't that what most travelers hope for?   BUT...maybe you aren't hoping for the pilot to be the one taking the snooze. A captain and his co-pilot on the packed 325-seat Airbus A330 had decided to take turns in having 20-minute naps during the journey on August 13. But less than two hours after take-off, both were reportedly asleep, leaving the plane cruising on ...

Resolutions: Revisiting Twelve New Year Wishes

“What makes the difference between wishing and realizing our wishes? Lots of things, and it may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it’s far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you’ll do all you can to make it happen.” Fred Rogers Resolutions: Revisiting twelve wishes for 2011...How’s your 2011 New Year’s Resolution treating you? Have you had a chance to review your list or did you, like me, skip ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DOWN…

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney Weekly Photo Challenge: DOWN... St Patrick's Cathedral - Taken from rooftop of GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza ("30 Rock") - Rockefeller Center Weekly Photo Challenge: DOWN... GE Building... (tallest in the middle) “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in ...

Crack in a Can

While I am not going out on tour with my "coming off of an addiction" antics, I am none the less feeling a bit deprived right now as I am trying to wean my body off of a substance my body CRAVES.   Besides, how could I top a tour name like "My Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour"?  That just doesn't leave much room for improvement.   You might have noticed in an earlier post, I mentioned that I was sitting watching TV with a ...

I Have Lost My Patience

Recently I read a post, Decency and T-Shirts,  over at Older Eyes concerning the Utah mom that was offended by some T-shirts displayed in the Pac Sun store in Odum, Utah.  (BTW...Older Eyes is such a great blog.  I highly encourage anyone that wants to read thought-provoking, interesting articles to go over there. ) As I was saying...up to the point, I read Bud's article concerning Judy Cox's displeasure with the T-shirts, I knew nothing of the story.  For any of ...

The Married Guy’s Key to Understanding WifeSpeak

More than half of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. That being the case, I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve been married to the same woman for more than 17 years. One of the key reasons for the continuing success of our marriage is communication – specifically my keen ability at deciphering WifeSpeak. What’s WifeSpeak you ask??? WifeSpeak is that mystically, arcane collection of sounds, tonations and vocal stylings that confound and confuse the male species. This particular mode of ...

Olympic Gold Medal…in Parenting

Official 2012 Summer Olympics logo - via Wikipedia Commons Opening ceremonies for the  2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held on the last Friday in July. For each athlete who competes this year,  years of sacrifice, dedication, commitment and training will culminate as they represent their respective country in the global event. An often overlooked element of the athletes is their parents. Almost every Olympic athlete credits their parents for helping them achieve their aspirations, for helping them persevere and overcome adversity. Perhaps the ...

Forgiving Michael Jackson

In 1984 Michael Jackson was flying high with Thriller, voted the most influential pop music video ever. I was managing a jewelry store in Oregon at the time and Jackie, one of my employees, approached to ask for a few days off. “Why?” I asked. Jackie was one of my best salespeople when she wasn’t attending classes at the local college. She seldom asked for time off. “I want to buy tickets for the Michael Jackson Concert at the Tacoma Dome up ...

Sometimes Silence Truly is Golden....

Image via Wikipedia Author Henry David Thoreau When was the last time you went an entire day, not having to speak to anyone or spent an extended amount of time in self-imposed isolation?  Personally, I can’t remember ever going a 24-hour period without talking to another individual. While I’m a professional communicator and a natural chatterbox at heart, I think the issue goes deeper. The truth is that the demands of our western society require us to engage with others whether we want to or not. I only raise the ...

A Funny Parenting Rap (because it’s true)

One of the best things about family is the fact that it serves as a never-ending stream of laughs and funny material – as well as an instant audience for both parents and kids. The link below is to an entertaining rap about the joys, pitfalls and pratfalls of parenting. If you are a parent (or even had parents) there are some funky lyrics in this rap that should be able to relate to. Additionally, one of the things that’s so appealing to ...

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 21

Baby's development at 21 weeks - courtesy BabyCenter.com As I’ve written about before, my wife and I are thrilled to be expecting our third child in June of this year. We found out that we’re having a boy whom we’ve affectionately dubbed “Junior Constantino” and this week marks his 21st week of gestational development. As background, I work for a biotech company that manufactures medicines for pre-term infants as well as toddlers and children, so I’m keenly interested in the development of ...

My Submission to an Essay Contest

Harvard Square commentaries, 1969 On January 10 I learned about an intriguing essay competition with a January 15 deadline. The call for entries had gone out in November, I think, but I just learned about it in January thanks to whatever Internet surfing I was doing. The rationale behind the contest, according to the three women running it, is to gather enough worthy essays to create an anthology titled Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s. Since that covers ...

Claire - Day To Day With Parkinsons Disease

Claire - Day To Day With Parkinsons Disease

One woman's journey as a caregiver to her husband in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease... Loss of freedom as we have known it is a common adjunct to any disease. In the case of Parkinson's Disease it is the slow degeneration of physical capacity that limits freedom, and later in the disease for some, the cognitive impairment that limits one's ability to make rational decisions about anything, including what clothes to wear. The story of our lives together with this disease is what I hope to bring to you. Be assured that it won't be a tragic tale but I hope one of grace, humour and love for, after all, we are all struggling with life's trials in one form or another. Ours is well mapped out for us at least with all the literature available on the subject. I hope to bring it off the pages of the medical journals and into the realm of the ordinary.

Feet on the Ground

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She roared a bit too fast into the parking lot, music blaring. Perhaps not the best way to introduce herself to a new social group, she thought, turning the music off too late to have prevented the turning of heads. Today marked a beginning and an end. Mid-November but the the thermometer read January. Layered clothing, …

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Flying Solo

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The suitcase sat in an empty corner of her bedroom, labels dangling from its handle, its brand-newness glittering. Deep red, her favourite colour, and the recommended hard shell. The manufacturer promised it to be lightweight. Lightness of being was what she was aiming for. That and a tough exterior. Could the two be achieved together …

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Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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The Other Shore

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She slowly dipped her body into the frigid waters of the Gatineau River. Her hardier friend beat her to it and paddled lazily nearby. The two women chatted comfortably about the momentous events of the past week. A husband buried. A family bereft. As her legs and body cooled, then chilled she announced she would swim …

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Michael David Torontow

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Michael David Torontow at home on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 after a long and gracious struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 65 years old, having spent over 20 years, afflicted with a disease that sapped nearly everything out of him, …

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Bedside Musings Part 2

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Early morning sunshine fills the room. Rainbow prismatic fireflies dance about on the walls and sheets, sometimes forming a halo around the still figure in the bed. A crow complains beyond. His world has become very small but sometimes is filled with dogs and people communing around him. The ceiling fan purrs and the curtains murmur; …

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