Canada's 2009 Walk of Fame

Earlier this week the 2009 inductees to the Canadian Walk of Fame were announced. This year's inductees are Blue Rodeo, Raymond Burr, Kim Cattrall, Tom Cochrane, Dsquared2 (Dean & Dan Caten), Howie Mandel, Robert Munsch and Chantal Petitclerc. ...more

Projects, parties and paradise, all in time for Sunday

Is it me, or is this year just flying by?  Late last week, it dawned on me that Father's Day is this weekend.  THIS WEEKEND, people.  How did that happen so quickly?  And while I might be forgiven for not immediately tweeking on this fact, it took me several more days to realize that Father's Day this year is falling on the Summer Solstice.  Which, you know, ordinarily, isn't something one would necessarily notice, except I got married on the summer solstice.  That's right, my anniversary.  How am I so out of it? Well, no matter.  For those of you who, like me, might  be trying to come up with a few ideas for this weekend's festivities, I've taken a quick glance around the internet for some inspiration.  For example: ...more

How to take a self portrait

You don’t always need a snazzy expensive camera to take a good self portrait.  The wonderful women of They Be We used all sorts  of different cameras to take their pictures.  Some took them with point and shoots, some took them with scanners, and some painted images of themselves then took pictures of those.  It’s all in the eye of the beholder.  Here are some examples of self portraits that I have taken recently and descriptions for each. 1. Think Outside Of The Box: ...more

Juneteenth - Musically Jumping for Joy

Imagine yourself 144 years ago on June 19, 1865. It is has been two and a half years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The place, Galveston, Texas. You might see federal troops coming into town or you might be one of the first to hear Gen. Gordon Granger make the announcement to enslaved citizens that they were free.  ...more

where they know how to throw a party with music. The Juneteenth events always had such great ...more

Photo Safari

One of my Christmas Presents from the husband was a gift certificate for a 4 hour photography class around the DC Monuments. Between being really pregnant at the time, having a baby and getting breastfeeding established, it wasn't until 6 months later that I was able to use my gift. To read full content, please visit my blog at ...more

A Practical Guide to Using Affirmations (Even If You're Skeptical)

Mention affirmations and visions of Stuart Smalley might start dancing in your head. Though it is easy to dismiss affirmations as the automagical thinking of woo-woo new age folks, they can serve as a very practical tool for even the most skeptical of cynics to use in achieving goals and even, dare I say it, making dreams come true. ...more

If I may join in...I think you said it right, use it as a focusing tool. When trying to make ...more

Poetry Friday: a Prose Poem by Karen Alkalay-Gut

Born in London on the last night of the Blitz, Karen Alkalay-Gut has been living and writing out in the open ever since. She was reared in Rochester, NY where she received her PhD. from the University of Rochester. ...more

Art as adornment

One of my new recent interests is volunteering at a local fine arts museum once a week.  Recently, as part of my work, I came across an exhibit of beautiful jewelry, with designs from the early part of the twentieth century up to the present.  The exhibit was part of a collection previously donated by a patron of the museum.  And looking at the pieces were eye-opening. ...more