West Island Blog

West Island Blog

The following articles have been published in the West Island Blog at www.westislandblog.com.
My column is called: Keeping it Real

Baby, I Launched It!

Baby, I Launched It!

After months and months of planning, I have officially launched my 2018 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundraising campaign! It’s a really big deal for me. I have been involved with JDRF since its inception. Somewhere well over 35+ years ago, I participated in their first ever JDRF Bike-a-thon event. I haven’t stopped raising funds for this cause as a cure has not been found. Until a cure for diabetes is found, I won’t stop. I don’t think I can stop unless we obtain our goal. It’s got to come soon because I’m cranking up there in the age zone.

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Published on April 16, 2018
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Published on April 2, 2018
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Published on March 19, 2018
Published on March 12, 2017

A Boat of Quotes

A Boat of Quotes

“Dear, don’t bother holding your tongue. Just use a glue stick instead of your lipstick.”

The thought of me taking a glue stick out of my purse instead of a lipstick would be hysterical. I might just use this as a prop one night when I’m out with my girlfriends.
Sometimes not speaking and listening more intently is the best and safest approach to being. You can never be misquoted from what you don’t say!

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Published on March 5, 2018
Published on February 26, 2017
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Published on February 19, 2018
Published on February 22, 2017
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Published on February 5, 2018
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Published on January 22, 2018
Published on January 22, 2017
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Published on January 8, 2018
Published on January 8, 2017

I Don’t Know When it Happened?

I Don’t Know When it Happened?

The true depicter of the GENERATION GAP! The good o’l yearn! This is no regular gap. This is a gorge. This is the devil’s door. This is the mother of all grand canyons! This is the beginning of the divide. The divide between me and my youth, me and my children, me and the trending popular culture. Actually, news to the world … I’m NOT TRENDING!!!!

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Published on December 25, 2017
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Published on December 11, 2017

Food For The Soul

Food For The Soul
If it’s actually food, it could possibly be CHOCOLATE.  It could even be ICE CREAM.  Perhaps any kind of CHEESE on deliciously fresh BREAD.

This is not actual ‘food’ that I am talking about.  I’m referring to the food which fills your soul.  Although food can do this in many ways, I’m dipping deeper down into the bowels of our soul and mind.  The space that makes you breath deeper and dream.

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Published on November 27, 2017
Published on November 13, 2016

I Won’t Grow Up

I Won’t Grow Up

I remember riding my bike and listening to Steely Dan on the radio:
Are you reelin’ in the years
Stowin’ away the time
Are you gatherin’ up the tears
Have you had enough of mine
Just riding my bike in the sun and listening to the radio. Simply, simple.
So how does one ward off the pending gloom that surrounds adulthood? How do we reclaim reelin’ in the years?
My suggestion…”Screw Maturity”. That’s right, don’t grow up. Stay immature and child-like.
How does one stay immature? Embrace childhood happiness and simple joys.

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Published on November 13, 2017
Published on October 30, 2016
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Published on October 30, 2017
Published on October 16, 2016

Don’t Listen to the Mustn’ts, Shouldn’ts, and Can’ts

Don’t Listen to the Mustn’ts, Shouldn’ts, and Can’ts

I really wanted to be a smart person. It seemed that the smart kids got a lot of respect in school and I wanted that. Although I tried hard to be a smart kid, I couldn’t break into the regular learning groups in elementary school. But…I was a really good athlete, so that helped along the way. I couldn’t spell, but I could run super fast!

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Published on October 16, 2017
Published on August 11, 2016

Actively Listening to Life

Actively Listening to Life
Once I entered the graduate program at Concordia, Dr. Schmid did a good job of quickly putting me in my place. He had a way of saying the truth without hurting anyone. So, here I was all bushy tailed and excited to conquer my graduate studies.

Reality set in when I nearly bombed my first graduate course‎. He said, “Under-grads think they know everything. Grads think they know quite a bit. It’s the Profs who realize that we hardly know anything.” Now, I was starting to smarten up and listen better.

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Published on October 2, 2017
Published on August 31, 2016
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Published on September 4, 2017
Published on October 2, 2016

I Run in the Direction of…

I Run in the Direction of…
Back in the day, I would run to clear my mind, listen to some great tunes on my Sony Walkman, and get fit.  I would run in beautiful surroundings for inspiration. I would run because I could. I was so carefree and the world was wonderful and I ran for pure joy.

Flash forward 33 years.  I’m still a runner, but with aching knees that click all the time. My loose running shorts are now ¾ length Epic Run Tight Fit Tights – to hold me together! I need a hat to control the incredible amounts of sweat pouring from this exercising menopausal suffering soaked me. It’s not as pretty, but it still has a PURPOSE!

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Published on September 28, 2017

The shoes I want, but can’t have

The shoes I want, but can’t have

A sensible shoe is the direction I seem to be going towards.  I can’t believe I wrote that.  My aching back and knees are now the forces behind which shoes are best suited for me.  My heart is telling me to wear those gorgeous gladiator knee length; multi-buckled flat sexy sandals (see the picture).  My back and knees are telling me that a little heal is needed as well as some arch support.  That sounds so “retirement plan” and I’m nowhere near retiring.  I’m just getting started…aren’t I?

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Published on August 7, 2017
Published on July 9, 2016
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Published on July 24, 2017
Published on July 2, 2016

Oh, to be like a chala roll

Oh, to be like a chala roll
That’s when I witnessed her awful, disrespectful behavior. Lady Number 48 started to ask for her foods with such words as, “Gimmie…, or,  I want…,  or,  Get me…, or, That, that
Then she used sentences like, “I don’t want that if it’s not fresh. I said I wanted this, not that. Don’t bother, that’s gross, Gimmie more of that nowGet me something else now.”
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Published on July 10, 2017
Published on June 14, 2016