The Suburban Newspaper

The Suburban Newspaper

The following articles have been published in The Suburban Newspaper at www.thesuburban.com
My Column is titled:   Living in the Now

X,O Love your Candy Girl

X,O Love your Candy Girl

I love candy! I am a CANDY GIRL! There, I said it! I suddenly feel much better. I can be entirely me.

Why the hesitation? Is this such a bad thing? Why should I not be proud of this?

In this current gluten free, vegan friendly, no GMO, vegetable based, no artificial flavours, no artificial colours, dairy free, and sugar free world, I’m an abomination!

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Published on August 9, 2020

See Beyond the Sight

See Beyond the Sight

At the end of one of my creative writing workshops, a student got up from her chair, stretched and said, “Ahhhhhh! That felt like I was meditating!” Her comment took me by surprise!
Students say many things to me after a class or workshop. Mostly, they ask questions about the course materials and content. This was the first time a student compared a creative writing workshop to meditating.
I thought, I must have bored the student so much they went off into a meditative state.
In this regard, I suppose my class was terribly boring and drastically needing some excitement. I felt very concerned…

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Published on August 6, 2020
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Published on October 8, 2017
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Published on July 26, 2020

YOLO! You Only Live Once

YOLO! You Only Live Once

While waiting around for the ballet to start, we decided to have a little dessert. We both had very early and fast suppers.  As we found ourselves in front of an ice cream stand I said, “Oh, no! I mustn’t. I can’t eat that, I’m trying to lose weight.”  My mother mentioned to me that she’s 85, soooooo WTF! Which means, “What The F**k!” I was surprised by her response. She’s so timely and so accurate.

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Published on July 21, 2020
Published on February 8, 2016
Published on May 23, 2014

Questioning the past? No way, go forward!

Questioning the past?  No way, go forward!

Suddenly, my running buddy stopped running, so I stopped too. That’s when these words were spoken to me, “Are we going to spend the next hour listening to you talk about the past? All that didn’t happen? All that stuff you can’t change? All those couldn’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t and didn’ts? If that’s the case you’re own your own!”
I said, “For real?”
“YA! FOR REAL!” was yelled at me.
Then it got really…

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Published on July 12, 2020

Who Would’ve Thought?

Who Would’ve Thought?

It was definite…There would be no letter campaign. No Walk to Cure Diabetes event. Stay tuned as something was going to happen. Not sure what it’s going to be, but head office is currently working on it. So, I boxed up my campaign letters and cleaned up my dining room table to make room for a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Disappointing. The first time in 40 years… I guess there is always a first for everything. I felt like crap. Worried. Anxious. Fearful. I couldn’t fall asleep. I wasn’t eating much. I just didn’t feel any motivation. I was jammed. We are in a serious situation. Stay home. Stay safe continued.

BUT…THEN CAME THE BIG NEWS!!!

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Published on July 5, 2020

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Five – If I Can Get Clean, So Can You

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Five – If I Can Get Clean, So Can You

Liane told me about her childhood. She states, “From 1-5 years old I felt love and my childhood was quite normal. But, by the time I was 7 or 8 the neglect started. My mother suffered from mental illness and addiction. It was a dysfunctional time. I wasn’t supervised so I spent a lot of time with friends, perhaps the wrong friends. At 12, I left home and started to hang out with older kids. I wanted to be accepted and cool. I also started to do drugs. By the time I was 16, I was pregnant and in high school. I was with a guy who was much older than me. Determined, I managed to finish high school. This was an important goal for me to achieve. As I figured it, I was having a kid, when will I ever be able to finish? Shoplifting was a way to survive during my high school years. I would steal so I wouldn’t go hungry or go without clothes and school supplies.

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Published on July 28, 2020

Damn It! Some Gratitude Please!

Damn It!  Some Gratitude Please!

I’m sure there are plenty of things you take for granted or things you feel entitled to.
! PAY ATTENTION !
Nothing is a given, everything is a gift. If you woke up this morning and read this article, this is your first gift. The gift of life and a day to live it…GO! If you turned on a tap and fresh water poured out of it and you were able to wash your face and brush your teeth. Gift #2 of the day. Fresh water!

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Published on June 14, 2020
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Published on June 10, 2020
Published on April 17, 2017
Published on February 2, 2016

Part of the Solution

Part of the Solution

Helping in some way, is the way to go. The more we help others, the more we help ourselves too.
A healthy mind is a healthy spirit in a healthier world.
Now that I have regained my writing, teaching and fundraising, I feel more like myself in a very different world.
I hope this will inspire you to move forward in doing what you do, being who you are and try to be Part of the Solution.
Do something to help in some way. If this article helped you in some way, please share it and/or pay it forward.

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Published on May 24, 2020

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Four – Surviving Violence – Her Voice is Heard

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Four – Surviving Violence – Her Voice is Heard

This beautiful young woman survived constant verbal and physical abuse. So badly she contemplated suicide. She was lucky to be saved by her neighbor, whose instincts spoke to her. Her neighbor saw something was very wrong and figured out a way to help Tina. To add, Tina did not speak her neighbor’s language nor had any forms of communicating such as using a phone. However, sometimes there are Angels who live among us. I had the amazing privilege to speak to Tina and share her amazing story of survival.

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Published on May 10, 2020
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Published on April 26, 2020

2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Three – There’s NO Justification for Violence

2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Three – There’s NO Justification for Violence

I’m sure you know someone who has been physically, psychologically, and/or sexually abused. I know a few people who have suffered abuse from their spouses, girlfriends or boyfriends. I have witnessed bruises, emotional trauma, and heart pounding fear. I have also witnessed the final stages of abuse and the end of destructive relationships. I have seen people rise from those battle grounds and find their permanent soil of happiness. I have seen the rebuild and the sunshine re-enter their lives. If you are in an abusive situation, where do you go for help? Who do you turn to? Especially now, where do you go when there is no place to go? Find out here.

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Published on April 12, 2020

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Two – My Sobriety Journey

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part Two – My Sobriety Journey

Barry A. is my new friend. I met him when I was invited to attend the Alcoholics Anonymous – West Island Nooners Dorval meeting. What can I say about Barry A.? He’s been sober for over 40 years! He’s also quite a character. If Barry A. can’t make you laugh and smile, no one can. As soon as we met, Barry A. welcomed me with a big smile and a joke.
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview him. Whatever you might already be thinking, you have no idea how much you will learn.

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Published on March 29, 2020

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part One – A Life of Sobriety

The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know – Part One – A Life of Sobriety

Welcome to The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know. In the series you will read about people and situations which will broaden your horizons. We will enter into places and spaces which are not frequented paths. Certainly, what you will come to appreciate is the value of knowing more. This more might be the something which may change your life for the better. Enjoy the journey.

During the winter I was invited to attend a special lunch meeting. I had never been to this kind of meeting before. I was a little nervous, actually anxious. I felt my heart beating as I opened the door and entered the park chalet. A chair in the circle was reserved for me. I was welcomed when I arrived…

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Published on March 17, 2020

Understand This – I’m not a crazy dog person!

Understand This – I’m not a crazy dog person!

Although, today I caught myself leaving my home and saying this to my dog, “Okay Poopie. Mommy is leaving for just a few hours to teach. I love you. I promise to give you big cuddles when I get back. Here’s a treat. Be a good boy. I love you. You are so delicious. Mommy loves you Poopie.”

Right after saying those words, I said this to my husband, “Bye!”

I think something is shifting in me…

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Published on March 2, 2020

Pet Peeves – Ya Got Any?

Pet Peeves – Ya Got Any?

One of my crazy pet peeves is dirty winter boots. I know this seems completely ridiculous and no need to get all upset about it, but it really bugs me! During the winter in Canada outdoor boots get covered in sand, salt, slush, dirt, snow, rain and mud. Our winter boots take a beating. What bothers me is when someone is dressed really nicely, but their winter boots are covered in salt stains, dirt, sand, slush, and more dirt. It simply takes an occasional wipe with a wet towel to clean winter boots. It just bugs me!

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Published on February 17, 2020

I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, Unnerstand!

I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, Unnerstand!

HOT OFF THE ‘VALENTINE’S DAY’ PRESS.
”I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, Unnerstand! ”
A Valentine’s Day featured article in The Suburban Newspaper Thursday e-Edition column – Living in the Now.
I wanted this nightgown to last forever!
Every time I wore it, I felt love and silliness.
The joke surrounding the word “unnerstand” was simply due to the fact that I had, and still have, great difficulty spelling. So, it seemed perfectly normal for me to be wearing a nightgown which had a word misspelled. Actually, it was quite defining and appropriate considering it represented the real me.

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Published on February 14, 2020
Published on February 3, 2019

I Feel the Love Babycakes!

I Feel the Love Babycakes!

Considering this is my Year of Love and we are on the heels of Valentine’s Day, I must let you know, I do feel the LOVE from my readership here and everywhere in the world. When I compose, I do so with a mandate to spread positivity and an appreciation for the little things in life. At times I hope to make you laugh, understand a quirky perspective, and experience some levity. Other times, I try to extract the importance in appreciating the simple joys of life. Especially now and today, love with all your might!

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Published on February 4, 2020

Empty Nester B.S.

Empty Nester B.S.

A little annoyed, I went back to my seat to watch the second half of the show. I was internally disturbed. Even though, the show was entertaining, I kept on replaying her words in my head. “Empty Nester, empty nester, empty nester.” Those words felt like nausea to me. Then, I started to rationalize my thoughts and feelings. How is my nest empty?

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Published on January 20, 2020