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

Lessons from the Canoe 2023 – New Beginnings, Never Endings

Lessons from the Canoe 2023 – New Beginnings, Never Endings

Once in the canoe, we don’t speak for the first 10 minutes. We are both taking in the exceptional views, smells, sounds, and feel of the water. Shhhhhhh, you can hear the loons, the breeze, the water droplets falling off my paddle into the water. The stillness isn’t still, but it feels of the moment.  When we are floating into the middle of Lac Monroe, I asked the yearly question. “Noonie, what’s the lesson from the canoe?”

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Published on October 1, 2023

We R’ Wellness

We R’ Wellness

In the car with our bags packed, we headed to Camp B’nai Brith in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec in the Laurentian Mountains. Part of me couldn’t believe I was doing this, which was both in my comfort zone and really out of my comfort zone.  But with each year of life, I commit to trying something new. Actually, I was thrilled to be going back to camp and so looking forward to teaching the workshops, Writing by Candlelight and Journaling for Wellness at “The Wellness Weekend”.

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Published on September 17, 2023

Willow Tree, by Helen Zener Buck

Willow Tree, by Helen Zener Buck

My glorious student, Helen Zener Buck, is a Torontonian who now lives in Montreal since 2021.  She states, “I am a 94-year-old poet and artist inspired by nature.”  During one of our nature appreciation writing classes, Helen read her poem, Willow Tree, to the class.  After hearing it, we were all completely transfixed.  I asked Helen if I could publish her beautiful poem.  I just had to share it with everyone.

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Published on September 10, 2023
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Published on August 20, 2023

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

Years ago, my dear friend told me I should do yoga. She said I would love the spiritual journey and exercise. At the time, I didn’t have the need to go on a spiritual journey. Every time I wrote into my journal, I was on my own personal spiritual journey. Daily I write and meditated with myself and my thoughts. Sometimes, I can sit for an hour and only write 1 page. What am I doing which takes so long? It shouldn’t take me more than 20 minutes to write 1 page. Truthfully, I get lost in the words, the thoughts, and the time. I enter a place in my mind and become detached from reality.  While journaling… I meditate

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Published on August 18, 2023
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Published on August 30, 2023
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Published on July 23, 2023
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Published on July 7, 2023

And That’s a Wrap

And That’s a Wrap

On Sunday night, June 4th, we burnt the 2023 candles and put the Peace, Love & a Cure JDRF campaign to bed. Literally, after the Walk, I crawled into my bed and napped all afternoon. With my cozies on, I fell into such a deep sleep, I couldn’t get up to change into pjs or brush my teeth. Down for the count…TKO!

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Published on June 11, 2023
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Published on May 14, 2023
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Published on April 23, 2023

Psychedelic Sue’s Peace, Love & a Cure

Psychedelic Sue’s Peace, Love & a Cure
Ya know what happens in the spring time?
It’s the official launch of my Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) campaign to raise funds to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes!
WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!! YA BABY!
This year’s campaign is especially fun as I’ve combined my age with the theme. We are rolling in the 1960s baby!  We are getting down, wearin’ hip cool shades and flashing a foxy peace sign.
It’s Groovy Baby!
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Published on March 26, 2023

The Word Emporium of Chocolatology

The Word Emporium of Chocolatology
I must admit, I think I learn more from my students than they learn from me! Okay, okay, that might not be the absolute truth, but sometimes I feel this way.
The Cummings course, “Write About It”, started out as a simple creative writing course, which has now morphed into a Word Emporium of Written Beauty, chocolate included!
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Published on March 19, 2023
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Published on March 5, 2023

Get it Off the Table!

Get it Off the Table!
Ohhhh, I miss the art of the conversation.
The back and forth flow of wonderful exchanges.
However, I’ve noticed that many people prefer the quiet of texting instead of the sounds of speech.
I’ve also noticed “new partners” at the table.
Unless you are expecting an IMPORTANT message or call, THERE IS NO REASON FOR YOUR CELL PHONE TO BE ON THE DINING TABLE!
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Published on February 19, 2023

Instinctively Spring – And lessons in reading the world

Instinctively Spring – And lessons in reading the world
Forget the calendar. Seriously, it gives you a false sense of seasonal security. The calendar is an excellent tool for organizing your time, days, events, and years. However, I find it’s not an accurate tool for understanding the changing seasons.
The calendar states this year of 2023, in the northern hemisphere, spring will start on March 20 and end on June 21. In my world, spring begins in February. At this time, I can clearly state, on February 6, 2023, spring began in Montreal, Canada. Remember, this is in my world.
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Published on February 12, 2023

Waa Think I Love You

Waa Think I Love You
 A Love Story for Valentine’s Day
 
Waaa Think I Love You

Yes, that was me, the David Cassidy singing gal skiing up and down tracks 2 and 6 with a smile on my face. But, I wasn’t alone. I was with so many other skiing enthusiasts, smiling and enjoying the gift of pristine fresh winter snow in February. It doesn’t get better than this. This is pure love!

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Published on February 10, 2023
Published on February 18, 2019

Screw First Impressions

Screw First Impressions
I can’t tell how many times first impressions have misguided me. You’ve got to give it much more time to truly develop an impression about someone or something.
Many, many years ago I was a victim of a lousy first impression. In my later teens I was dating a hunky outdoorsman. Let’s call him Dude. He was one of those guys who did all his activities outdoors, like camping, hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, and running. Perhaps calling him Stud, would be a better name.
Gotta Love Alice!
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Published on January 29, 2023

Deliciously Oblivious

Deliciously Oblivious
It happens all the time and I’m completely unaware of it. I’m sitting, writing in my journal and it gently comes over me. I don’t even know how long it went on for. However I do know, I went into a meditative state and I feel more relaxed than when I started.
It’s not daydreaming. It’s more intense than that. I would title it a “Writer’s Meditation”.
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Published on January 15, 2023
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Published on December 25, 2022