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.

Every Little Bit Helps

Every Little Bit Helps

It takes so little encouragement to make such a huge difference in someone else’s life.
We could do this, one step, one text, one smile, one “good job”, at a time.
Even when you don’t know it, little bits of positivity and cheer helps.
Every season is the reason to go for that positive pat on the back.
Shout out to Eileen for your beautiful encouragement last night!

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…

Humour Me

Humour Me

So this happened…I bumped into an old boyfriend. We dated way… over 30 years ago. He still looks pretty good. Me? Not so much. It’s best to keep my thick coat on! We got to talking about this and that. While he was talking about this and that, my mind was drifting and remembering when. When I was 20 something, young, dumb and stupid. I remembered hanging out with friends in bars, talking loud over the music and dancing.
I remembered when all my parts moved only when I moved. That’s not the case anymore.

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…

Gross Entitlement

Gross Entitlement

When he finally got back into his car, he sat in the front seat looking at his phone, without a care in the world that maybe someone who was handicapped needed the reserved parking spot.
May I mention during the time he had his fancy-schmancy car parked in the handicapped reserved spot, a little blue car driven by an elderly woman, with a handicap identification card clearly displayed in her front window, was looking for a parking spot close to the café!

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!

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.

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!

Mind Your Own Business

Mind Your Own Business

STOP!!!! I’m not answering any more questions! It almost feels as though I’ve been undressed. It’s bad enough when I travel sometimes my body is scanned at the security checkpoint. I feel that totally violates my body. This friend actually interrogates me. Maybe the FBI or the CIA or the RCMP or CSI anything needs her? It’s not about the actual questions; it’s more about the amount of questions.

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?

Where has the romance gone?

Where has the romance gone?

On the weekends, he would drive to Montreal in his Golden Eagle Tra‎ns Am. When he didn’t come to Montreal, he would call me on the phone. If he couldn’t call me, he would write me a letter. Not just any ordinary letter, a love letter. I still have them. In one of his letters he wrote that he envisioned us “In a gold carriage being pulled by white horses into a sky destined for love”. I blushed from that line. It has stayed with me for over (gulp!) 35 years. That was romantic writing.

Year of LOVE

Year of LOVE

I’m officially driving my New Year’s plan and its taking a lovely effect. No big plans for dieting. No big plans to join a gym. No big plans to save more. No big plans to do what’s marketed. I know I can improve on the person I am and I will be doing just that in 2020. My main objective and goal of this year is to put more love into my life. LOVE! Yes! LOVE!

You Are Fabulous!

You Are Fabulous!

So… what are you fabulous at? There’s got to be at least one thing which you do, which pleases yourself so much that you know you’re fabulous. Could it be cooking, dancing, skiing, training, golfing, swimming, being the best parent ever, being a great friend, being a great sibling or being the best child ever? Ask yourself.

Let’s Get Writing in January 2020!

Let’s Get Writing in January 2020!

Come take CREATIVE NON-FICTION – CEJN 122 at Concordia University – Centre for Continuing Education
January 14 – March 17, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m. 10 sessions.
Let’s warm up to creativity and write our hearts out.

Not everything in print is black and white. Nuance, personal point of view and interpretation can all colour creative non-fiction, the form used in personal essays, reportages and the like. In this course, you’ll use close observation of real events to explore techniques of the genre like narrative structure, character development, scene-setting and dialogue. Most of all, you’ll focus on developing vision, your creativity and your personal voice, which are all essential to capturing your reader’s attention.

Click the following link for more info
https://www.concordia.ca/cce/courses/details.html?subject=CEJN&catalog_number=122

Mean What You Say

Mean What You Say

Suddenly, I heard the loud horn sound which announced the start of the relay race. I got so excited to receive the baton, but it was going to take quite a while until it got to me. It had to pass through around 100 hands. I waited with the Green team’s fastest girl. I didn’t talk to her even though she was my bunkmate. I knew I was going to beat her. I was thinking of all the things I was going to say to her when I ran passed her. I was reciting these lines in my head, “See ya later baby! Bye Bye Birdie! Catch ya later! Smell my wind! Eat my dust!”

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

All the time, I had the classic picture of Lake Louise in my mind. The perfect blue sky with matching water along a still mirrored lake, cloudless, with endless skies. This calendar picture was a perfect still. And…no other people were within the view. As we drove into the mountain range, dark clouds billowed with moisture and so began our battle with nature.
Note to self: Weather in mountainous areas changes every 5 minutes! During the fall, it can be warm and sunny, and within 5 minutes it can be snowing and blowing. We didn’t expect what was next!

The Need is Real

The Need is Real

Oh, it’s very real. It’s all around us. It’s everywhere you may look.  It’s on your street, in your community, and certainly in your city.  It’s quiet. It’s alone. It’s simple.  It’s need.  And… it needs you!  There is need everywhere. People who need. Animals who need. Families who need. Communities who need.  The list is long. It’s very long. Too long not to notice. Especially with the holidays and cold weather surrounding us, need seems to be more needing now.