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The Smile Project

The Smile Project

I ventured out to test my “Smile Project”. I got into my running gear and went for a run. My first subject was a mail carrier. As I ran by her I said, “Good Job Emilie!” and gave her a big thumbs up. She gave me a big smile and hollered, “Thanks, Sue!”

I continued along my run. While on a canopied tree-lined street I noticed an older woman, bent over, and trying to walk using a walker. It looked as though she was using the walker to help her cope with a recent injury. I slowed down a bit. As I approached her I said, “You’re doing a great job! Keep it going!” She raised her head, looked at me with the BIGGEST SMILE ever! By the way, she won biggest smile of that day!

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Published on June 1, 2024
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Published on September 18, 2022

“We” People

“We” People
What I learned the most during this experience is The Power of Together. As one person, I can do so much. But as a group of people we can do so much more. From one bag in a car to a truck load, the power is in the “WE”.
WE can make a difference.
I cannot stress the importance in the collectivity of working together and being “WE” minded people. We DO have the power to make a huge difference.
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Published on March 27, 2022

Movements don’t happen when the Waters are Smooth

Movements don’t happen when the Waters are Smooth
Just the other day, I went to a bakery. The sign on the door said, only 3 people allowed in the store at one time. I opened the door to peek inside to see how many people were in. Standing near the door was an older tall man, who was a customer. As I peeked in, he rudely put up his hand up and literally shoved it into my face. In a stop sign gesture, he said, “Only 3 people wait outside.”

I said, “Put your hand down and away from my face. My eyes can guide me quite well.”
He looked at me with astonishment when I said, “You would’ve never done that to a man, would you?” Another woman glared at him.
Imagine if he had done that same behaviour to man? A fight would have broken out.

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Published on February 18, 2022
Published on September 27, 2020

It Takes So Little

It Takes So Little

Last week, I was walking out of my home to get into my car. A delivery man was just walking up my front door steps. He told me that he had a package for me and I needed to sign for it. I signed for it and he gave it to me. I thanked him. Just as he was about to walk down my front steps, he turned to face me and said, “You smell delicious.”

Woweeee! That caught me off guard. I thanked him and kinda blushed. He went into his truck and I got into my car. I paused before starting the ignition.

That felt AMAZING!!!

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Published on September 19, 2021
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Published on July 25, 2021

Pumping Up Positivity – Part Four – Les Soul Sistas

Pumping Up Positivity – Part Four – Les Soul Sistas

In Part Four I introduce to you three women who don’t know each other, but I feel they have intertwining, soulful budding new life directions, also known as Les Soul Sistas. Fatima Rizzo – Translator, aspiring writer and lover of everything ocean, Lucy Verebes Shapiro – Real Estate Professional Extraordinaire, athlete, mom, and very busy person, Lynn Cantin – Artist of incredible talent and beauty, strong, and soulful.

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Published on June 27, 2021

The 2021 Spring Series: Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

The 2021 Spring Series:  Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

Welcome to The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

In Part Three I introduce: Sophy Agelopoulos, The Deli Queen, laughter is life, joking around with our customers is my favourite part of the job
& Lea Beddia, Teacher Extraordinaire, Mother, Beautiful Writer and aspiring speller with a green thumb in-training.

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Published on May 30, 2021
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Published on April 6, 2021

A Sense of Accomplishment

A Sense of Accomplishment

I need to mention how good accomplishment feels. It’s sort of like a pat on the back someone gives you, but even better. This feeling comes from within yourself. You did it! It’s your rodeo! You moved the mountain! You did yourself good! Truly the only person you need to please is yourself and you did. Big bravo to you!

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Published on April 1, 2021
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Everyone Needs an Ellen

Everyone Needs an Ellen

You know the kind of friend I am talking about. The friend who listens with intent to everything you say. You know she’s not looking at her phone when you are talking to her. She’s simply listening to every word. The friend who doesn’t judge you in anyway. You can rant and rave, complain and curse and lose your mind completely screaming about everything. Still, this friend remains quiet and agrees regardless of their personal perspective. The neutral gear in your cog.

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Published on March 21, 2021

The Need is Real

The Need is Real

It’s time to give something, anything to fulfill a need.

There are people who need clothing, food, help, and companionship and especially love. Please … Give it!

There are animals who need food, homes, and companionship and especially love. Please … Give it!

Somewhere, someone, something has needs which needs filling. So… Please… Fill it!

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Published on November 14, 2020
Published on November 24, 2019

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

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

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!

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Published on February 24, 2020
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