New Year, New Intentions, New Beginnings!

Another New Year celebration has come and gone. Champagne corks have been popped, horns have been blown, and hugs, kisses and good wishes exchanged. A myriad of folks have declared that 2017 will be their best year yet and have made resolutions to demonstrate that intention. But after all the partying and merry-making has faded … Continue reading New Year, New Intentions, New Beginnings!

The Unappreciated Christmas Gift

When I was growing up, Christmas was always an exciting time as I eagerly awaited that moment when we got to open our presents. Most people remember a special gift that they were thrilled to receive, but, in my case, one of my most vivid recollections is the rather disappointing gift I received one year. … Continue reading The Unappreciated Christmas Gift

Home Renovations – Beautification or Aggravation?

There’s nothing I enjoy more than thumbing through glossy, home décor magazines and imagining all the changes I could make that would transform our home into a show piece. But while it’s easy planning home renovations, carrying out those plans is another thing entirely. It seems that no matter how well a project is researched, … Continue reading Home Renovations – Beautification or Aggravation?

Tell Me a Story

All of us have that certain family member or friend who has the knack for telling a great story. No matter how many times we may have heard a particular tale or no matter that we know every punch line and exactly how the story ends, the telling and retelling still manages to grab our total … Continue reading Tell Me a Story

One of the Dark Secrets of History

We often hear that if we don’t learn from history’s mistakes, then we are doomed to repeat them. Yet how are we to gain such insight and understanding, if the facts of some tragic events have been suppressed and hidden from the scrutiny of the world? Such is the case of the Holodomor which occurred … Continue reading One of the Dark Secrets of History

There’s No Place Like Home

Recently my husband and I returned from a 15 day cruise on the Danube and Rhine rivers. It was a wonderful, highly-anticipated trip that was filled with many wonderful sights and experiences. Travelling to new places has always been a highlight for me and I jump at the opportunity to do so, any chance I … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home

Remembering All Their Sacrifices

  Most Canadians are aware of our country’s involvement in World War II and are familiar with names such as Dieppe, Normandy and Juno Beach. But, sadly, fewer realize that Canadians played a key role in the war on the Pacific front against the Japanese by helping defend Hong Kong. Hong Kong was a British … Continue reading Remembering All Their Sacrifices