Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 1

Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 1

The hospital is so quiet early in the morning, reminiscent of the many hours I spent here with Dylan as he went through his surgeries back in 2010 and 2008, blips and chirps muted off in the distance as we walked from the parkade to the surgical ward on the 5th floor here at the
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Trusting the Universe

Trusting the Universe

Ana goes for walks in Toronto.  When she approaches a place where the path diverges, she takes a deep breath, and asks the universe to guide her on which way to go.  And every single time, something remarkable happens that would not have happened if she had not made the choice that she did, a
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Ideal Protein update – a new low

Ideal Protein update – a new low

The brain is a wondrous organ.  Because I had cheated a wee bit at Mindcamp – enjoying a few small desserts and selected morsels of food that are in the “forbidden” category – I was convinced that I had put on some pounds and that this morning’s weigh-in was going to reveal a small set-back.
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Missives from Mindcamp, Part 3

Missives from Mindcamp, Part 3

When I look back on the 2014 Mindcamp, there are several things that leap out to me, along with many amazing people. On top of the list is a quote from Steve Shama: “I want to live my life one moment short of a tear.” To be clear, this aspiration is not about sadness, loss
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Missives from Mindcamp, Part 2

Missives from Mindcamp, Part 2

The regular attendees for Mindcamp started arriving Thursday, but not before we were able to participate in a tool sharing workshop.  It was broken into two parts: 1) ice breakers – activities to use at the beginning of a session, workshop, conference or day to spike up the energy and facilitate connections, and 2) additional
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Missives from Mindcamp, Part 1

Missives from Mindcamp, Part 1

We arrived at Mindcamp before everyone else — always the early birds.  Dylan and I walked around the facility, YMCA Geneva Park, just a few minutes past Rama, a small First Nations community and home to Casino Rama, one of the largest and most popular casinos in Ontario. Cloudy and cool, we quickly found ourselves
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Migration to Mindcamp

Migration to Mindcamp

They come from all over the world – Italy, France, Argentine, Chile, Mexico, USA – to attend Mindcamp, Canada’s creativity conference.  We flew out of Fort McMurray to Edmonton, then Edmonton on to Toronto.  I spent much of the trip reading the latest edition of the New Yorker, long articles about an American political operative
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Ask an innocent question…

Ask an innocent question…

Neighbour Norm had said that someone had made a comment about my recent spate of paintings, predominately male since doing the murals of Elsie Yanik and Dorothy McDonald, that I should be doing more strong and inspired women.  Guilty as charged; I’ve always leaned toward painting men, though a few amazing ladies pop up in
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Ideal update

Ideal update

The last couple of days, I haven’t dropped a single ounce, in terms of my weight.  You notice that well-place comma after the “ounce” and before the “in”?  That was very purposeful, as I know that I may not have lost any poundage, but the inches are definitely still sloughing off. Though it’s frustrating, I
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Anonymous bidder stands up for mental health

Anonymous bidder stands up for mental health

I couldn’t sleep last night.  Heather had left with Ben for a west coast adventure, which left me somewhat discombobulated; but there was something else nagging at me.  I found out what it was in the wee hours of the night: someone had submitted a bid for the Robin Williams painting at 5:54 pm, just
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