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While having a conversation with a group of colleagues, the topic of child rearing came up. One woman’s comment was “I’ll never raise my kids like my parents did!”. This made me wonder about how many of us have said the same thing as we were growing up.
Has Its Price! It is said that toddlers learn by example, youngsters between the ages of 5 through 12 learn by experimenting, and that teenagers learn through peer pressure / rebellion…well not total rebellion (LOL). Some scientists believe that the fetus learns from her or his mother before they are born …while still in the womb. If these theories are true, I ask you, if you could, how would you totally change how you were raised to adulthood? I remember making a commitment to never do a few things my mother did while I was raising my own children. For example, my mother would say,“If you don’t eat your dinner you’ll get it for breakfast”. Thinking back I knew I wasn’t going to starve if I didn’t eat for 12 hours and even though she pressured me to eat, I never got dinner served for breakfast. Now I remind myself that the life patterns that today’s young parents learned came from their parents, and their parent’s parents…some of them possibly starving from wars, poverty or famine. Intimidating or threatening statements leave a long-lasting impression on a child’s mind and subconsciously they may create confusion and resentment towards parents. There are many books on “how to” raise children. Some are written by psychologists who research child behaviour and other authors are well-meaning parents who have been seeking a solution for an unpleasant experience they are facing with their children. They often passionately describe, in great detail, a solution that worked for themselves and hoped they could help the parenting world by writing a book. Don’t get me wrong… I’ve read a lot of self-help books and yes I used some of their creative ideas from Dr. Spock.
I’ve come to understand that when an adult exhibits a pattern of bad behaviour by repeating it over and over, the child thinks that this is the norm. And then, if a parent/caregiver scolds/punishes the child for repeating this exact same adult pattern, this is totally confusing to the child. If a parent’s negative pattern does not change then the child thinks it is the right thing to do and will copy the parent’s harmful behaviour, i.e. swearing, bullying, verbal abuse etc. In contrast, when children are praised for replicating an adult’s good behaviour, they can make a choice that this particular action feels good and hopefully they will adapt the pattern. As the new school year starts it is the perfect time to establish new life patterns for both child and parent. A clean mind opens both the child and parent’s way of thinking to move forward in creating a positive and healthy environment. If you are a parent or a caregiver of a school-aged child, why don’t you consider chatting with your child and asking what she or he thinks is the right pattern to follow in different situations? You may be surprised at the responses. Children truly do want to follow by good example. You could even make a game out if it – a family fundraiser for a worthy cause. RULES OF THE GAME: For each bad example you make in front of a child, the child gets to call you on it, and you as a parent/caregiver have to drop a Looney (or Tooney, or $5 would be good and really make the parent think about the pattern change) into a money jar. If you do this for one month it is a healthy start for YOU to start changing a negative pattern; do this for one full year and watch the total change in your child’s life.After the agreed upon time is over (you have to stick to it!) the child can make a donation to the charity of his or her own choice. The parent has stopped repeating unconstructive behaviour and the child has learned by example.The real plus to this game is that the child then has the pride of helping others through the donation. I like to call it the “Good Behaviour Has Its Price!” game. I also like to see the smiles on children’s faces when they have done a good deed. How about you? It makes for lifetime changes in both child and parent. If you and your child internalize new and positive patterns of behaviour they will not grow up saying Lorraine Leslie “I’ll never raise my kids like my parents Founder/Publisher did!”… Rather, they’ll say “I want to raise my kids just like my parents did!”
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By Donna Messer The mediocre mentor tells. The good mentor explains. The superior mentor demonstrates. The great mentor inspires.
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Be a Great Mentor! Being a mentor requires a special kind of caring, it’s a supportive relationship based on trust and respect. Mentors share their knowledge and experience with their protégés. They help them define and reach achievable goals. Being a mentor means helping a protégé find the best way to reach their destination without having to make too many wrong turns! A mentor gives, but gets an incredible return on the time invested with their protégée.
Where to get good content to keep your website fresh…
Here are some ideas on where to source good web content that may already exist: • Happy customer stories. Have you completed a difficult project that achieved great results for a client? If that client is pleased enough with your work to allow you to tell the story, then potential customers will be impressed.The facts for the case study, as such items are often called, are right there in the file.The best part is that you can create a reciprocal link to your customer’s website, another tactic for boosting SEO and for bringing even more value-add to your client.
• Product manuals or employee how-to instructions. If you sell a product, you’ve dealt with enough customers to know where the roadblocks are in product manuals. Re-write this material in plainer English and publish it to your web. And if you’ve written materials for staff – anything from how to work with clients through to how to assemble a product – then review this material to assess whether it would be of interest to customers. It can provide information of use to them, and it can show that you care about how your employees conduct themselves. • Presentations. Consider creating a podcast or video of a presentation you have made and post it on your site. Or you can do a voice-over on the PowerPoint slides you used and post that. In addition, you can transcribe any presentations you recorded and post that as well, creating even more repurposed, searchable content for your web. • Annual reports. This one is a no-brainer. If you produce an annual report, post it to your website. • Articles of interest. If you have read something of great interest to you, then it will likely be of interest to your customers too. Or if a publication has made mention of you or your company in an article, then that’s even better to post online. Just make sure to credit the source. Remember, it still takes some time and good writing skills to turn this kind of material into compelling web content. Don’t be afraid to hire a web writer to help. By tapping into the ideas mentioned above to provide material or background, you will eliminate the need for the writer to do a lot of research, thus keeping costs down. A good writer will also likely be able to suggest even more ideas for new or repurposed content for your website.
■ Susan Baka, President Bay Communications & Marketing Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org www.baycomm.ca 12 www.womenwithvision.ca
11 Tips to “BE” an Effective Mentor
7. Be aware: Model positive behaviour and attitudes.You are a role model for your protégé. Let your protégé know what you feel are the essential skills for success in this position. 8. Be adaptive: Be prepared to switch roles—be open to learning from your protégé. 9. Be collaborative: Connect with others who mentor, collaborate with them, share resources and sources of information.You can learn from each other.
1. Be there: Commit to mentally “being there” when you are together or when you are communicating with your protégé. Don’t think about other things when you are with your protégé.
10. Be responsive: Resolve problems immediately, follow through on what you say you will do (remember you are role modeling!) and don’t let communications break down.
2. Be open: Share “yourself ” with your protégé—the personal you, not just the professional you. Tell your protégé about your career path, personal attributes, dreams, personal goals, strengths, include areas of improvement you are working on.
11. Be happy and have fun! Giving back warms the heart. Make the best of whatever situation you are presented with. There is always more than one way to enjoy life!
3. Be genuine: Early in the relationship, share information about who you are, family background, how you got to where you are, and what is important to you. Be sure to let your protégé know about your challenges as well as your successes. Be real. If they know that you aren’t perfect either, they may be able to relate to you better. Try to break down barriers and bridge gaps early in your relationship by being real.You are a role model, not a super hero.
■ Donna Messer Networking Expert, International Speaker www.connectuscanada.com
4. Be supportive: Remember that you are not expected to be a social worker. You are a supportive, encouraging friend. 5. Be professional: Establish a professional tone to your phone calls, email and personal communication.Avoid inappropriate conversations on topics such as sex, religion and politics. Photo: Yanka Van der Kolk
It’s one thing to say to yourself that you will diligently deliver content, it’s quite another to actually do it.You’re likely busy with other things.You may not have the skill set or desire to write.You may not know what else to put on your site that isn’t already there. So, where will all this content come from? You may be surprised to find that you already have lots of great content that, with some repurposing and rewriting, would work beautifully on your website.
What more can you say? In previous Women with Vision articles, I’ve discussed SEO (search engine optimization) and strategies to boost your website’s search engine rankings. One sure fire way to stay ahead of the pack is to change up your site’s content on a regular basis. Search engine web crawlers constantly seek out new content on existing sites and rank accordingly.
6. Be timely: Respond promptly. Nothing disheartens a protégée more than a non-response. You should discuss response times. Convey that you will respond within a given time period.This will give your protégé a benchmark and will provide a level of confidence when it comes to communicating.Ask for the same in return. www.womenwithvision.ca 13
INCOME TRUSTS: A Lost Harvest in Retirement? By Rick Ziemski
“Any mismanagement can lead to unintended results.” ~ Akira Chiba One such mismanagement took place on October 31, 2006. Many Canadians will recall that day when our Federal Conservatives, under Stephen Harper, broke their election promise to not tax income trusts.Without adequate consultation, with no grandfathering provisions and based on erroneous claims of tax revenue leakage the inexperienced Harper/Flaherty duo panicked into a decision to tax income trusts effective 2011. To this day they have been unable to substantiate the claim of the “tax leakage”. But as time has passed the “unintended results”, or fallout from their decision has occurred as predicted.
For investors that didn’t panic but understood that income trusts were simply business structures with different tax status from corporations, and stayed invested in the strong trusts, there was opportunity to keep harvesting cash income. However too many people thought that trusts would disappear completely and they would lose everything. Those who knew differently stayed focused on solid oil and gas royalty trusts, real estate trusts (exempt from the tax change) and infrastructure trusts, avoiding “business trusts” which typically were never suited to be trusts. They also believed that there were only five general outcomes likely for trusts.
For less informed and more risk averse investors the news of the 2006 decision prompted a market exodus from income trusts driving $35 billion of losses into Canadian retirement portfolios. Few Canadians have pensions. Of the remainder, many have not saved adequately for retirement. Income trusts were a source of retirement income and hope for these individuals to rectify this situation which is now becoming a major Canadian crisis as baby boomers retire.Today Mr. Flaherty stands sheepishly before us publicly wringing his hands over the retirement problem but still refusing to address the income trust debacle. Instead he offers insignificant band-aid solutions such as the TSFA’s and pension income splitting.
• Stay as an income trust, incur the 31.5 percent tax and still give the investor a reasonable cash distribution. • Convert to a corporation, pay corporate tax and distribute cash dividends which combined with the dividend tax credit can effectively give the investor a higher cash return after the conversion. • Go private by taking an offer from an investor group such as a pension fund. • Sell to another trust or corporation for strategic reasons with potential of capital gain for the investor. • Convert to a Master Limited Partnership (MLP) in the U.S.
The second unintended result is the fact that to date, as predicted, some 51 of the 220 income trust businesses have been acquired by other businesses in ways that have caused the loss of $1.5 billion in real annual tax revenue which is approximately three times the alleged tax leakage that never existed in the first place.The remaining 169 trusts are also at risk.
Hindsight has shown that some or all of the outcomes have already taken place and will continue into 2011.This tax change was so radical and poorly implemented that the issue refuses to die. The fallout has enough negative economic impact for Canada that there is still potential for some form of reversion or modification to this tax.
Another result is the favouring of pensioned retirees over those without pensions. This occurs because pension funds weren’t affected by the tax change and can still benefit from the trust structure and tax efficiency that was denied to individual investors. Hence many trusts are attractive to pension funds.
Meanwhile, those investors who aren’t panicked continue to harvest income trusts, and will likely continue after 2011. For more information see Canadian Association of Income Trust Investors (CAITI). www.caiti.info
Finally there is the political fallout for the Conservatives in terms of loss of credibility with voters. By breaking a promise, hurting retirees, ignoring democratic process, closing access to capital for business and refusing to disclose related information in Parliament, they have risked the loss of voters for the next election.It is not right to keep supporting this kind of mismanagement from anyone! 14 www.womenwithvision.ca
■ Richard Ziemski C.A. Management Consultant email@example.com
Are You Unconsciously Giving Your Marketing
'BAD VIBES'? By Janette Burke Marketing your business takes more than just going through the motions. If all it took was "just taking action" more entrepreneurs would be successful. The reason they are NOT is because they don't understand one simple secret that is so powerful, it can make the difference between having a thriving business…and being forced out of it. What’s this simple secret? Your marketing actions are fuelled by an undercurrent of energy - the vibration that either makes your marketing soar or keeps you staying small. When you recognize, tap in to and put this energy to work for you, your business thrives. You get the best clients, invitations to speak at exciting events and opportunities to partner with people who will help you move your business forward, faster. When you don’t harness this energy, you work too hard and struggle with minimal results, wondering why your programs fail or no one is buying your products and services. What I’m talking about goes BEYOND the Law of Attraction. So how do you tap into this flow of energy, so you can stop struggling with the unforeseen forces you’ve pitted to work against you and start experiencing the ease, grace and flow that can be yours? Trust Yourself – This is especially true of women in business, who today represent more than their male counterparts and often have major trust issues.These issues can easily make themselves present in your marketing to the point we don’t trust people to want what we have to offer and doubt they will register for our programs – thereby sabotaging our own success by playing small, sounding timid, undercharging or delivering an unclear marketing message. From your web copy to your tweets, E-zine, promos and tele-seminars, every piece of your marketing carries the unspoken vibration of YOU. It isn’t others you’re not trusting; it’s YOU. To rectify this, find examples of when you were trustworthy.When did you keep your word with yourself? When was a time you honoured yourself for being decisive? What do you need to forgive yourself for? The more you trust yourself, the more confident your marketing will appear to the outside world.
people, not the numbers. Sure, it’s great to have goals but not when you use your goals to whip yourself for poor performance. When you begin the spiritual marketing practice of abundantly blessing your achievements, you’ll have more achievements to celebrate. Believe You Deserve Success - Wanting success is not the same thing as believing you deserve it. In your heart, you must feel that you deserve and are worthy of it. If you’re secretly questioning your worth and desirability, you’ll continue to sideline your marketing, because the energy you’re vibrating is repelling rather than attracting people. Marketing Is More Than A To-Do List…It’s A Spiritual Journey! “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” Your business is the greatest mirror for reflecting how deeply you’re diving in to your spiritual work.Tapping in to the river of positive vibrational energy that is constantly flowing for you is one of the most profoundly life — and business — changing actions you can take to create riches within yourself…and your bank account! ■ Janette Burke Marketing/PR Coach, Consultant and Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org www.yourmarketingmagnet.com
Bless Your Results, No Matter What - Women also often criticize themselves BEFORE others do, as a way of protecting themselves.The strategy is,“No need to criticize me, I’ve already done it for you.”Were you hoping for 50 people on your teleseminar but you only had 8? Did you want 12 people for your high end coaching program but you only got 6? Focus on the
HUMOUR MAY CAUSE LAUGHTER! …Happy people can make me laugh By Mary Ann Matthews Humour is universal. It knows no boundaries and can cross seemingly insurmountable barriers. Adults and children alike can respond to humour. Different cultures can be amused by something funny. Satire, wit, farce, and comedy can all evoke a laugh in most of us. Comedians can entertain us with their jokes. Mimes can entertain us with their gestures. Humour is a wonderful social strait. People with a sense of humour have the ability to make us laugh and see the sunnier side of a gloomy situation. They can lighten up tension between people with opposing views. A person with a sense of humour can be just plain fun to be around. Like every trait, there is a good side and a bad side. There are lots of positive sides to the trait of humour. It can be used to dispel impatience and relieve tension. It can be the cause of uncontrollable belly laughter and bring joyful tears to our eyes! On the less-than-positive side, humour can be combined with sarcasm to make fun of someone else.
Humour doesn’t have to be spoken in order to be funny. The picture is a good example of a visual that captures a happy person who is full of joy and just having fun! And let’s not underestimate the value of a good belly laugh. Research has found that belly laughs lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, increase muscle flexion and boost the immune function. Belly laughs also trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Best of all, a belly laugh is free! A wise person said that humour is to life what a shock absorber is to a car. Just as a shock absorber smoothes out the rough edges of the ride, a sense of humour smoothes out the rough edges of life.
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Things to Consider and take care of – now that you are on your own Learning to think of yourself as an individual rather than as a spouse takes some getting used to for most people. We prefer not having to change things but there are so many important things to take care of and failure to do so could result in serious consequences for you and your family. Make sure you look at your beneficiary designations on your pension plan,insurance policies,bank and investment accounts,RRSPs,etc.to ensure you have removed your spouse as beneficiary unless you are required to keep him on pursuant to a court order or separation agreement.
The writer with a sense of humour shows it by making initial flourishes. Notice the entry strokes in the words ‘Happy’, ‘make’ and ‘me’. They are not ostentatious, but rather flowing, gentle strokes. These humour strokes blend softly into the down stroke of the ‘h’ in ‘Happy’ and the ‘m’s in ‘make’ and ‘me’.
It is not sufficient just to simply change your Will. Banks, insurance companies, etc. are not required to inquire past the beneficiary designation shown on their records. It goes without saying, review and change yourWill since it likely named your spouse as beneficiary and also as the estate trustee. At the same time,review your Power of Attorney for Management of Property and for Personal Care. Ensure that you change title to property – house, car, etc. – where required. These transfers can be effected on a tax free basis. When house/land is transferred, ensure the utility accounts are also changed over to reflect the proper account holder. Your real estate lawyer can assist you with this. It is also important to create a separate credit record for yourself and to ensure that TransUnion and Equifax – the two usual credit record sources,are informed that you wish your record to be severed from that of your spouse. Make sure you check your record on a regular basis (every 6 months would be preferred but at least no less than once a year) to determine whether or not inaccurate information has been entered into your record. Do not wait until you are applying for credit as you may get a rude awakening and have little time to rectify the information. Should you wish to rid yourself of your spouse’s surname, you can simply revert by use to your maiden name. In doing so, please remember to
change your Social Insurance Number, Passport, citizenship card, OHIP or other provincial health plans, your driver’s licence, bank accounts, credit cards, loans, store accounts, insurance policies and medical plans. Advise your health club, telephone companies and the school where your children attend of your name change. If you wish to change to any other name an application for an official name change will have to be done. To ensure that a division of credits between your plan and your spouse’s plan takes effect, please contact the Canada Pension Plan. It is not mandatory but of course you are entitled to request the division and if you were the lower earning income earner during the marriage, it’s to your benefit to do so. ■ Rose Pellar, B.A.S., LL.B. Barrister & Solicitor Pellar Family Law Professional Corporation email@example.com
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difference... By Jane Tilley How refreshing is it, in these times, to meet a compassionate young woman whose mission is to transform lives? Such a person is Danielle White. Danielle was raised in Duntroon . Today, she admits that her elementary school years were difficult. From the age of nine, she was the victim of continual bullying and was marginalized as a loner. The situation improved slightly in high school but she knew that she was drifting, without any direction, and still not popular. Meanwhile, she was attending a church where she connected with some caring adults who mentored her. They encouraged her to follow what she was good at. She discovered that she has real gifts of empathy and compassion. She now realizes that all her previous suffering was a lesson in life that has empowered her to guide young people, who are facing the same struggles. After graduating from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, she has returned to Collingwood. Only 27 years old, she and her husband, Aaron, have been the co- directors of The DoorYouth Centre for the past 3 ½ years. When asked about her vision, she is quick to reply, “transforming a generation, one life at a time”. When asked
Danielle White ...transforming lives! about her goal, she adds that she has two. The first is very practical: to provide a safe place where youth in difficult situations can come to connect with a team of caring adults and other youth. The second is: to empower these kids to find assurance and self confidence so that they can engage in a meaningful way in our community. Danielle’s vision and goals are huge but she is diligently making them a reality at The Door Youth Centre, (www.tdyccollingwood.blogspot.com) which the kids affectionately just call “The Door”. You can find it tucked away in the alleyway off of Second Street, beside Moguls Bar. Look for the green door with a green awning and the name written
In addition to casual drop-in activity,Danielle has structured three specific times throughout the week when the kids know what to expect. Friday and Saturday nights, from 7pm to 10pm, are times when the kids are involved in interactive exercises. “Soul Food” occurs Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm at which time dinner is served and Danielle and her team hold discussions on topics like respect, truthfulness, responsibility, accountability, and conflict resolution. During the summer, trips to the beach are scheduled and a one week camp is offered in Goderich. While the youth centre offers a refuge for youth, it also propels them out into the world. Danielle facilitates a five pronged program called “Projects Serve” which focuses on out trips. The kids are taken on group forays into downtown Toronto where they learn firsthand the rhythm of the big city and that living on the street should not ever be an option for them. Each spring, Danielle offers a weekend work experience in Muskoka for a group of ten youth. They spend two days spring cleaning and readying a camp for underprivileged children. In August, Danielle and her husband escort a youth team to work on service projects farther afield. Last month they headed to Mississippi where they partnered with Habitat For Humanity, helping with restoration of homes ravished by
hurricane Katrina. Each December, they focus their efforts locally in assisting the Salvation Army in preparation of Christmas hampers. Throughout the year, they try to participate in projects as they arise in the community. As Danielle explains,“Projects Save” is so much more than work missions – it’s about the kids being passionate and serving others. The boost to their self esteem and their sense of others’ needs is all part of Danielle’s goal to enhance their lives. As the world turns, the world turns and so gradually Danielle and her husband have begun to be involved with the guidance departments at CCI and Mountainview School. There, they are simply available to interact with kids in need if the kids choose to seek them out. It is amazing that the number they have contact with has jumped to about 150 kids per week. Danielle and Aaron have found themselves partnering with local social services on a referral basis ,often from the schools. Danielle has even gone to court on behalf of kids who have no other person to speak for them. Danielle’s vision can’t happen without the practicality of funding. She is responsible for raising the capital to sustain her programs. Funds are raised through the support of local service clubs, a few churches, the Town of Collingwood, and private donors. The Door Youth Centre is an absolutely open door to all who care to see it. Danielle extends an invitation to drop by and be encouraged by the kids you will meet there. Listen to their testimonies and see how they are becoming “youth with potential”. Meet Danielle, a woman who is making a difference.
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It struck me recently that I am a member of the 'Sandwich Generation'. This is the time of a person's life when there is an expectation/responsibility to take care of elderly parents and raise the kids at the same time. So why is a police officer talking about the Sandwich Generation? Not only is it necessary to protect your children, but there are also safety issues out there that relate to the elderly. Talking about safety tips to the senior generation can be complicated. Case in point, while my mother had been ill she stopped driving. She realized it was in her best interest not to be behind the wheel while she was sick. She was determined though to get back at it and after a year she wanted some of her independence back and intending to get back to driving. I told her that was a great idea. I then suggested that we head out and go straight to a parking lot where she can practice some of her driving skills in a controlled environment. Did I mention that she taught me to drive when I was sixteen? Her reaction wasn't pretty….it went over something about a lead balloon. I realized a little too late that what I suggested had hurt her feelings. It wasn't the intent and as hard as it was I stuck to my guns. I didn't want her driving with rusty skills. As un-smooth as that conversation went she ended up relenting and actually decided not to drive anymore. I know it wasn't easy for her to give up that part of her independence.
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It can get really tricky sometimes when you try to tell the person who raised you that they shouldn't drive or they shouldn't subscribe to magazine sellers who comes to the door without identification or they shouldn't send money to some young lad who calls up pretending to be a grandson saying he is in jail and needs $5000 bail money wired to him (true story). Our parents taught us about safety and sometimes we have to do the same back. That's a full circle which can be difficult to embrace. But there are resources out there. There are programs such as Seniors And Law enforcement Together (SALT) which offer ongoing senior safety presentations. Contact your local police service and see if they offer lectures on Senior's Safety. There are dozens of safety web sites for seniors. If you and your parents are Internet savvy then explore the World Wide Web, pick up some safety tips and get together to discuss things that they should be aware of to increase their safety and security. Hopefully your conversation goes a little more smoothly than mine did. ■ Sergeant Sharron Brown Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia Detachment
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During infancy, a time of rapid growth and development, lactose is an excellent source of energy. Lactose is digested by the lactase enzyme. At birth, lactase activity is at its peak and then begins declining over the first few months of life. After weaning, lactase levels decline until they’re almost undetectable. Following this, some children will be able to digest lactose for the rest of their lives whereas others won’t at all. Lactose occurs naturally only in mammalian milk (cow, goat, sheep and human). Levels of lactose vary greatly in dairy products, with only trace amounts found in butter as compared to milk. Lactose is widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industry. It is found in processed foods, as a
browning agent in bread to add texture and bind water, as well as in burgers and sausages. Lactose is also sometimes used in soft drinks and lager beers. It is only half as sweet as glucose and about a sixth as sweet as sucrose, making it quite palatable. In the pharmacy world, lactose is used as a binder and filler. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. In rare cases nausea and vomiting may occur.Although not as common, constipation may be present.True diagnosis of lactose intolerance is made through a hydrogen breath test or biopsy of the small intestine. If lactose intolerance is suspected, lactose
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It is estimated that up to 70% of the world’s population have some level of sensitivity to lactose. However many people can still tolerate dairy products with the use of supplements or proper dietary advise.
Since lactose intolerance is best treated by avoiding lactose containing foods, it is important for those avoiding lactose to receive nutritional counseling. Since milk contains 16 essential nutrients including 8 grams of protein and 300mg of highly absorbable calcium in one cup, it can be challenging to ingest sufficient calcium to support bone growth and development in children and teens, and prevent osteoporosis in adults. (See chart) As well, milk is also fortified with vitamin D, making it one of the few food sources of the sunshine vitamin. Supplementation with both calcium and vitamin may be
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school. And, my grandchildren Marsha, Amy, Natasha and Caley are always happy to pitch in.”
In 2002, at the second annual community awards dinner in Meaford Ontario, Grace Lambe was honoured with two awards: Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year (Grandma Lambe’s) which goes to an outstanding owner who has displayed leadership in their occupation and outstanding employee relations, marketing, promotions, and contribution to the community. “I smile when people greet me as Grandma Lambe. I’m used to it now… even though I am a grandma but not the original ‘Grandma Lambe’. My mother-in-law Mabel was the founder of Grandma Lambe’s. The store that it is today is the result of Mabel and husband Hartley Lambe starting apple orchards around 1926.” Grace Lorraine Almond was born in St. Vincent Township in Meaford on a mixed grain and dairy farm. “As a child I helped my father in the hayfields and maple sugar bush when I was needed. At age fifteen I was allowed to take a part-time job in town at a butcher shop delivering groceries on my bicycle. After two years I left the grocery business looking for a more appealing position and found it working in the Pretty Shoe Store.And then, at the age of 19, I married Gordon Lambe.” “In 1947 my new husband Gordon and I started to farm our land. Our first child, Barbara, was born when I was 24 and almost three years later I had twins, David and Darlene. I really had my hands full taking care of three children less than three years of age and helping Gordon on the farm. We had to hire help to take care of the children each fall so I could help my husband harvest the apples in the orchard. I recall becoming an expert driving the trucks and tractors.”
“It became routine in the autumn of the year that we sold our apples out of Mabel’s garage until she and her husband passed on. My son David and his wife Sue moved into their house and the tradition continued. But, because they had two small children we knew we had to move away from their driveway as there was too much traffic around their house. So, in 1984 it was decided to build a small store which we named “Grandma Lambe’s” which we opened during the harvesting months of September and October.” “We were busy enough but one year at the beginning of harvest season I was getting bored of eating apples and thought I would buy a few bushel baskets of peaches. With an overabundance of peaches I needed to come up with a quick solution before the extra peaches spoiled. I made some peach pies in my small kitchen in our house but realized I had too many extra pies… so I took then to the store to sell. That was the start of my baking business. I loved baking the pies and quickly my pie-making included apple, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, raisin, cherry berry, and pumpkin.” With a smile on her face Grace continued… “After a while, Gordon got tired of coming home for supper only to find it wasn’t ready because I was too busy making pies. One day he said, “I think I am going to build you another kitchen and put it on as an addition to the market.” Since then we have added two more kitchens because of the demand for our pies. I also started to bake casseroles and ready-to-cook meals at the request of our customers.”
“In 1991, I lost my husband Gordon, and the store gave me even more reason to get up each morning. This also resulted in my telling David we were going to be open year round.” “My business model has changed dramatically since our first roadside stand selling apples for two months a year.The key to my business is my staff. I couldn’t keep up to the daily demand without them. I’ve never had a long-term business plan… the business just snowballed. We continued to get busier and recognized we had a niche market so additional floor space had to be built for our products and services, such as shelving homemade jams, similar to the variety of pies I made.” Grace loves to talk about her family…
“I’ve learned a lot over the years by running my own business. With all the coordinating of bus tours to the store from all over Ontario and being involved in all the advertising… my days are full. As a woman entrepreneur I find customer relations is at the top of the list. The importance of working with our customers is a priority to ensure they are taken care of personally. My staff and I make every effort to provide a place of comfort for our visitors and this keeps them coming back year after year.We have been so successful with “Grandma Lambe’s” that we recently opened up our second store called “Grandma Lambe’s II” in Chatsworth.” Grace Lambe is a delightful and popular woman in the Meaford area. She now takes a well-deserved three week holiday – one of them in Las Vegas, two in Florida – but Grandma Lambe’s stays open every day of the year except for Christmas, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
“Today we have Donna, Cecile, Patsy and Roxie in the kitchen making pies daily which are sold both fresh and frozen. My grandniece Britney, my assistant bookkeeper and great-nephew Brandon (who lifts the heavy boxes for me) are a great help now that they have both graduated from school. And I am so thankful to have Randy, my produce manager, who makes sure all our produce is fresh and delivered on time.”
I asked, “What’s next for you, Grace?” and with a twinkle in her eye, Grace replied, “I plan on continuing to work with my family as they keep me young. I also love being a local community ambassador. I’m very proud that this area is growing and bringing in new families who enjoy dropping into the shop to say hello. I truly love being around people so my job is always interesting. Because people return year after year, long-lasting friendships are made…and that’s also good for business.”
“We are a five-generation business. David and his son Blake take care of the orchards, Darlene helps in the store and my greatgranddaughter Heather works with us when she isn’t attending
“I’m proud to say I’m 80-years-old and always have a great big smile when people greet me as Grandma Lambe, ‘cause I’m the Grandma Lambe of today!”
Robert Ketchin, John Ardiel & Murray Puddicombe
PERFECT PAIRINGS By Lorraine Leslie Born in Edinburgh Scotland, Robert Ketchin grew up working the land on his father’s farm in Berwickshire. Even as a youngster he had a passion for food and beverage which began as an apprentice in the food industry with Unilever’s Mac Fisheries in England. Even at 15 years of age on school breaks Robert worked in a wine cellar that supplied wines to the Queen of England. Interestingly the cellars called Hedges and Butler on Regent Street were under the streets of London. By the age of 21 Robert emigrated to Canada and started work at the TD Centre in downtown Toronto as an assistant buyer for Versa Foods. In 1971, two years later he was promoted to buyer for Jiffy Foods on Kipling Avenue overseeing purchasing for the commissary which serviced universities and hospitals as well as 90 mobile trucks. During this time Robert also spent his nights studying at Ryerson University to graduate with his Business Administration and Purchasing Certificates. At 25 Robert left Versa Foods to become a sales representative for Sainsbury International the wine import agency for Château Lafite, Château Latour carried many fine wines from Italy, Spain and South Africa. Two years later he joined Andres Wines Ontario where for the next thirteen years he held positions as sales representative , key accounts manager, marketing manager and sales manager, working nationally with each provincial liquor board. He was hired away from Andres Wines to work with Amstel Brewery/Heineken where he enhanced his skills as Sales Manager for the next six years.. . With all his life experiences in the niche market of food and beverage Robert started to think about his future and at the age of 42 decided to open his own business called Ketchin Sales and Marketing. With some amazing connections his clients quickly expanded including Ontario Small Brewers, Connors Brewery, Stoney Ridge Winery, Strewn Estate Winery, Vincor International, New Zealand Winegrowers, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, Fruit Wines of Canada and Prince Edward County Winegrowers. Almost 20 years later and with a staff of three based in Collingwood, Robert’s consulting and event marketing business had flourished. Working with liquor boards across the country and coordinating
events such as wine fairs, seminars, plus teaching at sommelier schools such as George Brown College kept him busy, but he still found the time to train staff in restaurants or volunteer for a local Taste of The Town wine and food event. – as an entrepreneur the norm for Robert is to work a 10 -12 hour day. In 1996 Robert recognized he had one more card to play out in his life…he wanted to get back to the land. After doing much research around the Southern Georgian Bay area and talking to local experts in the apple growing industry he decided to test the land to see if he could grow grapes in this region. With the help of two partners, John Ardiel, a third generation apple grower in Thornbury also founder and President of the Bay Growers and Murray Puddicombe fifth generation Niagara fruit grower also founder and partner of the original Stoney Ridge Wines he pursued his vision. Robert’s partner’s expertise in supplying grapes and trellising materials for the test vineyard sites and their knowledge of pruning techniques plus knowledge of insects, pests and disease control and the ability to supply farm equipment and local labour was invaluable to creating the first local commercial 5 acre vineyard at John Ardiel’s farm at Ardiel Acres in 2003. The three men discovered through trial and error that the “micro climate” sites were perfect to grow grapes much like Niagara. The key is the thermal air flow with the lake (Georgian Bay) and how it revolves between the Blue Mountains - Escarpment and the lake. This air flow is very important to protecting the vines from late spring or early fall frosts. Based on their findings the partners bought 50 acres at Victoria Corners on Grey Road 2 and started to clear the land. They planted 12 more acres of grapes for a total of 17 acres which should produce over 35+ tons of grapes each year. Robert, John and Murray agreed to name their company Georgian Hills Vineyards (www.georgianhillsvineyards.ca). Even Murray’s daughter is a winemaker. Lindsay Puddicombe (Murray’s daughter) makes Riesling, Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc,Vidal Blanc, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Marechal Foch….and hopefully one day a really good bubbly!
John and Murray have brought strength and experience in fruit farming to the partnership to match Robert’s sales and marketing skills. All three of the gentlemen still have their “day jobs” while they work the vineyards and wine sales into their busy days and many times late into the evening or on weekends. The partner’s goals are to open a small winery retail store by October 2010 that will be open on Saturdays only. Longer term they want to obtain a viticulture designation status (DVA) from VQA (Vintner Quality Alliance) for the Southern Georgian Bay region which will give them certain privileges including making ice wine.
Picking harvest Gamay grapes
Meanwhile each year GHV harvest a few tons of frozen grapes which are picked at minus 8 – 10 degrees, then crushed and fermented as if it were ice wine. They have received trade mark status for two wines which are dessert wines – VIDAL, “Frozen on The Vine” and an Iced Cider called IDA RED “Frozen to The Core”. With the Apple Pie Trail (www.applepietrail.ca) becoming a very popular tourist attraction Robert and his colleagues are definitely in the right place at the right time.
First Pour; John Ardiel and Robert Ketchin; photo by Bryan Davies
Robert Ketchin at a seminar
Georgian Hills Vineyards already works with many local chefs and restaurants such as The Pottery at Blue Mountain, Oliver and Bonacini, Walter’s Falls Inn, Café Chartreuse, The Stuffed Pheasant, Bridges, Rocky Raccoon’s, and Hasai to mention a few. Their vision is for Southern Georgian Bay region to become a culinary destination offering local grown produce, cheeses, foods and wines for everyone to enjoy – hence, Perfect Pairings! Planting
Note:A microclimate is a small but distinctly different climate within a larger area. For example, if you have a garden, a spot which is sunny and protected from the wind could be considered a microclimate, as it will be significantly warmer than the rest of the garden for most of the year. In this case, the microclimate would be extremely small, but microclimates can also get much larger; valleys and hills are classically microclimates, due to a variety of factors which cause their weather to be different from the more general weather in the region. www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-microclimate.htm
Editor’s note: I invite you to visit Robert’s website at (www.hotfrog.ca/Companies/Ketchin-Sales-Marketing) Vineyards
Partners First Planting; l to r: John Ardiel, Murray Puddicombe, Robert Ketchin
Ice Wine 08; Robert Ketchin on right
…with sage and buck wheat honey By Chef Jeff Davis Copper Blues Restaurant For 8 2.0z pork sliders you will need: 1lb ground pork chilled 1 large onion diced 4 large spy apples peeled and diced 1 bunch sage chopped 2 tsp buck wheat honey Method: Cook onions and apples till soft. Add sage, salt and pepper to taste. Let cool to room temperature. Add the onion, apple, sage and honey mix to the chilled pork. Make 2.oz pattys and cook to 160 degrees F internal temperature.
BAKED WOOLWICH DAIRY GOAT BRIE …with apple raisin chutney
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Brie pastry Ingredients: 1 egg 1 sheet puff pastry cut in half 1 sheet parchment paper 1 ( 180 g ) Woolwich dairy goat brie round Method: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lay puff pastry square on parchment paper. Place cheese in center, fold pastry up over cheese to cover. Trim excess pastry and press to seal. Brush with egg mixture, place seam-side down onto parchment and place on baking sheet. Brush with egg mixture. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 15 minutes
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Apple Cider Pickling Spices Cinnamon Stick Pork Tenderloin
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CIDER MARINATED PROSCIUTTO AND SAGE WRAPPED PORK TENDERLOIN ...with curried sweet potato and apple latke By Chef Anthony Vanderwal Tesoro
Assorted sauces Pommery Mustard mayo Spicy apple sauce BBQ sauce Honey Dijon sauce Curry Sauce Sundried Tomato pesto
Marinade: 1cup Chicken Broth 1cup Peeler Cider 1/4cup Brown Sugar 2tbsp Tomato Paste 3tbsp Ginger, peeled and minced 1tbsp Cider Vinegar
Steamed or boiled mini potatoes Roasted Root vegetables
Tenderloin: 1 Hormone & Antibiotic Free Pork Tenderloin (Blue Ridge Meats), 1-1.5lbs 6 Slices of Prosciutto, sliced thin 6 Sage Leaves, large 1 ⁄4 tsp Salt Pinch of Black Pepper 1tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Spear Thin sliced pork cook in broth for 45 sec til done – can be a little pink in colour if fine – remove from pot and dip in sauce of choice and enjoy.
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FRENCH TOAST HARVEST BRUNCH By Chef Ron Lumsden Cranberry Inn Resort Apple Compote 2 C of apples 1 ⁄3 C sugar 1 vanilla bean – split and scraped 1 oz apple Calvados Liqueur 1k knob* cinnamon 1 pinch of sea salt (less if regular salt) 8 large local Spartan apples, cored and cubed 1 knob* sweet butter Method: Quickly sauté apple cubes in butter for about 5 minutes. Bring all other ingredients to a boil. Add sautéed apples and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Apples will be tender but not soft. Remove from heat. Remove vanilla bean. Let the compote cool and slightly thicken. French Toast 1 C of 35 % cream – whip ½ of cream with sugar 3 large eggs 2 T of local honey 1 pinch of salt 12 slices of 1” think country loaf 4 knobs* of butter 1 pint of local blueberries ½ C rural maple syrup Method Whip ½ cup of 35% cream until you get stiff peaks. Fold in confectionary sugar – set aside. Mix the eggs, honey and salt until well blended. Mix in the ½ cup of whipped cream.Dip slices of bread, one at a time and lay on a non stick grittle or fry pan on medium heat. Cook 5-6 minutes, flipping when golden brown. Cut bread slices in half, stack and serve immediately. Top with warm apple compote, fresh blueberries and the remaining whipped cream. Serve with warm apple cider, apple juice or for an elegant brunch Calvados Paysd Auge Liqueur. Serves 4 generously. 42 www.womenwithvision.ca
Apple-raisin chutney Ingredients: 2 cups apple cider vinegar 2 cups sugar 2 pounds honey crisp apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1⁄2 inch pieces (about 8 cups ) 1 cup of raisins 4 whole cloves 1 ⁄2 cinnamon stick 1 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 ⁄4 cup chopped pecans (for garnish) Method: Stir vinegar and sugar in saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Boil until syrupy and reduced to 1 1⁄2 cups. After about 10 minutes reduce heat to medium. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer until apples are tender and mixture thickens, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes. Let cool completely
You can refrigerate finished brie in an air tight container. This recipe will keep for 2-3 weeks
Tesoro ~ Cider Marinated Prosciutto ...continued from pg. 41
Latke: 1 ⁄2lb. Sweet Potatoes, peeled and grated 1tsp Brown Sugar 1 ⁄2 tsp Baking Powder 1 ⁄4 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Curry Powder 1 ⁄4 tsp Cumin Salt and Pepper, to taste 1 Large egg, beaten 1 ⁄4 cup Cream 2 Handfuls of Fresh Pea Shoots Cooking Instructions: 1. Whisk marinade ingredients together. Pour over tenderloin and refrigerate for at least two hours. 2. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Remove pork from marinade. Strain sauce and set aside for later. Lay the slices of prosciutto flat in a row, overlapping one another. Arrange sage evenly on top. Pat tenderloin dry and season with salt and pepper. Place tenderloin on prosciutto and roll, wrapping the tenderloin tightly. Transfer wrapped tenderloin to a roasting pan (seamed side down). Brush with olive oil.
3. Grate apple and sweet potato coarsely in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and add enough egg and cream until a stiff batter forms. The mixture should be moist, but not runny. Combine the batter and applepotato mixture to form cakes (about 3 inches in diameter). 4. Bake the tenderloin for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 150° F. 5. Coat a frying pan with olive oil and heat until it just begins smoking. Drop the latke cakes in the oil, flattening with a spatula until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and arrange on serving plate. 6. Simmer 1 cup of the strained marinade until it reduces to half the original amount. Whisk in 1tbsp of butter, and pour over the sliced pork. 7. Arrange pork over the latke cakes and garnish with fresh, trimmed pea shoots.
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TESORO RESTAURANT - Cider Marinated Prosciutto and sage wrapped pork tenderloin with curried sweet potato and apple latke. This combination of tastes deserves a wine that is totally in tune with today’s complex cuisines. This wine is a darker pink than most Zin Roses. It is very flavorful with dense fruits and great tannins on the finish. BUTTERFLY RIDGE ZINFANDEL ROSE, CALIFORNIA 2009 $10.17 CAFÉ CHARTRUEUSE – Georgian Bay Apple Fondue (Apple Cider with Pickling Spices, Cinnamon Stick, Pork Tenderloin). There is always some excuse to “pop” a bottle of Prosecco and this is one of them. This sparkling wine
CRANBERRY RESORT - French Toast with apples, local blueberries and maple syrup – the chef paired it with Apple Calvados Liqueur. This golden amber “Eau-de vie” has dried apple and cider aromas. To the taste is has a touch spicy oak and a long finish. CALVADOS BOULARD, LCBO $48.65 KATE KNOX Gingered Carrot/Parsnip Soup with Sherry. This light bodied wine from the Italian Northwest is light, perfumed and delicate. This wine is just right for fall soup. It is crisp, dry and refreshing. A little exposure to wood brings out the natural delicacy of the grape that matches these foods. PINOT GRIGIO, DOC ALTO ADIGE, 2009 E. VON KELLER $16.35 SHANNON LEONE – Nori Rolls – raw food (carrots, zucchini and apples). Raw food requires a very delicate wine to drink with this recipe. It has elevated perfumes and flavor that will enhance the flavors of the vegetables. This wine is well balanced and fruity with a long finish. CHATEAU PIQUE-SEGUE BLANC, AC MONTRAVEL 2009. $18.00
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Shannon’s Quick ‘RICE’ ⁄ C parsnips, scrubbed, peeled and chopped 1 ⁄2 C pine nuts 1 garlic clove 1 T lemon juice 1 T Nama Shoyu or Braggs 2 T olive oil 1 T agave Process until rice-like in texture. Season with salt and pepper. Be exotic and toss in a few currants and curry! 1 2
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Gourmet 1 onion, chopped 3 cups shredded carrots 3 cups shredded parsnips 1 (1-inch long) piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded 2 cups vegetable stock 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup 2-percent evaporated skim milk Salt and white pepper to taste 2 tablespoons semi-dry sherry Snipped fresh chives, and sour cream optional, for garnish
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With an immersion blender, add evaporated milk and blend mixture until smooth and creamy or; Transfer the contents to a blender or food processor and puree the soup Bring to a simmer again over medium heat. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and sherry. Taste, and adjust the seasonings. Garnish with sour cream and chives, if you like. Serve hot, or refrigerate, covered, for several hours and serve chilled
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Nels’ interests included photography, scouting, camping, hiking and bird watching. However, he was most well-known for his knowledge of ferns and orchids. He often led tours, catalogued rare species of plants and co-wrote several local books. I was truly saddened to hear about his passing in 2005. A few years ago, the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation unveiled a plaque in his honour. It was to be mounted at the head of the Fern Trail, a secondary trail off of the main trail between Inglis Falls and the Conservation Authority Offices. Nels was a director of the Foundation from 1993 until his passing in 2005.
Dedicated to Nels Maher, “the Fern Man” A recent walk through the woods on a hot, muggy summer evening reminded me of what a great impact the tree canopy had on cooling the temperature. Compared to the temperature out in the sun, it felt very comfortable. Now, anyone that knows me knows that I am a student of nature; always studying what grows in the wild, what combinations seem to appear together and the plant communities that inhabit a given area. Woodland gardens, designed by nature, are by far my most favourite native garden. The dappled shade created by the sunlight dancing through the trees and then beneath (the understorey) a green carpet of woodland plants punctuated by a dot of colour here and there, wherever a ray of sunshine has broken through to produce a flower. In the deepest shade, one has to be content with green tones and a tapestry of textures; these are the many wonderful varieties of ferns that grow naturally in our woods. When the heat of the summer has taken its toll on so many perennials, the Ferns are still green and lush heading into autumn, where many will remain evergreen throughout the winter months.
There are Ferns for just about every taste and growing condition. Marjorie Harris of Gardening Life fame, expresses her favourites with such admiration that you can almost see the Ferns in the setting she describes. Marjorie’s list includes the Lady Fern, Autumn Fern, Sensitive Fern, Japanese Painted Fern and Tatting Fern. I would like to add my favourite, Northern Maidenhair Fern. Marjorie also reminds us of the value of Ferns in shade and especially those that tolerate drier shade: the ferns that go by the botanical name of *DRY* opteris spp. Ferns naturally inhabit woodland areas and thrive in the shade provided by trees. They vary in texture and height; some creating a low lush, green carpet, while others stand in a bold upright clump. Ferns rarely suffer from insect damage or disease and do not require showy blossoms to stand out in the garden; theirs is a timeless, harmonious statement about life. © Miroslav Hasch | Dreamstime.com
Several years ago, I had the great opportunity to spend some time with a local naturalist and champion of conservation in Grey and Bruce Counties, Nelson Maher. While working at the Collingwood Scenic Caves and Nature Preserve, I joined Nels on a walk through the property, hiking on the trails and heading “off-trail” in search of the elusive Hart’s Tongue Fern. Although not yet on the endangered list, it is one of the Grey-Bruce ferns disappearing from this area and Nels was working on behalf of the Ministry to monitor the status of ferns in Grey and Bruce Counties and this part of the great Niagara Escarpment. He was so enthusiastic about his work and, now that I think about it, this is when I truly discovered Ferns.
I learned so much from Nels that short afternoon and marveled in his way of teaching; there was a story behind everything he wanted you to learn and it was through his story-telling he connected with the conservationist in all of us. Beyond his knowledge of the local plant communities, I was so impressed with his communication style that I adopted his style in my talks and educational workshops. He was truly a mentor in every respect.
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The kitchens being built today are so beautiful, but unless they are functional behind their doors, it defeats the purpose of building and renovating. As kitchens and bathrooms give the most return in expenditure, it is important to think of the biggest bang for your buck. Professional help is always suggested, as good planning for your space is the most important task of all.
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Cabinet drawers can be cleverly constructed around the sink with the middle portion taken out to accommodate the plumbing. Now you have space to put all the washing-up paraphernalia. As well, lower drawers can be built below, that roll out to access all the cleaning supplies, again with the middle part missing for plumbing.
I would only have pull out drawers on the lower cabinets. I got tired of getting on my hands and knees to find the blender (used 3 times a year but still important) that was stuffed away in the regular cabinet with fixed shelves. If pull out drawers (when first purchasing the kitchen) are out of your budget, then go to the big box stores and buy the metal pull-out hardware that will
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Remember if you get glass doors on cabinets, you have to be very tidy, think opaque and then only an allusion shows of the contents behind. Don’t be afraid to mix upper and lower cabinet styles, for example, standard bottoms with garage-style cabinets (opening upward) for the uppers. Think of cream cabinets with a dark island or vice versa. There are new faucets that turn on automatically to reduce dirt and germ transfer, taps that have instant boiling water, etc. The choices are endless in all the new products available. They all add up so pick what is important to you and makes sense eco-wise. Recycle where you can by painting or repurposing; think of the money you can save.
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The eye candy is in the tiles in the back splash. It is the first thing you see when you come into the kitchen. Unless you have a huge kitchen; it is a small place to tile so you can splash out there.
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Do you need an island? Think of what you will need - seating for family, storage, dishwasher, extra sink? Just don’t make it so large you can’t wipe it clean without getting on a stool to reach across!
ease your life. I did this, where pull outs were missing in my kitchen and bathroom and appreciate the ease of access everyday. Think of installing slim upright pull out drawers to hold your trays and chopping boards. Efficient pantries can be installed in narrow but deep areas. I would have cabinets go to the ceiling with lovely mouldings as all implements, bowls, etc. seldom used can be stored there. What about a step stool hidden in the kick board at the bottom of the cabinets and at the same time, putting a vacuum connected to the central vacuum. for all the dirt and crumbs?
a Plumbers Nightmare! By Harry Magill Basements are often the most abused room in a house but actually it is the most important room, and here's why. If you are experiencing problems in your basement, there could be problems everywhere else. Basements are well known for one problem in particular - water. If you are having water issues, i.e. water seepage from your walls, you can be sure other areas will be affected.
toilet tank), the pump automatically kicks on and the water is pumped up the plastic piping to the outside, and away from your home. This pump requires electrical power, the same as your washer and dryer, so it's important you take the time to make sure it is connected to an safely placed electrical outlet. To test the pump, pour a bucket of water into the hole at least once a year. If you don't do this annual testing, the consequences could be disastrous. If your pump does not turn on and begin pumping out the water immediately call a plumber.
Two very critical items that are crucial to running a good home environment are situated in your basement; your furnace and your sump pump. You may not think the sump pump is important, but when it isn’t serviced like a furnace you could be asking for problems. So I ask you…do you know how to service your sump pump?
If your sump pump is seized water will come in the sump hole, and if not removed it will start to flood your basement. This could end up with thousands and thousands of dollars of damage, not to mention many personal belongings near and dear to your heart.
Your sump pump is usually located near the interior concrete wall, in a hole below ground level in your crawl space or basement floor. It is approximately the size of a small garbage can with a 1/2 horsepower pump which removes the water from the hole.The water actually comes from weeping tiles situated around the exterior of your house basement walls.
Insurance claims will cover most of the damages, but they simply cannot replace the lost memories. So, my friend, with a little for-thought you can check your sump pump annually to avoid all the hassle and mess and a plumbers nightmare.
The water flows from the weepers into the sump hole. When the water reaches a certain level in the sump hole, allowing the flotation balls attached to the pump to float (just like in the
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Remember you can do whatever you want in your kitchen design, only if you know you will never move. If not, stay somewhat neutral and add colourful accessories and pictures.
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MANAGEMENT By Karen Sencich Not so long ago, society consumed only in-season foods, according to the harvest calendar. Today, due to imported produce, our options are unlimited. We are spoiled, having become a society that wastes significant quantities of food.
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Clear Out • Begin with a master clear out and wipe down of the fridge, freezer and pantry. • Remove unrecognizable items and unwanted bits and pieces of leftovers from gift baskets. Carefully check that nuts haven’t gone rancid. • The local food bank will gladly accept nonexpired food items. Clean out the Fridge Buffet • Host a weekly “Clean Out the Fridge Buffet”. It’s fun, economical and means that there is one less night to cook from scratch! 1. Each week, on the night prior to garbage pickup, empty the fridge of all edible items. 2. Food past the expiry date can be recycled to the organic waste bin or used as compost. 3. Update your master grocery list to include produce and ingredients for the next shopping trip. 4. Create a buffet using appetizing leftovers. Augment buffet selection with soup, salad or biscuits. 5. If you do this faithfully once a week, you’ll always be working with food inventory less than seven days old. 6. You’ll never find moldy mystery foods again and garbage will go promptly to the curb. 7. After the buffet, determine if any leftovers can be recycled into soups, casserole or lunch for the next day.
Meal Plan • Develop a weekly meal plan so you won’t have to wander around the grocery store wondering what to purchase. • Advance meal planning results in a more balanced diet and prevents waste by incorporating leftovers in creative new ways. • One popular strategy is to assign specific meals for each weeknight i.e. chicken, fish, pasta, or soup and sandwich night. • From your meal plan, create a comprehensive weekly grocery list that includes healthy choices and new foods to taste test. • You’ll avoid impulse purchases of expensive out of season items. • Post a laminated grocery list to conveniently update the food inventory items as you run out. Cooking • Search online for recipes using ingredients from your food inventory. • Prepare time consuming or complicated recipes on evenings when no activities are scheduled. • Cook in bulk on the weekends and freeze meals ready to go at a moment’s notice for nights with last minute schedule changes or traffic delays. • Premade pancakes and French toast can be frozen to speed up morning departures. • A crock pot is a fast, easy and nutritious way to combine leftovers into ready to eat tasty soups or stews. • Food can be packaged into individual take along lunch portions for work or school.
■ Karen Sencich CPO® Certified Professional Organizer®, Speaker and Writer www.havoctoharmony.com
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Making step by step improvements to the way we manage our household food inventory results in environmental benefits with reduced food waste going into landfills. Learning to better manage food inventory saves money once we learn to consume food before it expires.
...gentle insights of awareness & change
Born May 19, 1969 at the end of the hippie era, Dawn Colleen Mucci was raised by two “flower children” in downtown Toronto’s Yorkville community. Her mother Ann, originally from Newfoundland, was only 17 and her biker/hippie father Richard, who was from England, supported his family as an insulation tradesman. Shortly after Dawn’s birth the small family moved to Rhodes Avenue in east Toronto. Here’s her compelling, intriguing journey as told to me during our interview…
It was a busy day as I was meeting women from all walks of life at the Barrie Women’s Show in January 2010. Just before noon a slim blonde woman strolled over to the Women with Vision exhibit booth and told me that whenever she was in the Blue Mountains she would pick up the Women with Vision magazine and read it from cover to cover during her day at her favourite spa.
“At the age of four I was handed over to Children’s Aid Society as my mother was deemed unfit to care for me because she had a mental disorder. (I was eventually told that her problem was caused by her being severely abused as a child by her father and brothers.) I spent several months within C.A.S. until the courts awarded full custody to my biological father… which was very uncommon in the early 70’s.”
On her next visit to the Blue Mountains we got together and over coffee Dawn Mucci disclosed her own extremely personal life story. At one point I asked if she would be interested in revealing her lessons learned with the readers of Women with Vision magazine. Dawn’s amazing and unusual journey resonates with resilience, passion and perseverance. This is unlike any other story you’ve read in Women with Vision. Hold onto your hat!
Persistence By Lorraine Leslie
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I was delighted with her comments and while we chatted I intuitively started asking questions as I felt this woman had a fascinating story deep within her. Because it was a busy atmosphere we decided to meet a few days later after the event.
“I attended kindergarten at Argentina P.S. in Toronto and recall getting into trouble on my first day for kicking another little girl while standing in line because I wanted to be the leader of the line! I hadn’t yet learned many social skills.What followed was that all my years in elementary school were difficult as I felt distant from the other kids. I struggled with anxiety because I was not grasping what was being taught. One teacher recognized that I might be dealing with a learning disability and called my father, along with a social worker, for a meeting. They explained that I was very bright and magnetic but probably needed help with my learning disability and needed some physiological help. These people were reaching out to help me but my father basically shut them down and said there was nothing wrong with his daughter… as a result I didn’t receive any assistance.” “Growing up with a biker/hippie father in the 70’s and early 80’s was nothing short of exciting and adventurous and always uncertain. After my father declined the school’s assistance I remember him taking me out of school for six months and we went backpacking through Europe. (As a result of this trip I failed grade three.) We toured Holland, France, Italy and Spain and many other European countries. Anywhere the
Eurail trains went we were on it. During summer vacations we travelled to Cuba, Columbia and Mexico as my father was an avid scuba diver. We took trains to British Columbia to pick grapes and traveled across Canada by van, car and motorcycle but always ended up back at our flat above the record store in the High Park area of Toronto.” “The remainder of my elementary education was average. I didn’t do well but got by with passing grades. I felt inferior and disconnected at times but surprisingly I was one of the most popular kids in school. I was a leader and the class clown. I used my humour and personality to cover the feelings I had of uneasiness and fear. To get through those troubled times I withdrew alot and spent time in my room writing poetry, songs and short stories. I participated in school drama class and my favorite subject was physical education because the exercise seemed to make me feel better and gave me an outlet for my high energy.”
Dawn in grade 2 when she got head lice
Dawn and her biological father
“In the early grades, health nurses used to come into the school and check all the students for head lice. Nine times out of ten I was the kid found to have lice and was sent home with the dreaded note. The other kids would be cruel and call me names like “Dirty Dawn”, which hurt me deeply and there were many days I didn’t want to ever go back to school. My hair was long and thick and very clean so I could not understand why I was the one who kept getting lice. At the time I didn’t know or care how I got it… I just knew having it must mean that I was dirty and not as good as the other kids.” “My father used to get really upset when this happened because he had to comb my very long hair with a steel medi-comb (the type designed for cradle cap on babies) and continually had to buy pesticides to treat the lice. He worked full time and this was a real inconvenience for him… and it was traumatic for me emotionally and physically. I recall my eyes burning from the pesticide residue and my hair being torn out by this awful little comb. I used to get lice once or twice a year and every time it was the same nightmare. I thought I got it because I was a bad person and I felt like I had a black cloud over my head.”
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“As if my childhood was not already abnormal, at the age of ten I came in from playing outside to see a very beautiful woman standing in our kitchen. She walked over and gave me a big embrace. Puzzled, I looked up to my father for reassurance and asked quietly who this woman was? At that moment, to my surprise, he told me it was my ‘real’ (biological) mother. I thought I had a mother already but she turned out to be my father’s common law spouse. I remember feeling very betrayed but was curious about this woman and was told that I should go and spend every second weekend with her and get to know her. She was very charming, beautiful and captivating and I knew nothing about why I had been taken from her or that she even existed. After 2-3 months of visiting, a traumatic event took place that changed everything.”
Dawn with mother & brother Adam on ferry to Newfoundland
“One evening when I was on a scheduled weekend visit with my biological mother she went into a psychotic rage. She started attacking me verbally and physically. Not understanding what she was saying and accusing me of (having a physical relationship with her husband) she yelled louder and louder and then started chasing me around the house with an axe. Terrified, I tried to get away from her by running out of the house. She chased after me and we ended up running around and around a car in the driveway. After the cat-and-mouse chase she finally caught me and threw me on the ground and started to beat and stab at me with a knife. I struggled to free myself and most of her attempts missed, as she was hysterical, but she did get me once under my left armpit before the blade broke on the cement driveway. Still in a rage she then began biting, choking and pulling my hair…when suddenly I felt a calm come over me… I went into shock and could no longer feel the blows to my small frail body… I was ready to die. It was not scary anymore as I felt nothing but an inner piece.” “Out of the blue, just when I thought my life was over, my six-yearold stepbrother jumped on her back and somehow I recall hearing him scream, “Get off her!”. At that moment a voice in my head said, “Get up and run.” which I did. I ran to the car again to avoid her and as I looked up I noticed some people walking their dog. I yelled to them to please help me but they kept walking.” “I don’t know how long I was outside but shortly after that a police car did pull into the driveway. My mother was nowhere in sight…she had just disappeared. This is when I heard my stepfather tell them she was having another one of her episodes.” “The police and my stepfather talked for awhile and then he (my stepfather) told them he was going to take me to the hospital. We got into his car and he did a weird thing… instead of driving me to the hospital, he drove me into the forest about 20 minutes from my mother’s house. I was so exhausted and in shock that I must have fallen asleep because when I woke up he was gone and my mother was tapping on the window. This was all so strange and confusing to a child. Why would he do this?”
Dawn (left) at age 16 with friend Nancy
“My mother was standing there covered in blood. I was running down her cheek and then she showed me through the glass that she had burn
marks on her body. Later I found out they had a huge physical fight which resulted in the blood and burn marks). I didn’t understand what she was trying to tell me and I heard her yelling at me.” She was begging me to open the car door. I did what she asked as I did not want to do anything to upset her. I opened the door and she took me by my hand and forced me to run with her through the forest. All the time I kept wishing for someone to rescue me. I don’t know how long it took but we ended up back at the house where the whole nightmare had taken place the evening before. She dragged me into the house to be confronted by her husband standing there.” “Still traumatized, I ran to him to seek safety. I felt I couldn’t trust her and didn’t feel safe with her. Because I did this she started to attack me again. Her husband grabbed me and took me outside and told me to get into another car. Uncertain of where we were going I was thankful when I saw he was driving me to the hospital for medical care. I don’t remember how long I was there but when I did wake up my own father was beside my hospital bed. I think it was a few days later they released me and I returned to my father’s home on the back of his motorcycle.” “The whole incident was never talked about again. I remember sitting on the couch in silence with no hugs, no words, no resolution, just alone… and that is how I felt for a good part of my young life. Then I heard, a few years later, that my mother lost total control again, and is now serving a life sentence in jail. As I matured and learned from my own life lessons I turned to my inner faith which resulted in writing and sending her one letter of forgiveness.” “I had struggled through elementary school years before entering high school. It was very challenging for me as I began to experience a lot of nervousness, anger and despair. I began to disassociate myself from normal high school activities and friends. By grade nine, in my sixteenth year, late in the school year I was basically a high school dropout and began to live a very reckless, undirected, unhealthy lifestyle doing whatever jobs I could find traveling across Canada and the United States. I call these my dark years. I saw more and lived more in those four years than most people would in a lifetime. However, during those years I met a man, fell in love, and at the age of twenty-one became pregnant and had a son I loved who I named Joseph.”
“At this point in my life I recognized I needed to improve my circumstances and deal with the issues that I was trying so hard to escape from. Over the years I was diagnosed with everything from bi-polar disorder to anxiety and depression and was given a variety of different medications to try and help me: none of them were successful. I realized I needed to return to school and finish what I had abandoned – my education. At the age of 24 I started my studies. One and a half years later I graduated at the top of my class with honours” “In and around that time I ended up leaving my son’s father, who had become abusive. I finally refused to be abused anymore and I needed to protect my son Joseph. I became a single mother on welfare. I was constantly trying to find a way to support myself and Joseph until I found a decent career path. I did well enough to make ends meet but walked away from many great opportunities because they did not feel right to me at the time. At one point I took a commercial truck driving course and received my license to drive tractor trailers (eighteen wheelers). Most of the work was long hauls which really didn’t fit in with being a single mother so I eventually took a job with the City of Toronto. I was one of five women who drove a garbage truck and hauled twenty tons a day. It was very unusual for a small petite female to take on such a physical job, and to be honest the only benefit was the work-out I got. I ended that career one night when I was on the back of the garbage truck and a drunk driver cut the truck off. I was thrown into the hopper (it smelled so bad) of the truck and suffered whiplash and a strained wrist. I went on disability for a short period of time until I was strong enough to begin looking for more suitable employment.” “I always knew that I was entrepreneurial. As a young child I was setting up lemonade stands, putting on little variety shows and charging people admission to come. I’d make crafts and sell them. I would paint people’s nails or whatever I could do to make money. I loved to be creative. Looking back through my past at all my various careers and the possibilities of the great jobs, I realized they had never fulfilled me as a person.” “I was on a recuperating journey and felt most rewarded when I was helping others and working for myself. This inspired me to take a course in the healthcare field in which I received my certification as an aromatherapist. Once I completed all my training, I started a company called New Dawn Aromatherapy: I continued on pg. 62
Lice Squad Franchisee Team January 2009
“I sought out a franchise lawyer, an accountant, and a business advisor and we began working on the operations manual, training system and product offerings. Once this was in place I had the legal documentation created for the franchise contract and franchise disclosure documents. Finding suitable people to carry my brand and service was the next challenge. I found that the most appropriate people were those I already had working for me as consultants out in the field. Other suitable people were hair- dressers, nurses or mothers who had experienced head lice in their own lives.”
Dawn with her twins
“Now I have come to understand that a person needs to REALLY be aware of their inner feelings and accept them before healing can begin. For years I suppressed everything because I did not know what was wrong and I could not accept my truth. I had buried the horrific events so deep that I forgot the details and thought of ways to disguise my feelings. It was and continues to be difficult to experience these feelings as I go though my life as a mother, business woman and partner. They often interfere with the normal process of day-to-day functioning, yet at least I know they are real and I am not alone. continued on pg. 64
Dawn Mucci gets ready to work Dawn Mucci ...continued from pg. 61
would make special blends and products for face and body care. I had some relative success with this but it was not making me enough money to care for Joseph. I had to go back and work in the corporate world and took a job as a manager at a health and wellness centre in Toronto. I excelled in my job and did very well financially but again I was faced with that unfulfilled feeling. At that time my son got lice from his daycare centre, subsequently he gave it to me which needless to say brought me right back to my childhood place of shame, fear and the whole nightmare I went through as a child.” “I couldn’t find anyone to help me and all I was told was to use pesticides and a miserable comb like the one used on my head as a child. I didn’t want to do that to my son or myself again. An old saying states that if you are open to receive, opportunities are in front of us all the time. This is when I decided to become my own helper because it wasn’t out there for me. I remember thinking that I would pay any amount of money to have someone help me with this head lice problem. That was saying a lot because I only had two nickels to rub together.” “I spent months researching head lice. I used my aromatherapy skills to create a treatment blend and ultimately created a way to get rid of the lice for myself and my son without the use of pesticides or causing pain. I realized this was a niche business opportunity and that there were other people struggling and looking for help. I started Lice Squad Canada in May of 2001 with less than five hundred dollars in my pocket and a TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) bus pass.” “I literally went door to door (while getting on and off the bus) to help other people who were going through a similar experience that I had gone through and before long I was too busy to keep up with the demand. This is when franchising became an idea and I brought in consultants and advisors to help me build the franchise system.” 62 www.womenwithvision.ca
“I sold my first franchise in September 2002 to a woman in Sudbury, Ontario and now in 2010, eight years later, I have eighteen franchises in operation across Canada with plans to have forty-five in place by 2017. It started as a home-based business that is now run out of a 1500-square-foot corporate office that employs three people along with the franchisers in large geographical areas.” “Now, I’m happy to tell you, Lorraine, that I have been in a long-term loving and supportive relationship for 10 years and have three beautiful healthy children. Ryan and Diana, my sixyear-old twins, and Joseph, who is now 18, are the people who motivate me to continue to better myself on my journey through life.” “From the age of 28 to today I have been on a healing and learning journey… seeking freedom from the pain, shame and the fear that I carried with me deep down inside. As a child who struggled to understand and break free I am now an openminded and successful adult. Just recently I discovered that I do not have a mental illness of any kind but rather suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, commonly seen in people who come back from a war or those who have experienced a traumatic event in life. This explained a lot of why I felt anxious and isolated as a child and disassociated myself from others. All those years of taking medications had been a waste of time and resulted in my feeling inadequate and defective.”
Dawn Mucci ...continued from pg. 63
Daily, I practice moving through them instead of around them. This has helped me to release the pain and fear I carried for all those years. My spiritual journey has taught me that I can choose to live in peace and that I am not a victim.”
By Marj Sawers
Dawn ended our interview with these poignant thoughts… “Having gone through a breech of trust and betrayal, as I told you, I spent many years in anger, shame and denial. A mother-daughter relationship is one of the most sacred and fundamental bonds of life. When it is compromised or broken it creates a hole in the human heart that seemingly cannot be filled. I know this because I tried everything to fill mine. Finding the courage to trust others again and to forgive was what set me free. In forgiveness I saw that my mother is human and fallible and that she probably never intended to hurt me. She was ill and suffered from her own issues. I eventually learned to have love for my mother. Not the normal child-parent kind of love but more of an open love. I chose to take the positive things from her life and not to allow what happened to stunt my growth as a human being. I have her creativity, sense of humour, childlike spirit, beauty, brains and enthusiasm for life. Despite her dire circumstances, she continues to be positive and enthusiastic as she serves her term in prison. She does not question but rather accepts and moves forward. Who knows… one day we may sit down together again but for now I am content to wish her the most happiness and love that life has to offer and move on my own way into the future. Now that I have come to know just how sick she is I am no longer ashamed of her, angry with her, hurt or afraid. I just accept things for what they are and know that as a mother myself I now have the opportunity to be the mom that I wanted to my own kids.”
Disappointments are to the Soul what thunderstorms are to a humid day. (Author Unknown)
Thank you Dawn for being so straight forward and honest with your touching and personal story so others can learn from your lessons…I am so happy and grateful to have met you and been able to share your soulful story with our readers. I know they will never forget you! Dawn and her family
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This was quoted at a “Women with Vision” luncheon I attended recently and it hit me right in the heart. It explains why most people are stronger after a challenge and they appear to experience pure joy as they realize the benefits they gained as a result of the disappointment or change. What seemed like the end of the world really has an upside.
In the days and weeks that followed my interview with Dawn I thought quite a bit about her journey. As a former police officer it brought back memories of many women of all ages I dealt with in similar circumstances. I loved that, in spite of all her traumatic events, Dawn has a wonderful sense of humour and has become a gutsy lady. She now steps forward as an open, willing and trusting woman with vision who is helping others along life’s path to good mental and personal health and finding success in business.
Tornados & Turmoil
“As I share my story with Women with Vision I am in the process of introducing new medical technology to treat head lice. I’m also writing a book about my experience of post traumatic stress disorder and how anyone can overcome anything in life once they identify, accept and preserve their challenges along their personal life journey. One other very important thing that I have learned is to never be afraid to speak your truth.”
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On May 31st it was the twenty fifth anniversary of the tornado that tore through the south end of Barrie and changed so many lives. It changed the landscape, altered or destroyed many buildings but most of all it changed how people thought. I found myself directly in the path of that roaring nightmare. That experience totally changed me. I no longer take my life for granted because I almost lost it. I can no longer take my memory for granted because I almost lost that too. For almost four years after that day I did not feel safe. Who I was and the direction I was travelling was dramatically changed after that day. All of a sudden the things that previously were so important to me meant nothing. All of the things I had to do, no longer mattered. What mattered most was hanging on to my life. Being able to sit up was a break through, as the healing began. Post traumatic stress controlled what I could and could not tolerate for four years. Baby steps, patience and a lot of time was all that changed my outcome. I discovered that life can deliver a set back in a flash. Only I could do the reset to move forward. I also learned that life is sweet. All I needed was time and support. I had to decide whether I was going to take my life back and live it my way, or give into the turmoil that the tornado had caused to me personally as well as in my life as I knew it. Many times it would have been easier to buckle under and become a victim. I am certainly glad I did not succumb to that path of least resistance. Like a tornado, turmoil can rip through any of our lives and tear it completely apart. The relationship you thought was perfect gets blown out of the water, a job that is your income and your identity is ripped away, or you loose a loved one and everything changes.You are no longer sure of anything. You struggle and you are strong, then, you fall down. Your
family and friends move back to their own bag of problems and you struggle on alone. People smile at you and say “you are doing so well” but if they really looked into your eyes they would realize that they are vacant, there is nobody home. YOU have to be the solution to the problems you find yourself in. YOU have to decide to get back up. YOU have to change how you think about things and make the changes pertaining to the challenges YOU are dealing with. YOU must make a list of what you can do, then do it well. Each day take one step at a time until YOU start to move in a new direction. YOU have got to do the work. YOU will be very surprised and probably pleased with what YOU discover about yourself when you take the initiative to change. If you are supporting someone who is struggling do not force your expectations on them, let them rebuild their life and piece it back together one step at a time until they are strong again. Health and self esteem are very fragile things and it is a tough lesson to learn when things go sideways. The only way someone coming through trauma will survive is by doing it their way, not yours. It has got to be their victory so as they truly can get back up and claim their lives again.
I have a great sign that reads, “Life is fragile…Handle with Prayer.” That is a good place to start. Tie a knot in your rope and hang on because it is going to get better. ■ Marj Sawers, Wedding Wizard 705-722-0243 firstname.lastname@example.org www.womenwithvision.ca 65
Status and Suffrage By Linda Thorn
[ You’ve come a long way baby! ] This is such a catchy marketing phrase directed at women a few decades ago, but it is oh so true. Women in our present society can own property, hold prestigious professions, enjoy their lifestyle, command high salaried government positions, travel on cruise ships alone, and even travel into space as an astronaut. It is hard to believe that in one or two generations past, women in Canada were not officially considered “persons” until 81 years ago. (1929) We take so much for granted today and celebrate our own identity. It is an inconceivable thought that in our mother or grandmother’s lifetime, our female fore bearers were so horribly abused by men in civilized society for the simple offence of carrying a placard to protest women’s right to vote. Evolving from England, the Suffragette Movement originated with a woman named Emmeline Prankhurst. Emmeline gathered women to protest the right for suffrage or “right to vote” which was, after great national controversy, granted in 1918. In Canada, Dr. Emily Stowe was the first Canadian female doctor who launched an aggressive campaign in 1878 for women to have equal voting rights both federally and provincially by creating the Toronto Women’s Literary Club, a front for her Suffragette Movement. According to Carole Pateman, who in 1989 wrote that the right of women to vote is the “Mary Wollstonecraft Dilemma” which implies Universality versus Difference. Should females have the right to vote because they share a common humanity with males? The opposite theory includes women needing the right to vote based on the differences. By nature, women must participate in politics with probable positive
consequences. As an early feminist author, Mary created these themes in 1792 Europe with Vindications of the Her adoring Rights of Women. daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote similar themes of the power and folly of male ego in her famous book, Frankenstein. Suffragettes were mostly upper class women who considered themselves morally superior to males and considered themselves the “housekeepers of the nation.” Many men in society earned the scorn from women in regards to large, impoverished families who were ill kept by drunkard and absent fathers. It was basically a Sisterhood Movement of women activists who heckled, signed lengthy petitions and held large rallies to be heard in response to men’s suggestion to stay in the home and out of politics.
The opposition wasn’t just the male ego. There was a strong and powerful lobby against women becoming involved in politics from the huge illegal business of liquor trafficking. Pulpit Power was a discriminating force against the vote for women and its primary source were churches which advocated women staying home with families. Four decades after Dr. Stowe initiated the Suffragette Movement in Canada, Manitoba became the first province to pass legislation allowing women the vote in 1916. It would be another 24 years before Dr. Stowe’s dream was fully realized with women being able to cast their vote in every province except Quebec. It wasn’t until 1940, that Quebec became the final province to concede to women’s right to vote.
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It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you as the Mayor of our community for the past years.
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We owe our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to 5 specific Canadian women who petitioned the Federal Government of Canada’s Supreme Court in April 1928 to change the wording of the 1867 British North American Act, which stipulated that women were not “qualified persons”. When it was denied, the Famous Five women, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby and our own
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heroine, Nellie McClung, (born in Chatsworth, Grey County) insisted on an appeal to the British Privy Council. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Sankey, remarked…”to those who ask why the word (persons) should include females, the obvious answer is why should it not?” As of 1929 all women were recognized officially as “persons” and there was no stopping them. After women’s participation in WWI, they were openly recognized to stand as a candidate in Federal elections in 1919. WWII allowed women a unique opportunity to work in factories by the thousands and join the army or air force. The Navy was the last branch on national defense to accept female recruits and more than 6,000 women signed up. Most of the women in the military services received one third of a man’s salary even though they risked their lives in many ways for allied freedom. Political pollsters now know the power of the female vote. Remember the first U.S.A. televised election debate where John Fitzgerald Kennedy outshone Richard Nixon in appearance and charisma? That broadcast swept JFK into the White House. And who can forget women’s support in “Trudeaumania” with Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau! This year, 2010, we celebrate the 81st Anniversary of becoming persons in Canada. However, the cost still runs high for women’s equality in the workplace and in the political arena. In multicultural Canada, we see many shocking examples of discrimination against women in “our True North strong and free”. Now that we have gained the vote and the person status, we need to seriously recognize and support our “sisters” who need us today to stand up for their rights. We have achieved the visions of Dr. Emily Stowe and we need to be women with vision for our sisters who need our help because we still have a long way to go baby! "Nothing ever happens by chance," Emily Murphy liked to say. "Everything is pushed from behind." After twelve years of pushing, the doors of the Canadian Senate finally opened to women, but it was too late for Emily Murphy to enter. She died on October 27, 1933. ■ Linda Thorn Writer, Educator and Event Planner email@example.com
By Lynda Pogue
Remember that famous line from the film “Jerry McGuire”? Tom Cruise pleaded repeatedly to Cuba Gooding Jr.: Help me help you.
I’ve recently come to internalize this quote and now know that trying to help a situation by doing something FOR someone rather than WITH someone can be detrimental rather than helpful.The person receiving this ‘help’ doesn’t feel a part of the process and becomes a passive entity rather than an active participant. An Ojibwa woman once told me to ask a dying person for some advice… about anything. It helps her or him to feel needed/necessary/a part of the energy flow of life. After she advised me, I went to my grandmother’s bed and asked her guidance about something. Her eyes began twinkling and she perked right up. I helped her to help herself. Since then, I’ve followed this advice repeatedly with the same constructive results. So, with this little story in mind, please let me help you to help yourself. After I gave a fun workshop on Leadership, the organizer gave me an oddly uplifting book written by a colleague of hers called “The Secret of Successful Failing (Hidden inside every failure is exactly what you want)” by Gina Mollicone-Long.
Be thankful before every meal
Celebrate one success every single day
Make a list of 100 things you want to do before you die
Collect inspiring quotes
Surround yourself with colour
Give at least one hug every single day
Babysit for a single parent
Say “I Love You” to someone else every single day
Perform random, anonymous acts of kindness
10. Pick up every single penny you find, bless it and give it away 11. Make a list of everything for which you are grateful and carry it with you 12. Talk to strangers 13. Sing out loud, loudly, every day 14. Dance every single day 15. Talk to you houseplants 16. Meditate every day 17. Listen to beautiful music 18. Do one thing every day that scares you 19. Play at 100% and expect 100%
Here is part of her list for taking a positive turn in your life:
20. Train yourself to enjoy something you don’t currently like 21. Remember other peoples’ birthday 22. Remember other people’s names
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23. Take the “I’m” out of impossible at least once a year 24. Stand up for your beliefs 25. Laugh every day
RECEIVER OR TRANSMITTER
By Deborah Johnson Intuitive sense, the sixth sense is a natural ability we all possess. It is as much a gift as our other five senses. Scientists and government bodies have spent years researching this ability, created practical applications for it, and removed much of the fear and mystery from it.
The more you learn to understand your unique abilities and recognize how intuitive information comes to you, the more accurate your skills become. All of our lives we are taught to ‘think before we speak’. The biggest secret of using your sixth sense is exactly the opposite, ‘speak before you think’. Keep it simple, don’t analyze your information as you glean it, and above all, trust yourself. When dealing with energies and intuitive information, people are generally either ‘Transmitters’, which means they have the ability to send information to others, or they are Receivers, which means they receive intuitive information from others. Occasionally a person can be both a Transmitter and Receiver but usually they are one or the other. Most people don’t realize just how much they already use this ability on a regular basis. Answer the following questions and notice how many you actually respond yes to.
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1. Do you often hear from someone within 24 hours after thinking about them? 2. Do other people finish your sentences for you or claim that they knew what you were about to say? 3. Have you ever unintentionally affected electronics such as computers, lights, radio or TV transmissions in some way such as unexplainable static, freezing up, difficulty changing channels, lights flickering? 4. Do others around you often seem to be easily affected by your mood? without you verbalizing or expressing through actions how you are feeling? 5. Do you know who is calling when the phone rings but think it’s just a lucky guess? 6. Do you seem to know things without understanding how you know them? 7. Do you hear, see, feel or sense things around you that aren’t obvious to others? 8. Do you finish other people’s sentences for them or know what they are going to say before they actually say it? 9. Are you sensitive to your surroundings, notice drafts, cold spots and/or movements out of the corner of your eye? 10. Do you dream of loved ones who have passed over and feel that they were actually here? If the majority of your answers in Questions 1–5 were ‘yes’, you are predominantly a Transmitter. If the majority of your answers for Questions 6-10 were ‘yes’, you are mainly a Receiver. A ‘Yes’ response to most questions from 1 – 10 indicates you can Transmit and Receive. What you do with your natural sixth sense is the fun part but if exercising this ability always do so with integrity and the intent for everyone’s highest good and never divulge intuitive impressions recklessly, particularly if an individual has not given you permission to delve into their psyche. I love assisting others in developing this ability to the fullest for their benefit and benefit to those around them.
■ Deborah Johnson, Author, ‘Look Within, Heal Without’ www.deborah-johnson.net
Which are you?
By Tillie MacDonald
Margaret’s famous photo of Gandhi was taken only hours before his death
Margaret Bourke-White was the first female photojournalist for Life magazine and was the first western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union. Margaret developed a strong work ethic from her father as well as a keen interest in wildlife. She would often leave her house to go exploring. Her mother resorted to sewing a sign on her dress with her name and address asking people to send her home. Margaret’s father was an engineer and a very strong believer in equality of opportunity for his children. He took Margaret to see the printing machines at his workplace and she was fascinated. Her life achievements, in a man’s world, were very much influenced by her father whose motto was, ‘You Can’. She attended Columbia University to study reptiles. Here she also developed an interest in photography, another interest she shared with her father. She studied with Clarence White, an advocate of ‘pictorialism’, where photographs emulate paintings. Margaret graduated from Cornell University in 1927. Due to her father’s death she was left without financial resources so she began to take photographic commissions. She specialized in photographing industrial subjects and architecture. Her photographs of steel making attracted a great deal of attention and she was invited to work as the staff photographer for Fortune magazine. In 1930 she became the first foreigner admitted to the USSR when Fortune sent her there to document advances in industry since the 1917 Revolution.
During World War II Margaret covered the war for Life magazine. Although foreign photographers were officially banned, Margaret’s earlier work earned her exemption. She was the only foreign photographer in Moscow when Germany invaded Russia. In 1942 she was crossing the Atlantic to North Africa in a transport ship that was torpedoed and sunk. She scrambled to a lifeboat but managed to take photographs of the relieved survivors waving to the British search plane. During the war Margaret photographed the Allied Leaders: Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt. In 1943 she became the first woman to fly on a combat mission. She also became the first Army Air Force woman photographer covering the allied infantry’s first campaign in action in North Africa and Italy. She was attached to General Patton’s Third Army when it crossed the Rhine and was one of the first to take pictures that shocked the world as they showed the truth about Nazi concentration camps. Her book Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly, published in 1946 recorded her experiences as US troops liberated the camps.
In 1936 Margaret began her lifelong connection with Life magazine. She specialized in photo-essays: a series of stories and information in an innovative form.
Margaret travelled to India to record the migration of Hindus and Muslims as India and Pakistan were separated during Independence. Margaret’s famous photograph of Gandhi at his spinning wheel was taken only hours before his assassination in 1948. From 1949-1953 she photographed life in South Africa under apartheid as well as the Korean war. After Korea, Margaret was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. By 1969 she was forced to retire from Life magazine. Margaret passed away in 1971. Life magazine published her best known photographs and began their eulogy with the words ‘Her pictures were her life’.
In 1937 Margaret met novelist Erskine Caldwell who she would marry. They worked on the book You Have Seen Their Faces which described the experiences of rural black Southerners during the Depression.
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Your Numerological Business Vision
BALANCE NUMBER By Paola Gucciardi Without any thought or consideration, each of us responds in very specific ways when dealing with challenging or difficult situations. Some express feelings openly; others prefer to withdraw; some hold on to hard feelings extensively and others avoid them altogether. The Balance number provides insight about how to better handle these difficult situations.
the numerical value of the first letter of your first, middle and last name
Balance Number 1 Your tendency is to isolate yourself and to turn inward in times of trouble. Turning to friends and family for help may allow you to see the situation from different perspectives. Use your strength, creativity and courage to handle these challenging times.
Balance Number 2 You tend to respond emotionally to difficult situations often blowing problems out of proportion. Rather than allow your fear of conflict to cause you to retreat, use your incredible tact and diplomacy to bring about mutual resolution. Balance and harmony are your cornerstones.
Balance Number 3 Problems cause you to become very emotional. You tend to see your solution as the “correct” one. Use your charm and adopt an objective and more easy-going optimistic attitude. It will allow you to explore mutually beneficial solutions. Difficulties and conflict can cause you to become very angry and
3 + 1 + 1 = 5 Balance Number
1. Write your full name that appears on your birth certificate 2. Using the chart below, record the corresponding numerical value of the first letter of your first, middle and last name 3. Total of the values = Balance Number
Balance Number 4
1 A J S
2 B K T
3 C L U
4 D M V
5 E N W
6 F O X
7 G P Y
8 9 H I Q R Z
inflexible. Control your anger and learn to forgive. Use compassion, understanding and objectivity to see the bigger picture and recognize there are more options than you may initially realize.
feelings all together. Calming yourself and using your strong analytical abilities provides the insight necessary to resolve the challenge.
Balance Number 5
In difficult times, your tendency is to ignore the needs of others and to use power to get your way. Rather than force your solution onto others, use your leadership abilities to work with others to develop one that benefits all.
Your instinct is to run from challenging situations rather than to deal with the pain they may cause. Rather than become angry and indulge in vices such as food, alcohol and drugs, use your charm, creativity and mind to find positive solutions.
Balance Number 6 Although you possess an incredible ability to understand people and the causes of conflict, it is difficult for you to deal with them. You tend to depend too heavily on friends and family to provide comfort and guidance. Take responsibility and participate in finding the solution.
Balance Number 8
Balance Number 9 During difficult times, you tend to retreat often seeing yourself as an aristocrat looking down on others. Use your ability to understand people and to see the bigger picture to develop a realistic solution. It’s in giving that you receive.
Balance Number 7 You have the tendency to get emotionally charged with challenging times. You prefer to withdraw hoping to avoid these situations and corresponding
■ Paola Gucciardi, Numerologist www.lifenumbers.ca
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