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I was sitting with a friend having a quiet conversation over a cup of coffee. We were discussing how our children behaved so differently from today’s generation. Not better. Not worse. Just different. We went on to discuss how, in our mid twenties, the primary focus of our generation was getting married and starting a family and our secondary focus was getting our careers started. My friend also shared with me that she had woken up that very morning thinking — “I’m gratitude…not attitude.” For me and many of my girlfriends, our twenties were the time when it was all about setting up house, preparing home-cooked meals and sewing for our children. Personally, having a young family of three energetic sons in the early 70’s (three and two years apart) kept me going from sunrise to very late at night. As they are for all parents, the baby years were exhausting. The boys’ primary school years gave me a bit more time to spend with my youngest son and create a breathing space to think about my personal goals. My friend’s comment about “gratitude vs. attitude” echoed in my head for a few days… it sparked thoughts of how deeply grateful I was to have had the opportunity to stay home with my boys and see them run and play and learn from each other. They say the first three years of a child’s life are just about the most impressionable and are the peak learning stage. (Apparently there’s another physical/emotional/intellectual growth spurt when one just enters pubescence.) When the boys came home from school I encouraged them to sit with me at the end of the day and tell me what they had learned each day …or what was something exciting or funny that happened? We were building on positive experiences. Each one of them wanted to go first and tell their own experience. Because there were four of us, it was
Much like writing the feature article for Women with Vision Magazine I am grateful to share the insightful and true life stories of the amazing women I meet. As with my children’s adventures, I learn many things about each woman and their personal life journey because I truly listen and then respond. In this issue I invite you to read my feature article about Kara Zakrzewski’s dream to be part of the 2012 Olympics and to take note of our Women with Vision Making a Difference article about Joanne Davison… an inspirational cancer survivor who created a career to help other cancer patients. In each article you’ll experience the gratitude vs. attitude that both women experienced. Their attitude towards life turned from one of challenge to one of gratitude. Spring is a time for new beginnings, new growth and new goals. I’m grateful for each day and all my lessons learned. Keeping this in mind, my spring goal is to focus much more deeply on gratitude for what I have and to continually keep a positive attitude. Nominated for
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agreed that each brother would have one day of the week to share their story first. Eagerly, on Monday the eldest told us his stories… Tuesday the middle son shared his… Wednesday the youngest gushed with his news… and Thursday was my turn. On Fridays we would listen to everyone in reverse. Sitting with all three of my boys late in the afternoon was a special time of the day for all of us.
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TO USE OR NOT TO USE Social Media
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What to consider before jumping on the social networking bandwagon Since emerging on the web scene, social media has exploded into a widely used communications tool. A recent Ipsos Reid survey found that the number of Canadians using social networking sites has increased from 39% to 56% in the last 18 months. According to Scotiabank,16% of small businesses in Canada are using social media tools for business purposes – with 23% of these reporting they have acquired new customers and 7% saying their business is growing significantly.
While some businesses have successfully integrated social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook,Twitter and blogs into their marketing strategies, that’s no guarantee it will be right for you. Consider these things first: • Step back and take a good look at your objectives. Determine whether social media marketing will help you achieve your objectives and if it’s the best way to allocate limited resources. How will you measure success? • Understand your target audience. Do they use social media? If not, more traditional marketing methods will likely provide greater value to you. • Know what you’re signing up for. Using a social network such as a blog or Facebook is a big commitment – it takes a lot of time to set it up, get people to join, post and update content, and monitor the results. 16 www.womenwithvision.ca
• Research best practices. See what social media other companies, including your competitors, are using and whether they have successfully marketed their products and services before you follow their lead. There’s no question that the trend is towards these more collaborative technologies where people are not merely passive recipients of marketing messages but, rather, participants in the process. Even if you do not plunge into social media, it’s a good idea to dip your toes in and get a feel for how it works. At minimum, become a listener – for example, by typing in a subject in Google Alerts that you want to follow.A cardinal rule of social media participation is to contribute information, share your expertise and engage your target audience in conversations, which can turn into an effective marketing avenue for your business. Remember, it’s more about marketing than sales.
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• To listen and find out what their customers like, dislike, and are seeking. • To attract new visitors to their web sites. • To build their brand and online community. • To gain credibility through sharing expertise. • To discuss business issues. • To build a database.
ENTREPRENEUR + ECONOMICS = Entrenomics
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But should you be jumping on the social media bandwagon? Here are some reasons why small businesses use these tools:
While the word hasn’t yet been entered into the dictionary, I feel confident that it will be soon. So many Entrepreneurs are becoming more economically savvy. Gone are the days of starting a business without a business plan or a break-even figure. Now we recognize the importance of not only planning, but also of measuring the results as we move forward with any new business.
Entrenomics is a unique approach to business for those with an entrepreneurial flair. It’s for anyone who has a strong desire to monitor their progress and produce measurable results. Entrenomics is specifically geared toward entrepreneurs who want to understand the “sense” behind making dollars. According to research, "definable, operational metrics is the key to understanding business in any economic climate.” Entrenomics will alert entrepreneurs to trends that could diminish profitability and growth. Entrenomics encourages entrepreneurs to define their business issues and find measurable solutions. Putting in place the action items necessary to increase sales and maximize profit. Entrepreneur + Economics = Entrenomics – this is an equation that is proving its worth. To be Successful Using Entrenomics Do what you love. You will devote plenty of time and energy into building the business into a successful enterprise. Make sure you have the funding. Have money in your pocket while you're building that business.
Don't do it alone. You need a support system. Find a mentor who will listen sympathetically to your latest business crisis. Do the networking to get clients and customers. Your business can't survive without them. Create and follow your business plan. Monitor and measure the plan. Do your research. Become an expert on your industry. Join related industry and professional associations. Get professional help. You need an accountant or bookkeeper, a lawyer, a banker and a marketing professional. Find the money! Figure out your financial fallback plan. Traditional lenders don't like businesses without proven track records. Be professional from day one. Get all the accessories you need. Business cards, business phone, a business email address and a website. Be compliant! Get the legal and tax issues right the first time. Learn your legal and tax responsibilities and operate accordingly. ■ Donna Messer Networking Expert, International Speaker www.connectuscanada.com
STEPS TO A Great Marketing Plan By Janette Burke Small business owners think that marketing plans are for VP’s of corporations. They falsely believe a business card, brochure, website and Social Media are the only marketing tools they require. If your marketing efforts are shot-in-the-dark risks rather than profitable investments, you might want to reconsider creating a solid marketing plan - even if it’s a few points scribbled on a sheet of paper! Here are the steps: Step 1: State Your Business Purpose Start with a summary of your purpose. For example – ABC Corp. empowers entrepreneurs by providing them effective, efficient, affordable, marketing and public relations advice and solutions to match their schedules, budgets and circumstances. We give them the BIG AGENCY feeling without the BIG AGENCY price to take their business up another level. Step 2: Define Your Market Situation What challenges, transformations and opportunities are you enduring in relation to your client’s? Will these changes affect their purchasing power?? How much direct & indirect competition do you have vying for your clients’ dollars?? Are they initiating programs to threaten your business or closing and leaving you with a void to fill? What seasonal and economic changes influence your business? What physical adjustments (building renovations or roadwork) are reducing accessibility and parking? Are there any regional, local or industry events to capitalize on?
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Step 3: Set Goals and Objectives What’s your goal – to land 3 more clients, participate in a trade show, incorporate social media, give a talk, host a special event, obtain media coverage or join a networking group? Whatever marketing measure you implement to increase revenue, arriving at your destination and achieving success, begins with knowing where you’re headed and how to get there. Write your goals down and stick to them. Each time a new option arises, ask yourself…Will this bring me closer to my goal or take me off my path? If so, pass on it. Step 4: Define Your Target Profile In terms of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity, martial status, income, education, household and location. Include their attitudes, behavioural patterns, spending habits, beliefs, values, hobbies and interests.What do they do on weekends? Do they read books, newspapers, journals or magazines? Watch TV, listen to radio or both? How often are they online?? Are they Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn users? This information will help you: • Develop appealing marketing tactics & remain in contact • Create PR & advertising messages that align your unique approach, interests and emotions with existing and prospective customers • Select effective communication vehicles • Weigh media sales pitches & placements • Project a unified image that reinforces your position, brand & creative strategy ■ Janette Burke Marketing/PR Coach, Consultant and Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org www.yourmarketingmagnet.com
Pigs or Chickens? By Rick Ziemski
“Our product is steel. Our strength is people.”
~ Dofasco Inc.
Without a doubt Dofasco enjoys the reputation of being a “people” company and a good place to work. Dofasco’s culture places high value on its employees and management has behaved accordingly.The corollary to this story is that failure to apply the right people formula in business will define whether the business succeeds or fails and can determine the degree of growth in owner/shareholder value in the business. Nothing happens in a business without the systematic application of required skills and competencies through the goodwill of its employees.
companies correctly select candidates because they are balanced individuals, but then work them long hours with unreasonable expectations until they are no longer balanced in life, become worn out,unproductive and have to be let go.I’ve always preferred a team of great “chickens” to those one-trick “pigs”. It’s better for the business and a lot more fun to manage. In real terms, it costs one and a half times annual wage and benefits to replace a departed employee; a high cost simply because you failed to treat an employee as an investment.
Corporate cultures are always driven from the top and from my experience with smaller businesses I’ve found that owner/managers often fail to create a culture that optimizes the deployment of people, the company’s most important asset. Being a small business is a risky existence and to ensure survival, owners often operate in a defensive mode, protecting the business from perceived predators like competitors etc. Unfortunately they often lump in employees and in the extreme treat them as potential thieves or at best as liabilities, rather than as valuable assets. I have frequently been saddened and frustrated to hear employees talk about management giving lip service to things like employee empowerment without understanding the mechanics of it.
A business culture make-over is a difficult exercise and if you do decide to do one I’d strongly advise contracting a senior level Human Resource professional who is experienced in structuring what is needed and in mentoring you on how to manage within the new culture.
There are several lessons for any business owner to consider. First, you need an employee focused culture that shows employees that they are valued assets.The culture must be real and you must“walk the talk” with the necessary structures, communications and actions. Concern for the well-being of employees should be priority one and needs to be genuine.Think of your business as a pedestal stool rather than a three legged stool as some do. Instead of diluting focus across the three legs; customers, owners and employees, put the focus on your employees. If employees are satisfied, they in turn will ensure that the customers are satisfied and that leads to earnings and eventually satisfied owners. Second, take a long term perspective and view employee related costs such as wages, benefits and training as a long term investment. Treat people in a way that allows them to live a balanced life.Today’s employees want to be the “chicken” and not the “pig”. It is said that the pig makes a commitment once while the chicken can contribute for a long period of time.Too often
And if you’re an employee, look for employers who are looking for chickens, not pigs.
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CANADIANS Open Their Hearts By Kathleen Caswell
"From those to whom much is given, much is expected." On a cold weekend back in January, tears kept coming to my eyes. This was not from the cold, but from something I was learning anew about Canadians. It was the week of the earthquake in Haiti and the news reporting was all about that. The reports were saying that not only were Canadians pouring money into the country, but also families were lining up to offer adoptive homes to Haitian orphans. Former US President Clinton recently stated that Canadian efforts in Haiti were “unbelievable”.
~ Luke 12:48
First of all, your Canadian government has a dollar-for-dollar fund multiplying your $1,600 donation by 2, giving Haiti $3,200. www.acdi-cida.gc.ca Secondly, consider the tax effect of your donation. At tax time, the government will give you back $600.The result out of your pocket is the $1,000 you wanted to give. www.cra-arc.gc.ca The total donation to Haiti of your $1,000 is $3,200!
Canadians give because they care and because they are generous. Are you aware that your donations can be multiplied 3.2 times? Let’s say you wanted to give a donation of $1,000 to Haiti. Start by giving $1,600 and see what happens.
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Here are other vehicles for charitable giving that I will describe briefly: A “Charitable Giving Program” is a donor-advised fund. Let’s use an example of a donation of $25,000 to a Foundation. The donor receives an immediate tax savings of $10,000. The donor recommends how the $25,000 is to be invested. At the beginning of each year, the Foundation advises the donor of the amount that the Account has available to grant to charities (usually 3 to 5% of the value of the Account). The Foundation issues the grants to the charities recommended by the donor.
Relief Concert By Lorraine Leslie
Anna Lee, Fran,Adam and Matt Webster, local Collingwood musicians, were so moved by the tragedy in Haiti that they organized the Haitian Hearts Relief Concert on Sunday January 24,2010 atTom Rogers and Sandi Howie’s restaurant The Party Place www.fairwaysindoorgolf.ca. For seven hours 13 outstanding local and out-of-town bands including Annalee Band, Georgia Fox, Lemon Pepper Pickerel, Fig Leaf Jazz Orchestra, Frankie & the Favourites, Hunnay, Aaron Garner, Jason Redman, Whitely Somers, Curly Bridges, Wayne Buttery Band, Jeff Cunningham, Melissa Parent and Don Ray, Frannalee, Sacha Law and John Eaton, Karen Webb and Laura Sommer, The Funky Truth, Ladies Night Out and many more! Each band donated their talents to entertain the overflowing room full of patrons from 20 to 80 years old, to raise disaster relief funds for Haiti. The Rotary Club of Collingwood's focus was accepting donations during the day to purchase "shelter boxes". Master of Ceremonies was John Nichols of the Peak FM 95.1 radio. A touching moment was when Renata Templeton-Caughlin took the stage and introduce local Air Canada Pilot, Perry Braux as he shared with the crowd his hands on experience of taking food and clothing to the people of Haiti.
A “Charitable Remainder Trust” works well for a retired person living off their investments. The plan allows you to transfer the value of securities and other investments into a trust account. You receive a charitable receipt for a portion of your donation. You continue to live off the income the investments generate. The charity has no access to the capital while you are alive, but has full access to the capital upon your death.
The goal was to raise $15,000 and after one hour $11,500 was in the pot. Within the next two hours it was up to $13,500 and by 6 p.m. they had over $14,500. At 6:50 p.m. they had $16,535 and the money was still pouring in. At 10 p.m. the final total, not including the Chinese and Silent Auction was just over $18,500. Congratulations to everyone!
These charitable giving plans can be complex, so do your homework.
The collection box was passed one more time for loose change after they were told the Government of Canada would match what was raised.
As you can see there are many ways for Canadians to do what they are good at doing – giving to those less fortunate then themselves.
Brian Hickey, Chair of International Projects Committee of Rotary told the crowd that the SHELTER BOXES can sustain 100 families for six months. 20 Shelter Boxes will be sent to Haiti which can take care of 20,000 people. All the money raised will be matched by the Government of Canada.
■ Kathleen Caswell, Consultant Investors Group Financial Services Inc Kathleen.email@example.com
The Shelter Boxes WERE shipped within one month of the event.To see what a Shelter Box holds go to www.shelterbox.ca or contact our local Rotary Area Ambassador – Rick Offord at 519-599-3809
ONE SIZE FITS ALL When writing or updating a resume, it is very easy to overlook the subtle nuances that occur between countries. It’s too easy to attach your standard resume to an email and send it off to an intriguing position in another country. However, your resume
English Spelling: Canada vs. United States Even in a predominantly English continent such as North America, there are small differences in how each country spells some words, as shown below. I therefore recommend setting your word processing spell check to the language of the country in which you are applying.
should be customized not only to the job but to the country in which you are applying. For example:
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Paper Size While the North American standard “letter” size is 8.5 x 11 inches, the European standard “A4” is 8.4 x 11.9 inches. Use the Page Setup feature of your word processing software to adjust the margins before sending via email (or fax). You don’t want any information to be lost at the receiving end for a simple margin adjustment.
Forward your resumé to:
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Mexico: include your place of birth, birth date and civil status.
Avoid a By Brenda Collard-Mills, C.R.S., Q.A.A.
Personal Information Canadian legislation forbids providing, or being asked for, personal information such as age, race, marital status or religion however this information is expected in certain countries. Here are some examples: India: your resume should include your marital status, employment status of your spouse, number of children and their ages. China: personal information required includes your sex, marital status, date of birth and nationality.
Japan: varies whether you are using an English resume or the traditional Japanese “rirekisho”. For the English resume, include your nationality, age and marital status. For the “rirekisho”, include your age, gender, family members, hobbies and club memberships. So, the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans” also applies to your resume, whether applying for a job within North America or around the world. The initial time investment in researching the country, the company, the position and customizing your resume portfolio accordingly, will provide an excellent returnon-investment, giving you a competitive edge and showing your commitment to your future employer. ■ Brenda Collard-Mills, Q.A.A. Certified Résumé Strategist firstname.lastname@example.org
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Some people love to be part of the team, whether it’s being part of a team in business or socially with friends and family. Some people enjoy working together in the kitchen, preparing meals. Others like to be part of the business team applying their skills to a huge business project. Team players don’t mind making joint decisions and working together to get a job done. Following rules and regulations are fine with them. They like to cooperate with others and work with established procedures.
Litigation (using the court process) is costly. Depending on the circumstances, litigation in family court could cost anywhere from $5,000 (if you’re lucky) to $500,000. Frightening – but it’s happened!
And then there are those who do not. These people like to make up their own mind, regardless of what anyone else thinks or does. For them, their ideas are more important than the traditional ideas of others. They really don’t want to get stuck in a rut of rules set by others.
While you are “fighting each other in court” you are being held hostage by a court system that is slow and ill equipped to find you practical solutions.
… and they don’t want to be micro-managed. They don’t want to be a part of the team. They simply want to do their own thing. These are the independent ones. They will base their own conclusions on what they think is right regardless of established procedures.
To commence a court action a lawyer needs to essentially “tell your story” about your relationship and to “ask for what you want” in an Application. If your spouse already started the Application,“your side of the story” will go into an Answer. In addition, if you are asking for support or a division of property, your lawyer will need to help you complete a financial statement.
In the words ‘not’ and ‘team’, notice how short the t-stems are. This is how we identify the independent thinker. They really do have their own drummer. When it comes to being part of a team, they will prefer to lead the team or be left alone. Don’t ever try to micro-manage the independent person. It doesn’t work! You may hear the independent person say, “Get out of my kitchen! I’ll do it myself!” If the independent person is working in a team environment in business, there is a strong tendency for them to feel like a square peg in a round hole. Often they will ask themselves, “What’s the matter with me? I just don’t fit!” There is nothing wrong with them. They work and play in a different world. But here’s the problem – the team player doesn’t understand the independent person. They think that the independent person is ‘different’ or ‘anti-social’. No they’re not! They just like to do their own thing. The independent person understands the team, but just doesn’t want to be a part of it. That’s all.
By Rose Pellar, B.A.S., LL.B.
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Yes, that trail of ink that we leave as our pen travels across the page really does tell our story. And our story is very complex.
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Typically, the court process requires a First Appearance, one or more Case Conferences, a Settlement Conference, a Trial Management Conference, Trial Scheduling and then Trial. For each of the conferences lawyers are required to prepare a brief for you in order to provide the judge with a brief summary of what the issues are and what your position on these issues are. You are also required to attend court on those dates resulting in possible lost wages.
Possible other costs are an appraisal of the matrimonial home, valuation of pensions, business valuation, child assessments, forensic accounting, etc. Most litigants find themselves representing themselves at trial (when they need the lawyer the most) or being “forced” to settle because they can no longer afford to pay their lawyer. In many cases, the result they end up with could be pretty much what they ought to have settled on to begin with except they are now several thousands of dollars poorer because of the legal fees. Even worse, they could end up with a decision not to their liking. One Judge was heard to say that if both parties were unhappy with the Judge’s decision, then her job was done. Knowing the potential cost and uncertainty of litigation, why not seek a better alternative – Mediation.
■ Rose Pellar, B.A.S., LL.B. Barrister & Solicitor Pellar Family Law Professional Corporation firstname.lastname@example.org
A Judge typically does not make orders at the Conferences unless there is a situation that needs rectification such as child support or spousal support payments to commence. As well, those are only interim not final orders. To get any other relief, (e.g. an order for the partition and sale of the matrimonial home) a motion must be brought and argued. Attendance at court could be an all day situation since there are often a number of other cases on the docket (list of cases) and there are no guarantees that you will get heard that day. You are being billed for the time your lawyer is in attendance at court (as well as travel to and from court) whether or not your matter is before the Judge. At $250 to $350 an hour, you can do the math.
For one; go to the 12 Trends to watch in 2010 (tinyurl.com/yb3dnkf) The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world (the online ACLU). It is a non-profit group that polices the actions of private industry and government policy in regards to consumer rights and information technology. Of particular importance in my opinion are... Books and Newspapers: TXT is the new .MP3 - When you go to the store and buy a book, you can loan it, give it away when you finish reading it or take it to a local library. The licensing of the burgeoning E-book market may end up being so restrictive that you will, in effect, not purchase the book, but the right to read the book - no loaning, reselling or passing on your books anymore because you don't really own them (there on-line).
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inputs and the classic tube amp that you use for a richer sound...and the movie does not show on the screen or come through the speakers because the cable company has been instructed to turn off the analog outputs from the PVR for that movie just in case someone plans to pirate it. Social Networking Privacy: Something's GotTo Give: Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Linkedin, etc. The privacy settings, encryption, and identity information property rights of the users are going to come under close scrutiny as the scammers,baiters,and con-persons really learn to scrape relationship and personal data from the services. There are already instances of thieves trolling profiles looking for pictures of peoples homes with high end items,and then befriending them so they know when they go on vacation.That's just the tip of the iceberg. An informed citizen is a powerful person in today’s world. I hope I’ve helped you do some homework to make your technology transitions a little easier. Facteroids... Google docs now allows non-document files up to 250MB in size (http://tinyurl.com/ycqzgxd). Combined with the ability to share 'documents' and 'files' this change in the service could very well spell the end of a lot of file hosting services like Rapidshare andYousendit. DoYOU want to learn how to be a web programmer? Don't have the resources to buy a server and all those books and courses? Here, now you have no excuses:A web server for your desktop or laptop - www.wampserver.com/en; and everything you will ever need to know about welding inter-tubes together www.w3schools.com. And for all you basement electronics buffs, or anyone with an interest in circuits – check out Circuit Simulator Applet - falstad.com/circuit ■ Shane Leslie Computer Technician & DVD Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
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Honey! By Lesley Paul, B.Sc. Phm
As women age, they are two to three times more likely than men to have decreased sexual desire. In fact, changes in desire, frequency and responsiveness occur in about half of middle aged women. This can be frustrating for both partners and puts additional strain on relationships that are often already overly stressed during this phase of life.
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The cause of sexual dysfunction is multifaceted. Middle aged women manage careers, households, teenage children and aging parents. All of these stressors play a profound role on many aspects of our health, and sexual health is not immune to its adverse effects. At the end of a long day, many women will find themselves too weary to engage in sex. Other factors contributing to decreased sexual desire include depression and anxiety and the drugs used to treat them. Chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes in either partner, again along with their drug treatments, can also decrease sexual desire. In addition, up to 75% of post menopausal women can suffer from vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse due to decreased estrogen levels. Most people feel that a healthy sex life is important for overall well-being. However such difficulties may not be the easiest issue to bring up with your physician. Women often need help or encouragement to recognize and seek
treatment, but discussing sexual concerns with a health care provider can however be helpful. Be sure that you have had a physical examination to rule out other health issues. Review your medications to determine if they might be a contributing factor. As a women’s brain is still her biggest sexual organ, try thinking about sex. Keeping open lines of communication with your partner to ensure that your concerns are understood is essential. Scheduling time for dates and sexual encounters may be helpful as women try to juggle busy agendas. Try changing your sexual routine, such as the location or time of day. Start with a sensual massage or warm bath. In the bedroom, allow more time for foreplay especially if vaginal dryness is an issue. Experiment with vaginal lubricants (water-based) and the array of erotic materials and products available. Focus on your body inside and out. A healthy mind and body will lead to a healthier sex life. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, sufficient sleep and a balanced diet will help to boost your selfconfidence. If you can learn to love your body, it will be easier for you to allow your partner to love you. In some cases, medical intervention may be necessary. If you are postmenopausal, your doctor may recommend an estrogen product that may help restore vaginal lubrication and reduce pain on intercourse. Vaginal estrogen supplementation does not have any effect on libido however and the use of oral estrogen actually may decrease testosterone levels. If you are using oral hormone replacement therapy, you may want to ask your physician about switching to topical products, as they have less of an effect on testosterone levels. Although testosterone has always been thought of as the “male sex hormone”, it is just as important to women as it is to men, especially as it relates to sexual desire.Topical or oral testosterone therapy may be helpful for some women. Sexual activity doesn’t have to end at middle age. Continue to enjoy sex for as long as you wish. Sexual activity and stimulation actually improve elasticity and lubrication of the vaginal tissues, allowing for a more pleasurable, longer sex life.
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D ofC Health ABC’S
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By Justin Aubin
Refresh, renew, and re-invigorate your health. TAKE the ABC’s this spring and shake off those winter blahs.
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dvice. Something holding you back? Health care professionals are a wealth of information, get some.
ess. Don’t supersize, downsize… If you know it’s bad for you, take less!
reak. Take 15 minutes to yourself everyday and just daydream. You never know where your mind might take you.
inute. Take a minute to reflect on where you have been, where you are, and where you are going. Create the path you want and take it!
are. Ease back into your outdoor activities. Warm-up, stretch, and enjoy!
rive. Engage your sense of adventure and explore somewhere new. Stimulate your curiosity; you never know what may be around that next corner.
ap. Lack of sleep can cause everything from weight gain to headaches. Adequate rest is imperative for overall health and well-being.
xtra. Take an extra lap around the track or walk with your dog. Push your limits and your progress may surprise you.
acation. Renew yourself and get away from it all. Even a quick weekend away can relieve tension and pressures that have been weighing you down.
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ogurt. This gut friendly, vitamin packed, protein filled, mineral laced food has been part of the human diet for over 4000 years. It’s very good for you, eat some! (Just avoid brands with added sugar and preservatives.)
en. Zen is the enlightenment that can be attained through meditation, selfcontemplation, and intuition. It can create a total state of focus that incorporates togetherness of body and mind. Get your Zen! ■ Justin Aubin, Chiropractor firstname.lastname@example.org
ff. Take the day off work, take the night off from the dishes, and just reward yourself with some time to do the things you love.
K O N M riendship. Take a friend to yoga, to the gym, or for a walk. Engaging in physical activity with another is a great way to motivate yourself.
ound. Take off a pound or two or ten! There are countless ways that weight loss can improve your health so set a goal and stick to it.
uiet. Stress is a killer. Taking some quiet time is not selfish, it’s healthy!
rapefruit. Fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and only 30 calories, what’s not to love?
ike. It’s warm again! Get outside and work off that extra “winter weight”. Hiking burns calories, stimulates the senses, and connects you with nature.
ide. Even just 30 minutes on a bike can burn up to 300 calories. Pump up those tires and get out for a ride, the trails are open!
wim. Swimming is one of the lowest impact exercises (easiest on the joints) and yet it works almost every major muscle group in your body. Go get wet!
-Pod. Refresh your play lists and get outside with your tunes. There is nothing more motivating than having great music to exercise to. Rock on!
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unk. Cleaning house can burn upwards of 150 calories per hour. That makes getting rid of the old junk even that much more rewarding.
ids. Take a child to a park and just play like you’re 10 again. You will be amazed how contagious their energy can be.
ime. Take time for your family, time for your friends, and time to yourself. Slow down and enjoy because soon enough your time will be up!
tilize your time wisely. Take the time to eat a nutritious well balanced meal and exercise three times a week.
VISION! making a difference... By Lorraine Leslie Hair loss among women or children can be devastating and Joanne Davison is someone who understands the demoralizing effects of losing one’s hair and has done something about it.
While working at a salon in Collingwood she started to specialize in hair loss. She felt that she needed to work with a larger demographic, so decided to move to Barrie to follow her dream of helping women and children cope with their hair loss trauma.
Consider this: major hair loss can be caused by numerous conditions such as: prolonged illness, high fever, radiation treatments, chemotherapy, extremely oily scalp, hormonal imbalance, menopause, and stress-related disorders. It’s a fact that approximately 35% of Canadian women experience some form of premature hair-thinning by the time they are adults. And there has been very little information available to help women make informed decisions on how to combat the problem. Joanne Davison started her career in 1967 as a hair stylist and in her experience she found quite a number of her regular clients, mostly women and children, were experiencing thinning hair and she could find no one in the beauty industry who was seriously addressing the issue or had any answers to this problem.
“I remember as my uncle was losing his hair, he was continually asking me how I could improve his hair piece. That’s when I realized I could help him and others locally rather than them driving all the way to larger cities. In 1981, shortly after making my move to Barrie, I opened my business and set up shop beside the Royal Victoria Hospital where I founded ‘Wigs for Kids’. I have helped young girls and teens with Alopecia. (Editor’s Note: Alopecia areata is a condition affecting humans, in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body, usually from the scalp. Because it causes bald spots on the scalp, especially in the first stages, it is sometimes called spot baldness. In 1%–2% of cases, the condition can spread to the entire scalp (Alopecia totalis) or to the entire epidermis (Alopecia universalis). It’s so special when the children come in to have their cut off and donate it for us to make wigs. For this I show my gratitude by giving them a complimentary hair cut and style.” Joanne is one of the founders of the most important positive movements in helping women deal with how they look during their cancer treatments: LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER (LGFB) which has been helping people with hair
loss for 15 years. She is a volunteer in both Barrie and Toronto at the Sunnybrook Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital and Wellspring. Joanne has also held a seat on the Board of Directors of Gilda’s Club in Barrie. She volunteers and supports her local Rotary Club. Joanne knows first-hand about battling cancer. She is a three-time survivor and is now living and loving every minute of her life. She spends her days helping those in need of support and confidential hair replacement services. She enjoys traveling to schools and giving talks to classes raising awareness for the Angel Hair for Kids Foundation. Joanne’s passion is her work and her vision is to have everyone with hair loss more confident in themselves as they see the many choices available to them. Joanne is definitely one of our Women with Vision Making a Difference! To find out more about Wigs For Kids in Barrie: http://members.barriedirect.info/H air_Prosthesis_Centre-I/ or Angel Hair for Kids Foundation: http://www.acvf.ca/index.html or... Look Good Feel Better: https://www.lgfb.ca/
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and A Brush By Lorraine Leslie Every day people with dirty dentures seek out professional help of dentists and denturists. No matter how diligent many of these patients are, they often lack the ability, know how or dexterity to thoroughly and properly clean their dentures. One day in 2008 denturist Jim Harrison, who has been in practice for over 20 years, was sitting at his desk, holding a conventional old style denture brush in one hand and a power tooth brush in the other when he had an “ahha moment”. “It was the most natural thing, it was so simple, and the idea just came to me. All I had to do was make a proto type, which I did out of putty and a couple of moments later the idea of a rechargeable power denture brush was born.
Jim’s power denture pulse brush is used outside of the mouth, with the denture in your hand. The brush does all of the work for you…as you hold the denture you can feel the rapid pulsating action of the brush as it blasts away stains and debris. It is the easiest way to thoroughly and completely clean dentures. Even after soaking a denture sometimes plaque and debris remains in the deep gum fitting grooves. Over time this plaque turns into hard calcified tartar and becomes even harder to clean. After many months of research to copyright, brand and trade mark the invention the three dentist/denturists gave the rechargeable brushes to some of their patients and honest feedback from their test patients (ranging in ages from early 20 to elder people) was remarkable. After much deliberation the three dentist/denturists named the product PowerDent Pulse™. Jim notes that even elderly denture wearers, with limited dexterity and compromised vision, find the brush easy to use. They simply turn on the rechargeable brush and hold it to the denture surface. The brush does all of the work The PowerDent Pulse™ brush has a unique dual head to allow the optimal cleaning removing stains and plaque to improve not only the look of the denture but the overall oral hygiene for the wearer.
“Knowing I had something that every denture wearer would want I got in touch with two colleagues, John Miller, also a local dentist and Ali Khonsari from Barrie who owns and operates a full service laboratory.” All three professionals have worked together for years, so when Jim was ready to move forward on his invention he called on the expertise of the other two dentist/denture specialists.
The PowerDent Pulse brush is only available through dentist offices right now but can be ordered online at www.powerdentpulse.com
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The Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared”, when followed, eliminates stress in many aspects of life. Most certainly it applies to anyone who leaves their home - no matter how briefly. Regardless of where you go, you need to be dressed for your destination’s weather and your activities.
First on your list should be your ID, health card, cash or its equivalent and your personal grooming items. Each of us has essentials which we require to maintain our comfort. For some it is a bottle of water or a breath mint; for others it’s an umbrella or a lap top. Regardless of what items they are, you need to make sure to have them whenever you go away from home.
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When traveling, the first imperative is to verify the luggage allowances of your carrier. Once you have the parameters you can pack with the certainty you’ll “Be Prepared” from the start. Your agenda will dictate the clothing items you need to take. For example a business trip will involve a different wardrobe than a family wedding or a fun in the sun holiday. In each instance your suitcase is your entire closet while you are traveling. To be certain you are covered for the whole trip assemble your clothing in a colour capsule that will coordinate and take you to all the events you have scheduled and perhaps something unexpected as well. For a business trip, be sure to include clothes for downtime. To assure that you include your entire wardrobe needs, lay out your clothes as if you were dressing each day as it unfolds... morning, noon, and night. Mix, match and accessorize as necessary for each event. Unexpected weather happens so plan to layer for warmth. Include footwear that coordinates and is comfortable. Flip flops will be useful in the outdoor showers, slippers for that at-home comfort, and for down time in a warm destination. Whether traveling by train, plane or car it is best to wear your heaviest items.
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Gourmet For us spring begins with the sound of the first “ping” of sap on the bottom of the sap bucket.This could happen in the last week of February or in the middle of March. The season can last a week or two or we could be boiling the last sap in the middle of April. It all depends on the weather. My wife Kate and I knew nothing about making maple syrup when we moved from Ottawa to our new home in the Pretty RiverValley near Rob Roy in October1996. Of course, we knew what maple syrup tasted like and that it came from maple trees. Like many Canadians we visited local sugar bushes as children, me in the nineteen-forties near North Hatley, Québec. Back then sap was collected in barrels on horse-drawn sleighs. Kate’s experience was sometime later. The date remains confidential but the technology had advanced considerably. Our home is set back from the Pretty River Road on the side of the Niagara Escarpment in a hardwood forest. It came with basic maple syrup making equipment: pails to collect the sap, the spout thingies that you stick in the trees to get the sap we now know are called “spiles”, a stainless steel pan closely resembling half an oil barrel to evaporate the sap. The property also came with a fire pit by the side of the driveway. With this basic equipment, we made our first maple syrup at The Maples in March, 1997. We made about 10 litres, not very much, but we learned a lot, mainly that if we wanted to make syrup again we had to find a better way to do it or not do it at all. Making maple syrup is labour intensive by definition, tapping the trees, gathering sap and hauling it to the evaporator often through deep snow, splitting wood and feeding the fire to reduce the sap forty times or so until it is that wonderful product that Canadians love and others envy. There is the technical stuff, which I really enjoy, followed by the filtering, which is very time consuming and finally the finishing to get the syrup just right. Maple syrup has to have a sugar density of at least 66% or it isn’t syrup.The industry standard is 66.5% to 67% but people, including us, like it thicker so our syrup is closer to 70%.
Kate and Bob Knox checking the sap run
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It turns out that maple syrup comes in different colours and flavours. The syrup gets darker and the flavour changes as the weather warms and the sap matures. This means that every batch of syrup we make is different. Who knew, and why is the syrup that we buy at the store pretty much all the same? So here we are twelve years later. Our equipment is different. We have a small evaporator with a channelled pan. It is surrounded by a deck to limit the mud. A kind of sugar shack, really a small wood shed has been built and a much superior system for collecting sap from the trees higher on the valley slope. Plastic tubs are strategically located in the trees which are connected to a large tank near the evaporator by plastic tubing. We tap about 120 trees in 2009 and ended up making more than 95 litres of syrup. Not bad for a couple of city folk who had spent 20 years living and working in the political wonderland of the nation’s capital. Kate and I really enjoy making the syrup. Why? Well, for us making syrup is a celebration of spring and our wonderful country. It is something available only to a fortunate few, something that we can share with our families, friends and neighbours.
Father and son collect sap from the tin buckets
Kate collects sap for the separate process
Kate gets some help pouring sap into collector bucket
The boiled syrup is then drained through cheese cloth into a sterilized bucket
Bob pours the boiled syrup into a pitcher
Preparation: Pre heat BBQ on med high, lightly brush your salmon with butter to prevent sticking on the grill. Season with salt and pepper. Peel and slice the orange and rest the medallions on the salmon. Lightly drizzle with maple syrup then grill for 5-6 minutes. Serve medium. Enjoy!
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Pouring the collector buckets of sap into the holding tank
Spring is a time to celebrate and enjoy that unique northern moment when the snow begins to melt and the sun feels warm.You can literally hear the snow melt and watch streams and brooks appear where there were none the day before. Our tentative first effort in 1997 has turned into an event where our family and friends arrive to put spiles in trees, hang buckets, collect sap, filter and bottle syrup. We gather around the evaporator in the spring sun, watch the steam billow from the evaporator and enjoy and toast what is really Canada’s New Year.
The syrup is poured into the sterilized bottles Syrup bottles being sterilized in the oven
Bob carries the pure syrup to the bottling station
The different viles show the various colours of the syrup
The bottles are corked
For us the annual journey of syrup making is the important thing. At the end is a pleasure to have maple syrup to share with others but it is the time with family and friends at the end of a long winter that renews the spirits and makes us ready for summer. ■ 50 www.womenwithvision.ca
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5 or more bone in cap off Prime Rib 1/2 cup Ontario pure Maple Syrup 1 oz of your favorite rub Meat injector syringe Method Clean of any excess fat from your prime rib. Brush your rib completely with maple syrup. Season your prime rib with your favorite rub, season all parts of the meat. Smoke in smoker at 150 degrees using apple wood or chips for 1 hour. Remove from smoker. Take your injector syringe filled with maple syrup and inject through the meat as far as the syringe will allow, inject into different points of the meat using all the maple syrup up and finish in convectional oven at 350 degrees until desired temperature. (The interior temperature should be 110 degrees for the perfect roast).
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Maple Syrup POUND CAKE By Kate Knox
Cake: Ingredients • 1 3⁄4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (about 6 ounces), toasted • 2 ¼ cups cake flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt • 1 1⁄4 cups unsalted butter room temperature • 1 1⁄4 cups sugar • 5 large eggs • 1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup • 3⁄4 teaspoon maple flavoring • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract Glaze: Ingredients • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup • 2 tablespoons whipping cream • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted • 12 walnut halves Cake: Method Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 12-cup Bundt or tube pan. Finely grind walnuts in processor. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar into large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs
1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in maple syrup, maple flavoring and vanilla extract (butter may look curdled). Mix in dry ingredients. Fold in ground walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake until top is golden and tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Transfer pan to rack; cool cake about 10 minutes. Using small knife, cut around sides and center of pan to loosen cake. Turn cake out onto rack and cool completely. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead.Wrap tightly in foil and store at room temperature.) Glaze: Method Melt butter with maple syrup and cream in heavy small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Cool glaze until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Drizzle glaze over pound cake. Arrange walnut halves decoratively on top of cake. Let cake stand until glaze sets, about 15 minutes.
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RASPBERRY PUREE 2 C raspberries (reserve one cup for decoration) 1 squeeze lime juice 2 T Agave nectar PUREE DIRECTIONS Sprinkle some berries over the crust. Then pour filling and spread evenly. Pour raspberry puree on top. Decorate with remaining berries and fresh mint leaves. Put in freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Refrigerate immediately. ■ Shannon Leone Raw Foodist & Nutrition Consultant email@example.com www.womenwithvision.ca 57
Restaurant Patrons By Chef Gregory Artmont
A packed restaurant will generally result in longer wait times for your order. You have choices at this point. Go somewhere else, or be patient. Enjoy a beverage and relax. Generally, a very busy restaurant is packed for a reason, so it may be worth the wait. A large menu does not equate to a good menu. If you come across a place with a huge selection on the menu, I suggest you not opt for the strange or unfamiliar items.These servings are hard to sell and are not likely to be fresh. Stick to more popular items that are being sold at a high rate. I personally prefer to have a well balanced, tight menu to insure proper rotation of fresh food items. Most good restaurants order fish on Thursday for sale over the weekend. For this reason, one should shy away from “fish specials” on Monday or Tuesday (except for a restaurant who’s daily special is fish). You can tell a lot about the cleanliness of a restaurants kitchen by the cleanliness of the public washroom. These rooms are usually finished with hard, shiny surfaces which are easy to clean. If the bathroom is not up to your personal standards, the kitchen could be questionable. I am finding an increase in requests for food for people with allergies or intolerances. I have great sympathy for these people, (I am lactose intolerant). Any restaurant that says they can guarantee the absence of food borne allergens are not being completely honest. For example, a single peanut falling into a large batch of tomato sauce 58 www.womenwithvision.ca
by mistake. The kitchen will probably not throw out the entire batch. They will simply remove the offending peanut. For the vast majority of the public this is acceptable. For a person with a severe allergy to peanuts, this could be deadly, so have an epipen handy and know how to use it. The kitchen will do what it can to minimize the allergen content of a meal, but many hands go into the preparation of food in a kitchen and the chef cannot be everywhere at all times. So now you have chosen a restaurant and are now waiting for the food to be delivered by the wait staff. Hopefully you have communicated your expectations for your meal clearly to the waiter.The food has arrived, and you begin your meal. If something is not to your liking it is imperative that you inform your server as soon as possible so any corrections can be made. The server should gladly reorder the item and the order should be placed in a high priority position in the “chit queue”. Telling your waiter at the conclusion of your meal makes it very hard to provide you with the best possible dining experience. The restaurant owner or manager wants to hear about your problem and has a great desire to remedy the situation. All products served in a restaurant are not created equal. Sometimes a steak for example will be tough. Every steak cannot be tested for tenderness before coming from the kitchen, but the chef do want to know if your steak is tough. If the steak is tough a good restaurant will cook another steak, no questions asked. We will tell our supplier about the product and get a credit for it. Mind you, if you order a beautiful piece of lamb or beef “well done”, you are on your own there! Most meats get tougher at higher internal temperatures. I have found the reason patrons order well done meat is not because they like the texture or taste of well done meat, it is because they don’t like blood coming out of their meal. Fair enough! The reason blood comes from a piece of meat is due to the fact the meat has not properly
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“rested” after cooking.A properly rested (set aside under a warming light for 4 to 5 minutes before serving) steak will not bleed even at medium rare. Next time I suggest you ask your waiter for a steak cooked one level rarer than you usually order.Tell the waiter to tell the kitchen to “rest the steak well after cooking”.You will find your steak to be tender, and in fact more healthy for you due to the fact the human body can digest rarer meats more easily and process the available protein better. If the establishment doesn’t know what resting a steak means, you just might be in the wrong place! Don’t judge a restaurant on a single visit unless it is an absolutely egregious experience.Things do happen in a large dynamic setting even though your steak was not to your liking. If your waiter has provided you with efficient, friendly service and you were not happy with your experience, let the manager know about your concerns. A good dining establishment will do quite a bit to entice you back. Don’t be greedy, but there is no harm in trying to get a coupon for your next visit.The owner knows it is much more costly to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one. Hopefully your experience will be better next time. If it is not, then move on to a new place. Please don’t “stiff the waiter” for things out of their control such as a tough steak.You should be tipping on service, not the quality of your meal. The wait staff had no hand in the preparation of your meal. If the service is poor and the meal was
great, then by all means let your tip reflect this. Restaurants are in the business to make a profit. These profits are generally very, very slim. If you hired somebody to cook your meal, clean up after, serve you, factor in utilities, mortgage, taxes etc., your meal would cost the same at home as it would at a restaurant. The price of wholesale food product/produce is not that much cheaper then retail. So, if you order an entrée for example with extra vegetables instead of potatoes, don’t be surprised if there is a surcharge. We all know that asparagus costs more than potatoes! If a restaurant gives away free food on regular basis they will not be in business for long. Expect to pay for what you order.That’s fair isn’t it? You as a consumer have the right to properly cooked food, good service, fair prices and an enjoyable and clean atmosphere. Anything less, you should find a new dining venue. Please remember, dining out is entertainment, not life or death.
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mix with 2 cups of milk. Pour over cracker layer. Arrange another layer of crackers over pudding. Top with remaining cool whip. Refrigerate 24 hours. Just before serving, top with can of cherry pie fill. ** This can be made a variety of ways. Summer Fruits: Use vanilla pudding for both layers, top with sliced, seasonal fruits. Alternatively, cook together frozen mixed berries with a few tbsp of sugar and dash of orange juice to make your own topping. Pie: Use butterscotch and banana pudding. Insert sliced bananas in the middle of the cool whip layer.
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GREAT GROUND COVER By Janet Kurasz, Hort, AMCT(A) Groundcover: Generally described as any plant that can be used in place of grass to add beauty, restrict weed growth and prevent soil erosion. Groundcover plants are typically thought of as low growing, “creeping” type plants, but they don’t have to be. The term groundcover can really apply to any plant that is used en mass to cover the ground. For a plant to be an affective groundcover, it must spread densely over an area. Groundcover plants are tremendously valuable in the landscape and in my opinion, under-utilized. Groundcover plants can be used successfully where grass has failed to thrive. Most turf grasses require a minimum of 6 hours of sun, regular irrigation and fertilization to develop into a healthy, dense lawn. Throughout the landscape, we can all find areas that do not meet those exacting conditions to support turf grass, but do call for some type of mass planting. There are groundcover plants for every situation and growing condition. They also fit in nicely with the ecological approach to gardening: as weed barriers, to control soil erosion, in place of hard surfaces such as concrete, but most of all as a substitute for turf grass. Garden centres carry a variety of plants suitable for use as a groundcover and there are plant breeders who are dedicated specifically to the development of groundcover plants. One such excellent example is the Jeepers Creepers™ brand. Jeepers Creepers™ are durable perennial plants. Their low spreading habit makes them ideal for use as a groundcover, lawn substitute, pathway or edging plant. Many will tolerate light to moderate foot traffic. This spring, take a tour through your landscape; take note of what you observe: the wet areas, the “nothing grows here” areas - better yet, take some photographs as a visual reminder. I bet many of these problem areas can be addressed with groundcover plants.
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Here are a few of my favourites to get you started: Ajuga reptans (Carpet Bugle/Bugleweed) - This tough little plant will grow in shade, part-shade, dappled shade and even full sun if there is adequate moisture. Hardy to Zone 3, there are numerous cultivars available; all with attractive foliage. Purple to blue flowers bloom throughout spring to early summer. Deadheading will encourage a longer blooming time. Once established, this groundcover can cover a large area, but does not become invasive. Use it in containers as a filler plant and then transplant it to the garden.
Sagina subulata (Irish Moss) A popular groundcover plant resembling woodland moss; very low growing carpet of bright green foliage. Tiny star-like flowers in spring. This plant prefers full to part sun and slightly acidic soil. Very effective planted between flagstone pavers. (You may have seen this plant and it’s golden-hued cousin planted together to create a checker board pattern.)
Spring Preparing your home for a spring sale can be a challenge and now is the time to spring into action. I suggest the first room you tackle is the basement which can be the most important room in your house depending on your family lifestyle. If there is clutter down there under ground level then rest assure there could be more throughout the entire house. Water in the home is everyone’s' worst nightmare. Water leads to mould and mould can lead to serious health problems not to mention the fact it will have a huge negative effect on selling your home to today’s well informed buyers.
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❏ Check all the walls inside and out for any cracks.
Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) If I close my eyes and envision a damp cool woodland setting, I can almost smell the fragrance of Sweet Woodruff. Plants form a spreading clump. The bright green leaves are whorled and are covered in masses of tiny white flowers in spring. Very useful to hide bulb foliage as it begins to die back. Juniperus horizontalis (Compact Andorra Juniper) Extremely tough, drought tolerant evergreen shrub; lowgrowing yet the branches tend to point upward creating a fuller, dense appearance. Foliage is grey-green developing purplish hues as cooler temperatures approach. One of the toughest evergreens I have witnessed growing in hostile environments; will tolerate light shade.
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If any moisture is coming through those cracks it will show up in the form as a white effervescence along the wall or floor. Have these cracks repaired by a professional who will provide a transferrable guarantee which applies to your home no matter how many times it is sold. The repair person will clean out the cracks and insert liquid polyurethane to ensure their will be no more water seeping into the house and eventually creating mold.
❏ Clutter is a huge problem. Today’s buyers will check every little detail, including moving boxes away from a wall to see if there is any evidence of water. Water can be seen quite
INTO ACTION By Harry Magill easily, i.e. stains on cardboard boxes, or if the cardboard boxes have been stored on skids. Red flags go up immediately if this is the case. Clutter should be dealt with immediately before the For Sale sign goes up on the front lawn.
❏ Whether your home is on slab, a bungalow or a two-storey, another thing to check is behind venetian blinds and window coverings. This is the prime location for mould to collect along window ledges. ❏ A good idea when taking a shower or leisurely bath is to make a practice of opening the bathroom window a fraction of an inch regardless of the temperature outside so the moisture and humid air will be vented and mould won't have a chance to set in.
❏ Another consideration is chipped paint. Proper sanding, filling of nail holes and repainting are necessary to avoid mold from working its way into drywall. So, I suggest, try to avoid any unpleasant surprises when you are listing your home. Sell with confidence knowing your home is clean of mold and clutter. Remember you wouldn’t want to buy a house with some else’s mold, would you? ■ Harry Magill Sales Representative, Century 21 – BJ Roth www.harrymagill.com
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UnderFoot By Riva Glogowski Decisions, decisions…do I choose solid wood floors, engineered flooring or carpeting? What a dilemma! Have you yearned for beautiful, gleaming wood floors? It is one of the biggest decor trends and can add value and character to your home. Whether you decide real or engineered wood, it will give you years of enjoyment. Here are some quick points to consider but check with your local flooring expert as each has their pros and cons, especially, if you have children and pets
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Preventing PAPER PILES By Karen Sencich With spring approaching, most of us are longing for better weather and anticipating leisurely outdoor pursuits. But first we have one major hurdle to overcome – tackling the piles of household paper that have accumulated over the winter. Here are some paper purging tips to get you motivated. Paper Piles Beware of horizontal surfaces that are magnets for paper accumulation, for example, tables in the hall, kitchen or dining area.The danger is that important papers get buried under irrelevant piles of magazines, ads and junk mail. One easy remedy is to utilize an open top file box containing specifically labelled file folders. Immediately sort incoming paper into categories for easier identification; you’ll want to avoid having to sift through piles to find one important paper that needs action.
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...gentle insights of awareness & change
Last summer, as the sun was beating down making the sand excruciatingly hot underfoot, you could feel the anticipation as the crowd started to gather around the outdoor volleyball court at Blue Mountain Resort’s Village at Blue. Having read about the all-girl volleyball game the day before, I made sure I arrived about forty-five minutes early to ensure that I got a great spot to take some pictures and watch the challenge between the Canadian and US Beach Volleyball teams. While waiting for the game to start I wandered over to the Canadian team exhibit booth. The woman handing out brochures also happened to be the mother of one of the volleyball players. We strolled away from the booth as I asked her a few questions about her daughter. I wanted to know how her daughter became a player for Canada’s Beach Volleyball Team. A very proud mother, she answered with so much enthusiasm that it was contagious. A half hour later we returned to the booth where I saw two young women busy preparing to enter the sand court. A quick introduction took place and just like her mother, Kara Zakrzewski’s high energy caught my attention.
Quickly gathering up a brochure and one of Kara’s business cards I found a front row seat to watch this exciting international beach volleyball challenge. Memories flashed back to my days playing volleyball in high school but this was much more entertaining and the talent was awesome. These women are playing a different game! The sand court, which was the regulation size of 29.6 feet by 59 feet, had been raked to ensure safe play. The rope lines around the court were two inches wide. The net’s tension was taut at the regulation height for women, 7 feet 41⁄8 inches. The players were not the usual six in number but only two female players on each side of the net. It was a true test of female strength, endurance and stamina right to the end. A coin was tossed to see which country would serve first. Team Canada accepted the toss and the next thing I saw was absolutely amazing. Four slim, toned, tanned athletic women prepared themselves to take on a black and white leather ball which weighs 9 to 10 ounces with a ball pressure between 4.5 and 6.0 pounds. With sand flying in multiple directions with each step, the first women “aced” the ball on the serve over the net that no one on the opposite team could touch.
Kara was born August 25th 1979 in the Etobicoke General Hospital. She, her mother Ewa and father Thomas and her younger sister Alexandra are of Polish descent. Here is her fascinating story… “My sister used to force me to play “Barbie” with her. I can’t say I really enjoyed it but I do recall being in dresses all the time when I was very little. As I got older I started wearing my cousin’s handme-down clothes which allowed me to run and play outside and have lots of fun. I remember watching my cousins running around on a soccer field chasing the ball and at that point I wanted to grow up and be a professional soccer player.” “My first school was St. Mark Catholic School in Mississauga. I didn’t continued on pg. 72
Volleyball terminology is quite different to everyday normal conversation, so they “dig” to save the ball from a very difficult spike or “roof ” the ball when a player jumps above the height of the net to block the ball. Sometimes a player would “stuff ” the ball as they jump up to about the height of the net, block the ball, and the ball goes back at the person who attacked (spiked) the ball. Their finesse to “kill” the ball (when a team player spikes the ball and it either ends in a point or a “side-out” (when the team that served the ball makes a mistake, causing the ball to go to the other team).
BIGG! By Lorraine Leslie
The serves, spikes and chest dives deep into the sand kept the ball in active play while the audience cheered nonstop. In the end Team Canada won through all the sand in their mouths along with sandburned knees and elbows. On the lighter side, playing volleyball continually in the sand gives these women the best body exfoliation, especially for their feet! After the game I went back to the exhibit booth and asked Kara if she would be interested in being interviewed for Women with Vision magazine and to my delight she was excited to discuss her very inspiring story. It was inspirational to hear such a young motivated world traveler with a steadfast vision and goal in playing on the Canadian Volleyball Team in the 2012 Olympics. www.womenwithvision.ca 71
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get into any organized sports until I was in grade one. My mother finally agreed, after much coaxing, to sign me up for soccer. It was so exciting to be out on the soccer field kicking the ball and being on my first soccer team. One day, in grade three, I was running around playing with a friend’s pogo ball when I tripped on something in the playground, which was all gravel, and badly scraped my right knee, which still has the scars today. That same evening we were having one of our championship games and I was determined to play; and that I did and got four goals. It was a pretty big injury for a little kid, yet deep down inside me there was something telling me I was needed and that I could offer something to the team.”
to survive which forced me to figure out why I was so different. I think I started my physical growth spurt at a much younger age then the rest of the kids around me which made me literally stand out from the rest of them.”
Kara on the beach in California in her first track suit at age 2
“By grade five I switched to Pierre Laporte for French Immersion. As I got older I was getting more into sports, playing volleyball, basketball and track and field. I also played a lot of sports with the boys at recess, so I think I always had a gift for natural athleticism. In my heart I knew I was going to be a full-time athlete and thanks to my parents who were always very supportive, my dream of playing sports happened as expected. Even at a young age I knew I could do great things and lead a team physically.” “In grade eight, when I was fourteen, I assumed I would get athlete of the year and I was totally shocked to the point that I nearly got up out of my chair to leave the room when I found out that someone else was chosen. I hadn’t learned about graciousness yet. Looking back at that moment I now know that was a lesson to be learned. The same thing repeated itself in my senior year of high school when I was eighteen and again when I was nineteen in my first year at university. I thought I was going to get rookie of the year and I didn’t get it. They say that things like that come in three’s, so I knew these lessons needed to be addressed in later life.”
“When I started playing volleyball during high school, I played at the Provincial 1 Kara at age 3 ⁄2 Team level at the age of fifteen. I was always frustrated with myself as an athlete. I started playing competitively when I was in grade ten. To my delight that summer I was chosen to play on the Provincial B Team. I think my frustration came from trying too hard. If I couldn’t get something right I would get very upset. I put heavy expectations on myself and when it wasn’t going right I’d bottle it all up inside and then I would explode and start crying on the court.”
Kara’s first communion at age 6
“My coach didn’t see it as a weakness. He saw that what I was experiencing was real passion. He went on to introduce me to the concept of sports physiology and psychology and encouraged me to read a book called Golf is Not a Game of Perfect. It turned out I was definitely a perfectionist. It was my addiction. That was the start of my decision not to be a victim and decided to change the things I could about myself to
“When I think back, as a young girl I was teased a lot. I was an easy mark and the kids thought they could get a rise out of me. I’m a very emotional person. I would cry very easily. I was lucky that my sister stood up for me. The kids challenged me Kara wins her first soccer League Champion Trophy at age 8 72 www.womenwithvision.ca
“The first person who addressed this issue with me was my Provincial Team Coach Lionel Woods (who went on to be my coach at the university level). I’d watched everyone from the stands or the team bench looking at me and thinking she’s not mentally tough. It had nothing to do with mental toughness. It was a label I was given at a very young age that I wasn’t mentally strong enough... or maybe it was emotional toughness I needed because I was wearing my heart on my sleeve.”
become a better person and to slowly accept some of the things I could accept. Fifteen yeas later I’m still learning to change.”
The natural process is to play club then regional then provincial teams... and then if one is good enough, one goes on to play with the national volleyball team. Kara started playing regional right away however she was cut half way through the season.
Kara with her Mother and sister “Lex” after winning GOLD at soccer tournament in Chilli (Rochester) New York USA.
Kara and Lisa pose for sponsor photo in Ashbridges Bay Toronto in 1997
“I was playing soccer at the same time as I was playing volleyball so when a call came asking me why I was not attending a volleyball practice my father stepped in and said that I wasn’t going to be told what to do. As result I was cut from the team. My dad even tried calling the coach back to make him understand. Dad had worked for many years with labour contracts in his job for a large corporation but both of us did not know or understand the etiquette of volleyball. My dad was devastated that I was dropped from the team.” “Before I left that final day my coach turned to me and said: “If you keep playing
the way you have been I can see you on the national team some day.” This lifted my spirits and made me even more determined to be the best at my game. This pushed me to the next level and then I found out there were regional team tryouts. Two years later, at seventeen, I gave up soccer completely.”
Intrigued after watching Kara play on the sand court I asked her when she started seriously playing volleyball. “My journey started, going with my parents to play pick-up volleyball every Tuesday night when I was in grade five. At that time, I was unaware that it was an organized sport. By grade nine my favourite sports had become soccer and high jumping. I had to make a decision which way to go at a certain time of year so I choose soccer. But my grade ten teacher Marian Coveny sought me out because of my height. She asked me to come to some volleyball practices. She didn’t force me to play but encouraged me to participate so that as I continued through high school I could then play on the team. I found the team that year to be so much fun that I eventually started skipping soccer to play volleyball. At the end of the school year at the age of fifteen I received MVP (Most Valuable Player Award) in 1995.”
Kara poses on court for Team Canada Indoor Volleyball in Osaka Japan at age 22 in 2001.
“I was only fifteen years old and during the first two years of my training I hung out with the younger crowd. The coaches, Claire Colling and Stacey Wilson were unbelievable. During training sessions there were other classroom activities to keep the team focused, such as journal writing and goalsetting. The night before a big game we listened to mental training tapes. A lot of the kids goofed off but I took it very seriously. If it wasn’t for the coaches I don’t’ know if I would have stayed with the game. I was not the norm. I was really focused. I always set my sights for the top position on the team and went for it. I did this with a lot of thought; morally, ethically and spiritually. Like many special people in history I felt at times I was being put down for my individualism and emotions until I faced down my fears. I find it really interesting that once a superstar athlete has achieved their own personal pinnacle that fear of slipping up can be devastating. To either his or her career and personal self esteem.” “Being deeply involved in the sports world has taught me so much about life. It’s fascinating to me that I have coached adult male volleyball teams over the years and when there is a disagreement they get it out of their system and then all go out for a beer. Females are so different. Sometimes girls can be so cruel to other girls; even in provincial and national sports. Life in the public eye can be very difficult at times. Women are more competitive in their pecking order than men. Boys seem to be brought up to understand more about the idea of “what’s good for the team” than girls. In regular volleyball, there are only six positions. The starting six are on the continued on pg. 74
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year after I graduated they won the Nationals.” “My coach Lionel Woods was instrumental in my developing a marketing plan and in my promotional growth. In 2006 I turned professional when I competed on the World Tour.”
court most of the game. There are twelve players on a team but there may only be two or three players that are subs for really important games. Everyone gets court time during practice but some players never get on the court during the bigger games during the whole game season.”
“Over the past eight years, 2001 to 2009, I have been deeply involved playing volleyball and travelling. I was honoured to go to both England and Japan, each country for three weeks ending with being a part of the Beijing opening ceremonies for the 2009 Olympics and then I participated in the World University Games in China. At one point I lived in Winnipeg for eight months. Going back to my team after all this travelling I realized that I was seriously burned out. Since then I’ve been more respectful of my rest and nutrition and I’m making sure that I am a much more balanced person. The physiological symptoms from the burn-out were unbelievable and I never want to be there again. Through this depression I learned a valuable lesson, as this low point in my life became a life transition.”
Two quotes that Kara lives by today are…
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.
Ontario Canada Games Team completes in Brandon Manitoba
~Martin Luther King And…
You need to develop the whole athlete first. ~Wayne Gretsky “I started playing ‘Beach Volleyball’ as something to do… it looked like fun to be outside and on a sand court. I tried out for a club and met my first beach partner Lisa Wallace. There were so many players with a lot more experience. A lot of them had been playing since grade eight. Lisa and I didn’t even know that regional, provincial and national teams existed. I joined a team called Peel Selects which at the time was one of the top three teams in Ontario and across Canada.”
World University Games in Beijing China 2001
Kara in front of Big Ben in London England 2008
“I competed on the World Tour full-time going to eleven tournaments all over the world. I traveled to eleven cities playing many grand slam tournaments. The team spent a full week in each city before moving onto the next country. It was mentally and physically tough. My partner at the time was Annie Martin, who was 5th in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Annie and I won National Gold in 2006 at tournaments in Italy. We played together for part of the tour and then I switched to another partner. In 2007 I was matched up with Liz Maloney. My goal was to play in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2009 Liz and I realized that our goals were different so we split up as teammates after playing together for two years.”
“The first time I stepped onto the beach court I was terrible. Luckily I was playing for fun with Lisa. A year later I was playing with the Ontario Volleyball Association doing small tournaments. The last year of high school I tried out for the Indoor National Team and didn’t get the cut. I continued to try and three years later I did make the team.” “Sometimes I questioned my competitiveness. I wanted everyone to play and be happy. I thought I was being human. I wanted all the girls on the team to be included but because I was teased and ostracized sometimes I felt like Jekyll and Hyde because I wanted the top position so much. I went on and played for both the Provincial Team and at the Canada Games in 1997 at the age of seventeen.”
Kara with room-mate Kim at the FISU Games in Beijing China 2001
In 2001 Kara started her five years at the University of Ottawa. While in university she was captain of the volleyball team and won Athlete of the Year for all sports.
Kara and partner Julie at FIVB World Tour in Sanya China 2009
“I’ve travelled to every continent except Africa and Antarctica. We don’t get to see a lot of the cities when we are on tour but you do get to experience the different cultures. One thing I enjoy is learning the value of other people’s heritage and not to judge others for their beliefs and customs.” “I don’t know if I’ll ever achieve my goal of 2012 Olympics. I’m at a crossroads right now with trying to find a new partner. I’m 30-years-old and the National Team is funding athletes under the age of 25. All athletes who are over 25 have been dropped from the Official National Team Program so we don’t get any funding even though many women in their mid 30’s are winning championships. It is unfortunate that’s the way Canada has taken their vision.”
“In 2001 I made the cut for the Indoor National Team and was really upset I couldn’t play Beach Volleyball. Offers started to come in from all over the country and the United States but I wanted to stay in Canada as my education was really important to me.” “My experience with the National Team was amazing and during this time I became an equal with all the other players. My maturity had caught up with my game. The team wasn’t strong when I joined it but through the five years of playing the team grew together and the
“Right now I am spreading the word through talking to kids at schools Kara stands at the temple in Bangkok Thailand 2008
“I played volleyball half a year with the University of Ottawa before returning to play with the National B Team. I played with them for a month and a half when I realized how much I really missed Beach Volleyball. I went to my first competition that summer in Majorca Spain; my first world tour with a veteran Canadian athlete. That was the start of ‘Beach’ being my focus. I played very seriously in Toronto, which was the hub of Beach Volleyball for three years. I was working at this time as a personal trainer and in 2006 I turned professional in Beach.”
Great Wall of China 2009
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about what I have achieved and done to motivate other people and inspire greatness in others... and that’s what I’ll continue to do. I’ll teach them what I’ve learned through trial-and-error. My personal journey really started when I was fifteen so maybe this will give young people a chance to start a little earlier. They can learn to map out their own dreams.” “Now that I’m 30 I have to do all my own fundraising to fulfill my dream of being in the 2012 Olympics. I’m fortunate to have some sponsorships but that’s not enough to live a normal everyday life (food, shelter, transportation etc.) and still save funds needed to go to and be part of the Olympics.”
By Marj Sawers
It is one of the shortest words in the English language, but a word that can change everything in a heart beat. It is very versatile. The dictionary says it means – in case, in the event that, on the assumption that, although, and whether. The description of the use of the word does not indicate a powerful word.You see, it is the words that follow the word “if ” that have the power to change things.
“Recently, I’ve developed my Dream BIGG program for both corporations and schools. BIGG stands for: B – believe, I – inspire yourself, G – goal set, G – go for it. I have partnered with SIGG water bottles to develop a program to sell aluminum bottles through the schools as a fundraising project for the students and corporate teambuilding projects. Dream BIGG is a mentorship program. In the meantime, as I continue to search for the right volleyball partner I will also be coaching and mentoring others to be a winner.” Kara is a driven, compassionate and committed young woman who is persistent and dedicated to her vision of being part of the 2012 Olympics. At the end of the interview with Kara she shared that she truly believes everyone can achieve their dream…
“If I had only listened” can mean the end of something or if handled humbly can be turned around using other words of apology or explanation to change the outcome of a situation.
Kara signing autographs in Guardia Brazil 2009
“I’ve learned that the external awards and recognition can’t be the motivator or goal. There was an over-riding theme of me wanting to prove myself or else it was all about what other people thought of me. My personal growth slowly changed over the years to not try to impress or prove things to others but to focus on being the best that I can be and to love what I do.”
“If I start to exercise today” allows an opportunity to change things and although it is a small word it heads up the possibility to improve your quality of life, health and out look. It also allows you to take charge of your life “if ” you back it up with action and a plan. “If I had more money” sometimes we use this type of “if ” as a crutch, an excuse to not do things or move ahead. It acts as a stop sign in our life that can cripple us and hold us in a place that we may not want, or need to be. It acts like a jailer that freezes us in time and commits us to a life with no change. “If ” can become a catalyst to move ahead. “If we stay within our budget for just six more months we can pay off all of our debts and plan a vacation.” Now it becomes a power word helping you plan your future and will add quality to your life if you use the right words following it.
“I’m thankful now that I recognize the significance of my emotions and they have played an important role in my growing up. I’ve learned that empathy and caring for others is good yet it can also be a weakness if taken to the extreme. Balancing one’s emotions is an important part of who we are. All anyone has to do is work at it, push him or herself to the limits, and be prepared to fall down… but be even more prepared to get back up again.”
“If I was not so shy.” Now, “if ” can stop you from going back to school, building relationships and turning life into an adventure instead of a sentence. Only you can validate being shy, only you can change it.
Lorraine’s Footnote: The spectacular Canadian 2010 Winter Olympics are now over. If we are to support our Canadian athletes in any sport to represent our country in future Olympic Games we, as citizens of the world, need to consider and address the funding issues you have just read about as described by Kara. I ask that you contact your local Member of Parliament and share your thoughts and concerns. It is only through our efforts and our local Members of Parliament’s voices in the House of Commons that will bring about the changes that must be made. Please find a way to help support our hard-working and deserving Canadian athletes.
I was speaking to a fellow business person the other day about selling her business. I asked her what she would do if she did. She said “oh, I always wanted to get a B A. and I could “if ” I sold my business”. The way she said it was as though she was going out to buy the B A. I smiled and said don’t you mean you will get your B A? She looked at me and you could see in her eyes she recognized that it was just a pipe dream and she was using the “if ” as a crutch, as an excuse for not following her dream. I know that if she wanted her B A she
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would have it now, it has nothing to do with her business it has all to do with her attitude and the words she follows her “ifs” with. Listen to your words and your use of the word “if ”. If you do, it will change your life. Now that is an empowering “if ”. ■ Marj Sawers, Wedding Wizard 705-722-0243 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Whining or Winning
Have you ever walked into a waiting room, staffroom or worker’s lounge only to hear whining about every little thing? There’s usually one tight-mouthed, tight-shouldered person who begins the negative comment and then there are those who feed into it and others who laugh it off. Which are you?
Person One: I was up at the cottage last weekend. The colours were sooooo beautiful! Person Two: By the time they turn colour, all those leaves just fall and make a huge mess to clean up. One: My nephew and I just love kicking trails though those fallen leaves. Two: It’s such a mess and is back-breaking work if you don’t rake them up right away. One: We love making big piles and jumping in them. And on it went. No matter what ‘One’ said, ‘Two’ always had a downer to add. One was a Winner and Two was a Whiner. I practically ran out of the elevator when we reached the ground floor. Examples of Whining behaviour: • Gas prices are too high. • Kids in gangs should be locked up. • I’ll NEVER lose any weight. The same examples but with Winning attitude: • We have friends in Europe who can’t believe that our gas is so inexpensive compared to their gas. We’re learning about what it takes to run the bigger vehicles we want to drive.
The energies around 2010 and leading into 2011 are very different from those of the past three to five years. Although there will be tragic ‘trials and tribulations’ globally, such as the present horrific disaster in Haiti, this year will be ringing in twelve – eighteen months of balance. Whether that balance involves natural catastrophes, milestone discoveries, and/or world power decisions on a monumental scale, 2010 in particular will be a strong, solid year where decisions will be based on calm, rational judgments, rather than emotional biases as in the past.
Pro-active/positive folks are so much more attractive to be around…ask any hiring agency. You know the old adage that positive people attract and negative people repel.
The coming year is also bringing a very unusual energy individually. The saying ‘watch what you wish for, you just might get it’ has always been a general phrase, often said tongue in cheek. 2010 however is a year where manifesting goals and dreams will be occurring very rapidly if not instantly.
If you’re a whiner, then you probably aren’t even reading this. If you’re a winner (and you must be if you’re holding Women With Vision in your hands!)…. CONGRATS!
As an example, a woman I spoke with during the first week of January expressed her need to make a trip to the Orient but did not have the necessary funds. She put ‘out to the Universe’ the request for an appropriate means to accommodate the trip in the required timeframe. Thirty-six hours later a friend called her stating that she and a companion had planned a trip to the Orient but her friend, due to a family situation, was unable to go. As the ticket was transferable but non-refundable, she was giving it to anyone who could make the trip rather than forfeit it. The only expenses would be food and taxes. Furthermore, the timeline fit precisely with her requirements.
■ Lynda Pogue, Writer, Artist, Professor, Keynote Speaker firstname.lastname@example.org lyndapogue.com
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• That gang of kids over there has nothing to do if they’re not athletes. Let’s call the school and see if we can volunteer to offer some fun after-school Improvisation classes. • I’ve been upset about my weight for too long! I know it’s not good for my health. I’ve decided to walk a bit every day. Just little steps will help me.
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BOLD NEW Energies Emerging!
By Lynda Pogue
Last fall I clearly remember a conversation I overheard when I was in a cramped elevator and two young women were in it with me. ..
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For most, the unique global vibrational energies will also permeate a general state of calm, rather than functioning on emotional actions and reactions, objectivity will prevail with a basic ‘Plan A, Plan B philosophy. Intuitively the next eighteen months will be an amazing time of pioneering and evolution, new modalities and honing of existing techniques will predominate. The general awareness of our innate abilities will be elevated to levels of profound expertise. As with athletes whose modern day skills far surpass all who have come before them, as will people’s natural sixth sense begin to evolve as people comfortably begin tapping into their own psyche on a much broader scale.
The passing of time from 2009 to 2010 feels very much like the dawning of a new era from an energy and intuitive perspective. Event those who profess to doubt or disregard their intuitive nature will be conscious of a significant shift in their abilities and heightened intuitive awareness. They say when one sense diminishes, others senses are enhanced. This will be the major shift for 2010 and 2011. Whether we are desensitizing in one area to raise another I’m not sure but our intuitive gifts will be flourishing and applied in venues until now untapped, such as law enforcement, legal cases, human resources, inter-personal relationships and communication. Take a minute to analyze your intuitive sense. Are you becoming more aware of that ‘little voice’, ‘hunch’ or ‘gut feeling’ and actually listening to it? Do you feel when interacting with others, you are ‘picking up’ thoughts, feelings and emotions you know relate to the person or situation you are engaged in? These are some of the means and ways our intuitive abilities will be revealing themselves to us over the next twelve to twenty-four months. Do not fear or dismiss them, rather embrace this amazing sense we were given, use it fully and reap the many rewards and benefits gained from heightened intuitive awareness. Put your goals and dreams forward this year and watch as they manifest for you!
■ Deborah Johnson, Author, ‘Look Within, Heal Without’ www.deborah-johnson.net
Your Numerological Business Vision
Katharine Hepburn By Tillie MacDonald ‘If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun’
By Paola Gucciardi Your Expression number is a lifelong target that identifies your inherent nature, inner goals and true purpose in life. To create the opportunities to succeed in life, it’s important to explore and positively develop these characteristics.
~ Katharine Hepburn
To Calculate...Add Katharine Hepburn, born in Hartford, Connecticut was one of six children of a wealthy family. Her father was a doctor of urology, and her mother was very active in the women’s movement. The family had well-publicized views on what were considered at the time contentious issues – birth control, sexually-transmitted diseases and equal rights for women. Their views often ostracized the family although Katharine later said ‘we grew quite to enjoy that’. Her background provided skills to deal with other people’s disapproval. Katharine was a good athlete, particularly in figure skating and golf. This athleticism enabled her to perform some of her own film stunts. Although Katherine graduated from Bryn Mawr College with degrees in History and Philosophy, her first love was acting. After her graduation in 1928 she made her Broadway debut. That year she also married businessman and socialite Ludlow Ogden Smith. The marriage did not last but their friendship lasted for a life time. By 1932, after many successful Broadway performances, Katharine was asked to screen test for the film A Bill of Divorcement starring John Barrymore. Her stage shows were paying her $80-$100 weekly but she asked for and got $1,500 per week for her first film. In 1933 Katharine won her first Oscar for Morning Glory, one of four she would win during her lifetime This was her third movie. Her fourth film, Little Women, in which she played the lead, was the most successful picture of its day. The film studio RKO, although delighted by Katharine’s films, found her off-screen style too independent. She refused to conform to the prevailing image of the Hollywood starlet. She dressed very casually, wore no makeup and refused to pose for pictures or to give interviews. Even though she was a complete professional and totally researched her roles, this counted for little in those days as style was more important than substance. 80 www.womenwithvision.ca
When Katharine failed to win the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, she returned to her stage career on Broadway and played the socialite in The Philadelphia Story a role specifically written for her. Howard Hughes, her lover at the time, encouraged her to buy the rights to the play, which she did and turned it into a hit movie in 1940 starring with Cary Grant and James Stewart. This film revived her film career and has been voted one of the top 100 American films of all time. Katharine, now in her early thirties, was on top of her profession. Katharine, who had numerous love affairs, was engaged to marry Howard Hughes but called it off at the last minute. In 1942 she worked with Spencer Tracy in the film Woman of the Year, which was the first of nine films they made together. It was also the start of a 25-year love affair. The pair brought out each other’s strengths and became a legendary screen pairing. The last film they made together was in 1967, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, for which Katharine won an Oscar for best actress. After Spencer Tracy’s death, Katharine won an Oscar for her performance in The Lion in Winter and in 1981 she won another Oscar for On Golden Pond. Katharine Hepburn provided an image of an assertive woman to which her female fans could aspire. She showed that a woman could speak her mind, be physically active and refuse to bow down to demands of even the most powerful Hollywood studios. Although this did not guarantee her popularity she provided a role model for future generations and showed that women could take on a male and money-dominated system and triumph. Katharine Hepburn died at her home in Connecticut in 2003 at the age of 96. ■ Tillie MacDonald, CBED, General Manager email@example.com
all the numerical values of the letters in your full birth name
Y N N
J O Y C E
S M I T H
3 7 5 5
1 6 7 3 5
1 4 9 2 8
3 2 0=2+ 0 =2 4
24 =2 + 4 =6
2 + 22+ 6 = 3 0 ; 3 + 0 = 3 E x p r e s s i o n
1. Write your full name that appears on your birth certificate 2. Using the chart to the right, record the corresponding numerical value of each letter in your name 3. Separately subtotal the value of your first, middle and last name (Reduce 11and 22 subtotal to a single digit) 4. Add the value of each subtotal until Expression = single digit
A natural leader built to inspire others with originality, creativity and trendsetting ideas. Use your will power and determination to bring things to fruition. Guard against becoming bossy, opinionated and domineering.
Diplomacy, cooperation and mediation are your cornerstone. Use your ability to see both sides of an issue to harmonize situations. Close relationships are essential to your happiness. Work towards finding inner peace and tranquility and guard against passive and dependent tendencies.
Use your creative flair to pursue a life of self-expression. Whether you’re writing, acting, designing or speaking, inspire others with your passion, optimism and wit. To succeed, balance your desire for fun and discipline.
Build a strong foundation upon which to grow. Use an organized, methodical and practical approach.
1 A J S
Rather than struggle and fight against the limitations that structure can bring, accept and understand your need for stability and security.
Freedom and change are your foundation. You see the whole world as a playground to be explored and experienced. Self-discipline and setting healthy limits is the key to your success. Take advantage of your pragmatic, opportunistic and persuasive personality traits.
Service to home and community is your cornerstone. Stability, security, and a loving harmonious family life are essential for your happiness. Understand the limits of your responsibility and develop a balance between the needs of others and your own.
2 B K T
3 C L U
4 D M V
5 E N W
6 F O X
7 G P Y
Destined for big business and finance, balance your desire for control and material achievement with other aspects of life such as family, friends, love, and spiritual development. Success will be achieved through your personal efforts.
Service to mankind is your duty. Your deepest intention is to transform the world. Use love, compassion and understanding to improve humanity. Balance your emotions and sensitivity by utilizing your strong mind, self-compassion and forgiveness. your artistic talent. Use your practical mind to help stabilize your feelings and emotions.
Seek the truth to the mysteries of life. Spend time alone to receive inspiration from within and follow your own path to understand and acquire wisdom. Live by realities and not superficialities. To prevent becoming isolated, remember to have fun.
8 9 H I Q R Z
■ Paola Gucciardi, Numerologist www.lifenumbers.ca
The LAST The
A cocoon it did spin For a new life to begin Gentle and fun to watch in the sky This butterfly dips and flits as it flutters by It migrates far beyond ones great expectation Instinctively knowing its universal destination A Monarch rests from its migration afar To all of us which seems so bazaar This amazing creature full of passion to fly Captures the hearts of everyone, yet not knowing why I make a wish in my imaginative minds eye Knowing their inner truth and passion as they sour on high
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By Lorraine Leslie
Women With Vision!™ - Spring,2010 Women with vision is a networking organization for Canadian Women in Business.
Published on Mar 1, 2010
Women With Vision!™ - Spring,2010 Women with vision is a networking organization for Canadian Women in Business.