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Is Blogging Good for Business By Susan Baka The New Entrepreneur By Donna Messer Financial Illiteracy Or Sense Of Entitlement By Rick Ziemski Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone For More Success By Janette Burke
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Hair Today…Gone Tomorrow By Lesley Paul Menopause and Your Skin By Beth Nigh Ask The Expert Special Advertorial By Dr. Ben Pezik Eight Steps to Optimal Digestion By Meredith Deasley
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What’s Your Hat Personality By Cathy Day Check it Out! By Marilyn Wetston
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I've just come across your site on a friend's recommendation and I'm moved and wowed by your story and your success. My deep felt congratulations to you for all you've accomplished. As a single mom to a delicious 2 year old, and a commitment to reach my ultimate potential so I can be the best guide for this little girl, I am inspired by what is possible through you. Thank you for what you do. I would very much look forward to meeting you to personalize my congratulations and best wishes for your continued success.. Warmly,
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This fall issue of Women with Vision is all about celebration, challenge and change.
The challenge which I embrace is to continually find newsworthy topics and fascinating people that are attentiongrabbing. I want you to look forward to having this magazine in your hands and to enjoy sharing it with colleagues, family and friends. The change is in our inevitable growth. We are delighted to be opening (in this fall 2011) two more Women with Vision Networking Chapters: North Simcoe (Midland, Orillia, Penetanguishine, Tay, Tiny, Christian Island, Severn, Ramara, Oro-Medonte and Mnjikanning First Nation) and in South Simcoe (Alcona, Alliston, Bellewart, Bradford, Cookstown, Gilford, Stroud and Thornton). What’s the old saying? ‘We’ve come a long way ‘ladies’! While attending many social and community events this past summer I met some remarkable people. One such person is our featured woman with vision, Tracy Moore. You’ll learn how Tracy became an internationally-known journalist who worked diligently to become the host of her own television show that is produced in Toronto. Another unique and empowering person that I met (and have introduced you to) is Michael Pocock who’s a hardworking artist from Clarksburg.
Also, I recently had a fascinating time hosting an international student from Japan for three weeks. This lovely young teenager was a total stranger; a 15-year-old who has become a lifelong friend. She arrived on her first visit to Canada understanding very little English yet together we did our best to communicate on a daily basis. Soon we were laughing together and having comfortable conversations as her English improved. We exchanged many customs about Canadian and Japanese cultures which were lessons in patience, empathy and tolerance. I learned how to prepare and cook some very interesting meals! Together, my houseguest and I learned firsthand how to work with steel and metal to create an outdoor garden flower. I learned many new Japanese words which I hope to use as I converse with my daughter-in-law and new granddaughter. (I recently became a proud grandmother for the third time… now I have three beautiful granddaughters!) I highly recommend that you consider becoming a host parent of an exchange student… there is no question that you’ll find it to be a most rewarding experience.
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GOOD FOR BUSINESS?
By Donna Messer
Canada Ranks 3rd in the World of Entrepreneurs
By Susan Baka
Seven steps to make your blog a success and engage with your customers
3. Provide needed/wanted information. A blog is not a sales pitch or a corporate brochure. Provide information that is valuable and educational to your customers. Your goal is to establish yourself as an expert and your blog as a resource so that your business will become synonymous with credibility, and trust in the products and services you offer will grow. 4. Have a point of view. On one hand, you don’t want to insult or even slander someone but, on the other hand, you want to be different, get noticed, and spark opinions and response from others. 5. Start a conversation. One way to get readers to respond is to ask them a question at the end of your blog. It can be as basic as “What do you think?” Your goal is to get people to leave comments and share your blog with others. 6. Post regularly. You certainly don’t have to blog every day, but be consistent - say, weekly - so that you don’t get 10 www.womenwithvision.ca
forgotten. The more you blog, the higher the chances are that you will be discovered by your target audience.
Entrepreneurs come in all shapes, sizes and cultures. Men and women of all ages are making the switch from careers to creatively choosing products, services or opportunities that fit their lifestyle and their financial needs. Earning an income to support a family or an individual no longer equates to finding a job – in today’s economy – it means creating your own source of income.
7. Monitor and reply to comments. Let your readers know that you care about what they have to say by responding to their posts as soon as you can. Now that you’re ready to embark on a blog, be ready to market it. Here are some ways: • Promote it on your website. A blog can become an important source of dialogue with your customers. Put a link to it right on your homepage. And put links to your website in your blog, too. • Use keywords. When writing your blog, try to use keywords and phrases that your target audience will likely use in search engines so that they will find you.
With the high marks afforded to both Canada and the United States, the survey noted in its summary that "North America has the most entrepreneur-friendly culture of any region."
Top Ten Tips for Entrepreneurs Starting a New Business
Research – use search engines. Subscribe to Stats Canada for current and relevant statistical information.
Experts – Find the experts and ask them to share their success stories. They are often early retirees and might even consider mentoring you.
Using relationship building, (another word for networking) is proving to be the fastest, most effective way to grow that entrepreneurial business.
Team – Build the team. Buy your weaknesses. Don’t try to be
Canada ranks just behind Indonesia and the United States, according to the newly released survey conducted by GlobeScan where more than 24,000 survey participants were asked a series of questions on how hard it was to start a business and how innovation was valued in their country.
and well thought out business plan.
a super hero.
Business Plan – No one can succeed without an effective Banker – You need a good banker. Find one that you can relate to and build rapport. Lawyer – You need a lawyer in your corner, to set up the company and make sure all the legal bases are covered.
• Make it your constant marketing companion. Everywhere you use your logo or list your web address, include your blog url. That includes email signatures, ads, business cards, presentations and marketing materials.
Accountant – You need an accountant to set up the books you need to be compliant with all necessary government forms.
Marketing and Media Expert – Believe it or not, you need someone who can, not only get your name out there, but can help create brand awareness.
• Talk it up. Whenever you get the chance, whether you are speaking at events or networking, be sure to mention your blog. A blog is a cost-effective and persuasive way to gain new customers, but it can seem a bit daunting. If you don’t realistically have the time to consistently publish, or are concerned that your ability to generate excitement with a blog may be lacking, hire a ghost writer. A good writer can convey the messages you want and, at the same time, do so in your “voice.” ■ Susan Baka, President Bay Communications & Marketing Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org www.baycomm.ca
Human Resources Expert – You need a policy and procedure manual. It’s an important tool once the business begins to grow.
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2. Decide where to post. You may want to start off using a free blogging platform like WordPress.com, but there are drawbacks: it can negatively impact search engine optimization, and you lose out on the design and branding on your website. An alternative is to create a subdomain on your website.
Statistics show that small business and entrepreneurship is the backbone of our Canadian economy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared 2011 “The Year of the Entrepreneur” and a new survey suggests that Canada is one of the top three places in the world to start a business and has a culture that admires entrepreneurs and the risks that they take.
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1. Know your audience. Before doing anything else, think about who you want to read your blog. Keeping this in mind at all times will not only boost your efforts to create compelling content, but will also help you focus on your niche area of expertise.
THE NEW ENTREPRENEUR
Is Blogging Recent estimates indicate there are more than 133 million bloggers out there.Why do they do it? Some just want to speak their minds. But the good business bloggers say they’ve become better known in their industry. Internet marketing company and researcher HubSpot says that companies that blog generate 55% more visitors to their websites. These are compelling reasons to do it, but how do you create and maintain a successful blog? Here are some guidelines.
industry contacts. Organizations and associations are also a wealth of information and contacts. GlobeScan conducts research in over 90 countries - www.GlobeScan.com ■ Donna Messer Networking Expert, International Speaker www.connectuscanada.com www.womenwithvision.ca 11
For More Success
OR SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT
By Janette Burke
By Rick Ziemski
Leave the cozy confines of your safety net behind and challenge yourself by reaching outside your normal scope of skills and activities. At first, you may feel anxious and nervous – not knowing what to expect. But if you want to GROW yourself and your business, you simply must take the plunge. So, here are 6 tips on how to break out of your comfort zone:
“My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income” ~ Errol Flynn
Today, with great hindsight all the “Don Cherry’s” of finance deliver much post-game analysis about what has been obvious for decades. Financially illiterate people with poor money management skills do dumb things with money. This long overdue revelation has gained such momentum that even the Federal Government of Canada recently announced a national financial literacy strategy. The concern and direction is absolutely necessary. Financial illiteracy in North America is a severe problem, and in today’s world it is no longer possible to build a strong economy without a financially literate consumer base. Things are just that much more complex than they were at one time and people who take the matter of financial hygiene lightly risk living in bad financial health for life. No magic hand, government or otherwise, is going to make it better for us unless each of us gets proactively involved with our own financial literacy.
Financial advice continues to proliferate in the media, telling us how to keep financial records, budget, save, invest, and seek financial advice and much more. Most of it is sound advice and people seem willing to listen but there is an “however”. Personal experience as an advisor says to me that most people learn the mechanical part of managing money quickly yet too often they don’t see enough improvement in the condition of their finances and they get frustrated. They hit a wall because the cause of their financial failings is rooted more in their “sense of entitlement” than in financial ignorance. The sense of entitlement prevents people from applying the necessary discipline in the matter of how money is spent. Sadly, whether they make $40,000 or $400,000 annually, they continue living “hand to mouth”.
1. Start off small – Imagine there’s a door with a big exit sign hanging over it. In your mind’s eye, turn and face it.You can either leap through as if your life depends on it. Or you can take small, incremental steps. Usually the fear of tackling a challenge full on is what prevents people from ever trying. Taking one important baby-step at a time is how you get started on your journey. For example, if you want to go out and give public talks or workshops about your business, but the thought of speaking in public scares you to death, begin by picking up a book and reading it out loud in front of a few friends. Then have everyone practice talking about any topic for just a minute without pausing or repeating. Your confidence will blossom by making it a fun activity.
2. Make change a habit – Trying something different every day, such as a new route on your way to the grocery store; a different drink at your local coffee shop or a new piece of equipment at the gym. This will help you slowly get used to the feeling of change and be able to apply change to your business.
In this situation more financial advice or knowledge is useless. Instead the individual or couple should seek behavior modification help to deal with the feelings of entitlement that drive them to spend beyond their earnings and beyond reason. These feelings are complex, deeprooted and can have a variety of origins including upbringing or even subliminal messaging by our friendly advertisers who like to say, “go ahead, you deserve it”. The fact is that if you don’t earn it you don’t deserve it. This doesn’t mean never using debt. It means prudent use of debt so that it is repayable in an orderly way from what you earn.
3. Stop imagining the worst – “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened,” wrote sixteenth-century French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Sometimes the worst part of tackling something new is fear of the unknown. Your imagination may run rapid with the perception of obstacles that are not actually there. Rather study successful people’s autobiographies and blogs and discover their formulas on how they achieved what you wish to accomplish. They’ll have useful advice and tips that will help you overcome destructive negative feelings.
4. Don’t worry about nerves – When you step out of
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So if you have become financially literate and are using a good money management process but still can’t dig out, get your sense of entitlement tested. You might be surprised.
■ Richard Ziemski C.A. Management Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
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Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Ever since that fateful day in 2008 when we woke up to hear that America had soiled her financial bed we have been bombarded with literature on corporate and personal finances; some of it pointing at high consumer debt as a key problem. In fact, excessive consumer borrowing was definitely a major contributor to the economic meltdown. While Americans were binging with abandon, we Canadians, true to our cautious nature, were only timidly living it up a little.
your comfort zone, you’ll likely feel uncomfortable. Maybe it’s a queasy feeling in your stomach, or a tight throat. These are natural biological responses to taking on something new. However in order to achieve your goals, you need to be acquainted with these feelings because the more you condition yourself to discomfort and uncertainty, the farther you’ll go.
5. Have a safety net – Bring a friend, family member, or colleague on your journey as opposed to going it alone. Or join a community that supports you in your personal, business and marketing goals.
6. Think positively – From the clients you want to work with to the marketing campaigns you wish to implement, visualize what success in your business feels like and commit yourself to a positive mindset. Write down your breakthroughs and truly bask in your accomplishments. Remind yourself how you took a gamble and why it worked!
■ Janette Burke Marketing/PR Coach, Consultant and Columnist email@example.com www.yourmarketingmagnet.com
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DIVERSITY Makes Life Interesting …variety – bring on the challenge of change! The famous English Poet, William Cowper, will be remembered for his comment on variety……”Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour”.
There is an element of challenge when variety is introduced into our lives. Sometimes it’s the unknown that may make us fearful. Often we will resist change simply because it makes us uncomfortable. And we would rather be comfortable rather than take a risk. Is the need for variety, or the lack of it, a potential compatibility issue? Yes, it is! Consider the person who enjoys a life of method and structure. She will think that the writer with a strong desire for variety is out of control, always needing to do something different and never content with routine. On the other hand, the writer who loves variety is going to wonder how a rigid, stick-in-the mud writer can get through life in such a drab, dull way, never wanting to try anything new. In handwriting, this trait is revealed by long lower loops. The longer and wider the loop, the greater is the desire for change and variety.
ELDER PARENTS AND IN-LAWS By Rose Pellar, B.A.S., LL.B. Section 32 of the Family Law Act provides that every child who is not a minor has an obligation to provide support, in accordance with need, for his or her parent who has cared for or provided support to the child, to the extent that the child is capable of doing so. This law is seldom invoked because many children already voluntarily support their parents in need or their parents receive support from government welfare or pension sources. Ontario is home to approximately four million senior citizens. Unfortunately, not many of these senior citizens will be able to live independently. Consequently many individuals are having to or choose to take care of their parents and, if you’re a couple, this could mean taking care of your In-Laws also.
Notice how long and wide the ‘y’ is in the word ‘variety’. The three ‘g’s in ‘bring’, ‘challenge’ and ‘change’ are long and wide, some longer and wider than others. The fact that there are four descending letters (don’t count the ‘f ’ – that has a different meaning entirely) and all are long and wide, indicate that this writer loves variety. She is not likely to get stuck in the rigid corners of life. Some writers welcome variety, even if it does mean taking that occasional risk – taking that leap of faith into the unknown, just because it’s something different. …….imagine the freedom! 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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Some people have a strong desire for variety. They just love doing different things and having new experiences. Often they are fond of travel, as this provides them with those new experiences that they seek – meeting new people, adapting to different cultures, different sights and sounds. These are the writers who do not like monotony or sameness. They will not be happy doing a routine job. For them, diversity makes life interesting. It adds ‘spice’ to their lives. As human beings, it is natural for us to sort for sameness and to follow routines. We may have a routine that we follow each day when we get up in the morning and go to bed at night – or a favourite coffee cup, parking spot, brand of makeup. There are no surprises. It’s comfortable!
You will likely find doing so to be a huge adjustment since typically you had no or very little time to enjoy being empty nesters, because children today are remaining at home longer than children of previous generations.You will be sharing your home and space with someone who may still regard you as a child or they may insist on having things done their way. Even worse, you may not be that cherished daughter-in-law they had hoped for and as a result there are constant battles which will challenge the strength of your spousal union. Apart from the physical, emotional and psychological adjustments, there can be financial and legal ramifications to taking on this responsibility. If you end up being financially responsible for your parent/in-law and you predecease that person without having provided financially for him/her, a claim can be made by that parent/in-law against your estate. In addition, if you are acting under a power of attorney for that parent/in-law and use his/her funds, should that parent/in-law die, their beneficiaries may require you to account for your handling of those funds. As a precaution, always keep good records and hang on to those statements and receipts.
be compensated for your troubles, don’t bank on it unless your parent/in-law has specifically provided for this in his/her Will. The Will should specifically state why it is that you are receiving more than the other children or the Will could be challenged if your siblings suspect that there has been undue influence on your part, particularly if the Will was changed or done while that parent was in your care. Also, if your parent/in-law pays you by cash or cheque, ensure that they disclose this in writing or verbally to the other family members. The elderly have special needs. There could be hearing, sight and mobility impediments, as well as diminishing mental capabilities. If you are caring for an elderly person, make sure you reach out to the resources available to you and educate yourself about financial grants or tax deductions that may be available to you. Your accountant should be able to help you but do not hesitate to call the Canada Revenue Agency with your questions. Most importantly, be kind. Remember one day you could be relying on your children or daughter/son-in-law. ■ Rose Pellar, B.A.S., LL.B.,Barrister & Solicitor Pellar Family Law Professional Corporation email@example.com
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& WELLNESS ...living life at its best
By Annette Lavigne
"Discover the communicator in you, because when you speak well, others notice... Winners speak, others listen"
A situation that happened a long time ago and that still has its residual effect. Going to functions and parties are painful, let alone delivering a speech or presentation to co-workers. A study (out of many) was once conducted and most people would rather have a root canal than speak in public. Really? That was a shock to
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hear. I guess that's why I love to do what I do. I remove the "pain" from the "painfully shy". The good news is "shyness" can be dealt with. Let's start today, right now! The next time a colleague or friend suggest "my, you really are shy..." your response need be "actually, I'm not. I'm just a quiet kind of gal/guy" and smile as you walk away. The first step is changing the label and embracing that part of who you are, the quiet are a likeable group, we really do embrace you; you just have to believe it. Another challenge for the bashful is that awkward moment of silence when a statement or question has been posed and the words are nowhere to be found.This happens to the best of us but can be extremely painful when it becomes the norm. Soon after you sit with regret, regret for not saying what you thought or how you felt about the given subject or argument. Instead of having that “not knowing” look on your face, may I suggest that you say you’ll get back to them later, be prepared at all times to say just that and make the commitment to yourself to get back to that person when you can gather your thoughts. If not face to face, then make the call, an old fashion phone call. My client’s tell me that that’s another challenge in itself. By calling them back you have just practiced two exercises of assertiveness in one day. Take a stand; make the decision to find your own true voice one step at a time. Being prepared with a response may seem uncomfortable at first but before you know it, you will be apt to change it naturally. Being ready and prepared is the best butterfly remover there is, try it!
■ Annette M. Lavigne The "Shy Buster!" www.speakwitheasenow.com 647-458-8255(TALK)
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I've learned that "being shy" is no laughing matter. After helping people since 2007 with their Presentation and Communication skills, it occurred to me that 9 out 10 of my clients were seriously dealing with issues of shyness stemming from what I call "the moment of deception".
Hair Today… GONE TOMORROW By Lesley Paul, B.Sc. Phm
To a woman, hair is one of the most defining aspects of her appearance. Hair length, colour and style make statements of virility, sexuality, religion, military status and more. Hair loss, or alopecia, is a common problem in both males and females and can be very distressing for those affected.
Our hair follicles undergo a continuous cycle of growth, resorption (loss or destruction) and rest. The majority of our scalp hair is in the growth phase and a small portion is in the resting phase that is shed daily (100 hairs per day). Changes in hair growth patterns can have significant psychological consequences affecting body image, self-esteem and quality of life. Hair loss has many possible causes and can be challenging to diagnose. Hair loss that occurs during perimenopause and after menopause may be a result of lower estrogen levels in relation to testosterone (which is often normal or slightly lowered). This is frequently, although perhaps inappropriately called androgenic alopecia and is often accompanied by unwanted growth of facial hair. There are a large number of factors affecting hair changes at this time, which makes it difficult to say that menopause is the actual origin. Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) appears as thinning on the crown of the scalp beginning with a widening through the centre hair part. Hair loss rarely progresses to total baldness.
Hormone therapy (HT) may be effective in preventing hair loss. However FPHL should not be the only reason for using HT and other risk factors need to be assessed before initiation of this therapy. Women who are already using hormones and subsequently stop may notice increased hair shedding and FPHL may occur. Because female pattern hair loss seems to occur during a time when testosterone levels are higher, drugs that block testosterone have been used as treatment. However none of these drugs are government approved for this indication. Such treatment should be avoided in women with a personal or family history of estrogen-dependant cancers. A recent study showed that just like males, women with early onset patterned hair loss may have a higher incidence of hypertension. Significant hair loss should always be discussed with your doctor to ensure that there are no underlying issues that need to be treated, such as nutritional deficiencies or chronic illness.
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There are several reasons for women to lose their hair. These include high fever, childbirth, severe infections or chronic illness, major surgery, thyroid disorder, crash diets, inadequate protein and certain drugs, such as chemotherapy agents. Blood tests are often used to help determine the cause, but in some cases a biopsy may be needed. Hair loss can also occur due to injury to the hair shaft from excess tension in braids, ponytails or cornrows. Damage can even occur due to friction from helmets or hats. Normal dying, bleaching, waving or straightening solutions don’t generally cause hair damage, unless solutions are left on too long, improperly neutralized or used too frequently. Even shampooing or brushing too often as well as the use of heating appliances on wet hair can lead to hair loss.
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Treatment of hair loss should involve correction of nutritional deficiencies (iron, zinc or protein) as well as the addition of a multivitamin. Biotin 3mg/day may also help to promote hair growth. For many years topical minoxidil 2% solution has been used effectively for hair growth and is available without a prescription. Some women may use a 5% minoxidil solution (available only with a prescription at a compounding pharmacy) however side effects such as scalp itching and irritation as well as unwanted hair growth (especially facial) may occur.
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Q: My night driving vision is terrible. What can help? Sarah, Tiny Beaches
A: Night driving is a visually difficult time for many. With bright headlights mixed into an otherwise poorly lit environment, a perfect storm of intense glare and strained visual focus can dominate. For this, I recommend prescription lenses with an AntiReflective coating. This coating will help to cut out the glare, making night driving safer and more comfortable.
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Menopause is a natural part of a woman's life. Unfortunately, it can be accompanied by a number of symtpoms that can be uncomfortable, such as hot flashes, mood swings and changes in the appearance of the skin. Let's discuss the latter. counter skin-lightning creams can reduce this appearance. Laser treatments and chemical peels can also be very effective. Your doctor may also prescribe Retin-A, which is applied topically and will minimize age spots (and wrinkles too!).
One of the most common conditions associated with menopause is dryness. Skin releases superficial dead cells less readily, causing dry and dull-appearing skin. Menopause-induced dry skin can be treated with over the counter moisturizers. These products won't add moisture to the skin, but will retain the moisture already present. Apply moisturizers while skin is still damp from bathing. Hydrate skin dryness by drinking plenty of water. Acne can also occur due to changes in hormone levels. Many over the counter treatments can be effective. In some cases, professional treatments may be needed. These treatments may include prescription medications, dermabrasion or laser therapy. Hormonal changes can bring on darkening of the skin. Hyperpigmentation is the result of an increase in melanin at the base of the epidermis. Melanin increases as estrogen decreases. Several over the 20 www.womenwithvision.ca
A lack of estrogen can cause skin to grow thin making capillaries more visible. Rosacea is the appearance of capillaries under the skin. Hot flashes can cause rosacea, as capillaries expand and break as a response to feeling hot. Genetics also play a role, so do what you can to look after your skin. Eat right, take vitamins daily, exercise, protect your skin from the sun and invest in good skin care products.
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Q: My eyes burn, itch, ache and at times even water. A friend suggested dry eye. But they run water. What is going on? Tino, Wasaga Beach
A: Dry Eye can present with many different symptoms. Dry Eye is an eye disease caused by an unhealthy tear layer. The tears require the right balance of oil, water, and mucous to properly lubricate and protect the eye. A comprehensive eye exam includes an assessment of the tear film. Some recommendations for relief can be artificial tears and hot compress; as well preventive changes in diet and environment.
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Optimal Digestion By Meredith Deasley If you experience gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, ulcers, celiac, chrohn’s, indigestion or simply want to improve the health of your digestive system, please read on. You will find that when you even implement one of these ideas for better digestion, your body will thank you. 1. A large percentage of digestion occurs in the mouth. Chew your food until it is a paste. This is the most important thing one can do to improve his or her digestion. 2. Relax while eating (no television or computer or eating on the move). Sit quietly for a few minutes before and after each meal.
3. Try not to drink any liquids while eating, as liquids dilute the enzymes and hydrochloric or stomach acid needed to digest food. Little sips of warm liquids (i.e. herbal teas with a meal are acceptable, if needed to help with the chewing process. If you can get in the habit of drinking about 20 minutes before or after a meal, it is easiest on the digestive system. Warm water with lemon juice is a wonderful digestive aid.
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4. Never drink cold liquids as they freeze the stomach glands and inhibit digestion (the body is not capable of producing hydrochloric acid). 5. Have smaller meals more often. 5 meals a day is ideal – smaller frequent meals keep metabolism at a good pace. The more anyone eats, the more enzymes are needed and the more the digestive system is taxed. If children are taught to eat smaller amounts more often at a young age, they’ll continue into adulthood. And a portion size for you is only the size of your palm. 6. Stop eating by 7 pm each day.
8. And of course, ensure you obtain adequate levels of good bacteria to assist with digestion by taking a good quality acidophilus. ■ Meredith Deasley, Author: The Resourceful Mother Secrets to Healthy Kids www.theresourcefulmother.com 22 www.womenwithvision.ca
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7. Properly food combine if you have a number of digestive issues i.e. sensitivities or allergies. Digestion is so poor these days that many of us are turning to proper food combining but this wasn’t required years ago. It was the increase of yeast-related problems brought about by antibiotics and refined carbohydrates, such as white sugar and white flour that created this need in some individuals. Proper food combining involves having fruit on its own with at least an hour separation from other food. It also involves never mixing animal proteins and starches together.
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The new season offers us a plethora of looks from which we can select the elements that will contribute to our best look. This is easily said but not simply done.
CHECK IT OUT! By Marilyn Wetston
The Wardrobe Doctor: Fall fashions this year will offer numerous looks and limitless possibilities to create a positive personal statement for every woman. Where do we start? The key is to first have a true understanding of the woman we are.
1. Genetic gifts which are an immutable basic foundation. Height, eye colour, skin tone, body type. Work them to your advantage.
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2. Todayâ€™s woman: our measurements as we are, not as we aspire to be. 3. Our personal preferences. What we prefer to hide or flaunt. 4. Our personal comfort zone. Very often dictated by our personal thermostat and idiosyncrasies. 5. Personal necessities such as our daily realities; i.e. need to wear orthotics or compression hose. 6. Our established wardrobe. What we have accumulated to date that we love to wear and wish to use as our foundation going forward. 7. Our lifestyle as it impacts on our clothing and image 8. Our climate: The weather and seasons do make a shift in look necessary. 26 www.womenwithvision.ca
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The Current trends in colour and styles.
Every designer has a vision of styles in fabrics and colors to move us in a new wardrobe direction.This time we’ll see vibrant reds, purples, oranges, yellows and blues and neutrals of camels, grays, and good old black. The autumnal tones will feature earthy hues including rich browns paprika, mustard, mushroom, eggplant. .There will be pastels and even summer floral prints tossed into the mix. As to the actual fashion items, there are trends galore from which we are expected to create our own version of ourselves. Tailored tastes will be appeased with the men’s oversize jackets that offer comfort and ease into the structured mix. Masculine basics such as crisp white shirts, vests, trousers and sleek overcoats offer simple clean lines and an opportunity to add a mannish edge to a softer look. Some may mix a “boyfriend jacket” with pencil skirt or feminine blouse. The classic fedora, narrow belt, or loafer inspired shoes might entice some to try some of this higher testosterone look. Included is an opportunity for lovers of tweed and plaid fabric to invest in a piece to update simple classics.
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Plaids, checks and linear patterns will also appear in the context of a retro sixties look Mini shift dresses, pleated school girl skirts, coats and head to toe plaid suits will definitely pump up a wardrobe based on efficient solids. Alternatively, the garden flowers will not disappear when the frost hits One dominant floral print item will make a fresh new fall look and extend the feel of a garden party into the festive season. Think satins and laces, roses and sunflowers.
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The tuxedo will not be reserved only for the males in our society. Once again the woman’s touch will give females an alternative to the LBD (little black dress) Just slip it on over nothing or wear it with your favourite evening top or white shirt. Pant it or skirt it. All will be fine. Don’t let the satin lapels or dressy fabrics fool you into thinking evening only. The tux jacket can work well with sweaters and jeans too. The true lover of a complete lady like look will enjoy wearing bow tie blouses, suits with pencil skirts that fall below the knee and elegant three quarter length coats with gloves to complete them. Pearls will be a must. Glitz is with us again. Sequins, gold and silver trims and items , all that glitters will attract those who love to shine.
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Whether its colour, fabric or the styles for fall 2011, there is more than I can list on a page. The key is to add as much of a new element as makes you feel and look your best. Own your look and enjoy selecting from the huge fashion buffet that is yours to enjoy.
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Fall Petal Edibles
Set out a platter of these creepy peepers, and your Halloween party guests are bound to do a double take.
Kids love to play with their food! Making this creative flower in bloom allows them to dip the petals into any creamy dressing they like.
• Carrots • Cream cheese • Pitted black olives
• radish slices • celery leaves • sectional apple slices • cherry tomatoes • celery sticks • baby carrots
Directions Simply slice carrots into 1-inch-thick chunks, top each with a blob of cream cheese and one half of a pitted black olive, and serve
Directions Set out all the fruit and vegetables and let your kids design their own flowers, trucks, their imagination is unlimited…
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Berkshire Pork …with Cider Chutney
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APPLE-PEAR SPICE SAUCE
Berkshire Pork with Cider Chutney By Chef Stephen Lumree
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Elegant comfort food that is cleansing nourishing and a little exotic tasting. Who knew you could make Apple Sauce without cooking? Ingredients 3 Apples 3 Pears 1 T Raisins or Currants soaked 5 minutes in water 1 inch Ginger minced A dash of Cardamom, Cinnamon or Vanilla to taste Directions Puree everything until smooth or chunky depending on how you like it. Alternatively, grate the fruit and mix all ingredients. Find a quiet spot and savour this one. Tastes like apple pie from childhood, only better! * Variation: add 1/4 C cranberries instead of or in addition to pear
Chutney Ingredients 1 apple 1 pear 1 garlic clove minced 1 large white onion finely minced 4 sprigs of thyme 3/4 C of white sugar Bourbon Corn This recipe is based on one serving of corn cob per person 1 cob - cornels removed 1T finely chopped sage 1 tsp butter 1 oz of bourbon 1 T finely diced roasted red pepper 1/4 C cream Berkshire Pork Crust 1 Berkshire pork chop (heirloom pork) 2 C breadcrumbs 1/4 C fresh chopped herb 2 cloves of garlic finely pureed 1/2 dehydrated apple finely chopped 2 T of olive oil or butter to moisten Dash of salt and pepper Grill pork chop on BBQ to desired doneness (medium/medium well) Plate to serve with mashed potatoes and bourbon creamed corn Enjoy this fall fresh all natural flavoured recipe
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• Continue to water trees and shrubs until the ground freezes • Purchase bulbs that can be forced for the winter • Wrap tender trees and evergreens to protect from wildlife and wind desiccation
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It’s been a strange year, for sure. A cold snowy winter that seemed to last forever, followed by a very wet, rainy spring, with predictions of a cool, wet summer - ahh; the weather. Despite all the advances, Mother Nature can still throw us a curve ball just to remind us who’s in charge! It’s hard to believe fall has arrived after the record setting heat and humidity of the summer, but here we are with the cooler nights, shorter days and colourful foliage to remind us winter is just around the corner. If you have planned your garden well, you have late-blooming perennials such as sedums, asters, chrysanthemums and ornamental grasses to enjoy, along with the stunning fall colours. Now is the time to begin the fall jobs in the garden:
with a slow release, granular fertilizer or with an organic “green” fertilizer • Drain garden hoses, and turn off outside hose bibs • Clean and sharpen gardening tools • Winterize lawn mowers and other gardening power tools
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• Collect seeds and herbs for drying • Amend garden beds with compost or manure • Prepare houseplants to be moved back indoors • Clean bird feeders • Plant new trees and shrubs to give them a few weeks to settle in before frost • Continue to water trees and shrubs until the ground freezes
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back to the ground; leave flowers with seeds for the birds and perennials that will provide winter interest such as Autumn Joy Sedum • Trim grass and weeds away from trees to discourage small rodents from creating nests • Divide spring and early summer blooming perennials • Dig up tender bulbs and store them away for the winter • Water trees and shrubs • Fertilize lawn (late October/early November)
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Selecting The Right
Window Coverings By Riva Glogowski
Window coverings are one of the most important choices you can make for your home. Assessing your needs is an important first step. The following is a guideline to help you do just that: Privacy and View What level of privacy and view do you require from your window coverings? Are your neighbours miles away or merely a few feet? Today’s sheers are the answer! With beautiful fabric vanes suspended between two sheer facings, you will get the best of both worlds – view during the day and privacy at night. These are available in both vertical and horizontal versions for different styles of windows/sliding doors to create a cohesive designer look. Shutters and their vanes can be tilted for light control and privacy and are now available without the centre stick, which results in a sleeker finish. Sliding glass doors are sometimes a dilemma – how to design a system so that you can easily access the outdoors but still want to control the light and address all the security/privacy concerns. You can install two blinds or shades at the top of the door so the door that opens can have the blind up and the other blind stays down to keep the sun out. You can install vertical sheers with privacy vanes as mentioned before or install sliding panels of fabric that move to the side and stack one behind the other for maximum view. Shutters are available in a bi-fold version or a two door system and are very easy to clean if a stove or sink is nearby. 40 www.womenwithvision.ca
Light Control Bright and cheery may work well in your kitchen but not always in your bedroom. For those of us who prefer not to rise with the sun, a popular choice is still the roller shade. However, rollers have come a long way with hundreds of styles, colour and room darkening fabrics to choose from. One of the latest has “two blinds in one” an attractive light filtering front blind and room darkening blind in the back. Another suggestion is to upgrade to an attractive fabric covered cassette or install a small fascia board to hide the top of the shade. Drapery panels can always be added for a complete custom window treatment. Try to choose similar shades for the front of the house (at least on the first level) so when viewing from the street, you present a unified/ finished look. If you are blessed with a beautiful view, you might ask “why put anything up that would obscure this vista?” However, as above, there are several ways to have your cake and eat it too! Window treatments that will protect your furniture and flooring from sun damage, reduce summer air conditioning costs, provide privacy and security but can still be thrown open to that lovely view.
Energy Efficiency Your window coverings can actually make a significant impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Honeycomb shades come in various pleat sizes and levels of opacity. They will significantly lower your heating and cooling costs and are the perfect choice for the energy conscious consumer. They can be ordered in a “top up – bottom down” version so that the shade can come down the regular way but has a system to raise the blinds from the bottom up. You will be able to see out and the light can come in but you can leave the blind at any level for privacy.
blinds and window shades have come a long way. Now available, for ultimate ease, you even have a battery or hardwired system installed to effortlessly open and close your fabric side draperies. ■ Riva Glogowski, Interior Design Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety and Maintenance If you are the parent of small children or you have pets, then easyto-clean products are a must in your home. Maintenance Free California Shutters clean up with the wipe of a cloth and won’t stain, warp or crack. Their cordless operation will also put any safety concerns to rest. Shades can also be ordered with a cordless lifting system. With hundreds of colours, fabrics and styles to choose from, even battery operated lifting systems, www.womenwithvision.ca 41
Organizing to Cope THROUGH A CRISIS By Karen Sencich
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Bad things can happen to good people. Friends or family can be faced with sudden death, accident, illness, disability or be devastated by a sudden fire or flood. If you call with a friendly offer of assistance, don’t be surprised if your offer isn’t accepted, not because your friend isn’t grateful for your kindness, but more likely because they literally don’t know what help they require. Here are my top five organizing tips for coping through a crisis: 1. Tread Carefully - Be sensitive when offering assistance and be cautious not to seem interfering. Let the recipient of your help determine the extent of your involvement. For example, if you think they will balk at having you do all of their laundry, then start by offering to do a couple of loads of sheets or towels. 2. Yard work – Outdoor chores often get overlooked. Depending on the season, offer to help cut the grass, rake leaves, shovel snow or plant flowers. A small thing such as assisting to get the garbage, recycle and organic waste to the curb will help in a big way. 3. Providing Meals – Historically, the first thing that most people think about during a crisis is delivering casseroles and other food. It has become more complicated in today’s society due to health concerns and food allergies. To maximize the usefulness of your food donation, call ahead to inquire about dietary restrictions for vegetarians or diabetics. Ask if there any nut allergies? Is sodium, sugar or gluten a problem for anyone? Whatever you decide to cook, make sure to include a complete list of ingredients. Be very specific about whether the meal should be cooked in the oven or microwave. Can it be frozen? Send food in disposable tin foil or plastic containers to prevent the hassle of returning containers.
5. Babysitting - Arranging play dates or a sleepover is a thoughtful gesture to give everyone a break from the drama at home. Also, keep an eye on the community calendar so that the children don’t miss any seasonal events or registration for sports teams. Keeping youngster’s lives close to normal is a huge relief for parents who are dealing with any family emergency.
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4. Errands and Outings - Let your friend or neighbour know your regular routine. Perhaps you can save them a trip by picking up groceries or dropping items off to the cleaners, library or video store. Offers to drive to doctor’s appointments or kids to birthday parties, after school activities or sports clubs will be especially helpful for families with active children.
“From 1978 through 1982 I traveled as an apprentice blacksmith for Greenwood Racetrack in Toronto, Orlando, Vancouver and Thunder Bay. As a blacksmith I started welding horseshoe nails into human figures. Using needle-nose pliers I created nail figurines into chess sets, sports figures, horses, and trophies.Thirtytwo years later I’m still making nail sculptures for a local company and the horseshoe nail sculptures remain the cornerstone for all my metal art business. My passion for this laborious nature of traditional ironcraft has transformed my eye to appreciate the fine lines illustrating movement.”
“Recognizing that I needed to finish my education I pursued and received an honours degree in Outdoor Recreation from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay from 1984 to 1988; and then a degree in Education from University of Toronto in 1995.” “From 1989 to 1991 I used my experience with the outdoors and created a small business called ‘Can-Do Recreations’ in the Collingwood area, where I took people on guided bicycle tours in the summer and guided ski tours through local clubs in the continued on pg. 46
Ironworks By Lorraine Leslie
Michael Pocock was no different from one of those young men whose adventures quickly went beyond the world he lived in. He was raised on a farm in a rural community near Burlington, Ontario and often seen, as a teenager, riding around town on his motorcycle… finding it hard to concentrate in a high school environment. “Ironically, one of my favourite memories is an outcome of failing grade nine English which resulted in going to summer school during the summer in 1976. It was the best and most relevant school experience I had because a part of the curriculum included public speaking and theatre. We studied “A Mid44 www.womenwithvision.ca
Unlimited Summer Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare that summer and even went to see it at the Stratford Festival Theatre. That experience helped me to start finding my adult voice and made me more aware of the various forms of art and expression in a public forum.” “Most of my employment as a teenager was cutting grass and working on farms cleaning stalls and bringing in the hay. I also worked at local car washes and golf courses. I eventually dropped out of school after grade 11 and took a summer job shoeing horses.”
Michael Pocock, Ironworks Unlimited ...continued from pg. 45
winter. This chapter in my life gave me a physical medium to envision the physical anatomy and inspired me as to how to bend and twist nails and eventually larger pieces of iron into figurines of skiers swishing down a ski hill.” “In 1995 I was still looking for my niche so I created my metal art business which I still own and run out of Clarksburg, Ontario. I’ve grown so much… going from horseshoe nails to creating furniture of all shapes and sizes, mirror art, wine racks, candle holders, nature and animal sculptures… you name it I’ve probably created it. By combining fluidity with strong masculine or industrial motifs I have been commissioned to develop many large pieces of furniture and more life-size sculptures that are familiar and recognizable to the fine work of the Group of Seven.” “My studio acts as a workshop and showplace for my metal furniture and sculptures. The facility was originally a blacksmith shop and now comprises of a building with creative and dynamic indoor spaces that is decorated with contemporary art and enhanced by attractive architecture and lighting that provides a vibrant backdrop for gatherings and events. The grounds around the building offer large grassed areas, sculpture gardens, and quiet sequestered areas for visitors and those attending my retreats and workshops.”
“One of my proudest moments in Blue Mountain was when the L.E. Shore Library displayed my largest piece of ironwork. I’m also very excited of the exhibit showcased in the Marsh Street Center in Clarksburg of two enormous Tragedy and Comedy masks and a whimsical and colourful bird that I’ve transformed from plain cold industrial pieces of iron and metal.” “Personally, as an artist, I am constantly reinventing myself while retaining the unique characteristics of my personal ‘voice’ or style. This has been a long struggle, but, in keeping with my vision, it works well for me now.”
Publisher Lorraine Leslie along with her Japanese exchange student Saori Yasuda experience first hand how to make a metal garden flower with Michael at one of his workshops” 46 www.womenwithvision.ca
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It's a good time to join the
Arts Community By Ron MacRae
The Collingwood / Blue Mountains area offers the perfect attraction for artists and those, who perhaps for the first time, are looking to explore and develop their artistic 'chops.' But in order to create and develop a vibrant, exciting arts scene, many creative players are needed – those with a flare for organizing and thinking outside the box. They too are 'artsy people'. Why? Independently- minded, visionary, entrepreneurial, risk tolerant and organized; these are many of the same creative qualities that a successful business demands. Artists, however, typically keep their focus on producing and marketing. The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts has been instrumental in bringing together people with diverse creative abilities for 35 years and continues today to be the premier Arts organization in South Georgian Bay. The work of this volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization adds very significant social and economic value to the area. If creative thinking is a quality of your skill-set, we need you to join the arts community. Become a member of the BMFA. Drop into the Arts Centre and speak to Susan about how you could contribute.
■ Ron MacRae BMFA Communications Director www.bmfa.on.ca 48 www.womenwithvision.ca
Life Long Love By Dean Hollin I have often considered myself fortunate that, as of my high school years, I knew without any doubt that I simply had to be an entertainer. To have had that same conviction from an even earlier age – for as long as one can remember – is, in my estimation, an incredible and unique gift. Upon sitting down and chatting with Susan Connolly, it became clear that she had been the receiver of such a gift. continued on pg. 50
pond working, and managing an amateur orchestra. Susan would play from time-to-time with that very orchestra. It didn’t take long to figure out that the two made beautiful music together.
Susan Connolly ...continued from pg. 49
It all began in England’s South Hampton district, when at the age of “seven-and-aslice”, a somewhat common recorder was the instrument of choice. This recorder and the young Susan became inseparable. As the double-digits rolled around, Susan relentlessly hounded dear Mum and Dad for additional instruments. Her persistence paid off, resulting in violin lessons, with a violin scholarship later paying for a piano and its’ lessons. School became interrupted by to and fro train trips to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Susan was well on her way.
Susan Connolly at age 28 in the Shelburne Fiddle Contest
A year after marrying in 1980, the couple decided that Canada would be home – more specifically, Collingwood would be home. They took the long way home, however, backpacking through six months and numerous countries. Most of Susan’s instruments were shipped off ahead of her. Her trusty recorder was chosen to make the journey with her and Joe, so when the spirit moved her she’d park herself on a rock in whatever country she happened to be in and play a tune. When eventually arriving in Canada, “it was like a dozen Christmases” opening up her beloved instruments she’d been separated from. The classically-trained Connolly has been a gift to Collingwood now for three decades. Spending in the neighbourhood of 25 to 30 hours a week teaching piano, violin, clarinet (she added clarinet to
One of the next things that Susan became inseparable with was Collingwood native, Joe Connolly. It was the mid-1970s, and Joe, a musician himself, was on the other side of the
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her talents in 1990) and theory, Susan has become one of the area’s most respected and regarded teachers. Between students’ sessions she’s forever fine-tuning her craft and learning new tunes for the various musical engagements she’s involved in.
David & Hazel Wipper rehearse with Susan in their studio for 'Melody Fair'
Susan playing violin at Tremont patio Susan with David Wipper at Duncan's Cafe 2009
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Perhaps the most unexpected delight of our hour or so together chatting, was finding out that in the last year she’s taken up electric base. To hone that skill she can be found sitting in and playing for Georgian Sound rehearsals. “Wow”, I thought. Here’s a woman undeniably in love and dedicated to her lifelong love of music! ■ Dean Hollin Singer, Play Write and Live Stage Performer
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Indeed, Susan Connolly the entertainer is the Susan I first came to know. Probably my first encounter with Susan the musician was with her on violin, playing alongside local flutist, Joan Marsden. The gigs and the collaborations have varied over the years including work in orchestras in Barrie and Owen Sound, weddings, restaurants, private functions, community events and churches. In recent years she joined David and Hazel Wipper to form the trio MELODY FAIR. This collaboration stretched her musical boundaries even more – and happily! The three area musicians recently released a self-titled CD and continue to appear throughout the area. Fundraising concerts for local community groups are on the horizon.
...gentle insights of awareness & change
Speaking to a cameraman for the better part of a day is only one factor in creating a live television show… there’s so much more going on behind the scenes that the viewer doesn’t ever see. While doing a Talk Show, a producer has to makes sure that the host is standing in the right spot for the lighting and then, if necessary, moves her to another staged location before the commercial is over. They have to make sure the host has all the information needed to conduct an informative, relaxing yet high-energy interview with a guest. Scriptwriting, on-air fashion choices, lighting and camera positions are only part of the ongoing list of challenges that a professional team needs to address to bring a television show together. The host just doesn’t show up and read the prompters; she has to spend time doing homework on whomever she will be interviewing, and when meeting the guest (sometimes for the first time) she must immediately make him or her feel comfortable when exchanging pleasantries before getting to the purpose of the interview. Then there are those special assignments when the show goes on location…like at the Blue Mountain Resort in the town of The Blue Mountains. Having produced and hosted two of my own cable television shows during my career I completely understood what my new friend Tracy Moore of CityLine accomplishes every day.
Life is a Marathon By Lorraine Leslie My first meeting with Tracy was in the middle of winter at the Village at Blue (Blue Mountain Resort) when she did her live show to an enthusiastic crowd. To everyone’s delight she was dressed in a purple ski suit. I discovered how talented Tracy is at multi-tasking... a modern day mom, who has stepped into some very successful shoes worn by the original host Dini Petty, followed by Marilyn Denis. The show, after 25 years, still focuses on home décor, food, fashion, health and beauty… and with Tracy at the helm the ratings have skyrocketed. Tracy was born to Leonard and Marjorie Moore in Mount Sinai Hospital, downtown Toronto, on January 6, 1975. She grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario before there was a ‘Hillcrest Mall’. In fact, wheat fields and farms were all around her subdivision. “Most of my childhood memories are based on hundreds of pictures. All my childhood birthday parties were special as both my sister and I were both born in January so we would have our parties on the same day. I would have the morning parties and Simone would have the evening boy-girl birthday party because she was older. The parties were based on the kids that lived on our street (actually it was a crescent) and our house was number 51, right in the middle, so all the kids on the crescent would attend… a lot of running around, cake and projected movies on a wall. It was great!” “When my parents went to register me for kindergarten the teacher had me draw some pictures to see what level I was at. I was drawing a picture of my family and was working on the details of my dad with buttonholes in his shirt when the teacher asked me who was in my picture. I replied, ‘That’s my mom, my dad and my sister.’ I then said, ‘I have a mom because my dad doesn’t cook.’ which made sense to me at the time. My parents had to arrange for my father to drop me off in the morning and my mother would pick me up at the end of the school day due to their shift work.” “I always lived within walking distance of my schools – both elementary and secondary. I went to Charles Howitt Public School from Kindergarten to Grade 8. I loved school right from the start. My mom still tells stories about how I’d grab a purse at age two and raced to the front door when my sister Simone was leaving for school every morning. I wanted to go so to school so badly that I made a fuss when she left without me. I also couldn’t wait to read.We still have a picture somewhere of me as a toddler “reading” the TV Guide… upside down.”
Lorraine & Tracy on location at Blue Mountain Resort
Tracy with her mother as a baby
Tracy spending quite time with her parents
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Tracy Moore...continued from pg. 55
“I started writing in a diary in grade three. Looking back, I was actually journaling. In my Little Orphan Annie diary my first entry was: ‘I got a Cabbage Patch Doll for Christmas’ which is written in pencil in large print letters. I still ‘journal’ to this day and have kept every diary/journal in which I have ever written.”
“Almost every year I would say to myself, ‘I don’t think I’m going to go back in September.’ because it ate up so much of my time. And every year my mom would tell me to stick with it. In the end I couldn’t really see my life without baton so I didn’t leave it until I moved out of my parents’ house to go to university in Montreal. I’m so glad I stuck with it!”
“I remember having great teachers all throughout elementary school including Mrs. Wall who was my grade one teacher… she was really sweet. Mrs. See was a favourite of mine and lucky for me she ended up teaching my grades 2, 3 and 6 classes. In grade 4 I tried out for the track and field team. I was a track star until grade 7 when a much faster girl started attending our school.”
“High school was a great time for me because I felt like it was when I really came into my own. I was extremely active in the environmental club, student government and the Caribbean Association. I began dating for the first time and partying quite a bit with my girlfriends. Even with all the parties and boyfriends, I was always very serious and dedicated to my schoolwork. There were times that I was up so late at night that my mom or dad would ask me to shut the lights off and go to
Tracy and her sister Simone get ready to practise baton
Tracy and her sister Simone pose for a baton protrait
“I stayed with it until I got kicked off the track and field team in grade 11. Turns out by that age I was more interested in checking out the boys at the other high schools than actually competing in my events. However I had something else that was a lot of fun to do… I had started twirling a baton at age 4 and stayed with it until I was 18. My mom had enrolled Simone into baton classes because our babysitter’s daughter was doing it and then she enrolled me because Simone was doing it. My sister still coaches to this day. We were in every Richmond Hill Santa Claus parade, competed in competitions in Richmond (British Columbia), Winnipeg, and all over Ontario. We also performed at the Canada Day parade in Toronto and the July 4th parade in Oswego, New York. I loved the camaraderie in our baton team. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening we had practice which could be lots of fun…or very tense depending on how difficult the routine was. I will definitely be enrolling my kids in team sports because of the lessons you learn: teamwork, sportsmanship, showmanship and commitment.” 56 www.womenwithvision.ca
Tracy with her baton
bed. They never had to ask me to do my homework. That was a given. My biggest lesson in high school had to do with commitment to my studies and commitment to my friends. I also learned that you can, sadly, outgrow friends. And that’s where I was right before I left home to go off to university.” “One significant person in my life in high school was my English teacher Miss Holding, at Langstaff Secondary School. I’d call her my mentor or the one who directed me, (I’m still trying to get back in touch with her). I loved writing essays. She asked me, ‘What are you thinking of doing in university?’ I replied, ‘I don’t know, what you do if you like writing? Do you become a novelist?’ She said, ‘No, no, no…there are many things that you could do. You could go into politics, you could go into law... or have you ever considered journalism?’ “I ended up going to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and I did a BA program with honours in Political Science and a
minor in History and while I was there I started volunteering at the campus radio station. When you’re that age you don’t know what jobs are out there and I discovered the importance that students have some guidance in helping them make some decisions.” “Getting into McGill was a huge accomplishment for me. I had applied to three universities in Ontario and one in Quebec. I still remember receiving those nice, thick acceptance packages from University of Western Ontario (with a scholarship), University of Toronto and Windsor University (also with a scholarship). But I really wanted McGill. So I waited. While all of the other schools had gotten back to me in spring I waited all the way until July to finally receive a letter from McGill. It was a thin little letter. I was heartbroken. Then I opened it. It said “You’re accepted.” It was way too late to get into residence, but, lucky for me my best friend from kindergarten had also gotten in and we decided to rent an apartment together. What an amazing experience that was. It was a basement apartment for $250 each a month. It had two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. Oh and a few roaches!” “At the campus radio station everyone who was working there was a volunteer. I started by reading the community announcements on a political show once a week. After that they asked if I wanted to be a contributor to that show which resulted in my doing the ‘eye’ interview as well. At that time, a friend of mine and I decided we wanted to do our own morning show. Here we were in downtown Montreal, trucking across campus in our pajamas and boots in the wee hours of the morning before our classes started… through all kinds of weather. Some mornings were full of chaos being filled with a mixture of interviews... we really didn’t know what we were doing… we pulled bits and pieces from the newspapers, announcing names incorrectly but the point was, it piqued my interest in journalism. I thought this would be kind of cool as a career… initially I considered continuing doing radio. The thing that I remembered most about radio that I really loved was the fact that it was community- based, and I liked being able to come up with my own material. I thought that was exciting and I loved the live broadcast element of it.” “After graduation I took a year off. I still count my time in Montreal as some of the best years of my life. My parents said I had to get a job or they were going to stop paying my rent which resulted in me returning to take my Masters in Journalism. Right now, if I had a bottomless pocketful of cash I’d go back to school and get my PhD. I love being in an environment where we’re talking ideas; taking apart the world and dissecting it, whether its history or politics and the way governments work …I love the freedom of leaning.” “Right after graduating at age 25 I was interning as a writer at CTV (a television station in Toronto), and I found it really challenging. I was really quiet and shy, because that’s how you feel… like you know nothing. It’s so different today working at
Citytv as we use the talents of our interns all the time and thankfully they do so much. It’s a great way for them to learn the business.” “As an intern you’re in a big newsroom and it’s daunting. When I was in an environment like that I would automatically feel mediocre and sort of cower away. Until one day my best girlfriend gave me this advice, “Don’t be afraid to have people see you as stupid Tracy.”What??!? How could this possibly be a good thing?” She explained, “When you feel like you’ve got something to prove, you don’t learn anything. If you walk into that newsroom and act like a know-it-all, no one will help you. Go in with questions, lots of them. Seek guidance and ask for help.You’re not supposed to know anything. You’re the intern. Use that status to learn everything you can. And if they think you’re an idiot… so what? You know you’re not. And it’s not such a bad thing to be underestimated.” “Man, that advice changed my life.” “To this day, I embrace new experiences because I don’t walk in pretending to know what the heck I’m doing. I ask questions and I embrace the newness of it… and ultimately I learn.” “It didn’t matter that I was cutting clippings out of newspapers wherever it mentioned CTV to put them into a book, I worked in that media department and found that I wasn’t using anything I had learned in school. I mustered up my courage and started going into the local newsroom and talking to strangers and trying to be a little bit braver and it netted results. I met a woman in the newsroom one day and we started chatting. I told her I’d graduated from McGill, which was where her daughter was going. She then asked me to bring in my résumé and she’d see what she could do for my career. She had a friend who had a friend who had a friend who was leaving a job… so she sent my résumé. I applied, interviewed and got the job. My responsibility was assigning the camera crew at CBC. If there was a traffic accident I would send the crew to the location – I did this for six months. After that I started to ask how I could get over to the editorial side of things. Someone had told me that I had to start at the bottom of the barrel as an editorial assistant where all you are doing is taking scripts off the printer and handing them to the anchor person. This job started at 5:45 a.m. so I will be forever grateful to my dad for driving me to work every morning - it was all part of the learning experience.” Tracy’s job progression: CTV as an intern, CTV media department, CBC camera crew assignment, CBC editorial assistant, and then she begged to be a reporter on a local show. “I became a VJ (video journalist) and reporter. In order for them to notice me I started pitching ideas like crazy… some were wild, continued on pg. 58
Tracy Moore...continued from pg. 57
“I was never one of those women who gets completely engrossed in the life of whom I was dating. In fact, even now after being married for almost 5 years, Lio and I both have distinct interests, hobbies and lives. However, I have changed so much from the person he first met and in many ways he’s the reason why. When we decided to become more serious Lio realized right away that we weren’t exactly on the same page as to how quickly our relationship should evolve. After a truly atrocious childhood filled with all sorts of adversity, Lio knew from around age 20 that all he wanted was love and stability.With me being a poster child for love and stability, I felt I didn’t really have to make any serious relationship decisions for a while. I was very happy with the status quo.”
“At one point a producer came over and asked who’s “Moore T.?” I said, “That’s me!” He said that I’d been pitching a lot of story ideas. I said, ‘Yes I have.’ I literally begged, ‘If there is any opportunity? Like, if someone is sick I would love to help you out… I’ll work for free after my shift.’ One day they said, ‘Listen, they are doing some training on shooting a camera… would you be interested in being one of those people to be trained?” I said, ‘Hell yes!’ “They put me in camera training and with my skills as a VJ I started filing stories and after a while I got to do some backup anchoring or news reading. I got to work every holiday and special occasion as part of the learning process. And all this time I wasn’t even making enough money to move out of my parent’s house! The more I did the more my salary increased until one day I was ready to move out. My parents were so encouraging and supportive… they just told me to go do it. I share with young people now – just take the job and do it.”
“I was single and really enjoying it. I was going on a lunch date with a guy and he cancelled at the last minute. So, I was sort of casually looking around the newsroom and I saw this cute guy who I had seen a couple of times before working on the local show. I walked up to him and asked him what he was doing for lunch. He said, ‘Nothing.Why? What do you want to know?' He was very interested. I said, ‘You know, I don’t know, maybe we should go get something to eat?’ He replied, ‘Absolutely! Maybe we can go for dinner, when is your shift up.’ ” “After my shift was done we went to the Bamboo which was a popular restaurant at the time. I think initially we found each other to be pretty arrogant. His name was Lio and we continued to date, including through all the ups and downs, because dating someone who was on the same show was tough. We were competitive with each other as they wanted him to become a reporter as well. His stories would beat mine in the lineup, so we’d be annoyed with one another by the end of the day. We were together all day, every day. When I moved on to work with a show called Toronto One our relationship flourished to the point where we bought a house and moved in together. My Dad was not too happy but both my parents said that if I was going to move out that I should not move into a rental – it didn’t mean move in with a man but it all worked out. Lio is an old soul; he wanted to marry
Tracy has since given birth to her second child… a little girl Eva Simone, who was born in August 2010.
some were terrible, some of them were good and I actually started to notice they were filing stories I had pitched.”
I asked Tracy how she met her husband and with a huge smile and giggle she said… “I met him at CBC. He was a good reason to go to work every day. He’s a cutie! I actually asked him out on our first date and he will never let me forget that.”
Tracy working on location before CityLine
me and have kids. He had my parents’ blessing as we moved in together in 2004.” “Then after being unemployed for three months I got a call from Citytv. At the interview they asked me to audition as a newsreader on CP24. CP24 and Citytv were two stations under one company at the time so they were essentially hiring me for both Citytv and CP24. The experience was amazing. I loved the challenge of covering highway rollovers, six-alarm fires and municipal and provincial elections. And I did just that up until the time I got pregnant with my first child Sidney. As I was waddling around the newsroom my news director asked me if I had any interest in auditioning to host for CityLine. Quite honestly I was so embedded in the news biz it hadn’t crossed my mind. But I was intrigued.” “I auditioned for CityLine while I was on maternity leave. Being able to get up, take a shower, have makeup put on and do the show was a pleasant break. It was exciting! After numerous live guest hosting auditions over the summer (about 10-12 shows) the announcement was made that I had got the job!” “There’s a joke I have with my family that I can only hold a job for three years. I worked three years with CBC, three years with Toronto1 and spent three glorious years with Citytv’s Breakfast Television before landing CityLine. I’m hoping this job lasts for many years to come!”
Tracy holding Eva
“If you ask Lio what the status quo was he’ll tell you that I was basically living with him taking care of pretty much everything in his apartment in Parkdale and fleeing back to my parent’s place (where my laundry and meals were handled by mom) whenever the going got tough. This was not a great deal for Lio. And at some point he gave me an ultimatum (most likely one in a series of ultimatums actually).There are probably numerous relationship experts who will say, ‘Never, EVER give ultimatums. They are the death of a relationship.’ Well I disagree.”
Tracy and Lio's wedding picture
“I needed ultimatums in order to grow up. He wanted to buy a house together, get married, and have kids. I felt like I could just keep dropping in and out of his life when it was convenient for me, and that wasn’t fair, so by giving me an ultimatum Lio helped me to grow up in a lot of ways. After we had a mortgage, got married and I was pregnant with our first child I felt like I had caught up to where Lio was in terms of maturity. We were always on the same journey…I was just always a little bit behind him. Having someone tell you they are going to leave unless you are really and truly committed is a scary thing. I’m really happy I didn’t allow him to leave. He now says to me all the time (in jest), “What happened to my little Tracy?” because he used to call me a little princess. I tell him that now I’m a warrior queen – and it’s thanks to him.” Tracy and Lio with Sidney in Montego Bay
Tracy at a photo shoot while pregnant with her first child, Sidney
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FINDING YOUR WAY
Tracy Moore ..continued from pg. 59
“I used to tell people in university that I’d like to host my own show. Voila! Years later and I’m hosting an amazing lifestyle show. Talk about dreams coming true.” If Tracy wasn’t working in television, she confesses she would most likely be involved in community level development working with youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods or with young girls building their self-esteem. Tracy currently works with Girls on the Run… an organization which allows girls to focus on activities and sports rather than beauty and appearance. They do this by hosting their annual graduation run. Recently Tracy and the team at CityLine took part in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, raising awareness and walking 60 kilometres in two days. Tracy Moore worked her way up the media ladder to her current position as host of CityLine… a job she calls the TV job of her dreams. An expert at engaging the camera person to follow her around the studio Tracy loves interacting with the live studio audience. “It’s the best part of my day. The CityLine audience rocks; they even loan me hand lotion when I’m desperate!”
Lio, Sidney,Tracy and Eva
By Marj Sawers
It has been said that if the good times lasted forever, we would not appreciate them, we need to have highs and lows to understand. So where are you right now in this constant ebb and flow Like of life? Just take a moment and ponder your journey. I have found that the key is to be grateful for the good times and learn “life lessons” during the rough spots. Sometimes it is difficult to conjure up the “gratitude attitude”.
Tracy speaks with her producer on the set of CityLine
What tools can you use to get you through some of your challenging times? Good friends that love me are number one for me. My Brother has been an incredible ear for me, listening and sharing some of his journeys, but never telling me what I should think or how I should feel right then. Hummm!!!! I also find leaning on my silent friends, my Bible and my books, work wonders. First of all you have to slow down and relax. Try reading, it works for me when I have to take my brain out of gear to let the message filter through. Music is another wonderful tool. You can have it on at home, in the car, or when you walk. I guarantee you will get hooked, if you really listen to the words. The tune that is getting me through these days is Mariah Carey’s “There is a Hero”. It has been a favourite of mine since 1993. Like a good friend it pops into my mind when I am down. You see it is all true. The answer is within yourself. As the lyrics direct… “If you look into your heart you don’t have to be afraid of what you are”….. “There is an answer, if you reach into your soul and the sorrow that you know will melt away”. Your life is your personal song. Listening to a lot of other people will confuse you, worse yet you are no longer the author of your own book called “My Life”. Like the song says, “dreams are hard to follow”. Watch out for the dream stealers. Just hang on and be prepared to be amazed… tomorrow comes and “YOU WILL FIND YOUR WAY”…
Tracy chatting with one of her guests on CityLine
“I tell people that life is a marathon so I always try to live in the moment.”
■ copyright 2011, Women with Vision! Tracy gets ready for “lights, camera, action..”.
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Tracy & Lorraine with two guest experts on CityLine
Thank you Tracy for taking the time from your busy schedule to share your life journey with other women with vision.
Like the ebb and flow of the ocean our lives go on. When we are on the peak of the wave and there is excitement, adventure, fun, success and ongoing joy, it takes your breath away. Then, there are the deep troughs of despair, sadness and loneliness. This part seems to knock the breath right out of you. While we are at the peak we feel joy and the incredible sense that we could stay on this roll forever, then “life happens” and our outlook is not quite so positive. Does this all sound a little too familiar?
The five simple rules that Tracy lives by and shares with other women are: • live with an open mind • always be optimist • be driven, nurturing, fair and energetic • take the long view, even if you are in the middle of something i.e. bad relationship, job challenge • sit back and look at an issue from all sides before making a decision
Spending one-on-one time with Tracy on CityLine at the Village at Blue Mountain and enjoying being in the studio in downtown Toronto brought back a lot of memories for me of being in front of the camera. It is evident that Tracy loves what she does… and the people whose lives she touches will continually bring her long lasting success.
I recommend purchasing a copy of this cd if you don’t already own it and play it often and loud! Life can be difficult but just hang on and enjoy the ride… because “THE HERO IS INSIDE OF YOU” ■ Marj Sawers, Wedding Wizard 705-722-0243 email@example.com
Haley’s COMET! Comments which contain Art’s prolific, profound and poignant poems. He can make a rhyme from any topic and the funny poems are delightful to children and adults alike. Whether performing on local stage or joining a seniors’ group, Art always has a joke to share.
Last Remembrance Day, I had the privilege of sitting beside Art at the local high school with other Legion members and Canadian Military Personnel. It was a well organized and conducted solemn ceremony and Born September 13, 1915 in Burlington, when the announcer offered the Ontario, Art had no idea that he would be microphone to Art, he kindly refused. Arthur Haley called to WWII as a husband and father of This proud 96 year old Canadian 3 small children in 1943. Previous activities on the farm ensured Veteran stood at rigid attention and eloquently and loudly offered that Art was a sniper in France at the battle of Caen. He was later a prayer while hundreds of respectful teenagers quietly bowed reassigned to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders as a stretcher their heads. For our town, for Art, for our Legion and for those bearer. Private Haley saw action at Falaise, Boulougne, Gris Ney students and staff, it was a poignant moment in history. and Sheldt Landing in Holland. Because of severe burns to his right arm, Art was sent to England to recuperate and shortly So what is his secret for longevity? Art believes that it is a healthy afterwards, VE Day was declared but Art didn’t return home to sense of humour and a good attitude toward life every single day. Canada until 1946 due to priority deployment regulations. In his enthusiasm, he loves to demonstrate home-made wooden puzzles and brain teaser math riddles. No ninety-five year old Throughout his wartime experiences, Art wrote hundreds of Veteran escapes the tragic memories of war or personal sorrow in family but Art doesn’t dwell on them and perhaps his prolific lengthy letters in his impressive penmanship on Armed Forces Air Letter stationery. They were all gratefully received at his home by writing and talking of the war is a cathartic release of the sadness. his beloved wife Alberta and their young family. He often enclosed pressed and dried flowers or foliage along with messages Art summed up his positive attitude of endearment. All 310 letters are carefully preserved and recently at the end of a mirthful thankcatalogued in dozens of binders in Arthur’s museum-like, yet cozy you letter to the newspaper to friends home. who celebrated his 95th birthday, “You come to my 100th birthday…and I’ll There is life after the war for returningVets. When Art and Alberta come to yours!” decided to relocate north of the banana belt, it was Wiarton’s gain. ■ Linda Thorn For many years,Art has written a newspaper article named Haley’s Writer, Educator and Event Planner Comet and he is the author of two books named aptly, Haley’s firstname.lastname@example.org 62 www.womenwithvision.ca
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The Caring Canadian Award was presented to Art by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and in 2007 he was presented The Veterans Affairs Commendation Award presented by Greg Thompson. There are photos of accolades covering every inch of wall space in Art’s tidy home where he as a widower, lives alone but is never lonely. Art’s enthusiasm for life is instilled in his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren who organized a wonderful town celebration and professional digital tribute to Art on his 95th birthday this past fall 2010.
By Linda Thorn
You don’t expect a 96 year old Veteran to check his chock-filled day timer calendar when you telephone for a visit. Arthur Haley from Wiarton, Ontario did just that. He is in high demand for volunteering daily at the local school; giving informative talks on behalf of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 208; organizing his annual, successful and award recognized Cancer Society Canvassing District and traveling. Art’s Dutch Treat is a photo of him being kissed by Dutch ladies during a Veterans return to Holland. He frequently visits relatives in Ireland and has been to our nation’s capital upon request.
By Lynda Pogue ‘Saving face’ means that you allow someone to walk away with his or her dignity.
Sooooo… someone accidentally did something to tick you off.You have a choice.You can either hold onto your anger or you can deal with it immediately! Here’s a possible scenario… A friend is visiting and she accidentally spills red wine on your white linen table cloth.You could have one of two instantaneous responses: 1. OH MY GOD! This was given to me by my grandmother! 2. Don’t worry. This accident requires salt! Sooooo… which response will be healthier for you? Your friend? Your nerves? Her nerves? The predicament exists and you can choose to start blaming and getting yourself and your friend tied up in knots…or… you can get into action right away and by doing this you let your friend off the hook and you start solving the problem at hand. The honorable and less stressful approach allows your friend to ‘save face’. I first remember hearing about this concept in a movie (I can’t remember the name. It was one of Sean Connery’s early 007 films.) where there was a critical meeting with important Japanese businessmen. One of them made a huge error and a moment later the CEO responded by saying, “We shall immediately brainstorm solutions to this problem and fix it.” At that point in the movie Sean leaned over and whispered to his buddy, “Well… that certainly was a lesson in ‘saving face’. If this was a British group they’d all be pointing fingers and making the problem worse!” British. American. Canadian. Doesn’t matter. There’s an important lesson to be learned here. One way of responding to
a problem is useful and the other is a waste of time, energy and lacks humanity. Here’s another example.This is a really common situation:Your mate’s snoring wakes you up. Sooooo… Here we go again. Do you let yourself get all worked up (which will REALLY keep you awake!) and jab him in the ribs and snarl the phrase “Roll over!” and thereby wake him up too. Or, can you train yourself to gently say “Honey, can you roll over please?” I can just see your face when reading this and you snorting out a snicker that says “Ya. Right.” All I can say is that it works… and neither I nor my husband gets jangled nerves during the night since the elbow jabbing has stopped. (It’s worked for my friends too!) Try it before disregarding it. What have you got to lose? Nothing. Saving someone else’s face saves yours too! P.S. I HATE to admit this… but… I know that sometimes I also breathe noisily in my sleep (OK OK... I snore!) and what does my husband say to me? “Honey, you’re purring.” Isn’t that a GREAT way for me not to be embarrassed! (I can’t believe that I just admitted that I snore!) Sooooo… I roll over with a smile on my face.
See… it works both ways. ■ Lynda Pogue, Writer, Artist, Professor, Keynote Speaker email@example.com lyndapogue.com www.womenwithvision.ca 63
MINOR HEART'S DESIRE
Where Do Our Loved Ones
By Paola Gucciardi
The Minor Heart's Desire (HD) number slightly changes your identity and the way you feel about yourself. It reveals insight about what you truly want in life. It is derived from the vowels of your current name, the everyday name that you use to introduce yourself.
Stand With Us?
By Deborah Johnson
the numerical values (in brackets) of the vowels in your everyday name. A (1), E (5), I (9), O (6), U (3) and sometimes Y (7) if no other vowels in the syllable Example:
When I work with Souls who have already passed I intuitively ‘see’ them as they were at the end of their stay here on the physical plane. I sense their vibrational energy, thoughts, feelings and traits. Just because the physical body no longer exists, an individual’s soul, essence and personality continues on in spirit form.
8 + 6 = 14,
Those who stand directly behind us provide full energy and direction – the ‘kick in the pants when needed’ so to speak. Usually the Soul holding this position was very strong and determined throughout their life. Often when we’re discouraged, despondent or at a point where we feel defeated with something, it is the Soul directly behind us who gives us the energy and fortitude to take that deep breath and carry on. These Souls were usually stubborn and strong-minded when living; therefore provide those qualities to whomever they stand with. Souls who stand at our left-hand side are our Protectors. To hold the Protector position is not only an honour, it is a life long commitment, comparable to standing guard at Buckingham Palace. The Soul positioned at the left guards us from anything in our environment which may bring harm to us such as driving, stepping off the curb, learning to ride a bike or going up and down the stairs. You may ask, if that is the case, where was my Protector when I tripped and fell or had that car accident? Protectors can minimize, and in some cases prevent harm however they too need to comply with the higher laws and if something is meant to occur and cannot or should not be altered their only recourse is to prevent to the best of their ability. 64 www.womenwithvision.ca
1. 2. 3. 4.
We also assume the Souls standing with us are people we must have known and been close to during some segment of our lives. This is not always the case. Often if certain guidance, traits or characteristics are required for a period of time, the most appropriate Soul will assume that position to accommodate the need.
■ Deborah Johnsoncontinued on pg. 68 Author, ‘Look Within, Heal Without’ www.deborah-johnson.net
Write your everyday name Place the corresponding numerical value above each vowel Subtotal the value of your first, and last name Add the subtotals – Reduce the SUM to a single digit
Your Minor HD encourages originality, independence and courage to go after what you want. You draw from your inner strength and determination and will fight for what you believe. Your short name inspires you to lead rather than follow.
Children who have passed usually stand directly at our right side (again to walk with us on a daily basis) or in some cases in front of us. The Souls of our departed pets also accompany us as we journey through life, usually at our right side however if a pet was very protective and guarding of you during their life they may stand at your left once again, playing a protective role in spirit form until you pass. Ask who stands in each position around you, acknowledge your first thought or impression, trust it, then thank, cherish and embrace those Souls who choose to journey with you through your life. Trust they are with you and draw on their energy, guidance and direction when needed - that is why they are with you.
Minor Heart’s Desire 1
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The right-hand side of the body indicates ‘future’ to me so a Soul standing behind the right shoulder energetically and spiritually takes our arm and walks with us minute-tominute, hour to hour, giving us very gentle guidance when necessary.
Those who stand behind our right shoulder or directly behind us can change positions when necessary or leave if their energy is no longer beneficial, unlike our Protector to our left who is permanent.
Minor Heart’s Desire
2 I note the position each Soul holds in relation to my client as each position indicates what specific type of energy is provided.
1 + 4 = 5
Your Minor HD causes you to be more sensitive, gentle and aware of others’ needs and feelings. It encourages you to be a diplomatic and cooperative team player and enjoys working with others. Harmonious environments and relationships are important to you.
Minor Heart’s Desire 3 Your short name brings a desire for self-expression and creativity often expressed through singing, acting, dancing or writing. It is an easygoing and fun-loving influence that enjoys spontaneity and socializing. It inspires humour and wit.
Minor Heart’s Desire 4 Your everyday name causes you to be more serious, responsible, practical and organized. It encourages you to work
hard and pay attention to details. Feeling secure and creating a sound financial foundation are the cornerstone of your Minor HD number.
Minor Heart’s Desire 5 Freedom and adventure are the name of the game for your Minor HD. It encourages you to explore and experience life to its fullest and inspires you to be more charming, and enthusiastic. Your shortened name provides the flexibility to adapt well to changes.
Minor Heart’s Desire 6 Your Minor HD increases your desire for harmony especially in family relationships. It brings balance and patience to your personality and a genuine concern for others. You are warm, kind and your ability to settle disputes is enhanced.
Minor Heart’s Desire 8 Your Minor HD enhances your ambition, inner strength and desire to achieve success. Leadership, personal power and financial status are important to you. Your short name encourages you to work hard to achieve all your financial and business goals.
Minor Heart’s Desire 9 Your short name makes you more compassionate and enhances your desire to improve the welfare of humanity. Often your idealism and desire to make a positive difference in the world necessitates self-sacrifice. Your Minor HD encourages you to pursue knowledge and studies.
Minor Heart’s Desire 7 Your shortened name increases your desire for privacy, solitude, and reflection. It encourages you to go inward to explore the deeper meaning of life. Your Minor HD makes you more intuitive, heightens your intelligence, and enhances your desire to learn.
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