Monday Musings… A Chance Encounter that Changed My Thinking

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a dull day in my 50+ years of living on this planet. Even on vacation, I know I’ll meet a stranger who will teach me something I never knew before, or I’ll try something interesting, like an activity, food, destination… anything out of the ordinary. A couple of weeks ago, we went camping. It’s never been my go-to vacation choice, but hey, you never know what animal might be lurking around your site late at night, or you may have the awesome chance to invent some incredible, never-thought-of-before card game while waiting for a torrential downpour to end. So, I left for this vacation with excitement and anticipation of adventure! When we got to the campgr

Monday Musings… Do You Feel Like Trash?

Recently, I had the pleasure of going to see Toy Story 4. I have to say, it’s probably my favourite movie out of the quadrilogy. (Yes, I looked it up and that’s a real word 😊) If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t read any further. It’s a movie you want to experience firsthand. When you think of your own early childhood and the toys that became your best friends, it’s not hard to relate to Bonnie, the young 5-year-old who inherited Andy’s toys when he went off to college. Toys serve a purpose way beyond practical posable play. This was so evident when we were introduced to a new character named Forky. As young Bonnie struggles with her adjustment to kindergarten, she finds solace in her solitud

Monday Musings….The Only Person You Should Compare Yourself With

Recently, I had the privilege of spending time with a group of 25 teen girls talking with them about some of the issues they face in this culture that seems to be bent on destroying their confidence in who they are as aspiring young women. Youth are constantly bombarded with images, messages, Facebook posts, and reality television shows, that make them believe they just don’t measure up. According to Pew Research in 2018, teenagers spend an average of 9 hours online a day and according to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Mental Health Survey, 5 hours of that is spent on social media. It’s no surprise then, that how young women define themselves is a reaction to what they allow to fill their

Monday Musings… Cujo, You've Met Your Match!

Well, I’ve jumped out of an airplane, heli-hiked on a glacier-topped mountain, walked on the edge of the CN Tower, swam in an underwater cave, but nothing gets my adrenaline pumping more than being chased by a dog! These past number of weeks I’ve travelled many a county road training for my upcoming 100 km event. I’ve endured plenty of high winds, some stupendously steep hills, and last week I encountered my biggest challenge yet…Cujo. I’ve named my nemesis, Cujo, after the Stephen King psychological horror novel/movie about a seemingly sweet dog turned savage. Now, I’ve neither read the book nor watched the movie, but as a teenager, all I needed was to see the poster next to the marquis to

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