On a recent visit to Montreal, I had the very good fortune of being hosted by the Marriott Chateau Champlain and Tourisme Montreal. I was in perfect company to compile this top 10 list. 1. Poutine, a...
This Christmas was to have been extra special for us with the birth of our first grandchild last April. He/she would have been eight months old. I was with my son and his wife when the baby was lost to us all. But we got the news last week that our World Vision foster child who's name is Ankita. And so this Christmas, we have been given the gift of a child.
Someone once said to me: "For ultimate good health, instead of focusing on what you should be eliminating from your daily diet, focus instead on consuming the foods that will increase your wellness." Recently, my husband and I got a "speed-dating" style opportunity to hear what she has to say about including 10 particular foods that will "rock your socks off."
One of the many traditions that my husband and I are establishing as we eke closer to becoming empty nesters is that we have a Saturday morning date where we read the newspaper together. He pores over the first sections of local, national and international news and reads every single editorial. I start from the back and savour the "Random Acts of Kindness," the home section.
Beyond Borders is an organization which speaks out against child sexual exploitation and it was their 10th anniversary Media Awards. I am aware of the Sheldon Kennedy story in the same detail as most of you, that is, I saw the newscasts that revealed his circumstances -- sexual abuse at the hands of his minor-league coach. I did not know that I would be so moved to hear the details freshly told.
You might think that with my husband and I being as close as we are to becoming empty-nesters, we would be done hanging out with little ones. Actually the opposite is true. As we get older, we crave our time with the youngest members of our family and the young families that are our friends.
I often said to myself, when I retire, this is something that I really want to do. And then one day, I thought "what the heck am I waiting for? I could do this right now." So, almost 20 years after my own daughter's hospital stay, I was accepted to be a volunteer "baby hugger." And I am quite sure that I get far more than I give.
I was recently invited to attend a "new" spin on an old favourite -- a beer and cheese tasting, as opposed to a traditional wine and cheese party. I say "new" with qualifiers because of course both beer and wine have existed since the beginning of time.
I had a spectacular day at my second We Day event in Winnipeg which took place this past Tuesday, October 30, 2012. I was awed and humbled to be in the room with one of the greatest men who has ever lived: Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev.
As I look towards next week and my schedule of responsibilities and events, I am keeping Tuesday, October 30th clear so that I can attend We Day, coming again to Winnipeg. We Day is a movement of young people leading local and global, social change. These are the notes that I hastily scribbled at the last We Day event that I attended: