Merry Holidays & Happy Christmas




Sending you and your families best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, and for those with an empty place(s) at your table, may you feel the love that surrounds you, and may you experience peace and the road to healing with the support of loved ones and the support of your own inner strength

Those who are no longer here to celebrate with us can never be more than a memory away, but as long as we have those memories they live in on in our conversations and hearts.






May your gifts contain those three wonderful words: “No Assembly Required.”

May you sing along with your jingling bells–then upload it on YouTube.

May you spend your time with people who know when to go home.

May you never receive anything with raisins in it.

May you remember to wear pants when standing at the window.

May you be dashing through the snow (or sand or grass) with laughter and no holes in your shoes or boots.

May your homes be filled with warmth, love, laughter, books, lots of chocolate, good health, kindness, peace, and harmony.

May the holiday season and all of the new year find you in the company of people and/or animals you cherish and who cherish you.

May this holiday, magical season bring you and your families joy, blessings, good health & laughter. 

To my family and friends near, far, away and online; THANK YOU for the gift that keeps on giving—your friendship, your time, and your support throughout the year.





Gratitude Attitude



In Canada, we’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and in the USA they’ll be celebrating in November.

This is one of my favorite holidays because you probably surmised that besides writing, cooking is another passion of mine—as is eating. 🙂

I strive to keep an attitude of gratitude daily, and the list grows as each day as I am blessed with the small things that are bestowed on me, my family, friends and the world.


I’m Grateful and give thanks for…..



Always on the top of my list to thank is God, without Him or Her, then none of this would be possible for me.



I am eternally thankful for my love-of-my-life/best friend-with-much-benefits (husband), my boys—I love them to Pluto and beyond. My family and extended family.



I would take a bullet (not a fatal one, but a flesh wound) for my good friends.

Love my friends in person and friends I’ve met online (some I have met in person and some I look forward to meeting). My girl posse—my blood related sisters, and my sisters through love.

Grateful for the friends who will always be my friend–because…you know, they know too much.

To the Thelma to my Louise…but we’d have to change the ending on that…over the cliff would suck.

To the friends who are the “she” to my “nanigans”.

To the friends who will always lend a hand when I trip and fall—after they’re done laughing of course.

To the Ethel to my Lucy.



The gift of writing, reading and all the connections I’ve made with readers, bloggers and colleagues in the publishing industry.



The ambitious women and men who colored way outside the lines, and did not listen to the naysayers who told them that their goals for change, their innovative spirit, and their steadfast desire to better themselves and the world around them couldn’t be done.

These brave women and men thought big, and because they put themselves and their ideals out there, they blazed a trail for the rest of us in politics, music, creative arts, engineering, business, science—every faction of society.



He’s always glad to see us, fills our home with his wagging tail, wet nose, and lovable personality.



The farmers, grocery clerks, transport drivers, warehouse workers, chocolate factory, chefs, sous-chefs, servers, cleaning staff, and all the others working behind the scenes in the food industry.





Sense of Humor, Common Sense, Good Sense, plus all Five Senses



The women,men, and canine (land, air and sea)—here and overseas, the first responders, and all the people behind the scenes and front lines—who unblindly follow orders and risk their lives so that we may enjoy freedom and safety.





I’m grateful for all of you who took the time to read all of this, and even if you didn’t (then you won’t see this, but I’m still grateful for you).

All the people who I chat with on this blog, other blogs, Facebook, Twitter, via email, you all bring something special.









“Everyone is someone else’s childhood crush.”


Please join me in welcoming, multi-published author, Michael John Sullivan as he shares a memory from his childhood.

How a childhood crush propelled his love for a unique combination of poetry, writing and hockey.

Continue reading “Everyone is someone else’s childhood crush.”