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Ta Da

what you talkin


it’s the amazin

race of  my life

it’s the new outfit

it’s speaking up

it’s the rhythm

it’s music

it’s the voice

ta da

it’s sharin

it’s the speed

it’s the faith

making bad days bet-ter

ta da

it’s the kiss

it’s the upside down dream

it’s the day i was created

ta da

it’s the tears that flow

it’s the bucket list

it’s your birthday bear

it’s your death

it’s rebirth

after many years

it’s closing your eyes

see me everywhere

ta da

it’s the freedom

it’s walls come tumbling down

it’s never tearing us apart

it’s the laughter

ta da

it’s finding the time

it’s incomprehensible

now eureka

ta da

it’s the cocoa with marshmallows

it’s s’mores

it’s salty chips

it’s the family fire

it’s the smell of smoke

it’s the cheers

it’s always there

take a bow

ta da

ha ha moment

it’s celebration of wisdom

finished product

it’s inspiring

learn something new

not the end

it’s the power of

Ta Da…….©



May 14, 2014


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Let’s shape our memories now for the future.  Let’s give our kids, grandkids, nephews, nieces, good memories to draw from-From this second forward.

Time can forget some memories, but there are some memories which can make us forget time and those memories make life sweeter.

A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.

Located in the province of Newfoundland, Grand Lake is a natural lake dammed for hydroelectric power early in the last century. The expanded lake now covers about 132,000 acres along the Humber River. Set amid the craggy heights of the eastern fringe of the Appalachian Mountains, the area around Grand Lake has evolved into a wide swath of Provincial lands used in the past for logging and mining. When the local paper milling company dammed the outlet of the existing Grand Lake in 1925 to produce power for the mills, the water level was raised over 100 feet, drowning the abandoned coal mines and a portion of the Humber Valley over sixty miles long. The resulting lake is nearly 1000 feet deep in spots, the deepest lake in Newfoundland. The large lake also holds the largest island in Canada, Glover Island.

It is here that the Humber Canal offers a shorter water route to Deer Lake and was the site of the paper mill that originally dammed Grand Lake. The paper mill has changed hands several times over the years, as has control of the dam and power generating units. The Deer Lake Power Company now distributes the hydro-power to several small communities in the area and to the main power grid. The old paper mill plant whistle sill sounds daily during the week and on Saturdays, more as an historical tradition than as a call to work. Deer Lake is one of the few remaining towns where parents still tell their children to ‘be home when the whistle blows!’

I remember in my hometown of Deer Lake we had a high school field trip to the powerhouse. It was amazing to see the workings of the big turbines.  On that day as usual the whistle was to blow at 12 noon;  I got to press the button to set the town whistle/siren to blow.  That was the day I had lime pop for the first time and the first time I had a donut.  For some reason Lime drink/pop and donut together tastes fantastic.


I don’t have all good memories but I have learned to make sure these terrible memories don’t run my life.

“We cannot change our memories, but we can change their meaning and the power they have over us”  David Seamands

We all tend to be restricted by our memories. Allow the benefits of meditation  to change you from within, by the renewing of your mind- attitude and perceptions.

When you live life and you are living the experience, you tend not to appreciate them as you are living them. It’s only when you look back and realize how special they were.





In spite of some rotten pasts there are things we can do as seen in this quote:

I used to teach in an abused children’s home. I told the kids, “You all have a manure pile of memories. Nothing you can do about that. Now you can drown in the stink or turn it into compost and grow a garden. I wouldn’t be as good a teacher to you if I didn’t know what you’re going through. That way, I make my memories do good instead of letting them eat me. I’m like Herbie from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. I pulled my Bumble’s teeth. He’s still big and scary but he can’t bite me anymore.”
Rebecca O’Donnell, Freak: The True Story of an Insecurity Addict
My mind
recall essence of this journey
good the bad
happy and sad
chaos the tranquil
fairness and unfairness
life and death
through it all
i’ve come to trust,
all made sense
what seemed senseless
the glory of the creator
my life is in your hands
my heart
explodes in praise
without force,
in peace and rest
i hear the sound
of the holy
of your great name
all fear all sickness
will flee,
at that same sound
when i stumbled
i felt your strength
raise me up,
orphans and poor
found sustenance
at that same name’s sound,
inner most
the creator transfixed
marrow of my bones
i wait …©

March 17, 2013

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deerlake power plant

Inconvenient time

It’s an inconvenient time.

Here are some of my Ramblings.

More specifically Not convenient, not accessible; hard to reach, not suited to one’s comfort, purpose, or needs, inopportune time.
It’s 2 am and finally you fell asleep after a horrific day, the baby awakes oops throwing up and is sick. You don’t say this is not a good time but mommy/daddy mode – kicks in as a nurse/doctor/loving parent. You do what you have to do to make your child comfortable and complete steps to his/her complete wellness including lots of love and tenderness.
Be there even if it messes up your day!

Be kind whenever possible and the trick is it is always possible.

If you want contentment and happiness; try kindness and a helping hand.
I agree it is an inconvenient day in which we live, especially with so much evil, wrong, sickness, violence in the wake. Compassion often fails us and maybe just maybe we want to shut the door on it all and pretend it’s just us and no one needs us.


Sadly for some the time that someone needs you is at an inconvenient time. 

However the more we allow our hearts to be generous and giving there is never an inconvenient time.

Life and death could be in someone’s path today; family issues, traumas or just plain bad days. So let’s make someone’s day better.

My new motto: leave a room better than when you entered.  LEAVE a person’s life better than when you entered it.

The Mystery of the Mop

Everyone at the State University knew that Donner Hall had the best parties. All-night dancing and beer guzzling attracted the largest weekend crowds by far – especially on the notorious second floor.

By midnight every Friday and Saturday, the entire second floor was three inches deep in smashed beer cans, empty wine bottles, and stale potato chips.

But by about 7:00 a.m. the next morning, all of the garbage was removed.
The second floor residents assumed the conscientious school janitors came bright and early, before anyone woke up, to sweep up the mess.

Early one Saturday morning, Chris, still hung over from Friday night’s party, stumbled out of his bed to head for the bathroom.

Noticing a freshly vacuumed second floor, he mumbled to himself, “I guess the janitors came early again to get rid of the mess.”

On reaching the bathroom, however, his nose warned him the mess wasn’t completely eliminated.

A trail of vomit soiled the bathroom floor, ending at the point where someone was just then mopping it up.

Chris thought to himself, I’m glad the janitor is doing the dirty work so we don’t have to.

At the sound of Chris’s shuffling, the supposed janitor looked up.
Shocked, Chris realized the person mopping up the vomit was Marco, his next-door neighbor.

“Marco, man, what are you doing?” Chris asked.
Marco answered simply, “I’m cleaning up.”
“Why?” You weren’t even at the party last night.”
“Because I’m a Christian.”

No janitor had ever cared enough to clean up every Monday morning.
It had been Marco the whole time.

Marco’s model of servant leadership is required of all who follow the creator’s path.

In what ways have you shown yourself to be willing to serve others—Even when it’s inconvenient?

Serving isn’t about what you get out of it, whether you’re looking to be entertained, or have a fun time. It’s simply putting yourself in the place of other’s thoughts and situations even if it’s inconvenient.

THIS week my daughter’s dad passed away so she is going with her Husband [my son] to Newfoundland to attend the funeral and help with the necessities that follow such an event.  There will be times of joy and sorrow.  A most wonderful man whom we adore.  The only thing that we can do [ my husband and I ] is to look after their two children [ our precious grand children ] while they are away.  For us it is a privilege to care for them.  For some that would be an inconvenience but for us it is a convenient privilege.  Many times it is a matter of attitude and how you approach a situation.

At times, it’s an inconvenience for us to go out of our way to help someone that has either hurt us or that we don’t especially like when we know of something that can benefit them instead of us.

We get ticked off at the circumstance we’re in at the moment, and our attitude prevents us from seeing God’s magnitude.

I think each of you have such amazing qualities keep sharing them.

Your day, your life is faced with trauma or just a bundle of getting nowhere fast.  Someone calls or meets you.  Maybe they need you in some way. The time is now!  You are faced with a situation, a dilemma, a choice, if you answer the call.  Is it possible you could change the fate of an individual; their life, their choices, their attitude,  their commitment, their love. Maybe this inconvenient time isn’t so inconvenient after all.  The creator ordained it.

Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.“- Mother Teresa

A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or danerous to do so.  Walter Lippmann

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. – Richard Hooker

You Raise Me Up!

From a Distance

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May you have hope today in your heart!

Feet First

orange daisies

photo by Joanne Hoyles Keating Newfoundland

Have you been Out looking for HOPE?

Spring Robin1

Over the past several weeks and months our family has endured tremendous amounts of stress, disappointment, sickness and trials.
Watching the changes of the weather back and forth wondering when spring will come.
One thing I am sure off Spring WILL Come.
Nature has a way of reminding us that there is hope.


So if you are having a difficult time today go outside for a walk and look for hope. Look for HOPE in nature. See what you can find.
I have always had a fascination for Nature.
On your nature walk did you hear a robin sing, a flower growing up through concrete, a vine clinging to an abandoned building.
It is so hopeful!

Here is my poem entitled Finding ‘Hope”

Finding ‘Hope’

Do you think
 life sucks, stinks, phoey
woe is me
hope lost
trials and tribulations
got you down
life filled with sorrow
no way out,
don’t give up
go for a walk
look for ‘hope’
put on your cardigan
close the door
see you later,
a luminous welcome
sun, splashed its rays around
fluffy clouds
with a mighty statement
robins singing
joy oh joy
 spring is a comin,
 roundin the turn
on the ragged path
 hear tinklin trickling stream
 singin in unison
with the wind
and angels wings,
thanks to ancient rain
brought life and hope
lucid liquid gold of water,
 i believe there’s a ity bity bug
on that there tree
a bulrush
made it through winter
appeared out
of nowhere a single butterfly,
 kicking the blassy bough
revealed another baby tree
junior rabbit
crossed my path
with a wiggle
come and play,
the sounds of nature
a gentle musical
as wind bows to kiss
my cheek
with a whisper
the roar of the waterfall
 good -news nature choir,
further on
daffodil takes a peek
crocus arrived with a grin
cute baby critters
 as sure as shootin
spring follows winter
 ‘hope’ is comin
 nature prepin
for spring,
look to nature
find ‘hope’
so the journey
through the woods
not in vain
know how
 blessed i am,
creator’s garden
filled with ‘hope’
and life
the heavens our canopy,
the creator

March 24, 2013

So did you see HOPE?

two foxes

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red cove nl on vac
All pictures were taken in Newfoundland by my daughter Joanne during our Vacation.

T is for Turnip and Trustworthy!

The turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous downward growing root or taproot. In northern India, in Hindi language, it is called Shalgam . Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock.

In the north of England and Scotland, the turnip is called neep; the word turnip itself is an old compound of neep. Neep often also refers to the large, yellow rutabaga root vegetable which is also known as the “swede” (from “Swedish turnip”). Where else Wikipedia


Turnip leaves are sometimes eaten as “turnip greens” – The turnip root is high only in vitamin C. The green leaves of the turnip top (“turnip greens”) are a good source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium. Turnip greens are high in lutein (8.5 mg / 100 g).

cooked Turnip_greens

In my homeland of Newfoundland and Labrador Turnip greens is a TRUSTWORTHY delicacy.  So many long for the summer months to get a taste of these delights for at least two months of the year.  Turnips are eaten year round but turnip greens is hard to come by.

I simply love boiled turnip mashed in butter.  I actually could make a meal out of turnip alone. Nothing like an home cooked meal with mashed turnip and turnip greens. Scrumptious!

Yip the Word is trustworthy More precisely trustworthiness.

Trustworthiness is a moral value considered to be a virtue.  A trustworthy person is someone in whom you can place your trust and rest assured that the trust shall not be betrayed. A person can prove their trustworthiness by fulfilling an assigned responsibility – and as an extension of that, not to let down expectations. The responsibility can be either material, such as delivering a mail package on time, or it can be non-material such as keeping an important secret to themselves. A trustworthy person is someone that you can tell your worries and secrets to and know they won’t repeat them without your permission. In general, in order for trust to be earned, worth and integrity must be proven over time.

Trustworthiness comes to mind when we see advertisements featured.
Someone said: Never trust a restaurant that has a sign that reads, “Mama’s home cooking.” Especially, if there are no cars at that restaurant.

With that in mind; I remember when we would go on holidays and we would travel to different cities or towns we would always stop wherever the truckers stopped…we proved it time and again truckers knew where to eat.

Trustworthiness doesn’t always apply to the many sayings we frequently hear.

Yesterday TV advertisement said, “Watch out for number one” – meaning of course yourself. Is that a trustworthy saying? It is to some people but not many, because we are never to be only concerned about ourselves. THAT’S SELFISHNESS. And, the Creator I think, created us to be selfless at times.


So what does the face of Trustworthiness look like?

Here is what I believe is trustworthy qualities.

  • Trustworthy people are honest
  • Trustworthy people are loyal
  • Trustworthy people are not prejudiced
  • Trustworthy people are reliable- they keep their promises
  • Trustworthy people are accountable
  • Trustworthy people are cooperative
  • Trustworthy people must be truthful
  • Trustworthy people have integrity –  you say what you do and you do what you say
  • Trustworthy people stay away from gossiping – gossip betrays
  • Trustworthy people learn to be transparent – let other people feel with clarity what you are about-what you are and what they can expect from you
  • Trustworthy people forgive and ask for forgiveness
  • Trustworthy people are compassionate and sensitive


Trustworthiness is a tall order but hey it is necessary.  In these uncertain times and stress: we each deserve trustworthiness.  Being trustworthy doesn’t mean we will never let others down. Rather, it is an attitude and a pattern of behavior that honors the trust placed in us.


While researching a project I serendipitously found this article.  I think you will find it most interesting.

If you are a person who is easily embarrassed, you may find comfort in what researchers from the University of California, Berkeley report in a paper published online this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: they suggest moderate embarrassment is a good thing, because it means you are also likely to be more trustworthy and generous.

Lead author Matthew Feinberg, a UC Berkeley doctoral student in psychology, told the media that “moderate levels of embarrassment are signs of virtue”.

“Our data suggest embarrassment is a good thing, not something you should fight,” he added



Quotes I am pondering!

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.



Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. 

George MacDonald

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On a hike with my family.  I kept my promise to go on an outing with them.

Bad hair day but very much a fun filled day!

Beverley fall2

S is for Salmon and Sympathy!

Salmon is the common name for several species of fish in the family Salmonidae. Salmon live along the coasts of both the North Atlantic.

Typically, salmon are anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce.

Salmon is a highly nutritious food. Of course, it is high in protein, and the “good fats.” But did you know that a 4 oz serving of wild salmon provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D? It is one of the few foods that can make that claim. That same piece of fish contains over half of the necessary B12, niacin, and selenium, and is an excellent source of B6 and magnesium. Salmon has omega 3, vitamin A.

fried salmon
Salmon fishing is a major part of recreation for the residents of my hometown of Deer Lake. One of the most enjoyed by my husband.

Some of my best memories focus around Big Falls, Newfoundland. Here the salmon is fantastic. Yes it is wonderful to taste the salmon but it is also a joy to watch nature in action.

It is so refreshing to sit around the falls and watch people fly fishing for a salmon. It is also simply amazing to watch the salmon jump the falls. On one occasion a huge salmon tried to jump the falls and landed in my sister’s lap. Everyone I know has a story to tell about the salmon jumping the falls. How magnificent the fight, how splendid to see a salmon fly mid-air, spectacular sights and sounds of the falls.

salmon fishing at BF

Thes two pictures above is from the magazine from my home province.

So here is my Newfie lingo coming out now.
It is such a joy and contentment perfect strangers on the waters just light up a conversation and become fast friends. Why, who would have known that a salmon the bonding ingredient to a conversation.

Around the falls watching salmon people in the like – camaraderie of nature open up their heart as unto a therapist. The joys of life and the tragedies that are still fresh in their mind and just opened up to you about. Sincere sympathy is the return in the conversation. Though you may have just met them for the first time it is a genuine response.

There’s the magic; sympathy.

Sympathy is an extension of empathic concern, or the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another human being. This empathic concern is driven by a switch in viewpoint, from a personal perspective with the perspective of another group or individual who is in need.

Sometimes we forget sympathy, harmony as this story of frustration illustrates.

Zig Ziglar tells a story of a successful big city businessman named Mr. B. Who ends up being late to work one day because of traffic. In the process he misses an important phone call. Irritated at traffic, Mr. B. calls in one of his managers into his office and yells at him about some missing reports he needed YESTERDAY! And guess what….the manager leaves the office noticeably upset.

He stomps right past his secretary and closes the door. She rings in his office and tells him she has an urgent message. He snarls at her, “My door was closed! Can’t you see I’m busy? Leave me alone.” The secretary doesn’t know what hit her. Now SHE is upset and she spends the rest of the day stewing about it is wondering what she did that was so wrong.

When she gets home she is still upset. She passes her 16 year old son’s bedroom. It is a grand mess. She hunts him down and finds him planted in front of the television set playing a video game. And she snaps. “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you 1000 times, clean your room. Your grounded from electronics until your room is spotless.”

The teenager storms upstairs and heads to his bedroom. And guess who should cross his path but the family pet, “Fluffy” the cat. Without warning the teenager swings his foot back and lets’ fly. He gives Fluffy the cat a swift kick across the room. Fur flies as the cat skitters under the table wondering what it did that was so wrong.

Has the scene ever played out in your home? Zig Ziglar asks this question. He asks, “Wouldn’t it have been a lot easier on everybody if Mr. B went to the secretary’s home and kicked the cat himself?”
We ought to live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Actually to Be understanding of one another on an emotional level.

Here is a keen Illustration

Fathers, Mothers have you ever had one of your daughter’s have a bad day? She comes home from school distraught or crying. As a good father you listen, and you gather all the facts, and when you think you have heard enough of the facts you interject your sagely advice. You think to yourself, “This advice is REALLY GOOD!”

But then your daughter turns to you and stares and finally says, “Dad, you don’t get it. You still don’t understand.”

Father’s mother’s I can tell you, your daughter is not talking about facts. What she wants you to understand is her emotions, how she feels. She is reminding you that you need to try to understand where she is, not factual, but emotionally.

Sympathy and compassion should go hand in hand.

 Be compassionate and humble. Compassion is having a fellow feeling for. It’s allowing our heart to ache when someone else’s heart aches. That’s compassion.

sympathetic to pain

Sympathy is also very important when we see tragedies and death has affected our neighbors and friends.

Great Quotes –

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

~ From a headstone in Ireland

“May tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side.
When memory paints in colors true,
the happy hours that belonged to you.”

–Helen Steiner Rice

big falls

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Day 19  of my recent 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for Mary Brown’s Chicken and Taters & other Newfoundland Food Traditions.  😀

In a world where there is so much hungry and people living without; we often don’t want to talk about the foods we like.

At first I was going to continue in a more serious vein of Thanksgiving days but then I thought I have a relaxed and humorous side as well.

Our life isn’t all serious and I am grateful that I actually have food and can actually have the opportunity to have preferences.

Yes it is deep fried and probably drive vegans and vegetarians crazy and for that I am sorry but I must confess I love Mary Brown’s Chichen and especially the taters with gravy.

Day 19 body-feast copy

This is a fun and great Facebook page entitled Newfoundland and Labrador!

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Here are some pictures of some of the more popular foods in my homeland Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fried Squid or Calamari

Fried Squid or Calamari

Jiggs Dinner

Jiggs Dinner

Cold Plate

Cold Plate

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Stuffed Turkey

Stuffed Turkey



Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes

Home Made Bread

Home Made Bread



Fries Dressing & Gravy

Fries Dressing & Gravy

Pea Soup & Dumplin

Pea Soup & Dumplin



Baked Beans

Baked Beans



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Day 18  of my recent 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for the land of my birth Newfoundland and Labrador.  😀

One Tourist site said of Newfoundland: ‘Nestled into the northeast corner of North America, Newfoundland and Labrador offers a leisurely Old World pace, modern conveniences and a unique spirit. It is one of the best-kept vacation secrets on the continent. The air is clean, the people are friendly and the vistas — well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.’

Any Newfoundlander living away sense a charismatic, electrifying, magnetic pull back towards Newfoundland.  Homesickness for the ocean, food, people, scenery, the love of Newfoundland. Everywhere you go you’ll find people willing to tell you the history of their area.

it is the sea
that surrounds
my isle of
former colony
of england
most eastern part
of canada
place of my lover’s
first kiss
salty air
the languages
of the land
romance of the rock
pull of her love
symphony of her heart
gigs and reels of the evening
gently splash of morning
spell binding waves
in a storm
ache for her love
embrace of her
fish and chips
and dressing
cod tongues
cold plates
jigs dinner
green rugged scenery
trees everywhere
miraculous moments
enchanting ambience
the land of my birth©

 Day 18 Newfoundland_


The picture I used for my 30 days of thankfulness for Newfoundland is not mine but thanks to this site:   


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