The convoluted journey that brought me here.
How I finally arrived at Thrivival, a metaphysical place where comfort and freedom reside. Please join me.
The elements of the Thrivival symbol and what they represent.
Your truth, your voice, your knowingness is the most powerful gift you have.
Today, adorn yourself with your favourite gold jewelry, add some frankincense essential oil to your diffuser, anoint yourself with myrrh, and feast like royalty. May this exultant pomp and ceremony inspire you to exuberant revelation and insight!
Where does our journey end? …And begin? Meet me in the middle and we will become enlightened together. Yo soy el punto.
The Dragon Book is a work of fiction in progress, intended to both reflect and inspire a new reality. The time for dystopian stories has passed. We need a utopian story, a story to focus us optimistically on what could be—this is a conscious act of Visionary Activism.
Are you aware of your multi-dimensional nature? Here’s my perspective on it.
A very condensed version of my short story, Anni Annihilation, as published by BluePrint Magazine.
What does this cryptic Biblical phrase mean? Let’s navigate it together.
May I introduce you to your true self? Here’s how I met mine.
Are you dauntless? Becoming your true self requires some courage.
What did you intend to learn from this experience? Let me share with you what I AM, and we all are…becoming.
How do you self-identify? Let me tell you about myself.
We learned Newton’s Laws in School. But, what if there’s more to reality than physics? Join me at my new Seven Universal Laws course!
We know, theoretically, that we have “to believe it to see it”. Yet, in our current state, we could sometimes use a little reassurance—a little bit of “seeing it” to support our “believing it”.
We must learn to exercise complete control over our thoughts and emotions—that STRENGTH OF WILL is the key to serenity.
Interpreting the Cinderella fairytale from a spiritual perspective.
Has your creativity flourished or stagnated? Would you like to explore new possibilities, change perspectives, recharge your spiritual batteries, and awaken your creative genius?
You are the Master of your Fate. You are the Captain of your Soul.
What happens when you remove all impediments but your own fear?
Thoughts of gratitude and appreciation upon winning 1st prize in the Adult Division of the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards Contest.
How to use visioning to create the life you want in a friendly universe.
CALMNESS of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
We thought of life as a journey…. But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical and you were supposed to sing and dance while the music was being played.
Understanding the Eight Beatitudes, or lessons for achieving blessings and great happiness, that Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3–11).
An invitation to explore deep wisdom within a simply nursery rhyme. Please join me.
“Wherever there is unexpressed possibility, or function not performed, there is unsatisfied desire. Desire is possibility seeking expression, or function seeking performance.”
Did you know, today is an auspicious day? It marks the 1st year anniversary of the historic gravitational wave detection! Never heard of it? Here’s a replay!
“My name is Genevieve Harris. I’m eleven years old. And I’m an oddity. I see things that other people don’t see. I see energy.”
Like so many Canadians, I received the news back in May of Gord’s illness with sadness. But, as time passed and momentum built toward their final concert in Kingston, my emotions changed. Frustration has replaced my sadness. Let me tell you why…
Reflections on the passing of my beloved Papa, Peter Loewen, November 14, 1925 – July 14, 2016.
This novel conglomerates and focuses several fascinations of mine, as detailed here.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it, did it really fall?
Some books you read once, enjoy, and move on. Other books, you could read daily for your entire life and continue to reap new benefits. Nevelle Goddard’s The Power of Awareness is so profound, so powerful, it earns a place in that exceptional “other” category.
What’s stopping you from doing what you want to do in 2016? Time? Money? Energy? What about fear? Mindfields and Terror Barriers—what are they and how to overcome them?
Lessons on manifesting from a world champion.
Every thought we think consciously or unconsciously sends a request out into the universe. The key for us then, is to: first, become aware of our requests and ensure we only request good things based on positive thoughts, not bad things based on negative worries; second, once we consciously make a request, to proceed with the full expectation that it awaits us.
Several years ago, after watching a documentary about a child who believed he was a reincarnated monk and returned to monastic life, I wrote a short story called The Littlest Monk. Then I buried it with other neglected files. Several months ago, I reincarnated the story and edited it fairly extensively with the intention to illustrate and publish it. This morning, I completed some “informal usability testing” by reading it to a class of Grade One students.
How do you define Success? As personal comfort? Career advancement? Wealth? Power? Happiness? In 1959, after seventeen years of intensive research, Earl Nightingale, the man credited with founding the self-help movement, arrived at a profound definition.
This novel website (pun intended) tests my vision for the Internet as a new compositional medium. Find out how.
Published in 1903, “As a Man Thinketh” is a classic literary essay by James Allen.
The universe conspires to fulfill our needs abundantly—when we remove the barriers to receiving, we experience serendipity, synchronicity, accelerated progress, and unexpected gifts.
The universe supplies what we ask for but we have to feel worthy of the gift and proactively accept it—only then can we receive.
The universe has bigger and better plans in store for us than we ever imagined, we just have to open our awareness to the possibilities.
Lance Armstrong’s Motto: Every second counts. My Motto: Every word counts. Write once. Edit ad nauseam.
Last summer, we cleaned out the loft of our barn and found some forgotten treasures, included a book called Cordelia and the Enchanted Forest, which I had written and illustrated as a project in high school. My girls, ages 9 and 5, found the book suitably enchanting, leading me to consider resurrecting it.
In the novel post “Phoenix Slouching”, I reference this poem by William Butler Yeats.
Formulated based on lessons repeated again and again and still only partially learned the hard way.
I commit to working on the progressive realization of this novel daily and publishing something (of the book, about the book, or about my experience with the book) on this website regularly in 2015. I hope you will hold me accountable to doing it.
The book post entitled “Phoenix Slouching” introduces the novel’s first reference to an extraordinary event, occurring in an otherwise mundane existence and places it within the genre of Magic Realism.
What’s on your bucket list? I contemplated my life from my funeral backward: sobering. What do I aspire to accomplish before I die? My bucket list is short. At the top? Write a novel. I value words, appreciate literature, relish a good book, revel in a beautiful poem....
Saturday, July 25, 2009: I lay face forward, sprawled across a pile of pillows, eyes shut, as another wave of contraction shudders through my core. My mouth opens wide into an O and I feel a deep long loud “ooooohhhhh” pass over my lips. Deep breath in, deep breath...
The post “Forethought” marks the beginning of the story “Death by Water”, within the story “Life by Drowning”, to which I alluded when I called this a “multi-dimensional novel”. Although Gisa Catarina Gärtner and the Gärtner family is fictional, the setting is real and the historical details are accurate to the best of my knowledge. Here are some background details.
Credit to Portia Nelson for this format. In 1993, she wrote her “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”. I needed six chapters to complete mine—I’m more verbose.
Situated in the Magic Realism genre, I wrote this short story in 1999. It was inspired by the foreboding inscription over the entrance to a gated cemetery in Catanduva, Brazil, the town in which I lived as an exchange student in 1990-1991.
What to do when the historical details I need are not readily accessible? Allow my current inability to check historical facts to bring my story to a screeching halt just as it was starting to pick up momentum? Or plough ahead, imaginatively filling in the gaps as best I can, with the intention of editing for accuracy later?
Monday, February 12, 2007: Death by fire. I dream of dying in a burst of flames. Searing heat traveling from my feet, up my legs, swirling around me. Hot, dry, release. My soul purified by fire—a quick, dramatic death, nothing left but ash. The antithesis of my life.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007: I awaken to the offensively chipper chatter of morning show hosts from the clock radio at my husband’s bedside. Pulling up my knees, I withdraw deeper into the dark, warm covers and lift them over the back of my head, relieved when he hits “snooze” and heads to the bathroom. A ten-minute reprieve.
Thursday, July 16, 2009: The year transpires much the same, one distraction to the next. By day, I split myself in two—half domesticated mom, half professional businesswoman—accomplishing neither whole-heartedly. Perpetually fatigued and scattered.
Monday, July 20, 2009: In the days that follow, I carry the mysterious letter with me everywhere, pausing often to re-read it and re-examine the envelope.
Propoganda Video: Brazil At War 1943 From the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. This American video praises Brazil for joining the Allies and declaring war against Germany, endevouring to show Brazil's similarities to America.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009: My curiosity over the letter’s origin turns to obsession. Who could have written such a letter and under what circumstances? The question rests on my pillow, and the letter under it, as I drift off to sleep that night.
Or “The Distractions & The Research”: Have I made any progress on my book since my last digest, you ask? Yes, despite the distractions, I have! Life By Fire will soon branch out into a couple of directions that require accurate historical details. To that end, I have been diligently Googling, emailing, calling and haunting various libraries and universities. Here are some highlights.
Gisa Catarina Gärtner was born at sea on October 5, 1933, halfway between the province of Tirol, Austria, and the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, thereby becoming the youngest of 91 Catholic Austrian emigrants headed to found a new colony in the New World.
Names have symbolic power—personally and politically. Here are some interesting details about names as they play out in history and in the novel.
1933 – 1939: Dreizehnlinden, Santa Catarina, Brazil: By the time Gisa grew old enough to go to school, the rudimentary communal barracks had transformed into small neat houses and productive farms, and the settlement of Dreizehnlinden into a community complete with a church and a store, as well as a school.
My writing focus has flitted from scene to scene, era to era, based on my mood and interest at any given moment, as well as the accessibility of information required for historical accuracy. I’m currently focusing on a section that takes place in Kitchener in the spring of 1954. Here, I’ve outlined some of the legwork that has gone into defining it.
Occasionally, I half-awaken around 3am and toss-and-turn as my mind churns over creative solutions to my next chapter’s dilemma. Sometimes, the solutions still sound inspired in the morning and sometimes they fall flat.
I’ve read a great deal about the value of Interval Training in exercise and highly recommend it (despite rarely doing it). For instance, if one runs (which I don’t, if I can help it), interval training would involve alternating between short, intense, full-out sprints, and slow, steady recovery jogs in one training session. I’ve realized that the same habits that I’ve applied (or haven’t but should) to exercise also apply to writing.
Have you ever completed a task automatically, with unconscious ease, as if on auto-pilot—as if the information is being fed to you rather than formulated by you?
1939 – 1942: Dreizehnlinden, Santa Catarina, Brazil: No sooner had the stalwart community of Dreizehnlinden established foundations, than political unrest and natural disaster combined to shake them to the core.
1942: Dreizehnlinden / Papuan, Santa Catarina, Brazil: In August 1942, a single German submarine sunk five Brazilian vessels in two days, causing more than six hundred deaths and leading Brazil to declare war on the Axis on August 22, 1942. That’s when the war truly reached Dreizehnlinden, forever shifting its foundations.
After the “D” Cats were all adopted, we received the “L” Cats! On December 18, 2015, a wonderful family came to meet Lennon and Lizzie and adopted them together! We are so happy that the kittens have found their forever home with such caring people! Little Lyric is...
After the "P" Kittens were all adopted, we received the "D" Cats! Momma Della Dapper Dixon Dolly Dobby You could foster cats for Pet Patrol too! Find out more at PetPatrol.ca!
Hi it's me again did you know we're foster cats for PetPatrol? Well at the moment we're fostering kittens!!!!!!!!!!! '' The P Family'' Phoebe's the mum then there's Pippa, Poppy, Paquita and last but not least Paddington the only boy in the litter! Momma Phoebe Pippa...
Learn why grasslands are an important ecosystem that is essential to your food, health and the environment.
This pie is grain-free, decadent, and packed with nutrition!
My sister Tessa's 3rd birthday party. We used this recipe for her cake! This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, white sugar-free, and dairy-free! What does it have in it?! A lot of coconut and eggs. As a result, it is high-protein and Paleo-friendly. Believe it or...
The deliciously fresh, tart taste of traditional Key-Lime Pie but so healthy you can eat it any time. This cool dessert is perfect on a hot summer day!
This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, white sugar-free, and dairy-free! It is moist and delicious—a perfect birthday cake or cupcake recipe. Your guests will never know you’re feeding them anything so healthy.
Based on the Better Birthday Cake recipe, this “Primal” Carrot Cake uses coconut flour, dates and exotic spices. It is gluten and grain-free. The recipe requires some steps but the end result is moist, flavourful and delicious!
Have you ever read the ingredients list on a can of store-bought icing? It’s not pretty, nor is it pronounceable. Store-bought icing is full of hydrogenated oils, chemicals, and colourings. It’s about as unhealthy as it gets. So, what to do?
These grain-free, gluten-free cookies are easy and decadent! My family ate them before I could photograph them. But, this dough also makes a fantastic pie crust, which I did manage to capture on film.
If you don’t pack a sandwich, what do you take for lunch? Here’s an example of one of our typical sandwichless lunches.
This is my favourite poem. My Mommy and I say it together every night. I hope you like it as much as we do! Love Fynn By: e.e.cummings i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me...
This is the poem my Mommmy wrote for me. I hope you like it as much as we do! Love Tess You are... My busy bee, My dragon fly, A campfire spark joining stars in the sky. My light, My dark, My rainbow ark. My joy, My pain, My worldly gain. My past, My future, My...