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Experiencing Epiphanies

Experiencing Epiphanies

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!

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The Dragon Book

The Dragon Book

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.

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Playing Dress-Up

Playing Dress-Up

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”.

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Day Terrors and Mindfields

Day Terrors and Mindfields

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?

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Manifesting Pencils—Expecting

Manifesting Pencils—Expecting

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.

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Creativity Unleashed onto Little Monks and Children

Creativity Unleashed onto Little Monks and Children

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.

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Defining Success

Defining Success

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.

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Enchanted Forests

Enchanted Forests

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.

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Forward: Act of Courage

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....

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Preface: Birth of a Story

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...

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And So It Began

And So It Began

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.

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Phoenix Dreaming

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.

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Phoenix Slouching

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.

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Phoenix Delivered

Phoenix Delivered

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.

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Phoenix Rising

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.

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The Devil & The Details

The Devil & The Details

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.

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Forethought

Forethought

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.

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Foundations Laid

Foundations Laid

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.

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Romantic Evenings Circa 1954

Romantic Evenings Circa 1954

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.

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Interval Writing

Interval Writing

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.

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Foundations Shifted

Foundations Shifted

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.

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The “L” Cat Family

The “L” Cat Family

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...

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The “P” Cat Family

The “P” Cat Family

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...

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Better Icing

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?

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Tess’s Poem: You Are…

Tess’s Poem: You Are…

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...

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