Category Archives: FRIENDSHIP

ARRIVEDERCI EUROPE

It’s been an absorbing and revitalizing two months. I apologize for the silence and beg your forgiveness. No excuses, simply cocooning. November in Sicily was spectacular. The island is like a country all its own. I liken Sicily to an … Continue reading

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IN-LOVE IN FLORENCE

It’s the end of a memorable stay in Florence. In 2 months, I made a few lovely new friends, picked grapes from a vine, revamped my book, encountered a porcupine, wild boar and several slippery Italian men. I moved three times, sat … Continue reading

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VENDEMMIA ITALIAN STYLE

It’s Vendemmia (grape harvesting) weekend in the garden where I’m staying in Florence. It’s been a buzz of work for those who actually work, they’ve been prepping all week for the Sunday harvest. All the tools used to pick, collect, … Continue reading

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FORGETTING TO REMEMBER

“The Camino whispers to your heart, gently reminding you of what you once knew made you happy.” ~ Shauna Marie MacDonald   One of the many gifts the Camino provides, is the ability to be in the present moment. When focus … Continue reading

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A LITTLE PUSH TO SANTIAGO

I’m in the homestretch to Santiago A LITTLE PUSH TO SANTIAGO It’s push time on my Camino. To this point, I’ve never had much of a plan as to how or when I’d reach Santiago. It’s been more about the … Continue reading

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 GRATITUDE GROWS DAY 8-9-10-11-12

So much to share of the previous five days.  I’ve experienced physical, mental and spiritual blisters. With it, an abundance of Gtatitude has flourished around and through me.  On the lighter side, I’ve been ordered to rest in a hotel … Continue reading

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 Day 5-6-7 Camino de Santiago 

Puente La Reina   Street scape   For you M.M.    From the middle of the bridge at dawn.  Iconic bridge along the Camino   Sunrise I happened to follow a photographer. I was intrigued by the things he’d stop and photograph. He inspired … Continue reading

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TESTING GRATITUDE

It was a frantic Easter weekend preparing my home, luggage and life for a year overseas. April 6th: Easter Monday was D-Day. My original KLM departure was cancelled, I was rebooked on an Air Canada flight. Brimming with Gratitude, Barcelona … Continue reading

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ASSIMILATING and INTEGRATING

FIVE things I didn’t  know about training for THE CAMINO. #5 ~ People shopping or working at MEC, Atmosphere or REI, ask questions such as, “What brand of socks do you prefer and why?”  My response doesn’t exactly satisfy their query: … Continue reading

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A TRICKLE OF FEAR

Now that I’ve made this declaration to walk the Camino de Santiago, I’m being tested on my commitment. Last night, I woke to my heart skipping in my chest. Not the skip you feel when Matthew McConaughey removes his shirt: … Continue reading

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NOW WE ARE GRATEFUL ~ Day 21

We are at the 21 day mark. Tell me, have you grown or acquired new Gratitude skills? I know I have. This experiment of mine, born of an impromptu speech which mushroomed into a 21 day challenge, has been a … Continue reading

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IT ALL STARTS HERE ~ Day 20

IT ALL STARTS HERE ~ Day 20 For close to 3 weeks, we have been Cultivating Gratitude for the sweetness of our lives, our family, friends, inspirational teachers, pets, co-workers, (interesting how pets came before co-workers) as well as the … Continue reading

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CELEBRATE YOUR BLESSINGS ~ Day ~ 19

CELEBRATE YOUR BLESSINGS ~ Day ~ 19 What does Celebrating Your Blessings look like to you?   Spending time with family or friends?  Gathering in a sacred space?  Going out with friends?  Enjoying the company of yourself or someone special? … Continue reading

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BEDTIME GRATITUDE ~ Day 18

While attending a conference in Vancouver, Canada, one of the speakers, Caroline Myss, had a brilliant suggestion for restful sleep, and pre-programming for a blissful day when you wake. She suggested we take 5 minutes before sleep to consider all … Continue reading

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RELEASING A GRIEVANCE ~ Day 16

Releasing a Grievance is not making you right and the other person wrong. It has nothing to do with the measure of the perceived Grievance. It has to do with YOU no longer carrying around baggage for an event in your … Continue reading

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MOVING BEYOND GRIEVANCES ~ Day 15

Humans are powerful creatures, we are born with a remarkable ability to discern our environment as well as the  people surrounding us. A small child has no issue conveying his/her needs to their parent. It may take a few attempts … Continue reading

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AN EXPERIMENT IN GRATITUDE ~ DAY 14

AN EXPERIMENT IN GRATITUDE It has been scientifically proven that your Happiness is in direct correlation to the amount of Gratitude you show. I know, I know just another study right? It seems to me you can’t go wrong on … Continue reading

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THIS OR BETTER – Day 13

Asking for and wanting a specific Person, Place or Thing is part of who we are as humans. We are set on this earth to move forward, to evolve, accomplish our goals, achieve our highest desires, to give and receive … Continue reading

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THE REWARDS OF GRATITUDE – Day ~ 12

 Better Quality of Life: The Rewards of GratitudeBy Taryn Galewind You have the daily gift of 86,400 seconds to spend as you will—and you can almost certainly afford one second for gratitude. Meister Eckhart von Hochheim, a German philosopher and … Continue reading

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IF YOU ARE GRATEFUL ~ YOU ARE NOT FEARFUL – Day ~ 11

 Today I was searching YouTube for an interesting talk for you on this the half-way point on our 21 Days to Cultivating Gratitude. Something you should know about me, I have a geeky side and I just LOVE TedTalks. I’m even involved … Continue reading

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REEVALUATE GRATITUDE Day ~ 8

Today let’s review our Gratitude List. If you haven’t made a list of what you are Grateful for, I’ll give you a few minutes…… Consider the words you placed on the original list. Do they resonate with who you are … Continue reading

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THE FIVE REALMS OF GRATITUDE ~ Day 7

Suggestions for connecting with The Five Realms of Gratitude ~ Inspired by a meditation by Davidji What is one thing you’re grateful for about your Physical Realm? Think of a part of your body you feel grateful for. Bring that … Continue reading

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AWAKENING FORGIVENESS ~ Day 6

Awakening Forgiveness inside is rarely an easy task. We mistakenly believe if we forgive someone for a perceived wrong, we are telling the person it was all right in the fist place. This type of Forgiveness is a function of … Continue reading

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GRATITUDE QUOTES ~ Day 4

Good Morning Sunday….. I have to admit this Cultivating Gratitude exercise has been a surprising challenge for me. In my mind I thought writing and researching this 21 day project would be a piece of cake. Life is funny how it … Continue reading

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TAKING STOCK ~ Day 2

                                                         TAKING STOCK Cultivating Gratitude can be tricky business. Two crucial things to know … Continue reading

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5 Steps to CULTIVATING GRATITUDE ~ Day 1

#1 ~ Take Stock of your blessing: Make a list of what you are grateful for today. Keep it with you and add to it through out the day. Consider blessings in your family, your friends, business, people who help … Continue reading

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WEEKEND STREET WALKING

It’s Saturday morning, I sit at a café drinking my second café longue (espresso with a little water). As the sun peeks down the street warming my face, the city wakes to a flawless weekend in Paris. There’s a street-market on Wednesday … Continue reading

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JAZZY MONICA

My dear friend Monica, who happens to hold a PhD in Art History, has invited me to join her for Jazz at Le Murate (The Walled). Le Murate was originally built in 1424 as a convent for Benedictine nuns. In 1807-14, … Continue reading

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DRINKING BEFORE LUNCH

The fizz of chilled Prosecco as it sparkles its way to the rim of our champagne flutes, a fitting tribute to the turn of events that gave way to drinking before lunch: …Gyorgyi and I are on one of our … Continue reading

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RED-HEADED ROOSTER

Suffocating under the blanket of noise in the centre of Florence. I flee to the hills of Tuscany indulging in the restorative-air that fills my cosy apartment known as  La Limonaia. The rural location provides the casual elegance of nature lacking … Continue reading

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UP FOR A CHALLENGE?

I was snooping around the internet today and found this Blog by Diane Jarvis-Schuller. Diane was inspired to write A Letter A Day in the month of February by well know author; Mary Robinette Kowal on her website called The Month Of Letters … Continue reading

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A CAFE IN PARIS = A LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN

(in case you missed it) part#1: CELEBRATE PARISIAN STYLE I believe: When In Rome Do As The Romans Do, without question it applies equally When In Paris…. NEVER hesitate to “revel in”  and  “celebrate” the Parisian Lifestyle.  There’s no place quite like it … Continue reading

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THINK POSITIVE MOM!!!

The Power of Positive Thinking…. A lovely place to reside IF you can pinpoint the exact place to go in your mind AND then remain in that happy place until you reach your intended goal.  Not an easy task for … Continue reading

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