September 2017

September 29, 2017

If today's journal feels a bit like a commercial, I hope you'll bear with me. In a way, it is. But more than that, it's a story of generosity in a time of need and one you wouldn't have heard elsewhere. There's so much negativity in the world - some of it here, I admit - so let me balance the scales a little bit. Here goes.
 
Every day our audio journal (which I hope you enjoy) is sponsored by Caru dog food, where I say things like, "Your dog will love CARU’s new Daily Dish: human grade stews at only $3.99."
 

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September 28, 2017

I wanted to share with you today a piece that my pal Lisa wrote for the website ourlondon.ca. You can check out Lisa's daily blog at www.voiceoflisabrandt.com - it's my daily go-to - and she shared the article there, too. It's called Desegregating the Sizes in Women's Fashion and I couldn't agree more. Here we go. She writes:

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September 27, 2017

Well, off we go into the wild blue yonder: a stop in Calgary and then on to Ottawa, where a certain little boy is going to get some serious kisses! We're bookending this trip emceeing events for the Registered Practical Nurses' Association tomorrow night (with guests Jann Arden and Margaret Trudeau Friday - Rob and I are hoping to attend their talks) and an event next week in Kitchener for the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), just as I did in Calgary and Victoria earlier this month. How wonderful when trips "east" to see family and friends can dovetail with some work. Lovely.

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September 26, 2017

I don't know if you find this, but it seems that when something goes wrong in your life - a break up, a death, or similar personal trauma - simple conversations can be so loaded with booby traps.
 

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September 25, 2017

While everyone in Southern Ontario was talking about the weather, this past weekend was even more about sports than weekends usually are.
 

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September 22, 2017

What a heavy month this has been - so much of our continent shaken, battered, deluged and disgusted, all in the span of a few days. Yesterday, during the pre-dawn hours, I lay in bed thinking about earthquakes. After the shaking that hit California and Mexico in the past week, I was pondering a statistic that Vancouver Island has a one-in-three chance of experiencing a significant quake in the next 50 years. 
 

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September 21, 2017

I can't be the only one who has experienced this; in fact, I know I'm not. I think I am smelling smoke all the time.
 
Now, before you send me the warnings for brain tumours and everything else, I too have Googled "I smell cigarettes." I experienced this a month ago, self-treated (I thought, successfully) but now it's back: only a different kind of smoke. 
 

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September 20, 2017

Thanks for all of your feedback, comments and personal peeves after my mini rant yesterday. It turned out to be a light diversion from the heavy news that the day would bring: from unhinged name calling and threats of nuclear war at the UN General Assembly to news of a devastating and deadly earthquake in Mexico City.
 
Then there was word of yet another Category 5 hurricane - this one, Maria. As I read the heartfelt message from Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, I found myself awash in both sadness and memories.
 

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September 19, 2017

It's strange the things that we let bother us. For example, I have a friend who finds public, loud and wide-open, no-hand-hiding yawning unconscionable. The fact that she has worked most of her career in morning radio means she's been subjected to that thing that she despises most. Talk about "in your face!"
 
I suspect the origins of our pet peeves lie with our upbringing. Our parents instilled in us the knowledge that some acts and practices were expected and approved; others were simply not acceptable. And we carry with us those random rules for our whole lives.

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September 18, 2017

Just for today, this journal is brought to you by Caru! If you listen to the audio journal you know they sponsor it daily. But today, for reasons I'll explain in a moment, there is no audio journal. So I'll remind you here that Caru is sold in easy-to-open, easy-to-close, environmentally-friendly Tetra Paks. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page for more...and nourish with love.
 

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September 15, 2017

I mentioned to you last week that September 6 marked a new beginning for this "rewirement": travelling to Calgary to host an event, and then doing the same one in my new home city of Victoria the next night. The event was called CREA Real Time: Let's Talk and was put on by the Canadian Real Estate Association (with another happening October 5 in Kitchener which I also get to host).
 

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September 14, 2017

Things you notice when you move from one part of the country to another, part 459:
 
Vancouver Island has to be the nation's capital for VW van owners. I don't know this for a fact; I only know what I see. Never in my life have I noticed so many van campers or buses on the road. They range in age from what must be nearly 50 years old to fairly recent; a bit of online research tells me they were being made until very recently and that a cool concept version is due out in 2020 with a driverless model on tap for 2025. 
 

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September 13, 2017

This is September 13th; you probably already know that. What you might not know is that this is World Sepsis Day and that September is Sepsis Awareness Month.
 
If you're like me, you know - or knew - very little about this disease. But we all should, including its warning signs. It claims 10,000 lives in Canada every year and is the biggest killer of children around the world because it's often undetected until it's too late. It kills more people than cancer and is more common than a heart attack.
 

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September 12, 2017

It's funny what you find when you poke around the internet. 
 
Yesterday I was looking for a photo I was lucky enough to have of yours truly with Hugh Jackman. The reason? In seeing a few gorgeous shots of George Clooney at TIFF this past weekend, I was reminded of the most handsome star I ever got to spend a few minutes with. My encounter with Hugh and the conversation we had (he was so gracious, charming and present) is one of my favourite celebrity encounter memories. I thought it might make for a fun journal today; I am always looking for ideas! 
 

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September 11, 2017

A new week begins and, once again, our hearts and thoughts are with those who are afraid and wondering when their lives are going to be the same, if ever. Wondering when they're going to feel safe or what awaits them if, or when, they return home, these victims who have felt the destructive wrath of Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia. 
 

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September 8, 2017

And so we come to the end of this first week of September, all still wondering how summer could have sped by so rapidly, so typically. My heart has gone out to so many Canadians these past few months, especially those suffering through wildfires here in my new home province, where my sister's home in Summerland has been cloaked in smoke for months now and they're on constant alert as to which way the winds are blowing. On Sunday last week, their temperature hit 35.5 Celcius; normal is about 22. It's like she's in a smoker. 
 

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September 7, 2017

As I mentioned here yesterday, I write to you today having just finished the first of three celebrations being put on by the Canadian Real Estate Association. One down, two to go - and I'll be sorry when they wrap up with the third one in Kitchener late this month! But I was thinking how being able to host one kind of event, and feeling utterly hopeless when it comes to another, just sort of underlines the dichotomies that lie within so many of us, I think. I mean, are we all really one thing?

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September 6, 2017

September 6th. 249th day of the year. A day that this year will be, for many, one of continued adjustment, "back to" everything: school, making lunches, heavier traffic, the thoughts of autumn looming. But for me, this is a day of great beginnings - and it will be again today, too. Let me explain.
 

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September 4, 2017

Way back when, there was a satirical magazine in Canada that referred to high profile TV newscasters as "bingo callers." I couldn't help thinking about that term when I was actually...get ready...calling BINGO this weekend!
 

Erin Davis calling Bingo

 

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September 1, 2017

Today, as we head into the long weekend before everything goes "back to" on Tuesday, I wanted to revisit something. Actually, thank you to Monica for requesting that I re-post a journal I wrote for a very special young man who was about to enter high school. Here it is and I hope there's someone in your life for whom you think this might resonate. Please feel free to share. I mean it just as much as I did the day I wrote it six years ago.
 

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