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January 2005 - Posts

It is very Aruba like in Guelph today. Except for the wind. There is no wind. And according to my friend Jim, Aruba is one windy island. Something to do with being skinny. The island that is, not Jim. Jim is slim, not skinny. Year's ago I went to a Read More...
Posted on January 31,2005

My Breast of Canada Calendar (BoC) models are always punctual. And either very chatty or shy. I suspect that these women were acutely aware of the moment of their shoot since my first contact with them in the fall. All 7 (we lost one model due to a Read More...
Posted on January 30,2005

We shoot the final photo for the 2006 Breast of Canada Calendar today. I have eight volunteer models driving from various points outside of Guelph and congregating at 3pm. They are all strangers to me. We were suppose to do this photo shoot last Read More...
Posted on January 29,2005

My 2006 Breast of Canada Calendar photo contest ends on February 1. Photo submissions have been showing up in both my mail and email in box. It's like Christmas without all the stress. A couple of shots have stood out for me so far. One group of cowgirls Read More...
Posted on January 28,2005

Moving right along on the quest for health, happiness and a full length velvet cape, I'm happy to introduce the third Art Jam Guideline. I Can. Here's the skinny. First the difference between I Can , I Can't and I Won't . When it comes to being your own Read More...
Posted on January 27,2005

I was a panelist for a Women in Leadership Conference at the University of Guelph today. I was asked to share some of my thoughts on being a leader. I had 7 minutes. In the course of offering up two thoughts, the first one being that you must show up to Read More...
Posted on January 26,2005

Vioxx, the arthritis and pain medication pulled off the shelf in September 2004 may have killed more than 40,000 people, according to a story in the Globe and Mail today. No doubt those 40,000 people thought they were taking safe medicine. We all think Read More...
Posted on January 25,2005

Before I prattle on with more tips and tricks for becoming your own Breast Health Ambassador, I think I'll dive a little deeper into why you'd even want to bother. More women under 40 die of breast cancer than any other cancer. I find this disturbing. Read More...
Posted on January 24,2005

We had a wild, horizontal, driving snow storm here yesterday. Brutal cold, terrible driving conditions, bone freezing wind. And yet, 800 people still made there way to the Tsunami Relief Concert at our River Run Performing Arts Centre. A multi-act Read More...
Posted on January 23,2005

For a number of year's, Canadian author and Guelphite, Tom King, had a radio show on CBC Radio called, Dead Dog Cafe. It was a very funny program. The motto or tag line for the show always stuck in my mind. And I recite it to myself in times where I'm Read More...
Posted on January 22,2005

My friend Dave runs marathons. During university, I shared a rambling farm house with him and a half dozen other students. Every morning, Dave would get up at dawns crack, put on his running gear and head out for his several km./mile run. I was duly Read More...
Posted on January 21,2005

Stress is a common experience in today's world. And a dangerous hazard to our health. In Dr. Gabor Maté's book When the Body Says No he points out that "hormone production is intimately affected by psychological stress. Women have always known that Read More...
Posted on January 20,2005

Time is an interesting subject. People will often complain that they don't have enough of it. I've heard people say they are 'trying to buy more time' and that 'time is running out'. Poor old time always appears like the enemy. Yet, every minute, hour, Read More...
Posted on January 19,2005

When I moved to Guelph in 1981, I was looking for a fresh start. Weeks away from my own large wedding, a home owner and working gal I knew that I had somehow set out on a path that did not resonate for me at all. And I also knew that sooner or later, the Read More...
Posted on January 18,2005

Moving right along on the life altering journey of becoming the very best Breast Health Ambassador in your empire, we come to the second Art Jam Guideline. Be Here Now. Another words, stopping fretting about what you didn't do yesterday, give up crying Read More...
Posted on January 17,2005

Alan Clements , author of Instinct for Freedom gave me fuel for thought last night with this passage. " Life is a moment-to-moment process of decisions. And the thin line between right and wrong choices -- between the life I'm leading and the life I Read More...
Posted on January 16,2005

I'll launch into the second Art Jam Guideline (How to Become a Breast Health Ambassador) next week. For today, I'll comment on a letter that came into this sites Mailbag a couple days ago.. It will be posted in the near furture. A woman named Jessica Read More...
Posted on January 15,2005

The weather in Guelph is psychotic. Today, it's snowing and minus 5C/22 F. Yesterday, it was raining, plus 10C/50F. Wednesday, I told you about the freezing rain. The constant change in weather conditions is good mental floss. Keeps us on our toes. Of Read More...
Posted on January 14,2005

More tools for being brave by yet another woman named Sue. And get this, she's Canadian and a Breast Health Ambassador too! Must be something in the water up here. This media piece arrived yesterday. "Sue Johanson has been talking openly and honestly Read More...
Posted on January 13,2005

The weather in Guelph is frightful today. We've got a bad case of freezing rain coming down. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of such a natural phenomena, please let me flesh out the experience for you. I had a 10:45 appointment this Read More...
Posted on January 12,2005

I must apologize. I am guilty of putting the cart before the horse. Blogging requires my bouncy mind to be lateral. I'm used to talking in big loopy circles that do come round and join up eventually but not immediately. My world is too broad. There's Read More...
Posted on January 11,2005

People write entire books on courage so this chapter could go on for a while. But, I will restrain myself. Because less is more. More or less. So, to locate your own personal supply of courage you will need to look inside yourself. You can't buy real Read More...
Posted on January 10,2005

Further to yesterday's foray into becoming a Breast Health Ambassador. Being brave takes courage. Courage can wash over you in one fell swoop when you find yourself in a dangerous situation and need to respond instantly. But this is only one venue where Read More...
Posted on January 9,2005

I own a company called Art Jam. Although the associated website has seen little action in the last few year's, thanks mostly to loosing my lease on the physical building where I ran the various programs, the concept of Art Jam is very much alive and Read More...
Posted on January 8,2005

On January 3rd, I told you about the passing of Gabi, one of the Breast of Canada calendar models. Yesterday, I shared an editorial I had written about a new national organization called The Young and the Breastless. Today I will join the dots. Dr. Read More...
Posted on January 7,2005

For the past two year's, I have been a member of the Guelph Mercury's Community Editorial Board, my cities daily paper. The following is an editorial that appeared in October 2004. The woman beside me did bear a striking resemblance to celebrity Gloria Read More...
Posted on January 6,2005

The Breast of Canada 2005 February photo is on the front cover or Going Natural, the winter edition of Canada's Magazine for Nude Living. About nine women in their twenties, with toques pulled low and scarves wrapped loosely, are running, topfree up a Read More...
Posted on January 5,2005

The Environmental Working Group or EWG are consumer watchdog types. Recently, they released a report called SKIN DEEP; a safety review of the ingredients found in thousands of cosmetic products available in stores. I was curious to see what they would Read More...
Posted on January 4,2005

One of the Breast of Canada calendar models passed away on New Year's Eve. Gabi had already survived one round of breast cancer in her short life. She died of metastatic breast cancer following a C-section that saved her 26 and 1/2 week old daughter Read More...
Posted on January 3,2005

Breast health to you and yours for the coming days, weeks and months. May you find the courage to take your own breast health into your own hands. 0 comments Read More...
Posted on January 2,2005

Christie Blatchford and Heather Mallick are two of my favourite newspaper columnists. Both write for the Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper . And, in today's edition, both women offer up their two cents worth of 'what the world needs now.' This Read More...
Posted on January 1,2005
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