Has Christmas changed without the presence of our loved ones? Are they really gone? Or has Christmas been here all along!!
My opinions on the benefits, or not, of Facebook, from where I sit.
Christmas Eve Day dawned with this hubber feeling pretty sorry for herself. Read how it all turned around by happenstance and a universe that is perfectly synchronized.
How does one get through Christmas without our loved ones beside us? There are things we can do. But, first of all, I believe it is important to understand that they are still with us in spirit.
When our beloved pets have to leave us they cross over into the other side, just as their human counterparts do. And, they are capable of giving us signs and messages that they are near.
Social Networking and Advertising Campaigns
Someone said to me recently, "I didn't know you were writing a book" and I said, "neither did I". Let me explain. A year ago I had no idea about writing a book, well maybe I had a little niggling thought here and there. Previously I had blogged...
This hub showcases Craig Kielburger - my contribution to spread the word on H.O.W. - one world for humanity.
These were my innermost feelings after visiting my mother a couple of days before her passing in a nursing home. Our relationship was often tumultuous, but through it all we survived. And her parting words on that day warmed my heart! Rest in Peace mom - January 2, 2013
A love poem written to me by my husband, who is now in spirit. I treasure it with all my heart and I have his permission to create a hub around it. It is written to me, and I am writing it back to him! It is Eternal!
Excerpt - Chapter 15 The following is an excerpt from my recently published book - "A Breath Away" All Rights Reserved - Publisher Friesen Press - Victoria, B.C. Canada
telegraph.co.uk Do you ever notice that the older you get, the faster the years seem to fly by? It only makes sense too then that Christmas and those ultimate deadlines for shopping, baking and preparing for all of the seasons' festivities is upon...
A fast and simple recipe for tomato sauce that can be adjusted to suit several different kinds of pasta dishes.
A bog is a wetland that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material—often mosses, and in a majority of cases - Sphagnum Moss. Look what was found at a Tipperary Bog.
Got your attention - didn't I? Good! So let's get started. As I said "everyone has a fanny" - well of course we do. But before I get thrown off Hub Pages, let me make myself clear. This is not a story about yours and my derriere or the derriere of...
My opinions and views on adult lifestyle communities - looking from the inside.
Come and visit my favourite little town with me. Christmas is a special time in Niagara on the Lake.
We are nearing the end of our stay at Casa Rasa, our rented Villa in Tuscany. But we have saved one of the best for the second last day of this trip - Pienza.
Decorating for Christmas at a time when my family has changed so much could be a rather daunting experience. But as I moved about I began to realize that I had lots to be thankful for, both in my treasures and my memories.
With Christmas approaching we are often reminded of family members who are no longer with us. This particular story is about one of my best memories of my Auntie Mary.
We're half through our week, the trip of a lifetime, A Villa in Tuscany. Today we are shopping at market in Siena.
Just a little bit of fun about Canada tonight, poking fun with our Prime Ministers, past and present and Canada in general.
This is the second part in a series - A Villa in Tuscany. Every day is a new adventure and we are slowly melting into the Italian way of life! Salute!!
This was my husband's and my dream of a lifetime - A Villa in Tuscany - shared by two other couples , good friends of ours. Stay with me as we tour through Cortona, Pienza, Siena, and more.
A Review of my favourite Chinese Buffet Restaurant - The Mandarin - with 20 locations throughout Ontario.
How does one feel looking back on the history of a grandfather who was designated an enemy alien? This hub takes through a brief history of my grandfather - in Canada - during the years surrounding the Second World War.
Locke Street in my city of Hamilton, Ontario has become a very charming and eclectic area in the last several years. A lovely street crawling up toward the escarpment of Hamilton it houses a beautiful church as well as antique shops, clothing and...
What do you do when you are asked to mind a cat, and you are not sure you want to. Especially when you are at a time in your life when enough is going on for you. Sometimes it turns out to be a good thing.
How do you travel on a road trip with three elderly ladies? Very carefully! But if you're not careful, you may just have fun in spite of yourself.
Do you ever wonder why we are given one name and then called another name? Many times it can be a nickname - or possibly an endearment chosen by someone close to us. Or can it be an Italian thing?
Have you ever wondered what happens when you die. Over the years I have thought about it, and wondered "is this all there is?" With the passing of my husband two years ago, I found out, and I no longer wonder. He is still here with me, just A Breath Away.
"Girls Just Want To Have Fun". A Halloween night out for a good cause.
It is something that happens eventually to all of us and yet is one of the hardest things to get through - the loss of a loved one. Here I am sharing ten things that helped me, and still continue to help me through this process.
I was sitting here tonight reminiscing about growing up in the 50's and 60's, and I realized just how lucky I was to be a part of that era. In my opinion it was one of the best times to be a young adolescent on the cusp of the teenage years, and on...
What makes one example different from another, when they both appear to have the same basic vaues. This was an interesting study with some interesting results.
With Fall and October approaching I wanted to share this beautiful little jaunt around Lake Ontario. There is lots to see and do if you take the time.
How do you get through the impending loss of a mother? A mother with whom you have shared such a turbulant history. I have tried to put it down here in a few words. I needed to show that I still care.
Sharing a story about the caring and compassion of Hospice - Dignity and Grace in "End of Life" situations.
A true happening with a cat that looked and acted exactly like my own cat from over twenty five years ago. I totally believe this was her spirit. Never saw the cat before or again after that day.
An evening of sitting out at the cottage on Lake Erie, wine glass in hand, capturing energy on a stormy night.
Did we plan our life before we came here? Are we here to learn lessons, and if so why, and what are they? Are we the masters of our own reality??
A couple of years ago now, with our mother's impending move to a nursing home, my sister and I finally got down to a job that we had been putting off for months, that of cleaning out one of our mother's two locker room areas. It was not a job we...
It took the passing of my beloved husband, and the subsequent signs and messages I knew he was giving me, for me to go back in time now and realize that "yes indeed" I had heard from my Auntie Mary in the months following her passing.
Just a silly little story about a Clematis that has succumbed twice and fought it's way back up three times!
Part 2 of a 7 part series - Visiting Italy -Rome to Venice & Back. In this part we visit Pisa and San Gimignano.
Part 3 of a 7 Part Series - Visiting Italy - Rome to Venice & Back. In this part we visit Siena, home to the Palio Horse Races and have a wonderful wine tasing in Chianti.
Part 4 of a 7 Part Series - Visiting Italy - Rome to Venice and Back. In this part we visit Florence taking in "David" and visiting the Uffizi Gallery
Part 5 of a 7 part series - Visiting Italy - Rome to Venice and Back. In this part we visit Verona and Balogna
Part 6 of a 7 part series - Visiting Italy -Rome to Venice and Back. In this part we visit Venice - the city that is many things to many people.
Finale to the 7 part series - Visiting Italy - Rome to Venice and back. This part looks at San Marino, Assisi and Orvieto.
Winning the lottery!! What can happen when huge amounts of money fall into the wrong hands? I'll tell you what can happen to others around them; - you end up with "The Neighbours From Hell"
Nursing homes - we'll all get there some day. This is for sure. Have you ever wondered how you would handle it? I do, and I only now have my mother's experience to give me a few clues. There are some trials and tribulations, but in the end the positives wins out.
Most of us love somthing we just can't do without. It helps us through our day and makes us feel better. Doesn't matter what it is, it just is!
Part 1 of a 7 part series. The trip of a lifetime - Rome to Venice and back. Part memoire of a beautiful gift of a trip to my sister and I from our aunt, and part travelogue. I hope you wll enjoy, as much as I did putting this series together.
The question is "can I really write?" And the answer is "yes I think I can". This is an article about just exactly how I started down this road.
Growing up Canadian in a family with a rich Italian Heritage can be confusing at the best of times.
This is a hub about how I learned to converse telepathically with my husband who crossed over almost two years ago this coming September. It took some time, but I think if we pay attention to our thoughts we will start to get it.
A memoir of summer trips made to New Jersey, as a young child, with my grandmother.
Have you ever looked at something and said to yourself "that wasn't there just a few minutes ago?" I have and this is a recounting of a few small events and my latest and most exciting example of spirit moving an object from one area to another.
A memoir of my very young years in the beautiful city of Toronto where I was born. How does one have a memoir of ages 1 - 7? Well strangely enough I do, even if some of it was told to me by others.
All about a little teddy bear that I will never give up.
I believe that things are "meant to be" and more and more I have realized that there are no coincidences. The Universe at its best!
If you live in the Golden Horseshoe area of the Niagara Escarpment, or are visiting, be sure to take in this fine new Eatery on the Hamilton bay of Lake Ontario.
Finding out after so many years what exactly was the problem with our mother, and why she was so difficult to live with. This is a story of hurt, misunderstandings and eventually foregiveness and love.
Why not have a good chuckle at my expense, through my travails and learning to master the BBQ, with this one very nasty experience.