Daily Delight for the Five Senses

This belongs here too, I think.

AJ's Classroom

Who: I and my 82-year-old companion

What:  walk 5 km

When: 7 a.m.

Where: the perimeter of our community

Why: for mental and physical well-being

How: briskly with lots of communication

Bonus: All of our senses are stimulated.

Yes, it’s true. Not only do we feel and smell the newborn morning air, and see the changes in Mother Nature’s palette, but we also read each other and communicate with a glance.

This kind of bond is founded on mutual respect, and it works beautifully because we never judge or try to control each other with corrections or criticism or evaluation of the reality of the other. We don’t fill our 45 minutes with telling each other what to do or think or feel, nor how to dress or act or speak. We simply welcome and share personal experiences, perceptions, opinions and feelings . We simply listen and hear and touch each other with our…

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A Trick to Treat You With

A Trick to Treat You With

A Trick to Treat You With

Oh, my! How we have changed!

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Old Teachers Never … Stop Teaching

AJ's Classroom

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I’m curious about what inspires my need to teach.

Truly there is a force that compels me to take the information I process and share it with those I love. And it is not simply caring and sharing, but rather explaining, and rewording, and listening, and answering questions.

Truth be told, it also involves studying. Yes, “teaching is learning” and “re-teaching is re-learning.”

What I’m teaching these days is what I’ve learned–and unlearned–over the last five or more years about health and diets and drugs; I find it truly as fascinating as I did when I first learned it. Indeed, the rewording of what I understand is still rewarding–mostly because my 82-year-old student is as attentive and curious and as keen to learn as I am to teach.

The bonus is that our classroom is our daily five kilometre route at 8:00 in the morning.

Who could ask for more?

For the curious out there…

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Nothing is More Important

This deserves to be reposted. What a great writer and person!

Lazy Mill Hill Farm


This morning the air feels thick and settled, and when I walked down the field to feed and water the meat birds, I could barely discern the cows through the haze. They rose clumsily upon my arrival, lumbering forms in the half-light, heading for the well-trod path that connects field and barn. They know the routine.

It has been more than five years since I started writing in this space. For at least the last two of those years, I have understood that someday the nature of my work here would change. That day has arrived.

There are many reasons I have decided to stop posting regularly, but chief among them is the sense that, in ways I have yet to fully understand but nonetheless know to be true, it is undermining my sense of personal integrity.

I have long believed that this medium cultivates and even encourages two-dimensional relationships…

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Striking the Right Chord

Reposted from Thrift Shops for Nova West Island https://novasadb.wordpress.com/


Accordion: a portable musical instrument with metal reeds that are blown by bellows and played by means of keys and buttons.

Accord:  an agreement or reconciliation.

Chord: a group of notes sounded together, as a basis of harmony.

Chording: playing, singing or arranging notes in chords.

Striking the right chordappealing to or arousing a particular emotion in others.

Common chord: the wonderful story below.

Tom volunteers at the Thrift Shops for Nova West Island. With integrity, and to the best of his ability, he helps to ensure that donated items are collected, repaired, prepared and sold at a fair price. As a Social Impact Organization, we believe that the selling price must be fair to both the customer and the Thrift Shops for Nova West Island. Otherwise we would be doing a disservice to our valued and generous donors, without whom we would not exist.

Like most volunteers, Tom is also a customer, and is happy to buy his treasures at the Thrift Shops for Nova West Island. What you may not know is that, like all volunteers, he is not permitted to buy items until they are priced and on display for the public. Tom also pays the same price as all other customers. That’s only fair, right? This is especially true during half-price sales: volunteers must wait until the doors open for business before they are allowed to buy at fifty percent off. After all, why should Tom have special privileges to “steal away your treasures”?

Recently, a generous donor delivered a fabulous accordion to the Ste. Anne de Bellevue thrift shop. We were overjoyed and priced the wonderful instrument at five hundred dollars–truly a fraction of its value.

One Sunday in May, an elderly gentleman who had learned to play the accordion as a teenager, saw the treasure in our shop and graciously played us some tunes. What a treat–for us and for him! He knew the quality and value of the instrument and decided he would like to have it. He also wisely calculated that if he waited until the half-price sale, he would pay only two hundred and fifty dollars. So he decided to wait.

Step in Tom.

Tom wisely calculated that, if the accordion sold at half-price, the Thrift Shops for Nova West Island would be losing two hundred and fifty dollars–valuable funds that would otherwise go to Nova West Island’s health care services. Tom refused to sit back and watch that happen. So, on the Friday before the half-price sale, he arrived with his five hundred dollars and purchased the accordion.

You can imagine how disappointed our elderly gentleman was when he arrived bright and early the next morning and saw that his treasure was gone! He was told that it had sold on Friday at full price. In fact, he was so disappointed that he decided to get to the bottom of it. So he made some phone calls. He wanted to know who would buy “his” accordion almost right from under his nose. Who was this musician who would pay full price for something that he might have had at fifty percent off?

Well, little did he know that Tom was not a musician at all. In fact, Tom could not make any music with the accordion. But by his actions, he indeed stuck the right chord with our elderly musician.

Our resident accordion player tracked Tom down, met him at the Thrift Shops for Nova West Island and respectfully persuaded him to sell the instrument to him–at full price. Then he visited us with his five hundred dollars, told us some wonderful stories, played us some lovely tunes, and thanked Tom for making the choice to do the right thing.

Such harmony!

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Life is Short

We’ve all said it, we’ve all seen it and some of us have experienced it much too close to home but it is a lesson learned no matter how it is presented to us.

                         Life is short……whatever you are planning……..do it now.


Well, at least as soon as you possibly can.

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The Beat Goes On

With winter behind us, and I sure say that lightly since we had more than a dusting of snow and cold temps late into May, it is time to get the creaks out of our bones, the warm clothes packed away as well as the scrapers, snow brushes and tires out of our vehicles. Soon a good wash will be in order for the little faithful Corolla that gets us back and forth to work through thick and thin, rain or sleet, sunshine or rain.
Snow Day Dec. 8, 2006006
Enough already!!

The solution for me?

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Simple Truths That Still Work for Me

Simple Truths

Simple Truths

I didn’t become a contented 67-year-old in good health and great spirits by accident. No, my journey to this destination started a number of years ago when I finally had the courage to really embrace my personal wisdom. Armed with my newly accepted mature focus, I slowly began to organize and then re-organize my priorities. And guess what! Almost magically, the work of my creation was well on its way. And, though a work-in-progress, it was no longer work.  🙂

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Working on a New Blog

A New Year and a New Project

Sheesh! I know. Do I really have time for this?

But! !

I have found that, after taking photos, my next biggest reward comes from playing with them. I especially like the challenge of turning them into greeting cards.

After a year in this field, I find I am really beginning to master the creation. And, though my sales are not extraordinary, it is so much fun that I will continue until they are.

You can have a look at my Audities’ Cards on this print on demand (PID) site here: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/auditiescards

To add to the possibility of increasing sales, and work toward “extraordinary” I have started a new blog featuring my cards. It’s a bit of a New Year’s project.

You can have a look at my preliminary steps here: http://auditiescards.wordpress.com

I also welcome your feedback if you choose to offer it. Thank you.

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I’m Busy — Enriching My Life

I’m retired and very busy. I’m also very happy.

Yes, happy, because I’m busy doing things that I have chosen to do. They are important and they enrich my life.

In my busy-ness, I meet extraordinary people, many because of my decision to volunteer for Thrift Shops for Nova West Island, http://www.novawi.org/en/ One of my tasks with my co-workers is to help sort the variety of donated items that come into our space, and then prepare and price them so they can then be put out into the store for you to buy them at fabulous prices. My job is interesting; it’s social; it’s rewarding. And it will never be finished!

I meet customers who generously donate and buy, and I meet dedicated volunteers who give their time freely to keep the organization successful. People who also have interesting lives outside of Nova. People like Liz, Allison, Marion, Jean, Fiona, Maureen, Edith, Susan, Judy, Yvonne, Janet, Quentin, Tom and Warren. And the list goes on! We are well over 200 volunteers to date in our five thrift shops, and we all work together in this cause of providing health care services for the community. We are all very busy.

You can read more about these people and their contributions on our Facebook page for the Thrift Shops for Nova West Island, where you’ll see news and photos and interaction. How wonderful it is to witness the public’s engagement with our wonderful cause!

Like the real world, the world of cyberspace can be intricately interconnected, so the Facebook Page is also connected to our blog:  http://novasadb.wordpress.com/ and to Twitter: https://twitter.com/SadbNova and to LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=335808703&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile.

Technology, like the people I work with, is truly amazing. And there are too few hours in a day for all there is to do! So many people to meet and interact with, so many skills to learn, so much to play with and enjoy!

One day at a time.

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