Yay! A Brand New Year:2017


“New Year’s Day.

A fresh start.

A new chapter in life waiting to be written.

New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved.

Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.

Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand.

Only dreams give birth to change.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too much Zip in Zappos? Bah, humbug!


Dear Zappos,

Don’t drown me in “Cute” All I want for Christmas is an Answer.

Bah humbug to waiting 35 minutes on hold with Zapposanimal-17474__180-2

Penning a quick email should warrant a quick response, no?

No!  Here is the lengthy, (edited to protect the innocent) ad nauseam, response:

Thank you for contacting the Zappos Customer Loyalty Team. My name is Supergirl…… er I mean Tiffany, and I’d be happy to help you today!  Just don’t give away my secret identity!

I apologize for any inconvenience. Unfortunately, for your security, we cannot assist by email request unless you contact us from the email address this particular order is attached to. If you aren’t sure which email address it was or you no longer have access to it, please contact us by phone .... ( Insert: a Big Ho! Ho! Ho! You’ll be on HOld for 30+ minutes here) 

etc. etc .etc.       I’m off to help Clark in Metropolis.. well actually Las Vegas! Hope you have a SUPER day! Let us know if you need anymore help, we’re here 24/7.

Well, twas days before Christmas and I had an order- too much cute and too much inane and I go right to to the Dalai Lama for a touch of calm in the insanity

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.

Dalai Lama

Oh! O, Canada – you rock!

We want to have –  the calibre of Cabinet – that Canada has, right?


What’s So Great About This Picture?   Everything!

Minister of Health is a doctor.
▪ Minister of Transport is an astronaut.
▪ Minister of National Defense is a Sikh Veteran.
▪ Minister of Youth is under the age of 45.
▪ Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is a former farmer.
▪ Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was a Scout.
▪ Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development was a financial analyst.
Minister of Finance is a successful businessman.
▪ Minister of Justice was a crown prosecutor and is a First Nations leader.
Minister of Sport, and Persons with Disabilities is a visually impaired Paralympian.
▪ Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard is Inuit.
Minister of Science is a medical geographer with a PhD.
New titles include
Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees was an Immigration critic.

There are actual scientists in the cabinet, and it is made up of 50% women.


One girl’s story and rocky relationships…

You could see Pretty Pauline behind the Chanel Cosmetic counter at the famous department store four days a week.

A natural saleswoman, she knew the makeup line inside and out. She could dazzle you with statistics and awesome updates on the latest, best, “new” wonder product.

Every other month, she was on the phone calling her best clients – advising them of a new promotion and the sexy new Gift With Purchase. She seduced the ladies with pretty promises of saving them a “Special gift.”


Women are gaga for free cosmetics and samples. We love tiny little samples of lipsticks, eyeshadows and magical mythical potions to hold back the hands of time.

Pauline had developed a long list of fans. Somedays, it looked like she was holding court with her “work friends,” as she called them at home.

wine-openerShe was home from work at 5 pm. It took an hour to get home and she usually arrived tired and a little cranky. Her husband had several bottles of Chardonnay chilled in the downstairs bar, at all times.

To say Pretty Pauline morphed into Cranky Pauline is accurate.

She arrived home tired, spent and grumpy. The neighbors barking dog bugged her. Not being able to find parking in their cramped neighborhood was a problem – at least one night a week. They had an agreement, she would do all the grocery shopping if he would start dinner. Most nights he arrived home just before her and quickly put a pot of water on to boil and opened bag of lettuce and poured it in a bowl.


After her third glass of wine, she was bit like Elizabeth Taylor in”Who is Afraid of Virginia Wolf?”

Pretty Pauline evaporated into thin air. Moody and generally inconsolable was front and center.

Did the real Pauline show up?

Her husband tried. They tried marriage counseling. Nothing worked. He left. She moved to a studio near Santana Row. She started dating and, in the beginning, men loved Pretty Pauline.

Then, not so much. In time, with help,Pauline learned to “put her fangs back in” and to chill.