On Genealogy: Say What? I’m Connected To Amelia Earhart!

My lineage just gets better and better!  To date I have discovered a relation to a King of France, a US President, one of the Filles du Roi, an explorer,  a colleague of Samuel de Champlain, a great Uncle who died in WWI in Flanders ... these are just some of my finds ... and …

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On Genealogy: My Connection to President Lincoln

This is one of my MOST EXCITING ancestral finds to date!  The connection, albeit extremely distant with the most impressive US Presidents of all time ...  Honest Abe is my 6th cousin 5x removed. I said it was distant ... hehe! I posted yesterday on my connection to Obadiah Holmes, the important member of the …

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On Genealogy: Whipped for Baptist Beliefs – My Connection to Rev. Obadiah Holmes

Ok, it's safe to say we all know that I'm a genealogy NUT, I won't even try to deny it.  I love learning and I love history, especially when it comes to MY OWN.  They say to know where you're going, you've got to know where you've been.  I believe in knowing the trials, tribulations …

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On Genealogy: My Salem Witch Trial Connection

Late last night, I couldn't sleep, I decided to do a bit of digging on some hew "hints" on my Ancestry.ca site and take closer look into my DNA profile. A while back I posted a blog called "On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662" which traced my roots …

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no dress rehearsal this is our life: the passing of canadian legend – Gord Downie 😭

'We Are Less As A Country Without Gord Downie In It' - Prime Minister Trudeau I had to wait a few days to write this, I just watched the documentary Long Time Running two days ago ... so I needed to collect my thoughts and emotions before I got to it. I want the WORLD …

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On Travel: Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love

🎶 "In West Philadelphia not born nor raised, in Kdub is where I spent most of my days 🎶" which is why I decided to take my next  trip to Philly.  I love to travel, I love history - all kinds of history and Philadelphia is steeped deep in American history. The primary reason for our trip to …

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Your Perception is Your Reality

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticy wherein I talked about perception, about reframing your mindset. "Perspective is a powerful thing isn’t it? When you can reframe an experience, you can often change what happens as a result".   Have you ever wondered about how you perceive yourself …

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Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticity

I consider myself more of a spiritual person than a religious one. I meditate, chant and listen to Hindi mantras/vedas, started to re-practice Yoga, believe in Om Namah Shivaya (ॐ नमः शिवाय) which literally translates to “I honour the divinity that dwells within me, I bow to Shiva, my true identity” - I believe in …

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Kingston Penitentiary: Canada’s Alcatraz – MY TOUR

Tours through Kingston Penitentiary offer a unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison. Its doors closed in 2013. And now offers guided tours which provide an up-close look at this historical building which predates Canadian confederation. The first time we went to Kingston in 2013, the …

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Monster Hunt: My Search for the Manipogo Monster

Pseudoscience: The study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence. I've always been intrigued with folkloric creatures like Loch Ness, Sasquatch, Chupacabra, Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Sea Serpents, The Mothman, Thunderbirds and Jersey Devil, just to name a few. Today I am an acting cryptozoologist! …

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Recipe: ‘Shake’ Off That Summer Heat: EASY Homemade Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

This iced coffee recipe is super easy to make and is loaded up with protein, so you’re getting your caffeine boost and protein all in one. My version uses vanilla-flavored protein powder and has a fairly strong coffee flavour. Gather Your Ingredients (makes 1 serving) 1 cup of ice 1 cup chilled strong-brewed coffee (using …

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On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662

On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662. Today's blog on genealogy #5 is on the lineage of the Milk family.  This surname has long been associated with the county of Norfolk, England, where it appears about twenty-two times in proportion to each 10,000 of the population of that county.  …

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‘Napalm Girl’: The Day I Met Kim Phúc

The photograph is one of the most well known photographs of this era.  That of a little girl fleeing the horror -  she is running naked on a road after being severely burned by the South Vietnamese napalm attack.On June 8, 1972, Kim's village of Trang Bang came under attack by South Vietnamese planes, which mistakenly dropped napalm on …

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I Was In An Earthquake: Dominican Republic 2003

In September of 2003, we decided to take a family vacation to the Dominican Republic.  It was our 1st destination family trip ever.   I was excited for a week of relaxing, switching off from work, and enjoying the sand and sun.  The kids were extra excited as they had never been anywhere except for Quebec …

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On Genealogy: Story of WWII Pte. Benjamin Richards

Hello and welcome to blog #3 on genealogy!   This story features my Grampa - Benjamin George Richards. I was able to obtain a copy of Grampa's war records from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Canadian Armed Forces) a few years ago, when I wrote out for them.  WWII records are still not available online. Military …

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On Genealogy: Story of WWI Pte. George V. Lee – KIA

Welcome to story #2 of my family tree. Today, I'm going to share with you the story of my paternal grandmother's father's brother  - my Great Grand Uncle, George Victor Lee who was killed in action (KIA) in The Great War. For this story you're going to have to stretch your memory all the way back to History class, …

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On Genealogy: My Relation to the First Colonists to New France. The First Documented Marriage Between a French Settler & Indigenous Woman and My relation to Louis Joliet, the French Explorer

I can be quite obsessive at times.  My latest past time is genealogy - I've been working on my family tree for years - but now I obsessively work on it, almost daily.  My interest is both historical and philosophical:  Where do I come from?  How am I here?  --- literally and figuratively. I think people have a …

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🎶It’s Not Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas🎶

It's a week before Christmas, I'm not overly excited.  It doesn't feel much like Christmas this year.  For the first time in 23 years, I won't be with my chids  ... chids is a Tinaism - my brain has this tendency of mixing like words and creating it's own new word.  Chids is a mixture …

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Recipe: Banana Oat Bran Protein Muffins [0 sugar, 0 flour]

 I LOVE bananas, they're probably one of my favourite fruits taste wise (banana bread, banana pecan muffins, banana pancakes, banana strawberry smoothies, oh and of course banana mamas!).   While on this weight loss journey, I didn't want to have to give up all of my favourite things and I wanted to make sure I …

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Let’s All Get Cozy With Our Local Shop Owners

One of the best things about living in a small town, is the charm and quaintness of unique local shops. I have a few staple favourites, but my fave is most definitely Style Mercantile. This cozy ma and pa joint is owned and operated by Karen and her husband Derrick, who opened Style Mercantile in November …

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