The Rolling Stones: UNZIPPED

Some call them the best band of all time, others call them the most overrated band on earth.  Whichever side of the coin you fall on, you can’t help but respect and appreciate the music of The Rolling Stones.   I can’t remember the first time I heard a Stones song, what I do know …

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On Genealogy: The Life of WWI Pte. Emile Lamothe

This is an update to genealogy story #4 which featured my Great Grand Father, Émile Lamothe, whom I called Grand-Pépère Lamothe (the original blog has been deleted). It was originally posted on June 3, 2017 and I’ve since come across some new photos and information that I want to document and update his story.  Cleophas Émile Lamothe …

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SUV Camping – Manitoba to South Western Ontario

I've driven this stretch of road a couple times now and in all honesty, it's a long haul and I wasn't much looking forward to it.  Driving straight it is about 26 hours, give or take, especially that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions we cannot cross the US border.  That way would shave off about …

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Urbex: The Little Ghost Town of Insinger, Saskatchewan

I was driving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (say that 10 times fast) to visit some friends. As I traveled down Highway 16, about 55 km on the other side of Yorkton (from Manitoba) when a domed roof of an old Ukrainian Orthodox church peek out on the right side just over the horizon. It was fairly …

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On Travel: Last Stop, Churchill – My Journey to the Far North

Churchill, Manitoba is as close to a frontier town as there is in Canada. Churchill is Manitoba’s northernmost community, and is located where the boreal forest meets the tundra, on the shores of Hudson Bay, bordering the newest Canadian territory of Nunavut.  The town sits on a narrow point of land bound by the ocean …

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On Genealogy: MY Relation to Ezra CORNELL – Founder of Cornell University

I haven't blogged in a long while, and while I'm at a dead end in another line of my tree, I decided to do more research on the Cornells. I wondered if it was the same "Cornell" that is synonymous with the Ivy League American University - Cornell. My fifth cousin 6 times removed OR …

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Urbex: Exploring a Well Known Meat Processing Plant!

This weekend I did another awesome urban explore at an old abandoned factory in town.  I’m not gonna share the exact location. You may think it’s ridiculous to not share the location of a place you’ve explored. It is an abandoned building after all, what’s the big deal?  The reason I don’t share location information …

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Saving Money is Great. Saving Lots of Money is Even Better.

While I was laying around a few weeks ago, I binged watched the TLC show Extreme Cheapskates. It's an American reality tv series that profiles the lives of those who take frugality to an extreme. Now, let's all be real here and accept that a lot of it appears to be staged and scripted.  It may be …

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I Can’t Believe They Took Your Life -Toronto Rapper Houdini 🎩 😭

𝕄𝕪 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕘 𝕙𝕒𝕤 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕦𝕡 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟 𝕀 𝕒𝕞 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕪𝕖𝕥 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕒𝕔𝕔𝕖𝕡𝕥! In 2018 I posted a blog on an up-and-coming Toronto rapper, who since, has gained the love and respect of many a fan ... to the tune of nearly 20,000,000 downloads on Spotify ALONE!  His first album Hou I Am …

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Monster Hunt: My Search for the Ogopogo Lake Monster

COVID-19 social distancing walk and I'm out and about in the great city of Kelowna, British Columbia (BC). Whilst living up on Big White, a trip down to Kelowna would not be complete without taking the time to search for the legendary Ogopogo who reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. Lake Okanagan is about 400 kms east of …

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COVID-19: Day 19 … How Long is this Gonna Last?

How are you fairing during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Have you ever seen anything like this? We've gone through SARS (2002-2003), the Swine Flu (2009-2010), Ebola (2014-2016), MERS (2012 - present) AND nothing of this proportion, this magnitude. Have we ever witnessed anything quite like what we’re living through with this pandemic? I'm now at day …

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COVID-19: My 12 Month Trip of a Life Time Was Canceled, I Quit My Job, Sold My Car & Rented Out My Condo !

In the words of sexy hotness, Matthew McConaughey, "alright alright alright". It's been a hot minute since I've posted ... so I just want to bring you all up to date on the current lay of the land -> the status of my year long adventure to South East Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic and the …

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My Journey Through The World of Functional Medicine Pt 1

Ugh, I've been dragging my butt so hard lately *again* and if I'm being honest, it's been a lot of months, like 6-7 or so!  I just thought I was exhausted and burning the candles at both ends and that it would pass (I need to learn to listen to myself better). If you're reading …

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You Have the Life You’re Willing to Put Up With

“You have the life you're willing to put up with". Think about it, what are the problems of those heinous dark shadows currently spoiling the warmth and happiness of your otherwise blissful life? 🎯 Do you hate your job? 🎯 Are you in a bad relationship? 🎯 Is there something wrong with your health? Fine! Get a new …

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What’s The Connection Between INTEGRITY and LITTERING?

I spent last weekend in New York City (NYC), I was attending a leaders course in Manhattan with 350 of the eastern seaboard's most brilliant, inspirational beings, like no kidding - this powerful group is up to big things! While we were out and about enjoying our lunch break, we spent some time walking about …

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Are You True Crime Obssessed?

I have a ton of obsessions -- an obsession with lip chap, an obsession with recycling, an obsession with traveling, with being right (kidding) and an obsession with true crime. What is it about serial killers that fascinates huge swaths of the population? What really happened to JonBenét Ramsay? Where is Madeleine McCann?  Did Michael …

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10 days of gratitude: day 10 – MY BIG BEAUTIFUL HEART!

IT'S DAY 10/10 and I could keep going with my list of gratitudes ... but I'll wrap the posts at 10, as promised. Randy Travis wrote a song years ago called My Heart Cracked ... some of the lyrics go: Shattered dreams, lay everywhere Broken promises, are all we share I finally took, all I …

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10 days of gratitude: day 7 – MY MISTAKES

.... we all make them, non intentional - oversights. Today I focus on being grateful for my mistakes Made perhaps via clouded judgment, your perspective of the world, opening your mouth when you should have thought beforehand or that stupid phone call or text.  WE ALL MAKE THEM AND GUESS WHAT YOU'LL MAKE MORE ... …

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10 days of gratitude: day 2 – MA FAMILLE!

Welcome to day 2 of practicing gratitude ... Thanks for joining me along my gratitude journey.  It always feels more productive for me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys in this case).  There's obviously a reason counsellors will suggest journalling, it just feels good to get it out there!  I've been practicing …

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On Travel: 24-hour Transit Into Guangzhou, China Without Visa

As I write this, I'm home, in bed, it's 3:00 AM and I cannot sleep.  My body still thinks it's 3:00 PM, jet lag sucks!  So I thought, what better time than to start my layover in China 🇨🇳 blog. The process was a lot easier than I imagined, so I thought I'd share in …

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On Travel: chúc mừng năm mới from Vietnam!

I'd been planning this trip for months -> months of research, watching YouTube vlogs, booking hotels, finding places to sightsee- which cities to visit?  What to see while I was there? Did I want to start in the North and travel South or vice versa? I decided to fly into Ha Noi and travel South …

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On Genealogy: The LEE Side of ME …

UPDATE: Originally posted on June 22 2017 (that post has since been deleted) HELLO ALL!  HAPPY THURSDAY!  IT’S A SOGGY, DREARY AND WET ONE OUT THERE AS I WRITE TODAY … EVER SO FITTING AS TODAY’S BLOG ENTRY #6 FOCUSSES ON MY ENGLISH ROOTS AND FOLLOWS MY PATERNAL GRAND MOTHER’S, FATHER’S SIDE.  I HAVEN’T WRITTEN …

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Dad, It’s Been 4 Years and I Still Miss You Soooo Much💔

Dad,Every November 18th since 2014 is a painful reminder of your absence in my life. I wish I could turn back time and live out every single day of my life as if it were a grand celebration of you. Had we only known you’d be taken from us so soon and so unexpectedly 😭.I …

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On Set: Update – Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …

Originally posted on December 31, 2017 UPDATE: Sooooo,  I'm finally finished Season 11 and I was able to watch the episode that was shot down the street from me in September of 2017. I'll explain a bit the scene I was there for.  By the point that I arrived Yannick's scene had already been shot …

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On Travel: Beautiful Vancouver, BC and Area

Good afternoon, good morning or good evening folks, wherever you're reading this from.  I'm writing this today from beautiful British Columbia (BC) - it's so true that they immortalize it on their license plates.   I'm out here visiting my youngest daughter and her boyfriend who moved here a few months ago to enjoy a …

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Exclusive Interview With Up-And-Coming Rapper – Houdini

Today I'm chatting with HOUDINI  - a rapper from Toronto, Ontario (aka The 6). I came across his music earlier this year, when I heard his feature on Came to Conquer with Northside Benji.  At that time he was still going by the stage name daHoudini. This kid's got something special,  I promise you, he's gonna …

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On Genealogy: The Loyalist, The Spy and The American Revolution

I took a bit of a break from my close relatives because I found another interesting leaf hint and decided to follow it.  I saw this one before, but, I felt I would have to do a lot of research so I passed.  Then I came across something else on the same person and decided …

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On Genealogy: My 2x Grand-Parents – Louis Allard & Eva Beaulieu

This line continues down my maternal grand-mother side.  This is the story of my great great gramma and grampa on my grandma's dad's side. This is the story of Louis Napoléon Allard and Eva Beaulieu. Louis' Birth Louis Napoléon Allard was born on/about November 24, 1874, in Curran, Ontario to Marie Louise Gariepy, age 20, and …

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On Genealogy: My Maternal Great Grand-Parents: Palma Duchesne & Laurette Allard

I've been trying to determine where next to follow my ancestry line to and which line to write about.   Instead of writing about some distant relative, I thought I'd start writing with those a bit closer to me and write backward.  I am going to start with my great grand parents on my mom's …

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Recipe: Unguilty Pleasure – Yummy Protein Cake in a Cup

My first blog of 2018 .... and it's a recipe.  I'm in crunch mode - I'm taking the kids and I to Cuba in no less than 5 weeks ..... The other day, I had the sweetest tooth after dinner and immediately after eating a yummy healthy dinner, I dug right into a Caramel Sea Salt …

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On Genealogy: Filles du roi – Descendant of Jeanne-Claude Boisandré

Most Canadians are familiar with the King's Daugther's/Filles du roi.  The Filles du roi, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women, many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement …

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On Genealogy: John Ritter is my 9th Cousin, 2x removed!

Rev. Obadiah Holmes definitely has some Famous kin.  I've covered President Lincoln & Amelia Earhart and now I'm covering my connection to comedic legend,  John Ritter, best known as Jack Tripper. Another descendant of Rev. Holmes, is Willis Carrier,  the inventor of air conditioning (I really love this guy on hot, sticky, humid days!) - …

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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: 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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