Consistent Uncertainties

Never underestimate your power to heal with a kind smile or hurt with a simple word.

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The Puppeteer And His Posse

Abuse is kind of like a puppet held in place by a string. Your puppeteer has a firm hand, a voice that projects itself into your mind and then there’s the game-playing that can literally make you dance to  their song. If the puppeteer is really good, you don’t even notice the strings. It’s all an act. One that you’re caught up in. The strings keep you tied to the hope of what was once what you believed your reality was. The sad reality is that broken strings would be in a sense, a reprieve, but you can’t move your hands to untie the knots. You’re caught up in a vicious circle of mental flip-flopping. Where will I go? What will I do? How will I manage?

There’s a kind of “black and white” value that is present when there’s physical, financial and sexual abuse.  There’s a trail. Whether it’s a paper trail or a physical sign; they leave their indelible mark. It’s a much clearer picture. It’s much harder to define, evaluate and get validation for the abuses caused by manipulation, lies, and deceit. In small doses, you’d probably have a difficult time identifying these factors as abuse or chalking them up to life’s ups and downs with a spouse. It would be just a transition in most cases. Brought on by difficult times or stressors.

When the isolated experiences are cemented in place by years; they develop into a pattern.  A repeat offender, so to speak. Continue reading


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A Moment Of Silence

We Shall Keep the Faith

by Moina Michael, November 1918

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

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In Tribute to the fallen U.S. Armed Forces

For those of you who’ve watched the “highway of heroes” video just posted this afternoon; I thank you. It’s always important to take time to appreciate those who’ve given so much for our many freedoms. In my “googling” I came across this image. I’m not sure where this took place or indeed if it’s a regular occurrence; however, I was struck by the thought and dumbstruck by the vastness of this dedication.

To the United States troops as well, we will remember your many sacrifices.

A touching sentiment for the many fallen U.S. armed forces personnel.


The Highway Of Heroes

Very moving tribute to our Canadian soldiers.

For visitors on this site who are not Canadian or weren’t aware, when our fallen come home to their final resting places across our great nation, they travel a stretch of the 401 Highway in Ontario referred to as “The Highway of Heroes”. People, in support of their fallen brothers and as a show of solidarity, stand on the overpasses and greet the soldier who has come home to rest.

In recognition of their sacrifice, please enjoy this video and reflect on their gift both to us and for people abroad.

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Legacy Of The Fallen

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day.

A day when we recall those who continue to fight for our freedom as well as those who have succumbed on the battlefield while fighting for our country and our liberty. They’re often faceless; names of those loved ones who we cherish but do not know. To give life’s greatest sacrifice for the greater good.

I’ve known a few who’ve made it their calling to serve our country; we’re both blessed and fortunate to have them still amongst us. But there is a family near by Continue reading


Such Talent

Wow! What a talented young lady. And a beautiful song.

Give her a listen ~

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Through The Forest

The most common question either spoken or implied is “Life is good for you now, why would you look to the past now after all this time?” My life is most certainly good now. Thankfully. I have no desire to go back physically in time and re-live this. However, for the sake of putting this old demon to rest, I will. All the while, in my mind, Continue reading