We are treated to a guest article by a gifted author and one of the premier promoters of authors worldwide, Sally Cronin. Sally’s message today is about solving the puzzle of healthy eating. Please, read on…

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I’m really thrilled to have Sally as my guest this week. She is a tireless supporter of us Indie authors with lots of exposure (of the polite kind). She’s set up an online book store where she features authors and their books so it’s the very least I can do to return the favour. Do look out for her blogs, Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life they are always fun to read. How Sally finds the time to write books with all the time she spends helping other writers I’ve not the faintest idea, and moving from Spain to Ireland – I hope I’ve got that right Sally?

But that’s quite enough from me over to Sally, and we are all about to learn something very, very important.

sally wedding day 1980What’s in Name?

Sally Cronin has always been fascinated by names and their origins. Having met a number of people over…

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy is Concerned

Author John W. Howell has gifted us with a touching interaction between himself and Lucy – and the pictures are to die for! Please, read on…

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“Hi, Boss.”

“Well, hello Lucy. How are you today?”

“Pretty good boss but I have a question.”

“I wonder if you could set that computer aside for a minute?”

“Oh, sure, sweetheart.”



“Darn thing anyway.”

“You had a question?”

Yeah. Mom tells us you are heading overseas.”

“Yes, that is true. I’ll be gone a couple of weeks.”


“What’s with that face?”

“I’m worried.”

“About what?”

“That you’ll forget us.”

“How is that possible? You are my babies.”




“And the kibble will show up as usual?”


“Thanks, Boss. I think we’ve covered it all. Time to rest.”


“Sleep tight, Lucy.”

“Have a nice trip, Boss. Don’t forget the souvenir.”

“Wouldn’t think of forgetting. Thanks.”


Lucy has a way to introduce the fact that I will be leaving for Scotland on the 18th returning on the 30th. We are going to visit the birthplace of our…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 15th

In 1846 U.S.-Canadian border established. In 1215 Magna Carta sealed. In 1946 The United States presents the Baruch Plan. In 1300 Dante is named prior of Florence. In 2015 Real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for US President.

It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…

* 1846 U.S.-Canadian border established. (Representatives of Great Britain and the United States sign the Oregon Treaty, which settles a long-standing dispute with Britain over who controlled the Oregon territory. The treaty established the 49th parallel from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Georgia as the boundary between the United States and British Canada. The United States gained formal control over the future states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and the British retained Vancouver Island and navigation rights to part of the Columbia River. In 1818, a U.S.-British agreement had established the border along the 49th parallel from Lake of the Woods in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west. The two nations also agreed to a joint occupation of Oregon territory for 10 years, an arrangement that was extended for an additional 10 years in 1827. After 1838, the issue of who possessed Oregon became increasingly controversial, especially when mass American migration along the Oregon Trail began in the early 1840s. American expansionists urged seizure of Oregon, and in 1844 Democrat James K. Polk successfully ran for president under the platform “Fifty-four forty or fight,” which referred to his hope of bringing a sizable portion of present-day Vancouver and Alberta into the United States. However, neither President Polk nor the British government wanted a third Anglo-American war, and on June 15, 1846, the Oregon Treaty, a compromise, was signed. By the terms of the agreement, the U.S. and Canadian border was extended west along the 49th parallel to the Strait of Georgia, just short of the Pacific Ocean. Please keep in mind that at this time, the political entity we call Canada did not yet exist – not until 1867. In 1846 it was simply a collection of separately governed British colonies that were collectively known as British North America. Foreign policy for the colonies was decided by Parliament in England until Canada was granted independence in 1931.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 15th”

‘Glimpses Across The Barricades’ Poetry in progress. “And The Music Plays On.”

Suzanne Burke gifts us with another poem reflecting upon music in her life and in ours. Please, read on…

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

Thank you for being here, as I share my Glimpses Across The Barricades of life. Poems written long ago, and poems of life yet to be lived.

Glimpses Across The Barricades.

MUSIC OF LIFEAnd the Music Plays on.

By Suzanne Burke.


Oh, how those melodies linger,

stroking our souls with soft fingers.

Refrains of the journeys we’ve taken

and the people we’ve known.


Lyrics haunting and taunting

Caught on the wind

Oft’ bringing sweet sadness

Of things that our memory will not rescind.


Anthems of times of upheaval

When the world lost its way,

Sung by those that stood witness

On far distant shores.


Songs of love, and of laughter

Songs calloused with pain

All linger in memory

As we dance in the rain.


The last song not yet written

That last post un-played

As we come unbidden

To our safe place in life’s shade.



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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 14th

In 1919 – Alcock and Brown leave St. John’s on the first nonstop transatlantic flight. In 1777 Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes. In 1954 First US nationwide civil defense drill held. In 1951 UNIVAC computer dedicated. In 1982 Falkland Islands War ends.

Happy Flag Day to the USA! Did you know…

* 1919 – Alcock and Brown leave St. John’s on the first nonstop transatlantic flight. (In 1913, the British newspaper the Daily Mail offered a prize of 10,000 pounds sterling (about $1.1 million in today’s money) to the first aviator to cross the Atlantic. But World War I intervened the following year before anybody could make an attempt, and the competition was suspended. In late 1918, the competition to fly across the Atlantic resumed and stipulated the flight must be made in less than 72 hours. With fighting still fresh in the minds of the British, a new rule prevented teams of “enemy origin” to enter. The Vickers Vimy was a large airplane for the time. The twin-engine bomber was developed for use in World War I, but it wasn’t ready until after the war had ended, and it never saw combat over Europe. With a wingspan of more than 67 feet, the biplane was powered by a pair of 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce engines producing 360 horsepower each. The airplane used for the record-setting attempt was modified by removing the bomb racks and adding extra fuel tanks so it could carry 865 gallons for the flight. The pilot and navigator sat in an open cockpit at the front of the airplane. 

It was not an easy flight. The overloaded aircraft had difficulty taking off the rough field and only barely missed the tops of the trees. At 17:20 the wind-driven electrical generator failed, depriving them of radio contact, their intercom, and heating. An exhaust pipe burst shortly afterward, causing a frightening noise which made conversation impossible without the failed intercom.

At 5.00 pm they had to fly through thick fog. This was serious because it prevented Brown from being able to navigate using his sextant. Blind flying in fog or cloud should only be undertaken with gyroscopic instruments, which they did not have, and Alcock twice lost control of the aircraft and nearly hit the sea after a spiral dive. Alcock also had to deal with a broken trim control that made the plane become very nose-heavy as fuel was consumed. At 12:15 am Brown got a glimpse of the stars and could use his sextant, and found that they were on course. Their electric heating suits had failed, making them very cold in the open cockpit, but their coffee was spiked with whiskey. Then at 3:00 am, they flew into a large snowstorm. They were drenched by rain, their instruments iced up, and the plane was in danger of icing and becoming unflyable. The carburetors also iced up; it has been said that Brown had to climb out onto the wings to clear the engines, although he made no mention of that.

They made landfall in County Galway at 8:40 a.m. on 15 June 1919, not far from their intended landing place, after less than sixteen hours’ flying time. The aircraft was damaged upon arrival because of an attempt to land on what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden in County Galway in Ireland, but neither of the airmen was hurt. Brown said that if the weather had been good they could have pressed on to London.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 14th”

Executive Functions & YOU

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie does a wonderful job explaining Executive Functions of the brain. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Executive Functioning
for Optimal Functioning™
What’s involved and what can go wrong?

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
another part of the Executive Functioning Series

MORE folks on Team EFD than folks with ADD/ADHD

The executive system is a carefully orchestrated combination of processes that, together, merge and mingle to make us human and to make us, well, us!

These functions continually work together to help us manage hundreds of cognitive and practical tasks of life, day in and day out.

Not only that, they do it in the blink of an eye, and primarily below the level of our conscious awareness. At least, they do it that way when everything is on board and working “normally.”

New here? Read What ARE Executive Functions? for more description & detail.

The area of the brain that makes possible many of the wonderful cognitive abilities differentiating humans from the rest of…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… June 13th

In 1944 – F/O Andrew Mynarski killed and awarded posthumous Victoria Cross. In 1993 – Kim Campbell was chosen to succeed Brian Mulroney as PC Party leader. In 1966 The Miranda rights are established. In 1971 The New York Times publishes the “Pentagon Papers”. In 1983 Pioneer 10 departs solar system.

It’s Tuesday! We survived Monday! Did you know…

* 1944 – F/O Andrew Mynarski killed and awarded posthumous Victoria Cross. (Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski was the mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster bomber, attacking a target at Cambrai, France, on the night of 12 June 1944. The aircraft came under fire from an enemy fighter. The pilot ordered the crew to bail out. In an act of heroism, Mynarski remained onboard the fiery plane, determined to save his friend. The son of Polish immigrants, Andrew Mynarski grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. In 1932 he left school and took a job as a leather cutter to help support the family. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and in January 1943 was posted to England. Mynarski was serving with 419 “Moose” Squadron when his plane was shot down. Preparing to jump from the blazing airplane, he saw that the rear gunner, Pat Brophy, was trapped in his gun turret, struggling to break free. Immediately, Mynarski turned from the escape hatch and made his way back through the flames, ignoring his friend’s shouts of, “Go back! Save yourself!” After numerous attempts to release Brophy, Mynarski reluctantly makes his way back to the hatch. His parachute and clothes ablaze, he offered his friend a final gesture of encouragement: he stood at attention and saluted. He jumped but succumbed to his burns soon after landing. Miraculously, Brophy survived the crash. The plane hit a tree as it crashed to earth, breaking open the gun turret and throwing him free. He thus lived to tell of Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski’s bravery. Andrew Mynarski was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his effort to save another’s life.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 13th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 12th

In 1811 – Lord Selkirk Granted Land in Red River for a Colony Called Assiniboia. In 1381 Peasants’ Revolt: in England – rebels arrive at London. In 1987 Reagan challenges Gorbachev. In 1942 Anne Frank receives a diary. In 1963 Medgar Evers assassinated.

Oh-oh, it’s Monday again! Did you know…

* 1811 – Lord Selkirk Granted Land in Red River for a Colony Called Assiniboia. (The Red River Colony, a key part of Manitoba’s rich history, was a settlement on the Red and Assiniboine rivers whose boundaries crossed parts of what are now Manitoba and North Dakota. Founded in 1812 by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, the colony grew through times of extreme hardship into a multiracial society. It was the site of the Red River Resistance before reluctantly joining Canada as the province of Manitoba. Since 1801 the Earl of Selkirk had sought British support for a settlement in the region occupied by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), but it was not until he and his family had gained control of the company in 1810 that his scheme became practical. In 1811, the HBC granted Selkirk some 300,000 km2 of the land it had claimed in the Winnipeg Basin, which he called Assiniboia. Under Miles MacDonell, Selkirk’s choice as governor, an advance party was sent from Scotland to Hudson Bay in July 1811 and finally arrived on the Red River on 29 August 1812. A second group joined them in October. MacDonell established his base near the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers (now downtown Winnipeg) with a subsidiary center 130 km south at Pembina (North Dakota).) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 12th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 11th

In 1940 – Princess Juliana of the Netherlands arrives in Ottawa to seek wartime refuge. In 1184 BC Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned. In 1979 John Wayne dies. In 1963 the University of Alabama desegregated. In 1963 Buddhist immolates himself in protest.

It’s Sunday! Did you know…

* 1940 – Princess Juliana of the Netherlands arrives in Ottawa to seek wartime refuge. (Royal history is made in Ottawa on Jan. 19, 1943, when Dutch Princess Juliana gives birth to her daughter Margriet Francisca at the city’s Civic Hospital. The first royal baby to ever be born in North America, the historic birth helped forge a bond between Canada and the Netherlands that endures to this day. Crown Princess Juliana and her two small daughters arrived in Canada in June 1940, a month after they fled the Netherlands in the wake of the German army invasion. The heir to the Dutch throne, Juliana lived in exile in Ottawa for four years and became a fixture in the capital city’s social circles. After learning of Juliana’s pregnancy, the Canadian government proclaimed the hospital’s maternity suite “extraterritorial” so that the royal baby would have full Dutch citizenship. Princess Juliana and her daughters remained in Ottawa until May 1945, when the Netherlands was liberated from German occupation. On May 5, the commander of the occupation forces surrendered to the 1st Canadian Army Corps. Within days, Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana returned to their homeland. Beatrix, Irene, and Margriet followed a few months later. To express her gratitude for Canada’s hospitality, Juliana donated 100,000 tulip bulbs to the City of Ottawa in 1945 and promised another 20,000 bulbs every year of her life. Her one request was that some of the flowers be allowed to bloom on the grounds of the Civic Hospital, where her daughter was born.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 11th”

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