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The Most Beautiful Song

Working with the elderly, you learn to appreciate the things we take for granted. You also discover the most beautiful things that can bring a warmth to your soul and become imprinted on your heart.

In my experience, the saddest and scariest thing about aging is Alzheimer’s Disease. Working with these beautiful souls is one of my greatest pleasures and saddest moments as well as it is where I have learned the most and experienced beautiful moments.

There is one beautiful moment that stands out for me and that is when music transformed a silent, withdrawn and confused woman into a singing and responsive individual. The lovely lady I am talking about has had a severe stroke and has dementia and is in a long term care facility. In her past, she danced ballet in Europe and sang Opera in England but has not sang since her stroke.

I had bought a Side Walk Prophets CD and played for her and she began to attempt to sing along with the music, even attempting to change notes and levels while singing. This was amazing to watch her do and it was a beautiful sound.

Another awe inspiring moment was hearing this wonderful woman attempt to practice Operatic singing with and without music playing, even though it was sadly off key and words made no logical sense it was the most beautiful song.

Every day since then, she will sing her song to me and share her love of music with me while listening and aiming to any music we hear. It is heart warming as you can see parts of the Opera singer coming out of her and watch a smile form on her face when you ask “are you singing?”

I encourage everyone to spend a day with an elderly person because it will change your life for the better and you will never be the same. Our elderly are the greatest teachers and bravest warriors as they have survived so many trials and tribulations in their lifetime.

Take a moment, share your time, open your mind and listen not just with your eyes but with your heart.

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Unique Leaves Award

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Thank you to http://barbmca.wordpress.com/ for the nomination!! Much appreciated!!

My Nominations for this award are hard for me to narrow down as there are so many wonderful and unique blogs, but I will try. Please know that if your name does not hit list is just because I randomly selected list (but would have love to include all of you):

1. http://pagefortyone.com
2. http://cariwiese.wordpress.com
3. kevinbrennanbooks.wordpress.com
4. http://jumpingfromcliffs.wordpress.com
5. http://NancyYamahiro.wordpress.com
6. http://dmgreen2013.wordpress.com
7. http://raelynbarclay.wordpress.com
8. http://morguemouse.wordpress.com
9. http://thelearnedkat.wordpress.com
10. http://papermudandme.wordpress.com/

Thank you to all my friends, fans and followers for leting me share my world with you and sharing a piece of yourself with me.
Although, sometimes there are times when remembering to keep up blog can be overwhelming – I do not regret it for one moment.

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Remember if I could have listed all of you – I would but it would be a very long list and an extremely long blog entry. However, I send an extra shout out and nomination to all of you as you all deserve accolades!! Keep up the great work and may the muse always be present and the whispers be loud enough to hear! God bless and have a great weekend..

P.S. To all my American friends – Happy Belated 4th of July
To all my Canadian friends – Happy Canada Day

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Liebster Nomination

Liebster Award –

“ It’s a blogger-to-blogger award that tells a fellow newbie blogger that they are making the world a more interesting /intellectual /funny /better place. For a lot of us, it comes just when we’re facing that first blogger’s block or wondering if it’s all worth it. For the rest, it’s a shower of accolades. Either way, it’s a great thing. There are no certificates or trophies, but hey, appreciation from a fellow blogger is always valued. It is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.”
Liebster Award
 To be allowed to state that we won this award, we do need to put in some effort. It is kind of a blog chainletter award but obviously the primary motive is to recognize bloggers around the world and network.
The rules are pretty darn simple –
  1. List 11 random facts about myself
  2. Answer 11 questions that Neelima has set
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers for the award
  4. Go back to their pages and tell these bloggers about the award

So here are 11 random facts about myself –

  1. I love writing poetry – have since I was 14 years old
  2. I enjoy the company of animals more that people
  3. I was born in Timmins, Ontario – moved to Hunstville, ON and then to Sudbury, ON
  4. I am terrified of spiders, bees and heights
  5. I love doing all sorts of crafts
  6. My biggest heros are my parents
  7. I want to one day go to Bali and Tibet
  8. My favorite book: Collected Poems of Robert Frost
  9. I am a girly girly who tries to be a tomboy
  10. I have no idea the rules behind hocket (to me “icing” is whats on a cake)
  11. I am very shy
  12. extra fact – my husband is named Jody and my brother is named Jody (they are a year apart in age and my sister in law is Melanie (she’s 7 years younger than me) – we were married 8 weeks apart from each other

Now for the answers to Neelima’s questions –

  1. Favourite role model – my dad and my big brother Jody
  2. Favourite fictional character from books and movie – Velveteen Rabbit, Anne of Green Gables.
  3. Have you ever come across writer’s block? Suggest some ways to overcome it. – Yes, I have – I take my camera out and focus on another medium, see what inspiration I can get from pictures
  4. What would be your next blog about? – How great blogging is and how great fans are
  5. If you get an opportunity to interview a person who is now dead, who would you interview and why? – Shakespeare, to ask him where did he derive all the inspiration to write such masterpieces from.
  6. Describe “fun” in your own words – Being there with the loved ones – travelling, hanging out et al.
  7. Describe the most memorable incident of your life – Getting married July 15, 2006
  8. If you are chosen to play the lead role in a movie:
    • Who would you like to be directed by? – not sure
    • Who would play the lead opposite you and why? Donnie Walberg – need a say more – come over NKOTB to Blue Bloods – plus he is YUMMY
    • Give the title of your film – Poetic Lust (hahaha)
  9. Imagine you have come to know from you trusted doctor that you have 24 hours to live, enlist the things that you would want to do – Travel to Tibet – see Dali Lama
  10. What is the one thing that really gets you angry – Imtolerance
  11. What is the difference between being alive and truly living – People can be alive and just exist but be shut off from experiencing life, where as being truly alive and living is being present in life.

Nominations:

I can not just give 11 – there are so many of my fiends and bloggers that are great – so I send a SHOUT OUT and HURRAY to all of my fellow bloggers.. Embrace your talents and your dreams. I nominate all of you!!!

Thank you to http://bookandmoviereviewra.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/liebster-award-for-the-book-and-movie-reviewra/ for the wonderful nomination and shout out!! God Bless!!

Book review

I just finished reading the most beautiful, yet sad story and I was compelled to tell my fellow bloggers.

I just finished reading “Worth Fighting For” by Lisa Neimi Swayze and I am not afraid to say this book brought tears to my eyes.

I have always loved Patrick Swayze as an actor no matter what role he played, but reading about his valiant fight and determination to live made me love him as a person too. He fought a good battle and kept his sense of humour and charm about him.

I would give this book all 5 big glowing stars and recommend to anyone and everyone!! I will also be looking to add to my personal collection!!

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Sail Without Winds

Each year I have travelled along your side
Every moment we share fills me with pride
The journey may not have been easy to bare
Outcomes have sometimes been unfair
Sorrow and sadness found us it’s true
Many struggles and disappointments
we have been through
Here we stand still united as one now
We made it through the rocky waters somehow
I write this note so filled with love for who you are
Without you, I am like sails without wind
I wouldn’t make it on my own too far!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers Day to all my followers,fans and friends who are mothers,grandmothers,moms to be and of course to those who are mothers if angel babies, mothers who have lost children!

I know Mothers Day is usually a difficult time for me because May 15th 2007 was my first miscarriage – we found out Mothers Day weekend we were pregnant and 2 days later at 5 am at hospital I lost baby!!
It usually gave me a double edge of heat break and I usually am asking for help to cope with day!!

This year something came through for me – out of the blue today my husband gives me flowers and a card saying Happy Mothers Day from dog!! We have had dog 8 years and he never has done this before!!

It was like the Angels and universe finally heard me and knew i needed an ordinary miracle!!

And weird thing just now my lights in bathroom flickered twice and stopped and light switch inside!!

Thank you to my loving husband, my spirit guides and angels!!!