Isn’t it amazing what we can do together?

Check out what we, the people, have accomplished over the decades by supporting the work of Greenpeace. It may surprise you how close it will hit to home for you…no matter where you live or what your political persuasion may be.

Isn’t it amazing what we can do together? | Greenpeace Canada.

It’s amazing just how far we’ve come.

Peace to you all.



Office makeover is like watching paint dry…

Hi there,

My office makeover is going about as fast as watching paint dry. But, at least the painting is all done now, although I’m still doing my best to get rid of the paint fumes by opening the window, using a fan to exchange air, and lighting candles to help burn off the yucky smell.

Airing out my office after painting baseboard, window trim, and door.

Airing out my office after painting baseboard, window trim, and door.

As you can see, there are still a few boxes under my desk to sort out. But, I did manage to empty several file drawers and set aside a bunch of stationery, books, and cool stuff to give away or take to the consignment store. I am finding this whole process quite stressful, and the only thing that keeps me going is my vision of a bright and airy office space with Room Enough to Think Big as well as Get Things Done.


Alas, the stress of it all, together with the paint fumes, finally nailed me. I’ve now come down with a nasty sore throat and stuffy nose. But, I’m not giving up, just going into a lower gear for a while.


What pigs we are!

Oh, no! What pigs we are to treat beautiful, smart, and social animals in this way.

Extreme confinement = extreme suffering!  Gestation crates on a swine farm where sows aren't able to turn around and often can't lie down comfortably for months at a time. (Humane Society International)

Extreme confinement = extreme suffering! Gestation crates on a swine farm (India) where sows aren’t able to turn around and often can’t lie down comfortably for months at a time. (excerpted from Humane Society International)

Please consider doing whatever you can — whether it be banning pork from your diet, going vegetarian, protesting the inhumane treatment of domestic animals intended for our plates, or donating to animal rights causes — to help stop this from happening again.

Trust me, there can be no good arising out of eating any animal treated like this.

With wishes of well-being for all beings,


PS – Reports like this make me think it’s no wonder we can treat our fellow human beings so badly. Is it possible we practice atrocities on animals making it easier to perform the same on people?!?!?!




Office Makeover Continues

Hello World,

I remain determined to make over my office space until it’s fit for people, plants, and animals to enter. My goal is that all living things will want to stay a while once venturing inside.

Optimized-Office Painting

Painting is not for the faint of heart!

Primer stage of painting my new-to-me desk.

Primer stage of painting my new-to-me desk.










Lately, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in painting my new-to-me desk (much smaller than my old one, and much prettier, too). Then, of course, I had to get rid of the dark blue door to my office and other dark blue accents to match the new off-white trim of my birds-eye maple desk. This meant more painting, a job I’ve forgotten how much time and effort it takes.  Alas, I’m still in the primer stage now, but hope to have at least one coat of real paint on by the end of tonight.

Wish me luck!


Ahhhh! 24 Hours Later…

My much improved desk space, just 24 hours later!

My much improved desk space, just 24 hours later!

Sigh of relief! I can see my desk again!

This is my second installment on the clean up of my out-of-control messy home office. I must have unleashed my best paper-fighting superpowers to get all this done in just one day, no?

I even got a lot done on my messy bookcase, a massive boxy thing that sits directly behind my desk. I’ll save that story for another post.

My office is not only fit for human consumption now, Pumpkin (our pussy cat) likes the space, too. She came in and slept at my feet. How great is that?


Writer needs rescuing from Messy Desk Syndrome

Aaack! How did this happen? It was only a few years ago that I did an entire re-organization of my home office space–and now this. It’s not only impossible to be productive in a mess like this, it’s downright demoralizing. And here I am facing two deadlines and one important meeting this week. To say I’m feeling overwhelmed is pretty much the understatement of the year.

Optimized-my-messy-officeAlas, I haven’t seen the likes of Spiderman, Batman, or Superman coming to my rescue to fight off this dreaded Messy Desk Syndrome. This means I’ll just have to call upon my incredible Virgo organizational superpowers to deal with my paperly archvillian. (I guess my superpowers have been missing in action lately…)

I invite you to follow me along as I declutter, defrag, and deconstruct my office space so I can transform it into something beautiful, productive, and worthy of any living creature to spend time in it. I’ll be sure to post pics and strategies so you can not only see my results but also understand how they came about.

Wish me luck, okay? I could use all the help I can get. ; )



Everything is NOT Awesome!

As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best videos ever made. It’s a stand against how Shell has teamed up with LEGO to have us all, and especially all of our children, believe that searching for oil in the Arctic is awesome.

Decide for yourself and watch it here.


In peace,


PS – And don’t forget to sign the petition, too.


A Fabulous Friday for Changemakers!

Cover Changemaker's Guide to News ReleasesWill wonders never cease?

Today, on Friday afternoon, I finally finished and uploaded my guide on how to write and issue a news release on The Idea Garden website. It’s called A Changemaker’s Guide to News Releases, the first in my Changemakers series.

In addition to explaining the nuts and bolts of writing and issuing a news release so that your story will have a decent chance of getting media coverage, in its own way this first guide also includes much of what I’ve learned when it comes to media relations.

Interested? Want to know more? Even better, want to get your own copy?

Then head on over to The Idea Garden’s Marketplace where it is now, finally, as of this Friday, available.

Have a Fabulous Friday!