Luxury Living with a Modest Investment

Our Experience

I wanted to share with you the experience I had living in a condo vs a manufactured home. I moved into John’s condo and lived there for almost 3 years. Until the last year, I was perfectly fine with it. It wasn’t the cozy 864 square feet that got to me as much as what was happening outside the complex that got to me.

I thought that all of the exterior stuff was someone else’s responsibility.  If the roof was damaged or leaked during a thunderstorm, we didn’t have the responsibility of repairing it ourselves.

It didn’t take long for me to become disillusioned with condo living. I soon discovered the “cons” especially when it came to forking out money for the repairs I didn’t think we needed to worry about.

The building we lived in had no real curb appeal.  It made me think  it would be nice to create a garden in the front or back of our own home. As a condo owner, your have no ownership of any specific outside area so it can be frustrating.  I just wanted my own backyard, my own patio, where I could sit in the sun, plant some flowers and do whatever I wanted.

We had two small bedrooms and before I moved in one was used for storage and John had his office in the living room. It was too cramped so we decided to rent a storage locker, and make the second bedroom into a shared office space, which worked out well.

Having to go back and forth to the storage locker weekly became an issue…ugh

Our space didn’t really have any room for projects, arts, crafts, that sort of thing and if we wanted to do something it meant using a small dining room table or the balcony, which was a no, no for strata.

God, I just wanted our own garage…and workshop…or storage space.

In the condo we constantly were triggered by people throwing out the trash and overflowing the dumpster, the recycle was a complete nightmare. I often joked that I should go stand by the bin and give recycling lessons on what could in fact go in the recycle, lol

It might sounds bizarre, but when you live in a house, you have the convenience of organizing and controlling your own garbage cans. You put the right items in the correct bins and then once a week, you roll your garbage cans out to the end of the driveway, voila.

People really didn’t get or care how easy it was to wipe their feet at the front door before dragging mud and who knows what through the lobby, down the hallways and into the elevators. My goodness I got so tired of hearing myself complaining about things other people were doing. I felt so negative.

I never realized how great it was having mail delivered to the door until we moved here, another “con” was having to go downstairs to get my mail.

We had a wacky neighbour who would knock on our door at all hours of the night, “why?” you ask…”not sure”

In a condo you are in closer proximity to your neighbours. They could be smokers so when you open your sliding door to the balcony to enjoy your day the smell comes into your suite. Other times your neighbour could have a dog that sits on his balcony, barking and howling all night.

And…make no mistake, for those of you who think condos are more secure, break-ins occur regardless of security and often.


And…the list goes on, but here’s the real kicker folks; for John, purchasing his unit was the best thing he did, so he thought!  When the engineers came in and did an evaluation, and announced that our repairs would be $5.5 MILLION, yup…MILLION, the reality hit him like a blunt instrument over the head head. The truth is that his condo purchase ended up being the worst decision he could have ever made! Not only had it cost him two roofs, now we were on the hook for $55,000.00…for our share of the renovations.

If there was a condition called “ condo remorse.” John and I certainly suffered from it. We did not want to take out another mortgage just to pay the renovations needed for a building that was about to have a 3rd roof in 19 years. We just want others to know how costly and damaging neighbours and stratas can be to your bank account and quality of life. The strata and restoration crews can squander your money, time and inconvenience you with each and every incident. In the end we sold the condo and took a $20,000.00 loss in the value due to the engineers report. Some would say we were lucky to have sold.

We have friends who live not far from where we were, in a condo. They insisted we were crazy to sell and that the value of our home would go up. When we heard their strata was going to have an engineers report done, we shared our experience and wisdom with them. Unfortunately  they didn’t heed our warning, so guess who’s paying over 40,000.00 for their share of renovations now?

I just read this in an article on the Global BC site called “Vancouver’s housing prices 2nd most unaffordable in the world” By Peter Meiszner

The article states, “The average house price in Metro Vancouver is $670,300, which would require 80 per cent of the average median household income to service the mortgage. That’s more than 2.5 times the 32 per cent guideline set out by Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.”

That being the case, we found the perfect solution for us. We bought a manufactured home in a mobile park. It took some looking, there’s lots out there but most of them haven’t been maintained well. Some are dark and dingy, some are old and smelly, some just have a bad layout and some are just too ugly for words.

When we found ours, we paid  more but it is like a dream come true for both of us. It is 400 sq. feet bigger than the condo, and has approximately 1000 sq. feet of storage space…yahoo, no more running back and forth to that darn storage locker.

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I love our ever so large soaker tub that fits two comfortably, the condo had a small tub with those stupid glass doors. I hated them and rarely took a bath because of them.

OMG, and we have two bathrooms, it really makes a difference!

OMG and the en-suite has two sinks, with cabinets on each side and even more under the sinks. Pure luxury from our tiny little condo bathroom.

We chose to make the second bedroom an office, so now we each have our own space to work. My office doubles as a meditation space and guest room when needed. It’s big enough to comfortably put up a queen size bed for guests. We bought an OBUS Forme® that is sooooo comfortable. It sits on its own collapsible bed frame that has a bed skirt and everything.

OMG and we have a huge covered deck, with loads of flowers and we BBQ almost every day, all year round. I truly am pleased and grateful for our beautiful home.

There are soooo many things I love about this place (this link will show you pictures)

  • Gigantic Open Concept Living Room
  • Gorgeous En-suite
  • Master Bedroom…two closets, one is a walk-in
  • Two bathrooms
  • My bathtub
  • Gigantic Kitchen with Island I can do my art projects on
  • Cupboard space beyond
  • Back Yard
  • Storage and more storage…
  • The Pool is clean without too much chlorine
  • The Park has tons of trees, is pretty and is walking distance to everything you need
  • Good Community Spirit

And most of all, it was affordable. It is so like being in a house and everyone who comes here is very impressed when they see what the inside is like.

We adore our home, take pride in all we’ve done to create a beautiful living space and environment. It is unfortunate that we are leaving BC, but sometimes sacrifices need to be made. We are already looking at other manufactured homes to move into. I can only hope that we find something comparable to ours…so far it isn’t looking good, but we are pretty good manifestors so fingers crossed.

Carol Lefevre

Here’s our For Sale Ad and link:

Are you a Slave to the size of your Home, Mortgage or Rent?

We were…and found secure Peaceful Living without stressful financial sacrifice when we moved to this impressive mobile property in this highly desired area of Surrey. Just $204,000.00 for a rare and excellent opportunity:

  • Want to keep more of your money?
  • Want some outside space/yard/garden/workshop/pool?
  • Want to have a valuable asset?
  • Want more autonomy in regards to your space?

Then this just might be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Property Description:

1248 Square Feet livable space PLUS 10′ x 8′ storage/laundry, 8′ x 4′ garden shed, 14′ x 14′ covered deck, over 1000′ sq. ft crawl space suitable for storage

Exceptionally well maintained and tastefully renovated double wide home in one of the most upscaled manufactured parks in the area. This home has a large, bright open-concept living room/dining room/kitchen separated only with small wall, as well as vaulted ceilings, large double paned windows & corner gas fireplace, comfortable dining room with a built in hutch. Astounding, spacious kitchen with skylight, very big island, tons of counter space, cabinets and attractive grey laminate flooring. Updated bathrooms, en-suite complete with soaker tub, separate shower, skylight & a crazy amount of cabinet space. Large master bedroom has 2 closets, one is a walk-in. Other bedroom has nice grey laminate flooring and its own entrance.  Ceiling fans throughout, 5 appliances and air conditioner in good working order, considerably large carpeted and covered 14′ x 14′ deck which is great for entertaining, laundry/storage off deck with covered access has lots of heavy shelving, 8′ x 4′ garden shed, easy care and manicured yard, large carport with a driveway that can fit 2 additional vehicles. Quiet location and secure grounds. Bus stop 1 block away, 2-3 blocks to all other amenities. Small pets welcome. One of a kind opportunity. Rarely available on the market in such a quiet & well kept community.

Upgrades incl: new laminate floors in kitchen and one bedroom, kitchen appliances, home security system, new sinks/taps/shower/lighting in Master bathroom, new kitchen counter top and fresh paint. You’ll love this home!

This 27 years old home has:

  • Living Room 23′ x 17’4
  • Kitchen  11’3 x 10’3
  • Dining Room  11’3 x 7′
  • Master Bedroom  15’8 x 11’7
  • Huge en-suite 5 piece bathroom
  • Bedroom 11’3 x 10’7
  • 3 piece bathroom
  • Den 8′ x 5′
  • Covered Deck 14′ x 14′
  • Storage/laundry 10′ x 8′
  • Garden shed 8′ x 4′
  • Crawl space 24′ x 50′

Bus stop 1 block away, 2-3 blocks to:

  • Newton Wave Pool and Recreation Center
  • Superstore/Costco/Save-On Foods
  • Several Banks
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Produce Stores
  • Canadian Tire
  • Dollar Store
  • Craft Stores
  • Platinum Fitness
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Liquor Stores
  • Health Food Stores
  • and much more…


Celebrating My Results and the Process!


I decided to re-cap the program I followed that was so successful, getting my Hep C viral load down to ZERO in 8 weeks. This is a long blog, I know because it recaps my entire progress including what I’m doing today to wean off the medications. It lists the products I used that supported my process, the stages I used them in and the amounts.

I had geno type 1, and this was my chemical protocol:

  • PEG-IFN is injected, once weekly.
  • RBV pills or capsules are taken twice daily, dose is according to your weight.
  • INCIVEK comes in boxes of seven daily-dose blister packs. The daily dose is six pills—two 375 mg capsules every 7 to 9 hours—with a snack or meal that contains at least 20 grams of fat (3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 ounces of cheese, or a bagel and cream cheese). It is important not to miss doses of Incivek.

My personal holistic therapy was a little erratic and I believe it is because my body was trying to confuse the virus, which is contrary to the belief that the best way to help the immune system destroy the HCV is to take the medications at the right time and in the right amount.

Please understand that I am a Holistic Health Practitioner, an Applied Kinesiologist and Dowser. I work with herbs, vibrational medicines and energy tools and techniques. I have the capabilities to test what I am doing. For those of you reading this blog please understand that the energy tools I used played a huge role in my healing time.

Through this bog/site and linkages to other sites, I, Rev. Carol Lefevre will provide general information for educational purposes only. The information provided is not a substitute for medical or professional care, or for the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. Rev. Carol Lefevre  is not liable or responsible for any course of action or inaction you choose to follow, or for any service or product you choose to purchase or use based on information you obtain through this site. Reliance on any information provided on this site or any linked sites is at your own risk.

Hepatitis C Statistics

Statistics reveal that about 300 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus worldwide. However, the number of new hepatitis C cases diagnosed each year in the US has been steadily increasing. Based on current statistics for hepatitis C, it’s estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 people die each year from chronic liver disease caused by this condition.

About 15 percent of cases end up being acute hepatitis C, in which the immune system is able to completely destroy the virus. For about 85 percent of infected people, however, the immune system is not able to completely get rid of the hepatitis C virus, and they end up having a long-term liver infection. This is called chronic hepatitis C.

How Genotype 1 Affects Hepatitis C Treatment

Genotype 1 is the most common form of HCV in the United States. It affects over 70 to 90 percent of the people in this country who have hepatitis C. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of the people with genotype 1 will have a sustained response (successful treatment).

Hepatitis C Viral Load and Treatment

The hepatitis C viral load is one measure that the healthcare provider can use to determine how successful treatment with hepatitis C medication will be. The higher the viral load, the lower the chances of a successful treatment. For example, in people with a high hepatitis C viral load, medications are successful about 40 percent of the time. For people with a low hepatitis C viral load, the success rate is around 56 percent. In addition to viral load, other factors can also influence the success of treatment. The factors include:

  • The genotype of the hepatitis C virus
  • The amount of liver damage present
  • How long the person has had the hepatitis C virus
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Ethnicity

Within several months of beginning combination therapy (peginterferon injections , incivek, ribavirin pills), the healthcare provider will be able to tell whether or not the treatment is working. This is done using the same viral RNA blood test to determine the hepatitis C viral load. If the treatment is working, the amount of virus RNA in your blood (viral load) will have gone down. But if it’s not working, the viral load will stay the same or even increase.

My Personal Protocol


I began several months before I started the prescription medications by cleansing my system first. Depending on your lifestyle, food habits and personal health habits, you may need some or all of the cleanses I did. I cleanse regularly and still decided to go for it, thinking it would give me an advantage while on the medication. You can find this information on my blog Cleansing and Detoxing Before Hep C.


One of the most difficult things for people on hepatitis C therapy to deal with is the side effects caused by the interferon injections and pills. Side effects vary a lot from person to person. Some people will hardly notice that they are taking medications. Others will feel like they have a cold for much of the time on therapy, and sometimes they will feel even worse.

If you are on hepatitis C therapy:

  • Mental health, Anxiety, irritability, and depression.
  • Poor sleeping
  • Feeling anxious
  • Being short-tempered
  • Feeling down–depression or sadness, It’s not unusual to feel “down” while you are on interferon. This is purely a side effect of the medication. Stopping the interferon will make these feelings go away within 1-2 weeks.
  • Feeling tired
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Mouth, stomach, and digestion
  • Poor appetite
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Dry mouth and thick saliva
  • Sore mouth and sore throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rash
  • Injection site reactions
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vision changes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low red blood cells
  • Low white blood cells
  • Low platelets

So what symptoms did I have? All of them I’m sorry to say!

 Low white blood cells

My white blood count dropped on the low side, however, my liver enzymes took a sharp turn down…this is a good thing in my case.

Vision changes

One of my biggest challenges way my sight. Both near and farsightedness have been affected by the drugs. I have just started taking the A.Vogel Sharp Vision and found that it really worked. I also added 1 tsp. of spirulina powder to my shakes, apparently it has high levels of Vitamin A in it, I have been doing this for years and to be honest it hasn’t really helped my eyesight.

Sore mouth and sore throat

This is a huge issue for me, The mucus membranes in my mouth were very sensitive. My throat was sore often but for the most part I usually only get symptomatic from 4:00-8:00pm but it is very uncomfortable.

I started using a straw if I drink lemon water and that helps a little and I cut back on the amount of spicy foods I eat. The item that has worked the best to date and that is natural and sugar free is a tea called Throat Coat…it is fabulous.

Bad taste in mouth

Yuck, this is horrible, I mean really horrible…YUK! I used an awesome product called A.Vogel Dentaforce Herbal Mouth Spray. This little bottle packs a huge punch and keeps that nasty taste in my mouth away for hours. Surprisingly it is gentle on my mouth, so no pain for my tender mucous membranes.

Feeling fatigued, Headaches and Fever

I got an energy dip every day around the same time. I get up at 5:15 every morning so it’s no wonder that my energy is low at 4:00pm, 10 hours is already a full work day for most people.

Unfortunately with the fatigue came the nausea, fever and headache and I’m totally off my game. That meant no evening yoga or socializing with friends, some days it was impossible to even make dinner! I have been taking supplements and trying different times of day to see what works and what doesn’t. So far I have come up with this formula that reduces the number of side effects and improves my dip times.

My life line at this point has been Biostrath and Vital Energy. I LOVE Biostrath…it is an awesome product and I have witnessed it helping so many of my clients over the past 20 years. When I took Biostrath with Vital Energy 8 hours after I got up, all the symptoms seem to be reduced by at least 60%. Later in my process (around week 5) I started taking them 40-50 drops of Biostrath twice daily. I must say that I also believe it is because of the Biostrath and other vitamins I am taking that I have not experienced any hair loss.

Skin rash (two thumbs up)

I had weird skin breakouts, hives and rashes. They would heal so I tried A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream it Relieves cracked, chapped and flaky skin, diaper rash and crusts in the nostrils. This stuff is absolutely amazing. I told the Specialist about it, as a possible choice instead of creams with steroids.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is a common side effect of hepatitis C therapy. It can be caused by both interferon and ribavirin. This one is a challenge and I don’t want to add another chemical medicine to my regimen. I have been using fresh grated ginger in hot water and a new ginger tea called “Feeling Soothed.” A better choice for me than Gravol.

Shortness of breath

When taking interferon and ribavirin, many patients will feel a little more short of breath than they usually do. This is a common side effect of therapy. It usually happens because of the low red blood cell counts (anemia) caused by ribavirin.

Shortness of breath can be scary, so if there are times when you find it difficult to catch your breath, I had to stop going up the stairs from the beach 4 times when we went, yikes! I am back to doing my deep breathing exercises and my kundalini breathing.

I have included and/or increased the following: Vitamins A, C, D, and E

I have added 20,000 IU of Vitamin A every second day, 800 IU of Vit E every day, 2000 mg Vit D and started at 2000 mg of Vit C and increased my Vit C to 4000 mg daily. I also gave myself B12 and B6 shots weekly.

Blood tests

My blood work was monitored every week while you are on treatment and really dropped. This increased my fatigue levels.

Low red blood cells

Ribavirin is harmful (toxic) to red blood cells and can damage them. Interferon leads to fewer red blood cells being produced. This results in low red blood cells, or “anemia.” Unfortunately I had all these symptoms.

  • Anemia can make you feel tired: I have increased my two life lines Biostrath and Vital Energy and have added Folic Acid 1mg daily. I took Inno-Vite liquid iron, 2 tablespoons daily.
  • Insomnia I added: A.Vogel Deep Sleep Valerian and Hop Tincture and Tryptophan.
  • A Pins and Needles, Tingling Sensation in Hands and/or Feet. I had and continue to get these weird sensations of being bitten by no see ems…you know that feeling of a mosquito bite. I have also developed hives, which are very itchy…I made a combination of Baking soda (battles itches), apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil. Soak for 30 minutes and air dry. Localized itches can be treated with a baking soda paste. Mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Apply to the itch, but do not use if the skin is broken.
  • Aloe Vera is a must to reduce itching. Snap off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and rub the gel only on the itch. I also began taking it internally, 2 tablespoons in a glass of water daily.

Low white blood cells

Interferon slows your body’s production of white blood cells. This leads to lower amounts of an important group of white blood cells called “neutrophils”, which fight many different infections. Low neutrophil counts are at risk for infections, such as pneumonia or skin infections.

Symptoms of low white blood cell count include; redness, swelling, pus formation at injury sites, cough, sputum, nasal discharge, high temperature, chills, unexplained discomfort, sore throat, sores in the mouth, bladder infection, and a white coating in the mouth, your body will be susceptible to a range of infections, skin problems, viruses, fever, gastrointestinal problems etc. Sounds yummy…for the gastrointestinal problems I use Molkosan, what a difference!

Low platelets

Platelets are clusters of proteins that act like bricks to form blood clots. They are produced by cells in the bone marrow. Platelet counts often drop if you are on interferon and ribavirin therapy. This can put you at a higher risk for bleeding.

Increase in the count of platelet may a little tricky than it first looked because no food is specified to increase the platelets production. It is believed that taking healthy foods and mainly organic and fresh foods will stimulate the mechanism internally and thus the platelet counts will also be increased. Flax seed is known for strengthening the immune system and also for reducing the inflammation. With this, the circulation is also improved in the body. I used and still use flax seed oil in my shakes and on my salads.

Tomatoes and cherries are for its good property of antioxidant. They are very good in vitamin and mineral contents and the production of platelet is boosted. Some of the other food items that improves the production of platelets are citrus fruits, green gram, fenugreek leaves and gooseberry.

Food Choices

When taking these medications you have to take them with 20 grams of fat. As a low fat eater it was a challenge, and when I was sick I couldn’t be bothered to cook much. I ate an avocado a day with one dosage and created some other good healthy fat options for my other dosage. Please see: New Foods for Surviving Hep C for some great ideas.

Where I am at Today

Week one I am off all supplements to give myself and my body a little break. I am decreasing my pharmaceutical medications and am still having withdrawal symptoms. I am drinking 3 liters of water daily, green tea and I have coconut water every other day.

Week two I will be only on interferon and a reduced dosage, 1/2 the protocol amount. I will begin my antioxidants again: 10,000 IU of Vitamin A daily, 400 IU of Vit E daily, 2000 mg Vit D daily, 2000 mg of Vit C daily and 400 mcg of Selenium daily. I have started rebuilding my intestinal flora with Bio-K and  Molkosan.

I am still feeling the itches and rash so I am using the A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream and soda bathes.

In week three I intend to go back on my Sam-e and stay on it for 3-4 months and to purchase more A.Vogel Sharp Vision and take it for 6 months as well

I have begun to reduce my fat intake slowly and am feeling more and more like eating fresh fruits and veggies, thank God.

I have not tested for herbs to detox liver as of yet, my suspicion is that I will need to purchase more Boldocynara  and get back on that next month.



Kundalini is a cosmic energy that lies coiled in the Base or Root Chakra which corresponds to the base of spine, in your body. This cosmic energy is your life force, which keeps your body alive. When awakened, Kundalini begins to move upward within the pranic tube or the central channel, piercing the chakras and initiating various cleansing and clearing processes, which bring about total purification and rejuvenation of the entire being. Activate your Kundalini and Rejuvenate your Body, Mind and Soul


There are many proponents of rebounding who recommend that patients undertake about two minutes of gentle bouncing. I could only manage 10 minutes a day.

Restorative Yoga

I go to an awesome place called Healing Movements.

Next week I will be posting some of the spiritual tools and exercises I did to help move the virus from my body quickly and tell you the horror story of all the mistakes that were made while under supervised treatment…I am so glad to have the tools I needed to test things for myself! Be well my friends.

In Loving Gratitude,

Rev. Carol Lefevre


Can our Medical Professionals just do their jobs please!

This Blog is to vent…I’m awake at 2:00am and can only think of how ticked off I am at the bullying and incompetency of my Specialist and his office staff. The medication I am on make me especially emotional, this is from the Department of Venetians Affairs website:

  • People getting treated for hepatitis C often find it difficult to sleep. The lack of sleep can lead to anxiety, irritability, and depression.
  • Most people taking interferon are more likely to get angry about things than they normally are. This can happen even to people who never seem to get angry about anything. You may find yourself yelling at people in traffic when that never happened to you before.
  • By being aware of a short temper, you can expect it and control it better. If your family members and close friends know you are on medications that can cause you to be mad about things, they will be more understanding.
  • Each doctor has their own style in consultation and patients can be sensitive and vulnerable especially when their health is under a microscope which is why I think it’s very important to immediately establish trust and mutual respect with a patient, whether it’s an initial consult or a long-time patient.
  • It’s not unusual to feel “down” while you are on interferon. This is purely a side effect of the medication. Stopping the interferon will make these feelings go away within 1-2 weeks.
  • If you find that you’re more than a little down–maybe you feel worthless or hopeless or have lost interest in your favorite activities–you could be depressed. Depression is a common side effect of interferon. It can be treated by either by changing how much interferon you take or by taking antidepressant medications.

Let’s talk about my experience with Specialist, Dr. Zamil Karim and see if he immediately established trust and mutual respect with me. The first meeting I sat in the waiting room for 20 min when there was no other patients, he breezes into the office 10 min after the scheduled appointment and proceeded to chat to a colleague about the new art for his office.

“How are you feeling?” He looked down across from me, eye level. As I open my mouth to answer him, he breaks eye contact. He swivels his chair to face his computer and begins to ask me about my medical history. I continue speaking but now to one side of his head. It was fairly obvious he hadn’t prepared for the appointment and spent a lot of time on the computer, understandable, he needed more info. My main concern was being assured that I would be covered for my treatment which is expected to last anywhere from 12-48 weeks. He assured me, “Not to worry, it will all be taken care of, no problem”.

I was sent for a liver scan and when that was back an appointment with the Hep C nurse was made. For this meeting I needed to bring my medications. I call the office to find out if the prescription has been faxed over, that takes another 3 days for Ashley (the receptionist) to get it handled. Instead of her calling and confirming they had received her fax, I had to…I’m wondering at what point I’m gonna get an hourly wage here, lol.

So off to the pharmacy I go, I stood in line at the pharmacy for 20 minutes only to discover it was $13,700.00 because Dr. Zamil Karim had not done his due diligence and paperwork through Fair Pharmacy.

I called Fair Pharmacy myself and they hadn’t received any paperwork. I was told if he called that day and registered everything via phone I could make my appointment the following Monday. The second option was he faxed everything in and it took 5-6 days to get approved and I would have to reschedule with the nurse. He chose the fax, so it wasn’t approved for my appointment and I had to wait another month to meet with the nurse.

He then had the audacity to tell me he had done the paperwork, unaware that I had already done my homework and called them so I knew he was misleading me. He again misrepresented himself when I asked him if I was his only Hep C patient (my spidey senses were going wild) and he said no. I was not surprised later when it was confirmed by the nurse on my first appointment that I was his sole Hep C patient at this time.

The appointment, let’s see how that went…

My friend and partner, the nurse and I waited for 15 minutes with no one in the office for the receptionist to get back from lunch. I was told Dr. Zamil Karim would be attending, he not only missed the meeting but had not left my file for the nurse or the paperwork for my lab work. When the nurse asked the receptionist if she could get it and fax it to the lab, she expected me to go home, look up the # of the lab and call her with it. Hello…GOOGLE, you are the professional with the so called resources, I am the patient here…again are you putting me on payroll?

5 days later I go to the Lab that Ashley was supposed to fax my blood work to, fasting, in line for 40 min, sick and emotionsal, I get to the desk, you guessed it, no paper work. When I called her, she told me it was faxed, she called the lab and they had problems with their fax machine, not realizing that I checked to see if the lab had any problems with the fax machine in the last several days. It was explained to me that it was their lifeline and was constantly checked throughout the day. I was also ensured that if it had been sent to another location, they would have a copy in their computer system…ugh, Ashley never even apologised, come to think of it neither has Dr. Zamil Karim for all the time and energy of mine they have wasted.

I called to set up a follow-up for my blood work and was not contacted by the office for 5 days, and only after I threatened to call the pharmaceutical company about the level of incompetent care I was receiving.  I just looked at my results on line, and they are tagged “critical patient notice.” Now what, this man who is supposed to be in charge of my health and healing, who has taken an oath to have my best interest at heart,  I should be able to trust the guy and I don’t.

It is my opinion that a doctor who has trouble doing his due diligence or recognizing a patients suffering will have a challenge developing that much needed level of trust.

I’m not a specialist, but I am certainly a client and on a final note…good customer service and patient service doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by design, and it happens because you invest the time to train the staff, and make your involvement with a patients best good your priority. I found this on Dr. John Patrick’s site:

Essential elements of the Hippocratic Oath

  • Transcendence – the recognition of the need for a power over and above mankind.
  • Teaching within a moral ethos – because medicine is a moral activity, the ethos of teaching is important.
  • Sanctity of life – theistic understandings of life naturally lead to a higher view of the value of human life.
  • Trust – a commitment to confidentiality enhances trust between practitioner and patient.
  • Collegiality – attempts to pressure practitioners to act against their consciences results in a decay of collegiality and demoralization of individuals.
  • Practitioner Integrity – when purity of motive and beneficence guide practice, one is respected in society.

The Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo, Physician and Aesclepius, Hygeia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witness, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgement, this oath and this covenant:

To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live in partnership to him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brother in male lineage and to teach them this art – if they deserve to learn it – without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and taken an oath according to the medical law, but to no one else.

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgement; I will keep them from harm and injustice.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, not even from sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favour of such men as are engaged in this work.

Whatever house I visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

Whatever I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

If I fulfil this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honoured with fame among all men for all time to come. If I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

Restatement of the Oath of Hippocrates

I swear in the presence of the Almighty and before my family, my teachers, and my peers that according to my ability and judgement, I will keep the Oath and Stipulation:

To reckon all who have taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents and in the same spirit and dedication to impart a knowledge of the art of medicine to others. I will continue with diligence to keep abreast of advances in medicine. I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations, so long as the treatment of others is not compromised thereby, and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient.

I will follow that method of treatment which according to my ability and judgement I consider for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous. I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to my patient even if asked, nor counsel any such thing, nor perform act or omission with direct intent deliberately to end a human life. I will maintain the utmost respect for every human life from fertilization to natural death and reject abortion that deliberately takes a unique human life.

With purity, holiness and beneficence I will pass my life and practice my art. Except for the prudent correction of an imminent danger, I will neither treat any patient nor carry out any research on any human being without the valid informed consent of the subject or the appropriate legal protector thereof, understanding that research must have as its purpose the furtherance of the health of that individual. Into whatever patient setting I enter, I will go for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption and further from the seduction of any patient.

Whatever in connection with my professional practice or not in connection with it I may see or hear in the lives of my patients which ought not to be spoken abroad I will not divulge, reckoning that all such should be kept secret.

While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art and science of medicine with the blessing of the Almighty and respected by my peers and society, but should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot.

I came across a site that asks you to rate your health care provider, my gets a great rating. When i went to put in mine, a message came up that said I could not make any negative comments due to spam? What is the point of having this rating system?

I guess the question is after reading this, do you trust your Health Professional?

Seriously Concerned,


Hep C, the Law of Attraction and Creating our own Reality

Good Morning Everyone,

I recently received an email that read, “I’m sorry to hear about your Hep C, for someone who does such good and caring work, one has to wonder spirit’s purpose for afflicting this on you. I wish you all the best on your journey and look forward to your future blogs, take care.”

I have addressed how I physically came into contact with the hep C virus, and now I’d like to address it from more of a metaphysical view point. For those of you who don’t remember I hold a B. Msc. in Metaphysical Science, this is right up my alley. I would like to begin with a statement “I am an incredible and masterful manifestor”.  I understand that intention needs emotion and energy to move it, I understand the influence of polarity, the time space continuum and the list goes on. In fact I have been known to manifest items quite instantaneously;  like an empty table in a full pub holding 2 dozen hot wings and a pint of beer just as I walk in the door…oh and it is exactly what I was going to order before I arrived, and belongs to no one else there…pure magic. I have been teaching a Manifesting Workshop for 12 plus years and working diligently on the tools I encourage others to use so I like to demonstrate how it’s done in our everyday lives…walk my own talk and all that.

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Since 2010 I have been manifesting the time and space for me. I have been focusing on my process, my healing, my psyche, me, my, mine!!! I began working on my will-power, and got it mastered except for one area. Wine and cheese. I don’t know if it my Taurus sun or my moon and ascendant in Libra, but when it comes to great food and wine I am a true hedonist.

I know it sounds silly, but I can justify a glass or two or three of wine like no buddies business. I have quit drinking for months at a time, only to jump right back in, I really just love the taste, aroma or nose, textures and body of wine!

I decided it was time to live a more balanced lifestyle, turns out I could still justify the wine, there is always a B-day, anniversary, holidays, long weekends, hot summer days and of course stress! As with any issue that continually presents itself to me, I begin my dissection process…after all, I I figure if it’s bugging me and in my face, it is an issue, right? After a meditation one day I was discouraged with myself, feeling guilty and ashamed that I couldn’t get this piece, oh and after a good mental flogging, I made a choice.  I was in an emotional charged state, with big energy and visualized myself alcohol free, with a watermelon smoothie and I gave gratitude to the Universe for its support in giving up the wine and living a more balanced lifestyle. Three months later I have elevated liver enzymes and within another three months I am diagnosed with Hep C. Yesterday I sat in the sun for an hour, drinking a strawberry and watermelon smoothie and thought, “this isn’t so bad, tasted great, has texture and aroma…I could definitely give up a wine spritzer for this. I’m telling you I am a “master manifestor.”

In the throes of dealing with some of my shadow stuff, I re-connected with a book I read in 1994, “Your Secret Self”. It’s an astrology book with guidelines on how to heal and deal with placements in the twelfth house. The twelfth house represents our unconscious mind, and I love to go there.

I have Pluto in Scorpio conjunct my North Node in the twelfth house. Confused? I know, you gotta know a little about astrology for this piece. The bottom line is that there is some tricky stuff for me to deal with in my unconscious mind. The three biggest pieces are:

  1. it’s OK if I’m not always a nice person, even if I’m a healer and trying to shift humanity, I have a shadow side! I don’t have to like everyone, it’s OK to swear, expressing my anger doesn’t mean I’m a bad person,  healers can get sick too and I love wine and cheese!
  2. WHAT…I’ve been trying to keep that thing locked in the closet for 50 plus years…yikes.  Apparently I can turn these dark sides and shadows into good forces in my life if I embrace and love them. So I decided to start with my Hep C…by embracing it and sharing my story with all those spirit puts in my blogs path.

On the flip side, the other two pieces of the twelfth house puzzle are easier to deal with:

  1. I would benefit by a career in the health profession and holistic and spiritual practices.
  2. This placement has more than any other twelfth house placements, a greater resourcefulness and a reservoir of inner power to draw upon in times of stress and I will create situations and circumstances to heal my shadow and prove this to myself.

So, back to creating our own reality…

Ten days ago when my cousin Juanita was here visiting, her husband really wanted to go camping, fishing and gold panning. I (through the assistance of the Universe of course) was given the opportunity to create an incredible 3 day holiday at the lake with friends. Walter got to fish, camp and even go on a gold adventure. Turns out our friends just happened to have those exact days off and have a deluxe spot at Nicola Lake, I love how manifesting works.

While there I noticed this very cool little trailer and asked who lived there, said I’d like to connect. The locals call her the Gypsy lady, and said she’s not around much. Thirty minutes later, guess who pulled into the grounds? I walked by a water ski and got all excited, thinking about how I’d love to go for a ski, 45 min later someone came over and asked if someone would like to go water skiing, they needed a spotter. Juanita and I went for a walk and I mentioned it would be nice to go for a canoe ride. Later while talking to Gypsy lady, thanked her for creating such lovely energy in her space. She told me that her friends come kayaking and wondered if I had a kayak…you guessed it, someone showed up and told me we could use their canoe or kayak anytime while we were there!

Perhaps everyone is creating and manifesting more than they realize, they just don’t give credence or gratitude for the awesome everyday things, I can’t say for sure. Small things like…hmmm, here’s and example…Juanita and I were in one of those blow up tube things you can sit in on the water, cooling down and being oh so grateful that we manifested this sweet little toy when a thought, vision and feeling came over me, “If we had some paddles we could paddle out and let the current pull us back in, it would be so much easier”. In that instant I saw the light go on, then she added her thoughts, vision, feelings and energy to the idea…2 minutes later we passed our friends boat and waiting for us, you got it 2 paddles. The power of two or more when manifesting is a beautiful thing. My week with Juanita showed me how much easier it is when two or more come together with the same vision.

So there’s an important lesson I’ve learned in my years of manifesting, and that is this: If you ask and then you receive, follow through and be grateful!!!

Ask yourself this, “If I ask the Universe for something, then I receive it and don’t follow through, what message will that send?” For instance, when I had the opportunity to go water skiing, did I say “no thanks, I haven’t done that for years, I’m too old?” NO…but I can tell you I could hear everyone else thinking it. While I was making my grand come back I realized I hadn’t been on a slalom ski since 1989 and oh ya, “I’m not wearing a wetsuit either!” I did great, I popped right up on one ski, had three good runs, and survived a miraculous triple cartwheel across the water on my final wipe out. Fun? Hell yes…dumb, perhaps I could have been a little more prepared and less excited.

So here’s something for you to think about…what if we drifted by the boat and were too lazy to get out and pick up the paddles that we asked the Universe for? What if I didn’t go and acknowledge Gypsy lady and her fab energy? What if I never followed through with those little things I manifest? You heard of the little boy who cried wolf, right! Would the Universe continue to gift me with these items or would it think I was crying wolf too?

With that being said I take full 100% responsibly for my Hep C situation. This virus can lead to liver cancer if gone untreated. I know that, and  although I am all for healthy, holistic ways of healing I know that the allopathic system and  medicine has its place. I might be an extremist but I’m not ignorant. Following an extreme natural supplement regiment and intend to prove that doing so will shed the virus in record time…that’s my new manifestation by the way! I am in gratitude that the Universe has supported my once again in my visions, dreams and personal goals for myself…so remember, watch your hopes, wishes and dreams like a hawk and when you get what you asked for, acknowledge it, give gratitude and follow through!

In total love and gratitude,


2011 and Beyond

Am I hallucinating, dreaming, walking in a time warp or is 2011 almost over?

As I reflect back on this year, I am in awe at how much has shifted, not only out in the world but most importantly inside of me. I have always accepted that life is a school, and that every experience is an opportunity to move forward on our evolutionary path. I really chose to stretch myself this year and in doing so I attained my BA in Metaphysical Science and also became an Ordained Minister, this developed a relationship with the Divine that I had not known before. As you might imagine, with this initiation into a new vibration came plenty of opportunity to use my new-found skills.

I took some really tough knocks this year and am on the verge of tears as I begin to recall the hardest one. It was losing my a dear friend Christine on July 31st, and with that loss came my lost relationship with her family; Julie, Graham and Christine’s husband John. I blogged about it:  I still send them all love and healing, God I wish things could be different. I was so angry and resentful I almost went mad. I don’t remember throwing a temper tantrum like that since I was 4 years old. The Buddha has a great teaching for this; “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” It certainly was the case for me!

I believe this truth “everything in the physical universe is temporary”, I honour it…of course living it can be a whole other experience. This year, I have increased my faith in the wisdom and justice of the universe. I learned forgiveness and time slowly healed the wounds of my heart, and I dared to laugh again. With loss came many new surprises and gifts, this is what I love about the Universe and surrender.

In 2011 I saw and spoke with my father for the first time in nearly 40 years. It’s still fresh and scary and weird but it’s all great! With that connections comes all the gifts of my aunts, uncles, cousins and their families. It is still in the beginning stages and I can see the potential for growth, sharing of wisdom and love; all great things. I remain open to the possibilities of connecting and sharing on an even deeper level with time.

I was fortunate to re-connect with a long time friend and soul sister, Jackie on my 50th B-day (yep, I turned 50 this year too: We were inseparable for many years. Our lives ventured in different directions and a pleasant turn of events has found us embracing our relationship again, with many new twists and turns. The nice thing about coming together again after so many years is that we both have so much to share and learn from one another.

Amazingly, a childhood buddy and cousin who I just adored also found her way back into my life. We are thinking it’s been about 32-35 years. OMG, she is spiritual, funny and a lovely woman. Interesting how I still remember her as my childhood friend. This connection has made my heart sing again and I am so very grateful.

I was forced to leave a contract position at (SEEDS) Self-Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society where I loved to facilitate and help new entrepreneurs. I was so passionate about my position there, I loved it and thought it was a great fit. It was a stressful time of injustice, betrayal and heartbreak as well. Again I had an opportunity to watch myself in action and live up to my new role as Minister. This time instead of being pissed off, angry and livid, I was able to send love and grace. It really didn’t make things easier, as far as I could tell anyhow. If Christine was here she would have said, “It might have been way worst if you didn’t do it that way, you did good my friend” Could be, all I know is that I am pleased with my evolution, I’m not stuck in a place of guilt and grief and I have let it go. I could only let it go by following the advice I would have given to a client, “if the doors keep closing, get the message, the universe has other plans for you, let it go!” Believe it or not I always seem to find solace in walking my talk. It also makes it easier to look at myself in the mirror each day.

It was at this time that I discovered a new passion and the best stress reliever I could have ever imagined…painting, from the girl who never thought I could draw to having my art exposed on an art blog…shut up! You gotta check out this blog: Thank you Jackie!!! Sometimes I just have to give my head a shake and ask what the %$$#@*&, I am still in awe. I have found a new level of peace that I didn’t even know existed, and all I need to do is take out some paper and water colours, go figure!  Here is the blog:

I was gifted a workshop called “Living From Truth” this year. I blogged about it:

Doing the workshop and being a participant instead of a teacher was such a treat.  I gifted 3 clients with the experience as well. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know Ann better and the good news is that we are in the stages of a fantastic budding new friendship. (Ann was my support system when Christine passed, helping me perform last rites at the hospital and being a sounding board for me.) Connecting with my “Living From Truth”  group and doing the practices has improved my communications and an all ready amazing relationship with my husband. Who knew things could get better?

Last month with the encouragement of my friend Jackie I started a new business call New Perspectives Ministry:

I have only just got my marketing materials so next week I will end the year with the beginnings of something new.

To summarize things; the highs in 2011 have been high and the lows have been devastating. I’m not really a whiner, and when I think about the state of our world and the millions whose lives are filled with far worst devastation than mine, I can really only be grateful. Yes it was heartbreaking, yes it was a lot of hard work, but not so much that life stood still. Each day through my tears, anger, love or joy I continued to give thanks for all the blessings in my life and for my connection with God.

The changes I notice most from the effect of this year is my willingness to be in community, the deep-seated peace in my being, my phenomenal connection to the Divine and my level of gratitude for the reunions and new possibilities in 2012.

I leave you with a quote from Einstein:

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

In gratitude,


Authenticity, Improved Communication and a Deeper, more Fulfilling Life

Countless books and articles have been written on communication that explain why sending the right message is so important. They try to teach us how to send exactly the message we want. Authors often stress the importance of being concise, precise, and specific in choosing our words, regardless of whether we write them or speak them. They tell us that this is the best way to get your point across to your audience.
Sometimes we practice what we are going to say. Often we write drafts of our memos and speeches to make sure we use the right words. All this is done to make sure we send the right message, and that we are understood. There have been times in my life that regardless of following communication advise things get rattled, confused and downright messy.
As a Minister, Spiritual Coach and Metaphysical Practitioner, there is a beautiful flow of hearing, receiving, being understood and facilitating change with my clients and students. It’s out in the world where diversity, cultural awareness, stress and busyness and surrounding conditions seem to affect how we relay communication to one another.
I most recently had a 3 month contract as a Business Advisor for a government funded entrepreneur program. I had been facilitating there for two years so when offered an opportunity to work with the clients one-on-one I was thrilled. It was only 3 days a week and left sufficient time for me to continue serving my personal clients from my healing practice.
As an entrepreneur and business owner myself, there is a real satisfaction that comes with supporting and guiding others to create their visions. I loved the clients I worked with, there excitement and ideas. Within a month a strange dynamic with the staff began to take place, communication became strained and at one point was unbearable. From that point on we never seem to got back on track. I really put myself out there, begging for open dialogue, contact, communication….anything to resolve this uncomfortable feeling, NOTHING! For the life of me I just could not figure it out. How could I have vibrant and satisfying relationships with my clients in the program and not the staff working there?
So I prayed, sent love and held the energy for things to open up and change. They did, but not with the staff members or our communications. Instead a beautiful, young entrepreneur from the program,  beginning a healing practice Angelika Bendrich ~ Fundamentals Of Life:   gifted me with a free workshop called:

“Living from Truth – Getting Yourself Understood”

In the words of the facilitator Anjali Hill, ” People often feel victim to their own relationships not realizing that they can do something about them. Not only can you do something about them, you can change them! You have known people who put the responsibility on others to understand them and get angry when they feel misunderstood. In ‘Getting Yourself Understood’ you create ways to express yourself that leave you feeling very satisfied and able to do what is required to bring about real understanding in your relationships.”

Taking Living from Truth is an investment that you will use every day of your life. As a facilitator and Metaphysical Practitioner myself, meeting Anjali was a real privilege. She goes with the flow of the group, is genuine, has fantastic knowledge and leads with compassion. She embodies the kind of knowledge that comes from dedicated practice and unwavering self honesty. When I met her, simply being in her presence caused an inner stirring and excitement of what the weekend would hold.
So where am I only two days after the classes? I now understand the importance of completing communication cycles, heck now I know what a communication cycle is! I know how to ask for clarification without having to ask half a dozen questions, I can assist others in getting their point across simply by holding the space for them to do so and I can pinpoint exactly where communications break down. I now know never to try to communicate into a space that is unwilling or unable to understand, and have left my part-time Advisor position. Most importantly,  I have already used several of the tools successfully and will continue to do so.
Anjali Hill is a very generous woman and gives back to the community. Her commitment to assist individuals to Live in Truth is unprecedented which is demonstrated through her generosity of offering everyone their first course absolutely free with no strings attached…what a fantastic gift to the consciousness of our planet.
For more information on workshop schedules and to download a free gift certificate:

I send my love and gratitude for Angelika whose gift improved my life, to Anjali who preciousness and love changes our world and to God who answered my calls for assistance.

When all Hell Breaks Loose, PAINT

What is Art Therapy?

I found this definition that resonates with me:

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

In the past I held the belief that I can’t draw, therefore I could never be an artist; today you can hardly get me away from the water colours and paper, I’ve become a crazed lunatic about painting. Sure some of the things I paint are weird, wonderful, unusual and some may border on just plain ugly.  For the first time in many months I’ve been able to release stress, quiet my mind chatter totally and connect to spirit in a new and powerful way, there’s nothing wrong with that!

This is my very first one called “Inception”

In a world where there is a multitude of ways to communicate and express one’s self, art or perhaps art therapy is one that works well for me. I never really thought about it until my friend Jackie McSween and I spent some time together a few months ago and she shared her work and insights from her art with me. Two months later, there I was one day standing in a store with brushes, water colours and paper in my hand, and no idea how or what to do with them.

Other forms of communication often elicit the use of words or language as a means of communication and often times, I may be incapable of expressing myself within that limited form. Painting has been a God send to me, I can tell my boss off, release anger, share my love for nature, express my connection to the Divine, embrace myself;  all without saying one word…how sweet is that?

I would imagine that, as with most any therapy, art as therapy is generally used as a treatment or way to improve one’s emotional state or mental well-being, used to relieve stress or tension, or it can be used as a mode of self-discovery. For me it has been a little of each.

I tried to paint something specific one day and it was a total disaster. The most important thing I’ve found through this process is to just paint, whatever comes out, try not to judge, fix or think. Let the inner child come out and play in whatever way it chooses.

I have also; in 2 short weeks decided that I am a fantastic artist…hmmm, I wonder if that’s how all artist think when they first begin.

Then yesterday; the discovery of all discoveries; I was preparing for a session with a client from San Diego. I was waiting for her call and did my usual “I AM Presence” connection, tuned in and downloaded some info from her guides. While I waited for her phone call I began to paint, and paint and paint. I was quickly informed that the painting was an expression of what was going on in her being and body. Wow, that’s powerful! She called 30 minutes later and I asked her questions related to what I had painted, it was dead on, the colour, the symbols, the conflicts and the greatness. This Art therapy stuff has given my work an entirely new avenue, and I’m truly loving it.

“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I feel blessed and send many thanks to Jackie for putting the thought into my soul. I believe that Art Therapy can be effective for people of any age,  individuals, couples, families, or groups in settings such as counselling agencies, schools, treatment centers, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, correctional institutes, and elder care locations.

So if you are in pain, suffering emotionally, angry or happy and joyous, pick up some paper and start doodling,  I guarantee you will find freedom or liberation in some form, likely the one you need most.

For more information on how to get your art in all forms out there click on to  Jackie’s blog: 

Over and out, there’s a blank paper calling my name,

Blessings to all and your creations…Rev. Carol Lefevre B.Msc.