Imagine a life in a cage or being born to be murdered.  This happens everyday for many animals who are caged for milk or meat on a daily basis.  Millions of pigs, chickens, cows, fish and other animals are caged then murdered every year.  All of this genocide for food you don’t really need to have.

I don’t want to focus on the negative aspect of the life span of an animal that eventually ends up on your dinner plate – what I do want to focus on is the freedom some of these precious animals receive after a life of torture, cruelty and abuse.  I have posted these two videos before but thought I would share them again because of the feelings they have invoked in me.

Imagine the lives of animals finally being set free and allowed to live the lives they should:


Animals have feelings – they cry when their babies are taken away from them, they cry out in pain when they are hurt or beaten and they become sad, angry and happy just as we do.  Isn’t time we gave them the freedom they deserve?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one – not just for people but for our animals friends to.

Hen and ChicksMom and calf

PigletsChimp and white tiger


Kahlil Gibran was born into a Maronite Catholic family in northern Mount Lebanon, a semi-autonomous part of the Ottoman Empire, in 1883, Gibran received no formal education, but was taught by a local priest. When he was 12, he emigrated with his siblings and mother to Boston, Massachussetts. There, Gibran’s art teacher noticed his abilities and found support for him in the Boston art scene.  When he was 15, his mother sent Gibran back to Lebanon to complete his education.

He held his first exhibition in Boston when he was 21 and, apart from his art, he wrote poetry and novels in Arabic and then in English.  The Prophet, written in English, was published when he was 40.  He published more novels, but his health was failing and he died of cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis in 1931 in New York City, at the age of 48.  According to his wishes, he was burred in Lebanon.

Kahlil Gibran on Love

THEN said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.  And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.  And with a great voice he said:

  When love beckons to you, follow him. 

  Though his ways are hard and steep.

  And When his wings enfold you yield to him, 

  Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

  And When he speaks to you believe in him, 

  Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.

  Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

  Even as he ascends to your heights and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, 

  So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He threshes you to make you naked.

He sifts you to free your from your husks.

He grinds you to whiteness.

He kneads you until you are pliant;

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, 

Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;

For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,”  but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”

And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;

To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

***All of the above is included in Kahlil Gibrans book, The Prophet.

I was introduced to the writings of Kahlil Gibran twice in my life.  The first time was when I lost my beloved pet, Freddy.  A good friend and co-worker send me an email message of sympathy with a very lovely quote from Kahlil.  Due to the pain I felt for the loss of my pet, I don’t believe I was ready to receive the message and consciously connect with his writings at that time.  The second time I was introduced to Kahlil’s writings was through another co-worker who read me excerpts from the book, The Prophet.  This time, I was ready to really listen and hear his words.  I was moved and went and purchased the book immediately.  I couldn’t believe that someone could write such words and have them complete move me.

In The Prophet, Kahlil shares his thoughts, ideas and words on love, marriage, children, eating and drinking, living, work, joy and sorrow, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, houses, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.  I take much comfort each time I pick up The Prophet and read his words as it reminds me how important it is to live in each moment and to enjoy that very moment you are in.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!


What are the chakras and their functions?  According to the book, A Handbook of Chakra Healing Spiritual Practice for Health, Harmony, and Inner Peace written by Kalashatra Govinda, here is her overview:

Chakras are centres of awareness in the human body. These energy centres are neither physical nor anatomical. They are found in the subtle energy system, although their radiant energy does correspond to positions within the body.

The chakras influence cells, organs, and the entire hormone system and affect one’s thoughts and feelings. They are also centres of psychic energy.

The term chakra comes from Sanskrit, the sacred language of ancient India. It literally means “wheel” or “turning.”  In fact, the chakras revolve continuously. Through their rotation, they absorb energies from without and convert them into the subtle material of the astral body. Through the chakras, we take in energy from our surroundings. 

It is said that there are up to 88,000 chakras but I want to focus on the 7 main chakras, their purpose and attributes associated with these chakras.



Colour – Violet

Planet – Neptune

Crystal – Diamond, Rock Crystal

Oils – Rosewood

Healing Foods – Plums and Black Grapes 

Position In Body – The top of the head.

Theme – Spirituality, experience of higher planes, knowledge of God, enlightenment, self-realization.


Colour – Indigo

Planet – Uranus

Crystal – Blue Sapphire, Opal, Blue Tourmaline

Oils – Lemongrass, Violet

Healing Foods – Blackberries, Blueberries, Purple Grapes

Position In Body – Middle of the forehead.

Theme – Intuition, wisdom, realization, awareness, fantasy, power of the imagination, self-knowledge.


Colour – Blue

Planet – Saturn

Crystal – Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Topaz

Oils – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Camphor

Healing Foods – Blueberries, Blue Plums, Sea Plants, Soups 

Position In Body – Near the larynx.

Theme – Communication, verbal ability, inspiration, truthfulness, intelligence, synthesis, creativity, musical talent.


Colour – Green

Planet – Jupiter

Crystal – Emerald, Chrysoprase, Jade, Rose Quartz

Oils – Cloves, Rose, Jasmine, Tarragon

Healing Foods – Kale, Spinach, Kiwis, Limes, Green Beans, Peas, Sprouts, Green Grapes, Honeydew

Position In Body – Center of the chest at heart level.

Theme – Love, compassion, humanity, empathy, tolerance, openness, warm-heartedness.


Colour – Yellow/Gold

Planet – Mars

Crystal – Citrine, Chrysoberyl, Amber, Tigers-eye, Yellow Jasper

Oils – Lavender, Chammomile, Lemon, Anise

Healing Foods – Yellow Squash, Corn, Lemons, Whole Grains, Legumes.

Position In Body – Stomach area between the loins and breastbone.

Theme – Willpower, self-confidence, personality, self-development, self-control, feelings, sensitivity, power, forcefulness.


Colour – Orange

Planet – Venus

Crystal – Gold Topaz, Aventurine, Coral, Fire Opal

Oils – Sandalwood, Myrrh, Bitter Orange, Pepper, Vanilla

Healing Foods – Carrots, Papaya, Oranges, Cantaloupes, Nuts, Seeds, Peaches, Apricots.

Position In Body – Above the sexual organs.

Theme – Sexuality, sensuality, fertility, creative life energy.


Colour – Red

Planet – Mercury

Crystal – Ruby, Garnet, Hematite

Oils – Clove, Rosemary, Cypress, Cedar

Healing Foods – Beets, Red Cabbage, Root Vegetables, Red Grapes, Cherries.

Position In Body – Between anus and the perineum.

Theme – Stability, the will to live, self-preservation, sense of trust and security, groundedness.

Based on the information above about each chakra, you can possibly get a better understanding of which chakra you need balanced and which chakra you are tuned into to.  You may not be completely aware that you are in tune with any given chakra based on what colour of clothing you wear most.  You can do energy work to balance your chakras through massage, aromatherapy, diet and nutrition, reiki and gemstone work.

To take a more in-depth look at the chakras, their functions, possible ailments and healing energy work, I recommend the following:

  • The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Working with the Chakras, Patricia Mercier
  • A Handbook of Chakra Healing Spiritual Practice for Health, Harmony, and Inner Peace, Kalashatra Govinda
  • Enroll in certification courses in Spiritual Psychotherapy/Holistic Health/Reiki

It is not only important to exercise your body and feeding it the proper nutrients, it is also vital to invest time to exercise the mind in order to have inner-peace and harmony for you and for everyone around you.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!


Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Goodall, Ingrid Newkirk, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela are some of the people who have inspired me to create positive change in the world.  These people were pivotal in starting movements or giving people inspiration to create their own movements.  I admire them and look up to them but there is no other person that has inspired me more in my life than my mother.  She may have not have inspired millions to join a political or social cause but she did save my life more than once.

The first time my mom saved my life, was shortly after I was born.  Due to minor birthing complications, I was told that I needed to see a specialist and that I required a blood transfusion.  With the lack of financial resources and much determination to save my life – my mother managed to get me to a specialist and I received the blood transfusion.  The specialist told my mother that modern medicine could only do so much and that my life was in the hands of a greater power.  My mother believes that God saved me and I love her for that.  I believe that it was her determination and her love for me that gave me a chance to live.

Throughout my life’s journey, I have had moments of insecurity, doubt and I have often thought about suicide.  My mother and the thought of her strength, dedication and love that allowed me to find the light each time I came out of those dark moments.  I truly believe that her love, her smile, her belief in me and kind words gave me my courage, my strength and my will to live each day.

Looking back throughout my childhood and throughout my life, I have never heard my mother maliciously cause pain and grief for any other person.  She was always kind, respectful and loyal.  My mother ensured all of her children (7 girls and 2 boys) all received love and attention.  Despite the fact that she not only raised 9 children, she worked throughout the day and came home to ensure we had food on our plates and that we were all taken care of.

Remember all the good that your mother gave and all the sacrifices your mother has made to ensure you were loved.  Not only on THIS mother’s day but everyday you are lucky enough to have your mother with you.  I celebrate my mother today and everyday.  I also give love to all those who were unfortunate to lose their mother’s too early and were not able to allow their relationships to flourish.



My groovy mother. So pretty.


My young mother, just before coming to Canada.

Mom and I.

Mom and I.


My mother and I.



Mother and I and at my one of my sister's (Paula) wedding.

Mother and I and at my one of my sister’s (Paula) wedding.

Another picture of mom and I.

Another picture of mom and I.


My mother and I at my nephews (Romalito) wedding reception.


A 7.8 magnitue earthquake has struck near the Nepal capital of Kathmandu.  The district is facing food and water shortage and requires much medical aide. It is possible the death toll could reach 10,000.

In order to bring attention to this disaster and in hopes of raising money for the the relief effort, I am asking all readers to purchase a copy of my book, ‘Love Can Be Found Anywhere:  Inspiring Affirmations For Life’.  For every book that is purchased in May, I will be donating 50% of profits to earthquake relief efforts.

You can purchase the book via the attached link:

Please share with fellow readers, friends and family and let’s show the people of Nepal that we are all one and we are all LOVE!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!


According to a 2014 poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, 50 percent of Americans say that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection gives gays the right to marry – outside of the constitutional question, 59 percent say they support same-sex marriage.  With all this support and acceptance, why is it that some feel it is okay to discriminate against a group of people based on religious freedom?

Indiana Senate Bill 101, titled the Religions Freedom Restoration Act, is a law in the U.S. state of Indiana, which allows individuals and companies to assert that their exercise of religion has been, or is likely to be, substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings.  This allows businesses to refuse potential customers based on their religious beliefs.  Personally, I believe that an individuals right to practice religion should not impede on that individuals choice to service the public.  That individual made a decision to be a business owner not a preacher, minister or pastor.  Their religious beliefs should not give them a right to discriminate against anyone.

This type of legislation is dangerous and is reminiscent of the days before the civil rights movement when people of colour couldn’t use the same rest rooms as white people.  Whose to say that the discrimination will end with gays and lesbians?  What if someone is uncomfortable doing business with someone who belongs to another religion?  Legislation like this protects individuals who have a certain belief system and there are so many people who don’t fit into that category.  Do atheist business owners deny business to those who belong to individuals that prescribe to religious ideologies?  Do Catholic business owners serve only Catholics?

By signing this bill into law, Governor Mike Pence, has created something I believe to be good.  Firstly, he has opened the eyes of many that discrimination is alive and well in the United States of America.  It’s quite unsettling that those who believe their religious freedoms are being threatened are exercising their God-given right to fundamentally go against the basic teachings of Jesus Christ or God.  Doesn’t that seem hypocritical to you?  Secondly, this legislation is creating dialogue.  People are talking about this and bringing to light the simple notion that religion is a choice and should not determine legislation.  Ask yourself – who really is the victim, the business or the people who have gone to that specific business to buy their service or product only to be denied that service or product?

I was brought up in a Catholic household.  My parents then decided to ‘test drive’  a new religious ideology by practicing the Jehovah’s Witness religion – which my siblings and I had to go along with.  My high school was composed of mostly kids from a Jewish faith.  So what did I learn from religion?  Confusion, anger, depression, fear, anxiety, hypocrisy and hate.  I learned that most religions don’t accept you if you are born gay.  You are not as appreciated if you are a woman.  Slavery is okay.  Killing is okay.  I learned that there is much more violence and separation of people in religion than there is love. 

For me, religious freedom legislation isn’t something that brings people together.  It creates more negativity and divides people.  Religious freedom legislation doesn’t serve the benefits of all, it only serves the benefits of a few and that does not create positive change in our world.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!


This was published on YouTube on April 24, 2015.  Here is the caption from the PFLAGCanada channel:

This is our tribute to all those in the past who were never allowed to marry by law – and to everyone who is still denied the right today.  Share your love stories, wedding photos and videos on Instagram and Twitter with #lovemadelegal and let’s make gay marriage legal everywhere.

Thank you PFLAG Canada for this wonderful video:

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!


I believe that a proper diet, exercise and meditation is superior to maintaining good health.  The studies continue to show the amazing health benefits of what a plant-based diet can do in terms of lowering cholesterol, reversing diabetes, high blood pressure and even curing cancer.  We know and understand that putting toxins into your body is not good.  Processed foods, factory farming, pesticides in our soil, pollution and chemicals in our water all contribute to poor health.  Saying this, why is there a huge and sudden push for vaccinations?  Is there really a sudden outbreak of diseases that we must be vaccinated against?  And if so, should we, as individuals, have the right to choose whether or not we want to be vaccinated?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Why the sudden push for vaccination?
  • Who tends to benefit from mandatory vaccinations?
  • Is there a life/death outbreak of disease that requires vaccinations?
  • Shouldn’t putting toxins into your body be the choice of each individual within the legal age?
  • What will mandatory vaccinations impose on us next?

I understand that people who are in favour of vaccination are afraid for their well-being and the well-being of their children but, how about the rights of those who are against the vaccinations and their well-being? 

I know many people out there are inclined to believe that everything that our government legislates is in our best interests.  Need I remind you of the following the government has indicated was in our best interests:

  • Slavery/Segregation
  • The Viet Nam War
  • 9/11
  • The Invasion of Iraq
  • Mandatory HPV inoculation
  • Monsanto
  • The lack of banking regulations around the world
  • Support of BIG CORPORATIONS (oil/agriculture/pharmaceuticals)
  • Women’s reproductive rights (abortion laws)

We should all have the right to choose what we do with and to our bodies.  What happens when the right of free choice is taken away from us?  What next?  Will governments instruct women on when and how many kids they should have?  What if a political party is pro-life, will they instill legislation that will not allow the women’s right to choose what she does with her body? 

You can have micro-chips implanted into our pets to help us locate them if they are lost.  There continues to be debate on the same type of micro-chips for humans.  Apparently, this chip would list all previous medical history of that person.  But is that the only information that chip would include about a person?  Would this be another way for governments to keep track of us.  These types of initiatives or inventions seem more to the benefit of our governments to instill more control.  Is that no different from vaccinations?

The bottom line is – if you want to trust that vaccinations are in you and your family’s best interest, then vaccinate.  However, don’t impose your views and judgements on those who decide not to.  I personally, do not want more or my free choice taken away from me. 

Here are some videos on the subject of vaccination:

Please visit to read more news stories that did not make corporate media news or distorted in order to keep the general public distracted from the real news.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!



There are many negative health implications related to a diet that is mainly made up of red meat.  In the last century, there have been huge increases in obesity due to poor diet and nutrition.  People are more keen to visit a fast-food restaurants rather than preparing their own food.  Fast-food corporations, with their endless marketing budgets, entice people with processed foods that are cheap and unhealthy and reaping the benefits of their unwillingness to take a more proactive approach to their health and well-being. 

What are the benefits to a diet high in meat consumption? (They are not really benefits):

  • High cholesterol and heart disease due to high fat and cholesterol content.
  • Conventionally raised beef contains hormones and antibiotics.
  • Processed meats (bacon, ham and sausage) are unhealthy due to their high fat, preservative and salt content.
  • The mistreatment and murder of animals. 
  • Obesity.
  • Linked to diseases such as diabetes, heart attack and cancer.

What many people are not aware of are the implications a diet high in meat has on our environment.  Factory farming is not only promoting cruel and the unethical treatment of many animals, it has a devastating effect on the environment, especially when we are seeing water shortages across the globe.  Here are some of the environmental implications:

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
  • Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (Co2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Methane is 25 – 100 times more destructive than CO2.
  • Methane has a global warming power 86 times that of CO2.
  • Livestock is responsible for 65% of all emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
  • Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050.
  • US methane emissions from livestock and natural gas are nearly equal.
  • Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) water use ranges from 70 – 140 million gallons annually in comparison, animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34 – 76 trillion gallons annually.
  • Agriculture is responsible for 80 – 90% of US water consumption.

All above facts are available via the following link:

Our population is growing at an alarming rate.  Due to this population growth, the demand for meat grows and with the demand for more meat, there will be more deforestation (trees provide oxygen) and more demand for water.  Ask yourself, why is there such a huge increase in pulminary (asthma/bronchitis) disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancers and obesity?  The introduction of processed foods and factory farming are definitely contributing factors.  People are dying because of what they eat.  Does this seem right to you?  Our elected officials are not doing enough to contribute to a more sustainable future for the people those who have elected them.  They pander to big corporations who only care about their profits. 

We must take a more proactive approach to our health and our environment.  There are many people out there who have viable solutions to make our world more sustainable.  Isn’t it time to allow them to bring their initiative and ideas to the table?  Isn’t it time for REAL change and not the false identity of change our current leaders keep talking about?  Isn’t it time our governments stop spending money on war in favour of creating real positive change across the globe? 

The earth can’t sustain the population growth and our demand for more meat.  People must assess what is more important, the need to eat meat or saving our planet from destruction.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!


During my teen years, I was surrounding by friends who smoked marijuana and drank excessive alcohol.  I have seen much more damage caused by those who drank alcohol than by those who smoked weed.  

Let’s take a look at some  facts about alcohol:

  • Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States*
  • In 2007, alcohol-impaired driving was responsible in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Americans**
  • On average, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes*
  • Nearly 75% of drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions are not wearing safety belts**
  • Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. involve alcohol***
  • The highest rates of drunk driving occur among drivers aged 21-24.  This age group makes up 35% of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal collisions***
  • Men are about twice as likely as women to drive under the influence of alcohol and to be involved in a fatal collision**


*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Motor Vehicle Safety: Impaired Driving.”

**National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  “Traffic Safety Facts: 2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment-Alcohol-Imparied Fatalities.

***National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  “Traffic Safety Facts: Alcohol-Impaired Driving.”

facts about marijuana:

  • Marijuana is created from the dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa*
  • The international and scientific name for marijuana is cannabis.  However, the substance is most commonly called marijuana within the United States*
  • The first law in the American colonies regarding marijuana was a 1619 law that actually required farmers to grow the hemp plant.  Once harvested, hemp was useful for clothing, sails and rope*
  • During the temperance movement of the 1890’s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol.  The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did*
  • Prior to its ban, hemp was a staple cash crop of the family farm in early America.  The first two drafts of the United States Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from hemp**
  • The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 made it illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana in the United States***
  • Current supporters of medical marijuana believe the drug has significant medical value for patients who suffer from AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and chronic pain.  Several studies have been published to support and document this belief****


*Booth, Martin. 2003.  Cannabis: A History. London, England:  Doubleday.

**Robinson, Rowan. 1996.  The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World’s Most Extraordinary Plant. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press.

***U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Marijuana Facts & Figures.”

****Chapkis, Wendy and Ricard Webb. 2008. “Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine. New York, NY: New York University Press.

For additional random facts about alcohol or marijuana, please visit the following website:

I have experienced and used both alcohol and marijuana and have concluded that alcohol has had much more of a negative effect on me than marijuana.  I found that marijuana eased some anxiety issues and provided a more relaxed environment while alcohol caused me to become more aggressive and argumentative.

It has been documented that cannabis has relieved emotional and physical pain for people who suffer from alzheimers, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis and AIDS.

The primary active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta 9 tethydrocannabinol) – this is the chemical that produces marijuana’s mind-altering effects.  Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is grown for the fiber and seeds.  Hemp is a very hearty plant and grows very quickly in very diverse soil conditions.  Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been done by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. 

For more on the history of hemp and some of the extraordinary uses of hemp, please visit:

Still not satisfied regarding the benefits of hemp or cannabis, here are some amazing statements people have made:

With proper knowledge – individuals can make their own decisions in relation to whatever health issues they face.  Why must there only be one way?  We continue to hear the negative outcomes of chemotherapy and how other pharmaceutical drugs create life-altering dependencies or even death, why not have other more positive alternatives than what government and BIG PHARMA insists works? 

Knowledge is power.  Don’t debunk something just because CNN tells you to.  Do the research, read the case studies, watch videos and do what you feel is necessary without the distractions of those who are only looking out for their bottom line.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!