The quote is profound. Survivors can find it hard to see the progress in positive light.

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggles, known loss, and found their way out of the depths.  These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.  Beautiful people do not just happen.”

~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Mon amour, on va se flâner (Beauty of the World)

Living a Beautiful Life

“Today, let us forget it all.”  He said, meaning the bankruptcy, criminal charges and upcoming court appearances.

I looked at him in the mirror where I was washing my face.  Even my skin was weary.

“Train tickets to Vieux Port.”  He no longer had his cars, or driver’s license for that matter.  “Première classe.

“Remember when we first met?  Strolling, feeling the Old City.”  He took my hand.  “Viens avec moi, mon amour.  On va se flâner.”


Beauty of the World:  In this series I use an “untranslatable word” in a story.  These wonderful words capture the beauty of languages around the world.

Untranslatable Word:
Flâner (French, v.):  leisurely strolling the streets.


For more wonderfully untranslatable words, see:


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Caregiver Tip #1, Books that Saved My Sanity


What is a Caregiver? A person who gives very ounce of themselves to comfort the dying.

Our population is in a large up swing as “Baby Boomers” reach Social Security age which indicates the potential increased need for Caregivers. There are many stages the elderly and dying go through until  death. The books below helped me maneuver the invisible line we have to cross based on their capabilities. ”

Each of the books made a profound difference in understanding which I needed

Actions I needed to potentially help with and understand the root cause of certain actions. I found with my Grannys the time frame was at breakneck speed due to her Dementia. With my Gramps we had more time together and for him to participate in his affairs which caused conflict as we transitioned over to me making decisions.

The 36 hour day by Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins

Elder Rage or Take My Father Please !, How to Survive Caring For Aging Parents by Jacqueline Marcell

The Savvy Senior, The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family, and Finances for Senior Citizens by Jim Miller

The Complete Eldercare Planner by Joy Loverde

I hope one of the books or all help you if you find yourself at a crossroad.

Xx M

Wooly Bully (Monday Music Smile: Song a Day Challenge – Day #4)

Living a Beautiful Life

My song of the day:  Wooly Bully
Artist:  Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs

Lyrics (best excerpt):  “Matty told Matty told Hatty, that’s the thing to do
Get you someone really to pull the wool with you
Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully”

Meaning:  Your smile of the day!



Welcome to the Song a Day Challenge!  Thank you to Plain Ol’ Vic for nominating me!

Here are the rules:
  • Post a song a day for five consecutive days.  (I’m posting consecutive Mondays)
  • Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)
  • Post the name of the song and video
  • Nominate two (or one) different blogger each day of the challenge

My Nominee:


Video posted to youtube by user Top401965

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Sheldon Kleeman


Listening is for learning

As watching is for


There are certain

Instances That can’t

Be explained,as the

All of life is truly

A mystery,that warmth

Is your body,the smile

When you said hello

Is all part of quiet storm

There’s no need for

Explanation if there

Is a spring in your

Step,just know

To learn

To watch

& never


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Writing Consult Update II

Living a Beautiful Life

The day of the writing consult finally arrived!

I was prepared:

  1. I had a hard copy of the submission as well as a digital copy on a flash drive.
  2. I had pens.  (Yes, those ancient instruments!)
  3. I’d read the submission a couple of times and stopped when I focussed too much on things I’d change.
  4. I reflected on the story:  the characters; the settings; the language… why I’d chosen certain words, etc.
  5. I had ideas how the story could be improved.
  6. I arrived an hour early.


I was excited!  Oddly enough, I wasn’t nervous or apprehensive at all.


So, what did they say?

Writer Guy:  I liked this story.  Your writing is very good so my suggestions are stylistic.

Me:  (happy, surprised silence).

Writer Guy is a graduate of an accredited post-secondary writing program and is a working, published writer.

Since his comments were stylistic, he pointed out that other people…

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