by 2ndhandroses on 2016/10/10

Wild Turkey It’s Turkey Day!


It is that time of year again when we reflect on things for which we are thankful.

I could get all maudlin right now and spit out inspirational quotes lifted from the halls of some anonymous AA meeting or on the wall of any psychiatrist’s or sporting coach’s office around the world.

But I am not going to waste my time nor yours in reading empty words that somehow always find their way into the community discourse at this time of year.  Whether it is up here in Canada (Thanksgiving is in October up here on the very same day Americans celebrate the ghastly holiday whitewashed and renamed as “Columbus Day.”)

Rather, I am just going to say to those of you who have been there for me during my difficult transition from abused spouse to free woman north of the border….

Gratitude is Everything. Gratitude is Everything.


Thank you.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.  – Albert Schweitzer.



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by 2ndhandroses on 2016/01/20

Dusty Data Dusty Data



Well after almost a year away, a year full of upheaval too tumultuous to really explore, I am returning very tentatively to my one true love….writing.

I sincerely apologise to any subscriber or random browser to my site; I am making it my New Year’s Resolution to be a good blogger and update at least once a month, if not twice.

Back from the ashes of a life thrown askew, I am dusting myself off and rising like a phoenix.


“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”–Maya Angelou



Photo courtesy Pawel Kryj.


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February 14, 2015

Call me old school, but I find it much more romantic to have a real-live piece of paper in my hand with authentic writing on it that required more than a couple of seconds’ visit to a quirky website and a brief text message or 140-character message.

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New Year’s Self-Inventory

January 4, 2015

Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re muttering under your breath (I hear you!) something about what does a junktiquing queen know about getting rid of stuff when most of my time is spent on acquiring things? And I agree…it seems a bit paradoxical, but even the most die-hard of us packrats can at least once a year see the benefit of shedding the old in an effort to make room for the new, be that new decor or a new attitude.

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Be Truly Thankful

November 27, 2014

How many of us actually stop to reflect on the lives we enjoy? Do we sit down and truly consider how fortunate we all are as a Western society to have the opportunity to gather friends and family in our warm homes, place settings for all, with our very best china set out to receive a momentous bounty of succulent treats?

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