That 11:11 Thing

The subject of numerology can be quite intriguing.  There are those who maintain that numbers do have meaning and influence in our lives. There are others who are not convinced of any relationship with numbers. The generally “superstitious” numbers, such as thirteen and triple six are given an ominous meaning, while numbers such as three, seven and eight are considered Continue Reading →

The Positive Gifts of Failure

The headline in the Sunday Province paper read:  Failure isn’t such a bad thing, study reveals  (Linda Blair, January 28, 2018 p.B6).  Really?  Isn’t failure damaging to your self-esteem and sense of self-worth?  Isn’t it something that can damage you for life?  It seems that researchers have discovered that this isn’t necessarily so. Our failures can help us succeed – Continue Reading →

Myrrh and Frankincense

December is associated with many aromas: vanilla and spices in hot drinks and baking;  evergreens in boughs and trees;  sage and rosemary in dressing for turkey;  myrrh and frankincense for the Christmas story.  Most of these fragrances are familiar to us – except perhaps those aromas associated with the Christmas story. In aromatherapy, these two resin oils are incredible in Continue Reading →


During November, we have opportunities for Remembrance.  By definition, this is a time of acknowledging and reflecting upon the past.  People, places, pets, objects, situations from our past come forth to be acknowledged and “remembered”. The month starts with All Saints Day and the Feast of the Dead.  At this time, it is believed that the veil separating the living Continue Reading →

Inventory as a Metaphor

While attending to the usual business year-end inventory count, I was struck with how this process can be a metaphor for many things. Who knew that by counting inventory stock and reorganizing it in one’s work space, many other lessons and comparisons could be made?  It wasn’t something I went looking for, but I’m glad I found it! The process Continue Reading →

Essential Oils and the Summer Sun

Summertime – and the sunshine is intense.  Great idea to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn and sun damage;  most people would consider this a no-brainer.  But did you know there are some essential oils that will react with the sun’s ultraviolet rays and create unpleasant and painful skin reactions?  The phenomenon is called photo-sensitivity – and it can be quite Continue Reading →

Courage and the Pioneering Spirit

On a recent trip through British Columbia to Alberta, I was struck by the pure majesty of our country.  From verdant forests to rock bare deserts; flowing rivers and waterfalls to stiff stone mountain ranges;  every colour of the rainbow to blackness.  As I soaked up this splendour, I wondered how it came to be that someone from a distant Continue Reading →

Garden Wisdom

As the Spring gardens continue to burst forth with life, I am humbled and in awe of the regenerative and restorative powers of Nature. While it restores itself, it also restores me. Form, colour, aroma and textures all come together in a way that is nothing short than miraculous. The healing energy coming from the garden showers down and around Continue Reading →