Use it or lose it! Your voice that is…

Bonnie and I reconnected in person last week and while we were chilling out together we both mentioned that we didn’t have any topics to write about. For me that is unheard of, not because I love to gas off all day long but because I am always ahead of myself, I like to be prepared! I have plenty of posts in our ‘drafts’ file but I have to be feelin it to post it. Bonnie has always been able to write last minute, she’s great under pressure, me, not so much! Jacquie has also been known to leave her post until an hour before, I envy that!

We wondered if we had both succumbed to bloggers block? I started to surf a few facebook pages to get some ideas and one caught my eye, Billie Mintz. He is the film maker who was behind the video I posted for our Svaha Spirit Series~ Surviving the Treatment: The Return of Myles McLellan. I don’t know him personally and I don’t usually request friendships with anyone I can’t reach out and touch, but I asked him because he not only intrigues me but he really uses his voice to make change and yes, he’s kind of easy on the eyes, but mostly he intrigues me! A comment left on his page inspired me to write about those who are afraid to step up and use their god given voice to make change.”What are you so afraid of?” I think it’s mostly because of fear, fear of being heard and then what? You actually have to back up what you have said and unfortunately, in my humble opinion, those who are afraid in the first place are those who haven’t really formed an opinion to start with, they follow everyone else. They cruise around on the ‘opinion coattails’ of others. 

I’ve also noticed that most people feel more comfortable following the pack, they don’t want to rock the boat! I am starting to get so frustrated with these sort of people that it makes me want to tip the boat over! Make them sink or swim, for crying out loud form an opinion, speak up! I know it’s hard to be different or stand on your own when it comes to opinion but I think sometimes its necessary! Who cares if anyone else agree’s with you, it’s not about that, it’s about being confident and able to express yourself to others regardless of what they think! It just feels good! It’s empowering even!

I get that we need both leaders and followers, the world would be chaotic and have no balance if it were made up of just one or the other! Sometimes people follow simply because they are easy going and really don’t mind having others make decisions for them, but if you follow because of insecurities you need to step out of you comfort zone speak up.

Are you a Leader or a Follower? Do you express yourself honestly even when you can see you are standing alone? Do you do what others suggest even though it’s not what YOU want to do? Or do you opt out because it doesn’t fit into YOUR idea of what’s best for you? If you express yourself with good intention, your opinion will be respected and you will be heard!

Use it or lose it!


Happy Birthday James!

Happy Birthday James! I can’t believe how time flies. You were my very first impression of what it would be like to have a child. Living with you and your Mom was a time in my life I will always look back on and smile. You’re an incredible soul and I love you with all my heart! I have memories that I will cherish forever! You’re my Best friends child, it doesn’t get much better than that! I wish you the BEST Birthday ever! Be safe always and never live with any regret…any big regret! lol I can’t believe your 21! Your Mom and I were in Australia when I turned 21 and all I can say is YIKES! I know you’re more mature than we ever were, crossing my fingers right now in hopes you are! xo

Watching you play your guitar and sing is a highlight in times we have spent together. (playing hide the stinky socks was fun too) (Wiping your butt @ 3 I could have done without, I was totally set up on that!  lol) You are amazing! When I am missing you I drop in to your Facebook page not to creep or judge but to get my James fix. I always love it when you link to music.

I love finding new music. I should clarify, new music for ME. I have been know to be stuck when it comes to tunes, and this is a perfect example, I will admit I thought Train was New! I am not up to date with the music world and couldn’t sing a song in tune if my life depended on it, but I’m willing to at least give it a try. I went off on Facebook saying I recorded myself singing “Hey Soul Sister” but I regret to tell you, it’s wayyy too embarrassing to post. I know what I like, I just don’t know who they are and the name of the song. I also have a tendency to play my new favourite songs to death, drives everyone around me crazy. I think maybe subconsciously I hope I will be able to remember the song if I hear it a bazillion times, no such luck. Thanks James for the music links. I would love to hear your version of this song, I know it would be incredible.

Happy Birthday James, enjoy every moment of the day it’s all about celebrating YOU and that is something to celebrate!!! We love you! A-T and family! xo

Crank it up ~

Happy Birthday James!


(RED) The Lazarus Effect

Last night on Facebook, (RED)The Lazarus Effect’ film Directed by Lance Bangs, Executive Producer Spike Jonze, streamed The Red Carpet live from the screening at MoMA in NY. You can see the film’s Premiere on May 24 th on HBO, YouTube & Channel 4. I originally saw the campaign commercial on (LOVE IT) a new site I found while doing research for another post. (Friday’s) Sooo many great things to write about it’s hard to pick!

I keep getting reminded why Bono is my all time favourite musician, here is another reason! Bono, Penelope Cruz, Hugh Jackman, Don Cheadle, Gwen Stefani, Gabourey Sidibe, Jane Lynch, Dakota Fanning, Orlando Bloom, Lucy Liu, Claire Daines, and so many more friends of (RED) show the power of what 40 cents can buy.

The Lazarus Effect Campaign: 40 cents = 2 lifesaving pills … With the help of 2 antiretroviral (ARV) pills that cost around 40 cents a day, a person with HIV can transform their life in as few as 40 days. Doctors call it “The Lazarus Effect.”

I buy (RED) whenever given the choice to do so. It takes the same effort to buy a Starbucks (RED) gift card as it does any other, so why not! My kids Teacher gifts are (RED) Starbucks coffee cards. You’re not only supporting a great cause which is making positive change in the world, you’re teaching kids that a gift can have a life changing meaning behind it! Win/win!

Change is being made because of those who use their voices! You can use your consumer voice, by supporting (RED), Teacher gifts and Mother’s Day are just a few ways to help!


“The Cove” Taiji, Japan

TracyI just watched “The Cove” and I can’t keep this one to myself.  If you want to use your voice to contribute to a cause that is trying to make a difference in the world you need to see this movie.  But be warned some of the content is disturbing.  I don’t understand how anyone could treat such amazing sea mammals so brutally.  I “get” that there are many cultural differences in our world but this is just brutality mixed with…I don’t even have a word for it I am so upset with what some human beings, if you can call these people “human”, think is acceptable behavior.  It is our responsibility to help stop this behavior and teach if these people are uneducated in what they are doing!  I am doing my part in trying to spread the word so that maybe, just maybe this can be stopped!  Here is the  Synopsis directly from “The Cove” site to get you up to speed on what is going on, or simply click on the video below~

The Cove begins in Taiji, Japan, where former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O’Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation “Flipper.”

But his close relationship with those dolphins, the very dolphins who sparked a global fascination with trained sea mammals that continues to this day led O’Barry to a radical change of heart. One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures so beautifully adapted to life in the open ocean must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast.

But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality.  It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt.  The nature of what they do is so chilling and the consequences are so dangerous to human health they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

Undeterred, O’Barry joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society to get to the truth of what’s really going on in the cove and why it matters to everyone in the world.  With the local Chief of Police hot on their trail and strong-arm fishermen keeping tabs on them, they will recruit an “Ocean’s Eleven”style team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, adrenaline junkies and world class free divers who will carry out an undercover operation to photograph the off limits cove, while playing a cloak and dagger game with those who would have them jailed. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope.

The Cove is something I think that we all need to watch to be more aware of what is going on in the world around us.  You can also join The Cove Facebook Cause and sign the petition @  The Cove Save the Dolphins. Or Follow The Cove on Twitter to get updates!

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Surfing…slow motion!

I was surfing ‘Facebook’ when I came upon this video a film industry friend of mine had posted, I found it really interesting.  I love any kind of Documentary especially when it involves nature and interesting things we don’t see in our day to day lives. It makes you aware of the passion some people have for their jobs and thankful they are sharing it with us!

Wired has a fascinating article detailing some of the revolutionary advancements in high-speed cameras. The article details a new show called Time Warp, whose premise is to make the ordinary extraordinary with one trick: slowing it down.  The high-speed cameras used for this cost more than $100,000, but they can stretch a few seconds of action into several minutes, allowing us to see details within the action that were previously unknown to us.

And if you think super slow-motion video sounds hard to shoot on land, try shooting underwater.  German scientist Rudi Deisel created a custom high-speed underwater camera called the Typhoon HD4.  He spent the next year turning his Typhoon into an underwater shooter.

Deisel’s camera was used to shoot a teaser for the BBC’s upcoming South Pacific series, which features surfer Dylan Longbottom in a 12-foot monster barrel. In the video (above), Deisel was delighted to see that his camera captured intricacies of ocean waves normally imperceivable to the human eye — a tube of air passing through a long distance of the wave in the shape of vortices.

And if the video above just wasn’t quite long enough to get your adrenaline fix, check out the one below, I am certain you will be satisfied!

Surfs up!  The ocean is a powerful sourse and surfers in my opinion are crazy human beings!  While vacationing  in Maui we watched the Billabong Pro Women Vans Triple Crown from the cliffs above Honolua Bay.  It was amazing to see these women in person, they absolutly loved what they were doing.  They were fierce competitors!  Women Inspiring…Layney Beachley and Stephanie Gilmore to name a few.  Enjoy the video!



Girlfriends Reconnecting

Glenda, Wendy and me!
Glenda, Wendy and me!

Background story:
We were all in our very early twenties when we were hired by CP Air in Vancouver and trained together to be flight attendants. This is a bonding experience all on its own. Add to that the company forced transfer to big ol’ scary Toronto where we had no family, friends or much money and a new job that was both exciting and terrifying at the same time.  Five of us crammed into a tiny apartment meant for two.  These were absolutely great times!
I have so many wonderful memories of those early days.  As time went on we grew in different directions.  Some of us were able to transfer back to Vancouver, some of us met men we married and stayed in Toronto (for a while anyway).  I left the airline eventually and it became more difficult to keep in touch.  For whatever reason, I drifted away from these good friends.  I often found myself thinking back on those great times and wondering how my friends were doing today.
Fast forward fifteen years:
I have re-connected with many friends from high school thanks to Facebook.  Yes, love it or hate it, Facebook is handy for looking up old friends.  So I decided to search Facebook for my flight attendant friends.  Voila! I found Wendy right away.  Wendy and I recently caught up during a great evening sharing appies and wine.  We both felt like we simply started up where we left off.  Trust me, there were no awkward silences.  We were up yakking into the wee hours of the morning.
John and I are in Maui right now and it just so happens that Wendy and another room mate of ours from the good ol’ days is also here.  Wendy and Glenda both worked a flight from Vancouver to Maui last night so we were all able to get together in paradise today.  How great is that!
Sharing great memories and a piece of your past with good friends is truly a gift.  One that I plan to hang on to and cherish.

Thank you Facebook.