If I Told You …

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

If I Told You

So this was my Facebook status the other day. Deliberately provocative, as you can see, and as I hoped, I got lots of responses. I am blessed with the most generous, thoughtful, wonderful friends ever, and they gave me the gift of their gut response (which was almost unanimously “No”, by the way). Then they took the time to answer my questions and explain why they felt that way. Where else can one get a free education like that?

I learned, for example, that some people’s Facebook feeds are overrun with enterprising friends trying to sell them something, and their reactions range from frustration to resentment. People love their friends, but they don’t love the feeling of being pressured, guilted, or made to feel uncomfortable.

There was some thoughtful conversation about social media and what kind of “space” it is. We all endure the ads that Facebook puts into our feeds (somebody has to pay for the servers, and it’s not us), but is it OK for our “friends” to pitch us in a “social” space? Or is there really no separation between business and pleasure, just as there isn’t in real life? We do, after all, ask people at parties what they do, and sometimes they tell us in more detail than we want to know. Is posting in social media about one’s business the same as being that bore at the dinner table?

There’s also the enthusiasm. After all, this isn’t a widget I’m talking about. I am so excited to have found something that works well for me, and I want all of my friends to have the same wonderful experience. Should I deprive them of the benefit of this knowledge? Should I just keep everything to do with it on a business page and keep it out of my social feed? Or should I continue to pursue transparency and authenticity, sharing my experience with the world, good and bad?

The conversation continues. Let me know what you think!

Review – Rivers Edge Resort

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Rivers Edge Resort

Last week my husband and I spent a couple of nights in this lovely cabin, which belongs to the hospitable and generous Joy and Scott Sutyla. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read this whole review, we loved it, recommend it and would go back. Click on the picture to go to their website and book your own getaway. Continue Reading »

I Love the Smell of Facebook in the Morning … But I’m Giving it Up

Monday, August 4th, 2014
I love the smell of fresh watermelons in the morning

I love the smell of fresh watermelons in the morning by ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓, on Flickr

OK, now you really think I’m nuts. Smell of Facebook? What’s that about? And why would you give up smelling (or reading, I guess that’s more accurate) Facebook in the morning? Continue Reading »

The Alternative Minyan Lives!

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Rosh Hashanah 2008

Rosh Hashanah 2008 by Leslie, on Flickr

Just over a year ago, I published in this space a guest blog post by Carol Rose, about the Rose Family Alternative High Holiday Minyan and its illustrious 35 years of operation. My family and I have been honoured to be participants in this minyan for over a decade. This year, however, is different. Continue Reading »

OMG I Made a Video – an Important One

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Today I did something I’ve never done before. That’s why there is no pretty Flickr picture on this post. I brought up Movie Maker on my computer (did I even know I had it?) and made a video of me talking into the webcam. Sitting outside on my deck, no proper background, not well centred, not edited, not a good video at all. But an important video. Continue Reading »

30 Day Challenge: Back to Square One

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

One by Roosh Inf3ktion, on Flickr

Sigh. Life never goes the way you want it to, does it? Sometimes you just have to accept the signals from the Universe telling you to SLOW DOWN. Continue Reading »

30 Day Challenge: Adapt

Monday, July 21st, 2014

adapt by Leigh Anthony DEHANEY, on Flickr

I guess you can’t get rid of 27 years of inflammation and intestinal damage in 30 days. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, Isagenix is not magic. It is an extremely effective nutritional support system, but the work has to happen inside. Continue Reading »

30 Day Challenge: The Cleanse

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
cleanse for life liquid

Cleanse For Life Liquid

My quick-witted readers will have noted that I have now moved beyond the 30 day limit. Heck, I’m just doing another 30 days, why not? It’s doing well for me. I’m not going to be doing this forever, but for now it is working. Continue Reading »

30 Day Challenge: Results

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

30 day result picture

Thirty Days Later

Well, folks, there you have it. The result of my first 30 day challenge on Isagenix. I didn’t do everything perfectly, but I’m quite pleased with my results. Continue Reading »

30 Day Challenge: It’s Not Magic

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Magic by Xtream_i, on Flickr

Many people in our society are looking for a magic pill, something they can just take and all their problems will disappear. There may be companies out there that make that kind of ridiculous claim, but Isagenix is not one of them. If you buy our products but don’t make any effort to change your lifestyle, it’s not going to do much for you. You will be better nourished, but you won’t experience the kind of transformation of which you are undoubtedly capable. Continue Reading »