book review: Being Grateful, Being Thankful

by WizardOfWords on October 14, 2014

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As we just had Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, and the American Thanksgiving holidays will soon be upon us, I felt a quick review of this new e-book by Sarah Butland of Nova Scotia, Canada, would be appreciated by all.

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Being Grateful, Being Thankful: Appreciate Everything to Be Happy For Even The Rain Brings Rainbows is an inspirational read that reminds us to be grateful for everything in our lives. Butland reminds us to be grateful for the obvious things like family, friends, our home, and job, but also reminds us to be thankful for less obvious things such as our driver’s licence, credit cards, and running water.

She helps us take stock and realize that no matter what is happening in our lives, there is something to be grateful for, and that we likely have it better than someone else–even if we feel disadvantaged and wanting more.

At the bottom of each page is a mantra to help us express our gratitude for everything from sun to rain.

I especially like Butland’s interpretation of Family. Here is an excerpt from that page:

Look around you, not at the blood that determines your faith, but the family you have chosen to share your life with. These are the people you can depend on and cry with when times get tough, as well as rejoice with when those times pass. Family will be with you until the end, whether or not they are linked through blood.

Mantra: I rejoice in the family who surrounded me on the first day and through all the days in between. Grateful am I to those who believe in me and ensure I have something to believe in. Thank you, family, for I am everything with you by my side.

Those are incredible words to live by, as I firmly believe the word ‘family’ is often interpreted by too many as simply those to whom we are related by blood. To me (and to Butland) family means anyone who really loves and supports us. They are our eternal family.

I congratulate Sarah Butland for putting her inspirational thoughts on screen (and soon to be paper) to help us take stock of our lives. If you like what you have read here, hop over to PubSlush, where you can support Butland’s crowdfunding campaign, and get a copy of Being Grateful, Being Thankful for yourself or someone you love.

And please join us back here the week of October 27th for our next new post.

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the messy baker — book review

by WizardOfWords on October 2, 2014

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I met Charmian Christie a number of years ago in Toronto at a PWAC conference. I immediately liked her warmth, sense of humour, and smile. And over the past few years, I’ve loved receiving posts via her Messy Baker blog. Now … I’m able to enjoy some of those favourite recipes in Charmian’s new book, The Messy Baker.

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I absolutely love this book. I love the feel of the cover and the high-grade coated paper. I love the beautiful colour photography that brings the recipes to life. And I love the fact that it is written by a friend and colleague who has worked hard to establish herself as someone who has fun in the kitchen while creating easy to make signature dishes of all types.

I’ve never liked baking because you have to be so precise. Charmian’s recipes are written with me in mind. They let you know when it’s important to be exact on ingredients or precise on measurements. And they let you know when you can just have fun and experiment without worry.

The Messy Baker offers a wide variety of offerings from savory basil and aged cheddar scones to rosemary, apricot, and pistachio crisps to a wide variety of recipes featuring chocolate — including the delectable deep dark cherry and chipotle brownies featured on the cover of the book.

And there’s a whole lot more chocolate to please chocolate lovers like me. The book explains how to make chocolate sauce, how to deal with chocolate in the kitchen, and even how to make chocolate-tipped cigarettes!

With the holiday season just around the corner, keep The Messy Baker in mind if you want to stretch or polish your own abilities in the kitchen, or if you want to please someone who does like to create culinary delights by gifting this book. Who knows … the gift may just end up giving back to you by tantalizing your taste buds over the holidays. Enjoy!

 

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the importance of greeting cards

September 18, 2014
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When is the last time you mailed someone a physical card of congratulations, thanks, or support? People who know me well know that I love to send and receive cards–of all types! I have a drawer in which I have various categories of cards that I send out to friends, family, and colleagues when the […]

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award winning author

September 3, 2014
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Wow. Seeing those three words in a note of congrats that I rec’d from a colleague made me realize I had actually achieved something wonderful. I am now an award winning author. This week, my latest book Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate (Volume I) was chosen as a Bronze Medal winner in […]

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Have you found YOUR tribe?

August 21, 2014
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I’ve always been a joiner. I belong to numerous organizations, including Toastmasters International, the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, The Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. There are other organizations I may have belonged to and have left and may rejoin. I feel a bit like my interests and loyalties are in […]

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accepting the Versatile Blogger Award

August 4, 2014
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Many thanks to Chris Nash for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Chris knows me via the Travel Blogged group on facebook, and so he nominated my travel blog for the award in his post. But as it is this blog where I talk about the muse that leads my writing and inspires my […]

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where is the care in healthcare?

July 23, 2014
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I think that everyone who knows me and/or reads this blog, knows that I like to focus on the positive. I rarely rant or let negativity occupy my thoughts. But I’d posted the following on facebook last night after a nasty encounter at one of our local healthcare facilities with a health care ‘professional’ and based on the […]

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what’s in a name?

July 9, 2014
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This week, I have the pleasure of welcoming a Toastmasters friend and colleague to my blog, with a guest post that’s actually a reprint of the amazing speech she recently presented to the Toastmasters in the Arts club in Gimli, Manitoba. Carolyn Dyane had us sitting on the edge of our seats with this thought-provoking, […]

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Book Review: 10% Happier by Dan Harris

June 25, 2014
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This week, we have the privilege of a guest post from author, writer, editor, blogger Jeri Walker-Bickett, whom I met via the Bloggers Helping Bloggers group on LinkedIn. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) writes short stories, creative nonfiction, and psychological suspense. The rough Idaho mining town she grew up in populates her literary landscape. She also works as […]

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planning a virtual book tour

June 6, 2014
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I’ve been learning much from D’vorah Lansky during the past 4 weeks in her 30-day Book Marketing Challenge. Although I haven’t had time to properly digest all the material, the one thing that has really motivated me in the course material, is to plan a virtual book tour for my chocolate travel book, “Chocolatour: A […]

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