Apr 29, 2019

YOU | Come on Baby Light My Fire!

Find beauty in the unseen or forgotten. Sometimes we forget the little things in life. 

Apr 23, 2019

YOU | He Shoots...He Scores! Meet the Ultimate Leafs Fan

A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends.

Apr 16, 2019

ARTFUL | Art Imitates Life

Art is a celebration of life, intended by the artist to put the spectator in touch with the divine.

Joseph Plaskett

RECIPE | Terry’s Keto Pizza

~ 2 cups of shredded mozzarella
~ 2 tbsp cream cheese
~ 3/4 cup almond flour

Melt cheeses in microwave, add to flour and mix until turns into dough ball.
Add a bit of oregano, thyme and garlic powder to flour.
Roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 12" round.
Prick with fork and bake at 425 for 6-8 min or until starting to get golden.
Remove from oven cool slightly.  Reduce oven to 350.
Top pizza as desired and bake until cheese melts  5-8 min.
Cool slightly before cutting.




TV | More Tales from Lanford


I have found that if you love lifelife will love you back

This Idea is Blooming Brilliant!

I like gardening — it's a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.
— Alice Sebold


we wish everyone a very happy easter

Apr 15, 2019

TV | Familiar Faces Returning to the Y&R

Fans of The Young & the Restless will have much to look forward to this spring, as the popular daytime drama pays tribute to Kristoff St. John and welcomes back cast members.

Over the past couple years, many viewers and stars expressed their dissatisfaction with the direction executive producer /head writer Mal Young took the show. New characters were paraded out on a frequent basis, while long time characters were given bit parts.

Eric Braeden, who plays Victor Neuman was not shy with his remarks about Young. He told reporters that Young was trying to write his character out and he was unhappy with the way Mal had introduced groups of new characters who weren't directly linked to existing storylines. Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) shared similar sentiments as he watched his character's screen time diminish.

Mal Young left the show recently, ushering in some big changes. Most notably being the return of Michelle Stafford as Phyllis. Stafford left the show in 2013, after portraying Phyllis for 16 years. She took a role on General Hospital and her Y&R character was recast, with Gina Tognoni taking over the part. While fans may be happy to see Michelle return to the Y&R, it's a bittersweet reunion, as in means Gina has been given the pink slip.

Also returning to Genoa City is Greg Rikaart as Kevin Fisher. Rikaart left the Y&R in 2017 and took on the role of Leo on Days of Our Lives. Greg is slated to return later in the spring.

In February, Y&R mourned the sudden passing of Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters. Although they acknowledged St. John's passing when it happened, his character’s passing won’t be addressed until later this month. Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T./Criminal Minds) will return for two episodes as Neil’s brother Malcolm. The series will also feature a special tribute episode, where the actors will reminisce about their time with St. John. As they won’t be in character, other past cast members will be joining the memorial, including Victoria Rowell (Drucilla) and Mishael Morgan (Hillary). Jess Walton (Jill) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley) will also be featured.

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Apr 6, 2019

REVIEW | The Tea Party Return to the Performing Arts Centre

The Tea Party brought their Black River Tour to the Performing Arts Centre on March 30th and Scribbles was there, with "sweet spot" seats, 4th row, centre.

Lead singer Jeff Martin (who still looks like a reincarnation of The Doors Jim Morrison) drummer Jeff Burrows and keyboard player (as well as several other instruments) Stuart Chatwood kept us entertained with a rock solid, 2 hour collection of the band's biggest hits, cover tunes and new releases.

Martin had the full capacity crowd in his command, instructing us when to stand, when to sit, when to be quiet and when to belt out a chorus line while he listened and gave his approval of our efforts. He also chatted a bit between tunes, gently reminding us to make the world a better place in light of the recent mass shooting in New Zealand. 

On the verge of their 30th anniversary together, The Tea Party is one of Canada's finest true rock bands and although proud of his heritage, Jeff Martin now calls Australia home. 

The Proud Sons, an edgy country/rock group from Manitoba, opened for The Tea Party and got the already stoked crowd even more pumped up and thirsty for some Tea.

As per usual, my concert sidekick was our friend Shelley and we kicked off our night together with dinner at Gord's Place. After The Tea Party show was over, I escorted Shelley to The Warehouse where another band was performing. I stayed long enough to say hi to some old friends ("Hi Jen, "Nice to see you again Kazoo") and down a beer, before walking home in the teaming rain.

Even the bad weather couldn't dampen my spirits on this special night out. 

Here's a video of The Tea Party's Black River Tour recorded Dec. 29, 2018 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto...

YOU | Putting His Best Foot Forward

Our inspiring friend Justin Preston will once again be participating in Walk So Kids Can Talk. Here's an excerpt from his Facebook event page...

"On May 5th, 2019 in the morning, hundreds of people will be walking in Niagara as we #WalkSoKidsCanTalk and thousands will be walking across Canada in many different locations.

This event page is an open invitation to anyone who might be interested in joining us this year.

All that's required for you to do is bring yourself and a friend as this event is free.

I thought this would be a great idea and opportunity for anyone who wants to meet others, connect and make some new friends as I've started raising funds for my pledge for Kids Help Phone already.

In the past few years many of you have helped me raise thousands for Kids Help Phone as we Walk So Kids Can Talk every year. Thanks to all of you world changers I'm honoured to be the 2018 Volunteer Of The Year.

So many young people across Canada have been using this service for years. I'm so proud to be supporting this charity that was there for me during a hard crisis in my life.

To anyone who would like to donate to my pledge as I walk 5 km In St. Catharines at Jaycee Park on May 5th, 2019.


Every $5 or $10 will receive a tax receipt.

When I was younger bullying became more tougher to deal with when others started to discover that I was gay. Being in a open relationship in my community created myself to be mercilessly bullied. Trying to cope and keep everything silent of all the cyber-bullying and being treated unfair by fellow students during my early high-school years.

I was that little boy that had "target" written on his forehead.

There were times and attempts I felt I did not belong or deserved to move forward in life. But let me tell you, this world needs people like you and me.

In one of the most hardest times of my life. I had the courage and reached for the phone and dealing with fears of calling Kids Help Phone of being judged more. One entire hour was spent talking to a open-minded lady and spilling my heart on topics my parents knew nothing about.

I felt comfort that night, I didn't feel alone and somebody listened when I was crying out for help in a crisis time of my life.

This is why I dedicate every year raising funds as I walk 5 km in St. Catharines at Jaycee Park on Sunday, May 5, I’ll be walking with thousands of other allies across Canada to make our world a more supportive place for youth.

Kids Help Phone is a charity and has been a trusted source of support for almost 30 years. Thanks to events like the Walk, when young people find the courage to ask for help, Kids Help Phone will always be there to answer.

Match the courage of young people in Canada and please contribute to my fundraising goal!"


Check it out: KidsHelpPhone.ca  |  1-800-668-6868

Apr 4, 2019

ME | Thorough & Thrilled

After several months waiting period, followed by numerous medical tests, last week I saw the cardiologist to discuss the results of these very thorough procedures.

The news isn’t good....it’s GREAT! The chest ultrasound showed my heart is healthy and so are the valves around it. Dr. Mackett said that when they do an ultrasound for your heart, they also see other organs such as your lungs and they also look good.

The stress test, where I walked on a treadmill, was perfect. Dr. Mackett said that he would have no concerns about me, should I wish to do anything strenuous. He said “You’re far from being a couch potato.” I mentioned to him that I do walk quite a lot.

The results of the time I wore the heart monitor were also good. He said my heart beats faster when it should (when I am moving around, etc) and is within a healthy range.

Any pain I may sometimes feel in the heart area is related to my chronic pain. This was good to know as I have often wondered if my upper back pain was a symptom of my heart pain or if the chest pain was a symptom of the back pain. It’s the latter.

He said based upon my test results I should be around for a while and there’s no need for further tests or appointments with him.

Needless to say I was thrilled and on the way home and rewarded myself with a visit to Subway.