Feb 28, 2024

PASSAGES | We Remember Jim Farquharson



PASSAGES | A Remarkable Guy

Here -with permission - is the obituary for Dale Eckert, who passed away on Feb. 23. I think Dale's sibling Charlie wrote much of it, but I'm sure Dale's entire family helped too.

Even if you didn't know Dale, you might find Dale's tale very interesting. I was unaware of all the amazing things Dale did and all the people he interacted with.

Dale was such a positive soul, with a "can do" attitude. And why wouldn't he be? He was raised by the best mothers a child could get Ginny & Michelle. He had siblings Charlie and Nathanial, who supported their brother unconditionally. There was a whole lotta love at Dale's home...there still is.

Dale Anthony Llewlyn Eckert
January 29, 2002- February 23, 2024

Shortly after his 22nd birthday, Dale, surrounded by loved ones, passed from this plane to the next.

Dale came into this world during a snowstorm, 11 weeks early in Hamilton’s McMaster University Hospital. With a great head of hair and perfect eyebrows, he exceeded all expectations, marking the beginning of his incredible journey.

A natural artist, when he was 5 years old, he created the Niagara Peninsula Children Centres first sold out Christmas card. It brought much needed funds to their program. This was his first act of generosity.

At Harold Hatcher School in Winnipeg, Manitoba he brought with him the empowerment of education and inclusion. Teaching staff and peers alike, what being disABLED really meant. Changing people's view of disABILITY by truly living his life to the fullest, whether it was tobogganing on a crazy carpet down a hill, or being bounced in a bouncy castle, Dale was fearless and unstoppable.

When he began going to Arthur Day Middle School people really started to see him for who he was, a cheeky, stinky, focused and determined young individual. That's where his love of sports exploded. In the gym dressed as a goalie, he loved to be included in the game, enjoying every moment with his peers. Dale was the epitome of a “good spectator”. Ringing cowbells, cheering at the top of his lungs, making everyone feel like he was their biggest fan.

At the lake Dale hated the bugs… and being outside. However, he loved the good company, trick-or-treating, roasting marshmallows, growing beans, crafts and spending time with his loved ones. The excitement Dale exuded while playing games was palpable.

In Murdoch Mackay, Dale exhibited an excellent sense of style and fashion. Known for his doughnut pants, hamburger shorts and floral shirts he quickly became a “fashion icon”. The spring concert ignited his passion for singing karaoke and being a star. It was at Murdoch that Dale had his first job interview, he rehearsed and practiced diligently and his hard work paid off. He earned the title of Security Guard and that began his desire to work. He took his job very seriously, handing out tickets and politely asking peers to return to class. Dale was well respected in his position.

After graduation, Dale’s hunger to work full time was sated when he started to work at S.P.I.K.E. day program. He made new friends, and embarked on a new chapter in life. Monday to Friday he woke the house, yelling in anticipation to go to S.P.I.K.E. Whether it was making crafts, playing bingo or watching television he took his job seriously.

No matter where Dale was, his positivity and zest for life radiated throughout.

Dale leaves behind his mothers Ginny and Michele. Sibling Charlie and their husband Kiernan, brother Nathanial and his significant other Stephanie and little sister, Nadalee. His grandparents Bev and Tony, Gisele and Henri, John and Beata. As well as many extended family members and loyal friends.

Please join us in celebrating his life on Wednesday March 20th, 2024 any time between 2pm and 8:30pm at 500 Widlake St, Winnipeg, Manitoba. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the celebration for the renovation of the specialized washroom at S.P.I.K.E day program.

Sharing in the light that was Dale's life was the gift he gave all of us.


Feb 26, 2024

scribbles VIDEO | BIG News & a New Way to Enjoy Your Own Mini Mr. Sock

 “The less you want, the more you love.” 


Feb 25, 2024

HEALTH | 9 Ways To Increase Your Happiness

 By Ken Lauher  | OM TIMES

Through all my studies of Feng Shui, human nature and change, I’ve discovered that when you find happiness, you will attract everything you want to you. You will discover your passion, find or create a career you love that will make you all the money you desire, and find true love. So how do you “get happy?”

True happiness comes from within, not from external factors. Our career, the home we live in, the activities we’re doing at any given moment, and even how others think of us are all external factors. We may be able to change them, but it often takes work, intention and an action plan.

Here are 9 ways to begin increasing your happiness from within right now.

1. Focus on strong friendships and relationships. – Consider the times when you were happiest. If you don’t have a career or hobby you are truly passionate about, where you can completely lose yourself in the moment and feel fulfillment, I’m willing to bet all of your happiest times are spent with others. When we focus our intentions on giving and caring for others, we’ll feel better immediately.

That happiness is true happiness, not created by artificial things or situations. It comes from within. Nurture your relationships with close friends, family, and your partner — people who make you feel good about yourself — and focus your intention on making them feel good. You’ll be amazed by the positive change this creates in your life.

2. Find your passion and pursue it for a living. – We spend 40 hours per week (or much more than that!) in our jobs or careers. If you don’t love what you’re doing, it’s hard to be happy. Take time each day to pursue your true passion, even if you’re not sure (right now) how you can make money at it. If you don’t know what your passion is, take time to find it through meditation, soul-searching, and trying different activities.

Until your true passion begins earning you a full-time income, make up your mind to love your job and pursue it with the same enthusiasm as you would pursue your passion. If this is such a stretch you can’t even visualize it, it’s time to polish off the resume and find a new job, even if it’s just for now.

3. Cast off labels. – We’re all many things in life: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons…. We might identify with our ethnicity, or our career, or the place we live. Some people put labels on themselves that begin in high school or earlier, and some we adopt later in life. Words like geek, nerd, hipster, yuppie, leader, “artist,” “the fat girl,” “the jock” are all labels we put on ourselves. Sometimes they serve us, but they always create a mold that we might feel forced to put ourselves in. When we adhere to labels, positive or negative, we are not embracing our true self, which is not any specific label, but just is. Make the decision today that you will not be defined — by yourself or others — with any specific words that put limits on yourself.

4. Embrace forgiveness. – One label people use often that doesn’t serve them is “victim.” When you are holding a grudge or holding on to past resentments, you cannot be your best self. To hold a grudge or hold on to past disappointments is living in the past, not the present.

Instead, practice forgiveness. Write a list of as many disappointments or hurts you can think of. Then release them completely. If it helps, burn the paper, or tear it into tiny pieces and toss it away. You can also practice affirmations and simply say out loud, “I forgive…” and mention anyone or anything that may have hurt you.

5. Enjoy life.
Have you ever seen people suffering from a terminal illness or living in poverty yet they are incredibly positive, happy and (ironically) full of life? They have discovered the secret to happiness: Realize that your happiness doesn’t rely so much on your circumstances as on your attitude.

Too often, we hold back from making time for fun activities because we feel we have too many obligations or restrictions. We are waiting until we get the perfect job, the perfect home, the perfect partner… and one day we wake up and find we’ve put our whole life on hold.

Instead, take time to do the things you love and, as you’re doing them, forget about everything else, treasure the now and enjoy yourself. Taking time to do this frequently is one of the keys to living with happiness.

6. Take care of your health. – It’s much more difficult to be happy and live your best life if you are feeling run-down or sick. Today’s busy lifestyles, with all the pressures we place on ourselves, often tax our immune systems, leading us to get sick more often or, even when we are not ill, feeling less than our best. Get a good night’s sleep (8 hours is optimal for many people, although some people need more and some can do with a little less), put healthy foods into your body, and exercise at least 20 minutes a day most days of the week. This doesn’t have to be a formal exercise program; walk to work, take the stairs in your building, or throw a ball outside with your kids.

7. Take care of your mental health, too. – Sometimes, there’s nothing particularly wrong, but we need a break. The end result of not listening to these mental cries for a rest is often physical illness. If you won’t give your mind and body the rest it needs, it’s going to take it one way or another.

Schedule “me” time before it comes to that. Take at least 15 to 20 minutes to yourself everyday, soaking in a tub, meditating, reading something purely for pleasure. Whatever activity you enjoy and is just for you. Take a longer “date” once a week doing something you enjoy, too, whether it’s a low-stress girls’ night out, taking an adult ed. class, going to zumba lessons, watching a movie you love… you get the idea. There’s no reason to feel guilty about enjoying your life and thinking about yourself first.

8. Find what inspires you, supports you and gives you strength. Feng Shui is about intention and intuition. It is only in the quiet space of our minds that we can follow our intuition and stay focused on our intentions. It’s important to listen to your intuition to discover what it is that truly inspires you, to find out where you draw your inner strength. For some, this spiritual component comes in the form of organized religion. For others, it could be a sense of spirituality.

Inspiration comes from the words “in” and “spirit.” If you find inspiration lacking in your life, it could be time to consider spiritual activities such as yoga, tai chi or meditation. These activities will help you stay focused on the “now,” find your source of inspiration and strength, and stay in touch with your true self. Click here to find out more about the ways you can benefit from meditation.

9. Embrace your true self.
If you take the action steps outlined in this article, I guarantee you’ll feel happier, more often. It’s only when we forget our true life purpose that we begin to slip into the “pursuit” of happiness rather than embracing the feeling of happiness.

When we choose to embrace happiness, we are in touch with our true self. It’s time to start liking yourself now — every single trait. Focus on all you have, the things and people that you love and all you can offer to others, and you’ll find it’s impossible not to be happier.

About Ken – One of America’s premier Feng Shui consultants, Ken Lauher helps thousands of people achieve their goals through Feng Shui. He can help you become a money magnet, attract passionate love, jump-start your career and get unstuck. Visit www.kenlauher.com to get your FREE Feng Shui guide and discover the ancient secrets that can help you unlock your true potential.

Feb 24, 2024

scribbles VIDEO | Ken's Mom's Wheel of Fortune Birthday Party

As most of you know, each year I host a birthday party for my mom. I always make sure to have a theme and/or a unique game at each party and this year it was Wheel of Fortune. Here's a look at how it all went down...
“When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.” 


Wings of Hope

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” 

– Sonia Ricott

scribbles VIDEO | Drivin' Miss Barbie

With the Oscars just weeks away, we thought it would be a good time to feature an encore of our "Drivin' Miss Barbie" featuring Mr. Sock, Barbie and even Cher!!!


INSIGHTFUL WORDS - Living With Chronic Pain

Yes, we have featured these statements about living with chronic pain before, but the words are worth repeating. I totally relate to all of these. I've had chronic pain for over 40 years now. Sometimes it is just a dull pain, managed with medication and stretching exercises/yoga/meditation. But other times the pain is unbearable. Even with a belly full of opioids, ice packs and heating pads, some days the pain just won't let up. I can't begin to tell you how much this effects me. With this in mind, here's those statements again...

Feb 14, 2024

COMICS | The LOL's of Love

We love sharing funny comics with you and it's even more exciting when there's a theme. Today's theme is, appropriately enough, Valentine's Day & Love. We've featured most of these before, but it's been a while.


Growing isn’t something that happens once. 
It happens again and again, and again.


Feb 12, 2024

YOU | Mad Love on Big Seat

"Everyone Understands Kindness"


Feb 10, 2024

YOU | Love is in the Air

“One of the greatest regrets in life
 is being what others would want you to be, 
rather than being yourself.”
– Shannon L. Alder


Feb 7, 2024

YOU | Sundown Spectacular

To see Sarah's amazing sunset in LARGE SIZE CLICK BELOW:

To see Janet's very cool sunset in LARGE SIZE CLICK BELOW:


Guaranteed LOL's...


Feb 6, 2024

YOU | Best Buddies!


Feb 4, 2024

One Year Ago...

 Feb. 4, 2023 we lost a great man, our friend Jim Steel. Click here to view our tribute page to Jim.

Feb 3, 2024

PASSAGES | Truly a Beautiful Being

After putting together this tribute video, it made me realize that not having Bebee around is going to hit me in waves throughout the year. Yes, I'm sad NOW, that she passed away but I know that when things start happening in the yard, like the first nice day, the changing seasons, the garden, all those things have been enjoyed in the past with our pal Bebee. So I am bracing myself for a bumpy ride ahead.

Here's my tribute video to Bebee, the super friendly, vocal kitty we all fell in love with. I've joked with friends in the past, how I could spend a lot of time and effort creating a clever video. I could labour over it for weeks. The next day Bebee is rolling on the driveway being a ham, I record it and post to Facebook and the impromptu clip gets three times as many views as the creative video that took forever to complete. LOL!!!

But that shouldn't REALLY have surprised me. Time and time again, in readers polls and comments, Scribbles friends have said the thing they enjoy most about Scribbles are posts featuring our beloved pets.

This video combines both our creative side as well as lots of Bebee moments from the past decade. You didn't have to know Bebee personally to see why she was so appreciated and loved. 

I want to add my condolences to Brian, Lisa, Dawn, Chris, Rose and Deanna. All of you shared moments with Bebee as well, and I hope this video mirrors those precious memories. 

“Keep looking up…that’s the secret of life.” 

 “Never forget to smile.” 



Feb 2, 2024

ENCORE | Mr. Sock Interviews The Groundhog


Be yourself. No one can say you’re doing it wrong.” 


Feb 1, 2024

EDITORIAL | Go Away January

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable 
but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”
– George Bernard Shaw