What to Do on Valentine’s

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Oscar Wilde

Occasions such as Valentine’s are about LOVE: you get to define how that shows up in your life, not just on that one day of the year BUT every day in your life.

There are happily single people, wildly hopeful new couples, married people who have been together for decades. No matter the length of time you have been with someone, I think a good basis for a healthy relationship is from a place of self-love and respect.

This means you treat yourself as special, you take care of your mind and body. You do things that light you up!

I hope you have been nice to yourself. If you haven’t, there is still much time to do so. This post is a reminder that while you’re still alive, there are more chances to be, do, have what you truly desire. Enclosed in the image above are 5 Tips for Self Love.

Thank you for being here, liking my posts, and following my blog. I appreciate each and every comment, and share, and trackback link to my blogs. I LOVE YOU.

Dear Frank: Thank You!

FA (left) posted this November 2014

Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity.

Ricky Martin

In the postcard he sent me in 2012 [below], I was moving after being newly married so to be sure I got my friend’s correspondence, I requested he send it to my parents’ house. 5 moves later [4 with my ex and finally/recently 1 more time after separation], I find this card now! I regret that I have still not written him a postcard back. There is no excuse, I know. I am sorry. I just kept losing this postcard so I’m just really glad to find it now. Unfortunately, I don’t know where he is in order to write back to a physical address. This really saddens me.

Earlier today, because I was organizing my office, I went through a special box of keepsakes. This attached postcard from F.A. popped out. Honestly, I haven’t heard from him since his birthday [June 2019]. I checked his Facebook just now and he hasn’t been online in a year! Mutual friends on Facebook are asking if I’ve heard from him [just before Canadian Thanksgiving] and to keep them posted if I do hear back. Also just now, I even did an Google search to see if it’s been posted he’s deceased, and luckily, nothing turned up about that online! I am really hoping he’s on leave/vacation, or is back to civilian life hopefully working as a Paramedic in NY somewhere as he enjoys that work when he’s not on active duty!

For as long as I’ve known him, he has always been happy, fit, fine (yep, he knows it), and inspirational. It is with utmost sincerity that I wish for your physical safety and good health, Mr. F.A., Jr.! I’m writing this letter to you, openly below, and may the Akash, æther, and energy of all that is, bring you my message. Semper Fi.

Dear Frank: I would REALLY like to know where in the world you are now. It is with hope that I wish you would somehow find this or that someone in the USMC does and realizes it's about you and tell you about it, LOL.  Please know that you are thought of, warmly. I hope I am not too late to say, "thank you for being my friend." I wish you a Happy {American} Thanksgiving on November 28, 2019. 

With Love from Vancouver, BC, Canada
~ your tardy postcard friend and forever friend ~

Golden Beauty

Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet,

Through Love all that is copper will be gold,

Through Love all dregs will become wine,

Through Love all pain will turn to medicine.



Took 2 of 3 pictures from my уша́нка #Ushanka selfies, overlaying them. I then added digital effects, and, here we are: beautifully gold #artistic pictures of me. I love it!

Alignment Series: Part 1

“When you find alignment, you’re happy by yourself. When you find alignment, you’re happy when you’re with others. When you find alignment, there’s an unconditional happiness, you don’t need people to behave or perform in a certain way in order for you to feel good. You just feel good, because that’s what you’ve practiced yourself into.”


You find things easily flow into your experience. For example, today: you drive to work and because traffic was smooth, you’re there early. Your favourite parking spot is available; It’s the one 3 spots to the door, so you park there. You climb the stairs, appreciating the steps you’re accumulating on your Fitbit. As you walk to your desk, you set your bag down on the table, and then turn on your computer.

When you sit down, you hear footsteps and a happy whistle-tune. You don't have to look up because you know who it is. Your work friend is on his way to your desk with 2 coffee cups in hand. You smile and say "thanks," asking him how he's feeling today.  He answers that he's nervous, as he hands you a coffee, sighing. He has a big presentation later today with with his team and he does not enjoy public-speaking. You tell him to breathe, and offer to let him practice a mini-presentation on you, because you're friends and because you want to see him succeed in delivering his message across. He accepts and walks to his desk to set an appointment to see you in Meeting Room B in an hour . . . 

More colleagues start coming in to work. As people pass your desk by, they smile, nod, and greet you “Good Morning,” to which you say “hello, thanks,” and “Good Morning to you, too!” You inhale the dark roast coffee in front of you and take small sip because it’s hot. You click on Outlook and check emails because this is what you do for work first-thing in the morning. You have reports to compile and send; vendors to reply to; customers to follow-up on; and phone appointments throughout the day.

Before you begin scheduling your tasks in order of priority, you take a moment to feel how amazing it is where you are right now. You feel blessed to work in this company, because it feels wonderful to have good friends at work, a boss who mentors you, and a source of income for the nice apartment you live in! You get paid REALLY well, so you’re able to buy the foods you like, clothes that looks great on you, and allow you to save money for the Parisian holiday you’ve been planning for months now!

To be continued . . .

Work Wallpaper

Late post: this was my desktop wallpaper for February 2019 for both work and home. I love puppies and this quote from John Lennon. Agreed: it is never wasted, if you enjoyed time 🙂

2019 Best Wishes

Floral Love

Greetings friends, fans, and family! I hope you had a safe and enjoyable new year’s eve! Consider today the 1st in a 365-day adventure. You can plan it out now; let it naturally unfold; or a combination of both. Regardless, remember to always have fun!

You are loved. You are enough.

Thank you for being with me. NAMASTE!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
William Arthur Ward

Cosplay Crissy

All 5 pictures above are digital camera selfies enhanced in Adobe Photoshop to saturate paint colours, enhance contrast and lighting, and finish the anime character look. You may guess who I’m cosplaying but if you’re unsure, here is the key:

  1. Rinoa Heartilly from FF8
  2. Kushina Uzumaki from Naruto Shippuuden
  3. BloodRayne from the video game
  4. Kagami Hiiragi from Lucky Star
  5. Russian doll