I’m going to camp for the first time.

I’m going to camp for the first time – at 38 years old.  I leave next week. I will be 3 hours away from Toronto, with 80 women I have never met before.  It’s called the Imperfect Boss Camp.  A group of creative women – entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, bloggers, artists… coming together to learn from…

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when things seem timely, pay attention.

Two little gifts arrived in my inbox this week. A newsletter from Alexandra Franzen and another from Radical Creative Sanctuary (written by Danette Relic). I say gifts because both have already made a difference for me this week, and I’m so thankful.  I thought I’d pass their tips / advice along to you… Alexandra Franzen…

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when a search for a Tim Horton’s becomes a metaphor for your life.

I know, it sounds ridiculous and very Canadian, but stick with me.  There is a story here. Tonight I went to OCAD to listen to Adam J. Kurtz speak.  It had been a long day at home, where this image came to mind more than once during the day.     And because I have…

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my childhood stamp collection.

I totally forgot that I used to collect stamps as a kid.  I found my old collection in my parent’s house.  Here are a few neat ones…         Maybe you remember using hangers and sticking stamps to pages too.  It seems like such a nerdy thing to do.  I don’t even know…

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Our Cabin on Clearwater Lake

  In a previous post, Great Grandpa Johnson Built Log Cabins, I mentioned that it would be kind of cool if he had built our cabin (not likely, but neat to think about). If he did, pieces of the original cabin are still there.  Mom and Dad incorporated some of the logs from the old…

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10 Interesting Facts about Falu Red

Falu Rödfärg is an iconic red paint in Sweden and the West coast of Finland. I just recently learned about it after realizing that many of the log cabins back home are painted red and were made by my Finnish family members (in Northwestern Ontario).  You can read more about that here (Great Grandpa Johnson…

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the search for Johannes Juhala’s brothers.

I would like to learn more about Great Grandpa Johnson’s brothers. In his obituary, there were four brothers listed.  William Juhala of Finland, Eric Juhala of Sudbury, and two brothers residing in Finland, Europe (no names given).  I wonder if grandpa’s side of the family still lives there.  Time to find out… Public Member Trees…

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to my son, the night before junior kindergarten.

Monday, September 3, 2018. Hi Sweetie, On Saturday you asked, Is the weekend almost over?  Why bud?  Are you excited to start school? Yes! On Sunday you asked again, Is the weekend almost over… We’re so glad that you are excited to go. It’s quite a change from earlier this week. While having breakfast together,…

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