Allow the Wonder Wall to captivate you!

 

The Wonder Wall
The Wonder Wall

Recently I attended a book launch to support a friend who has co-created a masterpiece named the Wonder Wall.  I don’t usually get much reading done in the summer, but I am so impressed with this book I am making an exception this week.

The Wonder Wall is aimed at formal and informal educators of all kinds.  Teachers from kindergarten to university, scientists, managers, team leaders, administrators, parents, and volunteers alike can learn from this.  After all, we humans are all educators of some sort.  Whether you want to motivate and encourage children or adults, this book is for you.  The motivation can occur within a school, start-up business or major corporation.  Or an office, hospital, police force, daycare, or community association.  The concepts within the Wonder Wall are easily applicable to everyone and anyone.

I tried to put the ideas from this book into my own words to share with you.  I found that my efforts could simply not do justice to the witty, inspirational way this masterpiece is written.   So, I am cheating; these few excerpts are literally straight from the book…

CONDITIONS THAT FOSTER CREATIVITY

three imperatives:

  • recognize there is a seed of brilliance in everyone
  • adopt a strength-based approach
  • create cultures of belonging

four conditions:

  • storytelling and listening
  • moving beyond diversity to inclusivity
  • making it personal
  • celebrating

IDEAL LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS:

  • good listener, approachable, personable
  • understanding, empathetic, respectful, caring
  • motivational, inspirational, visionary
  • honest, trustworthy, dependable, consistent
  • knowledgeable, informed, displaying expertise
  • good communicator
  • positive, enthusiastic, energetic

IDEAL LEADER BEHAVIOUR:

  • leads by example
  • provides support, encouragement, motivation
  • seeks input
  • inclusive/fair
  • approachable/friendly
  • professional/responsible
  • positive/energetic
  • respectful
  • sympathetic/understanding
  • team player/builds relationships

Learn the details of these compelling points, plus many more insightful strategies and how they can apply to your life.  Read the book yourself!

Inspire yourself.  Purchase the Wonder Wall at your local bookstore or online through Amazon.   I promise you will be captivated, and amused as you read and reread through the pages.

 

 

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More home renovations

Stage two of our home renovations are now complete!  Stage One involved our front entranceway.  Our main floor powder room has been transformed from drab, boring and outdated into a beautiful, stylish and modern bathroom.  Everything was removed. Out with the old vanity, toilet, medicine cabinet/mirror, light, flooring, and paint.

 

Some DIY repairs and preparation included rerouting the plumbing because it would not fit behind the new vanity. Plum colored walls were painted a neutral taupe shade…

 

Next, came the new flooring, the same taupe and gray pattern we used in the hallway…

 

and finally, in with the new features.  The toilet, vanity, sink, and granite counter top came from GUS’ KITCHEN AND BATH. The light fixture and mirror came from Lowes.  Flooring was custom ordered from Home Depot.

 

The only thing that returned to the room after the renovations is a picture on the wall.  I plan to pick the deep purple color of the trilliums in the picture as my accent color for towels, soap dish and other accessories.

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Thyme in a bottle

Thyme is a natural herb that has been used for centuries due to its medicinal and disinfectant properties.  This article by Healthy Food House reminded me of the many uses for thyme that I knew about, plus many I had never heard of.

 

In my home,  I use a product from the MELALEUCA line of products, called Soluguard, whose main ingredient is thyme.  I use my “thyme in a bottle” as a disinfectant on countertops, floors, walls, shower stalls, door knobs, and more.  It is a wonderful alternative to toxic household cleaners.  It also makes a great deodorizer (from garbage cans to stinky boots, shoes and sporting equipment) and stain remover all over the house.

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In the garden, I use my thyme in a bottle to disinfect plant pots and to keep bugs from eating my plants.  It also makes a great disinfectant and skin soother on any cuts, scratches, stings and rashes I get from working in gardens all day.

My thyme in a bottle is amazing!

You gotta have faith

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Funerals always make me think.  I just returned from one where the service was about the subject of faith.  Not just faith as the belief in and practice of religion, but faith as an individual practice.

als always make me think.  I just returned from one where the service was about the subject of faith.  Not just faith as the belief in and practice of religion, but faith as an individual practice. Continue reading

Melamagic clean

Melamagic is my favourite in the many cleaning and other products  MELALEUCA has to offer.  It is the only product that works well for me on the soap scum and dirt that gets embedded in the fibreglass of our main shower.  It also works on toilets, countertops, floors, outdoor furniture and more.  Recently I used it to clean many years of dirt off our back deck.  Here is the proof in pictures, with the “befores” on the right, and the “afters” on the left.  The last picture shows the “during” where you can see the difference as I am working on it.

 

I also used it recently, or at least my husband did, to clean off years of grime on our old boat in preparation to sell it:

 

The best thing about this product and all other Melaleuca products is that they are made with tea tree oil, a natural substance, so you do not have to worry about toxic effects on yourself, your children, your pets or the environment.

I found my sunglasses!

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A few weeks ago I misplaced the sunglasses that I wear to work in gardens.  They are safety glasses that wrap around the sides of my eyes to protect me from branches, debris, splashing etc.   You know, the ones I tried to smash a few months ago LOL.  Although I was pretty sure they were at a specific client’s home, I could not locate them when I searched for them there recently.

I was back at this garden weeding today and found them in the garden, a little dirty, but still intact.

Beware the Pokemon Go craze

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Have you heard about the new Pokemon Go game app?  My son is consumed by it.  He is not 2 or 3 as he was when he was first obsessed with Pokemon, or even 7 or 8, but almost 19!  He and his friends walk around the neighbourhood “hunting” Pokemon characters and defeating “gym leaders” with their cell phones.

Mix the reality of local landmarks (players use their phone’s GPS to navigate) with the fun and challenge of the game, as well as all the walking and you have Pokemon Go.  It is aimed at the over 10-year-old crowd, but it doesn’t appear to have an age limit.  I guess the exercise is the upside, as you cannot play on the sofa in front of a TV screen.  Another plus; the app is free for android and  Iphones.

Social media has caught the Pokemon Go fever too.  These two jokes regarding this newest craze were recently posted on Facebook…

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So, if you see youngsters wandering around, head down, eyes glued to their phones, don’t be alarmed, they are probably just hunting Pokemon.  My son caught one in my garden last night; go figure, here I was blaming the rabbits for eating my plants.

Witches, wicca and common sense

As I was helping my son research information for an article assigned to his English class, I learned something about witches and was inspired to write this post.

As a child, one thinks of a witch as the mythical, evil, ugly, and scary character in a movie or story book. The witch is always distinguished in the story by their dark clothing, including a pointy hat, claw-like fingernails, and a long, hooked, wart-encrusted nose.

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As you get older you learn that witches do not necessarily have those physical characteristics. Witches simply become people that practice witchcraft, good or bad acts, for health reasons, or evil purposes.

Years ago, anyone suspected of possessing the ability to perform these extraordinary acts was considered un-Christian and hunted down in historical witch hunts.  When caught, these individuals were tried in court, with those found guilty either hung or burned to death.  This practice was common in many European countries as well as in North America.  Salem, Massachusetts is renowned for its history of witchcraft.

Today, witches are still believed to be in existence but have adopted the term Wicca, or Pagan Witchcraft, to classify themselves. To clarify, Wicca means witch in the Old English language, and people who follow the beliefs of Wicca are termed Wiccans.  Wiccans traditions are predominantly based on theology, morality, the afterlife, magic and the five elements of spirit, air, water, earth and fire.

 

I discovered that the Wiccan beliefs are not evil based, and not all that odd.  I must admit, however, that the morality category is the one that intrigued me the most.

The main thought process of Wiccan morality is that all actions, good or bad, performed by any individual, will be returned to that person threefold.  In simple terms, when you perform a good deed, three good or positive things will happen to you in return.   This threefold rule also applies to bad or evil deeds which are rewarded with three bad or negative things happening to the perpetrator.

I was fascinated by this belief since this rule of morality can apply to many common ideologies today:

  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  This “golden rule” has been adopted by boy and girl scouts around the world.
  • Pay it forward.  If someone does something nice for you, do something nice for someone else.
  • You reap what you sew.
  • You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
  • What goes around comes around.

 

I believe that most of us try to do the right and ethical thing in any circumstance.  In fact, the rules of morality listed above are things we humans strive to teach our children.   It just seems like common sense to me…

 

Please be sure to visit my other blogs:

Laugh out loud (LOL) with me at YOUR DAILY CHUCKLE

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be inspired and motivated by famous words of wisdom at WoW

My gardening website can be viewed at www.gardens4u.ca

 

 

Hot air popcorn makers

Popcorn is one of my favourite snacks.  Although there are many hot air popcorn makers on the market today, in all shapes and sizes…

 

I prefer to make my popcorn in my own invention of a hot air popcorn maker…

All you need is a brown paper bag (the medium sized ones from LCBO work great), some popping corn, a few spoonfuls of butter and a microwave.  I melt the butter first in a cup in the microwave so it is ready to add to the freshly popped corn.  Then I pour some popping corn (I never measure, but approximately 1/2 cup) into the brown paper bag.  Fold the bag closed and place it in the center of the microwave.  Cook on high for approximately 3 minutes, listening carefully.  Stop the microwave when the sound of popping slows down.  You will have a few unpopped kernels in the bag, but do not wait too long to stop it or the popcorn will burn.

My method is less expensive and you won’t have yet another kitchen appliance to store.  So, the next time you want a healthy snack, give my hot air popcorn method a try.

please be sure to visit my slightly more humorous blog YOUR DAILY CHUCKLE  It is guaranteed to make you LOL.

 

 

How do you handle adversity?

This is a good lesson for all of us, no matter what stage of life you’re in, to show that how you handle adversity is very important.  When a  young woman found out her husband was cheating, she went to her grandmother for advice.  This is the message the grandmother gave her…

Enjoy the message, and think about whether you are a carrot, an egg or coffee when you deal with adversity.

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