Pillar of Faith

I had no idea what day it is today but as I poured my tea, I had a flash of two extraordinary girls singing a familiar song. When I looked at the date,… Continue reading

Presentation at Parliament Hill

In 2015, I was given the honour to speak as a witness for Bill S-7 at Parliament Hill. Known as the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, the bill’s intent is to… Continue reading


Article to promote government funded training program for employers, Canada-Ontario Job Grant. Employers are getting the message. Training is essential to business success. Depending on the nature and objectives of a business, training… Continue reading

Emotions and Non-Judgment

Emotional Health is on My Mind. As a professional patient, I can say that emotions are generally excluded from the topic of health. Even in spiritual circles, the totality of being includes only… Continue reading

Journey to True Being

My VividLife is a Journey to My True Being. In 2003 I became so ill that I became hypersensitive to everything – other people’s emotions, inauthentic behaviour, thoughtless humour, violence, stimulation, sounds, artificial… Continue reading

50 Years in Canada

April 23rd, 2015 marked the 50 year anniversary of my dad’s immigration from Portugal to Canada. He immigrated for the chance to provide a better life for his family. It was a different… Continue reading

Growing Grey

As a child, I was fascinated by white hair. I remember a woman in particular who had a streak of white hair that could not be dyed. I wanted that streak. As I… Continue reading

Adapt and Thrive in the Creative Economy

Ontario’s former Premier, Dalton McGuinty, asked Creative Economy Experts, Roger Martin and Richard Florida to identify how to remain globally competitive and prosperous in a changing economy. In their report, Martin and Florida… Continue reading

“Black Friday” or “Buy Nothing Day”

Many years ago, I came across the foreboding term “Black Friday”. At the time, I thought that it marked some horrible historical event. When I discovered that it was a day of deep discounts… Continue reading

Miguel and Me

It’s been just over a year since I met don Miguel Ruiz. About this time last year, I was still experiencing a great deal of pain. I had suffered through a 8-year chronic… Continue reading