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Acupuncture and Aromatherapy

Posted by Gwen Williams on May 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I love acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) but only discovered it later in life after many years in science and medical research. I always believed there was something more. The best proof is a body of evidence, spanning many years showing something is true. Acupuncture has accumulated 3000 or more years of data and the World Health Organization has done reviews of all the data out there and confirms it is a safe and effective alternative for many conditions.


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To Mow or Not to Mow, that is the Question

Posted by Gwen Williams on May 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Today while mowing my lawn, I became increasingly uncomfortable as I saw how I was decapitating the tops of the lovely little chickweed flowers, bluets, purple self-heal, tall yellow hawkweed, violets, wood sorrel and other unnamed little plants that I have yet to identify. My lawn is really a closet meadow, very little actual grass… I was mowing because I was caving to the expectation that my lawn be green, neat and short.


Conformity, sameness and bland is what the w...

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Wind and Water Part 4

Posted by Gwen Williams on April 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

As mundane as this area might seem, the bathroom is worth mentioning again because you want good energy to enter, linger and flow nicely through your home. A badly placed toilet (such as one close to the main door) can cause your good fortune to go directly down the toilet. I like to keep the door closed; the toilet lid down and a silk plant next to the toilet, shielding it from the door, no matter where the bathroom is located in the house. Making it as spa like, enjoyable and pleasant as p...

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Wind and Water Part 3

Posted by Gwen Williams on March 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

There are a few different schools of Feng Shui (Wind Water) to optimize good energy and good fortune. The modern methods divide up areas of your home using the front door as point 0. The older more traditional methods divide the nine areas of the house by compass direction.


Each area of the house has unique qualities and is believed to affect specific areas of your life. Readings can get complicated because each area has a specific relationship with the others. The ...

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Wind and Water Part 2

Posted by Gwen Williams on February 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

This title is very appropriate for the weather we have had over the last week! “Wind Water”, however, is the English translation of “Feng Shui”, the practice of positioning our man made world in balance with the natural world, to maximize good energy and good fortune. We could all use a bit of that.


The front of the house is deemed where the formal entrance is and where most of us have large windows and the living area. Having a house sitting...

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Wind and Water Part 1

Posted by Gwen Williams on January 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

We have lots of wind and water in Nova Scotia, especially here on the Eastern Shore. We are blessed. In Chinese “Wind Water” translates to “Feng Shui”. This is an ancient practise of positioning homes and designing structures, to ensure good energy and proper flow of energy. Originally this was used in the placement of gravesites to bring prosperity to families by honouring their ancestors.


Have you ever walked to an area or been inside a hom...

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Posted by Gwen Williams on March 3, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Over the past year or so, things have become more quiet here. The friends who were boarding, moved out and moved on leaving just myself, my daughter and of course the five "little ones". I have beeing very much at peace and have been resting and repairing.


The cottage needed some work. I put in new flooring (nothing expensive), put in a nice garden door by the fireplace (for winter protection & more light), bought a new leather coach and chairs ...

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A New Day

Posted by Gwen Williams on September 10, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Everyday the light on the leaves of the trees changes it's angle. The shadows get longer and the air gets cooler. Life goes on but it never stays the same.


Once I took a weekend job, the frequency of parties of teenagers dwindled. They had to start cleaning up themselves and some of them outgrew the parties. Some moved on to new friends.


It is sad but at the same time I am relieved to see them grow into maturity, getting jobs and learning to be more ...

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Good Friday

Posted by Gwen Williams on April 6, 2007 at 2:55 PM

The teenagers are here again. We moved the weekly party to Thursday night because of the holiday. We live in rural Nova Scotia and the kids live everywhere along a 40 kilometer stretch of the coast. The kids get to our house by taking my daughter's school bus instead of their own.


This morning instead of going to church, we recounted the funny events from last night and listened to American Pie, Spanish Train, some Mommas and Papas and Hotel California. Last week, the mor...

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House Full of Teenagers

Posted by Gwen Williams on March 15, 2007 at 6:05 PM

I have to admit I was not really looking forward to the March break. My youngest is home from school and our home is now a drop in center. It used to be just one party every Friday night but this is the 4th "sleep-over" this week.


I am pleasantly surprised however. I am actually enjoying it. These kids are really great people. I am learning about all sorts of interesting topics. They are just as adept (or more so) in carrying a good converation than many adults I meet. I ...

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Time for Change

Posted by Gwen Williams on October 27, 2006 at 7:25 AM

Great winter Eh! Not much snow, mild temperatures and the election campaign is keeping us entertained. At least some of us...I need to be more careful with my Spell Check. Instead of "election", I almost corrected the misspelling to say "ejection" campaign. However, I guess that is how it all started. The opposition wanted to eject Paul Martin. The pollsters say that people are looking for a change in government. I think the word "change" needs to be qualified. Does that mean a little change ...

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Playing Nicely?

Posted by Gwen Williams on November 28, 2005 at 7:00 PM

Kids don't always play nicely. A little wrestling is Ok but it always goes too far no matter how many times you say, "stop before someone gets hurt". It is a wonder that children survive childhood. When my children were young, I felt more like a referee than a mother. I am now discovering that if you have more than one pet, the dynamics between pets is similar to those between children.



Monster is my nine pound Mini-Pincher and Bandit is my nine pound Siamese c...

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Workplace Bullying

Posted by Gwen Williams on November 27, 2005 at 5:35 AM

Highly skilled employees are often the targets of bullying. Bullies are often those who are insecure, lack work skills, education and social skills. Bullies feel threatened so they "take-out" their targets with slander campaigns and activities to make their target unsuccessful. Bullies often focus on exposing the target's minute flaws or inventing errors in the target's work with the intent to ruin the target’s reputation.


Victims of workplace bullying suffer a wide r...

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What is EQ?

Posted by Gwen Williams on November 20, 2005 at 7:00 PM

I don't usually watch a lot of television. However lately, I have been watching the news reports about hurricane Katrina. I watch for a little while and then find myself bursting into tears and feeling despair for those poor people. I decided to watch extreme makeover instead. How sad can a decorating show be? This episode showed some really grateful folks in dire need receiving a new home. They cried, the hosts of the show cried and I cried again. I quickly flipped the channel in search of m...

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Posted by Gwen Williams on September 27, 2005 at 8:00 PM

Words are funny aren't they? The same word can mean different things to different people. Some words just sound peculiar. Take "spoon" for example. I caught my kids laughing about that word in the car the other day. "Spooooooon" does sound odd. Where does that come from? Perhaps that is the sound we make when we try to speak with it still in our mouths. No...wait, it is middle English meaning "chip of wood".


Other words can sound more alarming that they actually are. My ker...

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Thinking and Canada Day

Posted by Gwen Williams on July 2, 2005 at 7:30 AM

Canada Day went off with a slow fizzle instead of a bang. There were no fireworks on July 1st because of the fog. I had to force myself to think about what this day should mean to me. I take it too much for granted. Most Canadians believe that basic human rights should be available to everyone, no matter who you are. This is not the case in many parts of the world.


Why doesn't everyone think like Canadians? The world would be more peaceful. Wouldn't it?



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Hope Beyond "Trumpism"

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“Trumpism” is uncovering, in a big way, what is wrong in the world. For too long we have “propped-up” a world of “false and superficial” peace that denies the existence of the darkness. W­e have all collectively played a role in this. The true face of humanity is not the beautiful picture we paint to possibly delude or absolve our consciences of the need for action. To bring about balance, we need to love and listen to the messengers who are expressing...

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