Sunday, July 26, 2009

I am going to the Olympics

Welcome to my new site! You are probably thinking that it looks a lot like the old site. Well, there is one brand new addition here, in the Photosensitive Set.

Please take a moment to find out how my photograph is heading to the Olympics. And before you leave, would you please add me as a new contact? If I have not already added you, I value our friendship and hope we can continue with my new site and name. Thank you!

In May 2008, I entered my own photograph in the Photosensitive exhibit. Photosensitive and Cancer Connections have created a unique exhibit documenting the effects of cancer on the lives of Canadians. The national launch, with almost 300 images, my own being one of them, took place in Toronto in May 2008, at Nathan Phillips Square, and was there for three weeks. The exhibition then travelled to Charlottetown and Montreal, and will continue travelling around Canada, growing as it goes, and ending with its final exhibition in Ottawa in 2010. Then the exhibition of 1000 images will be exhibited at the 2010 Olympics, in Vancouver.

To learn more about Photosensitive, this exhibition and how you may participate go to:

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Sunday, May 31, 2009


City of Toronto Works Commissioner from 1913 to 1945, R.C. Harris was extremely concerned with protecting Toronto's water works system from invasion and sabotage. These concerns went hand in hand with the centralized nature of the water supply system that he helped build. Like the Imperial Roman water supply schemes, these systems were more vulnerable than decentralized ones. As Harris might have put it, "The Goths could have captured Rome by destroying the aqueducts which led into the city. Cutting off the water supply or poisoning it would bring the city to its knees."

To prevent sabotage, Harris helped deploy the Canadian militia around water works sites in November 1914, three months after the start of World War I. This response was triggered by U.S. Secret Service reports that groups of enemy German agents were approaching the U.S.-Canada frontier with plans to blow up the Toronto water works. After this initial scare, Harris took responsibility for stationing civil defense forces around vulnerable points. In multicultural Toronto, Harris' concern with keeping foreign agents out translated into one of keeping all citizens at a distance from the water works in World Wars I & II.

While Harris worked to keep foreigners out, more recent Metropolitan Toronto officials worked to allow them in. In 1988, Visual Arts Ontario, with the active cooperation of Metro Works staff, staged a massive exhibit called WaterWorks at the R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant. Artists from around the world participated. One of the resulting temporary installations functioned as a memorial to the many immigrant labourers who had died or been injured in urban construction projects.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Easy Chicken Pot Pie..

A Musing Recipe # 5


Chicken Pot Pie

Prep Time: 15 min* Cook Time: 30 min.

2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Broccoli Soup
1-cup milk
¼ tsp. Dried thyme leaves, crushed.
¼ tsp. Pepper
4 cups cooked cut-up vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and potatoes)*
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey.
1- Can Pillsbury flaky biscuits.
1. In 3-qt. Oblong baking dish, combine soup, milk, thyme and pepper. Stir in vegetables and chicken.
2. Bake at 350 Degrees for 15 min. or until mixture begin to bubble. Meanwhile, cut each biscuit into quarters.
3. Remove dish from oven; stir. Arrange biscuit pieces over hot chicken mixture. Bake 15 min. or until biscuits are golden brown.
*or use one bag frozen vegetable combination (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, cooked and drained and one cup cubed cooked potatoes.

This is a great use of cooked leftover chicken or turkey, very easy prep and cooking time.
Photo by Suzanne Williams all rights reserved..

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

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What is Reiki?
by Reiki Master/Instructor
Suzanne Williams

Reiki is a non-invasive therapeutic practice, which involves the laying on of hands in a very light touch manner. Or in some cases from a distance, through meditation and concentration of the Reiki energy towards a specific healing goal.

Reiki is not a religion nor is it affiliated with any religious philosophy.
It is a gentle yet powerful healing method grounded in the understanding that, ultimately, awareness of spirit and unconditional love are essential to our state of well being.

Traditional Reiki, as most practitioners use it today, was introduced in Japan in the mid 1800’s. By seeking to discover how Jesus and Buddha healed and by studying the Sutras, Mikao Usui came to consolidate Reiki into a system accessible to anyone wanting to learn it. The origins of Reiki healing can be traced back to ancient times, to the remnants of Shiva’s early culture, in the esoteric teachings of India.

The word Reiki is a Japanese word for universal life energy. This universal life energy we all possess in full measure. It is the essence of us and of everything around us. It flows through our body and out of our hand and feet, always, as long as we live. Reiki is translated from Japanese to mean Universal (Rei) Life Energy (Ki). However the word Rei, and used in Reiki, is more accurately interpreted at supernatural knowledge or spiritual consciousness. Ki meant the fundamental life force present in us and everywhere around us. A more meaningful interpretation of Reiki today is God-consciousness (Rei) guiding life force (Ki).

Reiki is a simple and natural healing method, which promotes a holistic view of the body; it seeks to balance and harmonize the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being. Reiki has a calming and relaxing effect, and supports the natural self-healing processes of the one who receives it. Reiki can be used safely in any condition of ill health to accelerate healing.


We are alive because (Ki) fundamental life force or energy is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, meridians, and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in the vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.

Reiki heals by flowing through he affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thought and feeling are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.
This is just a small introduction to Reiki, I do not want to overwhelm so I will continue on another day. I will leave you with,







Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hey Mister what do you do with leftover sausage


4 oz. Smoked Kielbasa, thinly sliced or any sausage,pepperoni,mixtures of all three work too!

15 oz. Can of Black Beans

¾ c. Diced Red Pepper

10 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes

2 Minced Garlic Cloves

14 oz. Can of Diced Chile's

¾ c. Minced Onion

1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

7 Cups of cooked Egg Noodles (or Brown Rice)

4 oz. Shredded Mexican Cheese

2 tsp. Olive Oil

Sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic with oil for 5 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Add beans, tomatoes, Chile's, and kielbasa; bringing to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thick (about 8-10 minutes). Combine mixture with noodles or rice in large mixing bowl and serve in pasta or soup bowls and top with shredded cheese.