“Let Your Inner Light Shine” A Message From The Fireflies

Also known as “lightning bugs”, fireflies are actually a nocturnal variety of soft-bodied beetle. There are over 2000 species worldwide, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. Did you know that not all fireflies glow as an adult, but they all do in their larval stage – fascinating! They also spend most of their lives in this larval state, up to two years, and only live maybe a couple of weeks as an adult, during which time they only mate and lay eggs. They don’t even eat as adults! So, that means that the fireflies you see tonight, were from adults who mated two years ago.

The firefly produces light without heat, using a chemical called luciferin, which originates from the Latin word Lucifer, meaning “light-bearing”. That light attracts mates of the same species (each species has a different flash pattern). The males flash their courtship light shows, and if a female is interested, she will flash back, so the male can find her.

But many people also believe in the symbolism behind animals. Animal totems, spirit animals or power animals have been a part of many cultures the world over, for generations. From the Far East, to Norse and Celtic mythology, and Native American culture. The firefly can symbolize inspiration, illumination and creativity. Firefly magic is still sometimes incorporated into modern Pagan or Wiccan magic today. They are associated with moon magic, or can represent the element of fire.

There are many great online resources if you want to find out more about fireflies, either the critters themselves, or their mysticism and symbolism. I find both the reality and the symbolism to be educational and captivating!

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Happy Canada Day!

I consider myself very lucky. Whereas I am and always will be a proud Scot, I am also proud to have lived much of my life in Canada.

Canada certainly has a lot to offer! A great education system, healthcare and many opportunities. Beautiful lakes, beaches, forests to explore, the Rocky Mountains. Canadians pride themselves on our diversity and inclusion. No matter your ethnic culture, religious background or sexual preference, in Canada, you are welcome!

Here are a couple of factoids about Canada some may not know:

  • Canada is mad up of 10 provinces and 3 territories.
  • Canada got its name through a miscommunication when the French explorer Jacques Cartier was invited by local natives to their “Kanata” – which happens to be the native word for ‘village’.
  • The Trans-Canada highway is believed to be the longest national highway in the world.
  • Canada’s official phone number is 1-800-O-Canada

So, happy Canada Day to us! Even though there won’t be any large gatherings to celebrate our National Holiday!

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Musical Monday: Presenting The Didgeridoo

I was first introduced to the didgeridoo (or didge, for short) many moons ago, while working for a fun store called Green Earth, that used to sell imported products from around the world. The store also had an extensive CD collection of world music, including the Putumayo Collection. But my absolute favourites were anything that had the sounds of the didge in them.

Didges come in a wide variety of shapes & sizes

The didgeridoo is an ancient woodwind instrument, first played by the native Aboriginal peoples of Australia. The traditional instrument is usually made from a branch from a eucalyptus tree which has been hollowed out by termites. I actually learned how to play some sounds on a didge I purchased, although I was never very good at the “circular breathing” technique required to play it properly. You can lean more about the didgeridoo on didgeproject.com.

My favourite to play in-store was a band called Cybertribe. Here’s one of their tunes on YouTube. I also enjoyed other didge players, such as David Hudson, who is world famous, and has played with other great musicians, including the incomparable Yanni. I had the huge honour of doing a photo shoot a few years ago, at the TD Sunfest in London Ontario, for a group from Quebec name Saltarello. They had a guest musician with them also, a didge player from Quebec, Rodolphe Gagnon. He was amazing, and so were Saltarello! I made friends with a couple of the band members, and still follow them on social media to this day. They also play another very cool, old-style instrument, which I will tell you about in another post! I hope you liked today’s post, and perhaps learned a little about the didgeridoo.

Saltarello & Rodolphe Gagnon, Sunfest 2015. Photo copyright owned by ThruJensLens

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Growing Basil

I love growing herbs. Most are fairly easy, they grow quickly, and my favourite part, they make our food tasty! One of my all-time faves is Basil. This is such a versatile and easy to grow herb. Its leaves can be eaten whole, chopped or ground. I love adding basil to any dish with tomatoes. It really helps bring out their flavour! Try adding basil to tomato soup too…yummy!

Green and purple basil varieties

There are many varieties of basil that are commonly available. Some include sweet basil, purple basil, lemon basil, or my favourite, spicy globe basil. Every time I smell this one, I feel hungry!

Basil can be propagated in many ways; from seeds, cuttings that you can start in either water or soil, or using a technique called “layering”, in which you take a longer branch of your plant, strip off the lower leaves and plant it in the soil. You don’t remove the branch from the main plant to do this. Here is a really good article if you’d like to learn more about Basil.

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Friday Funny: What If Humans Attracted Their Mates Like Animals?

I saw this on social media this week, and couldn’t resist! I actually giggled out loud for some of them. Hope you get a laugh too! Have a great weekend, and stay safe.

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(I’m A) Bestselling Author!

Our book launch on Amazon was a huge success on Monday! We had a live event through Facebook and Zoom, and watched as our book roared up the rankings.

It was suggested that I set up an author’s page on Amazon too, so that I could connect myself to the book officially through their site. So, as we “Zoomed”, I worked on that little project also.

Me and my first published book!

Or book made it all the way up to #3 in the New Age/Self Help category, and #4 in another one. It was a very exciting day! Check out my Amazon Author Page !

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Today Is The Day!

Today is the day we are officially launching our compilation book, Choices For Change: Courageous Decisions That Continue To Change Lives. We authors are so grateful for your support to help our book be visible to as many as possible today!

Book Cover

Check out the page below to purchase and receive your bonus gifts *Only eligible for purchases made 6/22

Choices for Change: Courageous Decisions That Changed Lives is an inspired collection of thirteen authors vulnerably sharing stories about one moment, or one decision that changed the course of their lives.

Choices for Change contains heartfelt, bold, courageous pieces, and lighthearted impactful ones. There are stories of animals and the difference they’ve made in our lives, as well as how our lives change when we start loving ourselves. There are self-reflective and insightful pieces that will help you make your choice to change.

We are grateful to take this journey with you, and hope you can find yourself in these pages and know you are not alone. You can buy the book here:

Remember: “You are only one decision away from a totally different life” – Mark Batterson

Join our live Facebook launch party from 2 – 6pm EDT here! https://www.facebook.com/events/775691949937075/

I hope to see all of you online tomorrow afternoon for our launch party!

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Happy Father’s Day!

I had decided not to post a blog on Sundays, just to give myself and my followers a break. But I felt I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t take a quick moment to say “Happy Father’s Day” to all the dads out there.

I don’t care if you are a biological father or not, a step dad, a second dad, a granddad, a pet dad, or an uncle who is like a dad….If you’ve given guidance and been a good influence on someone’s life, stepped up to the plate, watched your offspring grow and mature, or taken yours and the neighbourhood kids for ice cream, this is your day. Enjoy!

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The Taming Of The Chipmunk.

Just when I thought I had my hands full, feeding all the local squirrels, now I have a new little friend to love. I’ve known for some time that a chipmunk has been living on our property. I’ve seen the many “residences” it has dug in my lawn, and on the gravel area where the green bin sits. I’ve even seen him (or her) running along the fence line, and across the road. And he pretty much ignored my little “chippy” noises I would make to try and attract him.

That is, until a few days ago. I just happened to be outside when Chippy was around, so I tossed a nut, which he devoured. I thought to myself that there was hope that he would eventually come closer and take them from me. Chipmunks are, after all, thought to be quite tame and friendly.

Sure enough, as I was out front yesterday, the little guy was snooping around under the juniper shrubs and in my flower beds. I tossed a nut, which he took away somewhere. But then he came back. I lured him in closer, and after only 3 attempts, had him coming onto my lap for his treat. I was so happy! I love squirrels, but i think I love chipmunks even more! I was always raised to respect animals, whether domestic or wild, and am certainly my mother’s daughter where it comes to my love for critters!

We had a little photo shoot, and I even managed to videotape him. Here’s the link to the video. Redbum’s Debut

Here in Ontario, we mostly have Eastern chipmunks, but there are actually five different species found in Canada. If you’re a chippy lover like me, check out this page: Canada’s chipmunks

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