Friday Pick 133

I just discovered Becky’s blog over at Becky Due when she came over to visit me at mine! She writes novels about struggling women who find the courage to change their lives… EMPOWERMENT. And I’m a huge fan of anyone or anything that empowers women and all people, for that matter. Sounds intriguing, yes?

In Becky’s own words:

Becky has been a guest on national TV and radio programs, and the subject of numerous newspaper and national magazine articles for empowering women with her books. She has served as a guest speaker at Women’s Resource Centers, Shelters, Colleges and High Schools throughout the United States. Becky has had extensive training at Victim Services, worked the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis-Line and was a Victim’s Advocate where she offered one-on-one assistance and support to rape victims. In 2007, she started Women Going Forward, the first national women’s telephone support group, which ran for almost two years. After receiving much recognition for her books, Becky’s focus turned back to her writing and empowering women with her novels.

This week, I’ve chosen the post below as my Friday Pick.

In this post Becky encourages us to stay close to our passion…

Go ahead and visit the link below

and tell Becky Diana sent you…

Stay Close to Your by Becky Due


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WTH Danielle?

An open letter to Danielle Smith:

At first I was just confused.

I was sure I was hearing it wrong.

Now, the more I think about it, the angrier I get!

Just a week or two ago you ended a friendship with someone who crossed the floor to the PCs. You said she would have to answer to her constituents!

Here’s the kicker, Danielle. I’m from the east originally, a staunch Liberal.

But I noticed you.

You seemed to be a woman of, and for, the people.

You seemed to speak your mind, defend your party members when controversies arose. I began to like you! I thought to myself, that woman’s got integrity. I started to believe there could be honest politicians.

I was seriously considering voting Wildrose in the next election. Several friends whom I deeply respect were backing you and entering into politics under the Wildrose banner. Well I guess we can be thankful that you showed your true colours before we really started believing in you!

And then this. You cross the floor and urge other members to do the same?

WTH Danielle?

I don’t know what kind of back room meetings you’ve been attending. But I do know you’re not a woman for the people. You’re a woman for yourself! Did you strategize a better career move with your decision? Are you drawing a better a salary?

A co-worker told me today that her parents figured they should just get a bunch of folks to run as PC members and then cross the floor to the NDP party when they’re elected. And why not, it’s no more of a mockery than you’ve committed.

Turns out that you’re just full of the same you-know-what you’ve been accusing the PCs of all along!  I guess I’m back to voting for the least offensive person again in the next election.

As for you, you’ll be answering to your constituents, I imagine.

What a disappointment you’ve turned out to be.

Diana Schwenk, Calgary AB

Music for a Winter Evening

The most effective and satisfying investment you will ever make is to invest in the lives of people…


Last night I went to the 14th Annual Music for a Winter Evening at the EPCOR Centre – a beautiful, traditional Christmas concert that set the mood for this ‘most wonderful time of the year.’

Hosted by Calgary’s very own beloved Darrel Janz with performances by Corpus Christi Male Chorale and special guest Tenore, it was a magical evening; setting the stage for the Christmas season. All proceeds from the concert and the Room for Hope Campaign benefit the Calgary Dream Centre in their work to help men break the cycles of addictions and homelessness.

During the evening, Luke, a client of the Calgary Dream Centre, along with his mom, took the stage and shared his moving story about struggling with addictions and overcoming them through the Dream Centre’s 49-day treatment program. I am so proud of Luke and admire his beautiful mom for standing by him; her love never allowing her to give up on her son.

This beautiful and inspiring evening would not have happened without the faith in the treatment program, and financial backing of, Legacy Kitchens and Dennis Plintz & Associates with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.

Thank you to the brave men who work hard to change their lives, the inspiring performers, the above-mentioned sponsors and to all those who bought tickets and donated toward this campaign. You are making a real difference for men like Luke.


What are you doing to get into the holiday mood?


When Hello Means Goodbye

How very softly you tiptoed into my world. Almost silently, only a moment you stayed.

But what an imprint your footprints have left upon my heart. ~ D. Ferguson

But what an imprint your footprints have left upon my heart. ~ D. Ferguson

Today is Jesse’s birthday.

In many ways, his birth was very much like that of others.

Except Jesse was still-born.

I knew he was dead before they induced labour.

The room was reverently quiet.

As if everyone there was a silent witness paying their first and last respects.

In a way, giving birth to Jesse was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. He may have died within me, but I think being born was a rite of passage for him; and for me.

Had he lived, Jesse would be turning 22 today.

I have never really talked about him much.

Not because I wasn’t deeply affected by his death.

Because I was.

I felt him grow inside me.

I felt him move within.

I talked to him every day.

And I held his still body in my arms.

To me he was a person who lived

and died. 


Happy Birthday my son – until we meet again

Friday Pick 132

Here’s another blog I discovered recently when Leroy and Steven came over to visit me at The Other Bottom Line: 2HelpfulGuys. I just love their positivity and easy writing style. Go check them out, I’m sure you’ll also love their blog!

In Leroy’s and Steven’s own words:

Our goal is to impact the world in whatever small way possible through our blogs and YouTube videos. If we can impact one person’s life positively, we would consider ourselves incredibly successful. I invite you to partake in our blog and offer any advice or insight for us and our readers. We reply to every comment and try to offer as much help as possible.

This week, I’ve chosen the post below as my Friday Pick.

In this post Leroy shares his thoughts about getting what you want…

Go ahead and visit the link below

and tell Leroy and Steven Diana sent you…

The Power of Thoughts by 2HelpfulGuys


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Excuse me please and thank you

imagesWhen I was growing up my parents stressed the importance of saying I’m sorry, Excuse me, Please and Thank You.

And by stressed, I mean enforced it to the point that it became a natural part of who I am.

The other day, while on shift at my second job, my co-worker remarked, “Diana, people really warm up to you, you’re so polite!”

I’ve experienced similar comments over the years.

You say thank you a lot! You were so polite with that server! That person totally relaxed their shoulders when you apologized!

This catches me somewhat off guard. When did being polite become the exception to the rule? When did saying thank you or please or excuse me or I’m sorry become something that stands out from the norm?

I spend a lot of time writing about saying thank you and being grateful here and at The Other Bottom Line. Even in my professional life it is a point I find myself stressing over and over!

Good job Mom – the lesson stuck!

Have we become so busy that there is no time to be polite? Do we really need reminders about minding our Ps and Qs? Why does it surprise people when they encounter good manners?

Yesterday as I was leaving Kalamata, not the city, the store, I came face-to-face with a man through the glass door.

I stopped in my tracks.

The gentleman grabbed the handle and pulled the door open for me.

I said, I’m sorry – thank you!

And he responded with ‘No worries, my pleasure.’

Much to my surprise, his kind gesture and polite demeanour stood out to me as different from the norm.


Pushing Through…

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~ Newt Gingrich

images6H6ZKLGWWhen I saw the above quote on my Twitter feed, I felt encouraged!

I’ve never minded putting in the hard work it takes to get something I really want.

In fact, I had a boss who called me a workhorse!

My struggle comes when I’ve done everything I know to do and my desired outcomes do not come to pass.

More accurately, when my desired outcomes do not come to pass – immediately.

Patience may be a virtue, but it’s not naturally one of mine.

But I’ve been learning, over the last few years, to trust the process. To do what I can and then wait. Wait for the pieces to fall into place or for better pieces to reveal themselves.

I’m learning that some things take time to germinate.

They need to ferment like a good wine.

The yeast takes time to rise the bread before it can be baked.

Learning to walk and talk and drive a car takes practice.


Where do you get stuck? How do you push through?