The Good Witch

The Good Witch

My Altona Forest

Each November there is a guided hike in Altona Forest – all about recognizing and identifying trees by their bark, buds, and growing patterns. One resident tree we discuss is the native witch hazel. With graceful spreading branches, it has a vase-shape and is attractive – but we’d just missed her late-fall show. I promised myself that I’d go looking for this small tree’s display this year in mid-October, since my timing is off every year!

Witch hazel is commonly known for it’s medicinal qualities as an astringent, treating insect bites, sunburn, blemishes and other skin inflammation, and it’s historical use as a water divining rod.

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However to gardeners and naturalists, witch hazel’s qualities are about it’s spicy scent and it’s blooms… at a time when you’d never expect to see anything blooming. Native witch hazel – sometimes called ‘winterbloom’ – is Hamamelis virginiana. It blooms in fall –…

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Contest: Win a Copy of Hotel Transylvania 3 on Blu-ray!

One Movie, Our Views

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Hotel Transylvania 3, and in honour of Halloween this week, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has provided us with a copy of the Blu-ray to give away to one lucky Canadian reader!

To enter, simply send an email to with the subject line “Win a Copy of Hotel Transylvania 3 on Blu-ray!”, or you can just leave us a comment below indicating that you’re interested. Please also note that this contest is open to Canadian residents only, and if selected as a winner, you will be asked to provide your mailing address so that the prize can be shipped to you.

The contest closes on November 7th at 11:59 PM. Good luck and Happy Halloween!

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From Protection to Art


Over an eight-year time span, I unpacked secrets hidden deep in my mind. Some secrets were repressed and some were just sitting in storage, never meant to be unpacked to see the light of day. But for me, I had to make the choice to face, process, accept, and resolve my past so I could continue to heal.

Throughout those eight years, I had given my therapist many, many things that I had saved from my childhood. Some of the items were pictures, a baggie of dirt, rocks, pieces of jewelry, gifts that identified places I had been, and a wooden baseball bat.

I saved all these things because I thought they were proof of what happened to me. I thought they were my smoking guns. My therapist described them as my breadcrumbs. He believed I unconsciously (and consciously) kept these mementos to help lead me back to my repressed…

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Follow That Thoughtful Moment

My Joyous Feature

Follow that thoughtful moment with a genuine loving care.

Opening up against that mindful detail.

Living beyond every true feelings.

Learning more all about every thoughtful way to cherish things through.

Out into an ordinary world a thoughtful moment, shall carry on.

When there’s an open mind it can be more than just a thinking pattern

Thoughts will open up into a different journey.

Having that pure moment to care for that thoughtful mind.

At a pleasant moment thought can bring that positive vibe in.

Thinking a lot more clearly can bring on an impact on so many things.

There’s things that can carry on a thoughtful situation.

Have that thoughtful mind taking over in a very honest way.

Open mind can carry that thoughtful moment through.

Up into those precious situation a moment in life…

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Realizing A Vision Differently

My Joyous Feature

A vision has its correspondence. Getting it into so many things in life. It can be more like a vision shall see it in order to consider it. That certain vision can be imaged in a work of creativity. Creativity can build some trust around at a perfect imagination. Visualize something a great deal more into empowerment.

There’s some beautiful vision that can polish through. Feeling like a work of artistic creation. True beauty can feel more like a picture perfect scene. A vision of that work of beauty will brighten up that very special moment. A very particular moment can work its magic.

Scenery can make a visualization something a lot more interesting. Interesting enough to constitute a sudden change. That change into a scenery, world can lift through a visualization moment. Examining it more like a story. A story that can arise through a impractical lifestyle.

Beyond every…

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If the real world were like my inner world…


I sometimes talk about my ‘Jeanette universe’. This is the world I want to live in. It often exists within my mind and also in physical space at my home, the wonderful Whimsy Manor. I want to share my world with you because it is an affirming place. This is also a bit activist-y, in my own rather gentle way, because my universe and the actual world are very different.

So, in my universe:

  • There is no bullying or abuse. No sexual or family or other kinds of violence, no discrimination on the basis of any characteristic and no prejudice
  • Autism isn’t ever seen as needing to be ‘cured’. In fact neurodiversity is the accepted way of being
  • Nobody needs to ‘mask’ – people are valued for being their own unique them 
  • People are respected for their skills and experience regardless of background, ability or any other characteristic 

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You Teach Others How To Treat You

You Teach Others How To Treat You

Dr. Eric Perry

By Dr. Perry, PhD

“You teach people how to treat you.” ~Oprah Winfrey

Many of us are living our lives repeating the same heartbreaking and unhealthy patterns. We appear to be stuck on replay unable to move forward while continually duplicating the chaos that caused us to leave our last relationship. Perhaps there is a belief that we have a “type” that we attract. We seem to get involved emotionally with the same type of person that inevitably turns out to be Mr. or Mrs. Wrong.

Looking at our past, we may realize that we are often at the center of a chaotic or unhealthy situation. Our belief may be that these situations keep happening to us. But, perhaps the real truth is that we are helping to create these situations by planting the seed of the behavior and nourishing its growth. Our subconscious beliefs about ourselves and the world…

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The Canadian bill to ban whales in captivity is now at first reading


On October 23rd, 2018, the long awaiting bill to ban cetaceans in Canadian entertainment venues finally passed the Senate, and will receive first reading today. This is a welcome to cetaceans, who do very poorly in tanks. Contact a Canadian Member of Parliament asking them to support this very important bill.