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Alma Vega - My Little Home

Tiny House - Is your house too big and simply too much work? Have you considered downsizing? In case you haven’t noticed there is a growing trend for tiny house living that’s blooming into an overall small house movement. Tiny houses remind us that home design isn’t just about appearance. It’s about utilizing space in a way that helps homeowners maintain an easy lifestyle. Some people think tiny houses are just for those who seek a drastic lifestyle change, but anyone can benefit from understanding how to manage their possessions. Having less means having more, in a very palpable way, especially if you’re a closet hoarder. Your design for a small house gets to showcase what’s really important to you. How will you utilise the limited space you have in an optimum way? One obvious solution: just look up. Use vertical space wherever you can and this can apply to where you sleep. Loft beds and bunk beds have come a long way. With the right linens and fabric choices, they can be downright luxurious. When furbishing your home (tiny or otherwise) foldaway furniture can increase the multifunctional atmosphere you want to cultivate. For example, you should make sure something that doubles as both an office desk and a kitchen table is made out of material that is durable and easy to clean. Sustainability is another factor to consider when choosing materials for your home. Small houses tend to be ecologically friendly and at the same time much easier when it comes to maintenance. Some people have engineered very…

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Photo : Alma Vega December 11, 2014

Dave Walsh - Wish Blog

Small Community, Big Heart - “Christmas has now officially begun.” I said jovially to my colleagues at the culmination of the 36th Annual Arnold’s Cove Ecumenical Carol Service, on Monday night, December 8th. For some it’s the first snowfall, for others it’s the first Christmas song they hear on the radio, but for us at Children’s Wish; Christmas starts with Arnold’s Cove.   Each year lead by Flo “Mudder” Peach, a very dedicated group of friends, supporters, performers, and volunteers work tirelessly organizing for months what is undoubtedly the greatest example of love, charity, and Christmas spirit I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing.   The Carol Service features greetings from Clubs and Groups, Fire Fighters, Clergy Members, Wish Families, Mayors, MHA’s, and Ministers. There are performances from choirs, traditional school bands, and a wonderful 3 sister act who wrote a very special song about wishes.   Towards the end of the service, it is customary for people to come forward with a donation for the Children’s Wish Foundation. A very long list of donors is read aloud to say thank you. What follows is an outpouring of generosity, the likes I’ve never seen. The list is read for at least ten minutes long and each person comes forward with a smile on their face and a story for their donation. Whether it be the season of giving, or they know a Wish Child, or they are making a donation in someone’s memory, the theme is the same; Arnold’s Cove is a small community with a very big heart!…

Photo : Dave Walsh December 11, 2014

Joshua Dawson - Memoirs of a Genie

The Oprah Effect - Do you believe in magic? Before my father passed almost 10 years ago, my answer would have been “NO.” And I certainly wouldn't have believed it if you told me I'd be sitting in front of the VP of Programming for the Oprah Winfrey Network dressed as a Genie. Connecting on a deep spiritual level talking about an inspirational TV show that has the potential to help many, many people around the globe. As I move through life, I’ve come to accept the Heraclitus quote The only thing that is constant is change.” And my, oh my, how times have changed. Last week's peak moment at the Oprah Winfrey Network was preceded and triggered by many not so exciting magical moments. That perfect walk in the forest on a crisp fall day. Looking at my boys and Ingrid before suddenly being overcome by their inner beauty. A beautiful moment of love, least expected, that fills you up. Brimming then overflowing into moistened eyes. A glimpse of beauty in the mundane. Two becoming one, all equal but seemingly forever fleeting. Moments so few and far between as to almost discount their magical existence? Why? Your mind helps solve the riddle. Much like a Las Vegas magician, it's the ultimate trickster. An illusionist crowding and distracting the truth with thoughts. Look over here it screams! Ponder this problem. Solve me! A seemingly never ending stream of habitual thought taught to us by our loved ones. Best intentions in the name of safety. And why not? We are…

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Photo : Joshua Dawson October 13, 2014

Janet Bradbury-Pennell - Singing across Ireland

November 08, 2013

Singing across Ireland - What do you get when you cross 45 Newfoundland 50-plus choir members and an oversees flight to Ireland? A lot of singing and laughing and basically no sleep for anyone on board. That was the scene on Sept. 19 when members of the St. John's based Fortissimos and The Legatos Choirs, both directed by Janet Bradbury-Pennell boarded the Air Canada flight. With the assistance of a phenomenal tour leader, Hilda Pollard-Milley, there was a to-die-for itinerary awaiting them in Ireland. From start to finish, said Pennell, it was an exceptional experience! The whole idea of the trip was for those who hadn't experienced Ireland before to do so and also it was meant to bond the choir members, some of whom have been with the choir for seven years — some for only a few months. But from the get-go it was one-for all and all-for-one. We did three performances: one in Galway where we helped fundraise for a new roof for the 300-year old St. Kummins Church and where we met and spoke with most of the audience who all seemed to have a story to tell about Newfoundland and our connection. One of the local people was from our very own Avondale, a Mr. Flynn, who met and married an Irish lady while teaching in Labrador and then they both moved back to Galway 30 years ago. From Galway the choir travelled to Waterford where they performed at City Hall — the area where so many of the choirs' ancestors had left those…