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Toronto Lit Up: Virtual Book Launch and Reading

Thursday, July 23rd at 8 p.m.

So what do you do when you have a published book and all the planned in-person events to launch the book get cancelled because of COVID?  It’s like being Cinderella with a wonderful fairy Godmother, a stunning gown and no party to go to. 

You could wait until the pandemic is over and hold live events when permitted.

Or you could find new and creative ways to launch the book virtually when the world is largely physically distancing. 

In a strange way, this is exactly the lesson that cancer has taught me. (more…)

Launching My Podcast – Choosing Hope: Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things

This week, I realized another bucket list item – to become a podcast host!  My podcast is called Choosing Hope: Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things, and it officially launched this week. 

Each week, I interview ordinary, everyday people who are doing exceptional things, and give them a platform to talk about their passion and purpose. You will hear people from around the world doing interesting things. People who have started an organization, come up with new ways of doing things, advanced their thinking on a topic and volunteered for specific causes. Through their work, each one of these individuals is (more…)

A Turtle, 2 Fish and Mother’s Day

Four weeks ago, Sabrina and Afzal adopted a turtle in an aquarium.  A few days later, the previous owner of the turtle begged them to also adopt their two fish as they were leaving the country and the fish had no home. Sabrina and Afzal agreed to take the fish, albeit a little reluctantly.

This addition to their family has caused some joy, chaos and unpredictability in their – and our – lives. (more…)

COVID-19: What consumers want

I recently read an article from the CEO of Walmart about America’s evolving shopping patterns during the coronavirus pandemic that made me smile, and then go hmmm…  What he says reflects my own experience of shopping during COVID-19. 

Several weeks ago, before the lockdown, I went to our local Food Basics to look for Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Nada. None available. These items seemed to have disappeared from the shelves. I left the store and made my way to a Shoppers Drug Mart. Surely they would have these items. Again, no wipes, no hand sanitizer and no toilet paper. I did notice one person in line struggling as he carried 3 big packs of toilet paper. I was a bit annoyed, until I found out he was picking up the extras for his neighbours. (more…)

Choosing Hope: A virtual book launch and author reading

This month I was scheduled to do a number of book launches, promotions and signings for my book Choosing Hope: 1 Woman. 3 Cancers. Due to COVID-19, all these events have been cancelled. So here I am, improvising and doing virtual events: In the video below, I read a chapter from my book: You can order the book from For a limited time, get 20% off the cover price (use code STAYHOME at checkout) and get an e-book free. If you’ve already pre-ordered from Amazon, Chapters Indigo or other online retailer, just send proof of purchase to and they will send you a free e-book to read while you wait for your printed version. (more…)
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