Monday, August 30, 2010

My Latest Articles and Some Bon Jovi Album News

Happy Monday, everyone!

I trust you all had a good weekend and got enough shut-eye.

Speaking of sleep, my latest article ( is about the topic. I must warn you that some of my research is a tad scary.

I also just noticed that my Jewel CD review( was published on August 24th.

By the way, I have GREAT news for my fellow Bon Jovi fans: The band's second greatest hits album (the first was 1994's Cross Road: The Best of Bon Jovi) will be released on November 9th! The album will feature songs ("It's My Life" immediately popped into my head) from These Days (1995) onward. I've already written this important date on my calendar! You can listen to the first single "What Do You Got" on

Happy reading AND listening!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Great Irshad Manji Article

Hi Everyone:

Please read Irshad Manji's latest article when you have a chance:

Manji is an intelligent and passionate Muslim reformer who writes to challenge all minds and to encourage her fellow moderates to join her.

I remember hearing her speak at Carleton University in Fall 2004. She was candid and confident despite the anger of the more fundamentalist male Muslims in the room who argued and yelled during question period, refusing to listen to what she had to say. Godspeed, my friend.

By the way, pick up a copy of The Trouble With Islam (it once went under the title The Trouble With Islam Today) if you haven't read it already.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Yet Another New Article - Treating Mental Illness Creatively

Mental illness is an issue dear to my heart and one that certainly needs to be more understood and less stigmatized.

Here is the link to my second article of the week:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Weight Training and Weight Loss Update

Things are going well with my weight training and the meal plan that I'm following. I'm focused and driven and enjoying eating healthy (sesame Ezekiel 4:9 bread is the BEST!). In less than two months, I've lost *16* pounds!

Although I am determined to succeed, I must thank my trainers, Craig and Allan, and my husband, Matt, without whom I would be unable to stay committed. Their encouragement and support are crucial. I especially want to thank Allan and Craig for challenging me and sharing their fitness wisdom about meals and exercise techniques. In no way, have I ever felt judged or inadequate. For the first time in my life, I actually look forward to working out!

I'm feeling better both mentally and physically and enjoying retiring clothing that is too loose or wearing apparel that I have not worn in a very long time. I also like being able to buy tops that are a size smaller!

In addition, I'm proud of how my strength and endurance has increased, i.e. how many more knee tucks I can do and heavier weights I can lift, etc., since I first started training. Alas, I was so doubtful at first.

I will close for now but applaud and encourage anyone who is on a similar journey to create a new and healthier self you. Always remember that the only person you can change is yourself and that you are WORTH it!