March 2013

Mar 31 2013
April 1, 2013 The weather’s warming up and it’s the perfect time to start running. Check out our 5 steps to starting. more...

Mar 31 2013
April 1, 2013 Teen writer Azraa Janmohamed tells how to make Earth Hour every hour of every day. more...

Mar 31 2013
April 1, 2013 Flak from male co-workers, overwhelming travel schedules and compliance rules. Check out how communications coach Vera Held recommends dealing with all of it. more...

Mar 31 2013
The Story Exchange is a global video project by Karin Kamp about empowering women to start their own businesses. It's all about women inspiring women. By telling the stories of successful entrepreneurs from all walks of life and sectors it encourages others to gain economic freedom, create the lifestyle of their choosing, and uncover their full potential. The latest story highlights how a major world event, one's unique upbringing, and education led to the formation of a business that promotes peace. more...

Mar 31 2013
Trey Anthony is the creator and star of the ground-breaking production, 'da Kink in My Hair, which had its start on the stage and later debuted in 2007 on Global Television -- and has touched many women's lives. She is the first Black woman to write and produce a television show on a prime time network in Canada -- and her trailblazing ways have not stopped there. more...

Mar 31 2013
Trey Anthony is the creator and star of the ground-breaking production, 'da Kink in My Hair, which had its start on the stage and later debuted in 2007 on Global Television -- and has touched many women's lives. She is the first Black woman to write and produce a television show on a prime time network in Canada -- and her trailblazing ways have not stopped there. more...

Mar 31 2013
You meet up with the guy you’re sorta, kinda hooking up with.  The scene is the bar.  It’s a night on a weekend.  He’s there with some friends as are you and you all do the intro’s and get a … Continue reading more...

Mar 31 2013
Happy Easter Love Bugs! I am back from a wonderful few days in New York City with the family, and saw this while sipping coffee in bed this morning. It's a must share. A must read. And I think, a must follow. Thank you Dana, our most incredible Women On the Fence app developer for sharing this. And thank you Gary, for such insightful words. more...

Mar 30 2013
Once upon a time, I took an 8-week course in mindfulness training.  The course was so positively impactful on my life, that – not only did I take the next level of the course on ‘Loving kindness,’ but – I … Continue reading more...

Mar 30 2013
Trey Anthony is the creator and star of the ground-breaking production, ‘da Kink in My Hair, which had its start on the stage and later debuted in 2007 on Global Television – and has touched many women’s lives. She is the first Black woman to write and produce a television show on a prime time [...] more...

Mar 29 2013
Women & Leadership: Ten Critical Steps Forward A post for women and men who seek to empower... more...

Mar 29 2013
Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose Leadership means building a community of... more...

Mar 29 2013
March 17, 2013, by Bassem Ghali Have you noticed the list of local search results at the top of... more...

Mar 29 2013
When I first moved to Toronto three years ago, I found the city a little overwhelming. The bustling traffic, clanging streetcars, and rambunctious bar crowds of the College/Spadina intersection near my apartment was a slightly shocking transition from ... more...

Mar 29 2013

It was a comment that Peter, the taxi driver made as he was driving me to Fort Myers airport after a wonderful one-week break, that made me realize that my attitude this trip had been different. 


He was telling me about a twenty-something who had come to Florida for some sun, and was sorely disappointed because while the sun was shining, the wind was blowing hard, making it chilly.  Consequently she hadn’t spent the time on the beach that she’d planned, and totally bent out of shape, she whined all the way to the airport.


Now it is true the weather wasn’t its usual glorious self, but hey, compared to the winter we’ve had this year, anything over 12 C, seems balmy to me.   Vacations, like anything else in life, are what you make of them and this year I went south with a changed mindset.


1.              The weather is immaterial.  In the past, I would have been like our young friend, and totally bummed out if I didn’t get my share of rays on the beach. But this year, my focus was on the break, getting away from work and most importantly, visiting with my cousin.

2.              Switching off from email is essential.  I had decided at the outset that I wouldn’t check email and I am proud to report I didn’t.   And you know what, it wasn’t as hard as I thought, all of which speaks to the need to take a break, because without the reminders of work, you can more easily unwind. 

3.              Urgent is a matter of interpretation.  Usually I would leave an out-of-office message giving a forwarding email so that if a matter was urgent, someone could be contacted. But I’ve found in the past that people make contact because they want an immediate answer, not because it is urgent.  So for seven days, Company of Women was offline and to my knowledge, nothing disastrous happened.

4.              Selective shopping.  OK.  I will fess up – I love to shop and normally that is one of our fun activities when I am down south.  However, my cousin had hurt her leg, which made walking distances difficult and so we couldn’t shop as much as usual.  But that was fine, as instead of wandering aimlessly at the stores, I was much more discerning on what I wanted to buy and where we went to shop.

5.              Budget.  Because I can see (and buy) lots of treasures and “have-to-haves,” I set myself a firm budget this year, and as my father would say, “when in doubt, out.”  So I stuck to what was practical, would be put to good use rather than some of my more frivolous purchases of previous years.

6.              Buy local.  Because I don’t take time to shop much when I am at home, I saw stuff that I liked and could easily get in Canada, so I decided to wait and get it locally, rather than carry it back in my luggage.

7.              Relax and read.  Now this isn’t a new direction, but for me the measure of a good holiday is how many books I manage to read – this year 4.5.  Not bad.



I don’t know about you but I am often a tad tetchy before I go, that’s actually my clue that it is time to get away.  So folks should be pleased that I have returned in a better frame of mind.  I am back, all mellow and chilled out, and not so willing to get into the fray once again, but it will come.  

But maybe the 24/7 ability to stay in touch with my business has to go, otherwise my business owns me, rather than the other way around.  What about you?  Who owns who?


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Mar 29 2013

It was a comment that Peter, the taxi driver made as he was driving me to Fort Myers airport after a wonderful one-week break, that made me realize that my attitude this trip had been different. 


He was telling me about a twenty-something who had come to Florida for some sun, and was sorely disappointed because while the sun was shining, the wind was blowing hard, making it chilly.  Consequently she hadn’t spent the time on the beach that she’d planned, and totally bent out of shape, she whined all the way to the airport.


Now it is true the weather wasn’t its usual glorious self, but hey, compared to the winter we’ve had this year, anything over 12 C, seems balmy to me.   Vacations, like anything else in life, are what you make of them and this year I went south with a changed mindset.


1.              The weather is immaterial.  In the past, I would have been like our young friend, and totally bummed out if I didn’t get my share of rays on the beach. But this year, my focus was on the break, getting away from work and most importantly, visiting with my cousin.

2.              Switching off from email is essential.  I had decided at the outset that I wouldn’t check email and I am proud to report I didn’t.   And you know what, it wasn’t as hard as I thought, all of which speaks to the need to take a break, because without the reminders of work, you can more easily unwind. 

3.              Urgent is a matter of interpretation.  Usually I would leave an out-of-office message giving a forwarding email so that if a matter was urgent, someone could be contacted. But I’ve found in the past that people make contact because they want an immediate answer, not because it is urgent.  So for seven days, Company of Women was offline and to my knowledge, nothing disastrous happened.

4.              Selective shopping.  OK.  I will fess up – I love to shop and normally that is one of our fun activities when I am down south.  However, my cousin had hurt her leg, which made walking distances difficult and so we couldn’t shop as much as usual.  But that was fine, as instead of wandering aimlessly at the stores, I was much more discerning on what I wanted to buy and where we went to shop.

5.              Budget.  Because I can see (and buy) lots of treasures and “have-to-haves,” I set myself a firm budget this year, and as my father would say, “when in doubt, out.”  So I stuck to what was practical, would be put to good use rather than some of my more frivolous purchases of previous years.

6.              Buy local.  Because I don’t take time to shop much when I am at home, I saw stuff that I liked and could easily get in Canada, so I decided to wait and get it locally, rather than carry it back in my luggage.

7.              Relax and read.  Now this isn’t a new direction, but for me the measure of a good holiday is how many books I manage to read – this year 4.5.  Not bad.



I don’t know about you but I am often a tad tetchy before I go, that’s actually my clue that it is time to get away.  So folks should be pleased that I have returned in a better frame of mind.  I am back, all mellow and chilled out, and not so willing to get into the fray once again, but it will come.  

But maybe the 24/7 ability to stay in touch with my business has to go, otherwise my business owns me, rather than the other way around.  What about you?  Who owns who?


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Mar 29 2013
There is nothing bad about having a day in our calendar called Good Friday. Friday happens to be my favourite day of the week. Today is a special day observed around the world, filled with symbolism and celebration. I will celebrate, too, but it has nothing to do with religious observance. In today’s Globe and [...] more...

Mar 29 2013
This was the opening question in the new DVD The Energy of Money by the amazing life and money coach of Marie Nemeth. I don’t know about you but when I think of money the last word that comes to mind, is easy. When I think of money I think math class. And me sitting Read the full article... more...

Mar 29 2013

I first want to say that I've always been a fan of hip hop, there are a few lyrics that I cringe at but overall some of my favorite songs are made by rap artists. But with that said, there is a new generation of rap that I cannot get with! I believe in the old saying that, "if you don't stand for something, then you will fall for anything." I will not stand for some of the lyrics these days that promote "popping molly" (a pure form of ecstasy) or not too long ago Lil Wayne comparing performing a sexual act on a female to the terrible tragedy that happened years ago to Emmett Till who was beaten to death for allegedly whistling at a white womyn. The recent controversial lyric comes from rapper Rick Ross, who brags about slipping molly in a womyn's drink and having sex with her without her knowledge.

The lyrics that Ross used were:
 Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.
Is this where music is going? Thankfully there are a couple of radio stations in the states that are taking a stand against this type of negative and degrading music by banning these songs from being played. I'm very happy to hear this and hope that more radio and video stations follow suite. I believe in artistic and creative expression, but by promoting date rape as the norm and coming from a rapper, may be viewed as cool or enticing to young people, is completely irresponsible.

What do you all think, has rap culture gone too far to ignore or just a form of freedom of expression?

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Mar 29 2013

I first want to say that I've always been a fan of hip hop, there are a few lyrics that I cringe at but overall some of my favorite songs are made by rap artists. But with that said, there is a new generation of rap that I cannot get with! I believe in the old saying that, "if you don't stand for something, then you will fall for anything." I will not stand for some of the lyrics these days that promote "popping molly" (a pure form of ecstasy) or not too long ago Lil Wayne comparing performing a sexual act on a female to the terrible tragedy that happened years ago to Emmett Till who was beaten to death for allegedly whistling at a white womyn. The recent controversial lyric comes from rapper Rick Ross, who brags about slipping molly in a womyn's drink and having sex with her without her knowledge.

The lyrics that Ross used were:
 Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.
Is this where music is going? Thankfully there are a couple of radio stations in the states that are taking a stand against this type of negative and degrading music by banning these songs from being played. I'm very happy to hear this and hope that more radio and video stations follow suite. I believe in artistic and creative expression, but by promoting date rape as the norm and coming from a rapper, may be viewed as cool or enticing to young people, is completely irresponsible.

What do you all think, has rap culture gone too far to ignore or just a form of freedom of expression?

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Mar 29 2013
Mentor to Second City actors, director, and Governor General nominated writer, Deborah Kimmett lavishes her students with over 30 years of experience and has seen writers of all levels flourish under her guidance! Her motto? One pen, one piece of paper, one ass in one chair – that’s all it takes to get your story Read the full article... more...

Mar 28 2013
March 28, 2013 I attended Suzie’s funeral along with hundreds of others. more...

Mar 28 2013
McGill News Alumni Magazine profiles Daily Planet co-host, Ziya Tong: Ziya Tong, MA’99, tried to turn down her first big break. Tong, the co-host of Discovery Channel’s flagship show Daily Planet, had been approached by a casting agent who thought she’d be perfect for an Apple ad. Tong initially said no thanks. “I didn’t want... more...

Mar 28 2013
DEPRESSION Over the holiday weekend, many people tend to experience an increase in feelings of sadness, stress, anxiety and hopelessness. This often occurs as there can be strain and pressure in the family. Also, if you are spending this weekend … Continue reading more...

Mar 28 2013
Speakers’ Spotlight is thrilled to announce the addition of Steven Page to our roster! Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and... more...

Mar 27 2013


Illustrated by Kat Burns (anhourofmytime):“Cadbury Creme Eggs”

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Mar 27 2013


Illustrated by Kat Burns (anhourofmytime): “Reeses Peanut Butter Cups”.

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Mar 27 2013
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Mar 27 2013

Hi folks,
Big news: I will be interviewing Sissy Spacek at Roy Thomson Hall May 13th. Looking forward to it.

 

Stand Up For The Girls
CIBC’s Run for the Cure in Sudbury has aligned with Stand Up For The Girls May 31st. I’m happy to report that half of [...]

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Mar 27 2013
Technology expert Steve Dotto hosts a weekly radio program about all things technology related. Recently, Steve interviewed Julia Hartz, the co-founder of Eventbrite. Eventbrite is a website that helps event coordinators manage their events from a tick... more...

Mar 27 2013

You know that one injury that you just haven’t been able to recover from. Maybe it’s back or neck pain that makes you cut your workout short time and time again. How about that knee or shoulder pain that keeps you from running around and throwing the ball with your kids?

Read more on Dealing with pain your doctor can’t figure out? (here’s the solution)…

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Mar 27 2013
There are so many great web series on the Internet right now. I love that people have found their own avenue to create and produce the content that they want to see while crafting their own opportunities. Instead of waiting for an opportunity or “break” to be handed to them, they are going out there to get it!
There are 2, that I am really excited to follow and see what will come from it:



My fellow Canadian, Andrea Lewis, has launched a production company and new show called “Black Actresses” which I can’t wait for! She will have an awesome line-up of other black actresses making guest appearances such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Tatyana Ali, Keke Palmer and so many more. She will be partnering up for this series with another womyn who has made a name for herself in the web series industry and found great success, Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl.



I respect Issa Rae’s hustle and all of the opportunities that she has created for herself by taking a chance and believing in her talent. Which is why I can’t wait to see her new series, “How Men Become Dogs”. I’m not too sure about the subject of this series since most of the work she has done thus far has centred around a female lead character and our issues but she has made great content so far so I would love to see where she takes this one.
How about you all, will you be watching and supporting these new talents?


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Mar 27 2013
There are so many great web series on the Internet right now. I love that people have found their own avenue to create and produce the content that they want to see while crafting their own opportunities. Instead of waiting for an opportunity or “break” to be handed to them, they are going out there to get it!
There are 2, that I am really excited to follow and see what will come from it:



My fellow Canadian, Andrea Lewis, has launched a production company and new show called “Black Actresses” which I can’t wait for! She will have an awesome line-up of other black actresses making guest appearances such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Tatyana Ali, Keke Palmer and so many more. She will be partnering up for this series with another womyn who has made a name for herself in the web series industry and found great success, Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl.



I respect Issa Rae’s hustle and all of the opportunities that she has created for herself by taking a chance and believing in her talent. Which is why I can’t wait to see her new series, “How Men Become Dogs”. I’m not too sure about the subject of this series since most of the work she has done thus far has centred around a female lead character and our issues but she has made great content so far so I would love to see where she takes this one.
How about you all, will you be watching and supporting these new talents?


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Mar 26 2013
Despite the kerfuffle that has accompanied the release of her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg certainly deserves kudos for spending a lot of her time and reputational capital by bringing the issues of women's advancement to the fore, argues Stephanie MacKendrick. more...

Mar 26 2013
Would you prefer to work for a man or a woman? Leah Eichler examines the reasons behind the biases that we all hold when it comes to the gender we want our managers to be. more...

Mar 26 2013

I love my office technology! My colleagues, family, and friends consider me to be a “high-achiever” when it comes to setting up and trouble-shooting my own techno tools and toys. In fact, I have been known to thrive on the challenge. Meet My Nemesis Last week I met my match – a wireless all-in-one printer/scanner/copier […]

The post Are Your High Achievers Losing It? appeared first on Maestro Quality Inc..

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Mar 26 2013
Avenue magazine Calgary chats with Zahra Al-Harazi, Chatelaine’s Top Entrepreneur of the Year (2011), about her incredible success. Here is an excerpt from the interview: Born in Uganda, Zahra Al-Harazi and her family moved to Yemen when she was young. After relocating to Calgary in 1996 with a teaching degree that wasn’t recognized here, she... more...

Mar 26 2013
Natural Health Center - a commercial renovation by Wo-Built, photo wobuilt.com
Photo: Wo-Built’s  Commercial Renovation
Natural Health Center: New  Treatment  Spaces and  Resource Centre

"My interest in nature began early.
When I was 3, I refused to leave a park because I had to pick ALL the dandelions (just imagine a sea of yellow).
 
My current ambition is to help others to use the power of nature to feel their best.
And to love dandelions as much as I do.  ;-)"

~ Janet McKenzie, Summit Natural Health Centre

Welcome to the Newly Renovated Natural Health Centre

We were privileged to work with Ms Janet McKenzie, ND on her new offices for her Summit Natural Health Centre at 5133 Dundas Street West.

The original use for the space was a sales office for the adjacent condo building, hence we were lucky in being able to reuse a lot of the services (HVAC, Fire/Safety, and Lighting) with minor alterations.

As our mandate is to be green, we also reused as much of the existing finishes (doors, carpet (good quality, almost new), and bathroom fixtures) as we could to lessen the amount of materials that went into the landfill.

Our scope of work included adding several consulting rooms and adding a second bathroom. We had some surprises during the renovations, no renovation is without, but we resolved them in some innovative ways. More of that in a later post.

We were able to help create a warm homey environment for the Health Centre, very much on the lines Ms McKenzie envisaged. Something we feel is very important in a health and wellness environment. A calming and relaxing atmosphere will help ease minds, make clients comfortable and facilitate the journey to wellness.

Summit Natural Health Centre is now open. For more information about natural therapies and treatments please contact the Centre.


Martina Ernst
President/CEO
Wo-Built Inc. - Innovative Design and Build

links:
wobuilt.com/blog: Medical Facilities - Building Image and Branding of Your Spaces
Wo-Built’s Commercial Renovation Project Naturopathic Office

wobuilt.com/blog: Health & Wellness Professionals: You wouldn’t let just anyone Run your Practice; Why let just anyone Remodel your Premises?
The bottom-line: we are nothing without our health. Wo-Built could mean everything to the health and wellness of your practice.


Commercial Renovation by Wo-Built: Natural Health Center, photo wobuilt.com
Photo: Wo-Built’s  Commercial Renovation
Natural Health Center: New  Treatment  Spaces and  Reception Area

About Summit Natural Health Centre
Summit Natural Health Centre is a multi-disciplinary clinic focusing on natural medicine. Our mission is to provide individualized care supported by resources that allow clients and members of the community to learn about health and natural treatments.
Summit offers practitioners' rooms in newly renovated premises located in an area with excellent potential for growth.

Summit Natural Health Center
5133 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke, ON M9A 1C1
Phone: 416-236-7642
E-mail: contactus@summitnaturalhealth.ca
Facebook: Summit Natural Health Centre 
Web: www.summitnaturalhealth.ca more...

Mar 26 2013
Natural Health Center - a commercial renovation by Wo-Built, photo wobuilt.com
Photo: Wo-Built’s  Commercial Renovation
Natural Health Center: New  Treatment  Spaces and  Resource Centre

"My interest in nature began early.
When I was 3, I refused to leave a park because I had to pick ALL the dandelions (just imagine a sea of yellow).
 
My current ambition is to help others to use the power of nature to feel their best.
And to love dandelions as much as I do.  ;-)"

~ Janet McKenzie, Summit Natural Health Centre

Welcome to the Newly Renovated Natural Health Centre

We were privileged to work with Ms Janet McKenzie, ND on her new offices for her Summit Natural Health Centre at 5133 Dundas Street West.

The original use for the space was a sales office for the adjacent condo building, hence we were lucky in being able to reuse a lot of the services (HVAC, Fire/Safety, and Lighting) with minor alterations.

As our mandate is to be green, we also reused as much of the existing finishes (doors, carpet (good quality, almost new), and bathroom fixtures) as we could to lessen the amount of materials that went into the landfill.

Our scope of work included adding several consulting rooms and adding a second bathroom. We had some surprises during the renovations, no renovation is without, but we resolved them in some innovative ways. More of that in a later post.

We were able to help create a warm homey environment for the Health Centre, very much on the lines Ms McKenzie envisaged. Something we feel is very important in a health and wellness environment. A calming and relaxing atmosphere will help ease minds, make clients comfortable and facilitate the journey to wellness.

Summit Natural Health Centre is now open. For more information about natural therapies and treatments please contact the Centre.


Martina Ernst
President/CEO
Wo-Built Inc. - Innovative Design and Build

links:
wobuilt.com/blog: Medical Facilities - Building Image and Branding of Your Spaces
Wo-Built’s Commercial Renovation Project Naturopathic Office

wobuilt.com/blog: Health & Wellness Professionals: You wouldn’t let just anyone Run your Practice; Why let just anyone Remodel your Premises?
The bottom-line: we are nothing without our health. Wo-Built could mean everything to the health and wellness of your practice.


Commercial Renovation by Wo-Built: Natural Health Center, photo wobuilt.com
Photo: Wo-Built’s  Commercial Renovation
Natural Health Center: New  Treatment  Spaces and  Reception Area

About Summit Natural Health Centre
Summit Natural Health Centre is a multi-disciplinary clinic focusing on natural medicine. Our mission is to provide individualized care supported by resources that allow clients and members of the community to learn about health and natural treatments.
Summit offers practitioners' rooms in newly renovated premises located in an area with excellent potential for growth.

Summit Natural Health Center
5133 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke, ON M9A 1C1
Phone: 416-236-7642
E-mail: contactus@summitnaturalhealth.ca
Facebook: Summit Natural Health Centre 
Web: www.summitnaturalhealth.ca more...

Mar 26 2013
Stripes, florals, plaids, animal prints, ikat, brocade, and the list goes on and on.  The... more...

Mar 26 2013
Music insider Steve Jones reveals the core marketing and branding strategies behind the success of the world’s greatest bands in his bestselling book, Brand Like a Rock Star, and how their approach can be duplicated by any organization:  Excerpt: Building a Tribe: Lessons in Social Media From Jimmy Buffett and the Grateful Dead  By not... more...

Mar 26 2013
My husband continued for a number of years with the support of acupuncture. Between managing his exposure to EMF’s and strengthening his system with the acupuncture we could keep any outbreaks to a minimum. It was not until I was introduced and trained in the use of the Chiren, a Biophoton Light instrument that we have almost eliminated the symptoms all together. We discovered that due to his profession, he was exposed to heavy metals frequently and they were built up in his body. This acted like a conductor for the EMF waves and made it more difficult for him to not actually attract them to his system. Currently, we have made a number of changes in our home and habits, he continues to avoid microwaved foods and manages his exposure time to heavy EMF areas and things are better than ever. Below is a list of changes we made as well as typical sensitivities that exposure to EMF’s can cause people and finally some websites to explore more yourself. more...

Mar 26 2013
In our family, we have a saying made “famous” by my Uncle Wah Foong. The saying is, “Do you know why it’s so good? (*it in his context usually refers to a meal of sort)…because it is FREE!!!” Yes folks, … Continue reading  more...

Mar 25 2013


Illustrated by Kat Burns (anhourofmytime): “A Wealth of Time”

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Mar 25 2013


Illustration by Kat Burns (anhourofmytime): “Riding Bicycle in A Dress”

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