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1. MORE Brilliant Inventions
Rogers Centre is a multi-purpose stadium in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Home to Major League Baseballs' Blue Jays, it is nestled between the CN Tower and the shores of Lake Ontario. Originally named the 'Skydome' (1989 - 2005), the Centre's crown jewel is its unique retractable roof inspir...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:37:43
2. Gifts for Ophthalmologists, Optometrists & Eye Care Professionals
A couple of years ago, I put together an online page of the Best Ophthalmic Equipment available on eBay and Amazon. Near the end of it was a small section devoted to gifts for eye care professionals. Recently, Squidoo (this writing platform) implemented a New Amazon Link Limit which helps with l...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:03
3. Slow-Cooker Zesty Pork Stew (or other meat) plus Steven Wright jokes
After an exhausting day on the slopes, who has the energy to cook? Wouldn't you like to have a home-cooked meal waiting for you rather than grabbing some greasy fast food on the way home too? I did, so I figured that it was high time I pulled out that slow cooker (given to me as a gift, like 3 y...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:08:58
4. Under a Porch & Into our Hearts
Our wonderful veterinarian Dr. Etchells emailed us on Monday and told us about a stray pregnant cat found under a client's porch in March. She wasn't micro-chipped and no owner could be found. So, the good doctor took care of this beautiful pregnant cat who gave birth to 7 kittens in her master b...
pets-and-animals - Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:21:34
5. Brilliant Inventions you need NOW!
When I was studying prosthetics (making artificial limbs), there was a gent in our class who would design his own 'jigs' (tools he'd invent to help with alignment and motility of a joint while the components were being encased in resin). I was fascinated by his industrious nature and my best frie...
computers-and-electronics - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:10:02
6. Sousababy's Foolproof Coffee
So, true story: I have always found a way to make the cheapest coffee taste great. My father began this family tradition long ago. His tip? Add a dash of salt on top of the coffee grounds (for filtered coffee). Amazingly this does help with the bitter aftertaste. Not great for those on sodium-red...
- Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:54:46
7. Best Ophthalmic Equipment
Having worked for some of the finest ophthalmologists in the world, I thought I'd devote this lens (what we call an article on Squidoo) to those who are actively working in the field. When you see over 60 patients a day, there are items that you always need (like bulbs, speculums, Welch Allyn ac...
business-and-work - Sat, 17 May 2014 04:57:04
8. Summertime & Our House Finch Chicks
With people like Jenna (pheonix76) and Steve Kaye on Squidoo, I'm out of my league. But this is how I tried to protect some baby House Finches. In our front yard, we have a bird feeder. It attracts a few types of birds. Lately, a pair of House Finches have been busy eating and building a nest ab...
pets-and-animals - Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:11:06
9. Real Men Wear Polka Dots
When I was in college, I always noticed the guys who'd wear pink. I thought it looked fabulous on men who have slightly pale complexions. When I received the quest to use Squidoo's new polka dot theme, I started to wonder why I rarely see polka dots on men. And those polka dots are usually rathe...
culture-and-society - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:01:00
10. Canada looks hot for turning 147, eh!
It used to be called Dominion Day, and was officially renamed Canada Day in 1982 - when Canada finally repatriated its constitution from the United Kingdom. It is also known as Fete du Canada (to our French speaking population). If you want a taste of Canadian culture, look no further. In this ...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:10:34
11. Slow-Cooker Beef or Pork Ribs (gluten-free)
I worked for about 7 years, in my 20's, for a food chain well-known for their chicken and ribs. Everyone told me, 'Have some back ribs, they're better (than the side ribs).' So, I did. But I still felt that my dog's jerky treats would've been more tender. I always wanted to know the real secret ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:18
12. Great Watches Online & Sundials
If a day was 24 hours and 8 minutes, I'd be on time for everything. Admittedly, I am not much of a jewelry person, unless there is something really unique (or useful) about the piece. In my teen years, some of my friends sported a ring on every finger, even on their thumbs. Guess I felt that was...
fashion-and-beauty - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:31:52
13. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cups
This happens to me almost every year, our office receives a box of assorted chocolates and I am offered one (during the busiest part of my day). So, I graciously accept and pluck out (what looks good, at the time) and plop the chocolate in my mouth. Ahh yuk! (I think to myself) since without th...
food-and-cooking - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:09:46
14. Psychopaths, Sociopaths, Bullies, Passive-Aggressive types & Narcissists (includes ...
There has been a great deal of interest in these labels both in the media and even here on Squidoo. I thought perhaps I could shed some light on them - but more importantly, I'd like to know what your experiences are. I wonder, are the studies I am reading too sensationalist? Or, is it accurate ...
How-To & Education - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:44:06
15. Doing It Anyway / Bullies at Work
I thought about when I created something I felt strongly would help others and have been amazed at how many times my work has been 'shot down' by others. I've dealt with it in healthcare plenty. And, in every case it is only a select few who have a problem with my work, definitely not the mass ma...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:45:04
16. Ethics - it's what I know (plus 2 items on my wish list for Squidoo)
Well, okay. I'll give it my best shot. In healthcare we have various consent forms that are presented to patients prior to procedures and surgeries. We call it providing 'informed' consent. Normally, these forms state that the patient is aware of any and all risks and that they have been explain...
squidoo-community - Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:22:46
17. Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Bundt Cake
On some days (of the month) I just want to curl up on the couch with my favorite quilt and enjoy a coffee and a really good piece of chocolate cake. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that baking a cake is so simple, even I can do it without my man-servant. In fact, he told me that you don't ne...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:30:16
18. Tasty Quinoa-Tabbouleh Salad (gluten-free)
One of my favorite dishes for lunch, what I call parsley salad, has more variations and history than I care to know. All I know is, tabbouleh tastes great and it's healthy. So far, I have seen it spelled in menus and online as: tabbouleh, taboulli, tabooleh, taboulee, tabouleh, tabouli, taboule...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:45:06
19. What to do if your fridge stops working
I get home, head to the fridge and pour myself some water. Gulp . . it's not as cold as usual. So I open the freezer, take a peek at the ice cream. Uh oh, it looks softer - especially at the edges of the container. My 8 year old fridge is broken and there's no sign of my man-servant. But, as luc...
home-and-garden - Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:56:27
20. The Sousababy Collection of Recipes
Within the last year, I openly embraced cooking and baking. I had help from my loyal man-servant along the way. I decided to document the recipes that were the easiest to do, tasted the best and most of all . . . were successful. Since there is a gluten-free member in our family now, many of my ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:40
21. Sousababy's WowButter Cookies (All Nut-Free with a G-F option)
A Canadian success story, WowButter first caught my eye at the grocery store because it's gluten-free and nut-free. When compared to U.S. children, Canadian children appear to have higher rates of both peanut and tree nut allergies (my niece is allergic to tree nuts). To my delight, when I tasted...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:23:12
22. Fast & Easy Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings (gluten-free & vegan)
Hey, I don't have time to stand around in a grocery store every three days to select ten types of fruits and vegetables. I have to go to work everyday. I remember when having two side dishes with dinner was a 'square' meal. And whoa, ever sit near that person at work who DOES manage to eat lots ...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:43:58
23. Measuring Up: How to track your life
The other day, I browsed through the April 25th, 2011 edition of Forbes magazine. An article by Kashmir Hill (p.98) titled, 'Taking My Measure' made mention of a new fad, known as the 'track-your-life' revolution. I started to think . . . is this helpful? And if so, how much? In healthcare prof...
healthy-living - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:53:47
24. Why we need a form of link disavow and the end of multiple accounts on Squidoo
I must admit, in the three years I've been on Squidoo, I am in awe of how fast the SquidTeam has turned this huge ship around. What they've accomplished since March 2013, I honestly felt would take 1 - 2 years of their tiny staff working at 300%. And now, I feel these final two steps would help ...
squidoo-community - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:11:57
25. Got the Munchies? Bake healthy beet chips (only 4 ingredients)!
The snack food aisle at my local grocery store is about fifty feet long. Sometimes I sneak a peek at some of those healthier bags of munchies. For a spell, I was happy with the popcorn and rice chip varieties. I've been avoiding anything deep fried since I discovered high cholesterol runs in the...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:57:50
26. Preventable Eye Injuries
In Canada, we have some of the world's leaders in medicine and research. I have been extremely fortunate to work for (whom I consider) world-class surgeons in the field of ophthalmology. I have worked as a certified ophthalmic assistant for a glaucoma specialist and two of the world's leading me...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:35
27. Tiers on Squidoo (is there a way to make them better)?
A dear friend of mine recently wrote this to me in an email and I couldn't stop thinking about it. Later, in the July 19th, 2012 edition of the Globe and Mail (Toronto) newpaper, I read an article by Wallace Immen titled, 'For some, ethics are a moving target' (read the entire article here). Dr...
- Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:54:16
28. Shiitake Garlic Pasta (with gluten-free and vegan options)
Looking for a quick weekday meal to whip up? You don't need a lot of hardware (nor ingredients) for this one and one large skillet holds it all. Whenever I cook pasta, I always have lots leftover, though sometimes I want something other than tomato sauce to go with it (and I don't want to spend ...
food-and-cooking - Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:46:37
29. Life Changing Quotes (that you never heard before)
Yesterday, I noticed an entry in my Quest folder - it was an invitation to share something special I recall about my childhood. Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed reading many of Poutine's lenses; I found her through the work of another writer on Squidoo. Since I cannot knit, quilt, or gard...
squidoo-community - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:18:23
30. How to EASILY file a DMCA (Copyright) Complaint to Google (a pictorial guide)
In the last few years, I've been pulling my hair out trying to find a succinct, EASY, method to file a DMCA report whenever I found my work plagiarized or scraped. It became such a lengthy process (which seemed to involve multiple emails and steps) that I dreaded doing it. So, when Squidoo intr...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:21
31. Sousababy's Bumbleberry Pie (with gluten-free options)
I love recipes that are open to experimentation. And the bumbleberry pie, apparently a Canadian phenomenon, is no exception. After all, we all have our preferences. But I have to wonder why anyone decided to add rhubarb to bumbleberry pie? We already have strawberry-rhubarb pie. And seriously, a...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:40:23
32. Things that Blow: air conditioners, purifiers and cleaners
All my life I have lived with those who suffered seasonal allergies, myself included (except, for some reason, not while I was pregnant). I also discovered in hospitals and surgical suites that only certain brands of air conditioners and purifiers were carried. Where I have worked, I asked the m...
home-and-garden - Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:09:50
33. Perry the Platypus (aka Agent P)
How many of you remember the TV series Get Smart? Well, Perry the Platypus (aka Agent P) is like a blend of secret agent Maxwell Smart (aka Agent 86) and Superman - without the talking. You 'just know' what he's thinking and that stare, oh that mesmerizing stare of his . . yes, women swoon. And ...
hobbies-games-toys - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:22:02
34. Unrequited Love Songs
I think of love that I have felt for others at this time of year. Wikipedia defines unrequited love as 'love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such, even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired. The beloved may or may not be aware of the admirer's deep affections.' With th...
Music - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:21:51
35. Tastiest Quinoa-Veggie Burger (G-F)
And, it is a complete protein source as well as gluten-free too. Oh, why can't I live in sin anymore? My man-servant is continuing to teach me (he's good in the kitchen - and he's not a bad cook either - ha). As much as I used to love a great bison burger (and Toronto, Canada makes some of the b...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:27:36
36. Please: Do not post on "behalf" of someone
Dear Squidoo lensmasters and folks who write online, I am writing and publishing this prior to it being complete because I want to send out a message as quickly as possible. It was drawn to my attention late last night that someone has been posting work "on sousababy's behalf" in the official S...
squidoo-community - Fri, 19 Apr 2013 04:10:11
37. 3-D Christmas Cookies are HERE!
One thing I noticed: the younger the child, the larger they like things to be. My growing daughter, now 8, is loving miniature toys and crafts. So, thought I would showcase large three dimensional cookie displays and work my way down to some smaller projects. I was pleasantly surprised at how re...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:45:02
38. Quick & Easy Asparagus with Kidney Beans (G-F on rice or quinoa)
Sometimes fast food (made at home) can be healthy, gluten-free and vegan. And it doesn't need to be bland either. The key is fresh ingredients. I'm not the 'spend an hour peeling potatoes' type and I'm far too lazy to scrub a bunch of pots. If you prep the asparagus the night before, all you nee...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:42:42
39. Creamy Tomato & Pumpkin Pasta Shells (gluten-free & vegan variations) with ...
Vegan food preparation is perfect for this - there is no risk from handling raw meat. My daughter and I had so much fun making gluten-free peanut butter cups, I looked for another recipe that required filling a shell. Plus, I feel time is better spent helping mom or dad in the kitchen rather tha...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:44:52
40. Books I Loved as a Kid
I felt lonely as a kid as I am sure many children do. Not sure why, but I kept coming back to read the same two books, which I was so glad to see are still out there today. I just wanted to share them both with you because they taught me some of the most important things in life. The importance ...
books-poetry-writing - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:23:26
41. Succulent Grilled Chicken Shawarma (with G-F options)
About five or six years ago, I went to lunch with some folks from work and had the most succulent wrap I've ever tasted. It was at a restaurant called Montfort in the GTA of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The other day, my man-servant was flipping through the May 2012 edition of Men's Health magazine...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 04:21:13
42. Our Retina (a tiny part of brain tissue) NEW: test your blind spots
The retina is only about 1/2 a millimeter thick. I clearly recall labeling it on diagrams in high school biology class and being taught that it's "like film in a camera." It wasn't until my college days that I learned the retina is the most complex tissue in the human body. Did you know that rou...
How-To & Education - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:37:10
43. Green Screen Fun & Laughs
You probably know that a green screen allows two images (or videos) to appear merged together as one (to a viewing audience). But why are they green or sometimes even blue? Chroma keying (aka color keying) or colour-separation overlay (CSO) are the fancy industry terms used, since any color that...
Entertainment - Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:47:12
44. Declumping my Lenses
I started to lose track of my topics when I would find a fabulous lens that I wanted to lensroll. Oh, I was fine with only 25 lenses. But now, I think to help me (and others) who visit my Bio page, perhaps it is best to sort these topics by category. This was also inspired by what Chris Day has ...
squidoo-community - Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:02:03
45. Savory Roasted Curried Chickpeas & Roasted Cinnamon Honey Chickpeas
Ever find it difficult to find a peanut-free, low-salt snack to add to your kids' lunches? On top of it, a gluten-free one? I did. So, I decided to find some healthy snacks to make and share them with you. Now I know some of us outgrow our sweet tooth, so I decided to feature one recipe on the s...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:52:37
46. Hilarious Handbags & Shoes for St. Patrick's Day (and a few extras)
Hey, did you know that in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday on the Monday closest to March 17th too? Source: St. Patrick's Day in Canada Yet, St. Patrick's Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Canada (or most of the world) - why oh...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:52:36
47. Bring the Box Office Home
In my 20's, like most single folks, I enjoyed going out to the movies. This was always hit and miss for me. Those multiplex cinemas (often in malls) certainly had plenty of movies and times to choose from . . but those rooms were pretty small and all you needed was one cougher in the crowd to ru...
computers-and-electronics - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:36:22
48. Healthy Gifts for 2014 (with all NEW personal product reviews)
Since Squidoo requires all articles to have a maximum of 20 Amazon links per page (which helps with loading times), I have added personal product reviews to most sections (to round out the variety of gifts to choose from). The green and blue scarf-loving, tongue-wagging doggie (at left) is known...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:28:25
49. Sousababy's FUN Wedding Favor Ideas
I'm just gonna say it: those little wedding bells that are meant to signal the bride and groom to kiss are annoying. Every parent in the room has to listen to that thing being jingled all the way home - it gets to be like the squeaky toy you want to throw out. Oh, but you can't throw it away, be...
weddings - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:13:46
50. Dainolite's Lizette Desk Lamp for Late Nights
Like most people, when I first set up my home office, I thought I had all the basics covered. I had the desk, chair, and of course, the computer good to go. Little did I know that once the sun went down, I'd wind up wrestling with my gooseneck desk lamp. So, after a few gooseneck lamps (that wer...
business-and-work - Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:07:10
51. Watch Terminator Now (BONUS: Terminator 5 Trailer)
The Terminator 1 & 2 weren't just guy flicks, women loved them too. (Nah, I don't mean the scene where Arnie "arrives" to earth naked and enters a bar looking for suitable clothing). Although hey, I looked too. Linda Hamilton kicks ass in Terminator 2. I highly recommend both Terminator and Term...
Entertainment - Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:52:57
52. City Sunsets Worth a Second Look
This year, Squidoo hosted their first County Fair. Although I love to bake and cook, I'm a city girl at heart. When I read this week's Imminent writing challenge was about nightfall, I thought about all the fabulous sunsets I've enjoyed in my hometown and when I traveled to other cities. Since I...
arts-and-design - Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:53:56
53. 7 Odd kitchen gadgets worth a peek
When I read that this week's Imminent writing challenge topic was oddities, I felt like I'd won the jackpot. My whole life is filled with odd things, people, experiences, and events. But how, I wondered, do I narrow down this topic for one article? Well, in the last few years, I've been learnin...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:20
54. Lighted Friendly Ghosts for Halloween prevent falls
My neighborhood is full of young kids and last Halloween my daughter didn't want to "trick or treat" at houses that looked too scary. Although I admired the effort folks put into making their houses look haunted, she had a point. I felt the same when I was a kid. And in the 70's and 80's, very f...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:52:10
55. Gluten-Free Vegan (or Chicken) Pot Pie
I always love the recipes that start with a glass of wine, a crumb topping and only one pan to clean. This one took me a week to tweak, but now it is easy and suitable for everyone (including those on gluten-free and vegetarian diets). Most of us have leftover carrots, celery and potatoes (and I...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:27:17
56. How to make your own carbonated sports drinks & soda pop
Ever forget your water bottle when you work out at the gym? I did, so I checked out the vending machine and . . BLAH, the same old sports drinks, caffeinated sodas and plain water. Even worse, I needed $2.00 to purchase the cheapest item. I was in a rush to shop, so I skipped the vending machine...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 01:00:15
57. Make me Funny
My occupations and life have been so very serious...people expect me to be serious, 100% of the time. Oh I really want to make people have a side splitting bout of laughter and really let themselves relax around me. Here's what I have been doing: watching Seinfeld, Colbert, Jon Stewart, Dave Let...
Entertainment - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 18:47:17
58. Untalkative Bunny
From April 2001 until May 2004, this hilarious animated series, a total of 195 episodes, aired on Teletoon (Canada). It was created by Graham Falk and starred Christian Potenza. Each episode ran about 4-5 minutes long and dealt with the problems of modern life in the big city (depicted as Ottawa...
- Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:43:54
59. Hilarious Clay Animation for all
Art Clokey (1921 - 2010) and his wife, Ruth (nee Parkander) invented Gumby in the early 1950s, shortly after Art finished film school at USC. In 1953, the first three-minute short called Gumbasia was created in a style Slavko Vorkapich (1894 - 1976) taught called Kinesthetic Film Principles. Vor...
Entertainment - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:03:08
60. 2013 - International Year of Water Cooperation
On December 20th, 2010 the United Nations declared that 2013 would be the International Year of Water Cooperation. Hmmm, I didn't know that water could be uncooperative. But come to think of it, I have seen some pretty nasty looking water molecules on my car's windshield. But seriously, I think ...
How-To & Education - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 12:40:07
61. My Most Recent Pages & how sousababy got her name
In my life, I've emphatically stated this sentence . . a few times. Recently, I discovered someone had a lens listed under sousababy via Squidoo's search engine. It was their most recent 10 lenses (pages on Squidoo). So, I felt I had better create a lens featuring my latest articles - since thi...
squidoo-community - Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:55:08
62. Easy Homemade Strawberry Fruit Rolls (only 3 ingredients)
Almost every parent goes through this: you slice up fruit for your little one(s) to take to school in their lunch but apples get brown, oranges need to be peeled and bananas quickly bruise. Then you look at those packaged containers and fruit strips in the grocery stores and they are laden with ...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:46:34
63. Pumpkin Pie & Fabulous Variations (includes gluten-free, kosher and diabetic needs)
I worked in a grocery store during my teens in the mini bakery / deli department. I used to love the smell of freshly baked pumpkin pie or anything with cinnamon in it. One fall, we were shipped a massive amount of pumpkin pies (already baked). Since the owner couldn't sell them before they expi...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:15:12
64. Patio Retreats and Backyard Fun (for all ages and every budget)
Whether you go to the beach or a pool . . all kids love the water. I've lived in small spaces most of my life (never owned a real pool). But I've always found a way to enjoy the water with my daughter. When it comes to backyards and patios, it seems that most adults like to relax and most kids l...
home-and-garden - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:46:49
65. World Heart Day (with a quinoa, mango & black bean salad recipe)
In 2000, World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation to increase awareness around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the health claim that canola oil can reduce the risk of heart disease wh...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:47:44
66. Can Samantha Jones exist? And is Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani alive?
Gonna be totally honest with you: this blog of mine on wordpress receives the most visits. I have to laugh because it underscores a long-standing belief that sex sells. The search words used to find it are usually something like, 'Do women like Samantha Jones exist' or 'women like Samantha Jones....
Entertainment - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:45:48
67. The Backyardigans help kids read & explore
. . even little kids like them," suggested my daughter. Okay, I figured she knows something I didn't realize (not too much of a stretch, though - ha). What impresses me about this 3-D animated series is a few key things. These characters do not harm other living creatures, they are all about tea...
parenting-and-kids - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 20:11:00
68. Hearty Quinoa and Bean Soup . . . includes 3 jokes!
As some of you may already know, I cannot knit and can barely cook. My man-servant will be on holidays soon and he is trying (painstakingly) to teach me the basics. Trying to be a good student, I am taking careful notes while he shows me how to make some of my favorite dishes (including heart-he...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:42
69. 8 Easy Valentine's Day Crafts & gag gifts
When I was a kid, I kind of dreaded Valentine's Day. Only the popular kids were given Valentine's cards and some of us felt unloved and left out. Thankfully, all that has changed in schools. My daughter always brings home a list of every child in her class and we gleefully prepare Valentine card...
arts-and-design - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:54:30
70. Is Wood Good? Plus fascinating wooden items.
What is it about a wooden roller coaster or wagon that makes it more fun? I thought back to all of the fun things in my childhood - wood was definitely a part of the best stuff. Growing up, the seven of us spent summers at a cottage. I was the youngest and slept in an iron crib (until I was 5 ye...
healthy-living - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:20:27
71. Valentine's Day Cards & Gifts for Kids (on a budget)
Don't worry, I have what you need. Some items are less than a dollar! Why Valentine's Day was chosen to occur the same time that Christmas bills roll in, I don't know. But you'll sure feel bad if you don't come up with something. I mean, after all, it's to celebrate love (I think). Too many pare...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:44:07
72. St. Patrick's Day Top Hat-Less
I dunno, but it seems to me there are ample hats available for St. Patrick's Day. I see them at the grocery store, the dollar store and even at my local gas station. I figured there must be plenty of lenses already with St. Patrick's Day hats of all kinds. So rather than repeat the efforts of o...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:16:46
73. Celebrate National (Healthy) Snack Food Month
Why do snacks get such a bum rap? My daughter has what her school calls "nutrition breaks" - she gets two. When I went to school, there was one lunch break. Lots of kids had fries with gravy and chocolate milk in the cafeteria (never understood the appeal). I had lunch at home. Nutrition breaks....
food-and-cooking - Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:31:16
74. Sousababy's Holiday Wish List
If Santa believes I've been more nice than (cough, cough) naughty I'll ask for this Logitech Comfort Lapdesk. I'm impressed with the quality of Logitech's award-winning remotes, mouses, keyboards, and more. Two main points I viewed all kinds of other laptop cushions. Most won't accomodate a 17"...
- Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:50:26
75. Sanding Through the Grits & Sandblasting
During the time I studied orthotics and prosthetics, I quickly learned just how much overlap there is in various fields. I heard this coined as 'recognizing transferable skills'. And the thing is, somehow gender became assigned to certain occupations. Not so much now, I hope. The ratio of women ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:39
76. Easy Apple & Cheddar Turnovers
Does anyone remember Flakies by Vachon? They were a special treat in our house when I was growing up. Since there were seven of us and six came in a box, I'd receive 1/2 a flaky once in awhile. Whenever I see apple turnovers, I often recall how nice it was to eat that 1/2 a flaky. I always wante...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:41
77. Funny Words & Sayings
Folks, today was a shocker for me. I thought I should check out our humor topic category. I was surprised to see that there were no fresh pages under Funny Words & Sayings. And you might be surprised to learn that many funny words and phrases come from kids. When my daughter found out about my n...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:33
78. Can't get the Fall harvest off your mind? Wear it proudly.
This week, Squidoo asked writers to create an article about the Fall harvest. Hmmm, this weekend also marks our Canadian Thanksgiving. Just to ensure it provides us with a long weekend (I think), our Thanksgiving is always on the second Monday in October. What that really means, is that many Cana...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:44:59
79. Sousababy's Iced Coffee Smoothie (vegan)
So, I thought I'd check out some vegan recipes. Many of them called for soy milk - which I find a bit too thin for a "real" milkshake consistency. Some recipes used instant coffee, which I don't have on hand - and prefer not to use. Then I remembered my recipe for Homemade Vegan Mint Ice Cream i...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:32:04
80. Hilarious Police Dog Costume (BONUS: matching Police Woman outfit)
When I read the Dress Your Pet For Halloween Squidoo Quest, I couldn't help but think of when I put on a Halloween costume to go to work (in the day). Some people work with animals - my best friend is a police woman. The Toronto canine law enforcement unit is considered one of the best in the wo...
holidays-and-celebrations - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:39:41
81. 2014 Earth Day & Food for Everyone (year-round)
An article written by Jane L. Thompson caught my eye in the Thursday April 12th, 2012 edition of the Toronto Star newspaper (titled 'How to make a green house' in the Life section p. 7). A couple of years ago I heard about Catherine Rust, a passionate green-building mom (in Toronto, Canada) who ...
home-and-garden - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 19:28:38
82. How to Nurture a Budding Pianist
You did? I wasn't crazy about them. But, once I could play piano half decently, I understood how important those exercises were. If you love to hear piano (but never played it), I must tell you this: it looks much easier than it is. My solemn advice is . . don't force your kid(s) or anyone to lea...
Music - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:34:15
83. Celebrate National Noodle Month
When I was in college, I used to buy instant noodle soup packs to take to school. All I needed was a cup of boiling water from the cafeteria - free or a nickel for the cup (depending on who was working the cash register). Back then, these instant noodle soups were laden with salt, different fats...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:14
84. Humankind's Downward Spiral & What we must do NOW
My father was a professional engineer and an environmentalist who immensely enjoyed the challenges he encountered working for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Canada. I grew up with a fascination and respect for the environment and how we must protect it. Living in Canada, I soon realized ho...
culture-and-society - Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:26:04
85. Sugarland's Songs
This amazing hot country duo was originally a trio formed in 2002 by Kristen Hall. In 2004, Sugarland took the country world by storm with their debut single 'Baby Girl' (peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs). Since 2005, singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles (lead vocals) and Kristian...
Music - Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:49:40
86. What might have saved Whitney Houston
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. I've been singing Whitney Houston's songs while doing laundry - I am so saddened by her death. I didn't know her personally but I suppose it's the culmination of the los...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:18
87. National Man-Servant Day & more
This lens was inspired by commentary from a fellow lensmaster. S/he expressed being interested in what I had showcased (in another article) and added 'but mostly I want to know where to get a man-servant that cooks.' Since Squidoo Quests sent us an invitation to create lenses for March Silly Cel...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 10 Jan 2014 03:05:48
88. Drop your PC flab and get a Samsung Tab
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just right. I barely use my laptop now. What impressed me most? It's definitely on par with (or better) at playing videos and music. And pages load fast. When I researched the latest and greatest TVs for my Entertainment Seekers Gift Emporium article, the picture qu...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:45
89. Futuristic Ideas and Inventions
Since the 1920's, comic book characters have depicted men (and women?) flying around on fancy jet packs. I even recall my teachers making predictions in grade school about such things. Looks easy enough. I mean if we can make airplanes, which weigh tons, airborne - why not us? It seems there is...
business-and-work - Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:24:53
90. Wines that go with Dinner
So you've either planned a big dinner party or you are going to one. Traditionally, guests often bring the wine as a thank you gift. But how do we pick out something that is suitable for the meal served? When I waitressed, we were taught just these basics: red wine goes with red meat, white wine...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 02:02:19
91. Let your Mind be a Canvas
I mean, who has time? I have my studies, career and all kinds of work piled up on my desk to attend to. Look at the sky? What a waste of time that is! But did I ever miss out. Until my 30s, I don't think I ever appreciated one gorgeous sunset. Then I read a snippet in Reader's Digest about ten ...
culture-and-society - Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:29:28
92. Sousababy's Top 5 Tips (for being cool but looking hot this summer)
I notice that people are attracted to power . . which stems from inner confidence. Beauty on the outside can only go so far. Surely I had a better body in my teens - but I seem to get noticed more on the beach now (in my 40's). I started to wonder why. So, I asked a few male colleagues and they ...
fashion-and-beauty - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 03:09:46
93. What's so great about Summer? Lots.
When I was a kid, we didn't think about sunscreen. Thankfully all of that has changed and I am glad that my daughter's school has the children keep sunscreen in their lockers (to reapply after lunch). The Canadian Dermatology Association acknowledges the role played by the media and not-for-prof...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:50:31
94. Copyscape Plagiarism Checker and who it uncovers (plus NEW features)
Copyscape is a free plagiarism checker. This service and it's software detects whether content matching yours appears elsewhere on the web. What I love is that it also tells me to what percentage that my articles have been copied. On Squidoo, I have been disheartened to see the lensmaster names ...
internet - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:31:42
95. The Red Green Show
The Red Green Show originally ran from 1991 - 2006, it used to make me laugh since some of those 'fix it' attempts were ones I had seen a few times. I actually had a chance to meet Steve Smith at a 3M exhibit some odd 15 years ago. He uses a lot of duct tape. I stood in line to get an autographed...
Entertainment - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:15:39
96. Stephen Colbert: why I adore him (NEW: Should Seth Godin be his guest?)
Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an icon to me. His character, Stephen Colbert, represents what so many of us lose as we get older: the thrill and guts to do something brave. And, perhaps more importantly, to keep on doing it. Now folks, I write mainly on Squidoo. I don't make much money and I'm not th...
Entertainment - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:07:57
97. Sweet & Crunchy Gluten-Free Granola
The lastest studies are suggesting that you can. Oh but the ingredients, where and how they are manufactured matter . . a lot. What you need to know is this: uncontaminated oat products that are grown and packaged in dedicated gluten-free facilities are safe (even for those diagnosed with celiac...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:41:28
98. Easy Gluten-Free Pizza (includes vegetarian ideas too)
So, I realized that my loyal man-servant needs a vacation. I just approved it and now I have no idea how I will cope . . my daughter loves homemade pizza and he's the only one who can make it. Last night, he shared his secret for easy gluten-free pizza dough. I asked him where he found the origi...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:22:07
99. What men should know about women
So you figure having a stable income and nice car is all women want. True enough, in our teen years it was great if a guy had his own car. But once women are over 25 years old, our criteria for what makes a guy attractive changes. I just want to let all the wonderful guys out there know that pri...
relationships-and-family - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:00:33
100. Seth Godin vs. Matt Mullenweg
Two brilliant personalities on the internet today. Oh, but who's the better man, you wonder? I almost fell off my chair when Matt Mullenweg left his Matthew McConaughey lookalike avatar on my lonely, forgotten and neglected WordPress blog. (It was probably a bug or an automated post . . but hey,...
internet - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:28:09
101. Sousababy's Scary Cupcakes
Even without any dietary restrictions, most parents I know are a little freaked out about all the chemicals that go into candies. Tougher labelling laws in Canada have made it easier to identify common allergens (but I need a microscope to read the tiny print on those list of ingredients, eh). I...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:14:56
102. What are these animals saying?
This was inspired by a Squidoo Quest and a fantastic lens by a fellow writer titled, 'What Makes These Animals Smile?' featured within my article. I love to laugh, I mean really have a side busting bout of it. Don't you? And who is more expressive than animals? It's fun to imagine what animals a...
Entertainment - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 01:26:51
103. Top 10 things that make me say: What the? How did? or Hmmm, I wonder . .
Ever since I was a little kid, I tried inventing things to help with everyday problems. It seems I haven't outgrown this and am fascinated by new gadgets and inventions. Now that I am in my 40's, I still encounter everyday items that I wish we could improve upon. Admittedly, some provide comic r...
Entertainment - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:50:53
104. Easy one bowl G-F Pear Crisp (with vegan options) Bonus: Canadian humour
Thanksgiving seems to begin the big Christmas holiday spending flurry for my American friends. We Canadians already celebrated our Thanksgiving with plenty of apple and pumpkin pies. When I received the Squidoo quest to write about a new Thanksgiving pie recipe, I recalled how tart and acidic so...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:19:27
105. Yummy Butternut Squash & Mushroom Soup
I never would have imagined that this soup is heart healthy and fairly low calorie too. It's my favorite soup whenever I have a cold or I just want some comfort food. What I imagined took my man-servant hours to prepare, only takes 20 - 30 minutes of prep time. Hmm, wonder what he does the rest ...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:05:06
106. Rich Curry Soup with Spicy Cilantro Coconut Pesto (Gluten-Free)
Of all the soup recipes I have tried, this one has been the crowd favorite. Prep time is only 15 minutes and you barely need any hardware. When I received the Quest from the GoodVeg editorial team to create a delicious NEW vegetarian super soup or stew, I knew this recipe had the potential to ch...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 02:06:20
107. Getting a Guy to Cook
Hate to admit it, but now that I am in my 40's, one of the most appealing things a man can do is cook. Cooking a meal that is nutritious and easy (not necessarily "gourmet") is maybe the most attractive thing a man can do (for me). My hubby stumbled across an amazing cooking show called "Good Ea...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 02:04:06
108. Sousababy's Holiday Traditions
When I was a kid, I didn't question how Santa managed to visit all the children in one night. But I remember being glad that Canada was close to the North Pole (for sure, he'd make it to our house). And, I know I heard reindeer land on our roof. Now that I'm a mommy, I'm being asked the most tho...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:32:04
109. Sumptuous Silk Blueberry Pancakes (gluten-free with vegan options)
A couple of months ago, I tore out an advertisement for Silk soy beverage from page 80 of my May 2012 edition of Canadian Living magazine and stuck it on my fridge. Just recently, I got around to making these fabulous blueberry pancakes gluten-free. What I like is you don't need much hardware an...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:03:48
110. Sousababy's Mouth-Watering Party Appetizers (with G-F and Vegan options)
The Squidoo Storytellers Facebook club now has over 200 members - yay! Our challenge (for this last weekend of December 2013), was to share our New Year's Eve and New Year's Day recipes (or party planning tips). Since I've hosted some large gatherings, I thought I'd write about my easiest appetiz...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 29 Dec 2013 04:02:03
111. Creamy Chocolate Mints (G-F, no egg & no corn syrup) by sousababy
Whenever I host a New Year's Eve party, I've tried to be mindful of those wishing to kiss someone at midnight. I usually set out After Eight chocolate mints. (And I go easy on the garlic in the dishes I prepare). This year, for ringing in 2014, I thought I'd see if I could make some homemade cho...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 25 Dec 2013 16:02:02
112. Moist and tasty G-F Cornmeal Cheddar Muffins by sousababy
During the holidays, I love to sleep in but my daughter doesn't. Since I'm fairly clumsy in the morning, I wanted to have something on hand that was moist and tasty for her and I to enjoy before everyone else wakes up. A few years ago I attended a conference out of town and enjoyed (for once) th...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:22
113. Sousababy's Candied Walnuts (no salt & only 4 ingredients)
A long time ago, I used to enjoy the odd treat with walnut pieces in it - especially brownies. But every now and again, one stale walnut piece ruined it for me. So, I began to use pecan halves in baking. Later on, I learned that not all walnuts are created equal and apparently the best ones are C...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:33:17
114. Sousababy's Kahlua Brownies & Icing (with G-F option)
I've had this recipe since the early '90s and made these for college friends after I'd been given a huge bottle of Kahlua from my boss. My friends still reminisce about them, so I thought I'd share them with you. First I checked online for the original recipe, since I think this recipe was attac...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 27 Nov 2013 03:37:36
115. Chocolate Snowballs (G-F Vegan Macaroons)
My man-servant loves chocolate macaroons. So, I wanted to surprise him by making some, but I also wanted my recipe to be gluten-free and vegan. Initially, I found an amazing video (with only 4 ingredients) on YouTube by Upwave titled: Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons. However,...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 17 Nov 2013 00:48:14
116. Sousababy's G-F Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Almost every Christmas, I receive a tin of Danish Butter Cookies and I do enjoy having one or two with coffee. The plain swirly one is my favorite. Since we have a gluten-free member of our family, I thought I'd try to tweak a recipe I've had for 20 years (from the back of a Canada Corn Starch bo...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:07:53
117. Entertainment Seekers Gift Emporium
The "Summer of George" (from the TV show Seinfeld) is what inspired this article for the recent Squidoo Quest. To summarize, George Costanza equated his three months time off with these activities: watching TV, grabbing a pop from a mini fridge (installed in his reclining armchair) and eating a ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:51
118. Sousababy's Spring & Summer Must-Haves for Women
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, offers up her Spring / Summer 2013 fashion color forecast with a refreshing emphasis on balance. Prior to viewing her video, I flipped through a whole bunch of fashion magazines and viewed a few fashion shows since the new year...
fashion-and-beauty - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:07:29
119. The Gift that EVERY woman wants
I'm going to shock you first with some statistics. A July 11th, 2009 article by Lisa Wade, PhD in The Society Pages confirms: "Married women in the U.S. do about 70 to 80 percent of the housework. When women marry, the number of hours they spend on housework increases; for men, it stays the same....
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:04:00
120. Healthy Gifts for Pets and People you Adore
Chocolate, if consumed in small amounts, can be healthy for humans (but not for animals). A recent study published in the European Heart Journal (involving over 19,000 participants studied over the course of 8 years) found those who ate just 6 grams a day (equivalent to one small square of choco...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:02:16
121. Thoughts about Flatulence & top-rated gifts
About ten years ago, I caught a snippet of a short Canadian cartoon about flatulence. It actually explained in the simplest terms why and how it happens. The narrator assured us that every living creature with a digestive tract passes gas - even fish. Not sure why I remembered that . . but I sta...
Entertainment - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:58:47
122. Holiday Decorating on a Dime
Less is more. At least that's what I think now that I am older. Do you remember when everyone's Christmas tree had so much of that stringy tinsel on it - that it was still tangled up on the trees left out for the garbage truck? Like Frank Costanza of Seinfeld, I suppose I found tinsel distractin...
home-and-garden - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:56:14
123. Sousababy's OTT Wedding Gift
If you can't remember, then it's been too long. Before I was a parent, I used to enjoy an hour or so on Sunday afternoon just soaking in the tub. I could hear the birds chirping outside, read a book, or close my eyes . . it was bliss. With Mother's (and Father's) Days fast approaching, everyone ...
weddings - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:49:13
124. 17 Unique Gifts of Love for a Man
Folks, I could be totally wrong here. I have three older brothers and did my share of dating in my 20's. I've talked to some men and women about their relationships. The only conclusion that I can draw with any certainty about NEW relationships is this: women like to see or hear the words I love...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:33:55
125. Top 10 Scientist Gifts (includes beer)
I overheard this phrase at an ophthalmology lecture series I attended recently. The Carl Zeiss representatives were showcasing the latest and greatest in diagnostic imaging equipment. Those who use some of the outdated equipment (like me) just drool over these items. And they just get better and...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:39
126. Expert Review of Jagger The T-Rex Dinosaur (VTech Switch & Go Dino)
Earlier in the year, we bought my daughter Brok the Brachiosaurus. At the time, I thought he was the largest of the VTech Switch & Go Dinos. NEW (and the biggest one yet) Now there's one even bigger and aptly named "Jagger." Well, he does remind me of Mick Jagger. I mean, Mick's a bit of a dino...
hobbies-games-toys - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:07:25
127. Easter Gifts & Spring Decor
Like Santa, are we deemed naughty or nice prior to receiving gifts from the Easter bunny? I wonder. But I am pretty sure s/he would like us to be eco-friendly, eat carrots, indulge a little in some chocolate and (perhaps most of all) have lots of fun. Oh and if you or your child is on an organic...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:04:45
128. 11 Unique Gifts of Love for a Woman
Most women I know will tell you they appreciate a gift with 'some thought put into it.' So, what does THAT mean? Since I am a woman, I figured I should offer up what I know . . . but I did ask around too (since I might well be the oddball - wouldn't be the first time). What I found out was this...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:55:27
129. Google Plus is all I need (I think)
I'm gonna just say it, Google Plus is convenient. I have limited time on my computer and my colleagues (all) are not on twitter. Some are on facebook, but most don't have much time for it. And time is money. So I am writing this since I am turned off of facebook and twitter right now. Mainly bec...
internet - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:45:38
130. Japanese Jumbo Whiskey Ice Balls
Recently, I wrote Serve Brain-tinis at your Halloween Party which features a cool brain-shaped ice cube tray. I guess it came to mind when I read Squidoo's Imminent writing challenge this week: things that are round. Or maybe it was the hot flashes. Ice cubes have always been, well . . cubes of ...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:55:53
131. Hill's Science Diet Oral Care is just as good as Prescription Diet (& 1/2 the ...
About 15 years ago, my veterinarian recommended I buy t/d feline dental health dry cat food for my two cats. He explained to me how biting into each kibble cleans their teeth. It's just as important for our pets to have their teeth cleaned as ours - and vet bills can run high when dental work on ...
pets-and-animals - Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:23:52
132. Sousababy's 66 Product Reviews (w/ NEW Format Recipes & How-To pages)
On August 29th, 2013, Squidoo announced the release of new product review pages, a streamlined format for recommending one product with the option to add up to three related items. Whenever a totally new software program is released en masse, it's par for the course for bugs and glitches to aris...
squidoo-community - Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:06:21
133. Livestock Jokes with Sousababy
My first experience with livestock was when I visited my grandmother on Manitoulin Island over 30 years ago. I recall trying to catch a chicken and I couldn't. They are really fast. I also learned (tried) to ride on a horse without a saddle. Whoa, I didn't realize how slippery they are and when ...
pets-and-animals - Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:07:25
134. Serve Brain-tinis at your Halloween Party
Halloween is traditionally for the kids, I know. But once those little darlings fall asleep, we adults deserve to have fun too. When I first moved into my new neighborhood, I was pretty shy to make new friends. Yet, I love to entertain and thought it'd be fun to throw an after hours Halloween co...
holidays-and-celebrations - Thu, 16 Jan 2014 03:21:34
135. 2014 Groundhog Day with Wiarton Willie, Punxsutawney Phil, and Shubenacadie Sam
Wiarton, Ontario (Canada) is the fabulous destination for this year's Wiarton Willie Festival spanning January 30th - February 2nd, 2014. The celebratory activities begin on Thursday, January 30th with an exciting dinner show titled Wake Up Willie's Murder Mystery, local music artists will be pe...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:02:30
136. Sousababy's Halloween Dragon
"Mommy I want to be a dragon this year . . but I want wings that work." ~ sousababy's daughter Last year, my daughter wanted to be a black cat. Easy enough (I thought) but she wanted a tail that "stayed up." So, I made one with paper towel rolls (covered in black tights), and sewed it strategica...
holidays-and-celebrations - Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:59
137. Five Noteworthy Superheroes
What makes a superhero great is that they take a stand. They risk popularity (or life and limb) to right a wrong or create a better world for others. Quite often they are warned repeatedly by naysayers: "Oh, you shouldn't do THAT - it might hurt someone's (many people's?) feelings!" Or the "What...
culture-and-society - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:18:11
138. Sousababy's Coffee Ice Cream (BONUS: Espresso Powder recipe)
Did you celebrate? I tried, but I was a bit reluctant when I found both Emeril Lagasse's and Martha Stewart's recipes were heavy on the egg yolk. (Trying to avoid a heart attack here). Then I found the simplest, no-churn ice cream coffee recipes from Nigella Lawson and Whole Latte Love, checked ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:38
139. Preventive Medicine is UNDERfunded, why?
"If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead." ~ Gelett Burgess Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866 - September 18, 1951) was an American artist, art critic, poet, author, and humorist. Why did I start this lens with...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:34:02
140. Packaging & Becoming Unwrapped
About 15 years ago, I bought my father an electric toothbrush. I lived in a different city, so when I visited him a month later I asked him how he liked it. "Oh, gosh. Yeah, yeah . . it works great," he reassured me. Yet later, I found the package in his bathroom - unopened. When I surfaced wit...
healthy-living - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:11:59
141. Mouth watering low-fat G-F Fudge Brownies (with vegan substitutes)
When I peeled the foil liner off of my Astro yogourt the other day, the recipe printed on it caught my eye. I figured I could make it gluten-free (with some vegan options). Of course you can use gluten-containing and dairy ingredients in this one. Just ignore the G-F (gluten-free) and it'll stil...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 12 Jan 2014 05:14:17
142. Did you know you can UNlike lenses?
This morning I thought I'd browse the official Squidoo forum. I came across posts which expressed the same collective frustrations that I have felt. How do we deal with the unethical things that we encounter? Now I know the simple answer is: report it to HQ and move on. I have done this and incl...
squidoo-community - Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:04:43
143. Imagine if sockpuppets didn't exist
My first year on Squidoo was fairly rough. As a newbie, I felt pulled in many directions by those on Squidoo for years. They appeared (and professed) to "know what was best for me." My reputation online was "at stake" for writing about some controversial topics - I was warned. Thankfully, I've b...
squidoo-community - Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:34:24
144. More writers that WOW me on Squidoo
Lots of Google and Squidoo changes this year has led to many lensmasters trying out other writing platforms. I looked into a few but wasn't nearly as impressed with the layout (and the support) as I've been on Squidoo. And it just keeps on getting better and better. Some of the folks I followed ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:35
145. We are all members of the human race
I was so saddened by such a prominent, upstanding member of Squidoo announcing she was "quiting the forum." I must have read comments too late, since I have no idea who wrote: "they have to do a double take when they meet a Muslim to feel ok" - nor who referred to Muslims as "the others." Today ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:29
146. Living Articles on Squidoo
This page is a collection of the finest articles on Squidoo which are devoted to maintaining or saving either human or creature life on earth. For some reason, I found my original introduction gone when I updated this collection on April 18th, 2013. The key reason I created this resource is beca...
squidoo-community - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:41:12
147. Getting IT together...Finding Happiness
Have you ever considered what makes YOU happy? When I was asked that at 39 years of age, I said, "I don't know". I've just been too busy trying to make ends meet that I never even thought deeply about this. Well, I think I am happy (maybe more like relieved) when I get all the house work done an...
culture-and-society - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:02:46
148. Celebrate National Coffee Break Day
The National Coffee Association (established in 1911), marked their 100th anniversary with a National Coffee Break Campaign on January 20th, 2011. The purpose? To quote NCA President & CEO Robert Nelson, "Coffee has brought people together for centuries, and the coffee break has been part of the...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:45:00
149. Why or what does this mean?
Are there things you read in advertising and online which make you wonder? When I was a kid, the commercials were spoken so fast (and still are) that I thought the phrase 'some assembly required' was actually, 'some are barely rewired.' These are little things, but I feel they are somewhat misle...
business-and-work - Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:55:38
150. Barb Tarbox kept teens from smoking
We owe a great deal to a 42 year old woman in Canada who's life (cut short from smoking cigarettes), saved the lives of many and spared thousands from an early death. On December 30th, 2010 the federal government announced that it will update its cigarette packages with new warnings, including B...
healthy-living - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:52:41
151. Our Brain: Powerful, Fragile and Preconceptions
Just yesterday, while at the gym working out, I overheard yet another story about gaming addiction in which a woman was so addicted - she neglected to feed her cat . . . and the cat died. I know, as adults, we feel 'in control' of ourselves. But you know what? I have met scientists (PhD holders)...
healthy-living - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:59:37
152. Donated Blood: the most beautiful red
Every week, Squidoo hosts a weekly writing challenge. This week's quest was for articles about things that are red - blood red - especially donated blood (from humans or animals) is what came to my mind first. Yes, animals donate blood too (to other animals). But what about us? Did you know that...
- Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:54:19
153. Not good enough - as is
So, throughout a few healthcare careers, I discovered that you really cannot suffer any kind of mental or emotional condition and be treated fairly. Once I disclosed my low grade depression to a couple of people, well, that was it. Soon I was considered unstable and treated like I had some conta...
culture-and-society - Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:12:35
154. Strange Things and Retro Fads
When I was growing up, my older brothers had numerous copies of Mad Magazine. I remember the back page having some kind of jokey theme to it whereby you would fold the page lengthwise into thirds (accordion-style) and the picture transformed into something comedic. Most of the time, though, I did...
Entertainment - Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:01:49
155. Do people make you sick?
Ema, my best friend (who was older and wiser than me) used to say, 's/he makes me sick' in reference to anyone annoying. It was actually entertaining to listen to her complain about others. Being a Toronto girl, I used to love watching The Kids in the Hall late at night. The comedians in it were...
Entertainment - Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:59:06
156. Healthy Jack Pops (Celebrate National Chocolate Covered Anything Day)
Do you remember macaroni loaf? You know, it was some kind of processed luncheon meat with macaroni, cheese and something red (who knows) sprinkled throughout it. Well, just when I thought the days of strange meat and food combinations were over, my daughter announces that she's written a recipe:...
holidays-and-celebrations - Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:45:00
157. Programming Books my Blue Mountain pottery hippo recommends . . .
The Squidoo Storytellers Facebook club asked us to choose an item in our home, snap a photo of it, and tell the story behind it. At first I thought: meh, there's nothing too exciting in my home. But then I remembered our Blue Mountain Pottery hippo. Collingwood, Ontario (Canada) My man-servant ...
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:43:41
158. Fresh Squids Making a Splash
I had a visit from Jack2205 recently . . just love the message on his Bio page. It reads: "Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find it out." ~ Frank A. Clark. I've come to a point in my life where I find I am much happier lowering my expectations. That might sound od...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:44:25
159. Connecticut School Shooting | How do we stop this from ever happening again?
When I read about this tragedy on thestar.com The Toronto Star newspaper online edition, I wept, just like you. President Barack Obama addressed the mass shooting yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut as a parent, in an emotional statement which ended with his promise...
parenting-and-kids - Sun, 12 Jan 2014 02:38:52
160. G-F Cinnamon-Maple Sticky Buns (with vegan options)
They are almost too easy. And if I can do it . . you can do better. The smell of cinnamon buns and fresh coffee in the morning is one of my favorite things about sleeping in and having my man-servant serve me breakfast in bed. I was curious though: could I rewrite this fabulous recipe from my ne...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:02
161. Things I Don't Get
I just wish someone would explain some things to me. Perhaps you, the reader, can help. These are not pet peeves, nor things I can't stand. I just find myself wondering why people do this stuff. I mean, what is the appeal? Or, I wonder, how does this help (or benefit) him or her? I may be datin...
culture-and-society - Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:02:41
162. Haiku to make you laugh
I was away at a conference and somehow I always seem to nod off at the most inopportune times. This time, a lecturer was going over and over the revisions to her medical study and I thought, 'Get to the point, please and SOON, for I am falling asleep.' Then I remembered how nice it is when peopl...
Entertainment - Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:53:53
163. Things that Mow
The first place I look towards is Lee Valley Tools. For over 30 years, their products have been known to be of superlative quality. I am also extremely impressed with their 90-day money back guarantee on their products. It sure came in handy when my man bought a fish knife that could've cut down ...
home-and-garden - Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:06:53
164. Things that Dry
As stated in my Things that Suck article, for a spell, our municipality did not allow for clothes lines on the grounds that they were 'unsightly.' Thank goodness the Province of Ontario (Canada) lifted those bans on clothes lines in 2008. Ever since, I have noticed more of them springing up. How...
home-and-garden - Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:04:11
165. Things that Clean Dishes: Eco-friendly dish detergents and countertop to industrial-size dishwashers
I actually overheard someone say this (albeit jokingly) to a lady in a department store and thought about the truth in that comment. One of the biggest problems reported in marriages is the unfair division of household chores. Sadly, today women still carry the burden of women (on average) 75% ...
home-and-garden - Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:48:56
166. Safe Water a Human Right
I wrote this on my WordPress blog last summer and decided to showcase it here on Squidoo. I love having the ability to add photographs and educate with quizzes. Plus your responses and poll results (in turn) always educates me. It's hard to imagine not having access to safe drinking water when I...
culture-and-society - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 19:23:34
167. Buttermilk and Maple Marinated Grilled or Oven Chicken (with G-F options) plus Pasta Salad
I recently planned a get together with a bunch of friends (and their kids). Suddenly, it dawned on me: holy crap . . how will I ever make something to satisfy everyone? Should I order pizza for the kids? Do I get this thing catered for $200 bucks? Well, I think I found a pretty good solution fro...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:07:57
168. Sousababy's Chocolate Pretzels (BONUS: vegan ice cream recipe)
Which has less calories? Five chocolate covered pretzels or a regular-sized chocolate bar? The pretzels. Plus, the optical illusion of 'having more' with five pretzels on a plate and the increased surface area of the chocolate spread out - you'll feel spoiled. Well, my vegan friends . . here's ...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:00:23
169. G-F Blueberry Crumbly Squares (with vegan options)
In my teen years, the healthy snack at church bake sales seemed to be date squares. I suppose they are a notch above fig newtons, but I can't seem to entice my daughter to try one. Something about the color of the date or it's texture . . looks yucky. (And, I'll have to agree with her). So, I de...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:15:59
170. Sousababy's Thai-Style Veggie Noodle Dinner (ready in 10 - 15 minutes)
Before I developed an allergy to seafood, I used to enjoy having Pad Thai at one of my favorite downtown Toronto restaurants. Later, I found a recipe in the March 2004 edition of Canadian Living which was easy to make vegetarian. The thing is, there are over 15 ingredients in this (and most) reci...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:33:20
171. Nerdy-chick disagrees with Stephen Hawking
I love to visit Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Since 2008 I made note of the completely unexpected fossil remains found of dinosaurs, namely: Austroraptor cabazai (Argentina 2008); Diamantinasaurus matildae, Wintonotitan wattsi and Australovenator wintonensis (3 found in Australia 2009) an...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:05
172. A poetic tribute for Megan Casey
What? Megan Casey is leaving Squidoo? Like most creative individuals, once they see the fruits of their labor, they ache to start something new. Oh and what a touching video she made for us. Seth Godin saw something in her a long time ago, I'm guessing . . that drive to make things happen. Not j...
squidoo-community - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:52:21
173. Saying Goodbye to Miss Boo
I write this through tears. Our family matriarch, with us for 17 and a half years, is in a better place. This cat has comforted me through job loss, the loss of my father, the loss of my best friend Ema, illness, pregnancy and more. Pure, unconditional love. A few weeks ago, our vet diagnosed Mi...
pets-and-animals - Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:49:41
174. Sousababy's Best Beef Stew (made with G-F beer)
Why doesn't someone make a good beef stew? I was out with my friends at a local pub which had every finger food imaginable on the menu, all kinds of salads and half-the-plate-sized racks of meat. Yeah, I felt like steak and vegetables - without all the cutting and chewing (too lazy). It's got to...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:44:52
175. Squidoo people with a good heart
I have only been on Squidoo since August 2010. I have been privileged to meet some of the finest writers and humanitarians on here. I must admit too, I have found quite the opposite, as well. In this lens, I hope to introduce you to some of the great writers who are trying to do some good in thi...
- Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:52:17
176. Why not name those who plagiarize?
What is the deal with all this kindness and 'letting people off the hook' lately? It's just not working Seth. I've been checking my work via google and copyscape . . only to find it copied 100% by people and actual businesses that sell the items I am showcasing (and have spent hours researching)...
business-and-work - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:43:11
177. A Florida lawyer Todd Allen is my latest hero
I just heard about this story on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and thought the spoof (and interview) that comedian John Oliver did was brilliant. So, I just had to look this up and find out more. Warren and Maureen Nyerges paid cash for their home in 2009 to the Bank of America (a sum of $165...
business-and-work - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:20:57
178. This Hour Has 22 Minutes
In the late 90's I became addicted to this show. It aired on Monday nights after my longest (and hardest) workday in the week. Its name is a parody of 'This Hour Has Seven Days' - a CBC newsmagazine from the 1960's. The "22 minutes" refers to the fact that a half-hour television program is typica...
Entertainment - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:14:15
179. I am a Hole (and so can you!)
Folks, it's no secret that I adore Stephen Colbert. And who doesn't? Even though I am Canadian, I can relate. I mean, I too was raised Roman Catholic (sorry). My latest acquisition from Dr. Stephen Colbert is his New York Times Best Seller 'I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)' which is illustrated by ...
Entertainment - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:12:04
180. Squidoo HQ posts about inbound links & filters (and more insane reactions)
Over the past few months, Squidoo HQ has been guiding writers how best to make use of their time. A healthy emphasis has been on continuing to write amazing content. What worked for some lensmasters (for years, perhaps) is just not going to stand the test of time. And, really, why should it? If ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:45:01
181. What spider is this?
Nah, nah . . not Mick Jagger - but you're close. He's about half an inch in length and looks pretty adept at spinning a mean-looking web. During our Thanksgiving festivities, he was discovered. And, I sure am thankful . . that he was found outside (and not inside my home). I spent about an hour...
pets-and-animals - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:46:17
182. Alison Krauss Songs
Casey Clarke described her voice as, 'the voice of an angel' on CMT (Country Music Television) some years ago. Alison Krauss was born July 23rd, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois, US. She's an amazing bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She can play any genre really, however, I love her bal...
Music - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:26:09
183. Keith Urban Songs
According to Wikipedia, Keith Urban has released nine albums (one in the United Kingdom). Having ten number one hits on the US country charts, he has become widely known for his singing, songwriting and his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman in 2006. The couple has two daughters. But did you know...
Music - Mon, 06 Jan 2014 01:49:22
184. Crisp & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free with flax meal)
I'm getting increasingly disappointed in the cookie selection at my local grocery store. I don't even bother looking now. When those soft chocolate chip cookies first came out, I found them too greasy (and they seemed to get smaller too, over time). Sometimes, I'll venture into a health food st...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:18:35
185. Quick Chickpea & Cucumber Curry (gluten-free) and Jokes
And you really don't want to live off rice cakes just to offset all the crap you ate at the in-laws (you know, so you didn't have to talk) - am I right? Well, I found a very tasty meal, it's healthy, gluten-free and only, get this, 217 calories a serving. Plus anyone can throw this together, you...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:07:32
186. Mixing Business with Family
Even after retiring from his government job, my father just had to keep working. As an environmental engineer, he designed many shoreline protection devices and also knew that better, longer-lasting components could have been used. However, in governmental spending, cost is a huge determinant of...
business-and-work - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 22:59:20
187. Andy Rooney
It's been about 15 years since my father passed away and I can still take a good guess at what he might have to say about many things happening in our world today. Perhaps that is why I love to listen to Andy Rooney - he reminds me of my father, I guess. But then I realized it was more than that...
Entertainment - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 22:53:49
188. Thoughts about Presidents and Prime Ministers (Canadian)
The Parliament of Canada website already does a fabulous job of detailing the Prime Ministers of Canada (including one female). So rather than rehash all of that, I thought I'd give you the highlights from my perspective. Admittedly, politics is not my forte - so I felt it best to quote and feat...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:35
189. Earth Day can be everyday!
"The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race . . . is the human race." ~ Don Marquis (1878 - 1937) US humorist "The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded." ~ Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880) French writer Those are brilliant quotes from the non-scientific world and I am always ...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 19:22:04
190. Art or Junk?
Like many dysfunctional families, my father's family included doctors, artists, and (perhaps the strangest of all) an engineer - my dad. To this day, a huge painting of Maligne Lake by his sister, my Aunt Helen, is displayed in my parents' living room. Sure, I took some art courses. I loved to l...
arts-and-design - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:36:48
191. Why I caved and bought the Apple iPad 2 (2nd generation)
Almost forgotten and lonely - the trusty iPad 2 (second generation). It has the same great features as the newer, more expensive one but for about $150 less. The high points: same large screen, plays games, favorite YouTube retro shows, takes high quality photos and shoots clear, sharp videos. Y...
gift-guide - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:29:13
192. Making Major Life Changes
Now is the time to do all those things you promised yourself to do before you die. In your 40's, you no longer care what other people think...thank god. In your 30's, you decide if you are having children (especially if you are female). In your 20's, you are figuring out your career and in your t...
business-and-work - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:24:44
193. Feel Empowered to Change your Life
After three career changes, entering my 40's, I heard Oprah mention Eckhart Tolle's book, 'A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose' and I thought I'd give it a read. Inspiring and deeply healing, Eckhart Tolle also authored The Power of Now, a New York Times Bestseller. Quotes that moved ...
books-poetry-writing - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:22:22
194. Putting Off Procrastinating
So, I took a look at my 'To Do' list and felt overwhelmed...I don't feel like doing all that laundry and I really gotta get going, they're waiting for me. I better go to the store (where things are neatly stacked) and look for some things for our home office. Oh, and that messy closet - it'll tak...
home-and-garden - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:19:47
195. Never Alone Scones (with gluten-free & vegan options)
Initially, I wrote this for all those ovo-lacto vegetarians out there. Nah, you don't need to be ovulating or lactating - it just means vegetarians who do not eat animal flesh (of any kind), but who enjoy eggs and dairy products. Oh but I also know people who need to avoid yeast, gluten, eggs an...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:38:12
196. Valentine's Cake chez sousababy
As a kid, I remember everyone getting excited at Christmas about having a piece of yule log cake. 'What's this?', I thought. A yule log is an extremely hard log which is burned in the fireplace during some European Christmas celebrations. Oh, okay . . and we're suppose to eat it? Yeah, and somet...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:34:49
197. Things that Suck: Vacuums
About 10 years ago, all the rage was to get an upright vacuum cleaner, bagless (of course) with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. So off I went to the local department store and found some very inexpensive ones over the course of 5 years. But, after about six months, they would le...
home-and-garden - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:07:07
198. Sleeping on the Job
I'd sometimes fall asleep on the couch. This really bothered my Dad. He'd often snap, 'get up now!' or 'you won't sleep at night!' Looking back on it now, I recall that our house was noisy until 11:30 pm and I had to be up about 6:30 am to take my turn getting ready for school. There were seven o...
healthy-living - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:51:55
199. Bell Let's Talk Day
I sat straight up in my chair when I saw a commercial on TV two years ago featuring Clara Hughes. She is an officer of the Order of Canada, humanitarian, motivator and multi-awarded medalist in both the summer and winter Olympic games. Check out Career Highlights | Clara Hughes. She is shown bri...
healthy-living - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:44:00
200. Intelligence and Prejudice
We all know that we should accept everyone regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability right? Rights under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms also address racial equality, sexual equality and gay rights. Did you k...
culture-and-society - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:35:16
201. Remembering Jack Layton
A great Canadian humanitarian and visionary, Jack Layton, Canadian social democratic politician and the Leader of the Official Opposition left us August 22nd, 2011 - at the age of 61. We mourn and I remember his impact on my work now. Politcal issues are not my strong point, however ending all f...
culture-and-society - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:31:06
202. Squidoo, Forbes and Social Power
I couldn't help but think of Squidoo when I read the September 26th, 2011 edition of Forbes magazine. The cover caught my eye, 'Social Power and the coming Corporate Revolution: Why employees and customers will be calling the shots' by David Kirkpatrick (on page 72). The article gave many exampl...
business-and-work - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:23:04
203. The Best Halloween Party Food (with G-F and vegan options)
I don't know what I'm gonna do. 'Quick, Yoda Dog, let's see what kind of fancy thing I can make with Rice Krispies Squares - the only recipe I know by heart!' So Yoda Dog had a brilliant idea . . he woofed at the Nutella jar I just bought and nuzzled his nose to the Rice Krispies box. 'That's b...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:43:16
204. Scaredy Squirrel books by Melanie Watt (a favorite for kids)
Melanie Watt lives in Montreal, Quebec. She is the author and illustrator of a number of children's books, including my daughter's favorite, Scaredy Squirrel. I had no idea this Canadian woman had won so many literary awards until I decided to do an article about the Scaredy Squirrel series. The...
parenting-and-kids - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 18:38:57
205. The Daily Show's Samantha Bee is Canadian
I was hooked once I saw Sam Bee do a segment about robots that can kill. She interviewed an expert who cautioned 'a child might be holding an ice cream cone and the robot thinks the child is armed and shoot.' Sam Bee had a comeback (something like) 'a child that tries to give a robot an ice crea...
Entertainment - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:59:22
206. Canadian Irish Coffee by sousababy
In Canada, recently, we've been hit with a cold snap. It's been so cold (in fact) that posts on social media stated things like Canada as cold as Mars! (Well, there's more to it: on Mars the high DID reach - 35 C but the low on Mars is - 90 C). Anyways, I like that we Canadians are known for bra...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:19:47
207. Porcini-Mushroom Risotto
Is food better than love? Or, IS food love? I can't be sure. There are so many heightened senses when you enjoy a good meal. Better yet, when someone else makes you the meal. The memory of great food lasts (even if the relationship doesn't). I started to wonder: can I really handle making these...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:47:14
208. For Diabetics
My teen years were spent in London, Ontario, Canada. For a spell, I lived within walking distance of Banting House National Historic Site on Adelaide St. North. A statue of Sir Frederick G. Banting (of him at about 30 years of age) and an eternal flame adorn the front of this home-like historical...
healthy-living - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:27:14
209. Why the term "lenslet" bothers me
"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." ~ Mark Twain Frankly, I'm getting annoyed at the use of the term "lenslet" to refer to the new format lenses on Squidoo. Why? Because the group that use this term is also the same group that wrote catalog pages like th...
squidoo-community - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:06:05
210. Reading Dogs, Seeing Eye Dogs and Therapy Dogs
I read an article by Amy Baskin in the May 2011 edition of Today's Parent magazine (p. 47) titled, 'Furry reading buddies.' The premise is that a child will read to a dog . . and do so willingly. These dogs are actually registered therapy animals who frequent schools, libraries and other settings...
How-To & Education - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:03:17
211. Tastiest Roast Pork Loin with Bacon-Cider Gravy (all gluten-free)
Okay, so you've been dating this guy for a while and you figure that he is somewhat 'sponge-worthy.' You're thinking about having him over for dinner - but you aren't sure what to make. You don't want to spend half your time tending to something cooking on the stove either. And really, who want...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:59:16
212. Free World Day | Canadians remember 9/11
I have lived in Canada all my life. When the 9/11 attacks occurred, a good friend of mine was working in New York (in the financial industry). Luckily, she was physically fine, but within a few months, she moved back to South Africa to live with her parents. She wrote me one final time stating o...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:34:11
213. Women's Day & what women really want
Shame on me! I didn't realize it was International Women's Day a couple of years ago until I listened to the news on March 8th. Since I tend to get 'stuck' in factual things, I thought I'd present some interesting findings (from researchers out there) about the struggles of women and girls. Ther...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:29:28
214. Don't be afraid to BAN someone
Once you've been writing online for a spell, you are apt to come across folks who, well . . waste your time. Or, you just aren't sure how to deal with them. Not sure why, but some people online feel compelled to continually visit and expect something 'similar' in return. By similar, perhaps they...
squidoo-community - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:12:58
215. Optimism Bias = Hope
My father used to read a little periodical called 'Bits and Pieces' while in the bathroom having a BM. He'd jokingly grab this tiny booklet and say to the five of us kids, 'Well, it's time for my Bits and Pieces.' (I think you get the analogy). Bits and Pieces is known as 'the magazine that moti...
culture-and-society - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:16:30
216. Helpful Tips for Raising Children
For almost 20 years, I have been able to stay in touch with my best friend, Sandy. She defies most of us in so many ways, for instance, she somehow finds time to pick out a card every few months (even for Easter and Hallowe'en - not just Birthdays and Christmas) and hand write (legibly) in them ...
parenting-and-kids - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:10:55
217. International Children's Day
In Canada (and other countries) we celebrate and mark the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the U.S. a similar observance, National Child's Day (as commonly named in North America), is held on the first or second Sunday ...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:05:58
218. Solid Proof (after 2 years) & 3rd troubling quote
I'm tired of all the excuses I've heard. Finally, after two years, I think I have undeniable proof of theft. Addendum April 14th, 2013: A three day test proved to me that the Link List module is not the problem - however, I believe the correlations are striking enough to investigate further. Wh...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:20
219. The Facts Chronologically
I feel compelled to write this, keeping identities protected since online bullying continues to occur . . apparently affecting those who have followed me or are just beginning to follow me. So, I thought I would just present facts about my journey, on here a little over a year. I am not looking ...
squidoo-community - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:18:40
220. Challenging Conventional Thinking
"You know what they say..." - actually no, I don't, and "they" are idiots. I have had enough of this expression. Sure, it may be harmless enough for sayings like, "Cold hands, warm heart - that's what they say." I just want to challenge some of the things that "they" say because I find this is a...
healthy-living - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:56:38
221. Interconnectedness in Society
The great thing about human beings is that we can learn and adapt. What I've enjoyed most in life has emerged from that moment when I know someone (or myself) reaches a level of deeper understanding. There's a glimmer of hope or acceptance in their eyes. And education doesn't have a lot to do wi...
culture-and-society - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:54:36
222. Backlinks | Clearing up the confusion about backlinking on Squidoo
There seems to be all kinds of confusion about how backlinks occur on Squidoo. Some folks asked me questions which made me realize this needs some further clarification. I thought I'd break it all down into bite-size chunks. Also, I add in some surprising news (for some, perhaps) on the value o...
squidoo-community - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:48:32
223. Doug Engelbart invented the mouse
This fascinating man was only 25 years old, in 1950, when he had a revelatory vision of the information age - as we know it today. In those times, computers were the size of rooms and punch cards were laboriously fed into them to produce data. Dr. Engelbart envisioned a big computer screen with ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:30
224. Rainy Day? Kids love TRIO.
One thing I've always admired about Americans is their sense of patriotism (I'm Canadian - sorry). When I read this week's Imminent Writing Challenge on Squidoo, I froze. It was really cold in the GTA on May 24th, 2013 (only 4 degrees C or 39 degrees F for my American friends, but it felt like 0...
hobbies-games-toys - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:13:12
225. The World's Most Innovative Companies
Forbes magazine has a section titled 'Leading-Edge Companies' which I try to peruse when I find time. The August 8th, 2011 cover caught my eye - it read, 'Innovators: Clayton Christensen picks the 50 Best Companies of Tomorrow.' Immediately wondered if Squidoo had made it onto his list - read on...
business-and-work - Thu, 02 Jan 2014 03:25:17
226. Creamy Artichoke & Spinach Casserole and G-F Green Beer!
There comes a time in every man's life when he genuinely would like to impress a lady. Sure, you can wine and dine her, buy her fancy jewelery and all - but if you really want to win her over, look at other ways to please her. I'm talking about the ability to cook a lady a delicious and nutritio...
gift-guide - Wed, 01 Jan 2014 17:12:12
227. We Day is Canada's Biggest Social Media Cause
It brought a tear to my eye reading the heartwarming article by Judy Gerstel in the September 25th, 2012 edition of Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper. Read it online here. Why? Hope . . the statistics she presented of the We Day successes clearly show the massive numbers of our young people in ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:59
228. Finger-Licking BBQ Chicken in 15 Minutes (start to finish)
It's been pretty cold around the GTA (Toronto, Canada) this holiday season - but that's never stopped a Canadian barbecuer before. (Sure, our ice storm got in the way a bit). But then I discovered Alton Brown's fastest chicken BBQ on YouTube and was completely mesmerized. If there's one thing th...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:32:26
229. Phineas & Ferb Figurine Playset has Perry the Platypus and Perry as Agent P (Expert Review)
Some of you might recall that I wrote about Perry the Platypus (aka Agent P) earlier this year and how debonair a superhero he's become. My daughter received the Phineas & Ferb Figurine Playset for Christmas (shown at right) and was thrilled that two Perrys were included. He's depicted in BOTH r...
hobbies-games-toys - Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:38:07
230. Easy G-F Curried Turkey & Broccoli Casserole by sousababy
I'm a big fan of broccoli and I've always enjoyed it in soups or quiche. I never thought of combining broccoli with turkey until I read Martha Stewart's Curried Turkey Casserole recipe. I wanted a casserole without cheese (to be lower in fat) and thought I'd use the crumb topping from my Gluten-F...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 27 Dec 2013 02:07:32
231. Sousababy's Easy Maple Bacon Turkey
Over the years, I've heard some great tips for roasting turkey. Bacon strips on top keep the white meat from drying out and protect the skin from burning. Then there's the face-down method, where roasting the turkey breast-side down naturally bastes the meat internally, as it cooks. There's no da...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:22:39
232. The Quintessential Turkey Dinner Sandwich by sousababy
Ah, the humble leftover turkey sandwich - always a staple after a big holiday dinner. But why make them with just the leftover turkey? Since I always have stuffing, lots of cranberry sauce and some gravy left, I decided it was high time to make these sandwiches even more decadent. One secret is ...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 25 Dec 2013 06:32:10
233. Sousababy's Strawberry Shortcake for Lovers (no bake & gluten-free)
A few years ago, I ordered a strawberry shortcake to end a gorgeous meal I enjoyed at a luxury hotel restaurant. While it looked incredible, strawberry jam was drizzled over it which made it so tooth-achingly sweet, I couldn't finish it. And I thought if I ever make these gluten-free, I'll keep i...
food-and-cooking - Mon, 23 Dec 2013 05:56:58
234. Sousababy's Apple Walnut Cinnamon Porridge (G-F & Vegan)
About 10 years ago, I picked up a copy of Company's Coming: Home for the Holidays a cookbook by Canadian caterer Jean Par. On page 75, I tweaked a fabulously simple recipe she calls "Doctored Oatmeal Porridge." I decided to make it gluten-free and sprinkle plain or candied walnuts on top. Well, ...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:23:39
235. Complementary His & Hers Watches
Fall is my favorite time of year and a wonderful season for a wedding. The weather is cooler and outdoor photos look spectacular - especially with the leaves changing color. Plus everyone feels more comfortable in their wedding attire. I imagine that a tuxedo gets really hot in June (wedding gow...
weddings - Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:00:53
236. Afterthoughts, Insights and Ideas inspired by the Official Squidoo Forum
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." ~ Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) an English naturalist. Well, I think Squidoo has proven they are responsive to change. The other aces up their sleeve? Seth Godin and Tom Maybri...
squidoo-community - Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:05:37
237. A Bare Bones Squidoo Experiment
So okay, I've tried numerous ways to explain things that are questionable on Squidoo. Plenty of folks 'get it.' Lots are still confused and some are just plain worried that they've done something wrong (when they haven't). I have seen a pattern on Squidoo that I've proven to myself to be unfair ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:44:55
238. Forum Folks with Sound Advice (so far, 26 worthwhile tips) NEW: A Question we ALL need Answered
I wanted to keep track of some useful tips and advice from the new Squidoo forum. So, I thought I'd feature a few folks (so far) that I've found extremely helpful. Perhaps these tips will help you too. If you care to share any others, feel free. I certainly haven't read everything (nor everyone)...
squidoo-community - Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:38:47
239. As Good as It Gets is as close as it gets (about sousababy)
I'm writing this late Sunday night (might be too late for the Imminent Challenge which asked us to write about ourselves). But then I asked my man-servant if there was anything (book or movie) that reminds him of me. Immediately he snapped, "Helen Hunt in that movie As Good As It Gets." I was ho...
Entertainment - Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:51:19
240. Sousababy's G-F Broccoli & Cheese Quiche (so good, aliens want the recipe)
Whenever I've ordered quiche in a restaurant, I'm usually disappointed. For some reason, it seems to get watery and fairly tasteless after the first few bites. So, I tried some crustless ones - but I felt like I was just eating scrambled eggs with some stuff added in. I checked out some recipes ...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 15 Dec 2013 05:46:53
241. How to get Seth Godin to read your work
First of all, Squidoo is only about seven years old. No one on here is an expert. Expertise takes at least ten years to acquire in most fields and since the internet is constantly changing . . who can EVER be an expert online? So here is my upfront advice for anyone about to (or who already is) ...
squidoo-community - Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:19:08
242. Articles for (and by) the Guys
Today I browsed Squidoo's official forum and found a rather interesting thread. It alluded to Squidoo mainly promoting female writers who create (at best) the equivalent of Good Housekeeping or Reader's Digest quality articles. We all know those magazines are not particularly "in-depth" so I fel...
squidoo-community - Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:44:23
243. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Craves Power (at all costs)
Please tell me Rob Ford will not remain on the payroll, stripped of his powers, until next October. I mean, what does a guy have to do to get fired around here? Who's paying his salary? WE ARE. I watched the Fifth Estate's report November 8th, 2013 titled The Rob Ford Story. And on November 13th...
culture-and-society - Sun, 08 Dec 2013 16:18:24
244. Sousababy's Luscious Carrot & Dill Soup (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Squidoo's popular GoodVeg magazine features all kinds of seasonal delights. When the weather gets cold, my favorite appetizer is soup. A year ago, I enjoyed the most satisfying carrot and dill soup at cozy downtown Toronto restaurant. It had just the right amount of dill in it. So, I've been sear...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:26:53
245. Celebrate Maple Syrup Day with Sousababy's G-F Cookies & Maple Glaze
National Maple Syrup Day in the U.S. is December 17th. Naturally, I figured Canada (being the largest producer of maple syrup) would share the same holiday. Not so. Canadian Maple Syrup Day is February 6th, a fairly new holiday which began in 2010. I use maple syrup in all kinds of recipes such ...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:09:16
246. Sousababy's Favorite Christmas Tree Ornament
Squidoo's own Cozy magazine asked us to write about our favorite Christmas tree ornament. So, I thought I'd feature our little violin ornament which came with a bow. Lasting a long time We've had it for about 17 years now and I remember buying it initially for my man-servant who loved to play t...
home-and-garden - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:24:02
247. A Thanksgiving Troll
Nah, not that cute little "under a bridge" character. I mean the internet troll which is (paraphrased from Wikipedia): "a person who starts arguments or attempts to upset people in numerous ways by posting either inflammatory, off-topic, or extraneous commentary (or questions). Often it is done ...
squidoo-community - Sun, 01 Dec 2013 06:10:34
248. Sousababy's G-F Vegan Sugar Cookies (even the sprinkles are G-F Vegan)
Last year, my daughter wanted to make sugar cookies for Santa. And I found a great little recipe on allrecipes.com with over 3,000 good reviews. But what I liked most was that I could tweak it to make them gluten-free and vegan as well. But that's not all: this year I discovered Let's Do Organic...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 01 Dec 2013 06:02:10
249. Sousababy's White Chocolate Nut Cookies (with G-F option)
After graduation, I spent more time baking - it certainly proved to be more economical and healthier (most of the time). When my man-servant came along, I found out he loved white chocolate. Part of the reason was that his mother used to bake him a white chocolate birthday cake. Well, I wasn't a...
food-and-cooking - Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:14:53
250. Little ones LOVE the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
When Robin, our Community Organizer, posted Melissa and Doug Toys To Fuel Their Imagination on Squidoo's Quest of the Day, I was thrilled. I've always been impressed with the quality of this product line. Previously, I reviewed Melissa & Doug wooden food sets, since we own three. And I must admi...
gift-guide - Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:43:13
251. Sousababy's Fast & Easy Veggie Chili
The Squidoo Storytellers Facebook club reminded me that November is World Vegan Month. Don't know about you, but I find the lead up to Christmas is filled with all kinds of fattening treats (and plenty of meat dishes around American Thanksgiving). So, I pulled out my 20 year old vegetable chili ...
food-and-cooking - Sun, 24 Nov 2013 06:19:22
252. What many of us are thinking | NEW: My stats with the High Content Quality filter
Yesterday, I read Bonnie's post Friday Q & A which addressed five key concerns that have been expressed in Squidoo's official forum. I don't frequent unofficial forums or groups because of, well, the libelous commentary I've read. (Sorry, it's the truth). In the almost three years I've been on S...
squidoo-community - Sat, 23 Nov 2013 16:08:57
253. Sousababy's cat Kady gave these toys two paws up
I've always had a cat or two in my life and I think I've tried every toy on the market. Automated toys or those that run on a track tend to become too predictable (at least for my cats). So, unless your cat is an idiot (and I've never met one yet - in the feline species) don't waste your money o...
gift-guide - Sat, 23 Nov 2013 06:26:19
254. Sousababy's OTT Rum Balls
About 20 years ago, I cut out a recipe from the Food Section of the Toronto Star newspaper. I entered my old recipe in their online Recipe Finder and unfortunately "no results were found." Luckily, I still have the original (shown as my background photo). These really aren't for the faint of hea...
food-and-cooking - Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:10:22
255. Heads Up for Giants
Yesterday, I received two emails about the NEW Giant program on Squidoo. It struck me as more than reasonable - it was lenient. Here's the gist: 1) Log in (at least) every six months and make five new lenses a year (minimum). 2) Maintain the current Giant Squid standards. 3) Write three new p...
squidoo-community - Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:50:49
256. Sousababy reviews Big starring Tom Hanks
I didn't see the movie Big (starring Tom Hanks) until my college years and it drew me into a feeling perhaps many of us shared when we were little. The wish to be big - as in "all grown up." Josh, played by Tom Hanks, gets this wish granted and we watch how his world (and that of his friends an...
Entertainment - Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:47:09
257. A Big Fan of the Truth
I'm donating everything to the Squidoo Charity Fund with this article. If I could, I'd donate to some kind of Lensmaster Protection Charity. (I've proposed this idea over the last year or so, without much support for the idea). Don't know about you, but I feel duped lately. The more I seek out h...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:40
258. The Quick and the Dead (the coolest female gunfighting western)
As a fan of Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, and having a partial crush on Russell Crowe - I just had to see the 1995 movie The Quick and the Dead. (I know, I forgot to mention Leonardo DiCaprio - but I didn't fully appreciate his acting skills until the Titanic came out 2 years later). Why critics p...
Entertainment - Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:56:19
259. Cider-Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple (& toasted nuts on top)
Even though we Canadians already celebrated Thanksgiving (October 14th, 2013), we often try to befriend an American just in time to enjoy a second helping of Thanksgiving food. This year, our friends south of the border will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28th, 2013. When Squi...
food-and-cooking - Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:45:31
260. Quick and Easy Maple Salmon & Hoisin
In my early 30's, I'd treat myself once in while to dinner at The Pickle Barrel in Toronto, Canada. They served (and still do) the most incredible salmon dish with a maple syrup glaze & toasted nuts on top. Unfortunately, I developed a seafood allergy in my late 30's - but I never forgot about t...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:42:23
261. Foosball and a Coffee Table? Cool.
When I was in college, in the 90s, our little study group used to meet at a local pub to shoot pool and play foosball. The pool tables were rarely available, so most of us settled on foosball (which was also cheaper). Now you might think that only guys can play foosball well - ah, not so. It's n...
hobbies-games-toys - Sat, 02 Nov 2013 03:32:00
262. Sousababy's Halloween 2013
For Halloween, the Squidoo Storytellers Daily Challenge asked us to write about something scary. Since my little dragon was all set and the dragon pumpkin was carved, I only had my costume to fashion. The weather in the Toronto area was rainy all day (and night) on Halloween, so I knew I'd need ...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 01 Nov 2013 03:05:01
263. Sousababy's Stuck Jar Lid Solutions
I used to think that since I workout, I wouldn't need help opening jars. Then, one day I watched a demonstration at our local mall for the EZ Off Jar Opener. And I was sold. Once I had a baby to comfort, I was thrilled to be able to open the toughest jars with just one hand. And who hasn't trie...
food-and-cooking - Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:59:00
264. Child loves animal movies? This doctor kit is a hit.
I'm just gonna say it: I don't like those games where children (and adults) use a catapult to injure animals. I don't find this pretend-world funny. Dr. Louis J. Camuti, a New York veterinarian who devoted over 60 years of his life to taking care of cats in peoples' homes, said: "By loving and u...
gift-guide - Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:41:54
265. Sousababy's method to gut & carve a pumpkin that'll blow your mind
What could be more fun on a rainy Saturday afternoon in October than carving a pumpkin together? So that's what we did. Nowadays, special carving tools make it easier and safer. When I was a kid, my parents used the dullest knife in the drawer (I think). Then, my father decided that the electric...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sun, 27 Oct 2013 03:27:53
266. Try one of these pillows for knee, hip, back, or neck pain
I was an active teen who used to run 3 miles a day, but unfortunately I developed chondromalacia patella. So, in my late 20s and 30s, I decided to take up swimming. (Never had any surgery on my knees and I don't fancy the idea). Later on, I became pregnant (somehow) and within months my knees fe...
healthy-living - Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:56:25
267. Sousababy's fun & frivolous indulgences
The Squidoo Storytellers Daily Challenge asked us to write about our favorite guilty little pleasure. Something that's fun and frivolous and not at all necessary - but still worth every penny. My first thoughts were: my robe, huge coffee mug (which doubles as a soup bowl) and blueberry jam. Some...
fashion-and-beauty - Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:56:40
268. Slipcovers for your home & peace of mind
Do you remember plastic covers on sofas and chairs? How about sitting on one, in the summer, without any air conditioning? Ever had the pleasure? Yeah, our neighborhood was full of "museum" living rooms - furniture covered in plastic that was never to be removed. I think they were being preserve...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:44:35
269. Brita helps the earth, our health, and our budgets
Few problems can be solved in one step. However, I want to impress upon you how much Brita is doing to help our planet, our health, and our budgets. I began using a Brita pitcher in my 20's. Back then, the pitchers were big and round. Brita has since made the pitchers slimmer so they can fit eas...
healthy-living - Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:50:33
270. Birthday away from home? Dora the Explorer and a traveling Booster make it easy.
Robin, who helps lead the Squidoo Storytellers Daily Challenge, mentioned she'll be "attending a birthday party for a special little friend who's turning 2 years old" today. So she asked us to write about birthday parties. I began reminiscing about my daughter's second birthday - when she couldn...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sun, 20 Oct 2013 12:47:08
271. Arthur starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and Sir John Gielgud
When I was in college, I'd sometimes spend an evening with my best friend Ema. (Spelled with one "m," Ema means mother in Estonian). Her all-time favorite comedy was Arthur, the 1981 movie starring Dudley Moore. Apparently there was a remake of it in 2011 with Russell Brand - nah, didn't see it....
Entertainment - Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:02:59
272. Sousababy's Kid Lists the Top 4 Halloween Treats
When I was little (a few decades ago), all the kids on the street knew who gave out the best Halloween treats. My father was more "in tune" with what the kids wanted. My mother, on the other hand, only wanted to save money. Nowadays, parents are more concerned about the safety and nutritional va...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:36:31
273. Sensitive skin? Try Neutrogena.
As a teen, I was fortunate to be referred to Dr. William Pace (a world-renown dermatologist in London, Ontario, Canada) because of my acne. Highly revered in dermatology circles, Dr. Pace is known for developing treatments for acne, particularly benzoyl peroxide-sulfur cream preparations among t...
fashion-and-beauty - Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:38:32
274. Perler Beads for Creative & Crafty Tweens
The Holiday Club on Squidoo asked writers to recommend a gift that a tween or teen would love. And the first thing that popped into my mind was Perler Beads. My daughter is enthralled with them. These are perfect for boys or girls 9 years old and up. The great thing is, if you have only one twee...
gift-guide - Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:47:49
275. Up late Halloween? Try The Sci or Fi Files.
In my family, my nieces and nephew range in age from less than a year old to 23 years of age. As you can imagine, it's hard to find suitable entertainment for everyone - especially late on Halloween evening. Growing up in a science-oriented family, we all enjoyed Star Trek, Star Wars, and especi...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:59:44
276. Make pie slices "to go" at Thanksgiving
Today, the Squidoo Storytellers Daily Challenge warmly remembered our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and asked us to "write about something used on or for Thanksgiving." As you can well imagine, I have my man-servant peeling potatoes like there's no tomorrow. While he was busy, I decided to glanc...
food-and-cooking - Sat, 12 Oct 2013 01:57:34
277. Kids love Melissa & Doug wooden food sets
Oh no, my daughter is outgrowing these fabulous toys. If you haven't heard of the Melissa & Doug product line of toys, you are in for a treat. I especially like the quality of their wooden food sets - we own three of the four sets featured on this page. Since the age of 4, my daughter always wan...
gift-guide - Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:03:39
278. Why I love my KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender
How many blenders have you gone through in the last 20 years? Did the motor just conk out when you were pureeing something? My five former blenders only lasted between 6 months to a year. Gee, sounds like some Hollywood marriages - ha. Then, I found him: The KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender (at right...
food-and-cooking - Thu, 03 Oct 2013 03:12:36
279. For Shift Workers during the holidays
Sometimes people need to work during the holidays or are living alone for the first time. One year, I had to work the holidays and had no time to visit friends or family. A co-worker surprised me (after a 12-hour shift) by fixing me a home cooked meal. I never forgot about it. It was truly one o...
gift-guide - Wed, 02 Oct 2013 04:52:46
280. Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks
I've only just begun to read this book. My background is mostly in the healthcare field and since I've only been writing online for about 3 years, I felt I needed more business savvy - sans the traditional sales pitches and manipulation I see in advertising. And don't we all want to be successfu...
books-poetry-writing - Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:59:00
281. Squidoo Filters (ideas that would help)
The Squid Team is tiny and there are over 2 million registered users. It's astounding that this ship runs so smoothly. I applaud their tireless efforts and I am continually amazed at how much this writing platform has evolved, especially within the last year. I've poured my heart and soul into w...
squidoo-community - Wed, 25 Sep 2013 03:04:31
282. Bravium Wines are the next BIG thing
Just in time for the holiday season, get your hands on the latest and greatest trend - cases (or 1/2 cases) of mixed wines. We don't have the same dinner every night of the week, so why buy a case of the same wine? When I browsed Business Insider, it confirmed one of my worst fears . . we are he...
food-and-cooking - Tue, 24 Sep 2013 05:50:29
283. Victim Rights = Our Rights, even on Squidoo (100% of any royalities will go directly to the ...
I find it rather odd that the rights of those who commit crimes (even petty crime) are SO protected and yet victims rights are largely ignored. I have friends in the legal world who also agree that scam artists and cons know their rights better than anybody. Most honest, hard working people are ...
squidoo-community - Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:41:00
284. International Fat Quarters & Thin Dimes
When I saw this title on one of Poutine's lenses, all I could think of was this comeback: 'I never met a thin dime that I didn't mind.' I can't knit or crochet. Any sewing I do consists of the odd button or patch job on my daughter's clothing. Whenever I was employed at a hospital, I always che...
nonprofits - Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:52:44
285. Bangkok Floods and raffael with a NEW UPDATE: June 2013
"Dearest Rose.. I'm dropping by here to thank you so much for your worthy liking my lenses and wonderful friendship you always give it to me :) I'm now encounter with the flood at my hometown (Bangkok) that it may makes me will not keep in touch with you online.. Maybe up to around 3-4 weeks (in ...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:20
286. Something HOT is good, yet something melting isn't?
Whenever I hear about anything that melts, I immediately wonder what went wrong . . and I feel a sense of urgency about the whole situation. And yet, whenever something is described as hot, it appears to mean something good. Examples are: 'you look hot' or 'that's hot' or 'come and get it while ...
culture-and-society - Sun, 23 Jun 2013 16:50:13
287. Proposing a New way to say Thanks
When I received the purple star for my Bullies at Work article, I pondered how to pay this award forward. There are so many fabulous lensmasters out there equally deserving - most of them already having at least one purple star. I received a great deal of backlash (personally and privately) from...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:44:59
288. Ads that are Harmful
How much more do we need to objectify women? When I wrote my 'What men need to know about women' lens, I was shocked at how many advertisements popped up that practically bordered on human trafficking in the side margins. I actually got a most insensitive comment from a colleague who said, 'They...
culture-and-society - Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:54:27
289. The Secrets of Top Canadian Businesses - Part III
If you have been following, I showcased the top five Canadian Businesses for 2011, plus a comeback company on the rise in parts I and II of this series. I have just a few more that I felt we all could take a page from. Some companies have really inspired me, like Maple Leaf Foods. Others, I feel,...
business-and-work - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:39:07
290. Crazy Ass Weather
Hail hits my window, wind flaps the house vents, subsides for a while. Lightening, downpour and then silence. Suddenly strong winds, hail and more rain. Cat is scared but baby sleeps well. Huh? It's practically the end of April. What's with this crazy ass weather? Inclement weather - I should sa...
travel-and-places - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:34:38
291. The Secrets of Top Canadian Businesses - Part I
I read a very interesting article the other day by Jacqueline Nelson in the June 13th, 2011 edition of Canadian Business magazine titled, 'Companies We Love'. What grabbed me was a simple truth that many consumers know but marketers (of anything really, even yourself) tend to minimize - the dept...
business-and-work - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:03:42
292. The Secrets of Top Canadian Businesses - Part II
In Part I of this series, I covered the top 3 Canadian businesses for 2011. My source for these rankings are from the article by Jacqueline Nelson (June 13th, 2011 edition of Canadian Business magazine) titled, 'Companies We Love'. Since 50 companies were ranked, I chose the top 5 plus a few tha...
business-and-work - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:53:26
293. Zucchini & Almonds with Vegan Parmesan
There's a new side dish in town. As the old saying goes, you can never plant the perfect amount of zucchini: If you plant one, it will die. If you plant two, you'll have too many. Luckily, you can make all kinds of great dishes with zucchini. My man-servant has been making this side dish only si...
- Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:40:35

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