Oct 4, 2015


Synthetic marijuanaParents beware! Talk to your children about all forms of drugs; educate yourself on what’s out there. There is some scary shit out there that is finding its way in our schools, homes and our children’s bodies. You may not feel comfortable broaching the subject well you better get comfortable real quick because the use of Synthetic marijuana is becoming rampant and its cheap and readily accessible.

Synthetic marijuana is being marketed as “safe”. Ok reality check, there is no such thing!  Synthetic means FAKE, NOT REAL i.e. IMITATION!  Synthetic marijuana or Cannabis as the medical world calls it is a designer drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. It is designed specifically to emulate the marijuana high.  Why anyone would think “fake” marijuana is a safer alternative is beyond me. What’s worst? Yes it gets worst; they (company’s that manufacture and sell) are marketing this poison as Spice.  

Yeah you read right SPICE, can you believe it? That these makers were able to legitimately categorize and label this toxin as “spice products” also known as "herbal incense" or "herbal smoking blends" with the street names such as K2, Spice, Green Giant, Mr Happy and “Scooby Snax,” is really frightening. What, we don’t have enough mind alternating, soul destroying drugs in the world already that they have to manufacture more?

Synthetic marijuana has some catastrophic side effects that list intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes as just some of its devastating impacts as if that is not bad enough!

Just this September 2015 talk show hosts Wendy Williams talked about her son falling victim to Synthetic marijuana use this summer. Sadly according to her, it was introduced to him by a family member. The distressingly devastating impact physical, psychological, emotional (which she didn’t comment on)  could have caused her her son’s life!

Parents, teachers, guardians, childcare workers please educated yourselves on drugs making its way through our cities and homes, ignorance is not an excuse, be aware, be proactive, be smart, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”  Don’t tune out, tune in, pay attention to when your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, students, teenagers speak; you could learn something that just make save their lives.

Check out some articles that will shed some insight into Synthetic Marijuana: 

The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

Cities Across U.S. See Rise in Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses .

Synthetic Marijuana: The Dangers Parents Should Know About  

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Sep 24, 2015

12 People Need To Be More Mindful–Stay Present

Public transit, it’s my go to, to get to work and around the city. The one most valuable thing I arm myself with everyday is my patience, my prayers, my tolerance, my patience and my patience. Did I say patience? Yeah well it bears repeating trust me as patience is key to getting through the daily commutes God knows it is desperately needed as mindfulness ("to be aware", "the awakened state of consciousness") seems at times a rare commodity.
Case and point….

One Friday I sat on the train (Bloor-Danforth line) tired after a long day of running from the office to our symposium to back to the office just wishing magically that the train would reach my stop in less than the standard 45/50 minutes. At Castlefrank subway station stop a woman and her children (2 boys) got on. They sat on the seats beside me, one boy at the side of me the other beside the mother on the two seats to my right.  The kids looked tired and dirty as if they had a long day of mad fun rolling in sand. The mother just looked wiped, like she wanted to escape, no one spoke.


The ride was fairly uneventful until one of the boys, the one sitting beside me decided to start dusting out his hair. At first I paid little attention but then my eyes were drawn to the top of his head, it was full of sand and the more he dusted the more it rose up visibly. There were literally plies of sand in his hair and he began to dust more determinately when he realized it was loaded. I waited patiently for the mother to address the issue by telling her son to not dust his hair until they reached home or something of that nature because the sand will go on the people sitting around him. My wait was in vain, after counting to ten I finally said to the little boy, “Please do not dust your hair because you are dusting sand on me.” To the boy’s credit he immediately stopped and I thanked him.


What got me was the mother’s inaction. She did not move, she did not apologize on behalf of her son, she did not even look at me or at him for that matter she simply sat there like a stone. She simply checked out and didn’t seem to care what they did as long as they did not bother her. I took a deep breath, breathe it out and relaxed myself once more and enjoyed the rest of my ride in relative quiet. The boy sat a bit closer to me and was quiet the rest of the way.

As a mother I understand that parenting can be exhausting trust me I did it for 20 years as a single parent of two I get it. However, completely tuning out is unaccepted no matter the degree of exhaustion especially in public because that is exactly when things fall down.
This was just one of many examples of the “adventures” of using public transportation. Below I list just a few other reasons I feel people truly need to exercise some mindfulness and understand that although they are free and autonomous individuals their actions, interactions and inactions affects those around them.
Mindfulness Etiquette:
If you are travelling with a bag or bags, it/they become  an extension of you therefore it would behoove you to ensure that you/your bag(s) are not hitting, jamming, digging and causing discomfort to others around you.
Please cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. I like many others I am sure, have no desire to be sprayed by your germs, secreting mucus and DNA. I reserve my showers to the privacy of my home and do not indulge in public displays of voyeurism.
When talking on your cell phones please be aware of your volume (how loud you’re speaking), shouting is not a normal sedated conversational tone. I have no desire to be involuntarily pulled into your conversation neither do I want to be privy to your “he said, she said, it said”, tête-à-tête.
Kindly monitor your volume on your personal mp3s, cd players, ipods, iphones etcetera, these are “personal” listing devises meaning it is for ears only and I do not wish to be included without my consent as your taste in music may not be mind. So please take it down a level and keep it to yourself.
Women & Men with long hair (hair period), when using public transit please remember that people are in front of you, beside you and behind you. It is inappropriate to be flicking your hair, and giving someone who is unfortunate enough to be close to you a mouthful of hair.

Just saying…
A little consideration goes a long way.

Sep 13, 2015



A rough day

A busy, gruelling fast past day

I breathe deep, hoping to exhale the trials away

Riding the weary tired on a sigh

I look up seeking solace.

I was transported by the vast orange hues,

Lit underneath by vibrant yellow rays

Intertwined and enveloped by the blues

A kaleidoscope sitting comfortably upon deep brown/black silhouette trees shouldering it all effortlessly

Effectively collapsing my decayed day away

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Sep 5, 2015

18 Eyebrow Pencil Robbery - NYC Kohl Brow / Eyeliner Pencil

I haven’t purchased brow/eyeliner from stores for years as I have a very specific brand that I use IT Cosmetics “Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil.” I order from the shopping channel here in T.O (Toronto). Why you may ask, well I have a very unique hair/eyebrow color, it’s not black per say but it’s not brown either it’s kind of in between, an ash black (that’s my description) which makes it challenging to match. IT Cosmetics “Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil,” gives me a flexibility most brow liners don’t. It allows me to build the shade to an exact match, it’s fabulous. It is by no means cheap thus I wait for the “show stopper” sales and buy in bulk, unfortunately I missed a few “show stoppers” and ran out. Hence my foray into stores in search of an eyebrow pencil substitute that will do temporarily. After much deliberation and a chat with the Cosmetician I purchased NYC KOHL BROW / EYELINER PENCIL #922 Dark Brown.

In all honesty the NYC KOHL BROW / EYELINER PENCIL #922 Dark Brown worked well though not my Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil, as it took much more finesse, time and patience but it did a decent job. So what is my peeve with NYC KOHL BROW / EYELINER PENCIL #922 Dark Brown you’re thinking?

NYC EMPTYMy peeve is give me what I pay for, don’t sell me a 6 for a 9, to my shock and horror almost have of the pencil was EMPTY! Yes EMPTY! At first I thought it was my sharpener breaking the pencil points so I kept sharpening but by the time I had sharpened a good bit off I thought nah something’s not right. I looked to see if there were color pencil smudges in the sharpener as it usually does when the pencils breaks off, nothing. Puzzled I began sharpening again, nothing. Confused I started looking around thinking well maybe the color fell out; I searched the floor, the counter top, nothing. I thought, ‘what the hell,’ then I looked inside the pencil and discovered nothing, nothing! It was hollow; I could play it like a flute! Bloody hell, I was pissed because I had no other backup since this was my back up. What to do, I had no option than to go without defined eyebrows. Now some of you would say, well what’s the big deal, and my answer would be the big deal is I got ripped off! Oh am not loss on going without the define eyebrow look though I love it but I work hard for my money and don’t relished being duped. What did I do you may ask?

I returned with the empty remains to the Shoppers Drug Mart store where I purchased the NYC KOHL BROW / EYELINER PENCIL #922 Dark Brown and spoke to the Cosmetician manager (lovely woman), who was gracious enough to give me a free NYC KOHL BROW / EYELINER PENCIL #922 Dark Brown. So am using that, I figure if this one turns out to be half empty as well then between the two it will make one full size pencil it should have been.  Outside the absence of color a little more than half way through, which was flipping annoying, I did like how it applied.  Which begs the question.

Will I buy NYC KOHL BROW / EYELINER PENCIL #922 Dark Brown again? Truth? I don’t know. I have trust issues now. I want to say, “Hell to the bloody no, no, no!” Why? It’s a matter of trust, for no other reason than I cannot trust that I am getting what I pay for. They should have a system of checking, quality control if you will. If I wanted half a pencil I would have purchased half a pencil and not the full size.

I have other pencils I have used in the past that I have sharpened to the end and they still had color up to the last. Some I only stopped using because they were just too dark or I could no longer sharpen because it was so tiny! Now that’s my money’s worth!Bonne Bell vs NYC Up pencil view

Below is the full size of the NYC KOHL BROW / EYELINER PENCIL #922 Dark Brown. The smaller pencil is the same and I have sharpened away half an inched before i realized it was simply empty. The other photos is a comparison to another pencil I had used years ago.


Again here are more comparisons below.


Bonne Bell vs NYC last portions

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