John Tortorella, Vancouver Canucks’ new Head Coach, is also a Dog Rescuer

John Tortorella, dog rescuer

John Tortorella with one of his rescue dogs

The Vancouver Canucks hired head coach John Tortorella, and an article in The Vancouver Sun said he is an animal lover and dog rescuer when he is away from the rink.

“Tortorella and his wife, Christine, run the Tortorella Family Foundation, which, according to their mission statement, “was created to enable our family to reach out to more children in disadvantaged situations, to help others who work to improve the lives of these children and their families, and to help those who protect children, animals, and our environment from harm.”    The Vancouver Sun.

While coaching in New York, he was involved in the local humane society and at a dog shelter.  He has four dogs, three of them rescues, and tweeted about SPCA events and encouraged people to volunteer at shelters and adopt dogs.

His four dogs were driven across Canada by car to Vancouver,  so they could avoid putting them in cages to transport by plane.

We look forward to see if he continues his benevolent work for dogs in the Vancouver area.

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Bettering Yourself Week 26 – Jun 24 – 30, 2013 – Clean Out My Closets

I have been de-cluttering objects in plain view for months now, so I am digging deeper in the process for this week’s bettering yourself exercise, and I am going to clean out my closets.

Some objects like costume jewelry and letters have been stuffed in Rubbermaid containers for years – some neatly stuffed, and others simply stuffed.

I will let you know what I discover next week.

Review of Week 25 – Commit to Myself

For this week’s bettering yourself challenge, I committed to myself and supported my goals and dreams. Instead of putting others first, I cooked and ate more fruits and vegetables, although my family prefers pasta and pizza; this week they ate stir-fried vegetables instead.

I also supported my health goals by getting more exercise, and for my personal development, I spent more time writing.

Supporting myself is a process that I need to continue, as one week is not enough time to change my patterns, but I felt good that I got the process started.

Spreading Love at Granville Island Market

Spreading love at Granville Island Market

Spreading love at Granville Island Market

Since my niece’s baby arrived into the world last October, he has been spreading love wherever he goes.

Here he is with me at Granville Island Market where passersby broke into smiles when they saw him wearing his hoody with ears on top.

What a great place to bring kids; my sister and niece and I even brought my niece’s dog (a min pin) on a leash. The Children’s Festival was on while we were there, and there were children’s entertainers, and the all time children’s favorite activity – chasing the seagulls on the wharf!

Photo credit: M. Meeks

Bettering Yourself Week 25 – June 17- 23, 2013 – Commit to Myself

For this week’s bettering yourself challenge, I am going to commit to myself. As a mom, I often commit to my children and family, and do what needs to be done, but forget to support and assist myself in my own goals and dreams. This week I am going to commit to supporting myself in achieving my goals as well. I will let you know how it goes next week.

Review of Week 24 – Spend More Time in Nature

“Nature is fuel for the soul, ” says Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” he says.

This week, as I spent more time in nature, I agree with Richard that sitting outside for even 10 minutes, is more rejuvinating than drinking a cup of coffee. The breeze, the trees, the birds singing and flying by, the clouds, the sky, the butterflies, the scent of flowers, the colors…it is a sensory overload of beauty and aliveness.

Nature is good for the soul

Nature is good for the soul

Now, if I’m feeling tired, I head out to watch the sun hit the leaves of the trees, and breathe the fresh air and soak in some vitamin D, escaping outside for even 10 minutes, makes me feel more alive and in touch with the earth.

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Review of week 23 – Bettering Yourself – Stop Waiting

For this week’s bettering yourself challenge, I decided to stop waiting for things to happen and made lots of things happen.

I cleared the stuff out of one room, and discarded or donated what I no longer needed, and then created some extra storage in the process.

I also booked some appointments for the vet and dentist that I was putting off.

Instead of wishing I owned a truck to do a big load, or wishing I could hire someone to help, or buy a big item, I changed what I could realistically change, and the small changes made a big difference.

Top Ten Father’s Day Gifts for 2013

gift giving angel

gift giving angel

Here are some gift ideas for the dad who still has every mug and tie and book from Father’s Days past…

1. A million dollars – haha, kidding, but some lottery tickets might be nice.

2. A shaving kit. When was the last time he updated his razor technology?

3. Tools, like a dremel saw or high powered flashlight, or a car cleaning kit.

4. Your undivided love and attention. Listen to his old stories and create some new ones.

5. Take him to a movie – Today’s new releases are from his era – Star Trek, or Superman.

6. Do something he hasn’t done in years – go fishing,to a car show, antique shopping – strolling down memory lane together is good for the soul.

7. Let him pick the restaurant – fish and chips, gourmet burgers, or sushi.

8. A t-shirt – either a funny one with “National Bank of Dad” on it, or a cool one for the rock star dad with his favorite band on it– The Beatles, The Stones, or U2.

9. Ease his pain – a new pillow, a foot massager, insoles, or microwavable heating pad for his back.

10. A bathrobe – simple and luxurious.

Bettering Yourself – Week 23 – June 3 – June 9, 2013 – Stop Waiting

Stop waiting and enjoy life now

Stop waiting and enjoy life now

For this week’s bettering yourself exercise, I am going to stop waiting for things to get done, and enjoy my time more.
Every day I think about some things that need to be installed around the house, and chores and deadlines, and I am in constant waiting mode until those things are complete.

This week I am going to continue to cross off my to do list, but still have fun if it doesn’t all get finished, and I will let you know how it goes next week. Eckhart Tolle says it perfectly:

“Give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting…snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be and enjoy being.” (Practicing The Power of Now)
Eckhart Tolle

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