Make each day your masterpiece.

– Joshua Hugh Wooden

Did you notice the quote at the top of this email? It bears repeating...

"Make each day your masterpiece."

This advice was given by Joshua Hugh Wooden to his young son Johnny who later became a famous basketball coach.

We so often wait for life to happen to us, to be handed blessings, to be given a masterpiece. But we wake up each day to a blank canvas and all the tools and materials we need to create a masterpiece: memories and experiences that not only we, but also the people around us, can enjoy and cherish.

Start painting your day with generous brushstrokes of kindness and joy, forgiveness and patience, gratitude and reflection. It'll be worth it!

(If you'd like to print out a copy of the image above to stick it up on your fridge or bulletin board as a reminder, just click on it to open it in your browser. Enjoy!) :)

ANNOUNCEMENT: I have about 300 copies of my devotional colouring book, Restore My Soul, in stock. I'd love it if you helped me get those books out of my guest room and into the hands of people who need some encouragement and inspiration. Here are a few ways you can do that:
  1. Buy a copy for yourself or for a friend. One book is $20 plus shipping ($6 within Canada, $12 to the U.S.) Local pick-up is always an option.
  2. Buy in bulk and save! This would work better for local pick-up but I'm willing to figure out shipping costs if you're outside Montreal. I'm offering 5 books for $75 (or $15 each) and 10 books for $125 (or $12.50 each). 
  3. Donate copies to those in need. Friends of mine in the U.S. paid for 30 copies and asked me to donate the books to good causes. I've already given 25 copies to a local women's shelter and will pass along another five copies to people who need some support. You can do the same! Contact me about how much you're willing to donate and we'll make arrangements. 
By the way, you can still order copies from Amazon or Christian Book Distributors. But if you'd like a signed copy or if one of the above options is preferable to you, please let me know. 

Today is a big day in the Montreal area as the provincial government is finally downgrading our COVID-19 alert level from red zone to orange zone. Whew! While we still have a ways to go, it's a relief to have some of the stricter rules relaxed a bit. The change I'm most excited about? Restaurants are going to be open for inside dining (outdoor terraces opened two weeks ago). There will be restrictions and limitations, of course, but I'm so glad I'll soon be able to enjoy some fine dining with my parents or with a friend. 

So here's my question for the June Whimsy & Wisdom giveaway: What have you missed most during the last 15 months of the pandemic that you're looking forward to doing again as soon as you're allowed to (or were looking forward to, if you've already been able to go back to it)?

Click here to answer the question and enter this month's giveaway. You have until July 3 to participate but go ahead and enter now so you don't forget. And if you forward this email to friends or share it on Facebook, I'll enter your name twice! Just use the links after the last quote in this email.

So. What am I giving away? Hmm. I think I'll make it a surprise this time! :D I'll send the randomly chosen winner a little hand-picked goody bag with some fun delights. 

whimsy & wisdom from the world wide web

I hope you've been enjoying the weekly wonderful (or weird) word I include in these newsletters because I have a lot of fun finding them! Here's a list of 14 "Colonial-era slang terms to work into modern conversation," including macaroni, which apparently means "fancy". . . Huh! Now, if only I could remember these words when it would be the perfect time to use them. :)

A few years ago I was watching Brain Games, a science television series that debuted on National Geographic. The episode that most fascinated me was the one explaining how having more choices in life can actually work against us. Here's a two-and-a-half-minute clip I think you'll find interesting. 

My friend Jackie M. Johnson talks about how "navigating the strange and stormy waters of grief is hard. But not impossible." You can find joy again. 


(n) the act of stretching oneself, especially upon waking

(My cat is REALLY good at this.)

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. 

– Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

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