The Value of Friendship

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. -Mark Twain My life is immeasurably sweeter because of friends. I’ve old friends, ones I went to school with, who I catch up with infrequently – and yet it seems like no time at all has passed when we do. I’ve new […]

Natalie Peluso

A Recipe for Perspective

I am so very thrilled today to introduce you to Natalie Peluso – the Hungry Soprano. More about Natalie below. Let’s decide one rainy day you decide to bake a cake. Will it be nourishing or decadent? Frugal and simple or full to the brim with sugary naughtiness? Will you improvise with what you have […]


Use the Good Paper

Creativity is a Destructive Act. There is an element of destruction with everything we create. And this can be the thing that holds us back, that stills our voice, that has us staring into space or scrubbing grout with a toothbrush. When an artist paints, they use up paint, and the canvas is no longer […]


Creativity is more than just being different.

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus


Oh, the thinks you can think up!

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

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Cover the World with Imagination

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes […]


Forget the Rules and Create!

It is my pleasure to introduce Louise Watson to our pages today. Please do make Louise welcome – more about her below. ‘Everyone will laugh at me.’ ‘I haven’t got the talent.’ ‘I won’t be any good.’ Just some of the excuses I’ve heard for not taking up a creative activity. Fears over whether other […]

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Give Yourself Permission to…

Today is Monday 1st September. The first day of spring here in the southern hemisphere. And just like that it feels like mother nature has flicked a switch! I am sitting on my back verandah in the patch of sun in the north facing corner, relishing the warmth on my back.  And I have on […]

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5 Simple Steps to a Joy-Filled Marriage

It’s the TV! That’s the easiest way for my husband to send my eyes whirling around like some mad thing out of a B-grade cartoon. The irritation just floods me! Imagine it now. SweetP (my beloved) and your’s truly settling in to our comfy chairs side by side in the Family Room at Casa Pink Apple. Our plan? A spot […]

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Let Joy Rest

About Our Guest Contributor Tanya Levy is a Counsellor in a Community College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is known for her optimism, wisdom and sense of humour. She has worked in the social work field for over twenty years. Her hobbies include: writing, Tai Chi, spending time in nature and photography. You can […]