Animal Abuse – Something Has To Be Done!


It seems like every time I turn around, there is another case of Animal Abuse in the news.  Something has to be done, and in my opinion, it starts with tougher penalties.   Something should also be done to the Provincial Animal Protection Act.  This act is supposed to protect animals, but in many ways it’s a joke.  

If a person shoots a moose in the province of Newfoundland, out of season, even if it is to feed his family, he is heavily fined, loses his truck, and possibly jailed.   Fines for abusing animals start at $50 in this province.   It was Gandhi who said ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’.    What does it say about us that so many animal abusers are allowed to get away with it.  And if they are charged, fines start at a measly $50.  Moral progress, I don’t think so. 

So let’s petition government.  Here in Newfoundland it is Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale.  Let’s get this act changed and let’s crack down on the monsters who abuse animals.  Go to an SPCA website and sign the petitions.   here’s one web address you can use for the St. John’s SPCA. 


Darlene & Tigger     




Liberty of the Seas!


I have just returned from a one week cruise on Liberty of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship.  I loved it.  This wasn’t my first cruise with Royal Caribbean, it was my 3rd, and I love them.  This was my 6th cruise over all, and Liberty of the Seas did not disappoint. 

The ship was beautiful, clean and staffed with extremely friendly staff.  The food was fabulous, as usual for Royal Caribbean, so I got to know the Fitness Centre as well, in an effort to keep as many pounds at bay as possible.  

The comedians were funny, the Cruise Director was entertaining as well, but I was a little disappointed in the show put off solely by the Dancers and Singers.   There was one show, Gallery of Dreams, and although some of the cast were talented, it wasn’t really my type of show.

Overall, I would go on this ship again, or one of her sister ships, Freedom of the Seas or Independence of the Seas. 

Next stop…… Europe on a Cruise Ship.


Are you eating the Stuff – or is the Stuff eating you!

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I was reading something the other day and it really hit a chord. 

‘We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t even like’.  

Do you realize that the saddest part of that statement is that it is absolutely TRUE!  And I started thinking when did all this madness begin.  Because you can only call it madness when a person would rack up a credit card bill buying stuff that is not necessary to our survival, ie food, water, or transportation – and all to impress who, exactly?  I like to call this madness ‘Stuff-itis’, because it has to be a disease!  How can we cure it.

I think of my mother, the sweetest woman you’ll ever meet.  But she is so concerned as to what other people think –  even is she doesn’t like anything about this person.  It boggles my mind.  Why would you care what someone thought if this person goes against everything you believe in?  Wouldn’t you ever WANT to agree with someone who goes against your personal belief system?

And, every day I see ‘stuff’ sitting out in people’s driveways that cost big money, but they don’t use.  Wouldn’t this money be better spent on something that allows you quality time with your kids, family or friends?

On this upcoming Easter weekend, let’s all take stock of how we each throw money away on the ‘stuff’ and let’s see how we can put that money to better use.  Take your kids on a day outing, donate to a cause that is special to you, use the money to buy food for a food bank, or support the local animal shelter. 

Let’s end ‘Stuff-itis’ and do something useful with that money!!

Happy Easter