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3 days ago

The holidays are a time to remember and celebrate

Royce Shook · Over this month, I will be focusing on my remembrances of Christmas, and I hope you enjoy the journey. This year, with all the chaos around us, it appears to me that we need Xmas or at least the spirit of Xmas sooner not later. · Outdoor Xmas lights in my community were wrapping ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas

Royce Shook · Sorry this is one day late, similar to the Amazon deliveries we had been expecting before Xmas. · I hope your day went well. · As this is the last day of my Xmas week’s celebrations, I’m going to share a secret with you. · Actually, I should have shared it with you ages ago, but ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas 2

Royce Shook · To touch someone with kindness is to change someone forever. · Because for everyone you touch, you also reach everyone they will ever know. And everyone they will ever know. And everyone they will ever know. And so, for the rest of all time, your kindness will be felt, in waves t ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas 3

Royce Shook · Gratitude is the key to happiness. It is true. But let’s talk about this one point. Can you have too much? · The world is overflowing with gratitude. You see it in the way your friends and family act and express their love for you. People are talking about the events that brought ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas 4

Royce Shook · Imagine the joy, the peace, and the complete sense of satisfaction you would find at this time of year. · The holidays are an amazing time filled with joy, family, food, and feasting. However, these events aren’t just about the holiday season. They shape who we are and what we do ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas 5

Royce Shook · It is interesting what you can find on the Net. US News and World Report do a yearly report on countries. They use a set of 73 country attributes – terms that can be used to describe a country and that are also relevant to the success of a modern nation. Various attributes and na ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas 6

Royce Shook · When we're retired, we have a smaller world, bound by family and neighbours and limited activities. But we can still make a difference in our community, and in the people we love. · So, who are the absolute happiest people? The world's happiest countries, 2022 edition lists the t ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas 7

Royce Shook · I am grateful for many things and as we are in the holiday season. I will start with my family. · I · know I am lucky, I have a wonderful family. My daughter, her partner and our grandson are world-class skiers and are full of adventure, and strong, independent people. My son is ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts count down to xmas 8

Royce Shook · Are you happy? This is an interesting question at this time of year; the stock and short answer is yes. Are you happy most of the time or just sometimes is another question that could be asked? There is a ‘Set Point’ theory of happiness and well-being that assumes we each have a ...

11 months ago

Positive thoughts countdown to xmas (9)

Royce Shook · A surplus of love at this time of year · removes from all the taste of tears. · I am lucky, I could never spend · all the abundance that's mine to send. · I sense all the love that’s mine to feel. · Know all the peace, that only some can steal. · Have the time to pass with friend ...

3 years ago

Twas the night before Xmas 2020

Royce Shook · Many versions of this classic are circulating, here is one that was updated for our time · Twas the year 2020, and all through the house · every creature was stirring, from Human to Mouse. · The stockings were tossed on the chimney, who cares, · it's been months since we entert ...

5 years ago

Xmas is coming, support your local Food Bank

Royce Shook · December 1, and only 24 days until Xmas. Your Food Bank needs your help now. Many Food Bank's are struggling with the increased load they have been asked to take up. The economy may be doing well, but that does not mean workers are doing well. Many people are struggling with low- ...

5 years ago

Boxing Day

Royce Shook · Xmas is a few days away, but I was thinking not about Xmas but about Boxing Day recently. Boxing Day is an interesting day when I was young and in my teens, boxing day was a day that was a time for visiting relatives and friends that we did not see on Christmas Day. My parents wo ...

5 years ago

Living within your budget

Royce Shook · Xmas is only a few months away and you may be faced with mounting pressure to get your financial house in order before the festivities overwhelm you. How do you keep or get your finances under control when you don’t have a big enough income? · While first review your net income ...

5 years ago

Do you believe in Santa?

Royce Shook · My grandson is approaching the age where many children start to doubt that Santa is real. It is a tough time for any child who has been told all his/her life that Santa is a real person. Our belief system function to keep us sane, if not safe. Our parents tell us that Santa is re ...

6 years ago

A super gift for the senior in our life

Royce Shook · Xmas is coming up fast and so here is an idea for a friend who may be a senior, think about a new smartphone? Some people don’t think about giving a phone to a senior because some seniors live without their phone, while others struggle to remember where it is… or how to turn it o ...

6 years ago


Royce Shook · When did Halloween become like Christmas? · By that, I mean more commercialized than it should be or it used to be. When I was young, Halloween was a small event for adults, but a big event for us kids. We dressed up and went out and tried to get as much candy as we could from ne ...

6 years ago

Did you hear what I heard?

Royce Shook · Did you hear the duelling choirs,  · The robin vs the bluebird,  · The dog vs the cat,  · The patter of rain on your window)  · when you rose from bed this morning?  · Did you see the dancing flame of joy rising on the horizon?  · Did you feel waves of love rolling in, as if from ...

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