Today is a gift: Quote source

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May 31, 2010
Today is a gift quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

Today is a gift. Art by me, quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

My goodness that Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman ahead of her time.  I suspect that if she was born into this time, she would have a shot at the Presidency.

More quotes by Mrs. Roosevelt

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ”

“Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: “No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

And more quotes here

I saw your heart awaiting, set apart from all the rest

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May 25, 2010
Hearts in a row

Bleeding Hearts -- Canon Digital Rebel xT

Superhero post

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May 11, 2010

Just linking to a pretty post from Superhero Journal today, about seeing the good in a painful situation.  I love the method that she uses to ask questions of the Universe.  I think I’ll try it myself sometime :)

My Nepenthe

Ergonomic Chairs: 2 parts funny, 1 part informative

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May 2, 2010
evolution of posture

Evolution of posture. Source unknown, can someone help with the source?

Last week I bought an ergonomic chair from Craigslist.   Why? Because, I really depend on my spine, and I want it to keep supporting me for many years to come. But I know this is a two-way relationship.  I can’t slouch through my whole life and then expect my spine to…ahem…have my back…ahem…when I need it most.

You see, the chairs that we commonly sit in for the majority of our day (at the dinner table, in front of the TV, and at the office) create a very unnatural ‘C’ curve in the spine, which compresses the vertebrae and creates pressure on the disks, resulting in a plethora of health problems.  My back has suffered through 28 years of standard chairs and improper sitting, plus I have a phase 2 cervical subluxation in my spine, so  I wanted and needed a healthier option.  I researched some reputable ergonomic seating options, such as the kneeling chair, the balance ball chair, and the saddle stool.

The saddle chair won my vote because, if nothing else, it seemed smaller than the others and therefor easier to stow away in our teeny condo.  But, it also helps to retain the natural spinal ‘S’ shape that relieves stress to the vertebrae, and therefor improves posture, reduces foot swelling, and aids in overall balance.  Oh, and it improves leg circulation…hello cellulite buster!

So, I bought a Salli Saddle from a delightful fellow named Riz on Craigslist.

But, after 2 days of using this chair, I just couldn’t get comfortable.  And truth be told, I felt absolutely ridiculous sitting on my ‘horseback saddle on wheels’ while I tapped away on my computer.  I figured I must be doing something wrong…there had to be something I was missing.  So, I did a search on how to sit properly in a Salli Saddle Chair.

This is what my search came up with.  An informative, and extremely awkward, video from the Salli Saddle manufacturers in Finland.  Apparently the Finnish people are less inhibited when it comes to the topic of human genitalia than, say…the entire rest of the world.  

I feel so much better about my purchase now.  And, if after watching this video, you can’t wait to get your hands on a Salli Saddle chair too, well, I guess you have me to thank :)

ps. Now for the serious note: As the post title mentions, this is meant to be 2 parts funny and 1 part informative.  The video may be awkward, but at the end of the day, I am growing to really appreciate my new chair for its benefits to my posture and overall health. I would encourage anyone to re-evaluate their office seating for one of the ergonomic options listed above, I am sure your spine will thank you for it.

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

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April 22, 2010
Avalon enjoying the Rainforest Exhibit at the Science Center

Avalon enjoying the Rainforest Exhibit at the Science Center

Today is Earth Day.

It’s funny because I posted a few weeks ago about how Earth Week started on the 19th, then promptly forgot about the whole thing.  I think it’s because there didn’t seem to be the hoopla I was expecting…and without hoopla, it slipped my mind until today.
But, upon reflection, I have been celebrating, just in my own quiet way.

For instance:

  • On Friday I took my niece to the Science Center, and we spent almost an hour in the Living Earth exhibit looking at algae, and poision dart frogs, and a replica of a sliced open 400 year old tree. She and I discussed the effects of deforestation, and I think she is quite astute on the topics of Environmental Stewardship despite only being six. We have hope for our future.
  • Scott and I went for our first hike of the season up at the cottage.
  • Without realizing why, I’ve made vegetarian meals for dinner for the past 3 nights (it had nothing to do with being too lazy to get to the healthy butcher, I promise.)

Also, as is the case with New Years Eve, I’ve decided to make a couple of Earth Day resolutions for this year.

I will:

  1. Commit to reducing our garbage output, and this includes recycling.
  2. Cook at least one meat-free dinner per week.
  3. Shut my laptop down each night (I am so guilty of not doing this).
  4. Enjoy the environment (in the limited capacity that living in a city allows) by taking walks along the harbourfront and feeding the birds in the park.

Does anyone else have some Earth Day resolutions to share?  Also, I’m curious to know if anyone is doing something special for the day?

Vicki Lee-Victoria: Episode Not

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April 20, 2010

I apologize for the lack of posting. I’m still alive and well, but I was away from connectivity Friday-Sunday. Monday was a catch-up day, and today…well, today I had my Vicki Lee Victoria sketch about 90% done in Illustrator when I accidentally closed without saving my work…and, poof! Episode 5 is gone.
That is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way faaarrrrrrr to many times, harumph. So, it will be a little late. Sorry. (Oh, and my dog ate my homework too….I swear!)
And on that note, I’ve been considering changing the format for VLV. It seems that drawing in Illustrator is far more time-consuming than hand-drawing. I’ve been thinking of switching to the latter, but it’s been a while since grade 10 art class! This weekend I spent my crazy amount of offline time doodling characters and was surprised that my hand sketching is, while not excellent, actually not half-bad!
I’ve been reading Drawing on the Funny Side of the Brain by Chris Hart, and he suggested that drawings with too much detail will look muddy when shrunk to the size alloted to a strip in the newspaper.
Not that I am expecting any offers from King Features Syndicate anytime soon…
But, I’m still conisdering reworking my characters so that I can hand-draw them. I figure, why not simplify a little too? Hey, if there’s one thing that’s great about starting a blog, it’s that I can keep re-jigging all my little projects until they’re just right 😀

“Change is inevitable . . .adapting to change is unavoidable,
it’s how you do it that sets you together or apart.”
~William Ngwako Maphoto

Happy Easter everyone :)

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April 2, 2010
Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers - Tori Walker

No link-love today, I have a list but I’m taking a break.  We are off to a BBQ and tomorrow a roadtrip to enjoy this beautiful weather!

Spring Bouquet by Raymond A. Foss

An earthen vase
held a bouquet
simple crocuses
at the street corner
in the downtown
of the city, around
the corner, down the block
on the way to school
a bit of color
shining through
the urban tableau
reminding us of beauty
amidst the clutter
of daily life

Book a week reading list, first 15

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March 11, 2010

Here are my first 15 books in the book a week reading challenge.  I’ll be reading these in no particular order (as I’ll be getting most from the library.)  And, if I read them as quickly as I did with Diary, I can fit some non-fiction reading in too.
Does anyone want to do a similar ‘Book a week’ challenge?  Sign on to GoodReads and go to the 50 Books a Year group. Mine is ‘Tori’s 50+2 or book a week’.   You can pick your own books, even if it is Danielle Steele :)

  1. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
  2. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  3. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  5. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  6. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  7. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (reading)
  8. Galapagos Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut (edited because I decided to start at the start with Vonnegut)
  9. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  10. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  11. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  12. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  13. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  14. Knitting: A Novel by Anne Bartlett
  15. Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

A quick note about books for Dementia patients

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February 25, 2010

Ok, so this is not going to be a blog about Alzheimer’s disease, I promise, but…

Easy reading storybook for memory challenged adults

The Sunshine on My Face

…I thought I’d mention that I got the idea for ‘Veronica’s Gifts’ while perusing The Alzheimer’s Store for a gift for my Grandma last Christmas.  The store features tools to assist dementia patients and their helpers deal with every aspect of living with the disease.  Noble work!  It also has a section on Toys and Books.  In the books section there are activity books, colouring books, and storybooks, that look like they are meant for children.  Dementia patients are like children in many ways.

When I found out that there is a daily story time at my Grandmother’s nursing home, I got a little excited.  You know, how neat would it be for Gran to have a story about her told at one of those story times.  Even though Veronica’s Gifts is intended for children, this is where the idea for the story came from.

Anyway, if you’d like to learn more about Dementia and Alzheimer’s, check out  And, if you are struggling with what to buy for a family member or friend who is struggling with the disease, check out The Alzheimer’s Store.

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young”

~Sir Arthur Pinero

Hi, I'm Tori, and welcome to my open book. I'm a freelance writer and web designer. This site is my scratch pad for thoughts and ideas, experiences and inspiration. Go ahead, eavesdrop on my life a little bit, you know you want to...