Cervena Lhota Castle, Czech Republic

I have not been to Czech but have heard of and seen photos like this one of the beautifully and boldly colourful architecture. I have also have heard these buildings were created by the Nazis during World War II so I have mixed feelings about them. Does anyone know about this?

Ben Cole

Cervena Lhota Castle, Czech Republic

View original post

Advertisements

Channeling Affirmation

November 5, 2018

The following is an affirmation I have often used on a daily basis to simply make my life better and also to ensure accuracy when I do psychic readings:

Channeling Affirmation

Spirit guides, god and mother goddess and all the angels be with me in my intent:

I intend to accurately channel all my higher power guidance today and everyday.

I intend to accurately channel all my higher power guidance today and everyday.

I intend to accurately channel all my higher power guidance today and everyday.

Spirit guides, god and mother goddess and all the angels be with me in my intent.

— Tanya Lester

-END-

To read more posts in this blog of various writing styles, themes and subject matters, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

Tanya has worked for over two decades as a psychic counsellor doing tea leaf readings, tarot, psychic channellings, mediumship and gypsy card readings. She is also a reiki master and fulltime housesitter. To find out more about her unusual careers, go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Twitter and Align. To book a reading or arrange a housesit, text/call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

Tanya’s books are Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes.  The first two books can be purchased from the author or amazon.ca. A copy of the third book is in the Legislative Library of Manitoba. All books are available in some public libraries in Canada.

 

Protestors face tense moments

November 4, 2018

Articles are peppered throughout this blog concerning the protest by many Salt Spring Island residents against Texada Land Corporation’s (TLC) intent to clear cut one-tenth of the island’s largest trees.

The following is a piece that documents some events infringing on a small group of protesters who camped on a Crown lands road used by loggers employed by TLC:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

Wednesday, February 23, 2000

Protestors face tense moments

by Tanya Lester

About 20 protesters who have established a park reserve preservation camp (PRPC) on a Crown lands road being used by Texada Land Corporation received a rude wake-up call on Monday at 7:30 a.m.

“It was very intimidating and very loud and very fast,” said PRPC spokeswoman Aylwin.

She was referring to the two excavators driven by loggers which came barrelling towards them from TLC land. It appeared that they were not going to stop.

“We linked arms and gulped and my heart was definitely fluttering,” said Aylwin.

She said the loggers parked the excavators right on the boundary line between TLC property and the Crown land initially identified as park reserve land.

The loggers began cutting hundreds of trees, estimated at approximately five acres by 2:30 p.m.

The loggers also kicked down a number of protest signs hanging up in the area, according to Aylwin.

At around 2:30 p.m., a Workers’ Compensation Board official came and escorted loggers off the site.

Later in the day they returned via another access road to begin moving timber off the land, working well into the night.

Items such as food, water, toilet paper, batteries and Band-aids are needed for the camp and can be dropped off at Salt Spring Roasting Co. in Fulford.

–END–

To read more posts in this blog of eclectic themes, genres and subject matter, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56. wordpress.com

Tanya’s books are: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. The first two titles are available for purchase from the author and amazon.ca  A copy of the third listed title is at the Legislative Library of Manitoba. All titles are available in some public library systems in Canada.

Tanya has worked over two decades now as a psychic counsellor. She does tea leaf readings and tarot as well as psychic channelling, mediumship and gypsy card readings. She is also a reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. To read more about her unusual career choices go to her web at teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google and Align. To book a reading or to arrange a housesit, go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

 

 

 

Ideas served up for the holiday season

November 4, 2018

With traces of pumpkin still left where they were smashed on streets’ sidewalks all over North America, the stores have quickly turned to the next possibility for a commercial landslide: Christmas.

I have lost the date for the following column but it mentions several Winnipeg based authors, including the late Sheldon Oberman, with whom I have been acquainted as well as two of my senior students who wrote and published their life stories.

Jacqueline Wasney, who wrote the column, also mentioned me and my credentials as a writing teacher of those who wrote their life stories.

All of this in Wasney’s quest to encourage readers to purchase books by local authors for winter holiday gifts:

Winnipeg Free Press

Home Stretch

Ideas served up for the holiday season

by Jaqueline Wasney

This week I turn to Manitoba authors and writers for some holiday season ideas.

Sheldon Oberman is the recipient of many awards for his writing for children and adults. His children’s books include The Always Prayer Shawl and The White Stone In the Castle Wall.

Oberman’s idea comes from the workshops he gives on collecting and writing family stories. When family members are together, he suggests setting up a video and audio tape recorder on a stand in the corner of a room and simply letting it run for a few hours. Everyone will quickly forget that it’s there, and the recording of voices and images will be very natural. Afterwards you can edit and tape and make it your gift to your family.

David Arnason is a professor of Canadian literature at the University of Manitoba and the author of several books, including Readings from the Dragon and The Dry Goods Princess and If Pigs Could Fly.

Arnason has a good idea for people interested in collecting family history. He suggests tape recording an interview with a family member. The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to do this and to play tapes recorded in earlier years. It’s interesting to hear people’s voices as they were years before.

Carol Matas’s books have been published all over the world. They include Daniel’s Storyand After the War.

If you want to save some money, Matas suggests buying a favourite author’s earlier work in paperback form. For example, there are many children’s books in paperback that can be purchased for about $5. For children 10 years and older, Matas recommends the ghost stories written by Margaret Buffie. For adults, Susan Bowden’s Family Secrets.

Martha Brooks’s critically acclaimed books for young adults include Paradise Cafe and Traveling On Into the Light. 

Her first suggestion comes from her own family’s Christmas traditions. Read aloud to one person or several people Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. (There are copies in the library). Brooks also suggests placing spruce boughs around the house on tables, over doorways, and in vases with flowers. Your house will smell wonderful.

Tanya Lester’s publishing credits include two books: Friends I Never Knew and Dreams and Tricksters.  She also teaches creative writing courses at the University of Winnipeg’s Continuing Education Departments and Life Story courses at local seniors’ centres.

Lester provides some neat gift ideas. Two local writers, Ruth Hughes and Connie Franzmann, have recently self-published their life stories. These can be purchased through the Stradbrook Senior Centre for about $10. Other people’s life stories make nice gifts, especially for those who would like to write their own.

School divisions, community clubs, and seniors’ centres offer inexpensive courses on a variety of subjects. Consider paying for a course for someone who has expressed interest in learning a new hobby or skill.

Carol Roses’s poems have appeared in many publications. A collection of her poetry, Behind the Blue Gate, will appear in February.

If your aren’t going away for the holidays but would like the break that a vacation offers, Rose suggests staying a couple of nights at the home of a friends or relative who is away. You will have a change from normal household routines and an opportunity to try new things in a different neighbourhood without the expense of a hotel. You’ll also be doing a big favour for the homeowner.

–END–

Besides Friends I Never Knew and Dreams and Tricksters, Tanya has authored Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader as well as Women Rights/Writes.  This besides working on this blog for several years. Her books are available in various public libraries in Canada. Dreams and Confessions can be purchased from the author and from amazon.ca  A copy of Dreams is in the Legislative Library of Manitoba.

Tanya has now worked for over two decades as a psychic counsellor. She specializes in tea leaf reading and tarot with psychic channelling as well as mediumship and gypsy readings. She is also a reiki master and fulltime housesitter. For more information, go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google and Align. To book a reading or to arrange a housesit, text/call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

To read more posts in this blog of eclectic writings, genres and themes, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

 

 

Eating habits that make you sick

October 30, 2018

When I glanced at this opinion piece that I wrote in the 1980s, my first horrible thought was that I was lamenting about being overweight which would be oh-so-non-feminist especially in those days.

Still, I suspected there was a feminist twist.

Maybe you, too, will know what it is about before you get to paragraph three:

South Voice

January 5 ?

Eating habits that make you sick

by Tanya Lester

Well, the “eat, drink and be merry”ing on a large scale is over for most of us for another year. And somewhere in between the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, cabbage rolls, wild rice, homemade bread, Christmas cake, and chocolates, I made my first New Year’s resolution.

I resolved to get into better eating habits in the new year. True, I would like to lose a few pounds or kilograms (that’s what they’re called nowadays, aren’t they?) in the process. But, I like to think that I will feel better too, while carrying around a little less pounds or kilograms. For one thing, I know weighing less makes me feel more energetic and healthier.

But women often get carried away when it comes to dieting. It’s difficult to break this habit because it has been drilled into so many of our heads that how we look is the most important and  even the only asset that we have. Look at Karen Carpenter, for example. Whether you liked her kind of music or not, most people would agree that she had a beautiful voice. She was a very talented woman.

Life had become a terrible problem for her, though. Like so many women, others were making all her decisions for her. She had no power over herself.

But Karen Carpenter thought she had control over one aspect of her life — her body. She became obsessed with losing weight and died of anorexia nervosa. “The essential feature of this disorder is an intense fear of becoming obese which leads to significant weight loss to the point of emaciation,” one description of this disorder explains. “Other features include body image disturbances, loss of menstrual periods, use of extreme measures to lose weight (ie: laxatives, dieuretics, self-induced vomiting and excessive exercising) and serious physical complications.”

A photograph of Karen Carpenter, just before she died, shows her looking like a starved child from a Third World country. |Isn’t there enough unsolicited starvation in the world? Do we need self-induced starvation as well?

Whether society likes it or not, we are not all meant to look like we have just walked out of a fashion magazine. Certainly, as women, we are worth much more that what immediately meets the eye.

And let’s consider who’s doing the looking. Sure, I can do without some of the finer things in life, like chocolate cake. But if men and women don’t see anymore about me that a few extra pounds — I mean, kilograms, then they better look elsewhere for friendship and love.

————————————

Have a happy, healthy New Year! And if you haven’t already discovered it, here’s hoping this will be the year that you will discover you are a lot more than what you eat.

–END–

To read more post in this of eclectic writings in various genres, themes and styles, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

Tanya has four books: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes.  These books are available in several public library systems in Canada. The third title listed here has a copy of the book in the Legislative Library of Manitoba. You can buy the first two titles from the author or from amazon.ca

Tanya has now worked for over two decades as a psychic counsellor who specializes in tea leaf reading, tarot, psychic channelling, mediumship and gypsy cards.  She is also a reiki master and fulltime housesitter. To learn more go to her web site at teareading.wordpress.com  and/or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google and Align. To book a reading or to arrange for a housesit, text/call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

 

Clowning around

October 23, 2018

We all love to rub shoulders with famous people even if we, ourselves, are famous. Or not:

Gravelbourg Gazette

February 16, 1983

Clowning around

by Tanya Lester

It is not often that the out-of-town basketball team gets cheered more than the home town boys.

But it makes a difference if the out-of-town team happens to be the Harlem Clowns.

On February 9, the Harlem Clowns played the Gravelbourg Senior Hawks to a jam packed audience of 378 at the high school gymnasium. The five Clowns, ranging up to a 6’8″ height, must have broken every basketball rule in the books.

Breaking the rules was probably the main reason why the Clowns made the audience laugh. They did everything that anyone ever involved in sports would have fantasized about doing.

Like arguing with the referees when either of them blew the whistle. Or grabbing the ball from a referee and ‘hiding’ it under his shirt as one Clown did. Or threatening the referee until he gave up his whistle and turned the game over to the Clowns.

The Clowns also did a few stunts at the expense of the audience members. A wig that supposedly came out of a woman’s purse found its way to the head of a bald man. A watcher’s scarf found its way to a Clown’s head. Some audience members were soaked by the contents of a Southern Comfort bottle.

To the Clowns, the game’s half-time became “coffee break” time. To the fans, it was autograph signing time for the Clowns.

It seemed they also inspired the younger members of the audience to become overly zealous about basketball. Those that were not tracking down the Clowns for autographs, during the intermission, or buying drinks and popcorn, were chasing dozens of basketballs.

Some of the children proved to be almost as entertaining as the Clowns. Little Ben Dreger showed the audience that being of a short height is no obstacle to getting the ball in the basket when you have the six foot-plus Clowns giving you a lift up to the net.

And despite their heights, the Clowns acted a bit like children themselves. Especially the Clown who bullied almost everyone in the gymnasium but like a true bully started to cry out in exaggerated pain whenever another player dared to touch him.

The Gravelbourg Hawks should also be given credit for often being the ‘butts’ of the Clowns jokes and keeping up to them in a game which must have taxed their energies perhaps even more than a serious one would.

Proceeds from the tickets sold for the Harlem Clowns performance will go towards paying for the school’s new VTR camera equipment. The equipment will be used to tape drama and gymnastic club practices and events as well as other school activities.

The VTR equipment is priced at $2500. The school board has contributed $1500 to purchasing the equipment while the student council donated $500. It is expected that the Harlem Clowns event raised from $300 to $500 for the VTP.

— END–

In the last couple of decades, Tanya has done more psychic readings than writing. She does tea leaf readings and tarot along with psychic channelling and also more occasionally does mediumship and gypsy card readings. She is also a reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. For more on her unusual career choices, go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google and Align. To book a reading or to arrange a housesit with her, text/call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

Tanya’s books are: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. All of her books are available in some public library systems in Canada. The third title listed her has a copy in the Legislative Library of Manitoba. The first two titles listed here can be purchased from the author or from amazon.ca

To read more of the posts in this blog where you could find almost any topic, writing style or writing genre, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

 

 

 

For Wheat Board seat: Sahl and Brown debate

October 21, 2018

No doubt running for a seat in connection with the Canadian Wheat Board is a big deal if you live on the Canadian Prairies.

I guess that is an understatement but I am just saying…

As a journalist, particularly in the days when recording what happened with a pen on paper, it is always a stressful thing getting things right.

And, then, people, depending on who they are supporting among the candidates, will say that you got things wrong whether you actually did or not.

Anyway, here is the article I produced on the debate between the two candidates:

Gravelbourg Gazette

November 9, 1982

For Wheat Board seat: Sahl and Brown debate

by Tanya Lester

A debate between Keith Brown and Avery Sahl, the candidates for the District Advisory Committee of the Canadian Wheat Board election, was part of the Bateman Pool Annual Meeting on Friday, October 29.

About 30 farmers from Bateman and surrounding areas stayed for the debate which was proceeded by a potluck supper, cartoon movies for the children, and the annual meeting.

Dan Hook, the delegate to the Sask. Wheat Pool Annual Meeting, moderated the debate which began with both candidates’ opening comments, and was followed by their rebuttals and a question period.

In the 10 minutes allotted to each candidate, Avery Sahl, the incumbent opened his remarks by mentioning that his opponent had seemingly “divorced” himself from his involvement in the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

“I don’t apologize one bit for being associated with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool,” Mr. Sahl said. He stated that his involvement in the Wheat Pool would make him more qualified for the Wheat Board Advisory Committee because he sees many minutes from Wheat Pool committee meetings.

On this subject, he also said that, excepting mileage, he is not paid to attend the monthly Wheat Board meetings. Nor has any of his campaign money for the election been derived from the Wheat Pool, Mr. Sahl said. According to him, he has been careful not to put his campaigning posters in the Wheat Pool elevators.

Mr. Sahl said he had attended 64 country meetings on Advisory Committee matters. He indicated that, if re-elected, he would continue to make himself available to be invited to such meetings.

After each Advisory Committee meeting, Mr. Sahl said he circulates reports of the meetings. He also said that he prepares press releases on a quarter-year basis which he sends to local newspapers. Mr. Sahl said he does not issue more releases because the Wheat Board itself issues many.

Mr. Sahl said he would continue to work with farmers in the United States in an attempt to get more cooperation between that country and ours concerning wheat prices.

In his ten minutes, Keith Brown said he had not made a secret of his involvement with the NFU. In fact, he said, he had indicated his involvement as part of the biography which was sent to the producers along with their ballots. Neither does he apologize, Mr. Brown said, for his involvement with the Bateman Wheat Pool although a sentence referring to this was accidentally omitted from the biography.

Mr. Brown said he is running as an independent because he disagrees with some NFU policies, including their support of the Market Assurance Plan (MAP).

Mr. Brown said he believes the Wheat Board should be contributing to the Crow Rate issue because it is a matter of the transportation of grain. He expressed his commitment to persuade the Wheat Board to hold a plebiscite on the Crow Rate. He strongly believes that there has not been a farmers’ consensus to change the rate and feels this would be proved in a vote.

Mr. Brown also said he believed the Advisory Board should have representatives who are free from commercialization. For example, Mr. Brown indicated that extensive involvement in Sask. Wheat Pool could have a detrimental effect on Advisory Committee decisions.

Farmers deserve to know more about the Wheat Board and its policies, Mr. Brown said. He also said he opposes MAP because the plan would be of a disadvantage to farmers in lower production areas and would discourage farmers from more diversification. He was also opposed to the purchase of cars in Bateman.

In his rebuttal, Mr. Sahl said the Wheat Board was interested in selling as much wheat as possible and, thus, refused to talk about Crow Rate. He said the Advisory Committee had shelved the MAP program permanently but the NFU had wanted it to be discussed again. He said the Advisory Committee will again be discussing the MAP program at their next meeting.

On the Hopper cars issue, Mr. Sahl said the Wheat Board had been “hammered over the head” by the producers to buy more cars.

Mr. Brown, in his rebuttal, said, if elected, he did not intend to spend all his time on the Crow Rate but again indicated his intent to try and hold a plebiscite on the issue. “Because I don’t think those who have been speaking for us, have been speaking for us,” Mr. Brown said.

Mr. brown said he had opposed MAP since it was first introduced. He also said the hopper car issue had to be resolved. He believes the Wheat Board did not have the mandate to spend farmers’ money on producer cars.

In the question period which followed, Mr. Sahl again mentioned the need to pursue cooperation with the United States. However, Mr. Brown said because the USA uses food as a weapon against the USSR it might be advantageous for Canada to remain at arms’ length from such policy.

A producer, in the audience, said when the NFU first talked about the formation of the Wheat Pool, a California organizer had cautioned the farmers not to let the farm policy get cluttered with commercialization. He indicated his support for Keith Brown because he “comes straight from the producers”.

Mr. Sahl responded by saying that the NFU has decreased in popularity while the Sask. Wheat Pool is a thriving business. Mr. Brown said the representative on the Advisory Committee should be freed from commercial distractions.

Farmers in District 7 began receiving their ballots for the Advisory Committee election in the mail on the week of October 25. The deadline to return the ballots is December 1.

— END–

To read more posts in this blog of eclectic writing subjects, themes and genres, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com

Tanya’s books are : Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters as well as Women Rights/Writes. All four titles are in some public library systems in Canada. The first two titles are available for purchase from the author or from amazon.ca  The third title listed her has a copy in the Legislative Library of Manitoba.

Tanya has worked for a couple of decades now as a psychic counsellor who specializes in tea leaf reading and tarot as well as psychic channelling, mediumship and gypsy card readings. She is also a reiki master and fulltime housesitter. To read more about her work go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google and Align. To book a reading or to arrange a housesit, text/call 250-538-0086 or email: tealeaf.56@gmail.com

 

 

This is blog of the many articles published by and about me over several decades as a freelance writer and a tealeafreader/tarot reader/psychic.