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Quotes: Honesty

“Truth fears no questions.” ~Unknown

“When something that honest is said it usually needs a few minutes of silence to dissipate.” ~Pamela Ribon

“What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own.” ~Johann Wolfgang

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ~Spencer Johnson

“Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.” ~Slovenian Proverb
“It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” ~Noel Coward

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Brooding & Contentment

Brooding (Adjective)
1. Showing deep unhappiness of thought.
2. Appearing darkly menacing.

Guys, do you want to look sexy and get the girl? Don’t smile too much. Look brooding or show a bit of shame instead. Women are attracted to guys like James Dean, Dean & Sam Winchester or Edward the “Twilight” vampire. The guys who are flawed, but who know it and are tortured by it. I know this to be true lol.

Being content seems to be a temporary phase at times, a place holder for something more, something certain and definable. Emotions don’t need reason, all they need is fuel and something to aim for.
Emotions never truly die, they just come back in another form & give birth to another reaction. When you feel something strong do you ever wonder “Is this the end or just the beginning? Where did this come from?”

Earlier today I said to someone, “Love is comforting, but it isn’t always convenient.”

As usual I didn’t think about what that meant for me or where that line even came from. And now here I am wide awake and receptive to the possibility that I might finally have found something or someone to be truly happy about, if only I’d take the plunge (that’s a marriage term, I realize that and NO I’m not proposing!). I want someone to love me for who I am. I can’t explain everything right now, but I’ve decided that I can’t leave this lingering question hanging over my head.

“Don’t forget the truth; it’s always a good starting point.”

I haven’t felt even an inkling to write from since late November and in the last few days I’ve had a flood of passion, direction and questions that weren’t content with simply remaining in my head. So here I am feverishly writing again while hanging on for dear life.

On the verge of another unsuspecting sunrise, I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but as long as I have something to believe in and someone to hold, I’ll be more than fine.

It’s good to be back. Thank you for joining me & thank you for letting me into your life.

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Blood Donor Facts And Myths


There's a 1st time for everything.

Here’s an easy riddle for you: What is a gift that requires no shopping, will always be amongst the greatest you’ll ever give and won’t cost you a single dime?

It’s blood donation, and the only real question is why more people don’t do it.

There are all kinds of myths that still surround the act and almost none of them are true. Yet health experts and places like Canadian Blood Services continually battle the falsehoods that can literally put someone’s life at risk.

Here’s a look at the false perceptions and the real truth about the need to bleed.


Myth: You can get HIV/AIDS from giving blood

Fact: Not really. There are specific rules that surround the use of sterile needles and cleanliness that are strictly adhered to. So provided you’re at a legitimate clinic run by an organization like Canadian Blood Services, the chances of you getting anything from rolling up your sleeves is virtually nil.

Safeguards have been put in place since the tainted blood scandal rocked the country in the 1980s. But that happened to patients who received blood – not those who gave it. And rigorous screening and testing is now in place to ensure anyone infected with a disease like hepatitis or HIV can’t donate.


Myth: I don’t know my blood type so I can’t donate.

Fact: The clinic staff will be able to determine that within about 45 secs and it will be on your Blood Donor card that you receive afterward in the mail.


Myth: It’s against my religion.

Fact: Most major religions have no objection to giving blood and many see it at as an act of charity.


Myth: It takes too long.

Fact: You’ll be in and out in under an hour and the actual donation takes about 10 to 15 minutes. And they may give you some free juice or tea  and cookies as a reward.


Myth: They’ll take too much.

Fact: There’s a specific amount they need, about 450 millilitres. And your body replaces it in just a few hours.


Myth: I’m too young or too old.

Fact: Those 17 and up are eligible to donate in Canada. After age 71, you’ll need a medical assessment signed by your doctor. You also need to weigh at least 50 kilograms or 110 lbs.


Myth: My contribution doesn’t mean anything because there are always others who donate.

Fact: Donations are always needed, especially around holidays, when people get busy and forget. There’s never enough and many times, blood supplies run dangerously low.


Myth: They keep it refrigerated so there’s plenty in reserve.

Fact: Donated blood is only good for about 42 days. Platelets last only 5 days.


Myth: I have a tattoo so I can’t give.

Fact: Donors with body art are asked to wait six months after getting the work done to ensure there’s no infection. After that, they’re as welcome as anyone. The same goes for pregnant women, who must wait half a year after giving birth to donate again. Being on certain kinds of medication can also disqualify you. The clinic will tell you if you’re affected.


Myth: You can give blood once a month to help out

Fact: Donations are limited to once every 56 days.


It’s in you to give.


List of clinics in Toronto

Out of the city? Find your nearest clinic here.

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