Remembering a Guide Dog

Here is another lovely poem by my sister about one of the guide dogs she trained and sent out into the world to help the blind.

Sam, a Guide Dog

I walked beside you one last time

though you didn’t know that it was I

along a path of autumn gold

beneath a brilliant azure sky.

Another walks beside you now

The one that you were chose to guide

I watched as you strolled along

Older now and still so wise

Memories came and in my mind

I saw you as the pup I raised

Happy, leaping, full of fun

You were the easiest to train

Years have past and here we meet

Quite accidentally and to my surprise

Even though I smile with pride

I feel the tears in my eyes

Time cannot erase love that’s shared

And even though we had to part

And you belong to someone else

Still you live within my heart 

©Mary Frances Martin








The Many Faces of Arrogance

The other day I wrote about the art of being humble. Today we’ll tackle arrogance…quite the opposite of humility. Unlike how difficult it is to be humble, arrogance seems to come quite easily to some. There is no reason for one person to belittle another because of education, social status, wealth, hierarchy, religion, or whatever it is that makes him or her feel superior in any way.

Here are some definitions of arrogance taken from several online dictionaries:

“having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance, merit, ability, etc; conceited; overbearingly proud

full of or due to unwarranted pride and self-importance; overbearing; haughty

“Someone who is arrogant behaves in a proud, unpleasant way toward other people because they believe that they are more important than others.”

An arrogant person is pretty easy to spot…haughty carriage, superior tone of voice, rude, insulting, disrespectful, condescending, disdainful, etc. One thing an arrogant person does not possess is wisdom.

So there you have it, the many faces of arrogance. To those who choose to wear one of them…perhaps it’s time for a face-lift.


Whatever It Takes

Someone needs to hear that they are making a difference in someone’s life. They need to hear that because they exist, life is easier, happier, and more fulfilling. They need to hear that their contribution to a relationship is what makes it stronger. They need to hear that they themselves are strong, resilient, and someone to be proud of. Someone needs to hear that they are loved, appreciated, easy to be with; they need to hear that they are passionate, compassionate, considerate and caring; that a certain someone wouldn’t know what to do without them in their life. And to top it all off, someone needs to know that they are beautiful inside and out and that no one else could hold a candle to them.

Is this someone you? You may have to be the someone who makes another person feel the way you want them to make you feel. Life is reciprocal…you get what you give…reap what you sow. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31) It’s widely known as “the golden rule”

So, if you are the someone in question and are not being fulfilled to your expectations, even after doing the sowing thing, then perhaps it’s time to borrow the mirror on the wall from the evil queen in the Snow White fairy tale…whatever it takes.

(The idea for this blog came from a post on someone’s Facebook page and I decided to mix being serious with a little fun and fancy. However, it is always uplifting to hear nice things about one’s self, so let me tell many of you that my life is much brighter and happier because you are in it, and all of you are beautiful.)



The Wow! in Proverbs

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Children’s children are a crown to the aged…Proverbs 17:6

Wow! I must be headed for a mighty fall…mightier than Humpty Dumpty’s, because I am so proud today, and my head is so swelled that the crown of the aged will not fit it.

Six of my grown grandchildren are responsible for this beautiful, biblical dilemma and here’s the reason why.

My twenty-three-year-old grandson, Spencer, is graduating from the University of British Columbia with his BSc in Biology as I write.

His twenty-one year old brother, Oliver, is heading for Australia on the first of June to play field hockey for The Waverley Hockey Club in Melbourne, to gain valuable experience for the Canadian men’s senior team.

Another grandson, Jordan, who is twenty-six and a granddaughter, Rachel, twenty-seven, just completed shooting a commercial together yesterday for a great Canadian company. It was a first for Rachel and another step in Jordan’s budding career.

Neither of them knew the other had landed the same call until a few days prior, which stirred a huge amount of excitement in our family. This was quite the coincidence–or was it?

Another granddaughter, Laura, twenty-nine, is marrying her long-time sweetheart, Cam, this Saturday. I love love!

On a sadder note, but on just as grand a scale, my granddaughter, Amberley, twenty-five, has had to stand up to one of life’s hardest lessons; the death of one of her dearest friends, just a few days ago. I am extremely proud of the way she has faced the tragedy head-on, and made some difficult decisions at this time.

So, if pride goes before a fall, I’m ready and willing to take my thumps, and if that crown of the aged is making its way towards my head, I’ll see what I can do to make it fit; because today, I am one proud grandma!