A Woman's Voice


“If we all did things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~ Thomas Edison

“So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence of God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Ghost we begin to realize the resources of God, that He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.” ~ Oswald Chambers


JUST FOR LAFFS ~ October 21, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

Posted in JUST FOR LAFFS by doloresayotte on October 21, 2011
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“Some of the greatest contributions to literature were made by people who threatened to write a book but never got around to it.” ~ Source Unknown


MIRACLE MONDAY ~ LIFE’S JOURNEY ~ March 14, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

Posted in INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES AND ANECDOTES by doloresayotte on March 14, 2011
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Many years ago I decided to take responsibility for the unhappiness in my life and I made several life style changes. One of the biggest and best decisions I ever made was to get on a more regular exercise routine. Although I was fairly young, I never really had much time to dwell on myself  because I was busy raising my family and working outside the home as well.

In order to get my life back on track, I decided to start walking on a regular basis. I started off small by walking in between my bus stop connections on my way home from work instead of merely standing at the bus stop to wait for the next bus. After I built up my stamina and my desire to walk, I would not catch the first bus that came along opting to walk a little further each day.

Walking brought so much pleasure to my life that I proceeded to increase my distance so that eventually I was able to walk home on some days. (6 miles) I started this program over twenty-five years ago. I don’t think I could even do the math to figure out how many miles I have walked or the unbelievable benefit I have received from this simple decision. I have met several people along the way and enjoyed the company of many other walkers. I still walk three miles every week day and continue to enjoy all the friendships  I have made in this special way.  

At times, it is very difficult to make time for ourselves with the very busy schedules that we all have.  However, when we take time for ourselves, in the end everyone benefits. Walking is so simple yet so beneficial. Taking the first step, may very well give you such positive results that you will want to take many more steps.

Regular exercise of any kind is definitely a good habit and has many other positive side effects. Exercise is very therapeutic in dealing with and managing stress.

FREEDOM ~ February 23, 2011 by Charles Betts


Full of imperfection, unaccepted by the crowd

Creating such frustration you want to shout out loud

So many inhibitions, self-esteem at an all-time low

No one explores your beauty, ‘cause no one wants to know


You’re not the same as others though you struggle to fit in

The way they step around you makes you wish you hadn’t been

Your spirit cries for freedom. You’re trapped within a cage

This body you’ve been given. It’s so hard to stop the rage


No one gets to know you. Stopped by their first glance

You and they both walk away, neither gets a second chance

It leaves you torn to pieces, so much you want to share

Surely there is someone who is kind enough to care


Life for you’s been nothing, so much kept within your heart

Your list of imperfections has kept you set apart

Oh to live and love and laugh it surely would be sweet

You have never known it ‘cause you hide out on the street


People walk beside you, they simply do not understand

Why you are so quiet and you refuse to take their hand

They don’t see the imperfections. The only thing that’s wrong

Is that you won’t let them in. You will not share your song


Please do not be a turtle, dare to step outside the shell

Take a walk with others, you will see that all is well

Make a friend of someone. Put your own list aside

Everyone’s got imperfections. You don’t have to hide


You’re just the same as others, and yes you will fit in

People will surround you and they will be your friends

Your spirit will know freedom when you step outside the cage

With the body you’ve been given. There‘ll be no need for rage


A poem By Charles Betts

August 30th 2006

Thank you Charles. I just received this beautiful poem from Charles and I felt the inspiration to share it immediately with all of you.  This Friday,  February 25th,  I will be posting a book review on the novel  “Come To Me”  by Christian Author, Laura Davis.  I hope you will take a moment to stop by and read it.


WALK WITH THEM ~ February 19, 2011 by Charles Betts


Everyone needs compassion

From someone they can turn to

Who’s kind enough to listen

When life does not go well

A friend along the journey

A shoulder we can lean on

Strong enough to hold us

When we begin to fall

A haven, a safe harbour

A refuge we can sail to

Where we can find protection

When the waves are crashing in

We all need forgiveness

For sins we have committed

Transgressions in our life time

That have harmed another soul

If we can find repentance

A chance to start all over

Do things so much different

Live life another way

Reach out to a neighbour

Be kind to a stranger

Who struggle on their journey

Walk with them a while

A Poem By Charles Betts

Thanks once again Charles for sharing such an inspirational poem with all of us. Charles has been most generous in sharing several poems with us over the last several weeks. I will continue to share his talent on Saturdays when I receive a poem from him.

Thoughtful Thursday ~ UNDERDOGS — January 20, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

Posted in A WOMAN'S VOICE,THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY by doloresayotte on January 20, 2011
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“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.” (Washington Clark)  

Have you ever considered your self to be an underdog?  Although I have internally referred to myself as an underdog many times, I’m not quite certain I know exactly what this expression means.  Instead of going into a big diatribe about what I think it means, I just want to use it in the sense that actually applies to me and my life.  In past posts, I’ve already described that I had poor and simple roots as far as my background is concerned.  My parents were not well-educated, although nor were many of their peers.  I don’t want to say that I was born on the wrong side of the tracks, but I’m sure there were some people who thought that’s exactly where I lived in my youth. 

I remember the mother of my closest childhood friend telling her daughter that she didn’t want her to play with me.  You know what little children are like, they repeat things verbatim.  My friend didn’t hesitate to share this information with me when I asked her to play.  I came from a family of six children and we didn’t live in the most desirable neighborhood.  There was a single mother on welfare next door to us living with her nine children.  There were other kids in the area who were always up to some kind of mischief.  Some of the boys would get into pretty serious trouble and a few of them ended up in reform school for juvenile delinquents. Mind you, by today’s standards with all that is going on with drugs and gangs etc., what these boys were up to was probably what the police would now consider to be “small potatoes”.  My dad was pretty strict with us as children but there is no way that he could have prevented any of us from seeing and knowing what was going on in the neighborhood.  I was sixteen years old when we moved to another more upscale area of the city, so I had already developed what I consider to be my “street smarts”. 

If there is one thing I remember when I was young is that I never looked down on anybody. Perhaps it’s because even as a child there were some people already looking down on me. I instinctively never wanted to make another person feel the same way I did when this happened. There wasn’t one person I would consider to be less than me or not good enough to be my friend not even those mischievous neighbors.  As I go down memory lane and revisit that very house I grew up in, it no longer holds the negative stigma it did when I was young.  The street is much improved with some houses being replaced by much nicer ones. It actually looks quite lovely now. 

I think one of the best things about being a child is having the innocence to see things in such a lily-white way that we think everyone views the world the same way we do.  It’s only after we experience the full gamut of life, that we can allow ourselves to openly admit some of our negative experiences.  We can become quite jaded if we don’t learn from our past.  In order to better enjoy our lives, we must make every effort to get past our negative life experiences and learn to look at life from some of our innocent childlike perspective.  It’s a pretty hard goal to achieve, but I can tell you that it is not impossible.  I must admit that it does require a concentrated effort and a lot of work to try to get back some of the little pleasures that we may have enjoyed as children.   “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”(John Homer Miller) 

It’s neat how much information we processed as children and how much we stored in the recesses of our mind. I’m pretty sure you’re no different from me.  Parents, whether mine, yours, or your friends are very influential in forming the values of young children.  Children in their own innocence readily pass along this information.  Yes…to me, I was somehow or other taught to believe that I was less than some of my friends.  This is how I came to describe myself as the underdog. It took me a very long time to realize that I was equal to others.  Have you ever felt this way? If so, what did you do about it? It would be great to hear about some of your childhood experiences. 


Posted in INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES AND ANECDOTES by doloresayotte on July 18, 2010
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There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.” Robert Alden

When I was a kid…I couldn’t talk. I was too afraid…I held my breath… too scared to let my guard down…to scared to trust that I wouldn’t get hurt.  I withdrew….and lived in a make-believe world. One day I invented a friend – a street light.. When I’d drive up to it…it always turned green just for me and when it was red…it was because it wanted me to stay and talk. That traffic light helped me hang on….helped me get through some pretty dark times.

Funny thing – I have another Friend who is a Light….He’s my best friend….just like that traffic light was – only difference – He’s for real. Now all I want to do is shine His Light through me so others can have hope…and find freedom.

Thank you Nikki for your inspirational words.

Nikki Rosen is the award-winning Author of  “In The Eye of Deception” (A True Story)

Website:  http://gentlerecovery.webs.com

Blog Site: http://cultofdeception.blogspot.com


MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS — June 21, 2010 by Barry Merrell

Posted in A WOMAN'S VOICE,WORDS OF WISDOM ~ A MAN'S VOICE by doloresayotte on June 21, 2010
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   A Wo-Man’s Voice 

I recently celebrated my 65th birthday. My wife, Lorraine, knows that I am not big on celebrating birthdays and I am really not thrilled about “surprise” birthday parties. I warned her in advance and she agreed to keep it small and simple. I trusted her.

On my birthday, the 5 family members she said were coming for dinner arrived at the front door on time and I thought that was the end of it. Little did I know!

It was a beautiful day and we went outside, sat on some lawn chairs, and enjoyed a birthday drink. Soon, a couple more family members arrived. Lorraine played dumb and said that she sort of opened it up if a few more family wanted to come. Then – a few more and a few more.

I admit that I can be a little slow at times, but I did finally put  it all together.

The day was topped off by my brother Lyle and his wife Sally attending, two of my ex old-timers hockey linemates showing up as well as a long distance phone call from my brother Don in Vancouver and an old hockey buddy in Henderson (Las Vegas), Nevada.


The next day, after I had a chance to reflect on everything, I realized how fortunate I am to have family and friends who would give up a week-end Sunday afternoon to attend a birthday bash for me.

So, at the end of the day, I still am not a big fan of surprise parties. But, I have to admit, Lorraine you got me good.

In this case, thank you for not listening to me. It was an absolutely marvellous day.

Just make sure you never do that again!
Love, Barry

Thank you Barry for sharing such a personal side of yourself with us and for being such a good sport about this birthday surprise! 🙂

Barry and Lorraine live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Barry is employed by SunLife Financial as a Sales Manager.



“Happy times and bygone days are never lost…In truth, they grow more wonderful within the heart that keeps them.”  (Kay Andrew)


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