Welcome to my ever-expanding blog site. I trust you are enjoying your day. I invite you to browse the site, read the articles and enjoy my photography. Your opinion counts, so please leave a comment at the end of the posts. If you enjoy reading these blogs, feel free to pass the link on to any friends you think would also enjoy it.

The purpose of this blog site is 3-fold: a place for sharing general information, a place to share about spiritual matters that will help move us toward a healthier inner life and a place where I can talk about my business and the products that can help us experience better health.

Check out my web site and learn about the benefits of reishi mushroom and ginseng in Healthy Coffee International products. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

Thank you for dropping by. I trust you will consider your visit worthwhile. This site is a 'work in progress', sometimes changing by the minute, so come back soon to see what's new on MY HEALTHY LIVING BLOG.

God bless you today and every day. Remember, "A joyful heart is good medicine" (Proverbs 17:22-NASB). Blessings and health to you and yours.


Note: Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this blog taken by Diane Stephenson

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


If you have read my previous couple of blogs you will know that I have been talking about the Healthy Coffee company and their products. Along with coffee they also produce a blend of coffee with non-dairy creamer and cane sugar, a chai milk tea and a great energy drink, all containing reishi mushroom and ginseng.

On December 15/09, I started my Healthy Coffee business. There has been a great response from those who have tried the products and there are several testimonials as to the power of the product. I'll share those later in another post.

What I want to announce today is the fact that I have been added to the Founders Club in Canada. You can see my photo here. I am really excited about this company and the position I have already reached after only two weeks. I'm expecting 2010 to be a fantastic and successful year to build this business. I'm looking for leaders to join me in building Healthy Coffee in Canada and globally.

If you are interested in trying the coffee or in joining me in a growing world-wide company, please contact me. If you only want to reap the benefits of these great ingredients - reishi mushroom and ginseng - you can join free. If you want to build a business, there are several ways you can do so. Just ask me.

I hope some of you will choose to join me in this exciting business opportunity. Check out the web site for more info. In the meantime, I wish you health and prosperity for the New Year.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009


Good question! Well, when it comes to Healthy Coffee, it has a great deal to do with it. That's because one of the main ingredients in Healthy Coffee (and the Chai Tea and Energy Drink as well) is reishi mushroom.

And just what is reishi mushroom(AKA gano or lingzhi mushroom)? Well, it's a woody type of mushroom, red in color, used in the health food industry for many purposes. Actually it is non-specific, meaning that it has a normalizing effect on the body. It acts as an adaptogen which means it helps the body adapt to stress, fatigue, etc. Reishi had absolutely no side effects and is non-toxic, is safe to use on a daily basis and benefits the whole body.

So, what can you expect from switching to Healthy Coffee? I'm not here to make rock-solid promises to you, as it's against the law to say anything natural will cure anything. Funny, that! It's food that keeps us alive, yet we can't say that food will actually benefit us to either prevent or cure disease. One of the benefits I hope to personally receive from this coffee is relief from muscle and joint pain and discomfort caused by arthritis and quite probably fibromyalgia. I'll keep you posted as to the outcome.

There are many other uses for reishi mushroom, and I'll talk to you about some of them in later posts. In the meantime, please consider switching to Healthy Coffee, or at least consider trying the Energy drink if you aren't willing to change coffee brands.

Healthy Coffee also contains ginseng. I think most people are aware of the benefits of ginseng, so I won't go into that topic until a later post.

Testimonial: I gave a coffee sample to a young man and asked him to let me know what he thought. Healthy Coffee, at the moment, is only available as instant coffee and he doesn't like instant coffee. His reaction? He said it didn't taste like instant and gave him a real energy boost which lasted all day. Anybody in the market for a safe and effective energy boost? Check out Healthy Coffee as an alternative to your current brand.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.

Until next time. Have a great week.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009


On Jena Crescent in London the people get into the Christmas spirit. Many homes are decorated with beautiful light displays and as you drive around the street you almost feel you are in a fairyland. I hope you enjoy these photos. The last two were taken on Saskatoon Street.



 Photo courtesy of Healthy Coffee International

Most people love their coffee. Some like it black, others add sugar and cream. Some like it steaming hot, others enjoy iced coffee. Usually coffee drinkers have to have their first cup of the day in order to get going. The caffeine boost is what many of them rely on. But there are people who cannot have caffeine, so opt for the decaf variety. Of course, there are the flavored coffees to temp still other coffee lovers. Which one are you?

Tim Hortons has a huge following of people who can't live without their brand of coffee. Others swear by Starbucks even though they are rather expensive. But many coffeeholics just like coffee - whatever the brand. Coffee is coffee, isn't it? Are you stuck on a particular brand? Do you believe no other coffee is as good?

If I told you that by drinking coffee you could help to improve your health, would you be willing to change your brand?

I want to make an announcement to my readers: I've started a coffee business selling for the Healthy Coffee Company. Interested to learn more? Stop by again. I'll be adding info every few days to share with you the benefits you can receive by switching your coffee brand to Healthy Coffee.

In the meantime, check out my web site  and let me know what you think.

I'll be back soon. In the meantime, have a wonderful Friday tomorrow.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009


Talk about a mix-up. I had a phone call from someone around dinner time tonight. She needed a ride home from her babysitting job. Since we are in the middle of a transit strike here, a 45-minute walk home after 8:00pm is not advisable for a woman alone, so I told her I would pick her up.

Unfortunately I drove into the wrong townhouse complex. It's so hard in the dark to see numbers on the units. I finally found Unit #15. But no one answered the door. Now what? Well, another friend lives around the corner from there, so I stopped by to find out where I should be going. (I don't have a cell phone, and I wouldn't have known the number anyway.) Well, my friend directed me to the right place and I found the lady patiently waiting for me. I was 15 minutes late by then.

Lesson? Make sure you have the right directions before you leave home. It's something like life, isn't it? We live from day to day often without specific direction or focus. And if we don't know where we're going, how will we ever know when we arrive?

The Word of God is so important in our lives. Without it we are without direction. Without it we are powerless. But when we faithfully read the Word and heed it, we have our lives mapped out for us, we know which road to take and we have a wonderful promise: "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." Isaiah 30:21. Directions for life. It's comforting to have them at your fingertips. Another promise from the Lord is that He will never leave us. (Hebrews 13:5) So, we not only have access to the directions we need to live by, we have the Guide to walk us through. What more can we ask? Our destination is assured. Let's follow in His footsteps.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009


Now this is something to look at! Situated in Germany this miniature train museum is computer controlled and amazingly detailed. Go from Europe to the US. See ships and people in action. The buildings even light up at night in a wonderful display of color. I hope you enjoy this "trip".

Check out their web site while you're at it.

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reBlog from news.beginnersmarketingclass.com: Happy Thanks-for-Giving Day | Beginners Marketing Class

I found this fascinating quote today:

During our walk this morning through the fog shrouded Almond Orchard, Flo (our trusted Mutt) and I noticed a few Nuts still hanging on the Trees. Harvest was several weks ago and I do miss grabbing fresh Almonds and eating them Raw as we traverse the 5 miles.news.beginnersmarketingclass.com, Happy Thanks-for-Giving Day | Beginners Marketing Class, Nov 2009

You should read the whole article.

Friday, November 20, 2009


I'm just listening to the Gaither special, Amazing Grace, on the Hallmark channel.

AmazingGraceWebCast from Gaither.com on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoy.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Anyone ever heard of a hedgeapple AKA osage-orange? I hadn't until I read Jan's blog. Then I found out about her giveaway draw. So here I am blogging about it. Part of the entry instructions.

Evidently these 'apples' will keep spiders, insects and mice away. I seem to have an overabundance of fruit flies right now. Wonder if hedgeapples would work? If they will, I hope I win!

If you would like to see a photo of this unusual-looking fruit, check out Jan's blog. Read her original article about hedgeapples to learn more.

Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Well, here I am again finally. Tayo returned on Monday to transfer all the data from my old computer to my new one, set up all my programs and get me online. I'm so thankful for him as I know nothing about doing these things. Some people like to learn how to do these things for themselves, but I have no desire to learn technology. That's why people like Tayo and Nerds On Site are in business. So I don't have to learn it. So I can get on with what I do best.

Tayo had backed up all my e-mail last Friday so I wouldn't lose my folders, but the one problem with that was that once he loaded everything on this computer, 500 of the e-mails I had already dealt with were back on the scene again! I had to go through them to pick out those I needed to save. Great fun! 

I'm having a little problem with the keyboard - it's awfully small compared to my old one and the delete button is in a different place. I have to search every time I need it. And the monitor is not square but oblong, and that takes a little getting used to. But I can't complain because the computer only cost me $399.99. It could have been a lot worse.

One problem, though, was that Tayo discovered there are no speakers on this computer, so I had to buy a headset. Now I can't get the microphone turned into the right position, so I'll have to go back to the store to see what's wrong. You're supposed to twist it around until it's at the corner of your mouth, but this one will only go as far as being under my chin - almost into my neck! A little bit of a challenge to speak into it! And I don't want to force it and break it.

So that's why I haven't been here since Monday. I may be a couple more days before I get back in the routine of blogging. I've got a lot of other things to catch up on. But as I said before, I will be back.

And don't forget, if you have computer problems you can't fix yourself, call Nerds On Site. And no, I'm not getting paid to advertise for them. I actually received an e-mail from them thanking me for my "kind words" on the last post and at first I wondered how they even knew I had a blog. Then I Googled Nerds On Site and found my post listed on the second page, so I guess they check out the blogs regularly to see what people are saying about them.

In the meantime, have a wonderful and blessed end-of-the week and week end.

Monday, November 9, 2009


A good morning to all on this mild November 9th. I just wanted to let all my readers know the reason I've not been posting for over a week. I had computer problems that wouldn't allow me to access the internet. What a dilemma! In my mind I could see the e-mail piling up not only in my inbox but also in my spam filter and gmail account. I wondered how I would cope with it all once I got back online.

Well, here's the scoop. I called Nerds On Site and made an appointment for last Friday at 4:00. Tayo showed up, worked on my computer to clean it up, check it out and remove everything I didn't need to keep. After some time the diagnostic showed one of the memory sticks was not functioning. Wonder if I could get one of those for my brain? One that functions, that is! I had paid extra to have that memory added when I purchased the computer, so now I'm wondering if they actually installed a faulty one. The technician was there for 4 hours! Happily they don't charge by the hour but by the job. Wow! Think what an hourly rate would have added up to!

Then, he found a metal bar just laying in the tower. What's this? Turns out it was one of two bars that snap over the fan to keep it stable. The connection had broken. Since I've never had anyone look at the computer since I bought it over 4 years ago, who knows how long it's been broken? Yes, he could put in a new fan, but fortunately he was an honest man, and a Christian, and said that though he could make money by doing so he didn't recommend it as the computer was still unstable.

This man told me about a sale on a computer and called me after he got home to tell me what it was and where. So I went to the Future Shop yesterday after church and got this Compaq computer for $399.99. A far cry from the more than $2000.00 I paid for the current one. (I still don't have the new one connected as the Nerds' guy is going to transfer all my data for me first.) So needless to say, I would recommend Nerds On Site to anyone needing someone to come to their home to fix a computer.

Hopefully I'll have the new computer up and running before many days and I can get back to some kind of routine. At least I'm back online for the moment. I'm just hoping this computer will last until the data is transferred. I may not post much until I can work on the new computer, but I will be back again. And I will also be setting up a new blog. When that happens I'll direct you to it. In the meantime, keep checking here later in the week, or simply re-enjoy some of the posts and/or photos that are in the archives here.

By the way, in case you're wondering. I received 438 e-mails in my inbox, 422 in my spam filter and a couple of dozen in my g-mail. I've had another 100 or so come into my inbox since Friday night as well. But I'm caught up for now, at least. I sure hope that doesn't happen again any time soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful week - one free of computer problems. God bless.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Here is another snippet from my upcoming e-book.

Often our dreams die due to circumstances over which we have no control. Things inevitably occur to cause a postponement of our dreams to some later date, to a day which appears ever further off with each succeeding day. Our goal seems just beyond our reach. We allow ourselves to get out of touch with the dream. And so we carefully wrap it up in tissue, put it neatly in a box and leave it on a shelf at the back of our mental closet where it is eventually forgotten. Suffocated and starved, it ultimately dies. It gets buried in day to day routines, bereavements, family projects, job-related problems and the general cares and duties of this world. Life just gets in the way.

...You must have hope, something still better to look forward to, something bigger than today, bigger than what your life is at this moment...[Your dream] should be the catalyst that makes you want to do and be the very best, today, that is possible in all areas of your life...

Dream! Live! Love! Move up higher. Move ever onward. Don't become stagnant. Live life to its fullest by keeping your dream alive. Dream big!...


And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.  
Genesis 21:6


Laughter is an instant vacation.  
---Milton Berle---

Friday, October 30, 2009


For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.  
Proverbs 23:7


The key to unlocking my potential is within me. It is in the power of my thought, my vision and my commitment.  

Thursday, October 29, 2009


This is especially for all the network marketers that read my blog or anyone interested in starting a business online or offline. And, just an aside, I really appreciate your visits here. I trust you gain from reading my posts.

If you want to learn more about list-building for your business, check out Chuck Bartok's TalkShoe internet talk show recording from last night--October 28/09, show number 95 (green box at the right--Latest Recording). You'll hear Chuck, myself and a number of others sharing questions and answers in an informal program. If you don't catch it before next Wednesday's show, check through the archives. There are many shows you can listen to. You can also host your own online talk show through TalkShoe free of charge. Check it out.

If you're interested in becoming a member of Focus Society Mastermind Beginners Marketing Class, please sign up free and avail yourself of all the great information and experience from FSMM members. It's a great place to be. There are also a number of great affiliate products you can resell to earn extra income once you become a member.

Just click on the links above, enjoy the show and please join us at Focus Society Mastermind.


Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 
Matthew 10:8


For it is in giving that we receive.  
---St. Francis of Assisi---

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Without a vision [dream] the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

      What is your dream? Do you have one? Are you living it? If not, then now is the time to discover or retrieve your dream, to rediscover a life of satisfaction, excitement and fulfillment. We must have a dream. Without a dream we merely exist; with a dream, there lies before us a life of limitless possibilities. Perhaps you have never had a dream. Well, jump on board the Dream Express and expect the unexpected!


      We all enter life with a measure of faith: that we will be fed when hungry, attended to when we cry, sheltered from the elements, clothed adequately and, of greatest significance, that we are loved. Naturally we don't think in these terms as an infant, but we are born with built-in trust. Without it we couldn't survive. Studies have shown that when babies lack human touch and are never held in loving arms they don't thrive. As we get a little older, we have faith that Mom and Dad will be there for us. We learn to know that when we sit on a chair it won't fall apart (usually--there have been two occasions when a chair collapsed under me!). We don't wonder every time we get in a car if we'll arrive at our destination--we take it for granted. Until the car breaks down we don't even think about it.
      Yes, we all have faith. On occasion, our faith is severely tested through our circumstances, and we may lose faith in family, friends, even ourselves. Because of devastating past experiences we struggle to believe that good will eventually come our way. We must learn to have faith in God. There will be a time when God brings you face to face with a vital choice: Will you serve the Lord? Or will you choose to serve yourself, the world, your family, your job? Your response will determine your present and your future. Choose well.


Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mark 10:21. 22


Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. 
---Andre Gide---

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  
Philippians 4:8


The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear. 
---Brian Tracy---

Monday, October 26, 2009


Thought I would just show off my new car for anyone who is interested. Ta-Da!


I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
Philippians 4:13


I seldom think about about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.  
---Helen Keller---

Sunday, October 25, 2009


That ye put off the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mink; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 
Ephesians 4;22-24


You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, "I release the need for this in my life". 
---Wayne Dyer---

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 
Colossians 4;5


Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. 
---Victor Hugo---

Friday, October 23, 2009


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 
Proverbs 4:7


Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. 
---David Starr Jordan---

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 
Matthew 19:21

Anyone know what this tree is?


Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation and great joy. ---Jim Rohn---

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.  
Judges 5:31


It isn't necessary to blow out the other person's light to let your own shine. ---Unknown---

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Do you ever wish there was a 'back arrow' for our lives like there is on the computer? How simple just to click on a button and go back to the previous page. But unfortunately (or should I say fortunately?) life doesn't work that way. Once we make a mistake, a wrong choice, speak an unkind word, make a foolish decision, we can never turn the clock back. We are stuck with the consequences.

But is this necessarily a bad thing? Mistakes are never good things, but nevertheless good can come out of them. If we use them to improve the future by learning from them, then they can lead to improvements in our lives that we would not otherwise have the benefit of. Better still is to take care when making decisions, when opening our mouths, when make choices without sitting down and counting the cost.

I think it's a good thing to have a back arrow on the computer, but I'm glad we can't do this in life. We would miss some rich learning experiences if we could just go back and opt out of the consequences of our actions. And I'm convinced that even if we could go back we would probably make the same choices all over again. Better to move forward into new things with what we have learned and use them as stepping stones to the future.


For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 
2 Corinthians 6:2


Remember this hour, this day is the most important hour and day in this lifetime. The past cannot be altered but this time determines eternity.  
---Ralph Waldo Emerson---

Monday, October 19, 2009


(The last of the Roses at Waterworks Park)

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 
Joshua 1:8