Donna S. Vieira

The Journey Within: SHAME

First, let me say shame is not a natural emotion. We are not born with shame. Shame is a social emotion that is learned from our parents, our society, our culture, our religious leaders, our teachers, our bosses, or any significant other. In other words, the emotion of shame is taught and imposed on us. HOW DOES SHAME FEEL? Shame feels dark, heavy, lonely, unlovable, humiliated, undeserving, inadequate, self-flawed, self-loathing, unworthy. Shame carries feelings of …

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Use the Chaos of Life to Wake Up.

This simple, yet powerful, phrase in white font against a cheery pink background greets me every time I open my laptop. It puts things in perspective, no matter what kind of day I may be having. If I am not experiencing any chaos, it reminds me to thank my lucky stars and be grateful for all I have: my home, health, partner, family, friends, work, God-given gifts, life experiences and so much more. On the …

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What COVID-19 Taught Me

It’s been quite a roller-coaster ride for the past three months, hasn’t it? In spite of many forewarnings, no one had a plan in place in the event of a pandemic. No one! No government, no hospital, no individual. Not even the WHO! So what’s going on here? Maybe this was a lesson in taking personal responsibility for our part in the evolution of the human species. After all, isn’t that our raison d’être, our …

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Let Saint Lucia Inspire You

Majestic mountains, ocean waves lapping on the shore and a lush rainforest are but a few of the many treasures you’ll find on the Caribbean island known as Saint Lucia. Renowned for its beauty, the island is ready to carefully welcome visitors back with open arms. Nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including its signature Piton Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a …

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Prejudice, bigotry and racism are not new in Canada.

Until the age of 8, I grew up on a farm in the middle of Nowhere, Manitoba. Life was simple and routine was part of the country flavour. Early to rise was a farmer’s motto and that included everyone in the household. Summers were spent at my maternal grandparents just 10 miles or so up the road. They were also farmers and lived across the road from the James Valley Hutterite colony, where I spent …

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Tour the Galapagos With the Experts

Decades before the larger cruise lines decided to add the Galapagos to their list of itineraries, Ecoventura was introducing travellers to the wonders of these stunning islands where the up-close view of wildlife is remarkable, fascinating, and yes, at times heartbreaking. Nowhere else on Earth can you get so close to the wildlife, which never developed a fear of humans. Mother Nature rules here and no one tries to interfere with the cycle of life. …

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Ottawa Sizzles Year-Round

There’s never a lack of things to see and do in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Snowmobile and snowbike racers flock to the SnowCross Championships (February 28-29). Hockey fans fill the stadiums to support the Ottawa Senators and Ottawa 67’s junior hockey team. Ski enthusiasts head to Gatineau Park or the Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail. Culture and history aficionados tour the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the FREE! Ottawa Art Gallery, …

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It’s Springtime in San Antonio, Texas.

Is winter getting you down? Head to San Antonio, Texas, a place that has boundless variety no matter what age you are. From historic sites like the Spanish Missions and the Alamo to the adrenalin-fuelled fun at the area’s theme parks, San Antonio has a wealth of places to experience. New attractions this spring include the Sea Life Aquarium at the Shops at Rivercenter. Take a relaxing 35-minute river cruise along the city’s famous River …

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A Star-Studded Line-up for St. Kitts Music Festival 2020

Gladys Knight, Beres Hammond and Anthony B. are the latest artists to join the final roster of esteemed musical talents who will be performing at the 24th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival taking place from June 25-27, 2020. Thursday night is typically known as reggae night when the energetic vibe from top powerhouses in soca, reggae, dancehall and more get the crowd on their feet. Friday night features show-stopping performances from a variety of musical …

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Immerse Yourself in Champagne

Love Champagne? The Champagne Tour Co. is offering custom-planned private visits to artisan grower-producers, grand prestige cellars and exclusive access to vineyards in France, not open to the general public. Priced at 1,750 euros per person, the “Romance in Champagne” package includes two full days with an English-speaking private driver guide, an overnight stay in a four-star Chateau hotel with breakfast, first-class travel from Paris for two, private cellar visits and tastings at Dom Perignon …

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