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We’ve survived an unusual winter in BC this season.  As February comes to a close, surely we’ve all created new ways of handling our tasks in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas.

We’ve discovered better ways to streamline business practices and processes, we’ve fine tuned and strengthened our methods… Some of us may have even thought up new business concepts and ideas…

Joyful Jo, also has stronger designs and new business relationships.  Some of which are being shared with you here, today.  Have a look:


As some of you may already know, I’ve been plugging away at the creation and implementation of Joyful Outcomes during this past year.

Some news regarding Joyful Outcomes for you:

The website is officially LIVE.  Not only that, we’ve also got a Facebook Page and we’re now on Instagram. Every like, share, and follow – helps (;


Thank you,

Joyful Jo


PS – Hope you’ve had a FANTASTIC FEBRUARY.


PPS – Wishing you a MAGICAL MARCH!


PPPS — Thank you for your support!




Sailing (and life) lesson: know where you want to go.

Great life lessons and a fun read, too…

Butterfly Mind

My first attempt at skippering our 13 foot wooden yawl was a disaster. The wind on Pamlico Sound in the Outer Banks of North Carolina was stiff when I took the tiller and the main sheet (the line that trims the mainsail).

When the wind is blowing and the boat is tipping, things happen fast. As a skipper, all you have is a sail, your body, and a tiller, and you need to be able to react quickly.

You need instinct. And I didn’t have it.

Every time the boat heeled, I steered into the wind to keep from capsizing, then lost momentum. I put us “in irons.” Despite steady, moving air, my sail flapped, and the boat stalled. We’d get going again, the boat would tip, and each time, I reacted out of fear instead of confidence. I was at the mercy of the wind and the chop, knowing…

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Driven to distraction: the Norway road trip where cool design meets dramatic scenery

Perspectives and inspiration 😉

Julian Worker Travel - A few ideas for your next trip in every direction

Norway’s roadside architecture project, part of its National Tourist Routes, has led to the creation of bridges and viewing platforms that make every journey a tour de force – and more new designs are on the horizon

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Interview with a Writer: Meharoona Ghani

Q and A Interview: 

Interviewer~Jo Martinez:

Where were you born?  When did you move to BC’s, Lower Mainland?

Interviewee~Meharoona Ghani:

I was born and raised in Golden, B.C. After Golden, I went to college in Calgary for 2 yrs, then moved to Victoria where I lived for 13 yrs. Eventually I moved to Vancouver and have been living here for the last 12 years.

Interviewer~Jo Martinez:

What is your preferred writing genre?  Why so?

Interviewee~Meharoona Ghani:

Poetry. I love poetry because in older civilizations poets expressed so much truth through this medium, and influenced many people and leaders. Poetry is my tool of engagement and the vehicle to express my deepest emotions. For me, poetry is a dialogue between hearts. In my Pecha Kucha talk, one of the slides I used is a quote from Robin Williams: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” I believe this and feel poets have been doing this for a very long time.

Interviewer~Jo Martinez:

What is your current manuscript about?  When do you hope for completion?

Interviewee~Meharoona Ghani:

My manuscript is a collection of prose and poetry of my autobiographical accounts of identity and belonging. I have no end date in mind. It’s a process of deep emotional writing and will take time.

Interviewer~Jo Martinez:

What are your thoughts on Bill C-51?

Interviewee~Meharoona Ghani:

I disagree with Bill C-51. The current Canadian government is stirring up unnecessary fear at a time of an upcoming federal election to distract the voters from real issues. We need to be mindful of such political games.

Interviewer~Jo Martinez:

What question have you always wanted to be asked?  How would you respond to that question, if asked?

Interviewee~Meharoona Ghani:

(I gave two) 🙂

What does falling in love mean to me?  When two people have an epiphany of love where the act of loving and intimacy is so sacred and spiritual that none of it is taken for granted or neither person is taken for granted. There is a spiritual connection through the act of loving, intimacy and falling in love – that only the spirits of the two people involved can really know they are now in love. The act of loving and intimacy is so spiritual it is held with dignity, respect and honour with oneself and the other.

Do I believe in God? No. I believe in a divine source and in the universe.

Interviewer~Jo Martinez:

Thank you!  Meharoona, you are a beautiful soul.  Thank you so very much for your time and your openness.  I 100% agree with Robin Williams’ saying.  That particular saying is the very foundation on which I build my dreams.

This concludes the interview with, Meharoona Ghani.  To stay in touch and find out more about Meharoona, please see below.  Hope you all take the time to watch Meharoona’s video clip as well.

Interview concluded.

Meharoona Ghani, MA
Community Engagement & Diversity Specialist, Public Speaker, Writer, Educator

“Supporting Others to Build a Sense of Belonging”

The Beltane Hound ~ Story by Julian Worker

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Beltane or Beltaine is the anglicised spelling of the Old Irish Bel(l)taine or Beltine: the Gaelic name for either the month of May or the festival that takes place on the first day of May. Many fire festivals are held on this day to commemorate the days when people would traditionally burn their winter bedding and floor coverings. Other people celebrate Beltane because it’s one of the two crossover days each year between equinox and solstice, the other being All Hallow’s Eve.

The most interesting festival takes place on the Isle of Man when, in a strange twist to the crossover idea, men dress up as foxes and chase a foxhound across the island. The dog, known as the Beltane Hound, is usually the finest hound from Lord Laxey’s kennels and the animal is given five minutes start ahead of the 50 or so foxes who chase it. Before the dog is allowed to leave, the foxes toast its health by consuming a small dram of whisky from the Glenkinnchie distillery. The dog is not allowed a drink.
The dog is released on the west coast of the island and the idea is that if the dog reaches the east coast then the men in the fox costumes each have to forfeit £100 to the ruling council of the Isle of Man called the Tynwald. If one of the foxes manages to pin a pink rosette to the collar of the hound without being bitten then Lord Laxey has to pay forfeit to the Tynwald and also row a coracle around the Isle of Man in an anti-clockwise direction. The fox who pins the rosette on the foxhound receives the Stannary Cup.

The foxes are allowed to use public transport and bicycles but not private motorized vehicles to try and outmanouevre the hound. Likewise, nobody is allowed to conceal the foxhound or help it in any way. This relatively new ruling dates from 1873 when one of Lord Laxey’s forefathers disguised that year’s Beltane hound as a pheasant, thus confusing the foxes. One of the more drunken foxes did admit that he came across the creature but mistook the dog’s growling for a bad case of pheasant laryngitis.

There have been some unfortunate events. The 1911 Beltane Hound was never found and it was rumoured that it was aboard the Titanic heading for a new life. The 1954 Hound had no sense of direction and swam over to Northern Island. Three foxes had to be rescued by the local lifeboat as they tried to catch the creature. In 1968 one of the foxes had too much to drink and tried to pin his rosette to a police dog in Ramsay, the capital of the Isle of Man. The police dog’s handler bit the fox, who had to be given a tetanus injection by the local vet as the town doctor was a teetotaller.


© 2013 Julian Worker

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Behind This Lens ~ Poem by Dan Martinez

From Behind this Lens

Happy Robbie Burns Day!  Who is Robbie Burns, you ask?  Why, he’s the Scottish poet who wrote “Auld Lang Syne”, of course.  As today is Robbie Burns Day and Jojo is part Scottish, what more a perfect day to post a poem in my “Featured Friends” section.  Though, Dan Martinez, is a friend, he is also my brother and therefore, part Scottish.  

As my Papa used to say, “Too Ra Loo The Noo”


Jo Martinez

AWARENESS ~ Poem by Ashok Bhargava


There are no illusions here.

Listen to the silence

as it echoes around you.

Do you know what I mean

I am the elements.


For I am the earth.

I am the sky.

I am the fire.

I am the water.

I am the wind.

I come and I go, as I wish.


My signs are everywhere.

For I am the sun.

I am the moon.

I am the mountain.

I am the river.

I am the forest.

Nothing is beyond me.


I transcend all.

For I am the man.

I am the woman.

I am the beast.

I am the fish.

I am the feast.

All are in me and I am in all.


I am the essence of existence.

For I am the sound.

I am the sight.

I am the smell.

I am the touch.

I am the taste.

Nothing escapes me.


I have many names,

None fits me very well,

But none is my true name anyway,

So what’s the difference?


I think, therefore I am.


© Ashok Bhargava



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