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published in Animals, Beauty, Dogs, Greeting Cards, Inspiration, Pets, Photos by Maryanne | February 12, 2017 | No Comment

For the Love of Dogs – Photo Greeting Cards Capture Canine Spirit


Dog card #1: Soda in the bushes

“Dogs do speak but only to those who know how to listen.”

– Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

Do you know a dog-lover?

Then you might find our delightful dog photo greeting cards of interest! They make a perfect card to send to someone who loves dogs 🙂

Created by Maryanne Pope of Pink Gazelle Productions, these 5 photo greeting cards beautifully capture the canine spirit of Maryanne’s beloved dogs (past and present): Sable, Soda & Sadie.

Here are the 4 remaining cards in the 5-pack of dog cards:


Dog card #2: Sable & Soda in snow


Dog Card #3: Smiling blind Sable


Dog card #4: Sad Sadie with dog bowl


Happy Sadie on shell beach

To order the cards…

The 5-pack of dog cards are $19.95.

To purchase the cards, please visit the PGP on-line store.

“I don’t really understand that process called reincarnation but if there is such a thing I’d like to come back as my daughter’s dog.”

– Leonard Cohen

Related blogs by Maryanne

Tough Love and the Cone of Cuteness

Remembering Sassy Super-Model Sable Pope

When Caring for a Sick Pet Calls for Sleeping in the Driveway

Sadie’s Story – the Path of a Pet

Blah, Blah, Blah…Ginger

Parenting Pets – Why We Fuss Over Our Furry Friends

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.

published in Beauty, Family, Gratitude, Photos, Travel by Maryanne | January 13, 2016 | 4 Comments

 Bride, Baby & Beauty Abounds in Banff


Pope gang the night before Ky's wedding

Front: Valina; L to R: Baby Liam, MA, Pat, Mary & Doug

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns

Hahahahahaha…just kidding!

Actually, that is kinda the truth – but I mean that in a good way. I don’t live in the same city as my large, loving and caring family. But that doesn’t mean we’re not close.

In fact, I would venture to say that I am closer to my family since I moved away from my hometown. Because now, when we do all happen to get together in the same geographical area, not only do we appreciate each other more – and our time together – we also have an awful lot of fun.

Case in point was the recent family wedding in beautiful Banff, Alberta. In early January, my niece, Kylie, married her Irish sweetheart, Colm. Their 5-month old son, Liam, was pulled down the aisle in a sled by one of the bridesmaids. It was a hoot!

Kylie and Colm live in Australia, so their special day was both a celebration of marriage and a reunion of family and friends. That the wedding was held at the stunning Banff Springs Hotel meant it was also a winter wonderland vacation for all of us.

Here are a few photos:

Banff springs hotel

Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB

Blue sky and mountains in Banff

Rocky Mountains, view from Banff Springs Hotel

MA & Emily at Banff Springs

MA & niece, Emily

George, Donna, Em & MA Banff 2016

L to R: George (MA’s bro), Donna, Em & MA


Doug & Ky walking down aisle

MA’s brother, Doug, walking his daughter, Kylie, down the aisle

Tracey in chair at Ky's wedding

Mother of the bride, Tracey

baby Liam in sled

Baby Liam being pulled down aisle in sled by a bridesmaid


MA, Ky & Cholm wedding day

Colm, Kylie & Auntie Maryanne

Mellie and baby Liam

Auntie Mel (Kylie’s sister) and Liam


Lesley, MA & Mary skating

L to R: cousin Lesley, MA & sister-in-law Mary, skating

MA on the x-country ski trail

MA on the x-country ski trail

Over the three days, we all kept saying to each other how much our Mom would have loved the wedding and staying at the Banff Springs. That sort of thing was right up her alley! But perhaps because of this, I could practically see her, in my minds-eye, around every corner. She was there in spirit.

And even though my Dad is still in the land of the living, he wasn’t at the wedding. He simply wasn’t in good enough shape, cognitively, to have enjoyed himself. I did, however, have a fun visit with him afterwards. But if you want to read the sordid details of that, check out Pussies & Erection Day – Hard of Humour Hearing. Yes, you read correctly 🙂

On a more serious note, I recently came across this passage about the importance of family:

“There is a transcendent power in a strong intergenerational family. An effectively interdependent family of children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins can be a powerful force in helping people have a sense of who they are and where they came from and what they stand for.”

– Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

After the Banff wedding, my brother George commented that another reason why my Mom would have loved the wedding so much was because then she could see that her greatest wish – that all of us kids got along and stayed close after she was gone – had come true.

Indeed, I think that is a tremendous legacy my Mom left: a strong and effective interdependent family who has an awful lot of fun 🙂

Related blog by Maryanne:

Even the Best Parties Have to End

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, please sign up here.

published in Beauty, Book Reviews, Courage, Creativity, Gratitude, Inspiration, Peace, Photos, Souls, Spirituality, Travel by Maryanne | December 31, 2015 | 6 Comments

Gifts from the Sea – Bahamas Beauty Soothes the Soul



“Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

In early December, I was very fortunate to be able to return to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Eleuthera is considered an “out” island, meaning it is a bit off the beaten track. In fact, Eleuthera’s motto is: “It’s not for everyone.”

If one is looking for all-inclusive resorts, high-end shopping, crowded beaches, multiple restaurants and/or nightlife, Eleuthera is not the destination of choice.

If, however, one has happened to have read Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and fallen in love, as I did, with the author’s exquisite description of the simplicity of island life – and the quiet lessons that may be learned from spending time alone and not doing much at all but watching the waves and walking the beach to see what the sea has brought forth – then Eleuthera is a delightful setting for that to happen.

Here are a few photos from my recent trip to the Bahamas paired with some beautiful words of wisdom from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s classic, Gift from the Sea:


“In my periods of retreat, perhaps I can learn something to carry back into my worldly life.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“I believe what woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly. Purposeful giving is not as apt to deplete one’s resources.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Ted, Sylvie & MA at fish fry

Ted, MA & Sylvie at the local fish fry, Governor’s Harbor, Eluethera

“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can only collect a few, and they are more precious if they are a few.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“Not knowing how to feed the spirit, we try to muffle its demands with distractions. Instead of stilling the centre, we add more centrifugal activities to our lives, which tend to throw us off balance.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Water crashing through rocks on Eluethera beach

“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“Quiet time alone, contemplation, prayer, music, a centering line of thought or reading, of study or work…it need not be an enormous project or a great work. But it should be something of one’s own. What matters is that one be for a time inwardly attentive.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“Nothing feeds the centre so much as creative work.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

And on this note, perhaps it is no mistake that during my time in Eleuthera I was reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear. But more on that in another blog 🙂

Related blogs by Maryanne:

Are You a Leaky Lena?

Sweet Solitude – Why Time Alone is So Important

Beaching Out in the Bahamas

What Does the Bahamas Beach in Tomorrowland Have to do with Our Future?

More Stunning Photos from the Bahamas

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, please sign up here.