Saturday, July 15, 2017


by Nancy Snipper

                                         A COCOON FOR SUBLIME RELAXATION

Nestled alongside the waterfall of the North Missisquoi River, the beauty begins. The setting with its never-ending cascade of scintillating pleasure instantly has its healing effect on all who enter the premises. You can hear and see the watery symphony at every turn.

                 Dip your feet in


 Snooze beside it as you stretch out in one of the spa’s riverside hammocks. 

                         Listen, watch, breathe it all in!                                                                       

I was so taken with this view, I sat for a good hour just listening to the waterfall and watching the birds dart among the trees.
Unquestionably, one of the Spa Bolton’s most distinguishing features is the harmonious integration of outdoor beauty within the spa’s interior. Take a look at the ceiling over the reception desk. Yes, that is a panel prettified with real moss that’s fed by the humidity from the spa. It’s colourful and enhanced by the wood-covering panels alongside it.
In addition, a  magnificent Medusa, carved from a litchi tree impressively adorns a wall. Fabulous to behold, it reminds us all how nature's growth can be transformed into a work of art. You can't miss  its striking effect, it as you enter the reception area.

No matter where you gaze, the outdoors is ever-present. Inside treatment rooms, it’s not just your body that will be massaged by the view, but your senses as well.

                                A Unique Place for your Massage
Surrender yourself to Spa Bolton’s natural magic, and soon personal epiphanies begin to fill your soul.  How utterly charming and ingenious that a series of adorable yurts is where you receive massages. 
A flap lifts up over a screened portion so you can hear and see the waterfall. And that’s not all. Overhead, the sky comes into view via a small glass dome. Watch the clouds float by as you lie on your back, and drift into massage heaven. I had a wonderful full-body massage given by Guylaine, and although I had the choice to have it in one of the six bigger open-to-the river structures that were on higher ground, I was perfectly content with the breeze  that sifted in, and the sky above me. It was like a mirage; I was looking at a portion of sky painted by Michelangelo.  But within hours, the pools beckoned. 

                                               Pick your Pool
 Of course Spa Bolton is all about the baths! There’s a kidney shaped swimming pool with a waterfall you can activate with the press of a button. Two really warm Jacuzzis also operate the same way, and let’s not forget about the polar bear pool that you absolutely must use once you spend time in one of the two dry saunas or the steam room.

Julie Paige, who has been working at the spa since it opened, knows everything there is to know about Spa Bolton’s healing powers. She insisted I do four alternating dunkings between the hot steam room and the “freezing” cold pool to help me with my arthritis. I did it, and for the first time, my knee no longer hurt. I escaped as well into the heated big yurts; there are two.
Lie down down on a chair or one of the huge floor cushions.

Julie epitomizes the incredible friendliness exuded and the casual ease one feels with the staff.  “No one is a client here; each person is our guest.”
Indeed the hospitality of this homey spa was what I think I most enjoyed about the personal side of things aside from my treatments.
I had an hour-long facial, masterfully given by Véronique.  She used Ella Baché’s tomato-based products from France. They felt divine.Véronique gently applied at least 10 different hands-on-my face applications. The mask which gave me a noticeable after-glow consisted of macadamia nuts, cranberry, camphor, and tomato. Best of all, while leaving it there to work its healing effect, Veronique began applying cream on my arms and hands while rubbing them. That’s a facial with a highly soothing added touch.

 Changing the face of my feet
I had an hour-and-a-half pedicure that was foot fabulous. Twelve steps were needed to get my feet into silky smooth shape. This included a UV lamp to solidify the gel nail polish and an exfoliant that went knee high – not to mention the zillion other things she applied to my feet along with massaging them one exceptional part included putting my feet in plastic bags filled with very warm melted paraffin wax. 

Véronique applied nail polish, appropriately named Elite 99, that actually changes colour depending on how hot or cool your body temp is. Now how cool – or should I say hot is that!!! From fuchsia for heat to orange for cool, my toes became my very own thermometer.
Truth is, you should stay here as long as you can. Fortunately, Spa Bolton is open until10 pm.  It is so romantic at night. 
Enjoy the many treatments and idyllic natural surroundings the area offers.
                            The Villa

I spent three nights housed in Spa Bolton’s 4-bedroom spacious country villa. 

You can book the entire villa for your family and friends. If you’re alone, common areas, including the two bathrooms, ground floor living room, dining room and kitchen will be shared with newly arrived overnight guests. But it is so big, it’s easy to find your own privacy. My room was lovely, and the bathroom next door was ever-so roomy.

                                        Outside was equally splendid

                                           A Site for a Visionary
Owner, Claude Provost junior, son of the late great hockey legend who played for the Montreal canadiens, is a man of vision. He saw the waterfall and fell in love with  the site. Formerly a mill sat here, (the waterfall reminds us of this). Claude was set on keeping everything natural when he began building his spa. Ingeniously, solar energy acts as a geothermal station for the building and water heating. In 2001, Spa Bolton was opened, and soon word spread about this unique place built with heart by a conscientious man keen on creating a healing environment. 

How lucky for us! I left wearing a smile that perhaps resembled the enormous wall mural that greets you at reception.

Spa Bolton offers a specified series of treatments and great packages that also include overnight stays. It’s open every day of the year, winter too!
Only an hour-and-a-half easy drive from Montreal,
The address: 883, route 245 south, Bolton-Est.
Visit their website:
You can also call them at (1-888)944-4772.

Although Spa Bolton has wraps, snacks, soup and cookies, full meals are not served here. Julie suggested I dine at Auberge du Petit Randonneur in Potton. Only six minutes away by car, this one-of-a-kind dining hall is akin to a Quebec-style Downton Abbey. You can even sleep in one of its six expansive rooms, including a suite. Historical in feel, and resembling an enormous dance hall, the place possesses 140 acres of pastoral views. Hosts, Louise and Serge are about the nicest people you can ever find. They made me feel so at home, I spent over three hours there just talking and being given a tour of this impressive old-world mansion. Staying here did cross my mind.
My candlelight dinner with Serge and Louise
Together the couple cook up hearty home-cooked meals. They even make their own beans. I had the most tender fillet Mignon that Serge served me. His coup de grace is the sauce he makes from scratch with onion, and broth from the beef and more. I told him he should bottle it and sell it. He did bottle it, in fact, handing me lots to take home with me. How generous is that?  I liked the place so much, including their affable company, I went back for their big breakfast the next day. The huge portions of egg, sausage, ham toast, beans listed on the menu as a brunch breakfast hit the spot. In fact, every Sunday, Louise and Serge serve the best brunch this side of Bolton. Their home-made strawberry compost is to die!
Call to reserve: (450) 292-4444.
Another place Julie recommended was le Côte in Eastman, about 12 kilometres from Spa Bolton. Bustling busy, popular and noisy, this happening place is known for its meat, fish  and chips, mussels and innovative dishes. I ordered a bavette (flank steak) and a terrific tataki.

The parsnip soup was creamy good too.
I loved the barbecue popcorn with melted Parmesan cheese that was served in a little bag you before your main meal arrives. 
 The crème caramel  was a taste treat.
                                    Here is the website:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Are Advances made in Civil Rights and Liberties Being Reversed?

Are the principles and concepts that have been established by The Constitution of the United States being threatened?  As a desired destination for many seeking a better life - is this still possible? Is the American Dream being replaced by an American Nightmare? Should the citizens of Canada, United Kingdom, Israel and other allies be fearful of losing their rights? Many in America (Muslims, Mexicans - all ethnicities, plus LGBT, women and marginal minorities)? Canada and the U.S. have always had much in common (with very few exceptions).
Will Donald Trump build a wall along our border as he is threatening to do with Mexico? WE DON'T NEED WALLS ... WE NEED BRIDGES! Walls divide ... bridges unite. Much of humanity has family, friendships and loved ones around the world. Many of us are now separated due to current border restrictions, travelling and passport/visa requirements. All of these tightened oppressive rules are in response to the threat of terrorism and criminal activity. Quite frankly, the current measures and those proposed  do not work against the intended; rather they seriously harm the innocent and ordinary citizen. 

This has already begun. On Friday, January 27, 2017, an executive order 'temporarely/indefinately' banning entry from seven countries in the Middle East (issued in the first week of Trump's administration). This has caused much confusion, suffering, chaos and even trauma, as many were detained and turned back, even if they had valid documentation.
Further more, policies that discriminate against certain groups based on colour of skin, nationality, religion and sexual orientation only fuel the fires of hatred and intolerance, leading to an increase in anger, violence and disorder. This vicious never-ending cycle of bloodshed, vengeance, inhuman atrocities, genocide and total devastation must end and be replaced with tolerance, understanding and love. It is only when all of humanity, irregardless of skin colour, creeds, opinions or orientations, comes together and cooperates in peace and harmony will all of our problems be solved. Oppression, imposition and bloodshed only leads to more of the same. The current vicious circle that plagues us now, MUST BE BROKEN, NOT NOURISHED!


presumed innocent until proved guilty”

Many of Trump's statements during his campaign and his actions since becoming President are in total opposition to fundamental human rights. His type of delusional, xenophobic and extremist statements and reactions will not make America "GREAT AGAIN." Could this the beginning of a fascist brutal and world-threatening dictatorship? Will Trump follow in the footsteps of Hitler, Franco, Stalin, Assad and others? Or, be even worse? Will Americans mysteriously begin to disappear (as with many dictatorships in South America in the 1970s)?
Further to his 'executive order', banning entry into the U.S. from seven Middle Eastern, predominately Muslim countries – what crime(s) have the following committed against the American people – what threat do they pose to National Security:
  • A 75-year-old woman, who has lived in States for 20 years, returning home from visiting her family in Iraq, who is MURDERED due to this Hitlerian racist order?
  • A five-year-old boy from Syria traumatized by seeing his parents handcuffed and further traumatized by being handcuffed himself?
  • Award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who are unable to attend the Academy Awards? He had won an Oscar for his previous film “A Separation”; and his latest “The Salesman” has also been nominated.
  • And, no doubt, many others. Please leave a comment below, if you have any.

[Note (03/02/2017): A U.S. Judge has temporarily granted a restraining order. The three judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have since upheld the restraining order.]

Remember the horrors inflicted by Nazi Germany during Hitler's dictatorship, the 'final solution' and his expansionist militaristic policies? Add to this, the near invincibility of the Imperial Roman Army. It offers some glimmer of hope that Trump will not succeed in attaining “absolute power”, when I hear about the strong resistance to his unconstitutional and hateful policies, and his apparent desire to reverse every achievements made in the advancement of civil rights and freedoms. Since his inauguration, there has been a march or protest against Trump's policies, statements and 'executive' orders practically everyday. We have all heard about his 'temper tantrums' on Twitter. How much longer can he hold out from venting his rage on those who oppose him? How much longer before he calls in the troops to put a stop to the marches and protests?
According to Global Firepower the United States is rated number one among the 126 countries listed on its database in regards to relative military strength. Using its unique analytical formula, the GPF incorporates data concerning modern military powers to display a list that puts the military powers of the world into full perspective, allowing for a broad spectrum of comparisons to be achieved concerning relative military strengths.
As Hitler sought for a greater Germany through military strength, does Trump have the same desire for America? Let us hope and pray that Donald Trump can be impeached before he takes America and the rest of the world down a dark, foreboding and destructive path.

For Roman Empire: HERE and HERE.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Real Estate Agent’s Heart Of Gold

Gets You Your Dream Home

by Nancy Snipper

Grant Spencer Vallinis is the real deal; even though you may think you’re seeing a magnificent mirage. No, you aren’t dreaming. Yes, he is easy on the eyes, but his allure is also deep within. He treats you like the person you deserve to be and beyond your wildest dreams. It’s not that Grant – the real estate agent is in it for the money; rather he has a passion for real estate that stems from his caring and wise late mother.

We often spent our weekends going to open houses. We actually wanted to start a mother/son realtor business.
My mother taught me golden values – treating a person with dignity and respect will always outweigh any amount of gold you wear or carry.”
He credits her for making him more aware of women’s needs, and this has translated into his work. He developed a sensitivity and understanding for women looking to buy on their own.

Grant is a mathematical genius – an acumen that works in your financial favour as a buyer. He ranked top 25% in numerous mathematics and computing competitions in Canada. He’s also a sportsman; volley ball was his sport, but a knee injury stopped him from considering making it his profession. Not one to give in to defeat, he founded Aftershock Volleyball Club in 2012. The athletes (ages 12 to 18) he trains compete at provincial and national events. They win most games, but the real victory he says is his. “The athletes gain self-esteem and self worth”.

Grant revealed he came from the school of hard knocks, and knows what it’s like to aspire to be something that seems out of your reach. “I know from personal experience hard work, empathy and perseverance, you can turn the odds into your favour. Today as a real estate broker I acknowledge that people have their own challenges but they still have their dreams. My role is to remove the obstacles so that their dreams of owning a house will happen. I want to make their house dream happen utilizing the conditions that are best suited for them, and making a perfect match: person to house.”

Luck brought Grant to me, via an unjust parking violation ticket sitting on my car, and this man stopped to take photos when I waved him down. he urged me to fight it. Now here’s the kicker, I had no idea what he did for a living until 5 hours after spending time with him that day.

Grant is the type of agent who is not out for the immediate and fast sell. As it happened, I was looking to buy. He spent another few hours with me at a later date to ask me all about the kind of house I was looking to buy. Soon, he had great ones lined up.

What really impressed me about this man, aside from his prompt and on-the mark – understanding of what I wanted – judging by the houses he showed me, was his incredible understanding of market trends that work in your favour, even if it meant holding on making a fast sale that would benefit him, rather than you.

I really felt he had my interest at heart; and he was fun to be with.
And when the time comes to make that score, he doesn’t just submit to a negotiation. He wants you to win, while avoiding any “foul play.”
After five years of meeting agents, I’ve finally found the one I want to work with, and I know he’ll find me my house.

Here’s the info:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dream Aria's Note to All Bands

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“This is a note to all Bands:

This Note Is to All Bands
Be CAREFUL before signing anything !!
Dream Aria has been doing music now for over 10 years 
and have been offered many different record deals as well
as all kinds of related music deals 
We almost signed a deal that once again was Hot Air 
but looked great  and very hard to tell the difference from this fake company to the real company
and it came from people on ReverbNation 
so, please before signing anything: 
#1 google the hell out of it 
#2 make phone calls 
#3 ask other people in the industry that You can trust 
#4 ask others about their relationship with the people you want to sign with
#5 if it all looks great go to a Music Lawyer 
we have now gone to a music lawyer 5 times, and each time they have recommended us not to sign. 
this is costly but will save you lots of time and money in the end.” 

Reprinted and posted with permission from email sent by Dream Aria (an indie band from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada) on March 14 2016.

To contact Dream Aria:  


[Translated to French by Sylvain Richard – editor]
« Ceci est une note à toutes les groupes:

Cette note est de toutes les groupes
Soyez prudent avant de signer quoi ca soit !!
Dream Aria fait de la musique maintenant plus de 10 ans
et ont été offert de nombreux records différentes offres ainsi
que toutes sortes de transactions de musique connexes
Nous avons presque signé un accord qui a été une fois de plus du blablabla
mais avait l'air super et très difficile de faire la différence à partir de cette fausse entreprise à la société réelle
et il est venu des gens sur ReverbNation
donc, s'il vous plaît avant de signer quoi ca soit:
# 1 google l'enfer
en dehors de ça
# 2 faire des appels téléphoniques
# 3 demander d'autres personnes dans l'industrie a qui vous pouvez faire confiance
# 4 demander d'autres au sujet de leur relation avec les gens que vous voulez signer avec
# 5 si tout ressemble bien consulter un Avocat de Musique
nous avons maintenant passé à un avocat de la musique 5 fois, et a chaque fois ils nous ont recommandé de ne pas signer.
ce qui est coûteux, mais vous permettra d'économiser beaucoup de temps et d'argent à la fin. »

Reproduit et affiché avec la permission de l'email envoyé par Dream Aria (un groupe indépendant provenant de Grimsby, Ontario, Canada) d’un courriel reçu le 14 Mars 2016.
Pour contacter Dream Aria:

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