Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 10!


Round 1 Voting for #Searchlight2020 closes at 3p.m. Eastern/ 12p.m. Pacific today, so if you want to vote, you’ll need to do so before then.  Link:

Likes, shares, comments are also extremely helpful- I value your insight.  Thank you so much for the support  you’re providing. ♥    

This can be a vulnerable place to be, and it’s been encouraging and heartwarming to receive support for this song because it matters to me on a personal level. Thank you for letting me share Michael with you and for joining me in celebrating her.  ♥  

100 entries will move forward to Round 2- 50 based on public voting, and 50 based on internal judges’ choices.

Searchlight2020 Voting Day 7

We’re one week in! Brush that snow off and keep voting daily for “Hey Girl”, if you will, please. Every vote counts in a big way and likes and shares do too! Thank you so much for your support! Here is the link:


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Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 6

Just got back from Arnprior Public Library’s “Share the Stage” open mic, where I played “Hey Girl”, and a couple others.

Here’s the link to vote for “Hey Girl”, if you would, daily thru Feb. 13:

Thank you again, for your support. I appreciate it. #Searchlight2020


Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 5


We’re at the Mid way point for Round 1 of CBC #Searchlight2020! Please, if you would, continue voting daily through February 13 for Hey Girl. Likes and Shares are also very helpful.  Link:

Michael trivia: Favourite treats: clover- especially the pink, and Hawthorn berries.


Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 3


It’s CBC #Searchlight2020 ‘s Voting Day 3. Link: Please like, share, and vote daily, if you would. Thank you so much for your interest, and time. Your support is greatly appreciated! You can vote daily from anywhere in the world through February 13. 💜🌄💡🐮🔦🎶🎼🎵🎤🌹💐📻💞🙊🙈🙉

Searchlight 2020

I have entered the CBC’s #Searchlight2020 with an original song I wrote for Michael. I raised Michael after she lost her mother.

The song is lyrically simple but I think it’s strong and authentic.

Round 1 voting has just opened and runs to February 13th. After that, 100 entries will move forward to Round 2.  I’d greatly appreciate sharing and voting, if you would. Voting can be done daily, and, I think, is allowed on multiple devices.  Here is my link:

I’ll be posted related content daily, as a reminder to vote each day.  Thank you so much for your support!


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Please share for Fireball ♥

Laurie Telgen to Lost Cat Network

Fireball may be at large in Quinte West, or Belleville, generally. He may, too, be elsewhere.

I was Fireball’s outdoor caretaker when he was born into a colony in Arnprior. As a kitten, he ran headlong into situations, spooked, but landed on his feet, and I hope he’ll land on them this time.

Fireball was tame at six months of age when I caught him, in the Fall of 2015, for my neighbour, who offered him and his more feral sister, Stealth, a home. He was neutered last year.

Fireball was rehomed toward the end of December, 2018, as my neighbour was moving and unable to bring all of her cats to her new accomodations. The provision was made that she would take him back if he wasn’t a fit for his new owners. Soon after, she heard through a mutual acquaintance that Fireball had marked the furniture in his new home, in Belleville- I believe in Quinte West area, and his new owners had “gotten rid” of him.

I’m writing to emphasize there are people who care about Fireball and we are looking for him and want him to be safe. Police have been contacted.

If he is not wanted where he is, he is wanted here. I am concerned about him. If you think you have any information about Fireball’s status or location, please contact me here. I’ve attached a recent photo and a film from his early days in Arnprior. Thank you for your time. It’s appreciated.



I went out on the MacNamara Trail yesterday, for the first time in ages, and bumped right into the above beautifully magical individual.  I had seen a pic someone had posted locally a few weeks ago of, I presume, this owl. I hadn’t seen mention since, but was wondering aloud before I hit the Trail about how to find one of these creatures. I’ve not stumbled upon one, at least to my knowledge, previously.  Where do I look? What time of day do these people who see owls go out? Well, it was afternoon when I chanced upon this one.   Last night on the Trail’s fb page, I noticed someone had posted a pic several days ago of a barred owl there.  So, it seems, at least one barred owl has taken up residence visibly on the trail.  I suppose s/he was rather sleepy during the time of my arrival- I saw a large bird swoop upward into the trees.  Could be an owl, I thought. Or maybe a hawk- I’ve seen one in the neighbourhood in the last few years.  I paused- I wanted to see if s/he might return relatively quickly.  It didn’t appear the individual had flown far- the rate of speed utilized indicated otherwise- so I figured s/he was likely near.  Whether I’d be able to spot her was another matter.  I told the chickadees I was going to see if the porcupines were home, but I’d be back later. Off I went, slowly, wondering where the owl might be when, suddenly, I looked up and there s/he was, perched serenely on an arched branch, directly above the trail, I’d say, less than 50 feet from where I’d left. Looking down with interest from double arched branches directly above the trail, the image suggested to me a “Welcome to the MacNamara Trail”.  S/he graciously posed for photos.  I decided s/he would be tolerant of a direct address and so proceeded with,

“I guess you’re used to people, here,” or something of the like.  I think I took some more footage before s/he calmly flew back in the direction she had commenced from.  I gave my thanks, audibly, as I do, and continued on my way to check on the porcupines.  It was quickly obvious no one had ventured their way in some time. The snow was significantly over my boots on their trail. Back tomorrow with my snowshoes! I decided, and turned back to see if I might be able to find the owl once more.  I did, and s/he allowed more photos and video and was so wonderfully open and interested. S/he turned away a few times, nodding off, I thought, but then would turn back toward me and give me a little more attention. I filled my memory card and then stayed just watching.  I moved closer, heading in the direction of home, slowly, and the majestic creature took flight once more.  That was enough.

I was back on the trail today with my wooden snow shoes- fantastic contraptions they are, indeed.  No sign of the owl. A few squirrel tracks, instead. So, they’re enduring, it seems.  All was quiet with the porcupines. The den didn’t appear to be occupied just then, but difficult to say one way or the other unless you actually see their white quills in the dark space.  I didn’t take notice of any, today.  There were some apparent trails there, though, so I think they are using the den, generally.  The weather was turning and it was snowing heavily when I left. I had figured that might end up the case, earlier, when the friendly owl was notably absent from view.  Sleeping in a tree, maybe, today.