Happy Canada Day! Let’s Appreciate Nature and Each Other Every Day!

When I was 9 years old my family and I moved from the suburbs to a rural country setting. Transferring to 2nd Line West was a big change for me. It was a move away from good friends from my public school as well as my minor hockey friends. This house was originally purchased as an investment property that was rented out until Mom decided to move us there in 1972. Just after the purchase I recall Dad driving me up to that sprawling ranch bungalow on two acres, with hedges running down each side of the eighty foot driveway. The property also had an in-ground pool at the back left corner, with a pool house and change rooms. The pool area was very removed from the house. The tool shed bordered on the north side of the property line. As Dad and I walked through the empty house he said, “Come with me. I’ve got Read More

Letting the World Happen To Us – My Book Into Movie Dream

Upon completing writing my first book Love, Care and Share, I had to read the publisher’s proof copy to approve a production print run for the book’s distribution. Driving home I decided to hook up my 30ft. trailer and head to the lake. There I found the perfect spot and backed my trailer in. I had a spectacular view of the water and began proof reading. As I started reading I heard a knock at the door. When I answered it a gentleman apologized for disturbing me and explained, “I thought you were the same person I met here last week. He was right here in the same spot, and had the same style of Airstream trailer as yours.” As Doug turned to walk away he stopped, looked back at me and asked, “What brings you here?” I told him about proof reading my book, which I had just independently published. We were both drawn Read More

2nd Edition of Love, Care and Share is Here!

When I first set out to write this book my intent was triple-fold. I wanted to capture the essence of my mother’s life, I needed to write down the stories which would help me and others to share my mother’s legacy, and I knew that it would be a good opportunity to bond even closer to my sisters. I did not know that through the journey of gathering and writing down the memories and stories, that I would rediscover my mother’s life long legacy: to help find joy within myself and in others. Why I had to Write This Book: I believe all people have an inherent desire to help others. Too many people are caught up in their pursuit of material things, achieving their goals, collecting “things”, building financial wealth. This leads to a preoccupied, busy mind and people do not embrace and experience being present with this desire and want. This desire is Read More

Change of Perspective – Not Easy To Do

A great friend of mine whom I have known since I was three year old has had an extremely difficult time lately. He realized his wife was having an affair and when he confronted her she decided to leave him for the other man. Bob was devastated and found himself falling into depression. He visited his doctor, a psychologist, and attended a self-help group for support. The doctors prescribed medication but Bob fell further deeper into his depression, which included serious thoughts of suicide. One evening he expressed his mental condition to his son. His son made a 911 call, and Bob was rushed to a local hospital. For two days he was detained in the mental health wing. During this time Bob was also having paranoid thoughts regarding his physical health and asked for full blood works and a physical examination. While waiting to see one of his doctors he met Trish in the Read More

How I Wrote My Book in Under Four Months

I have always enjoyed finding the right words to fit into my poetry! However, it was a brand new experience for me when I wrote my book in under four months – no less! My youngest sister and I started this journey side by side 5 years ago. After we all lost our incredible and amazing mother. We interviewed the people together planning to include their insights in the impending book. Then we agreed that Julie would write the book and as I have a strong sales background, I would follow through with marketing and selling our mother’s uplifting and inspirational life story. After we had completed the interview process with 18 people, my sister was not responding to my calls and I knew something was up. Many weeks went by and I finally connected with her. Julie then expressed to me that she could not write this book. Something was holding her back. As she told Read More

Stress And Burnout Survival Strategies

Stress and burnout have become universal conditions! We must find ways to avoid or minimize the effects of this malady before it becomes debilitating and negatively impacts all areas of our lives. I run a busy LED lighting design company, and just became a fully fledged author this month. After nearly four years of planning, writing and going through all the stages of the publishing process to share my book with the world, Author Kristen Lamb’s latest blog post hit home. Stress and lack of time to accomplish all we need to do are part of our every day struggles and burnout can be around the next corner when we least expect it. So when my editor/publisher, Tanya Freedman shared with me Kristen Lamb’s blog post, I had to share it with you all. For LINK to full blog post, click here. In this informative, insightful and sometimes humorous article Ms. Lamb shares some coping Read More

How I Found An Editor, Finished and Published The Book

This is directly from the beginning of the book, Love, Care and Share: Preface While preparing to write the book, I booked a trip to Cuba at a remote resort on the peninsula of Cayo Coco to centre myself. To sit in a lawn chair, stare at the stars, gaze at the ocean, read the “Autobiography of a Yogi,” eat fresh lobster on the beach, ride a scooter around the peninsula, and walk along the shore to find my inner spiritual strength. I needed clarity to make some extremely important decisions before embarking on this impending commitment ahead of me. My youngest sister, Julie, came along; we had initiated this work together three years ago after my mother’s passing. Now it was time to blow more wind into the sail of this labour of love. My fun, loving sister would also bring lots of depth to the book. One of the decisions was how to Read More

Why I Had to Write Love, Care & Share – Part 1

Many people have already read my book, Love, Care and Share, and the reviews have been incredibly gratifying. I now realize how important it was to write this inspiring book for myself, but also how it has already helped and brought joy and meaning to so many people. The book reviews and the personal messages I have received  for this inspiring book have made every moment of the journey worthwhile. Even those times when my memories were hard to recall and write about. But most of the writing adventure has been just that; a glorious, engaging and joyful experience which has helped me grow and become even more grateful for all aspects of my life. Before I tell you about my journey to getting the final, published book in my hands, my book’s introduction explains the first part of why I felt compelled to write Love, Care and Share: INTRODUCTION: As I embarked on this Read More

Love Care & Share Book Launch: Sun July 31, 2016

Finally, exciting news for all my friends, family and other amazing supporters! The book launch for Love Care and Share is on Sunday at 2-4pm on July 31, 2016. In Norval, Ontario. For more information please email me: contact@TomHerstadBook.com Writing this book has shown me just how much my Mother’s life principles have formed the foundations of my life and continues to do so to this very day. Additionally, her constant and consistent focus on finding the good in all who came across her path made her an uplifting life-force her entire journey here on earth. Please contact me below for the complete address of the book launch venue or those of you who have my cell phone number may wish to contact me that way.In the meantime, while we wait for the Love Care Share book launch please visit the rest of this site where you can read the amazing coincidences that occurred as Read More