No Life Like It

No Life Like It: Bring on the Scary Flicks or Maybe Not

Above image: My husband and me in Madrid on Halloween. 

Growing up, I loved horror shows. Bring them on. It didn’t matter if it was winter, spring, summer, or even better yet, the frightening season. However, I didn’t watch them at Christmas. December is a feel-good month reserved for movies like The Sound of Music

From my first horror movie Friday the 13th with Michael Myers, to My Deadly Friend, and we can’t forget the Nightmare on Elm Street series, I enjoyed them. But, as I aged, so did the need for the quality of the storyline. I think the last real horror, horror film I watched, on my own accord, and the entire movie in one sitting was with my husband. The movie was Gothika, and it had a few disturbing twists. 

While I would not consider them horror films, I enjoyed The Others with Nicole Kidman and The 6th Sense with Bruce Willis. And I can’t forget our family’s annual fall tradition of watching Signs. In our house, it is a childhood right of passage. When you are old enough, you can watch it. We do this on Thanksgiving Weekend when everyone is home.  

In this E-Zine, we have 10 Halloween horror movies. If you are looking for a scare this weekend, I am confident one of them will fit the bill. I will admit most of them were recommended by my daughters. It seems the passion for horror flicks runs in our family. So if you are looking for witches, ghosts, or psychotic killers, you have come to the right place. 

If I indulge in a horror movie today, like the 2018 Hereditary, with Toni Collins. I google the movie, read the plot line, and sometimes go further. Okay, most times, where I read the synopsis. After I do that – I don’t feel like I need to watch it. So, needless to say, I didn’t fully watch what the British newspaper The Mirror calls “one of the most disturbing movies ever made.” But I did read about it and watched the ending. Read 10 Horror Flick for Halloween, where you can also view the trailers. I found most them scary, except the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show

Moving on to the festive season, Canada Post announced their annual free delivery of letters and parcels to deployed troops last week. This year marks the 17th year the program is being offered. You can read about it here. I recommend you send your parcels sooner than later if you have a loved one deployed. 

In this issue, if you are a military or veteran spouse and looking for a career change or trying to figure out a career path, don’t miss Military Family Services Virtual Career Fair and Portfolio Development Program. The Career Fair takes place on two days, one morning and one afternoon, and the Portfolio Development Program is a six-week course. You can read more about them here

Also, last week, the Federal Court certified the Veterans Class Action Lawsuit court case for veterans. It was filed on behalf of Veterans who suffered “debilitating injuries and illnesses as a result of their service in the Canadian Armed Forces.” The lawsuit alleges that Canada provided “erroneous advice to these Veterans in its administration of the Earnings Loss Benefit and the Supplementary Retirement Benefit. Read more here. 

We also remember Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. This year marked the eighth anniversary of the unbelievable attacks on both soldiers. Read the full article here

And when it comes to taking care of yourself in this issue, we have 5 Self-Care Strategies if you feel like you are burning out. I have found gardening is one of the best ways to reduce my stress. I don’t know if it is because I am playing dirt or because the yard our year looks fabulous once completed. With autumn here, this is the time to plant fall bulbs which include: tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, crocus, and snowdrops, to mention a few. You can read more about it in Fall Bulbs Bring Spring Flowers. 

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Enjoy this week’s articles! 

Until next time, 

Cyndi Mills 

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Cyndi Mills - Owner | Publisher CMF Magazine

Admittedly the Queen of Typos, Cyndi Mills strives for none, but one or two always seems to slip in. She apologizes! Over the last 29 years Cyndi has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London, and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military. Raising her third and fourth teenagers, she tries to keep sane by walking, gardening, writing, and spending time with her family while running Canadian Military Family Magazine.

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