Everyone Has a Story

It’s been awhile since I wrote something here on my blog.  Who has the time I wonder?   A lot has happened for me this year.  I love challenges and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.  Well, that’s not always true, but I do try.

This year, I decided to take up writing.  After all, doesn’t everyone want to write a book sometime in their life?   Although I may be 80 years old before I have my first novel published, at least I finally have a few stories written.  I even attended a writing workshop put on by a talented local author, Glenna Mageau.  I am so privileged to learn from this truly delightful human being, and to be able to draw from her expertise.  Her workshops are fun, informative, engaging and interactive.  I am pumped and ready to let the fountain of words spew forth.  I have been told by many a friend that I have a book in me waiting to come out.  So I have decided that it’s time to follow up on all those words of encouragement with action.  And before age 80, preferably.

Whether it’s a business letter or an excessively lengthy explanation on a questionnaire, a blog post or one of my many singing telegrams,  I often find myself pouring out words by the thousands.  Writing has never been much of a struggle for me.  Summarizing, on the other hand… well that’s another story.  I have never quite grasped the whole ‘less is more’ concept.

So I wonder, what is the project you have been putting off, my friend?  Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  What do you think?  Do you have a story to share with the world?  Something to ponder.

One thing I love about my job as a singing telegrammer, is that I get to take people’s own, unique stories, write a poem about them and set them to music.  That, and embarrassing the heck out of people by singing to them in public… well… I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy that, too.   After all, a girl just wants to have fun.

Never Too Old

Photo by Micki Findlay @ www.thesingingphotographer.com




Samuel & His Family Need Our Help

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This little fella’s name is Samuel Naylor. He just underwent a long & involved surgery at BC Children’s Hospital, in order to remove a malignant tumour that was wrapped around his brain stem where it connects to his spinal cord. This is but one step in, what will be, a long journey for this little boy & his family. Unfortunately, they were unable to remove all of the tumour.  Samuel has stage 4 brain cancer.

Samuel’s parents, John & Marie Naylor, have five children; three of whom have serious health issues. So the accumulated financial burdens have become more than they can manage. They are facing overwhelming expenses due to numerous hospital visits, medications, therapy, travel costs and missed work.

The Naylors are a wonderful, loving family who are active and involved in their community in Parksville, BC. Right now, they just need a few, caring ‘angels’ who would find it in their hearts to give them a hand during this difficult time. Perhaps you can identify with their struggles.

If you are able to contribute, this family would be so appreciative and encouraged. Even a small amount …it all adds up. To Donate go to: http://www.gofundme.com/samuelnaylor

(If you would like to donate in an alternate way, message us for info.)
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Magic Happens When You Pay It Forward


So the coolest thing happened, that I hope will inspire you to ‘pay it forward’…


When I went to our local gas station to fill up one evening, I walked up to the counter to pay and I said to the tall, young man there…

“You are my hero.”  He looked surprised and asked me why.

I said, “Because every time I come in here, I see how you go out of your way to be friendly and cheerful to customers, no matter how tired you must be, or what kind of day you are having. You are a rare human being.”

He replied, “Well thank you. I try.”

I asked him, “What kind of chocolate bar do you like?”

He said, “I like them all, but especially 3 Musketeers.”

So I grabbed one, paid for it and gave it to him.

He said, “Thank you, but you don’t have to buy me a chocolate bar.”

I replied, “It’s the least I can do.”

He said, “Well thank you. I will share it with the others who work here.”

I said, “I am not surprised that you would.”

Then, he noticed that my Jeep said “Tickleberry Telegrams” on the door.

He said, “You do singing telegrams? Cool! My girlfriend’s birthday is coming up and I would love to give her something special. Do you have a business card?”

“Sure do.” I replied.

Anyhow, to make a long story short… when we make a point of doing something nice for someone, you just never know what will come of it. And, because of his awesome attitude, I gave him an awesome deal on his telegram. So what goes around comes around.

Looking for a Singing Telegram on Vancouver Island?  Go to www.tickleberrytelegrams.com

Original Wedding Songs

Well, it’s been a very productive few weeks for me.  Although I primarily write and perform singing telegrams, I am also asked to compose wedding songs for couples.  As fun as the singing telegrams are to do, I especially enjoy the process and the challenge of writing a unique song for such an important and special day as a wedding.  It can take up to three months for the whole process – from gathering information about the couple, to writing the poem, putting the poem to music, getting it approved and making whatever adjustments that need to made, to designing the CD label and cover, creating a framed keepsake of the song, then going to the recording studio to have the song recorded.  Then, finally, shipping the CD’s off to wherever in the world they are going.

The customer I am working with right now happens to live in Australia and it has been such a pleasure working with her.  I am happy to say that she is thrilled with her song.  After reading the words, she asked if there was any way for her to hear the tune in advance.  I managed to find a way to do a rough recording for her from home and send it to her by email and, again, she was thrilled.  It is very rewarding to do something so personal for someone and then to have them be so appreciative and happy about what I’ve done.   I have the best job.

Everything is written and designed.  Now I am just practising the song so I will be ready for the recording session on Wednesday, plus, I need to print off her CD labels and such.   We are on the home stretch and everything will be ready for my customer well before her wedding date.  Yay!

Photos taken by Shelley Findlay

Looking for a Wedding Song or a Singing Telegram on Vancouver Island?  Go to www.tickleberrytelegrams.com


Have You Made Someone’s Day? Has Someone Made Yours? (Win a Telegram!)

I love to hear stories about people being surprised by an unexpected gift, a word of encouragement or an act of kindness.  These are the things that pick us up and out of the doldrums and make our lives so meaningful and memorable.

Share your story in 500 words or less and, if your story is picked, you will Win a Singing Phone-a-Gram to surprise that special someone in your life, anywhere in Canada or the States!  The only prerequisite is that you ‘Like’ our ‘Tickleberry Telegrams’ Facebook page before entering.


Good luck to you all and may the best story win!  If there is a tie, a random generator will pick the winner.

Cheers, Micki (aka ‘Tickleberry’)

Looking for a Singing Telegram on Vancouver Island?  Go to www.tickleberrytelegrams.com

A Telegram From the Military

I received an email from a fella in the military in Alberta.  He could not be with his girlfriend on her birthday in Victoria so he wanted me to surprise her with a special song written just for her.   This is what I love about my job… I have the honour of ‘connecting’ loved ones when life’s circumstances will not allow them to be together.  How great is that?

When I arrived at her door, she was so shocked, she squealed and almost completely shut the door in my face.  Pretty funny!  So I honked my clown horn and told her she couldn’t run away!!  Haha!   Turned out she loved the song, (I could tell) I made her day and my so my job was complete.  Everyone wins!

Looking for a Singing Telegram on Vancouver Island?  Go to www.tickleberrytelegrams.com

Our Goal Was Met For Japan!

WE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $10,000.00 AND BEYOND! $10,012.73!!

Thank you to each and every Etsy seller, and others who have contributed, for making this possible! It is amazing what can happen when people join together with a common purpose!

Sara of Sarawen Perfume Art on Etsy was our final contributor who tipped the scales and brought us to our goal. She is a Canadian from Ontario. Thank you Sara!

I will be doing an article soon on each and every person and shop that has contributed to our fundraising efforts on Facebook. Thank you everyone!

Let us not forget Japan and their struggles even though we aren’t hearing about it in the news as often. There are several areas in our world that have been hit by natural disasters. My hope is that this fundraising effort for Japan might encourage each and every one of us to remember others who are struggling and to inspire us all to reach past ourselves and donate what we can, utilizing the talents we possess. We are all neighbours and we need each other.

God bless each and every one of you who have been so supportive to this cause as well as to me personally. I have met so many wonderful, caring people through this from all parts of the world and I consider myself privileged to have connected with all of you. Imagine what could happen if everyone in the world donated just one thing… whether it be a piece of art, a song, a service…whatever! Anyone can start a fundraiser. Anyone… young or old. Just find a need and do your part to fill it, and ask for help from others. I hope to see many more fundraisers like this one pop up everywhere. Get inspired! Thanks again! Micki


Looking for a Singing Telegram on Vancouver Island?  Go to www.tickleberrytelegrams.com

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