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Rants n’ Rascals is all about sharing the ups and downs of life in a passionate and honest way. It’s about parenting without borders and boundaries, motherhood that is not perfect and fatherhood fraught with learning. It’s about the concept of speaking out about issues that are evolving around us every day, whether it’s a news format, entertainment, products or reviews, disabilities we all encounter, or what’s going on in and around the place we live. 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: TO SHARE UPLIFTING STORIES THAT MAKE YOU SMILE, LAUGH, CRY AND REALIZE  YOU AREN’T ALONE!


 

jodiJODI P. SHAW FOUNDER – CREATIVE INSPIRATION – DISH DIVA & WRANGLER OF THE RASCALS

My name is Jodi. I am a mom of all boys (heaven help me!) that not only tug on my heart strings but are quickly turning me gray. My youngest is 9 and was born with mild Cerebral Palsy and was a Children’s Hospital baby the first five years of his life. At the age of six he was diagnosed with early onset bipolar disorder, sensory disorder, anxiety and learning difficulties. He is my cuddle bug, my monkey, and my angry little monster who keeps me on my toes. My oldest is sixteen, in a two year relationship with is girlfriend whom he says he’s gonna marry, and is currently practicing for his driving exam (thus my gray hair). Sports minded, honor roll student, he is one of the best people I’ve ever known. I will blog about them often, sharing the ups and downs riding my crazy train that leads to Mommyville.  

I am married to a very sweet, kind, gentle hearted, Nascar loving man, who in the past ten years has taught me how to love myself, even the parts I wish I could hide away from the world. I’m an empath: a person with the ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual. Sounds kinda science fiction doesn’t it? It actually just means I feel things deeply when around others and others find themselves opening up to me about their life, which makes for an interesting journey.

I’m loud, obnoxious at times, sarcastic and an optimistic pessimist easily annoyed by people. I love any DIY and I’m a geek girl at heart, web designer and writer of romance novels, because I’m a sucker for true love!

I was born a city girl with a country girl’s heart. I grew up in Vancouver and went to one of the largest inner city high schools with a population of 2500 students from over 30 different countries. I learned tolerance, faith in others, discipline and how to not give a rats patootie what others think of you because what you think of yourself is more important. I went on to work several jobs, including: cab dispatcher, barrister, cash clerk, sales, hairdressing, office administration and freelance writer.

I am a published author of Chicken Soup for the Soul – Love Stories, Divorce & Recovery. I was a single mother for five years before I met and married my husband, and it was because of him I followed my love of writing leading me here. Thanks babe for pushing me to believe in myself and to always connect with others.

I hope you stick around a while, enjoy your stay here and the stories and articles we share at Rants n’ Rascals that we hope you find uplifting, encouraging, helpful and insightful. My goal is to connect with you, listen to your stories as parenting is never easy and we can all use a friend.


579268_403789896306195_143764452308742_1478312_1755752614_nCOREY SHAW – COBLOGGER – DAD REVIEWER – LAUNDRY KING – THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Hi my name is Corey. I’m a father of three boys and a step-parent. I am also a brain injury survivor. Ever seen that movie ’50 First Dates’ with Drew Barrymore? Yeah well, that’s me! I had a motorcycle accident when I was 18 years old that rendered me a clean slate in life. Basically I go to sleep every night and when I wake up the next day I have no recollection of the previous days events. I remember my kids (though sometimes) I wish I could forget the crazy things they do. And I remember my wife (if I didn’t) she’d hogtie and shoot me. But the events; where I go and things I do, people I meet. I don’t keep any of it. Some people feel sad for me, I don’t know why I won’t remember you felt sad anyhow LOL. I feel blessed. Every day is a new day for me, I get a clean start on life and each day brings new possibilities, adventures and I don’t carry the burden of worrying about anything. Plus if I forget to do the dishes or take out the trash I have an excuse!

Born in Burns Lake, I grew up in Prince George, British Columbia. I went to a very small school and I’m a hick at heart. Growing up lakeside, on farms, surrounded by everyone who knew me and I knew them was a wonderful thing. It gave me a sense of family, community and self.

After my accident, I was told I wouldn’t get married, have kids, enjoy fatherhood or any of the ups and downs life offers you when you parent. Then I met my wife and she encouraged me to believe that I can do anything I put my mind to, never treating me like someone disabled or incompetent.

I’m glad you came by. I write a column called Dad Spot here on the blog, sharing reviews, thoughts on life, parenting with a brain injury and more. I appreciate all comments and will do my best to respond to each of you. You can reach me at vinni771@gmail.com or visit me on twitter @theforgetfuldad