UBCP/ACTRA Awards 2014 – Crystal Lowe and Joel Berg Nominated

On November 22, 2014 the red carpet will be rolled out at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver for the UBCP/ACTRA Awards. Hosted by the immensely talented Tom Cavanagh the gala event will honor five UBCP/ACTRA Members for work done in the past year.

The nominees are:


Sara Canning: Remedy – Scary Bears
Luisa d’Oliveira: Cracked – Episode 7 Season 2
Pascale Hutton: Arctic Air – On The Edge
Crystal Lowe: Signed, Sealed, Delivered – The Future Me
Colleen Rennison: Down River
April Telek: Leap 4 Your Life
April Telek: Christmas Bounty


Iain Belcher: Almost Human – Perception
Joel Berg: Signed, Sealed, Delivered – To Whom It May Concern
Taylor Hill: Leap 4 Your Life
Laine MacNeil: The Killing – Eminent Domain
Christina Sicoli: Afterparty
Cate Sproule: The Killing – The Jungle
Connor Stanhope: When Calls the Heart – Second Chances

For all categories, click here.

Welcome To My Little Corner of the Internet!

Wherever I go, folks always ask me the same question: “We loved “Touched By An Angel” and its message of love and faith and family.

What are you doing NOW, Martha?

”Well, I’m doing the best I can.I’m trying to be a good mother to my teen-age girls, I’m helping my husband recover from a stroke and learning to be an effective care giver. I’m still trying to process the fact that the AARP is now sending me letters! I’m learning to get healthy and stay healthy, I’m still learning how to be a better wife and sister and neighbor and friend, and, after thirty years in show business, I’m still writing family and inspirational television and films and now I’m expanding my horizons to include speaking to groups and even singing on stages. But most important, I’m still walking the road of faith and praising God every day for the amazing blessings of being alive.

But more important than what I’m doing is what YOU are doing! How is your heart? Where are your dreams taking you? Do they still inspire you or are they hard to hold on to? What do you need to hear that will encourage you to carry on?

That’s what this website is for – to hear from you and to share with you a little daily encouragement, some inspirational storytelling, messages of hope and faith, weekly videos filled with love and laughter and hopefully a little wisdom!

But I can’t do it without you, so please visit often and share your comments and your own messages of encouragement. Remember that none of us is perfect – some days are harder than others, some days we let others down and sometimes we let ourselves down. But EVERY DAY is a God-given chance to begin again. Let’s do it together.

Love, Martha

At least 12 dead, suspects sought in Navy shooting

Washington Naval Yard Shooting WASHINGTON — A manhunt was underway for two more possible shooters after at least 12 people were killed and several others wounded Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters here, Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. Lanier said a shooter was dead and one police officer was wounded in an “engagement” with at least one gunman.

She said authorities have “multiple” pieces of information indicating there could have been more shooters. Lanier, who said the FBI is now taking the lead in the probe, said no motive for the shootings had been determined.

Read more from the original article by John Bacon and Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TODAY

FROM MARTHA: I am so pleased to see that so many folks who join us come from so many different faiths, even though it’s pretty general knowledge that I, myself, am a Christian. For me, that is a deeply personal journey that can’t be defined by the politics or the social or cultural opinions of the day.

The word Christian and the phrase “born again” have been used and misused so often that more often than not I find myself saying, “yes, I’m a Christian” and then feeling that I have to go on and explain what I am NOT as much as what I am. But going through some old journals the other day, I found something that I copied down for myself back in 1985. It was a short letter from a third century martyr named St. Cyprian to his friend Donatis.

In a few words, this voice from almost two thousand years ago reminded me how very simple a person’s faith can be and still make a powerful difference. Here it is:

“This is a cheerful world as I see it from my garden under the shadows of my vines. But if I were to ascend some high mountain and look out over the wide lands, you know very well what I should see; brigands on the highways, pirates on the seas, armies fighting, cities burning, in the amphitheaters men murdered to entertain applauding crowds; selfishness, cruelty, misery and despair under all roofs.”

It is a bad world, Donatis, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatis, are the Christians, and I am one of them.”

May God bless each of us today with simple truths. The truth of His enduring love. The joy that it brings. And may each of us find, with His help, a simple way to pass that on.

Please share how your faith sustains you on a day like today when we are reminded that we live in a violent world.


She accomplished at 64, one year short of Medicare eligibility, what she first failed at when 28.

Diana Nyda

Let’s face it, America is a youth-obsessed place. This has long been obvious in such areas as entertainment and advertising. But it is increasingly true in a host of other industries that are turning to a younger, more tech-savvy (and lower-paid) workforce to cope with changing times.

So the sight of Diana Nyad, 64, coming ashore in Key West on Labor Day must be especially gratifying to those who are feeling more expendable, less relevant, or just plain old.

It’s not only that Nyad accomplished this amazing feat: swimming for nearly 55 hours and more than 100 miles through shark- and jellyfish-infested waters from Cuba to Florida. It’s that she accomplished at 64, one year short of Medicare eligibility, what she first failed at when 28.

She succeeded this time after learning from her four previous attempts at the Straits of Florida. The broader message is this: If the importance of experience and mental toughness is easy to overlook in endurance sports, perhaps it is being overlooked in other pursuits, too.

Nyad also likely benefited from the skills she developed outside her singular pursuit.

To help support her swimming habit, she became an uncommonly good motivational speaker. A typical speech might range from a candid account of being raped at 14 by her coach, to the humorous story of her first distance swim on Lake Ontario when she ended up in the hospital next to a man who had just crashed his speed boat.

She has also become an accomplished sports journalist. She wrote a 1999 book on NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson, whose career never quite reached its potential. Her feat makes that pairing seem oddly reversed, kind of like when Jimi Hendrix opened for the Monkees in 1967.

These skills she developed out of the water helped her raise money, attract news media attention and put together a dedicated support team — all vital in a pursuit like hers.

Nyad is compelling testament to the wisdom and expertise that come with age to those who are persistent in the face of adversity. Her achievement should be studied not just in the sports world but also in schools, corporate offices and factory floors everywhere.

USA TODAY’s editorial opinions are decided by its Editorial Board, separate from the news staff. Most editorials are coupled with an opposing view — a unique USA TODAY feature.


The Editorial Board, USA TODAY 7:24 p.m. EDT September 3, 2013

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning O Lord and in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and I will look up.

From Martha: When I read this Psalm it reminded me of my dad. My dad was not the sort of person who would run around and grab people by the lapels and say “come to Jesus!” “Repent and be saved!” But people could always tell what he believed by the way he lived and the way he helped people.

He was a kind, friendly gentleman and no one ever questioned his great faith. And one of the ways I knew that he truly loved God was one little thing that he always did. Every morning as he walked into the kitchen he would stop at the back door, the kitchen door that faced the east where the sun was coming up. He would pull back the drape and look at the sunrise and he would say a little quiet prayer.

I never knew what he said. I don’t know if it was the same prayer every day or if it was a different prayer every day, but I know that he always stopped there on that little step and spent a moment with the Lord, preparing himself for the day. I imagine that he prayed for his family and for our safety and for my future and certainly prayed that our family would come together again in safety at the end of the day. And I’m sure it included some words of thanksgiving. It was a touching habit and a powerful example to me. And I’m sure that it came from a line from one of his favorite hymns “Great is Thy Faithfulness”: “Morning by morning new mercies I see.”

He taught me that every single morning God gives you a brand new sunrise, a brand new start, every morning His mercies are new, yesterday is gone, God has given you a brand new today. So, right now where you are sitting at your computer, whatever you have to do after you click me off today, remember that God is already preparing a brand new day tomorrow, with brand new mercies, with great forgiveness, and a chance to start over.