The Happiness Report: Shantelle Bisson.

She’s written a damn good how-to tome for parents and humans in general.

She owns a freakin’ marina. (That makes her the Canadian Aquama- er, Aquawoman, in my books.)

She’s helped to raise three daughters, been part of a successful coupling for three decades, been a devoted philanthropist, and while she’s the first to admit that she’s not perfect, she’s perpetually positive while online, something most of us can only hope to do on a regular basis.

Shantelle Bisson is the name, building a media empire of TV appearances, acting credits, writing shows and reviving beloved historical marinas (among other things) is her game. Today she’s here on my humble little blog to raise the world’s collective spirit by sharing five things that make her happy even as the world appears to be imploding.

ONE)  While living during these sci-fi Covid-19 days at our LA home I have to say that the #1 thing that makes me happy currently is being Canadian. I’m proud of how not only our government has handled the virus, but also our banks and how both entities that typically take so much from us have quickly stepped up to the plate to offer aid in every way.

Let’s just say that’s not happening so much down here. Now, I’m aware that nothing is for free and this money will be taxed, but so would any income people would be making, so to me it’s fair; and it makes me happy and proud!

As a recipient of the Canadian CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) program, I wholeheartedly agree. The Canadian government has really come through for its citizens.


TWO)  That I’m quarantining with two of my three daughters who LOVE to cook. This is forced labor that I happen to dislike very much, with the exception of cooking for large gatherings! So the fact that I’m stuck eating at home meal after meal after damn meal, I couldn’t be HAPPIER that they’re doing the lion’s share of the work!


THREE)  Maybe this should have been number one…but I’m insanely happy for my health and the health of my family and my circle of special important peeps. This is an incredible gift that is seldom lost on me, but especially right now.

It’s true; if you go out to a store for essentials al you have to do is cough to clear the aisles. Good health is a superpower right now.


FOUR)  I’m completely blown away at the positive feedback I’m receiving about my debut book, and that despite the weird time in history that it was released my team and I are finding creative ways to connect with readers. I’m deeply happy that people give a single fuck about it, never mind they actually LIKE IT!

It’s actually really good. I’m not the target demographic for some of the chapters but I was intrigued by the section  on “dirty electricity” (it’s not, as the name implies, about coitus involving electrodes).


FIVE)  Tequila and Netflix are keeping me seriously happy these days!

I don’t drink alcohol, but Netflix is a lifesaver.


Shantilly’s Place: The freakin’ afforementioned marina.

There you have it, folks, another round of inspiring shares from a great mom and Canadian designed to boost morale for my ten readers. You’re welcome and stay safe, you hear? My eternal gratitude to Shantelle Bisson for being so accessible and generous with her still-invaluable time. FYI: You can find her work with regards to her first book: Raising Your Kids Without Losing Your Cool at Indigo, Amazon, both Canada and US, Barnes and Nobles and Target.

The follow-up, Parenting Your Teen Without Losing Your Cool, will be available, well, I don’t know when (I’m not her agent, people!) but it’s sure to be kick-ass.

See you in the lobby, kids…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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18 Responses to The Happiness Report: Shantelle Bisson.

  1. Interesting post, Hook. Nice promo for Shantelle.

  2. Theresa says:

    Hey Hook! I haven’t written to you in a while. I loved the piece on Shantelle. I just wish she would finish Black Picket Fence. She left us hanging at a critical part in the story; she promised us she was finishing it but I guess it didn’t get published. I’m happy at her success with her parenting book. It’s not my thing, I have no kids, but I have coached 3 sports for girls for over a decade and helped raise 6 nieces and nephews, who are now in their 20’s, 30’s and 1 is 40. I was looking at retiring in June but, well, now that’s been put off for a year or two due to my investments tanking big time!
    If I was Canadian, I’d be proud too! I wish I was! I hate this jackass that runs this country, he has single handedly screwed up this event making it the worst in the entire world. Living in the densely populated North East, we are seeing numbers of deaths and new cases continue to rise daily. Yet he wants to start sports up because he is tired of watching “14 year old ball games”. He should be taking care of the country and NOT WATCHING THE FREAKIN TV!!! What a jackass!
    I wanted to sell everything and move to Canada but my partner of 37 years wouldn’t leave. So I’m stuck here with this narcissistic, misogynistic, psychotic mental patient as President.
    Be proud to be Canadian Hook. Continue to amuse us with your stories and interviews with people we like to hear from.
    Stay safe and good health to you and your family.

  3. curvyroads says:

    Thank you for this, Robert! I can only imagine how proud I would be if my country was handling this crisis with empathy and real financial assistance for those that need it most! I strive to be positive, but I must admit it is a struggle. Stay safe!

    • The Hook says:

      You too!
      We’re all struggling, trust me, that’s why I’m trying to be as positive as I can while enlisting others to help along the way.

  4. Jennie says:

    A nice shout out for Shantelle. Stay well, Hook. I want someone to do the cooking for me. 🙂

  5. A lot of talent in that family. Yanick must be very proud. I’m definitely not her demographic, having never had children but I can certainly pass along the recommendation. I would like to know more about marina refurbishing, however. Does she do this for one of the makeover networks or just for her own entertainment?

  6. kunstkitchen says:

    I have missed your blogs. I don’t know why I haven’t seen them in a while. Stay safe and stay well.

  7. Lisa Orchard says:

    I will have to check out this book. I’m always looking for ways to improve in every aspect of my life and being a better parent is at the top of my list!

  8. Hi Hook,
    haven’t seen anything from you for a considerable while. Covid has probably kicked the hospitality trade for 6 as my bestie is on furlough.
    You OK?

    • The Hook says:

      Hanging in there.
      I’ve barely worked for a year, but hopefully there will be a Bell Department to return to eventually.

      Hope you’re doing well, old friend.

      • Robert! How lovely to hear from you!! I’ve missed your posts and sense of humour. Hope you’re OK in all this. We’re doing OK, getting fed up as with everyone else, but at least we can get out to shop and still go for our walks even though we lost Maggie in November. We miss her terribly. You still have your little dog? Chelsea isn’t it? So glad to hear from you. ❤

  9. Jennie says:

    Hi Hook. Just checking in. I miss your posts. Hope you are well. Is the hotel open? Best to you.

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