It is going to be a hot day today so I went for a longer wheel mid morning. I wanted to get my exercise out of the way before it got to hot. Well worth it since it was cool enough to enjoy and enough sun to keep the summer vitamin D up. Also decided … Continue reading The Twilight of Personal Responsibility
I took a day off from writing just to process the full impact of my mothers passing. These really are life changing events so we often need time to just let them settle. I am sitting here in Calgary while my brother and sister have travelled to BC to actually work out all of the … Continue reading As Trauma Moves Through Our Life
How do you say goodbye to a loved one when they have already left the room? I received that dreaded call I wrote about yesterday except it was twenty-four hours late. My mother passed away at about 4am while sleeping in her extended care bed. How does one react? The whole family knew it was … Continue reading How Do You Say Goodbye?
Again, as a polio survivor, I grew up in the healthcare community. I grew up as a resident of the Junior Red Cross Hospital for Crippled Children. That's where many polio kids in the 1950's grew up. That is where we were taught to be adaptive and responsible for our own behaviour if we wanted … Continue reading What Has Happened?
It has cooled down a bit which made a good wheel worth it. It was warmer in my condo than it was outside so I went wheeling. I had planned to attend the concert in Tomkins Park anyway so an early start to be there for the 12:30 performance. So again thank you 17th Avenue … Continue reading Yes, Like Any Family We Had Chores
"School is a building which has four walls with the future inside" - Lon Watters It is that time of year again where kids walk that precarious line between the disappointment of summers end and the excitement of returning to school where they will meet up with friends they haven't seen all summer. For me, … Continue reading On Returning to School
"The Causeway of Complacency is Full of Potholes that Are Empty of Compassion" - Terry Wiens (2022) I am discovering people prefer "bite" size pieces of news. That is kind of sad since the complexity of so many issues get lost with only a bite. However this is one I can't skip over. When a … Continue reading The Continuing War for Veterans
"Americans spend more money on Botox, face lifts and tummy tucks than on the age-old scourges of polio, small pox and malaria". - Victor Davis Hanson I no longer know where to start these days but as a polio survivor (1953 and I was a 3 year old) there is absolutely no reason for polio … Continue reading Polio, Really
“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” – Bill Bullard Seven years old, mom and dad behind me It has been a week of loss for many. Young Oilers fan, Ben Stelter, passed away at six years old. He was a die hard Oilers fan engaged in the battle for his life with cancer. He lost … Continue reading Living The Dream, Dodging the Nightmare
Different sense illicit different memories, moods and reflections. We are a collective of our senses and most don't realize that, simplicity is the preference - Terry Wiens (2022) https://videopress.com/v/Lof2s9qx?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Concert in the park, Sunday was Palladio Music courtesy of the 17th Ave BIA The first Monday in August is a long weekend for many provinces. … Continue reading A Day of Reflection