My sweet one, I return these to you in the same way they were meant and that was one of gentleness and caring. The very make up of them reminded me of the fragile nature of your soul. The watch represented the time I hoped to spend with you in my lifetime and the chain … Continue reading A Letter to a Love Lost
"Moving on is not closure. It's not neat, and it's not about turning the page. It is about moving on, but it doesn't mean that you've left something behind." - Thomas Gibson Another major loss, Queen Elizabeth, has expanded the the pall of death across the world. A nation mourns, a world reacts (slowly) with … Continue reading Closure
"Probably past the point of waking up " - Terry Wiens Looking away, COVID deaths in the past two years 6.5 million Hundreds of thousands without water due to climate crisis in Mississippi So many climate related fires in Spain and Portugal blanketing most of Europe with air quality issues California facing it's own climate … Continue reading Rinse, Shake and Bake
Just got back from lunch with a friend and some in-depth discussion on the upcoming UCP leadership vote also making them the Premier (for the time being). The apparent front runner, Danielle Smith, wants to turn the clock back to the days of a monarchy. Frightening, that a women so out of touch with reality … Continue reading Why We Beat Ourselves Up
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?
I was awaken this morning at 4:45AM by a phone call. I am use to wake up calls. Every morning, Monday through Friday, I receive morning homecare, supposedly, to assist me out of bed. At least that is what the Alberta government, Integrated Home Care - Seniors Care would have you believe. An aide arrives, … Continue reading The Early Morning Phone Call
Chapter 2 (B) Friday and bored to tears so I might as well capture a few more "thoughts". This is really becoming more of a "time capsule" so future generations (if there are any) will understand I was here. There was a time (and I'm sure it still goes on) when teacher would collect memorabilia … Continue reading I Was Here
Chapter 2 (A) Over the years I have been asked (or told) often "why did we never see disabled people growing up"? Maybe you did but you didn't realize it. For years the disabled were "warehoused" in facilities. It was only through the development of human rights over the past fifty years or so that … Continue reading We Have Always Been Here