For some reason I woke up at 3am this morning with the song "Romper, stomper, bompar boo" floating in my mind. Why that should have been there is beyond me. I was a few generations ahead of the TV show "Romper Room" but the tune was stuck in my head. I knew I wasn't getting … Continue reading In Fascist Fields Where Hate Does Grow
Your complacency is killing me! I use to wake up in the morning looking forward to my coffee, blueberry bagel, check my news feeds and follow-up with my social media requests. I'm a news junkie, I don't deny that but I am dealing with an increasing number of friends and relatives who don't want to … Continue reading Are You Paying Attention?
I have just finished my "voluntary" isolation period. Haven't been tested but not feeling ill at all. I have taken the opportunity to get out for a good wheel when weather allowed practicing "social distancing". The reality of life in a wheelchair is that "social distancing" is standard practice. I experience way too many people … Continue reading The Convenience of Fear
I truly thought my days of writing were behind me. I still continue to write for myself however I haven't been sharing it. When you have no one at home to discuss how your day went you either bottle it up or write it down. Bottling it turns it into a disease, I know I … Continue reading Speak Up
"Believing without questioning is an insult to the human conscience" - Abhijit Naskar I have purposely been trying to stay politically quiet for the past four weeks while fuming internally. I grew up in Calgary but have had the opportunity to live and work in other areas of our great country Canada. However I continue … Continue reading The Erosion of Rights
Alberta Children's Hospital (1958) Growing up in the Children's Hospital you really have little control over your day to day life. You learn quickly two things, routine is very structured and your activities are very planned. I knew everyday that a nurse would be there at 8am, noon, 4:30pm and again around 9pm to check … Continue reading The Resurrection of a Memory
I just got back in from a quick wheel around the community. It is still warm enough (the sun is bright) to do a good wheel and not lose too much air out of my tires. However, based on the numbness of my fingertips it was chillier than I thought. But they are forecasting a … Continue reading New Decade, New Direction
Advocacy is often seen as working “within the system” whereas activism is seen as working “outside the system” to generate change. I think this is really useful, as clearly the role or issue can shift from one to the other. - Author unknown #SpeakOut, make your voice heard, silence only supports injustices I have fifty years experience as … Continue reading Activist or Advocate?
"I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind."—John Diefenbaker … Continue reading Remembrance Day 2019
"I would rather be a little nobody than to be an evil somebody" - Abraham Lincoln Don't let your silence allow this to happen again. At what point do we move from an act of bullying to an act of hate? I would suggest that when we reach that point where malice and violence are … Continue reading As Bullying Blossoms to Hate