"There's a moment where you have to choose whether to be silent or stand up" - Malala Yousafzai I have spent the last 4 months running from pillar to post with little direction, teetering on the edge of frustration continually, constantly researching the continual flow of misinformation (in so many areas) while, in reality, accomplishing … Continue reading Busy With Purpose
"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
"My life isn't a book, it's a collection of short stories" - Terry Wiens Christmas, a day of family, friends and memories. It is a day that can be loud, boisterous and full of activity. It can also be a day of quietude, reflective and personal relaxation. I have experienced both and find myself, maybe … Continue reading Christmas 2019 – Memories of Christmas Past
"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception" - Aldous Huxley As I have said many times I love Calgary. Every time a life event has taken me out of the city I eventually find my way back here, this is my City. At least it … Continue reading Perception and Trust
“Those who don't value their words, will never value your wishes.” ― Amit Kalantri I have put off writing for a week while my brain adjusted to the realities of the latest provincial election. In between writing this and the outcome of a very disruptive election period in Alberta was Easter. I am not a "religious" person … Continue reading Political Promises, Vote Baits
"When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting" - Jon Kabat-Zinn I became a fan and follower of Jon Kabat-Zinn early in my career as a mental health therapist. His teachings not only contributed to my job performance but blended well into my every day life. Living with a disability while maximizing ones … Continue reading It’s the Not the Attention We Receive That Counts, it’s the Attention We Pay
"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength" - Betty Friedan Having spent all of my life with a disability I have learnt never to take anything for granted. If I accepted every "assumption" that had been thrown in my direction I probably wouldn't be where I am today. With … Continue reading The Aging Challenge
"Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition" - James Baldwin Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up and the first thought out of your head is "damn it". And you start to question why you had to wake up? Well that was how my day began and … Continue reading Is Home Where You Live…
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear" - Mark Twain Another foggy day out there and no wind to help dissipate it. From my window I can see the huge Canadian flag as still and innocuous as a snail trying to avoid the escargot plate. I know Mount Benson is … Continue reading With Fear as the Warden!
I'm in that hurry up and wait stage of dealing with a government bureaucracy. The sun is trying to shine and it has certainly warmed up. Has been raining buckets (as I write that two of the local high school kids on their way home in shorts...how wimpy am I) but not to bad today. … Continue reading Are We Talking..