Some days are a little more special than…
Some days are a little more special than…
Added by Patricia Sands on November 25, 2013 at 8:11am — No Comments
Last Thursday evening I had the good fortune to attend a talk given by the intrepid journalist, author and human rights activist, Canada’s own, Sally Armstrong. For decades she has spent time in some of the most war-torn parts of the world working towards improving the rights of women and girls. She is a powerful and engaging speaker and has recently published …Continue
A friend suggested I just paint something nice over that monster flag on the corner. I have to admit I’m tempted. But it’s not worth going to jail for.
Mural Arts gets to put up the flag without going through the neighborhood approval process because they are in league with the city government and if the government does it, then it can’t be a crime, by some sort of city definition. But if I do it, then I’m defacing private property.
So, I asked myself, what…Continue
This week's "Writers Wednesday" challenge at zoomers is "Bad Poetry". The following very bad poem* is is an encore presentation originally posted on this site in 2012.
This poem is a reflection of my experiences of childhood in suburban America. If this poem does not bring Dylan…
One of the things I love about Toronto is the energy that so many people put into working for the 'greater good'. Of course you find this in every city but I wanted to give a shout out to the recipients of this year's YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
Presented at a festive celebration at the Metro Convention Centre last Thursday evening (May 2nd), each award was preceded by a brief video honouring the woman's work.
Click here to have a look for yourself:…Continue
Added by Patricia Sands on May 4, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments
A year ago, I had cancer.
The big scary word.
A small lump in my breast.
Last Friday started out like any other day. Back over Labor Day we drove to Kansas and got ourselves a couple of puppies from a breeder. They are fox wire haired terriers. Fun dogs, usually pretty smart and generally not hard to train. It has been a challenge training two at once, but progress has been made. Part of the process has been to have my husband stop by at lunch time and take them out and give me a break.
So last week that is what took place. My husband came home. I…Continue
When you have children, there is a good chance that as a parent, you might be interested in their education. I grew up in a family that was first generation immigrants. My grandparents were new to this country and while they were from somewhat humble backgrounds in Europe, they were not without some experiences and worldly aspirations. They came here to do it better, "it" being living. They were motivated by politics and opportunity.
My parents had their own achievements. At the time…Continue
I am writing this tonight because I need to share something. I found out a friend of mine, a cyber friend, lost their wife this past week. It was very sudden. It came on the heels of so much else, job loss, losing his home and now his wife suddenly passing.
I sit here in this decorated home, with so many presents waiting to be opened, children sleeping upstairs and dogs down for the night. I sit here thinking about my friend. We have never met but he and others were writers on…Continue
Earlier this week, a friend I greatly respect shared a letter from her Shaman about the new era we entered into this week. I know, I already lost most of you the moment I said the word Shaman, and hey, I understand, I think I lost myself there too.
Being from the San Francisco bay area, I've had to deal with all kinds of crazy New Age things for most of my adult lifetime. Back in the 70's it was hard to go a couple of blocks without running into a bunch of crystals, or all…Continue
Our first meeting at the farm. It did not take long to figure out a few names, Pooh Bear and Tigger. …Continue
The positive power of writing, the power of reading, the positive power of thinking, are all minute parts of the universe.
The Center for Productive Longevity (CPL), which serves as the bridge between people 55 and older and the opportunities that enable them to continue in productive activities, today described “The 3 Important Ways to Defuse the Ticking Time Bomb of our Aging Workforce”. With 77 million people in the United States 55 and older, we are at a tipping point: we can either watch them sit on…Continue
Added by Crystal T on May 10, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments
Over the past year I have been fortunate enough to spend time with my two aging parents. My mother is 88 and has stage four lung cancer, my father is 85 and has had numerous bouts with cancer and heart conditions.
I won’t say it has been easy, but I will say it has been an exceptional education in teaching myself compassion, and acceptance of a deeper understanding.
The really great aspect of their relationship is their willingness to live…
Added by Frank Moffatt on April 3, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments
Added by Dianne Schuch-Lindsey on January 5, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments
Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.
They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy’s tummy.
He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.
The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen.
Added by Frank Moffatt on November 30, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments
This is the fourth step of nine, on the path to happiness.
Step # 4) – How To Change One’s Beliefs
The pre-requisite to identifying one’s beliefs is to become rigorously honest with one’s self.
To begin with, ask yourself what it is you wish to achieve, in other words what’s your goal? It could be anything, from losing a few…
Added by Frank Moffatt on November 18, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments