why being canadian makes us sick

today was the annual general meeting of the canadian mental health association. our speaker was dr. paul kershaw.  from his intro: kershaw is an academic, public speaker and media contributor. he is one of canada’s leading thinkers about care-giving and family policy, receiving two national prizes from the canadian political science association for his research.… Continue reading why being canadian makes us sick

lazy easter afternoon – a haibun

today i’m serving up a haibun. it can be seen as a form of lyric prose – so that counts as poetry, doesn’t it? “because it’s the death of your ego”, he says, and his voice resonates across the dining room, bounces off the long table, right across the bread that’s slowly getting stale, slinks… Continue reading lazy easter afternoon – a haibun

divorce: a ballad

he screams at her and she screams back he in this corner, she in the other over there. the children, they run back and forth with “who will fix our toys?” she screams at him and he screams back but only in their heads. their mouths are silent and their eyes don’t meet. the children… Continue reading divorce: a ballad

success in 2009 – part 2

here’s part 2 of my social media friends’ nonmonetary successes in 2009: (the ones with the @ are people’s twitter accounts).   part 1 is here. darren barefoot: i wrote half a book, which, it turns out, is a shocking amount of work. hamish: two of my former clients (and now friends) successfully landed new jobs… Continue reading success in 2009 – part 2

suicide prevention

today is the last day of suicide prevention week. to honour those who have attempted suicide and survived, those who have lost loved ones, and the lives of people who have chosen this sad way out, i’ve collected a few worthwhile links on the topic. if we put them all together, here are some ways… Continue reading suicide prevention

reconciliation. music.

from nancy’s blog yesterday: today was a day of reconciliation, initiated by the assembly of first nations. here are some facts every canadian should know (i didn’t until recently): approximately 250,000 kids were forced by law to go to residential schools in canada, starting in 1850 these were kids age 6 – 15 the intent… Continue reading reconciliation. music.

the cinderella project

on friday i went to a highschool graduation ceremony – my first one!  not having grown up in north america, and my older children having decided to skip grade 12, i had never been to one. my first impression were the beautiful clothes everyone was wearing.  where did all these gowns come from? well, some… Continue reading the cinderella project