Category: Women and Family

18 Dec 2019

For those with family reaching out to those on their own is a gesture of good will towards others; an opportunity to share one’s good fortune with those who would otherwise be alone.Reaching out for those who are on their own is an act of faith because when we ask to be included we are vulnerable. We touch faith with the hope that we will be welcomed.

07 Oct 2018

Those were the words my daughter dictated to her pre-school teacher 20 years ago. In bold marker, the teacher dutifully wrote them onto the strip of sticker decorated bristol board that would become my daughter’s crown for the afternoon’s sharing circle. She did this for all of daughter’s classmates. It touched the hearts of her…

07 Jan 2018

Sometimes when I read an article I know that it’s something I need to address. Laura Stone’s Globe and Mail article on Karina Gould becoming Canada’s first cabinet member to give birth is one of those articles. First, I’d like to acknowledge Ms. Gould’s commitment to serving her country as a Member of Parliament and…

21 Dec 2017

There are so many ways to complete that sentence. The holidays are… an excuse to see friends and family, Ÿan excuse to eat and drink a lot, Ÿfun, Ÿstressful, Ÿbusy, Ÿlonely, Ÿexhausting, Ÿa chance for a welcome break. However we choose to complete this sentence is a reflection of the stories we write and tell…

06 Nov 2017

Unfortunately, one of the things we don’t do well as a society is support those who grieve. This is not because we don’t want to but because we don’t know what to do. So I thought I’d share just a few of best things people did for me when my husband died. Hopefully, they will…

16 May 2017

I am a woman. This means it is highly likely I have ovaries, a uterus and a vagina. Together these enable my body to create a cellular change that is able to grow into a baby. This ability to create, support and give life does not make me stupid. It makes me powerful. If I…

19 Dec 2016

A message of hope Facebook isn’t always great. In the last few weeks I have seen “memories” of times I’d forgotten about. I remember well posting those photos during the first few years after Richard passed: sometimes out of a need to document the sadness that masked itself as in your face anger and black…

13 Dec 2016

There is no point is saying the holidays are difficult for those who are grieving. It’s a foregone conclusion. But, as it is one of my personal missions to share with others the lessons I’ve learned from being on the other side of the abyss I am compelled to blog about ways we can help…

30 Nov 2016

The holidays are coming. In my case, it’s Christmas. The next few blog entries will be either new writings on surviving the holidays and grief or excerpts from what I hope will be my soon to be released book “Really?!? This is normal? Thoughts on grief, struggle and starting over”. I’m hoping these writings will…

01 Sep 2016

“ Only loving your body when its perfectly fit is like only loving your children when they are perfectly behaved.” ~magnet by everyday peoplecartoons.com~ This magnet sits on my fridge. It’s a good one. The roller coaster that has been my life these past 5 years has seen me go from a fit 136-138 to…

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