Letting go…

I'm feeling stressed out due to events totally beyond my control. Our elected provincial government is working on balancing the books and saving money, which I agree with, however the way they are going about it scares the hell out of me, particularly the changes they are making to health care. They have delisted procedures, … Continue reading Letting go…

Catching up

I haven't written for a couple days, as I've been busy. I've had a nice little flurry of work pop up in the run up to Christmas. Sunday, between church and community events, I spent most of the day shooting photos. It may have been busy, but it was fun. I always enjoy covering those … Continue reading Catching up

Making changes

I'm feeling sore and stiff tonight, but overall pretty good. I've had a general body ache for a few days, especially in my calfs since I hopped on the treadmill again the other day. However, despite the aches, pains, and body protests, I hit the treadmill for a 30 minute workout today. I'm a little … Continue reading Making changes

Lest we forget…

Photo by Social Soup Social Media on Pexels.com "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf," -George Orwell. Photo by Elina Sazonova on Pexels.com Canada would not be the country it is today, if not for the volunteers who have gone to war, … Continue reading Lest we forget…

CW; political post

Well, today has been a busy day. Saw the chiro this morning, followed by asking questions for a story outside our community polling station for a story I was working on. After that, Carol and I did a road trip to Coronation so she could do some banking, followed by lunch and picking up dog … Continue reading CW; political post

A fork in the road

Today is a day where a new normal sets in in our community. Our beloved little coffee shop that was beside our bookstore on main street closed its doors for the final time yesterday. With the coffee groups that met there over the last few years, the meals shared, the courses hosted, Ben & Simons … Continue reading A fork in the road

We have the education on mental health/illness. Now show me the money so it can be eradicated.

Today is Bell's Let's Talk day campaign, where they donate a bunch of money to mental health initiatives. The funding helps but is no where close to enough. On average our province spends around 7 per cent of it's health care dollars on mental health. The national average is 7.2 per cent. As a patient … Continue reading We have the education on mental health/illness. Now show me the money so it can be eradicated.

Fragility and resilience; a call to arms on first-responder mental health.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The human body is both resilient and fragile. The fact that it can be both at once seems contradictory, but no less true. I have stood over broken bodies of car crash victims, victims who have suffered tremendous injury yet still fight for survival. I have stood over others who … Continue reading Fragility and resilience; a call to arms on first-responder mental health.

The war on history.

The situation in North America would be laughable were it not so serious.  Canada and the United States each have leaders that feel that policy by Twitter is just an appropriate way to do business while refusing to answer questions from the opposition.  Everyday that goes by my Facebook feed is full of "news" stories … Continue reading The war on history.

Rant: Peanuts, Racism, and revisionist history.

I weep for humanity.  I'm pretty sure that unless you've lived in a cave, you have heard about the outrage over the Peanuts Thanksgiving Special and how utterly racist it is.  The Peanuts gang started their run in the comic section of the paper way back in 1950, and ran until 2000. Fifty years of … Continue reading Rant: Peanuts, Racism, and revisionist history.

Picking battles.

Something that I have learned how to do is pick my battles. Some days my energy is higher, and I'm able to power through just about anything. Other days, not so much. Unfortunately, today was one of those days. With the pace I've been keeping....and increasing, my fatigue level has been rising. My energy has … Continue reading Picking battles.

Remembrance Day: Lest we forget.

  War. It is a very human problem. No other species on the planet has taken killing to the levels that humans have. Wars have been fought in the name of power. Wars have been fought in the name of religion. Warriors have fought for peace. Wars have taken millions of lives over the centuries. … Continue reading Remembrance Day: Lest we forget.

We can do better.

October 1st marks the first day of Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada. It is great that as a society we are acknowledging something that has been buried for so many years. With the Canadian Mental Health Association quoting that one in five Canadians deal with mental illness, it is not a small problem that … Continue reading We can do better.

Every day needs to be Suicide Prevention Day.

****repost from last year, as true today as it was then***** Being suicidal is not a sign of weakness. It is not a character flaw. It is not selfish. No, being suicidal is none of those things. What being suicidal is is the mind looking for a way to end psychological pain that is overwhelming … Continue reading Every day needs to be Suicide Prevention Day.

Reinventing mental health stigma,and knee jerk reactions.

In my last post I wrote about the anger that I have been struggling with, and in that vein I have been contemplating a news story that has my blood boiling. Unless you live under a rock, pretty much everyone in Canada knows about the shooting in Ontario last week. While I do not know … Continue reading Reinventing mental health stigma,and knee jerk reactions.

Do you have the time?

Can anyone still read an analog clock anymore? You know, the one with the dial and two arms that tell you the time? I know I can, but sadly, that ability seems to be diminishing. I had to shake my head the other day when I was out somewhere, and I asked the young kid … Continue reading Do you have the time?

Echoes Of The Past

It has often been said that "those who don't study history, are doomed to repeat it." I have had an interest in history stemming all the way back to when I was in high school. My high school history teacher was a grouchy old cuss, yet he somehow made the information interesting, and it was … Continue reading Echoes Of The Past