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2017 Remembrance Day Veteran’s Day Connections Giveaway

Every year I try to do something, a small gesture of gratitude, for those who have given all for their country, for others.  This is a particularly significant time of the year for me; it often cripples me such that I find it hard to communicate much for the week after, this year was no different and in some ways, worse. My idea this year was to change the narrative on trauma and survival.  Rather than asking others to tell their stories of horror and trauma, I asked to hear stories of survival and reconnecting. Isolation and alienation are the two most dangerous feelings in the world. They are, I believe, at the root of mass shootings, suicides, a lot of mental health issues and auto-immune challenges. I was going to have one “winner”.  The stories of courage, strength, survival I received left me floored, literally: I may have fainted…

BATH: a sanity tool (surviving social media posts & online wars)

Other than the screaming and wailing, the gnashing of teeth and the flying of fur how do I know when it’s time to step away from the screen (large or small), tuck the keyboard away and go for a walk? Yesterday’s events in Charlottesville are a perfect example of exactly the sort of event that send us all to hell. It has the toxic mix of racial tension, freedom of speech, rights, historical prejudices, current fears and the media is swirling around it like sharks around a fresh spill of blood.  Calm and educated cop friends are posting with fury on social media, even knowing as they do that their service is watching them.  In BC this event holds particular significance because many who have been told to evacuate from the fires are fearful that the RCMP will use it as an excuse to remove their fire arms (as they…

How to Survive National Tragedies

I’ve spent a great deal of my life contemplating the awful, the terrible and the brutal.  This isn’t an exhaustive list but I hope it might help some of you out there trying to come to terms with this horrendous act of insane violence. Helpless It is in our DNA to help others.  A lot of you are veterans, first responders, doctors, nurses and those that aren’t, have a heart of a lion, ready and wiling to help others.  And … you can’t.  There is nothing you can do.  You sit and watch with horror feeling useless. This isn’t true and this is a very damaging thought pattern.  Find a way to help, and it doesn’t need to be the victims of this tragedy.  Find a way to give to another human, if you can find a way to do it for these people in Las Vegas, great but it…

America: why this ARTIST loves & defends her

You cannot be, I know, nor do I wish to see you, an inactive spectator… We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them Abigail Adams Abigail Adams to my mind is one of the greatest heroines of all time, yet I bet the majority reading this post have never heard of her.  When we think of the founders of the dream that was America and now is the greatest power on our planet I wonder we don’t study those around the founders more?  Christopher Marshall was an apothecary (pharmacist) and a committed patriot (even though he was a Quaker), a friend of John Adams, said: The rich, the poor, the high professor and the profane, seem all to be infected with their grievous disorder, so that the love of our neighbour seems to be quite banished, the love of self and opinions so far…