J’ai le coeur en marmelade . . . La perte de contrôle dans ma p’tite vie mondaine me déséquilibre. Je suis habituellement quelqu’un qui sait bien se gérer et à date, ça va assez bien … Mais comme tout le monde, je suis inquiète de notre monde d’aujourd’hui, et de la réalité de ce que pourrait être demain … J’ai le coeur en marmelade . . . J’ai perdu ma Maman quinze semaines passées. On dirait que lorsque je suis sortie de cette stupeur, je suis retombée d’autant plus fort, à plein visage, dans un film d’horreur qui tout doucement … Continue reading Le coeur en marmelade . . .
“Mr. Chancellor, Mr. President, Honored Platform Guests, Members of the Board of Governors, Members of the Academic Senate, staff, students, graduates and all family friends and special guests, Ladies and Gentlemen…” So … I have become ‘that’ person. In 1992, while graduating from the University of Ottawa, I was sitting amongst my friends and peers and wondering exactly why someone would even be standing there, addressing us without knowing who we were and what path we had chosen to pursue. I was young, eager to begin my life and had no idea that more than 25 years later, this honor to address … Continue reading On receiving the degree of Honorary Doctorate of Education (honoris causa)
“People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that’s not true. Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven’t forgotten.” –Demi Lovato It’s Pride month in my community. Let me begin by telling you that being bullied is not acceptable – living in constant fear and hiding from your true self is difficult and sucks. Taking a stand is important – essential – AND THE RIGHT THING TO DO – and we can’t do it alone. I am not a member of, but an incredible … Continue reading About Being Bullied
The news came as a tidal wave to my heart. I was reading routine emails and there it was, in black and white. Words which announced that a precious Life had been lost too early, too soon. I read them. Maybe it was a mistake ? But when I read again, it was still there; the news that you were gone from this Earth . I took a breath and told my friends who were sitting with me. We tried to process the news … I couldn’t – and still can’t : I am numb. I met you a few … Continue reading On Losing Toni
I was standing outside a while ago, taking pictures of the beautiful colours which are starting to surround me. I slept well last night … and awoke to a misty river. I always get nostalgic at this time of year, because although Summer is almost here, I know that soon, everything eventually falls asleep … and will only awaken later this Spring. It’s the cycle of Nature , and although beautiful, I find it sad at moments as it somewhat ressembles an analogy of Life.In the past few months, I’ve lost friends and family. Some passed away of old age, … Continue reading To Everything … turn turn turn …
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.“Yes, Piglet?”“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”A.A. Milne A very special little guy whom I never met in person loves this quote… and this morning, after he whispered it to me again and again while visiting Dreamland – I had to find it and share it with you. We all have days where we miss someone: they may be physically or emotionally far away – or even live in Spirit world . As an intuitive person – there is one thing that I am now certain about : those … Continue reading Just making sure …
Today I share with you a passage from my book The Old Man on the Bench: A Beautiful Day. The World is broken – but we have it within ourselves to ‘fix ‘ it. ABOUT THE HUMAN RACE I woke up early. The truth is, I didn’t have to wake up too much – because I was on the verge of sleep – if there is such a thing. My mind worked overtime and what complicated matters, as a sensitive person, is that I was somewhat able to capture a lot of images and sentiment linked to specific events which … Continue reading About the Human Race
I’m not sure how to start this one. Truth is, I’m wobbling right now, as so many of us are in the World. There is uncertainty. Fear. Not knowing where we’re going or if we’re ever going to get ‘there’. ‘This’ has become the ‘new’ normal – they say – and although I may seem like I have things under control – rest assured that I too have my moment of Falling Apart. I’m not very different from where you are right now in your own minds . We all have a set of reality which varies – yet is … Continue reading Lessons from My old man on the bench