On receiving the degree of Honorary Doctorate of Education (honoris causa)

“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 …

About Being Bullied

“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 …

About Charlie …

It happens when you least expect it : something catches your eye – captures your heart and tugs at your soul. That’s exactly what happened this morning when I checked my social media and I saw this image appear before my eyes. Little Charlie, age 6 , battling Brain Cancer. From Canada, having to travel …

Planning a Live Event for CHARLIE

This morning, I am putting this out there to gather some community input. A family close to one of my colleagues is going through a tough journey, and requires assistance. A GoFund me page has been set up … and I was hoping to help the best way that I can: with intuitive readings.I was …

On Losing Toni

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; …

To Everything … turn turn turn …

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 … …

Just making sure …

“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 …

About the Human Race

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 …

Lessons from My old man on the bench

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 …

Time and wisdom are eternal

** reprint of a text I wrote in 2018 after my Father’s passing. It resonated with me again this morning … Last night, after running around all day for different things, I spent the night in my beloved River House bunkie. It had been a day for gettting things done. To those who didn’t know …