• A bridge in a forest surrounded with purple flowers.
    Achievements,  Courage,  Life Achievements

    Wishes

    “I believe that once desires are implanted in the brain, they start on the longest journey they will ever take, to the heart, soul and gut. That’s when things happen. “ I was always taught that wishes were a waste of time and just fantasies which would never happen, so why bother. Why not bother?  Wishes aren’t just hope that something miraculous will happen.  They are dreams of the impossible or so we think. How would we have electricity, cameras, even safety pins if someone had given up on what they believed would improve the world? I know there are some wishes that couldn’t be fulfilled. Something I would love…

  • Hand touching window pane.
    Courage,  Grief

    Apathy and Feelings of Indifference Among Recovery Workers

    “Apparently helping people who have lost their loved ones isn’t important because, after all, they are not billable.” According to my favourite information resource, The Oxford English Reference Dictionary, the definition of apathy is the “Lack of interest or feelings of indifference.” Lack of Interest or Feelings of Indifference I won’t bore you with more description details. In its simplicity the definition says it all. Guess what? There is no Latin word for apathy. In my Cassell’s Latin Dictionary there is no word for apathy. All that is written is apathetic (English) as in adjective. Fascinating. The basis of all English, Latin has no description for apathy. This says a…

  • Stacy at the podium giving a talk.
    Courage,  Grief,  Helping Children

    DON’T YOU GET USED TO IT

    It is 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. Every year, Victims Services of Montgomery County hold a memorial service and vigil for families and friends of homicides. I am honoured to be asked to present the Spiritual Invocation. This is my twenty third year attending. Watching those in anguish is heartbreaking. I have friends who have lost their children in this evil way and some have told me of the incredibly ignorant questions and comments they had to endure. Yes, I am sure it is done with every good intention. It is important to think before speaking. The poem I like by Angela Miller goes as follows:                             MY CHILD…

  • Theo Gmur won three golds on his Paralympic debut at PyeongChang 2018
    Courage,  Life Achievements

    About the 2018 Winter Olympics

    What are you doing with your time these days? Watching the Winter Olympics was almost addictive. I recorded all of them, so I could fast forward past commercials and events that were rather tedious to watch, like the skiing that took hours and hours. I had my favourites. Figure skating is the best for me and I was amazed at their performances.  I, who sprained my ankle at the one and only lesson I had. It was all very glorious and exciting. Truly, I couldn’t grasp how they stood on their skates, let alone move on the ice and leap into the air with a quadruple bound! Many years ago,…