Caring For An Aging Parent Truthfully, taking care of an aging parent is very difficult to do with constant grace and kindness. There are so many things you never would have thought you would have to do for your parent: helping them bathe waiting on them hand and foot asserting your will for them over their will for themselves, and sometimes dealing with verbal abuse that comes from a place of fear, confusion, pain, or mental illness. It can be extremely challenging to keep up a positive relationship with a
One Year “An anniversary is where you look back at having either fulfilled Cinderella or Lord of the Flies.” ― Fernando A. Torres Looking back, this one year anniversary of ours is not a fulfillment of either but it most certainly is a celebration of keeping a promise made. Blogging on and off for over 10 years up to 2015, there was never a definitive focus for any of the blogs that I have created and managed. They were all literally online journals. They were ‘places’ where the outpourings of
Friends and Readers After contributing to Claudette’s website for almost a year, I have just submitted to her my last article. It is a bittersweet thing, as most things seem to be when we say farewell. On the one hand, I will miss the incredibly eager and supportive group of readers that have embraced me and my musings here. I have loved reading your opinion and advice, receiving your praise as well as contemplating your different opinions. I have never come across a community of readers that is so intent
Changing Economies “My first real encounter with Earth Day celebrations was the year after our arrival in Canada. Growing up as I did on the beautiful, luscious and green island of Jamaica, environmental protection was not an issue front and centre of my thoughts. It still is not. Not really.” That was the opening of my post, published last year on Earth Day. While the environment is not necessarily now “front and centre of my thoughts,” the almost complete collapse of the oil industry here in Alberta has made it
To Your Advantage Vulnerable in love. Good, bad, somewhere between? “The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility,” says Paulo Coelho. Are you ‘exposed’ in your intimacy? How does that make you feel whether you are or are not? Is it really exposure, weakness or you are feeling vulnerable? That was the conversation this week – How to be strong in your vulnerability. Leaning heavily on the work of Brené Brown, we began Weekday Wisdom© with the following affirmation: “I love my partner and I am vulnerable.
Are We Going Backwards Or What? In 1977, Sesame Street, a children’s show that is still popular today, featured a segment in which guest star Buffy Sainte-Marie nursed her son and had a conversation about it with one of the show’s characters. According to her, breastfeeding is a way many mothers—not all, but many—feed their babies. She explained the process in a way that was geared for the understanding of children. When she was done, the character Big Bird responded, “That’s nice.” You can watch the video here: Only Children
What Are We? What is your understanding of the word “partnership” whether in a business or romantic context? The Free Dictionary has this definition for those in business partnership: “An association of two or more persons engaged in a business enterprise in which the profits and losses are shared proportionally. The legal definition of a partnership is generally stated as “an association of two or more persons to carry on as co-owners a business for profit.” Having posed that question, I did a Google search for the word. Funny enough
What Is It Anyway? Have you ever asked someone if they love you and the response was ‘Unconditionally’? Your heart must have melted, your knees got weak and you would have given your everything, including your firstborn child to him or her. Right? But what does unconditional love mean? Did you ask how does that unconditional love look or were the words enough for you? Only once in my life an intimate partner told me their love was unconditional and maybe my mistake was asking that question. Maybe it awoke