Category Archives: Women and Family

Reach Out and Touch Faith

For those with family reaching out to those on their own is a gesture of good will towards others; an opportunity to share one’s good fortune with those who would otherwise be alone.Reaching out for those who are on their own is an act of faith because when we ask to be included we are vulnerable. We touch faith with the hope that we will be welcomed. Continue reading

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It’s Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday, the day I get to give to my favourite organizations (University of Waterloo) and charities (Toronto Hospice, War Amps, etc.) and double the value of my gift. Hooray! It’s such a nice way to support things like Richard’s … Continue reading

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I’m thankful for mommy and daddy, blankie and bear

Those were the words my daughter dictated to her pre-school teacher 20 years ago. In bold marker, the teacher dutifully wrote them onto the strip of sticker decorated bristol board that would become my daughter’s crown for the afternoon’s sharing … Continue reading

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A wee bit of a rant

Sometimes when I read an article I know that it’s something I need to address. Laura Stone’s Globe and Mail article on Karina Gould becoming Canada’s first cabinet member to give birth is one of those articles. First, I’d like … Continue reading

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The holidays just are…

There are so many ways to complete that sentence. The holidays are… an excuse to see friends and family, Ÿan excuse to eat and drink a lot, Ÿfun, Ÿstressful, Ÿbusy, Ÿlonely, Ÿexhausting, Ÿa chance for a welcome break. However we … Continue reading

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What to do when someone we love is grieving

Unfortunately, one of the things we don’t do well as a society is support those who grieve. This is not because we don’t want to but because we don’t know what to do. So I thought I’d share just a … Continue reading

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I am a woman

I am a woman. This means it is highly likely I have ovaries, a uterus and a vagina. Together these enable my body to create a cellular change that is able to grow into a baby. This ability to create, … Continue reading

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A message of hope – Corny but true

A message of hope Facebook isn’t always great. In the last few weeks I have seen “memories” of times I’d forgotten about. I remember well posting those photos during the first few years after Richard passed: sometimes out of a … Continue reading

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In the Spirit of Christmas: Embracing the Lost and Loss

There is no point is saying the holidays are difficult for those who are grieving. It’s a foregone conclusion. But, as it is one of my personal missions to share with others the lessons I’ve learned from being on the … Continue reading

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Grief and the Holidays – Not so Ho! Ho! Ho!

The holidays are coming. In my case, it’s Christmas. The next few blog entries will be either new writings on surviving the holidays and grief or excerpts from what I hope will be my soon to be released book “Really?!? … Continue reading

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