So here I am, the second to last blog before I take a summer break and NOT SO IDLE THOUGHTS goes into reruns. This week, I’d like to pause to say thank you. Gratitude, I have discovered over the years, opens your eyes to beauty, even in the midst of trial - or [...]
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A couple of weeks ago I had a random lengthy phone conversation with my mother about random mother daughter things and It included me divulging the fact that if I wasn’t in a chair and didn’t have CP I would be in school working towards a bachelor of science in nursing. When my mom [...]
As many of you may or may not know, I now have severe chronic migraines due to the 6 concussions I’ve had that are also indirectly related to my CP--- thanks a lot CP. This last Saturday I ended up in the emergency room at the Civic Hospital because of a severe migraine [...]
It’s about people, not statistics. TEN things a PARAMEDIC wants you to know. I guess we’ll never really know why Adreanne Leblanc couldn’t ask for help, or so we are told she couldn’t. I have my suspicions though. More and more, we know less and less about how to really offer it. Adreanne is [...]
I always knew from a very young age that I would enjoy working in a career that involved direct contact with people. Friends and family used to call me the social butterfly, I would talk to anybody, anywhere at any time, and that was the first piece of the quilt. The second piece was that [...]
I would like to introduce you to the nuts and bolts of Carleton Memorial. Interested in what makes this community tick? Read on. (scroll down if you want the list of everything that goes on here) Recently I published a blog titled “Before You Tar Us With the Same Brush”. It’s about the United Church’s [...]
It’s funny how life forces you into situations you never thought you’d survive let alone crave. These past few days have been really hard on me emotionally because of one particular incident. This past Friday, I was denied the opportunity to adopt a pet from the Humane Society of Ottawa based on my disability. They [...]
Here is a riddle for you. A man stands 100 meters from a door way. Each move the man makes towards the doorway takes him half way to the door. How many moves does the man have to make in order to pass through it? Moving from A to B requires any variety of moves [...]
I’m back after my short absence due to moving out of Carleton University residence and into my own apartment in Ottawa. There has been a lot that has been testing my faith lately. I may have lost a friend by being too honest with them. This loss has made it difficult for me to move [...]
News stories have emerged this week that there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support for the people of Humboldt. Money, cards, posts on Facebook and even an open letter of sympathy to the truck driver. How wonderful to see that instead of pointing blame, serenity and humanity are present. There is little that I [...]