“I have no mother no father No sister no brother I am an orphan girl” (Gillian Welch) I’ve always known I was ‘adopted’. Before I even knew what the word meant, I knew the word. And that it applied to me. And not to other members of my family. I was special. Different. It was […]

  “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”                                                                               […]

Emotional anniversaries like Christmas can be a risky business because they open the portal to memories, conscious and/or unconscious. The sadness’s and losses and loves that are an inevitable part of life, and which I have spent a large chunk of my life avoiding, begin lining up at the opening and jostling for attention. My […]

“There’s a river of love that runs through all times There’s a river of grief that floods through our lives It starts when a heart is broken in two By the thief of belief in anything that’s true But there’s a river of love that runs through all time”              […]

Our beloved Jill slipped away quietly on Monday. We were surrounding her bed, us dinosaurs and Sara. Shaz was holding Jill’s hand as we sat and told stories and laughed and reminisced about how we met her, the places we had worked, how Jill had touched us and what she had taught us. Jill turned […]

Dear Friends I went to the dentist recently for a filling in an upper left molar. I had noticed a sensitivity in that area so when at the hygienist for a once over and clean, I asked her to check it out. She agreed it needed work, and an appointment was made to see the […]

Dear Friends Recently I went to the dentist for a filling in an upper left molar. I had noticed a sensitivity in that area so when at the hygienist for a once over and clean, I asked her to check it out. She agreed it needed work, and an appointment was made to see the […]

Dear Readers Here I am again. Writing about ageing and recovery my experience of their intersection. Ageing well is part of living. Recovery is about learning how to live and can be  seen as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their […]

Dear Readers In my last blog I mentioned a project I was part of. Important and exciting work. “Real People Share their Recovery Stories.” We gathered stories from across the land told by people who accessed addiction services for support to make changes in their lives.  The purpose of the publication was to make recovery […]

Dear Readers I have returned. It has been a while.  In my absence, much has happened.  Mark Twain is attributed to having said something along the lines of “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, most of which have never happened”.  Whether MT said it or not is in dispute. […]