Monday, August 11, 2014

Tears of a clown

We all know someone like it - the goofy one ; the one who's always making jokes, doing everything possible to cheer people up.  It's so cliché but so many don't see what's right in front of them.

The person you'd least expect to harbour a dark place inside is probably that clown in your life.

Don't take that happiness for granted. That person - the one who seems to have it all together - is probably the one most in need of a small affirmation, some quiet words spoken randomly and thoughtfully. Be generous with your kindness. You have no idea what impact it might make.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


In French, one doesn't say "I miss you", but rather "tu me manques" - you are missing from me, as though the person in mind is a real, physical part of you that is missing.

I understand this. I have pieces of myself all over - some miles away, some close enough to touch, but all of them missing from me in some way. They drift in and out of my life in strange and irregular ways, but never fully leave me. Some of them leave a much larger empty space than others, even if physically they are not that far removed.

No matter how difficult it is to locate each missing piece and try, however briefly, to tuck it back into its place, it is worth the effort for the reward that comes.

My fear is that some of them have no idea their absence is felt at all. I hope to show each of them how they fit into my life before they are missing from me for good.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Super Newfie!!

I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions - I don't need a page on a calendar to tell me when I should challenge myself or make changes in my life. I'm pretty stubborn that way.

Last year a friend of mine took part in a fund raising event that left me gobsmacked and jealous - she rappelled down the side of a 30 storey building in the Calgary  Easter Seals Drop Zone. I've decided that this is a challenge I wish to conquer.

The event itself takes place on September 4, 2014 so I have quite some time to think about what I will be doing. In the mean time, I must raise at least $1500 if I am to be allowed to take part.

(This is the part of the infomercial where the inspirational music kicks in, and you imagine me heroically gliding down a rope on the side of a 300 foot building, hair billowing in the breeze...)

(It will likely be more like me tumbling clumbsily down a wall, screaming at the top of my lungs...)

In either case... wouldn't you love to see that? I am not above begging for your support. Easter Seals Alberta provides a great deal of support for Albertans with disabilities. It's a great organization which could use your financial support, no matter how small the amount.

Please consider making a donation on my sponsorship page and help make a Newfie fly!!