Sentimental Gardening!

May 2-4 week-end is a three-day week-end surrounding  Queen Victoria’s birthday. 2-4 refers to the May 24th birthday of the Queen, as well as a case of 24 bottles of beer. Fireworks and drinking are known ways to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and to kick off the start of summer camping. May 2-4 week-end is also regarded… Continue reading Sentimental Gardening!

Their Shoes #31

Sonya received her shoes from the shelter. She was sitting alone and keeping to herself when I sat down to talk to her. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter. I have no place of my own. I was in an apartment but I had to move out. Things were… Continue reading Their Shoes #31

Two Super Heroes!

It’s Nurses’ Week here in Canada. There’s a saying: “Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse!” Nursing isn’t easy a lot of the time. In fact, it’s tough. But, nurses are tougher. If you weren’t tough when you entered nursing school, you were molded  into a nurse with stamina by… Continue reading Two Super Heroes!

Whip It!

Senior citizens rocking to Devo? Why, yes! There was something different about the morning aqua fitness class. I sensed it from the moment I strolled from the change room to the pool’s edge. Lap swimmers like myself shared the pool with the middle-aged and senior crowd. I, apparently, was in the quieter group. Depending on… Continue reading Whip It!

Their Shoes #29

Cynthia takes her meals at the shelter often. She’s a single Mom with a teen-age son. Her shoes were obtained  from the shelter. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis?  “It’s dealing with Ontario Works (welfare). I misplaced a statement from them. I had a job and my earnings were deducted… Continue reading Their Shoes #29

Their Shoes #28

Ian is a familiar face at the shelter. He bought his shoes at Red Outlet downtown. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Poverty affects me because of lack of food. You see, I’m epileptic. I need to take my medicine with food in the morning and at night. If I… Continue reading Their Shoes #28

Her Own Gift!

“Mom, sh#t happens. And, we cope.” Wise words from my daughter, Giselle, the bride-to-be. I planned to write this week-end’s blog post about my shower gift to her. However, time is short. And, so will be this post! Sure, we all hear “sh#t happens” but do you vent and carry on about it? How, life isn’t… Continue reading Her Own Gift!