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!

Their Shoes #30

I met Ken as he reached for the chocolate chip croissants at the shelter. Enthralled by his conversation, I forgot to ask where he received his shoes, as in posts #1-29. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “It’s seeing that anyone else who is struggling with poverty is okay. I… Continue reading Their Shoes #30

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

A Tractor Tale

If it sounds too good to be true, well, maybe, one should hesitate a bit? I got scammed recently. Well, sort of…I think the man’s intentions were fine in the beginning but then, heck, I don’t know what happened. When I walked from my parked car to the homeless shelter where I volunteer weekly, I noticed… Continue reading A Tractor Tale