The Covid Collages

When the lockdowns started in March 2020, I was holed up at home, like so many of us, worrying and waiting. One day, I tore photos from magazines and began to assemble the first torn paper collage. After that,...

The Thought

On that October day the thought arrived. It just landed, couldn't see the direction it was coming from, light and soft, a revelation...... and I couldn't stop smiling. I must make a painti...

If my face fell off

If my face fell off and smashed to the floor would you smile or recoil at the face beneath? If my words came to life Would they land softly on your cheek like butterflies would you feel...

Chestnuts

Word order matters. There is a HUGE difference between a horse chestnut Copyright © JD Cottier 2020 and a chestnut horse! Photograph Copyright © Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary 2020 I...

I had that dream again

I had that dream again where you throw yourself out the window and I can’t stop you. All I can do is look down and whisper … But, that’s not what happened Not at all The last time we w...

I love you because …

Few of us ever tell the people we love exactly why we love them. Sure, we may list a few reasons, but we rarely give too much detail.  The same was true of  Janice Kennedy and her sister Sheila Tynan. The fact ...

It is What it is

Sheila Tynan was diagnosed with ALS in late 2011.  She decided to write about her journey with ALS in a blog.  While her blog is about ALS, it is really an incredible testament to the human spirit.  Eventually,...

Sheila

Sheila was passionate about life and that passion showed in her smile -  a really joyful, happy to be here with you, smile.  That smile reflected the enthusiasm Sheila brought to everyone she met and ...

Music Therapy Hits the Right Notes

If you want proof that music has the ability to enhance anybody's life, regardless of age, watch this. These seniors live in the Extendicare Starwood Nursing Home and they all participate in the home's Music th...

There at the End

"Being with my mother when she died was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life."  Dorothy Craig - Nursing Home Volunteer "...to be there, offering a calm and deeply caring hand was my joy." Elaine Co...

Hundreds of Hundreds

What would have a greater impact on your life - giving a stranger a hundred dollar bill or having a stranger give you that bill? For a few people, the day a total stranger handed them a hundred dollars compl...

Where Violence Begins

by Rachel MacNair The planetarium presentation, as usual, was beautiful. Yet there was a disquieting aspect to language used. Stars were dying. Why not being transformed? These stars did something in a desperat...