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Caring, Inspiring, Teaching: Caregivers’ Careers

April 18th, 2014


You can see in Susan Beayni’s eyes just how much she loves her daughter, Rebecca.  Love, contribution, friendship and community have been the pillars upon which Susan has built her personal and her professional life.  My interest is in how longterm caregivers use their experience to teach, to inspire and sometimes, to create a career.  Susan Beayni is the Coordinator Continue reading


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Jim Flaherty, poverty fighter

April 16th, 2014

Today, Jim Flaherty, Canada’s former Minister of Finance is bring honoured with a state funeral. Even his critics acknowledge his commitment to people with disabilities and their families. They point to the Registered Disability Savings Plan as the highlight.
My commentary, Thanks to Jim Flaherty Canadians with Disabilities can Fulfill Their Dreams has been published by the Globe and Mail Continue reading


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A Little Care is Great – Too Much is Toxic

April 9th, 2014


This morning, I was scanning caregiving news online and came across an article titled “The Grandma Effect: A Little Caregiving Sharpens the Brain – A Lot Dulls It.” …  It turns out that scientists in Australia have shown that grandmothers caring for grandchildren one day a week scored excellent results on cognitive tests.  But another group of grannies who cared Continue reading


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A Little Care is Great – Too Much is Toxic

April 9th, 2014


This morning, I was scanning caregiving news online and came across an article titled “The Grandma Effect: A Little Caregiving Sharpens the Brain – A Lot Dulls It.” …  It turns out that scientists in Australia have shown that grandmothers caring for grandchildren one day a week scored excellent results on cognitive tests.  But another group of grannies who cared Continue reading


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The Wisdom of Caregivers: Part II – Our Power and Love

April 4th, 2014

Recently, I wrote about the wisdom and knowledge of caregivers….  Families giving care sometimes feel that they are operating in a vacuum – that the only compassionate place is the home because societies in which we live are driven by an ethic of individualism, consumerism and the perpetual growth of a paycheck.  So, how can we nudge our neighbours, Continue reading


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An Early Morning TV Interview About My Book

March 29th, 2014

Yesterday morning, I got up really early and travelled to the studios of CanadaAM in Toronto.
HERE’S THE INTERVIEW about the new paperback edition of my book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Life of Caregiving” (House of Anansi Press, 2014).  Available everywhere in Canada now and for pre-order online in the USA.
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An Early Morning TV Interview About My Book

March 29th, 2014

Yesterday morning, I got up really early and travelled to the studios of CanadaAM in Toronto.  Here’s the interview about the new paperback edition of my book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Life of Caregiving” (House of Anansi Press, 2014).  Available everywhere in Canada now and for pre-order online in the USA.
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The Wisdom of Caregivers – Part 1

March 26th, 2014

What exactly is the wisdom of caregivers?  The Oxford Dictionary defines wisdom as the quality of having knowledge, experience and good judgement.  Let’s start with knowledge.  What do caregivers know?  Well, we know our loved ones and they have taught us the skills required for achieving intimacy in loving relationships.  …That knowledge is rare and valuable. Continue reading


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Reading Old Family Photos – Did My Nana’s Sister Have a Disability?

March 23rd, 2014

“Does anyone else in your family have a disability?” It’s a question I’ve been asked.  ”No”, I say, “No one.”  Recently, though, I’ve been wondering if that is so.
My Nana, Christina Mary McLeod, was a strong woman.  I remember washing a grey, hooked rug with her at our family cottage on a Quebec lake.  She filled the old claw-footed… Continue reading


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Reading Old Family Photos – Did My Nana’s Sister Have a Disability?

March 23rd, 2014

My Nana, Christina Mary McLeod, was a strong woman.  I remember washing a grey, hooked rug with her at our family cottage on a Quebec lake.  She filled the old claw-footed bathtub with some warm and soapy water, then helped me roll up my trouser legs.  She dropped the rug into the bathwater, then lifted me into the bath to… Continue reading


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