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Identity and Belonging by Robert Lepage: The Personal is Universal

October 21st, 2014

Identity and belonging are subjects that caregivers grapple with everyday.  When we become caregivers, do we lose our ‘other’ selves?  When our beloved charge passes away, who are we then?  Either way, where do we caregiving families belong in society – how can we nurture and sustain a sense of authentic belonging when our lives are so…
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Identity and Belonging by Robert Lepage: The Personal is Universal

October 21st, 2014

Identity and belonging are subjects that caregivers grapple with everyday.  When we become caregivers, do we lose our ‘other’ selves?  When our beloved charge passes away, who are we then?  Either way, where do we caregiving families belong in society – how can we nurture and sustain a sense of authentic belonging when our lives are so…
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Managing Chaos: Lessons for Caregivers From Military Special Forces

October 16th, 2014

The world of illness, disability and caregiving is peppered with terminology from the battleground.  We ‘battle’ cancer.  We ‘fight’ to get our loved ones the services they need.  We don’t invite friends over because our houses look like ‘a bomb went off’.  When the going gets very tough for caregivers, it certainly feels like we’re operating in a war zone.…
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Thanksgiving 2014

October 13th, 2014



On Thursday, October 9th, Natalie arrived home from university to spend Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada with us.   We drove to my husband’s family cottage on a lake north of Montreal, Quebec. Where we were greeted by a full moon! In the morning, we got up and lit a fire in the wood stove. Then went for a walk in…
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Anger

October 10th, 2014

Anger Anger that my son has pain. Anger that my husband is away on business.  Anger that the caregiver didn’t show up for my Mom.  Anger that the milk is sour in the fridge. Anger that the doctor smirked when I asked a question.  Anger that an old colleague’s career is flying high.  Anger that the…
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My Guest Post on LOVE THAT MAX: 5 Secrets of Special Needs Parent Happiness

October 8th, 2014

This is my guest post on the wonderful blog “LOVE THAT MAX” the inspiring and informative blog by Ellen Seidman.  I am so grateful to Ellen for hosting my family story of caregiving. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014

5 secrets of special needs parent happiness

This guest post is from Donna Thomson, author of the new book The Four Walls
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The Worth of Vulnerability

October 6th, 2014

Marilynne Robinson is a great American novelist and essayist who mines contemporary society for meaning.  Her themes are expansive and biblical in their proportions.  This what she said in a New York Times Magazine interview recently:


“People,” Robinson said, pausing before she defined that familiar word in original terms: “Brilliant creatures, who at a very high rate, predictably, are incomprehensible
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A Dream Come True: How One Community is Supporting its Citizens with Disabilities from Cradle to Grave

October 2nd, 2014

Until very recently, I have never met a parent of a child with disabilities who didn’t worry about the future.  “What will happen to my child after I die?  Where will my child live? Who will love my child and keep him safe?”  These are the anxieties that make restful sleep impossible for ageing parents. Recently, I…
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A Dream Come True: How One Community is Supporting its Citizens with Disabilities from Cradle to Grave

October 2nd, 2014

Until very recently, I have never met a parent of a child with disabilities who didn’t worry about the future.  “What will happen to my child after I die?  Where will my child live? Who will love my child and keep him safe?”  These are the anxieties that make restful sleep impossible for ageing parents. Recently, I…
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Want to learn about Grounded Change?

September 30th, 2014

  In With Forward and SiG are hosting 4 online seminars in October and November to share & debate their approach to working with folks, from the ground-up, to develop new programs and policies. These won’t be your usual webinars. They will include articles to read, reflective questions to munch on, and practical examples to grasp! Click here to find
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