In my book, "The Four Walls of My Freedom", I wrote about the solitary lifestyle of constant caregiving. I wrote about watching, fascinated, a family of birds make their home in our front door lamp:
Outside our front door in Ottawa, we had a black wrought-iron openwork light fixture. Each spring, a pair of tiny sparrowlike birds called redpolls came…
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We are in Australia.. and this past week we have encountered the work of the Bolshy Divas..
John O'Brien, Connie Lyle O'Brien, Lynda Kahn and I - and we're all impressed... and want to share their wisdom..
We think there are 'sisters in spirit' everywhere - and their incisive analysis, delivered with humor and spice in a powerful contributor to a healthy debate about the future of support services for people - in Australia and beyond.
So here is a link to their web site…Continue
We had our second virtual World Café on Inclusive Communities and Economic Sustainability: We will be holding monthly calls to generate a community that cares about the sustainability of supporting all people to live a valued life in their communities. It is our intention to develop a community of practice that comes together to share and learn about the abundant resources that we have together. I want to thank my co-hosts Amy Lenzo…Continue
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To view a video clip of my recent talk at Holland Bloorview, please click HERE
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A family took their frail, elderly mother to a nursing home and left her,
hoping she would be well cared for. The next morning, the nurses bathed her,
fed her a tasty breakfast, and set her in a chair at a window overlooking a
lovely flower garden. She seemed okay, but after a while she slowly started
to tilt sideways in her chair. Two attentive nurses immediately rushed up to
catch her and straighten her up. Again she seemed okay, but after a…Continue
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There are a lot of people,
that need help in many ways.
Hurdles that they have to face,
every single day.
Things we take for granted,
like walking, seeing, speech.
They set their standards very high,…Continue
This site is still in its infancy but is looking for more ideas that will better benefit communities.
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Yesterday I wrote about how Facebook can make lonely people lonelier. But what is the flip side of all this doom and gloom about social media and how can these online tools help people who give or receive care? Does social media contribute to my wellbeing?
The resounding answer to the last question is Yes! I am part of a generation that can well remember life before the internet. In the old days, I subscribed to a magazine called "Exceptional…
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Stephen Marche's article "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely" in the May issue of The Atlantic pokes a sharp stick at social media and its effect on our sense of social fulfilment. Marche asserts, "What Facebook has revealed about human nature—and this is not a minor revelation—is that a connection is not the same thing as a bond, and that instant and total connection is no salvation, no ticket to…Continue
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To send a comment to the Globe and Mail http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/help/contact-web/
Maybe with some pressure from the paper, the government might do something. The more comments that are received, the more the paper will print.
For those with intellectual disabilities, a decades-long wait for a home and care…Continue
Added by Bonnie Heath on April 11, 2012 at 5:51pm — No Comments
I've attached a piece I wrote on a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia, to hear stories from Tom Kohler and from people involved in citizen advocacy. It was an incredible experience.
I hope you enjoy.
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