The little grey squirrel–
sitting on the scaffolding outside my window–
doesn’t seem to be bothered by the pouring rain.
I need to adopt a squirrel attitude,
I guess nature asks it’s creatures to accept things.
Squirrel and his family have been very busy in my attic
since the end of summer.
The roof has an opening that can’t be closed
until the house repairs are done.
I am trying to have a Beatrix Potter attitude
about my house guests. It’s difficult.
They can be very noisy when they start scratching in
the wee hours.
And I am trying to be accepting
of the difficulties I face.
I am still standing.
I just have to hold on and do my best.
The shocks and losses of recent years
have been like a storm that subsides but does not
It may keep going like this.
It’s entirely possible.
It’s that part of the movie.
The hero is tied to the dock and the waves are coming in.
I expect a lot more grief to come.
More hardships to carry and more
losses to face–
I am not so much afraid of it–
as preparing for it.
I am trying to face the coming year
With as much courage, calm and continued belief
that there is always good amongst the bad
and gifts amongst the challenges–
and joy within the pain.
And I am ready for it.
I am expecting it.
I am expecting myself to keep going
to keep believing and to keep trying
to live in happiness and openness and faith.
Despite the hard stuff.
My word for the coming year–
Yes I choose a word to call up the magic that it brings–
That is what I need.
It’s a good word.
Bright shiny tough.
I do not like Christmas or birthdays or celebrations
Today is December 6th and every year on this day I like to take a moment to reflect and remember what happened on this day 23 years ago.
On December 6 we commemorate the anniversary of the Montreal massacre, at L’École Polytechnique de Montréal.
On that terrible day December 6 1989 these 14 innocent young women were gunned down in a senseless act of violence against women.
Please take the time to say their names aloud or read them slowly in your mind.
The women’s names were:
Anne-Marie Edward, Anne-Marie Lemay, Annie St Arneault,
Annie Turcotte, Barbara Daigneault, Barbara Maria Klucznik, Genevieve Bergeron
Helene Colgan, Maryse LeClaire, Maryse Leganiere, Maud Haviernier, Michele Richard,
Nathalie Croteau, Sonia Pelletier.
I don’t want the world to forget their names. Today I am not mentioning the name of their killer. It’s their names I want to think about.
As you go about your daily life today, please take the time to remember them and allow their tragic deaths to remind us that Violence against women and girls continues to be a massive global problem.
When we think of the 14 young women who died on December 6 we can reflect on the continuing violence around the world against women or really any gender based violence– and think hard about what we are going to do about it.
You could go here and donate if you don’t know what to do. These folks have some good things figured out. DEATH DANCE FOR LOST GIRLS