Somethin' brewin' in my mind
can't pinpoint malaise I will in time
so much conflict strife bad news
sometimes I think what's to lose
do I sit back in comfort nest retreat
do I stand up for what I believe
ay there's the rub what do I believe
beyond platitudes and saying
the fashionable . . .
Pay it forward. Make the world a little better
Community caring rock garden, near Carson Grove Elementary School, Ottawa
Small acts of kindness can pay large dividends. Those who give these small acts may not be aware of all their effects. But they can create ripples of goodwill down the road.
I like to run in the morning, before my kids wake up. Calms my mind. Exercise . . .
I AM GRATEFUL
I am grateful for my mistakes,
anxieties and fears
they give rise to my courage,
for those I hold dear
I am grateful for having
been broken, in pain
so hope can rebuild,
dissolve all the blame
I am grateful to be alive;
my next breath fills my lungs
I am grateful to feel old
and also feel young
I am grateful in every . . .
One thing my family is doing more of during isolation is reading together. My boys dusted off some old standbys—the Harry Potter series.
As my younger son read The Philosopher's Stone, my older son read The Half-Blood Prince. I stared at them. When did they get so old?
I was moved to write some poems . . .
SHE MAKES MUFFINS and pancakes, boys read at kitchen table. Cat suns herself by patio door. Mush, mush, she mixes ingredients in stainless steel mixing bowl, green plastic mixing bowl to her right. She reads recipe on top of microwave. Grabs some things out of fridge, crunch crunch, cracks eggs. . . .
THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS
living in constant fear
an invisible enemy
nook and cranny
there is no other
this is it
the new normal
the old normal
enjoy the fresh air
(if . . .
Image: Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany / CC BY
I was heading down the last flight of stairs at the Lyon LRT station in Ottawa. A man stormed around the corner from the fare gates. He wore a leather jacket from a local university and one of those hard hats they give to first-year students.
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