V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #50: Acceptance

“The doctor was adamant that it’s cancer, and I’ve researched it. If it is, it’s not good.” Weeks of repressed fear gush forward, and I find myself crying, mid restaurant, my husband seated across from me. “We just don’t know yet.” he responds softly, taking my hand. “We’ll deal it with one step at a […]

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New Artistic Gadget

Ric, ever the supporter of my artistic endeavours, has purchased me a new app for the iPad – Procreate. There is so much to learn and I am feeling a bit like a kindergarten student – having to go back to the beginning and start again, but it is a lot of fun. And time […]

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Compassion Needed

Our next door neighbour confides that he has two weeks to a month to a live. “You’ll be seeing lots of my daughter around,” he says with his customary big grin. I take his frail hand in mine and offer condolences. “I’m not afraid of dying; it’s what happens leading up to that moment that […]

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We Canadians Are So Polite

(This sign is posted in the window of a local café. I submit it here for Proscenium’s Friday Follies, not to suggest that it is folly, but just that it struck my funny bone, as it depicts the stereotypical Canadian politeness.)

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Rain on Me

Stopping at a local nursery on a rainy day, I am struck by how the raindrops add extra texture to the simplest of plants. And I think: a little water in our lives helps us grow. (For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: raindrops)

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #48: Compassion

“Compassion becomes real when we recognizeour shared humanity.” – Pema Chödrön. As a young woman, I braced myself against the world by adhering to black and whites – a judgmental stance that was not conducive to relationship building. More self-protective than self-righteous, this attitude only served as a wall, confining me to loneliness. Then in […]

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Framing Moments

“I’m going no matter what!” Two nights of no sleep has made me even more determined to live life, so I shower, fuss with my hair, and even put on makeup. Clothes are not comfortable right now, so I choose a skirt made from cotton t-shirt material and dress it up with a blouse, and […]

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