Writing

The little piano that could

In a kind of, sort of, still a little bit small-ish town, it’s a given some of the biggest town-wide dramas, spectacles, and news will revolve around, well, nothing at all. Such is the case of this particular tale, involving nothing more than a public piano.   The concept of sidewalk pianos is not a new one. Many a small …

We need to do better

I hesitated in sharing this particular column on my blog, but felt the message is worth the post. As much as this is about Chester Bennington’s suicide, it’s also bigger than that. Chester’s tragic end after a frightening and difficult battle only comes to the forefront of conversation because he, like many other celebrities, are already in the spotlight. But …

Finding your real faith

Faith is a funny thing. Despite being rooted in your own personal thoughts and feelings, it can be deeply affected by people’s actions, lack of actions, and words. These things can rock everything you believe, bringing your world down around you like a glass ceiling shattering in a million pieces.   Though faith ultimately should be planted firmly in an …

Why I cannot remain silent

My parents often like to remind me that my nickname as a very young child was ‘chatterbox’. I loved to talk, about anything and everything, just to talk. I loved words, I loved discussions. By the time I reached school, I realized I loved ideas, learning, and different concepts. I loved the challenge of debates, the changing of minds, and …

Something’s got to give

Over the past week many people across North America were completely rocked by the judicial decision in the case against the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile. Officer Yanez was acquitted of all charges, including manslaughter, by the jury – a jury that witnessed the dash cam footage from the officer’s car long before the public did, a jury …

The power of personality

A few years ago, a close friend of mine sent me a link to fill out a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). These assessments are designed to help identify personality types by indicating a person’s psychological preferences through how they see the world around them and make decisions.   The MBTI is often used in everything from classrooms, to workplaces, leadership …

Don’t fear the mess

We live in a world obsessed with perfection. With the rise of social media programs designed to showcase our lives to the world through series of comments, snippets, and photos, we pick the best, add a filter, and publish. Much like Photoshop allows an artist or photographer to erase the blemishes, tidy up the blurred lines, tone, tighten, and brighten, …

A crying need for resources

One of the biggest battles in the mental health community supersedes the need to end stigma, settling on the area of recovery. We pour endless resources into raising awareness. While it is important, access to services are even more important. Canada has an incredibly long way to go when it comes to appropriate medical access for people with mental illnesses, …

This is Mental Health

These days, it’s fairly common knowledge that mental health issues are far more widespread than we could have ever imagined. We know the statistics – over the past decade medical professionals and others passionate about making the issues known have rallied behind the banner to end stigma and spoken up. Talk is required to get the conversation going, but as …

Technology a time waster?

It’s hard to believe it was barely 15 years ago when going home still meant most contact with our friends, classmates, and colleagues was cut off for the evening. Unless there were phone calls exchanged or time spent on MSN messenger, our lives at home were separate from those of everyone else. We didn’t know what 500 different people were …