Tag Archives: Life is short

Life is short; get screened

In the end, my big brother had less than a year to live from the first signs that something was going wrong. Gallstones, maybe? No. Colon cancer, which had already spread to his lungs and liver. He was 61. Don moved to California years ago, and being on opposite sides of the continent didn’t support […]

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Round 2 of how to support a friend with cancer

My last post was a reminder about why we need balance in our lives. The timing is unexpectedly appropriate, because I’ve just been hit hard with another reason to treat life as precious: My brother has cancer. Familiar feelings of helplessness are compounded by the fact that Don is miles away, so I’m looking for […]

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A reminder about why you need balance

Work will always be there; just be sure to stop every once in a while and celebrate your successes. That’s what I told a friend this week who was struggling with that feeling of being on a hamster wheel, trying to catch up with never-ending work. It’s also a thought that came to mind when […]

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Life is short; you might as well dance

You won’t reach the end of your life wishing you had danced less. That’s what my friend Debby has decided. She’s been taking ballroom dance lessons for more than a year, and loves it. Like the contestants on Dancing With The Stars (my guilty pleasure, and hers too), Debby has discovered a passion she didn’t […]

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Remembering Joan, 35 years on

Thinking of my big sister.

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Scare yourself to learn and grow

One of my neighbours used to create increasingly elaborate scenes on his front lawn at Halloween. The figure of Dracula rested in a coffin; actually the neighbour’s son, he came to life and rose as children shrieked and ran past. The blade of a guillotine, already dripping with red, hovered over another figure, while various […]

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Break the bars and say ‘si’ to life

Warm weather dreaming as winter sets in reminded me that last year, I spent five days in Cuba on a quick all-inclusive vacation during Son #2’s week off university. Juggling paying work and my own school work, I didn’t have a lot of spare time but figured it could work. Between booking the trip and […]

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#NoMoreBullies

Several different sources have pointed me to comedian Rick Mercer‘s powerful rant this week about bullying, which was inspired by the recent suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley. As a mother, I can only begin to imagine the heartbreak Jamie’s family is going through. And while I can’t understand the depth of despair that would make […]

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Steve Jobs touched my life; yours too?

In an early job, I worked in a sea of PCs, but got special dispensation to get a Mac because I worked in the Communications department. The IT guy seemed as excited about it as I was. A Mac IIsi (shown here) helped me launch Get It Write in 1991. Today, I use a MacBook […]

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A hope for peace

9/11. It’s become shorthand instantly understood around the world for a day filled with tragedy. Can it really be 10 years since we watched, horrified, as one plane and then a second crashed into the World Trade Center? I was at work in my home office when my husband called. He was on his way […]

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