Surviving

In the northern hemisphere, May is the month when most people die by suicide. Some of the most courageous people I know are those who have had a family member die by suicide. Forever changed, they go on with their lives and work, often not talking about the loss they suffer and grief that never…

Nurses and My Life

My prize for having the highest marks in my Grade 3 class at Joliette English School was a copy of the book Florence Nightingale by Jeannette Covert Nolan. At about the same time, my mother began to decide that I should become a nurse. Her sister was a nurse, as was her sister-in-law and my…

Three Wishes

Some time ago, one of my patients turned the tables on me. At the end of a group, she looked at me and asked, “Dr. Beck, if someone granted you any 3 wishes, what would you wish for?” This particular question is one that child psychiatrists (and others) often ask as part of the assessment…

Book Review – Fix Your Clothes

There is an independent publishing company, Microcosm Publishing, based in Portland, Oregon. This is a publishing company with an edge – have a look at their website and you’ll see what I mean. They publish some very interesting series of books, and maybe I will explore that more fully in the future, but today, I…

Magic

Over the weekend, I finished a quilt I had started last year. The quilt had been meant for a friend’s baby who was stillborn shortly before I completed it. I have become superstitious about quilts because, in the past five years, I have started several quilts with specific people in mind only to have that…