Addiction and the Pandemic

For most jurisdictions where they were legal, alcohol and marijuana were available at every stage of the pandemic. In North America, the shops selling marijuana and alcohol were deemed an “essential service” which meant that they were open throughout the pandemic, in the same way as grocery stores and pharmacies were open. Even in news…

Thinking Rock

I wrote this thinking about parents, but the more I worked on this essay, the more I realized: Everyone needs a “thinking rock”. My experience with parents is that they always know best what their child needs. When they come to me with a problem that they are having with their child, the first thing…

Parenting and Marijuana

Isn’t that a title that captures your attention? But this essay is not about the first thing that might naturally come to mind with the title Parenting and Marijuana. This is my way of introducing the two topics that I want to spend the summer considering. I have spent the last four months writing about…

What now?

In between COVID-19 Journal entries, I have spent the past four months writing. I have been writing without thinking and, in the past eight days, since I last published my journal, I think I have begun to think a bit more before writing. Sometime in late February, panic overtook me. There was news of the…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 100

This will be the last entry in my COVID-19 Journal. It is not that I won’t write about the Pandemic again, but, for me, this phase of my service to keep people safe from COVID-19 is ending. On June 30, I will return to the Youth Program fulltime. This is a picture of the corridor…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 94

Today I was clearing off the dinner table after hosting my son’s birthday party when I heard the loveliest sound. It was the sound of a jet plane taking off from the Ottawa airport. I was mesmerized. I stopped and listened. I listened in much the same way that I had when I was small…