Families and the Pandemic

My youngest son was about seven years old when I married for the second time. His father had married again about one year earlier. My new husband had two sons, both older than my youngest son, who already had an older brother and sister. He was now the youngest of five and he was terrified…

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…