Therapy 3: What is Therapy

I have been thinking about the question, “What is therapy?”. This is not an easy question to answer, but it is my goal in this essay. Perhaps images of chaises longues and pleasant coloured rooms are already firmly in people’s minds from popular culture and I have no idea how to break past that.  It’s…

My Front Step

I am just sitting on my front step having tea. I have the third part of the six-part series on Therapy that I am writing, but I am not going to publish it today. Right now, it is 18 degrees Celsius out – that’s 65 degrees Fahrenheit – and it is a beautiful spring evening.…

Christmas Gifts

My favourite Christmas gifts are, and have always been, books. When I was six, my family had just moved to a small Quebec town where there was no bookstore that sold English books. My godfather gave me TEN BOOKS for Christmas. It was my best present. I remember distinctly that they were not all books…

Christmas People

My sister was a “Christmas person”. She was born on November 18 and her Christmas tree went up that day. She took it down, with many regrets, on January 18, her husband’s birthday. “It’s not as long as you’d think”, she’d say. This year, in the midst of the pandemic, Christmas will be special, and…

Lonely Struggle

Think about these qualities a person can have: Personal resilience Self-reliance Rugged individualism These three character traits are often cited in North American colonial culture as the pinnacle of human performance. Using the same paradigm, a person with these qualities can face and conquer any struggle in life. This being the case, anyone who values…

Is it Necessary?

Away from the hospital’s stark pandemic décor, away from the school’s minimalist remnants of collegiate life, there is a tranquility that is unaffected by contagion. Squirrels are the busy ones here bustling cheerily through the gold of a Canadian autumn and the dark, dark green of the many evergreens that are the stalwarts of a…