Preserved

My aunt had a friend who was famous in Eastern Ontario for her preserves. She won prizes at county fairs and even published two books. When my aunt and I would go to visit her, she always had some concoction cooking on the stove or waiting in jars or bottles on her counter. She must…

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…

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…

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 81

Today I started rereading The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein. I am reading this to remind myself of the qualities resilient people possess. I want to develop ways to help my adolescent patients face a changed classroom when they return to school…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 74

“Dr. Beck, I really need something to cheer me up this weekend.” Luckily, when one of my patients mentioned this, I had already been wondering which activities could cheer someone up as they struggle with stress. For the last few days, I have been thinking about this great article that considers how reading science fiction…

An Article for Book Lovers

I am presently reading Leah Price’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading. I will review this book once I have finished reading it however, I keep getting waylaid in reading Price’s book by other material she recommends. Of the various articles and books recommended, I want…