Lichen

I took time off from work last week – the first week I have had off since January 2020. It was not a complete holiday since I had gone away to write, but it was a complete break from my usual work. Internet was lousy and cell phone coverage was even worse. I disconnected from…

Making Memories

If you work in youth mental health, you are aware of many articles being written about how much COVID-19 has affected children’s and youth’s mental health. The evidence is that the pandemic has left children and youth feeling depressed and anxious and exhausted – even before the school year has started. The education and health…

My COVID-19 Journal Day 2

Day 2 – Good news from Italy where the curve seems to be flattening, although the Premier of Ontario has called a State of Emergency here. However, my own feeling throughout the day was disbelief: Disbelief that people still think we can have visitors on an inpatient unit. Disbelief at the woman canvassing for charity…

My own COVID-19 Journal

I am going to keep a record of my reflections while I am well enough to work in this time of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Often I write for others, but this is for myself. I want to reflect on this time, in the moment, so that I can learn from what is happening around…

The Letter

There is nothing quite like getting a letter in the mail. Do you remember about twenty years ago when you would receive a letter from overseas? It would arrive in a light almost weightless envelope, covered with Par Avion/Airmail stickers. Depending on the sender and their familiarity with North American address conventions, it inevitably contained…

Book Review – Craeft

Everyone who knows me would tell you that I love the various BBC programs about historical farms:  Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, etc. One of the two archeologists in these series, Dr. Alex Langlands, has written a book, Craeft: How Traditional Crafts Are About More Than Just Making. What is important about this book for me…