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Tea With My Girl

I know it's after Mother's Day, but I had to share the marvelous Tea my daughter made for me.  It was phenomenal! We had planned to have it in a Park on Mother's Day, however the weather was a little too unsettled to risk rain dampening our parade.  Besides the fact that Bethany would have… Continue reading Tea With My Girl

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The Negligence of “13 Reasons Why”

This is such a profound insight on the movie “13 Reasons Why” I had to reblog this.  I would like to add my own thoughts as well.

I have not watched the entire series…I can’t.  Beauty Beyond Bones is much stronger than I.  I have watched excerpts, and read many synopsis and reviews.  It’s horrid.

Our Dad committed suicide 18 years ago.  Being a survivor of suicide I have another aspect I wish to share.  I fully respect “Beauty Beyond Bones” insight that troubled souls need to talk to someone and there IS a way out…I totally agree.  However, I also want to expand on an aspect “13 Reasons Why” did not address when you are in that moment you don’t think about that.  You can’t.  Suicidal people usually are wracked with depression, anxiety, etc.  I know the series is more pointed toward blaming others, yet not all suicidal people do so; they blame themselves.  I myself, while I may not have issues with suicide, do struggle from time-to-time with depression.  And when I am heavily hit with the wave, there is no ability to reach out for help.  It’s not that simple.  At this stage in my life I do recognize the signs and am able to make myself get out, walk, talk, connect with someone.

When Mom passed away, our Dad obviously went into a deep depression.  We did everything we could think of.  We visited…often…we talked on the phone…we helped him…we taught him practical tips for living alone.  We were there.  Of that, I have no doubt.  Dad was seemingly doing all the right things, visiting with friends, resuming work, going out for supper.  Dad was also saying the right things; those things we were taught to listen for.  “Are you eating, Dad?”  “Yes, I cooked myself a steak!”  Great!  “Are you getting out, Dad?”  “Yes, I went for supper with….”  Great!  I talked to Dad about his faith, and relying on God to help him.  We thought everything was going swimmingly, and then a few days after another visit and phone calls he took his life.  In the end…when someone has decided to follow through, they do.

Beauty Beyond Bones post also states, “It is no one’s fault.”  And she’s absolutely right.  It isn’t.  I love her post, and only wanted to add my thoughts as I have friends and family who have lost loved ones to suicide, and many, many, did not ‘blame’ anyone, but rather feel so inadequate in themselves they truly believe the world and their families would be better off without them.  Unfortunately, as Beauty Beyond Bones states, “and everyone is left to put the pieces back together.”

“Just A Little Something” from my heart today.


“13 Reasons Why.”

The Selena Gomez – produced Netflix show that remade the YA fiction novel by the same name.

The topic? Teenage Suicide.

The “13 Reasons” refer to the 13 cassette tapes the victim, Hannah, left behind, explaining why each of the 13 people on the tapes were to blame in why she took her own life.

I didn’t want to watch it. Clearly, this is not a light subject matter, and not particularly something I wanted to watch alone in my studio apartment in New York. But given my affinity for Justin Bieber, and as a result, his first love, Selena Gomez, I wanted to see what she produced.

And well, after watching all 13 episodes in less than 48 hours, I have some thoughts. Strong ones.

Suicide is never the answer. It should never even be an option. Let’s get that right out of the way from the…

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The Love of a Brother

A friend of mine recently returned from Florida, and it sparked a memory.  It’s one of those classic memories guaranteed to make me laugh. In 2006, I took the kids to Disney World in Florida. We stayed at Disney’s All Star Musical Resort complete with restaurants/cafeterias and swimming pools.  We of course visited all the… Continue reading The Love of a Brother

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National Jelly Bean Day!

Who da thunk it! A National Celebration I can really get behind! Today, April 22nd, is known as National Jelly Bean Day!  Well, at least in the United States…but I can dream…it is listed occasionally as a Canadian celebration apparently too, so…I’m gonna take up my banner and do my part. 😊  I LOVE jelly… Continue reading National Jelly Bean Day!

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High Tea

Wow…time flies! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, I know.   It seems life happened.  😊 Ward’s Mom came for a 2-week visit, which was very lovely…although the weather was less than something to be desired. It basically rained for 2 weeks, with about 2 ½ days of sunshine where we could actually play in the… Continue reading High Tea

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I was thinking about Traditions the other day and realized how many ‘traditions’ actually revolve around food. No wonder we in North America have such issues with weight, or unhealthy eating habits. And I, of course, followed along. I never considered myself a great baker, but my daughter on the other hand is an awesome… Continue reading Traditions

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Secret Places of Peace…or Not

This blog has a lot of pictures…mostly of my daughter.  I made photo albums for all three of my kids this past Christmas, and of course, gave them the best ones…kinda like Mom always eating the burnt piece of toast! As Bethany lives 30 minutes from me, and the boys live in another province, I… Continue reading Secret Places of Peace…or Not

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Framed Memories

How many times in life do we wish we could have a ‘do-over’?   Ohhh, if life was like the games we played as children, it would be so – much – easier. When Ward and I decided to move, we therefore had to pack, which involved going through everything. I don’t really mind the ‘going… Continue reading Framed Memories

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In the Minds of Babes

Have you ever watched a child play? It amazes me what must be going on inside their mind. Like crawling; they wiggle and squirm and then eventually figure out ‘if I just get that one knee under me’. Or when they grasp the visual and tactile concept of matching a shape to the hole it can… Continue reading In the Minds of Babes