French Films in.. Vancouver? Yup!

Parlez-vous le Francais? Speak French? No? Doesn’t matter!!

Here in our own Vancouver, we are lucky to have French films being brought in by  Visions Ouest Productions, Régis Painchaud and Lorraine Fortin, for the 23rd Rendez-Vous French Film Festival. Around 50 films (including shorts) from Québec and around the world will be presented, most with English subtitles, between February 1-12th.

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I have some favourites, and some events that I would like to share on my blog, so stay tuned, if you’d like!

First of all, however… Continue reading “French Films in.. Vancouver? Yup!”

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A bridge back to the arts…

The last few posts have been distinctly more political and heated. I had felt a strong need to write about something that impassioned me. The state of a group of seniors’ situation in a place in which I’m deeply familiar. That story hasn’t ended. And, I will keep a strong eye on it until it does. And, other stories related to seniors. (I have many up my sleeve)

But. For now… Continue reading “A bridge back to the arts…”

How deeply do we care…Action not just words…

Last Saturday night I watched a documentary called “What About Me?“. I scanned through comedies, dramas, and documentaries to find something that would soothe my despair over losing a friend to suicide last week. Imagining the incredibly bright light of Haigan Day in her final darkness alone sent myself stumbling blindly.

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“What About Me?” was the perfect balm for my soul. Philosophers, spiritual guides, ordinary people, and musicians were Continue reading “How deeply do we care…Action not just words…”

Why bother, they’re going to die…

Imagine:

You’ve led a full life in a community where you paid your taxes. You’ve purchased over and over again in your community, spending your money at local businesses. You’ve had a family. Your own home. Your own house. Your own garden. A dog. Maybe a few. Some cats, despite that damn hair on the couch. You’ve listened to your TV in the background of coffee scents, a home cooked meal, popcorn your kids made, smelled bacon from a weekend breakfast, heard laughter, saw tears, did laundry, played board games and cards, had barbecues in the summer, shared a drink or two over some heated conversations, slept in a double bed with your honey, attended some weddings, some funerals, some graduations…. then, you got old.

You. Got. Old.

And, your ill health became… Continue reading “Why bother, they’re going to die…”

Beyond Belief, Booze over Elders…

Yes, it’s true. The PEI government has chosen to construct a new liquor store in the community of Montague, Prince Edward Island, and postpone, once again, their 2009, 2015, 2016 promise of a brand new Riverview Manor, residence for seniors, to (we’ll see) 2017.

BUT, the new liquor store will be ready for business in June 2017.

How we treat our vulnerable defines us as individuals, as a community, and as a country.

How must Montague feel right now as… Continue reading “Beyond Belief, Booze over Elders…”

Keep Going….

Today, the announcement for the new government liquor store in Montague was published by CBC in a positive light, gleefully optimistic about an increase in liquor sales next year, in their new building that will be constructed.

A new building that will break ground as soon as ….. next week. Ready for an opening in June, 2017.

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Those dots represent the unbearable silence as we all take this in.  Continue reading “Keep Going….”

Playing Russian Roulette with the Elderly in Prince Edward Island

The Riverview Manor in Montague, Prince Edward Island.

A place no-one wants to spend the last part of their life. But the decrepit nursing home building is full of the community’s elderly. The community’s loved ones. I know it well. Because of my Dad.

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Last week I wrote an article to light a spark of action toward the repeated promised construction of a new Manor. Two days ago I wrote another one to remind the government of the safety of the people, especially fire. And, tonight… Continue reading “Playing Russian Roulette with the Elderly in Prince Edward Island”

Shift funds, break ground… give hope.

Over eight thousand views. That’s how many times “Enough is Enough, Prince Edward Island” published this past week was read.

Witnessing the stats of my blog post growing the past few days and seeing the unbelievable amount of shares on FaceBook, is confirming. Montague needed a match to light the smoldering embers of hope gone.

Thank you to all who boldly shared my words. It has created a renewed energy that will hopefully continue.

Premier Wade MacLaughlin and MLA Allen Roach showed up unexpectedly to… Continue reading “Shift funds, break ground… give hope.”

Enough is enough, Prince Edward Island…

October 26, 2016

I’m back.

I haven’t written in here for awhile. A long while. Over a year. And, it’s been quite a period of time.

Starting with the death of my best friend, my Dad, May of 2015, looking after my Mom, doing my one woman show (Dusty Shoes) because I had promised my Dad I would, my thirteen year relationship ending, creating a new Christmas ritual as things were VERY different, giving myself a Puerto Rican vacation break, more back and forth between my two “homes” PEI and Vancouver (which is where my hat is truly hung) and MORE!

But. I’m not here to talk about me.

I’m here to talk about… Continue reading “Enough is enough, Prince Edward Island…”

The good, the bad, the wonky…anniversaries

Today was Mother’s Day. A special day for many. A tougher day for some. For me?… it was a strange mix. A very strange mix.

One year ago, on Mother’s Day morning, I held my Dad as he died. I can barely write this as it still seems fresh and unbelievable. He was my best friend. My longest friend. And, someone I miss deeply.

Today was one of those “first anniversaries” for me. A hard one as my brain relives the sights, sounds, words, smells, feelings, gestures, hugs, love, tears of this day, one year ago. (even though the official date was the 10th… it still was Mother’s Day, on the Sunday) (and will I go through this again on the 10th?)

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I have friends who lost their mother this past year, so today was a first for them as well. I imagined how tough it might have been for those friends on facebook to watch the stream of loving photos and love notes.

“Hallmark” holidays can be a challenge. Especially if you didn’t have a great childhood or a parent who just couldn’t love you the way you would hope.  And, if one of these commercial days happen to fall on a significant date for you and your loved ones, the wonkyness increases. Just as it’s been for me today.

But… it still was Mother’s Day and my Mom is still here.

It’s been a tough year for her… well, a few tough years and then today showed up. Fortunately, a good friend kicked in and we teamed up to successfully get Mom up and out (even though I’m in Vancouver and they’re in Prince Edward Island). She ended up having a good country afternoon which included a Skype visit for us.

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Tonight, I will attempt to go to sleep after a little chat, and a brandy “with” my Papa, and tell him his love was taken care of today and she had a better Mother’s Day than anticipated.

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And, me? I’m writing a blog post to help me. Haha… But he probably knows all of this already.

How was your day? In all sincerity, I hope you found a way to embrace it peacefully whatever your situation. And, if your mother is still around and your relationship is good, I hope you had fun!