Through Rose Coloured Glasses
I don’t come from a “military family”, but I have always been interested and intrigued by all things military. So, when one of our most iconic military figures passed away last month, I thought it was important to remind people of his contributions to Canada, including his eighty-one years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces!
I think I may have written about this book in a previous column, but it’s worth talking about again. The book called “Why Good Things Happen To Good People” by Jill Neimark and Dr. Stephen Post. Neimark is a science journalist, novelist and poet. Post is a bioethicist. They wrote the book together because they believe that giving is a way for you to stay healthy! Post and Neimark claim that giving protects your physical and mental well-being. Their theory is that, while you can’t change the things that happen to you or the unkindness of others, you can create your own happiness and take care of your own health through acts of generosity. What a concept!
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder creates a myriad of problems for those who are born with it. It occurs when a fetus is exposed to alcohol which can cause brain injury. The impacts range from mild systems to severe. Some, but not all, people with FASD show physical signs, but almost all see the world differently than the rest of us and react to situations very differently.
How is it possible that I had never heard of “Unstoppable Tracey” until just this week? Born in Ontario, Tracey Schmitt is a successful athlete, an international humanitarian, a global consultant, a motivational speaker and an author. She has a B.Ed and a MBA. Oh, and she is a four-way amputee!
Some time ago, a cousin sent me a picture of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, my father's maternal grandparents. I did not know a picture of them even existed. It is an amazingly clear picture considering it dates back to the middle 1880’s. The cousin who sent the picture also sent a copy of our family tree, which had been traced back to the 1600's. The names dating back to the seventeenth century fill pages and each name makes me wonder about their story. What were their lives like? What happiness and sorrow, successes and failures were experienced by people who fill the pages in the family tree?