Through Rose Coloured Glasses
As more of our friends and family members become grandparents (including my husband and I), I find myself wondering how is it possible that we are all old enough to be grandparents? When did that happen and why didn’t I see it coming? It seems that one day our children were babies and suddenly they are having babies of their own. Where did the time go? I guess life happened and, just as every generation of parents before us, we were too busy living life to notice the years marching on. Maybe that’s the real reason we are given the opportunity of becoming grandparents: it is a second chance to slow down and enjoy the children in our family and to see life through the eyes of a child.
If you ever have the chance to hear members of STR8 Up speak, don’t miss the opportunity. They tell their stories of how they became gang members and how STR8 Up helped them leave gang life. Sometimes it just seems there is only hopelessness and a sad future for so many of our young people who are struggling with unhappy home lives, and who are enticed to join gangs in order to gain a sense of belonging. The STR8 Up members offer hope through their own experiences and an alternative to living a violent life.
Just when a person thinks technology has gone as far as it possibly can and there just cannot be anything new to develop and create, a trade show is held which proves us wrong. There are many new things just around the corner, which we will find incredible at first and will be unable to live without six months later, just as we do with every new electronic gizmo and gadget that comes out.
Charlene Miller, city councilor for Ward 1, has been doing a community clean-up in her ward for the past nine years. The clean-up takes place in the spring, after the snow has melted. She not only picks up garbage, she arranges for volunteers (i.e.: her husband David) to pick up large items such as appliances and furniture.