Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Difference Between 3rd World Compassion and 1st World Complacency

A typical Sunday afternoon chatting with a friend about world issues can sometimes lead one to ask some controversial questions. Such a question recently came up while talking to an old friend about the current flooding situation in Quebec Canada. While I was sitting in his store, he mentioned that he had a customer who was one of the many flood victims; she was for the moment staying in a hotel, which she could apparently afford yet he wondered what would become of the multitude of people who had suddenly found themselves without a home. At first glance, there is a huge outpouring of compassion for those who have been hit by this year’s disaster yet if one is to dig deeper the question inevitably comes up ... As Canadians are we doing enough?

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Birth of Strength...


As a mother I remember well the long wait from the time we discovered that we were expecting to that magical day when our angel decided it was time to come into the world. There was so much anticipation surrounding the birth; excitement mingled with fear then added to by every other emotion in between , that when ‘D’ day (I guess I should say ‘B’ day) finally came it was hard to know exactly what I was feeling. From the day we decided to take on the task of producing this film the emotions have been as varied as those experienced while awaiting the birth of my own daughter. Could we do this? How would we make it work? How amazing was this opportunity? Could it get any more exciting? What joys awaited us in the future and could we possibly have any more fun in the moment than we were already having? The intensity of the feelings throughout this adventure have produced an ongoing sense of wonder for the team; none more so than that magic moment yesterday when we realized we were in the final stages and ready to give birth; yes my friends the strength family is in labour.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Just Another Crazy Tale...

They say that sometimes a series of random events can lead you to be in a specific place at a specific time that will in turn lead to an event that will change your life; they also say that most of the time you have no idea that this is happening...
This is one of those stories, a week full of irritating circumstances that led to a completely new way of life...
She was visiting a friend in a city about six hours away from home. The morning of her departure came and she hopped in the car on her way back to her daughter early on Monday morning hoping to miss rush hour. She had a very busy week coming up, as the car she was now driving was being put up for sale that week and she had made arrangements already to leave it with a family member until it was sold. She was a single mom and in the middle of balancing an up and coming move to another province with her responsibilities as a mother and her recent change in careers; things had gotten so financially challenging that for the first time in 20yrs she could not afford to have a car, she felt she had no choice now but to sell it. Still she was grateful that friends had stepped up to the plate lately to assist her as much as possible even going so far as offering her a vehicle to use temporarily until she could get back on her feet. As much as she knew she would have a lot of running around to do in preparation for the sale, she was looking forward to spending some quality time with both her daughter and her friends; life lately had meant much travelling back and forth and she was anxious just to enjoy being a mom for a while.

Too bad the car it seems did not want to be sold; not 30 minutes after her pulling out of the drive she found herself stalled on the side of the road. Now thankfully the car was fairly new and still under warrantee so she called the emergency hotline and waiting patiently for a tow truck. While waiting she called family in the city to make sure somebody would be there to pick her daughter up from school, it was early after all and she figured it was more than likely the car would be fixed by the afternoon. Not so, as it turns out the part they needed had to be shipped in, ironically from the very city she had been trying to get to and so it was that she ended up back at her friends for a couple more days missing her daughter and wishing she could figure out a way to get home. Wednesday morning came and she drove happily out of the dealership once again looking forward to being reunited with her daughter; it had been a crazy two days with too many phone calls back and forth trying to make arrangements with family so that her daughter (thankfully now 14yrs) would have a place to stay until mom could get home.

Friday, May 13, 2011

My message to the Naysayers...

My message to the Naysayers...
Goodness knows, there are more than enough of you out there, I myself do battle with at least one of you every day. Our world as it is, full of doubt and fear, overtaken by power hungry men who would control the planet at the cost of the freedom of all others; this world that you perceive to be so full of evil cannot in your mind ever possibly change. So what does one say to this idea that all the efforts in the past and in the present have or are failing, how can one possibly argue against such logic. You point to the histories, battles, invasions, persecutions, the rising and falling empires and you say ‘you see, it has always been this way’. You point to our current troubles, religious wars, corruption, greed and a new invasion of a different kind (now they simply buy the country rather than overwhelm it with troops and force their way in) and you say ‘you see, it has always been this way’.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Mother’s Inspiration...

Every year around this time it comes to pass that millions of mothers are honoured and cherished for the sacrifices that they make for their loved ones throughout the year. Blogs are written, loving, moving, touching tributes to the women who stand behind us and are our guiding light. In keeping with the traditions of me not following traditions I think this time I will turn the tables on Mother’s day and let you all in on a little secret; something the mothers out there already know. In motherhood there is no sacrifice – only love...


There was this magic moment 14yrs ago when this tiny little bundle of gleaming light was gently laid into my arms and my life has never been the same. Not one moment has gone by that I have not thanked the heavens for bringing my angel to me as it is a knowing deep in my heart that without her my life as I know it could never be complete. You see she is special, my child; a gifted and talented girl with mischievous eyes and a wry smile that adds a touch of quirkiness to her gentle personality. Reflective she is, at times looking so deep within that she seems to become completely lost in herself and at other times looking so far out that I fear she may never come back. She is kind, compassionate, and calm; slow to anger and more apt to simply give you a look of ‘you did not just say that’ then to ever talk back or raise her voice. My own flesh and blood is one of the most complex personalities I have ever met and the person I may for most of my life be the one person I struggle the most to try and understand. She is and always has been for me a challenge; on occasion revealing profound insights that set me to pondering if life as I know it is really as it is. Yet more than being a challenge she has been an inspiration, and my reason for never giving up and never giving in. Quite simple put she is my life.