I recently saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody and it was so inspirational. Talk about following your heart, finding your gift and never giving up. I always knew of the band Queen and Freddy Mercury, but when I look at their list of hits it’s mind boggling.
Another One Bites The Dust. Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Somebody To Love. We Will Rock You. We Are The Champions. And of course, Bohemian Rhapsody. Continue reading
Irish writer George Bernard Shaw said, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” Continue reading
This is the way it’s done. This is the way society says it should happen.
It starts when we’re young. Choose these courses. Take this degree. Start this job. Buy this property.
And then one day we realize that we weren’t really sure about any of those decisions and we’re not truly happy, but we’re stuck. With bills and commitments and things we started that we feel we need to finish. Continue reading
The world watched as the U.S. midterm elections happened yesterday. Although the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, the Democrats took over the House. States like Michigan went entirely blue. And there were a lot of firsts. Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez is now the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The first Muslim women were elected to Congress when Ilhan Omar, a refugee who fled the war in Somalia, was elected in Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, was elected in Michigan. Continue reading
Tomorrow is the day of the midterm elections in the United States. Reports say that early voting rates have doubled in some states and the percentage that vote in this election may be higher than ever before. Continue reading
November 2nd is All Souls Day. The day we commemorate those who have passed on.
It made me think of a quote by philosopher Marcus Aurelius, “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” Continue reading
Today is Halloween. A day when we dress up as someone else. It got me thinking about all the other times in life when we wear a mask and don’t let our true self shine through. The roles we play. And the lines we say. Continue reading
I remember my earliest trips to Ireland to visit my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins. Thoughts of cabbage and mashed potatoes, the creamiest butter and milk, Flake chocolate bars in a soft cone and running wild in the green hills come to mind. Uncle Sean was a fixture on these visits. I will never forget his laugh and his stories. Continue reading
I always buy my daily cup of tea at the same store. When I was in line paying one day this week, the cashier asked if I ever bought meat at the store. I said sometimes, and asked if there was a sale. She said no but did I remember a young man who was always smiling at the butcher counter and I said I did. She said, “He passed away from an asthma attack.”
He was my age. Continue reading
Oshawa is a city outside of Toronto with a population of 160,000 people. In the recent election, a new mayor was chosen in Oshawa with 70% of the vote. His name is Dan Carter. And he spent many years homeless due to addiction that stemmed from tragedies in his youth. He was assaulted as a paper boy at the age of eight and his older brother died in a motorcycle accident when Dan was only 13 years old. Continue reading