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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Be A Resilient Caregiver – Especially When Change Hits Hard

Resilience is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days.  Everyone needs it and everyone wants it, especially people giving or receiving care.   And the truth is we all need resilience the most at times of big life changes or transitions.  We mine our reserves of strength and optimism when our children with disabilities . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Be A Resilient Caregiver – Especially When Change Hits Hard

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Learning to Let Go With Love and Confidence

By Guest Contributor, Kathy Bell

My son Kevin is 20 years old. Kevin has Mowat Wilson Syndrome, a condition that involves developmental and medical challenges. He is non-verbal (although he communicates well with his iPad), and he has motor and processing issues. From a physical care perspective, Kevin can do some things on his own, but he . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Learning to Let Go With Love and Confidence

Death By Trolley: A brave new world: Why moving beyond university can precipitate crisis

As students approach the completion of their university education some are excited to enter the “Real World”. Others are in no rush to “move on” – perhaps out of fear or uncertainty about their future, anticipatory nostalgia, or a keen awareness of what a uniquely special time the university years are.

University really can be . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: A brave new world: Why moving beyond university can precipitate crisis

calgaryliberal.com: Three Things I Like About the New Alberta Liberal Party Website

A lot of things about politics is what you say, the policies you stand for, and what you vote on in the legislature. One thing that is rarely talked about, and is even more important, is how you go about being involved in politics. One of the ways to look how the ‘how’ is through . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Three Things I Like About the New Alberta Liberal Party Website

350 or bust: Incredible Edible Movement: If You Eat, You’re In

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here’s Pam Warhurst from Todmorden, U.K, sharing about the revolution in local food growing that she and the rest of her volunteer community association started three years ago. Very inspiring! What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Incredible Edible Movement: If You Eat, You’re In

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Under Siege by the Fates

Here’s the thing about being a parent to a son or daughter who is totally dependent – as you get older, you feel more vulnerable, not less.  You begin to give over responsibility for care to others… doctors who are no longer paediatricians, but adult physicians, carers, social workers, pharmacists, agency coordinators, and therapists.  All . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Under Siege by the Fates

350 or bust: Resilience And Hope In Extraordinary Times

The Transition movement has produced a movie about growing community and hope in these difficult times: In Transition 2.0 is the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and ‘engaged optimism’. * More links: In Transition Movie 2.0 Transition Network.org

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350 or bust: Oilman’s Son At Enbridge Pipeline Hearing: It’s Time To Chose A New Path

The son of an oilman shares a powerful story at Enbridge Pipeline hearings, about an experience at an oil refinery on a different continent. He shares insights about tankers, pipelines, and lives affected. Insightful analysis of how oil executives (and politicians) blatantly ignore the known impacts of the fossil fuel industry: “What I witnessed time . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Oilman’s Son At Enbridge Pipeline Hearing: It’s Time To Chose A New Path