World Kindness Day

Happy World Kindness Day! While this game is designed for school children, it definitely may be adapted to individuals of all ages. Sharing love and kindness costs absolutely nothing but can make a world of difference to someone. Consider what you can personally do to make the world a better place and commit to doing it.

Anthony Bourdain

“Just be nice. Getting angry and frustrated in much of the world doesn’t help at all. It’s incomprehensible, you lose face, it makes you look ridiculous. Have a willingness to try new stuff. Be grateful for any hospitality offered. And be flexible in your plans, because a rigid itinerary is lethal to a good time.” 
I absolutely loved Anthony Bourdain. He was a great storyteller who I was lucky to see live a few years ago. I loved following his adventures of travel, food and drink while interacting with people in many places in the world that I likely will never see. Anthony was one of my favourite people on television. Thankful his legacy will carry on through his many shows and the stories he has left the world. Sad to see his final episode of Parts Unknown air this evening.
Anthony – you are definitely be missed and always remembered. RIP.

Palliative Care is …

“Palliative care is not what happens when all treatments have failed. It does not mean “giving up” or “stopping the fight.” If you are fighting cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease, palliative care means a team of people — such as doctors, nurses, social workers and others — will help make sure you have what you need to continue fighting.” Dr. Jeff Myers – University of Toronto

Remembering the Holocaust

Just a week ago one of my work besties and I were speaking about her daughter going on the March of the Living trip next spring and how her generation will be the last to hear from first hand survivors about the horrific atrocities committed by the Nazis. Shortly after that conversation happened, I saw about a post about conversations with a survivor hosted by the Markham Public Library and Neuberger Holocaust Centre featuring Holocaust Survivor Howard Chandler.

Just weeks shy of his 90th Birthday, Howard shared his experiences of being Jewish in Poland, forced labour and being sent to the concentration camps including Auschwitz, losing four of his five family members, finding his last living family member – one of his brothers again, how they made their way to Great Britain and then he moved to Canada on a dare. His brother remained in England. Howard arrived in Halifax, eventually moved Toronto, learned English at Harbord Collegiate, met his wife, married, had four children and seven grandchildren. I highly recommend if you are presented with the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor speak, show up. Soon our world won’t be able to hear these stories from those that lived the horror and were one of the lucky ones to survive. Thank you Howard for sharing with all of us.

Leaf

“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” Albert Schweitzer. Discovered this leaf on my car this evening when leaving work. We are slowly saying goodbye to another season.