In London

"So, how does it feel to be back in London?" Avianna asked Max. They had arrived the day before and were in their Modern, bright and spacious new apartment in Kensington. They bought it soon after Max was hired to be the personal physician of the Duke of Ruthorham and his family. Gordon, a friend …

Vengeance

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz She looked at the water longingly.  Should she do it?  The temptation was overwhelming.  Gripping the rail, she imagined how she would do it.  It had to look like an accident.  Then, she remembered, “…never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those …

Canada’s New National Holiday

Image by Government of Canada Today is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This holiday was proposed in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which under Action 80 called upon the federal government, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, to establish a statutory holiday “to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, …

Malcolm’s Story

Image by iStock I'm a single father because my wife, Keisha died in hospital. This shouldn't have happened. Keisha should still be alive and here with our son, Byron and me. Shortly after Keisha gave birth to Byron, I noticed that the fluid in her Foley catheter, the thin tube inserted in patients to drain …

From the Movies to the Monastery

She was the pretty blonde in the movie, Where the Boys Are. In five years she made ten films, starring opposite Stephen Boyd, Montgomery Clift, George Hamilton and Robert Wagner following her debut film, Loving You with Elvis Presley. The two teamed up again for King Creole. By the early 1960s, Dolores was an established …

Spousal Abuse

“When it comes to abuse, you believe there’s no way out. There is always help. There is always a way out.” ― Rev. Donna Mulvey It’s hard to believe that Christian women are in abusive marriages but it is true. “Bible verses are often used to justify domestic abuse, such as those that refer to male …

Chelsey’s Cause

"I dumped Darren," Chelsey told her friend, Beth. "Why?" Beth asked, surprised. "I thought you were really into him." "I was until I found out that he's another one of those purple nurple nimcompoops." Beth's eyes widened. "He twisted your nipples until they turned purple? I've heard of people doing that. Sounds very painful." She …

Bell Let’s Talk

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day. It's a day when people across Canada can speak up and do their part to break down the stigma toward mental health. This year the aim is to dismantle stigma and raise money for the cause. Click here for more information. Mental health affects everyone. Be supportive. Raise awareness. …

The Faces of Mental Illness

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Unknown This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week so I thought it would be appropriate …

Fight the Stigma

When we told our families that my husband, Josh had been diagnosed with bi-polar, his father’s reaction was to blame his wife.  “It’s your fault that he’s mad.  Your sister, Violet and your grand-mother were both mental cases.  These things were kept from me when we were courting.  If I had known that there was …

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