This radio series co-hosted by Gwynn Scheltema and Chris Cameron features Northumberland writers. This week they interview Reva who includes readings from her book Twisted Branches. Also check out other recent shows for interviews with Marie-Lynn Hammond, Allan Briesmaster, Ted Staunton and many others. The shows archives go back to February 9, 2014. A Northumberland arts and letters treasure trove!
We all have conflicts from
time to time. If there’s emotion attached, trying to say what you
want can be very difficult. We don’t wish to come across as wimpy,
but at the same time, we know that being too much of a bulldozer will
likely not have the effect we may desire. So what to do?
Do you ever find yourself
in a place that is not normal for you, look around, and feel that
you’ve entered the Twilight Zone?
At this moment, I’m
sitting at a little table outside of the Starbucks in the Yorkdale
Mall in Toronto. It’s Sunday morning, the only time to come here
when there is parking and fewer people. I’m waiting for my lesson
at the Apple store, which is pre-booked and starts at 11: a.m. The
mall is closed but there are senior people here who have come to walk
around and get some exercise, I guess. There are new parents with
strollers who don’t know what to do with a baby. Maybe they are
bored and just want to be with others. There are ‘fancy’ people
waiting to get their shopping fix. There are people drooling at
store windows that offer a promise of some better life.
I have just wasted another
30 minutes playing ‘Words With Friends’ from my Facebook site.
That’s easily justifiable—it’s like Scrabble, it’s good for
the brain and you learn new words by trying out ridiculous
combinations of letters that somehow work. Who knew that chemurgy is
a word, besides chemists?
However, while on Facebook
I watched an old Johnny Carson spot with Bette Midler singing, “I’m
So Fat.” Then I watched some David Suzuki bloopers and a cat
playing the piano. These clips made me smile, chuckle and even laugh
out loud. Time waster? Yes, perhaps. But they made me feel good.
They put a smile on my face, in exchange for about 8 minutes of time
A very close friend of mine passed
away, just recently. Even though it was expected, it’s still sad
and difficult. What’s helped is my friends who have contacted me
and fed me soup. As simple as that sounds, it’s been one of the
most wonderful things that has happened.
One friend came over with a most
nutritious, home-made, chicken and vegetable soup. She even brought
bread and wine to go with it. We ate and talked for two hours.
Mostly I talked. Mostly, she listened. Comforting.
all been there, done that. We’ve eaten too much, or just too much
of the wrong stuff (chips? chocolate? both?), drank too much (beer?
wine? pop?) or made other bad choices. If you’re like me, you may
do a lot of unconscious eating. The package of cookies (don’t buy
it) is on the counter (at least put it away) and taking just 2 (which
can become 4 in no time) happens like a mini-miracle, all by itself.
But it’s not just about eating, or drinking, it’s also about
driving more than walking, sitting more than standing, lounging more
than stretching. Let’s face it, just about anything that’s fun
can be exactly what packs on the pounds or the cholesterol in our
blood or whatever doesn’t serve us well. The good news is that it
doesn’t take all that much to undo the damage and make the choice
to better health. However, it IS a choice.