This year I returned to Canada. I had been going back once, twice a year, for awhile but once my mother in law became ill, and our daughter here was having problems, we found ourselves landlocked for almost 3 years.
Moving to a new country set off an emotional conflict within. Where is home? I am living here in Australia but am not connected to it or people in the way I was once connected to Canada. Yet, I am no longer in Canada and people move on without me and I have been making my own journey that has led me far from what was once so familiar.
I felt guilt that returning to Canada leaves me with more and more apprehension while returning to Australia feels more and more like a home coming. I felt that on the very first journey here. It was like my soul had come home to a place where it belonged. I had never truly felt “at home” anywhere, but one visit to Australia changed that. It was the feeling, a generalized, non specific feeling not attached to anything, or even logic. It just occupied my heart and nurtured it in a way I had never known before. I felt my soul letting out a long and deep sigh. I settled in, and I never wanted to leave. Read more
The Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue crew has taken these photographs while on a mission to airlift a patient from Gympie Hospital this morning. (See story in Gympie Times) Read more
Well we survived the night without incident. Even the weather savant dude who shares my bed had a pretty uneventful night. At least he did not wake me up with more weather predictions.
And then it rained some more. Read more
Having been relegated to staying off my feet, I find myself in a very uncomfortable position of having to ask for help.
After explaining to someone that I have been in agonizing pain since December 23rd and was unable to get out of the vehicle to come to their front door, they came down to see me. Their comment was, after the hug, “what’s wrong, you don’t look very cheerful.?”
For crying out loud there is no need to panic just because One Direction MAY be in the path of the cyclone. I can hum and I know some dances by heart. I got an A in square dancing and you do remember I grew up on the Canadian Prairies … let me tell you square dancing excellence there is like “whoa.”
(You can have the people in the office do a whole montage of “whoaing.” ) Read more
In case you have been living under a rock, or are busy watching reruns of Game of Thrones, Australia is getting hammered with 2 cyclones. If I had to be anywhere in the world with people about to deal with 2 natural disasters at once, I would pick Australia hands down. No-one has such a sense of team work when it comes to anything they face, as Australians do. They hitch up their pants and meet whatever is at hand, head on. They are fearless and caring and always maintain a sense of humour. I think it is because they don’t want people to worry, especially about them. They’ll “be right.” Read more