November 2015

November 30, 2015

I'm having a ME day (Mental Erin, Mental Equanimity, whatever you want to call it) but I have a link to something you're going to enjoy. There won't be an audio journal today as I'm resting my voice (battling a cold - and winning - I might add) but I know the folks at will forgive me, as I know YOU will for not carrying out my promise to share the story of a young man being memorialized with a beautiful tree. That will come later this week. For today....

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November 27, 2015

Earlier this week, a listener named Melissa asked if I could tell her my tips for keeping a real Christmas tree fresh. She remembered what I'd forgotten: a journal I'd written on our own little trick. When I realized that most folks who visit here haven't seen or heard that journal, and given how many people are decking their halls in the coming days, this seemed like a great time to revisit it. So here we go. Thanks for the inspiration, Melissa!

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November 26, 2015

One month today, it's all over. For most, Boxing Day means the Christmas build-up is through, the day is done and we start a new countdown to a new year. So, let's get this out of the way before the big day comes any closer and any more merry molehills begin to resemble miserable mountains.
Today: when an X is not just an X and what a Nun had to say on the whole topic of my radio rant the other day.

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November 25, 2015

With the renewed fears of terrorism in the world these days, the words "if you see something, say something" are being heard more often. Today: what we saw, what we said and why we almost didn't.

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November 24, 2015

Wow - one month today is Christmas Eve. Maybe, this being the 24th of November, things will start getting a little less cranky soon on the Internet. In my experience, Tuesdays are the ones where you're likeliest to see people dropping the ever-so-clever comments: "Why is this news?" and the always appreciated "Who cares????" So, to do our part to keep the world wide web just a little cheerier, a little Coco-in-baby-jail video for you today.

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November 23, 2015
Fireplace with Molly & Pepper

What a wonder is the human heart. It can break into a million pieces again and again, and yet, somehow, those shards manage to fall back into place. While they're never as good as new, they're beautiful in their way...for what they symbolize, I suppose: survival.

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November 20, 2015

So, can we have the talk about Santa Claus? No, not that talk. The one about how Claus isn't spelled with an "e" on the end. That's the movie title. In The Santa Clause, it's because of a part of a contract - a clause - that Tim Allen's character finds himself embodying the jolly old elf himself. Maybe that's why the confusion - and why Santa "Clause" keeps showing up online everywhere when people post about parades and so on. Or, it's good old autocorrect, a function that's a wonderful thing...until it isn't.

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November 19, 2015
Rogers Blood donor clinic poster

I have a little treat for you: a taped Q & A I did with Toronto's first name in morning news, who came to his very first blood donor clinic yesterday. It's in today's Audio Journal (just click the button above).

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November 18, 2015

Once again, Rob and I are reaching inward in hopes of finding the resource that's always there, if we just tap into it: the gift of meditation. But it's hard, yo. And part of it has to do with just carving out the time.
Every Tuesday evening for eight weeks (last night was week four), Rob and I are joining a small circle of patients at a clinic we attend. We listen to its director, Dr. Randy Knipping - who was thisclose to becoming a Buddhist monk, but chose medicine and so many other pursuits instead - and also do a little "sharing" with each other.

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November 17, 2015

There's something special happening at our Rogers building tomorrow, something that's been set up in our daughter's honour. I thought I'd share the details with you today.
I don't know if you've ever given blood, but usually once you have, you will find yourself rolling up your sleeve forever after - or as long as your health permits. For some, it's a challenge to add as many donations to their card as often as one's health allows, and that's the way it was for our daughter Lauren.

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November 16, 2015

Welcome to a brand new week of journals. I wish I had something profound or even insightful to say about Friday's tragedy in one of the world's great cities - one of our very favourite places - but, alas, I just don't. Obviously, my heart is with the people of Paris in their fear and sadness after Friday's bombings. It's beyond comprehension but never beyond compassion. We can all share in their sorrow, their terror.

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November 13, 2015

I thought I'd wrap up the week with a picture of something that has more meaning than any other piece of jewelry I'll ever own - besides, of course, my wedding rings. And it was inspired by a listener.

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November 12, 2015

Thank you for coming by. Mike and I are taking a few days off and return to the show on Monday. Yesterday, my husband Rob and I marked two sombre anniversaries: the first is Remembrance Day, of course, along with most other Canadians, as well as those for whom the Armistice Day holds significance; the second is the first half-year since our daughter left us.

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November 11, 2015

I'm not on the air today, tomorrow or Friday, as Mike and I have been given a few days off to kind of gather ourselves. It's a break that I can always use, grief being so constantly changing, consistently exhausting. But we'll be back together on Monday.

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November 10, 2015

I wanted to say off the top that, although Mike and I won't be on the show tomorrow through Friday, there will be journals here. New ones. And I think you'll be glad you came by - whether to read or to hear these daily blogs. Today, the moment I realized how a decision in Ottawa can change - and for me, has changed - the way I see someone in a wheelchair.

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November 9, 2015

I hope your weekend was good; ours was another spent in Ottawa. This time, instead of driving, we flew - something we may choose to do to avoid possible inclement weather as winter approaches - and it all turned out well.
Phil picked us up at Ottawa International Airport around 1 pm and our Porter flight had even arrived a little early; some pretty hefty winds aided our time, but made for a bit of a bumpy descent. Still, it's always "worth the trip" as the leather store used to say.

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November 6, 2015

Ah, Friday. There's so much to be thankful for - so why is everybody so outraged about, well, everything? I mean, I'm not outraged...but honestly, it gets a little exhausting.

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November 5, 2015

Well, occasionally I get notes from people saying that they were brought to tears by that day's journal - and I always write back with a bit of an apology for wrecking their mascara. But this time, it was YOUR turn to choke me up. And it has to do with a song that echoed yesterday's journal about those 26 cents.

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November 4, 2015

I've written here in the past about dimes and signs. And I've got a couple of instances where, yes, I have to believe. You don't but I do.
Last Sunday, as I've told you here already this week, was a very special day for Markham Stouffville Hospital's breast health and chemo centre. If you want to see the day in one minute, click here; if you want to see the whole special, tune in Rogers Television York Region at 2 pm this Sunday.

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November 3, 2015
Mike & Debbie Cooper and Erin Davis

Today I'd like to share with you some highlights of Debbie and Mike Cooper's talk with us all at the Celebration of Hope in Markham on Sunday. And thanks to for the photo above and EpicFocus Photography for the two shots below here today.

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November 2, 2015

It was an incredible day of inspiration and joy yesterday as Debbie and Mike Cooper were presented with the Hope Award at the 27th annual Celebration of Hope, a fundraiser for Markham Stouffville Hospital cancer care. I'll share more with you here tomorrow, once I've caught my breath, but today...some inspiration of a different kind.

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