Erin's Journals

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Just a thought… There is always light if only we are brave enough to see it, there is always light if only we are brave enough to be it. [Amanda Gorman, US Poet-Laureate, Biden-Harris Inauguration Poem]

Once again, if you’d like to watch a video version of this journal, you can go to my Facebook page or, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Well here we are, two months less a day until spring, but definitely with a spring in our step. A lightness of heart. A sense once again of hope. Our neighbours have turned a page, started a new chapter and begun to write a happier ending. Well, we can hope.

I was moved, as I’m sure you were, by the amazing performance by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman yesterday – one of many emotional highlights from the US Capitol, which just two weeks earlier had been rocked by chaos and violence.

We’re all looking for something to soothe our souls, and that makes what I have to share with you here today extra timely. I told you a few weeks back about the free link to Prelude to the Calm. (Click here for that journal.) It’s music and wisdom that were designed to carry us through stress, through hardship, through the times in which we’re living – apart – but suffering together.

The next step in this journey is 7 Days of Support. I recorded a few short pieces in these messages – you just sign up and you’ll get one in your email for a week. They’re from educators, life help experts, creator Cori and just people like me – people who want to help us to stay connected, stay sane and keep our mental equilibrium.

Please just go to at the top of the site you’ll see 7 Days of Support and there’s a button to register. Follow it to go to a short explanation and that’s where you put in your email. It’s a truly beautiful project and I’m just so pleased to have been invited to be a part of it.

That’s all part of keeping our spirits up during this winter of our discontent: trying not to make it the winter of our disconnect. It’s about talking, sharing how we’re feeling, listening and knowing we are never, ever alone. The strength that’s found in vulnerability. The hope that comes with every new day.

There might not be a lot different about each one, but remember, all we have is now. This moment. And it’s never too late to start something new, to challenge yourself (as I’m doing here) and to believe that there is always, always hope.

I have some exciting news about Monday’s journal, too. This weekend, I’m going to record a chat with the mother of a young man who went from the Toronto Star to CNN, and whose job was, well, tallying lies.

I’m talking, of course, about Daniel Dale, who cut his journalistic teeth on Rob Ford, little knowing how it would prepare him to report on #45 in the White House. What’s next for Daniel? And how did his mom feel about him being in the spotlight and even the cross-hairs in the past few years? It promises to be a great chat and it will be audio only, so I’ll see you here Monday. Or you’ll hear me. You get it.

Have a wonderful weekend – thanks for being here and, please, do check out and sign up at for your 7 Days of Support. It’s free, it’s quick and I promise you’ll be glad you did.

Take care.

Rob WhiteheadThursday, January 21, 2021