Citing a shortage of nursing staff and not wanting to jeopardize patient safety, Banff Mineral Springs Hospital has (temporarily) closed the Obstetrics Program. Because I cannot be there to physically show my support to my close friends and the community, I want to do what I can help reverse this decision and urge the Hospital, Covenant Health, the Alberta provincial government and the Calgary Health Region to re-open the ward and allow small town parents to have personal, calming hospital birthing experiences and support.
Last weekend, I went with a pal up to Pemberton for a
weekend long knitting retreat. Friends and family looked at me skeptically when
I told them of my plans: “A what? Knitting? Retreat?” Like they had misheard.
OK, CLOTHESWAPS have been the best way going to breathe new life into my closet. If you too are looking for a "new" yet nicely-worn-in thin cotton shirt that already feels like someone loved wearing it, here's your method for trading in and trading up in the clothes department: 1. Cull your closet for clothing you have not worn in 6 months and load items into a big bag 2.
right now, willy pickton is on trial for killing dozens of sex trade workers. many of them were addicted to drugs, mentally ill, abused and poor. many of them were of aboriginal ancestry. and there are many more, right here, right now, in the downtown eastside and many other places.
people need to realize that these women are our sisters, and that they deserve our respect, help and care. among themselves, as much as they can, they show each other support in ways that are dedicated and compassionate. but that's not enough. we need to participate.
it was really rainy out today so i couldn't go out for my walk. instead, i put on my bellydancing CD and danced my heart out. it was such a wonderful experience that i thought, hey, let's get a whole bunch of women together and do that! so that's what i'm wanting to do some time this year. probably after i've finally defended and published my thesis.