Bully! It’s an ugly word because it involves ugly actions. This little word can stir the strongest emotions in people from all walks of life. Why, because it doesn’t discriminate and a high proportion of the population have been either directly or indirectly affected by it.

Bullying has become an overwhelming social crisis. When it touches the life of a child, it can have a devastating and long-lasting effect not only on them but also their family and friends.

Childhood bullying can negatively impact the physical, emotional and mental health of bullies, the bullied, and bystanders well into adulthood.

A meta-analysis of 80 studies reported a mean prevalence rate in 12-18-year-old students of 35% for traditional bullying and 15% for cyber bullying involvement. Given that another study reported that only 36% of bullying victims reported being bullied, it’s difficult to know how accurate these figures really are and frightening to think they could be much higher.   read more →

The nicest gift that can be given throughout a day may often come from strangers.

Last week, I had a horrid migraine that lasted 5 days. It was pretty horrific, but I had to keep moving and do my best with many routines and appointments. read more →

I recently lost my beloved 17 1/2-year-old dog, Gus. The first time I went for a walk to our usual place since he died, I stopped at one of the trees where I’d put one of Gus’ memorial posters to shed a quiet tear. read more →

I know this lady probably won’t read this but I needed to put it out there!  read more →

In October 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 3b cancer. I’ve finished all treatments and am now in remission, but going through the experiences of radiation and chemo, I learned how hard it is, not only on the patient but for caregivers as well. Since then I’ve tried to be conscious of opportunities to reach out to families dealing with cancer. read more →

On a cold Friday evening, I was dropping my son at basketball training, when I spotted this couple with luggage. They were stopping every couple of steps and the man was more or less carrying the woman. read more →

I was inspired to do an act of kindness for a friend today after reading about a brave young boy who visited the ER after an incident at footy.

Bumble-at-EmergencyHe was in a lot of pain and the damage was unclear, but he left the ER feeling sorry for all the other children who were there. The following day Campbell (Bumble) returned with 3 teddies that he’d made himself to give to children waiting to be seen by the doctor. read more →

It was Thanksgiving Lunch at Maggie’s Middle school.

As my son, John stood next to Maggie the vice-principal of the school came to meet him and said, “You must belong to Maggie”. John smiled and said, “Yes I do!”

The vice-principal told John what a lovely girl Maggie is. That she has a wonderful attitude and is friends with everyone. She also commented on the fact that as a new middle-schooler, each student got to choose an elective class. It could have been art or music and indeed one of the options was to work with the mentally handicapped. And this was the choice that Maggie had made; to be a peer tutor. read more →

My sister is in pain daily, but when she saw the superman shirt I wanted to send to someone who is comforted by the image (a reminder of the beloved son/brother they lost) she offered to turn it into a memorial pillow! read more →

Years ago when my children were 2 years old and 6 months old, I headed to Costco for diapers. I got up to the register put both boxes of diapers on the conveyor belt and opened my purse to retrieve my wallet. To my horror, I had left my wallet at home. I was absolutely mortified!! read more →

I lost control of a vehicle on an icy road coming home from a thanksgiving weekend at my brother’s family’s house. read more →

I know a young lady in year 10 this year who wasn’t planning on going to the year 10 debutante ball. Instead, she was focused on her year 12 graduation as her parents were paying for it and she would not have to stress.

At the start of this year, she noticed a friend of hers being bullied and that no one else wanted to hang around with him. He confided in her that he wanted to go to the Deb ball but that no one would ever ask him (the girls have to ask the boys). read more →