Don’t Be So Sensitive

A chipmunk died on our front porch this morning. It was too late to help. It is nestled in the front garden now, with some peonies. One of its friends came to check on it, then ran away. Most people would find this sad, but probably not shed any tears. I found it incredibly sad…

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Why the Public Library is Important

  The public library is a safe haven, and a gathering place for the community. A place for the lifelong learner, the quiet, the lonely, the different, the curious. It's bright, warm, quiet and forgiving. An introvert's hideaway. Readers, writers, thinkers and dreamers young and old gather here. I started going to the public library…

No resolution

I don't believe in making a New Year's resolution: they tend to be too big, the timing is too arbitrary and the dead of winter is not a great time to take on anything that requires a high level of motivation. I prefer mini goals, very small and manageable habit changes, that are ongoing. All…

I Like Suspense

I was visiting an Occupational Therapist, and she saw the book I was reading. It was a suspense novel, my favourite genre. I forget which book. She said she is always surprised to see people who have anxiety disorders reading these types of books. Don't they make me feel worse? Truly, no they don't! Some…

Telephone Aerobics

I am uncomfortable talking on the phone. I kind of loathe it. That might be phrased wrong. Loathing takes commitment. Not kind of, but all in! When the phone rings, I automatically say "Oh no". Although not as much now, because I just don't answer it. Problem solved. I am an introvert, socially anxious, and…

Safe and Sorry

I just finished reading "A Man called Ove" and I absolutely loved it! For many reasons, but this is not a book review, just an observation. Although I do recommend reading this book, it was enjoyable and heartwarming. I get a lot of satisfaction from reading or watching shows that feature a character who says…