A loud, urgent knocking. We hurry to open the door. A large, bulging shopping bag at my feet. We call “Thank you!” The figure retreating down the corridor turns and waves, eyes smiling above her covid mask.
Our lovely “Cookie Monster” has struck again!
In “normal” times Lorry Lyons would have spent her Thursdays cooking for a meal programme at Danforth East United Church. But for the duration of this abnormal time, she has stayed home a few floors below us baking Thursday cookies for our take-out lunches at Holy Trinity. 12 dozen every week. In four different flavours. (The Skor chip ones are to die for).
Disciplines from DBT to Cope (and Maybe Sometimes Even Thrive) Amid Sorrows, Terrors and Horrors
Some of us have already met a couple times for what was intended to be a “one-off” workshop based in dialectical behaviour therapy (aka DBT, which is the model I work from in my therapy practice). But some have expressed interest in coming back together to deepen these practices of anchored grieving amid the incomprehensible. As I’ve said, the vibe is more practical than group hug, and yet there’s a deep and spiritual lovingkindness that underlies these gatherings. So we’re planning on offering this now as a monthly series during, but for small gatherings of 6-8 people at a time. Every other month will be a repeat of the original “intro” workshop for those who haven’t been to that and are interested. On the alternate months, we’ll branch out into deeper and/or complementary practices that extend from these. If there’s greater interest than 6-8 people per month, we’ll figure it out.
Tomorrow, May 6th, at 12 noon, Torontonians will hold a car caravan protest to demand that the city and province immediately house all people experiencing homelessness in order to prevent COVID-19 deaths. Protesters will draw attention to the basic hypocrisy of governments asking people to “stay home” and practice physical distancing while abandoning thousands of homeless people in congregate living arrangements in shelters and respites.