All posts by Keith Nunn

Musician, bartender, lover, activist, theologian, athiest, feminist, queerish, generally earnest and troublesome individual.

Life in Port Colborne is good

Dick Moore

Since the Y closed, I can no longer do my daily 30 lengths. So I dusted off my bicycle, pumped up the tires and I go for a ride every day weather permitting.

Shopping for a week or 10 days is a challenge. Trying to use up the fruits and veggies  before they spoil is a dilemma. I’ve resorted to soups of various types. 

Were also trying to use up things from the freezer. I thought of making blueberry muffins but discovered some plums in the freezer so made plum muffins instead. Delicious.

Libby, the public library app is a godsend. Marty and I are reading some of the same books and  enjoy comparing notes.

I make a point touching base with single folk: my sisters and several friends during the week.

I’m part of an LGBTQ group here in Niagara and we’ve decided to apply for a grant. There have been numerous zoom and phone meetings and material to read and comment on. So that’s another distraction.

I was on the board of Care Watch in Toronto for some years. They advocate for better policy and funding for home care services. 

They asked me to write a piece on the unique needs of older LGBTQ folk with respect to home care. It took me a while to get at it  but when I sat down to write, it just flowed. 

Cookie Monster

Jim Houston

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).

We quickly send her an email: “Mmmmm! thank you.”

Emotional Mastery in Dark Times

Workshop Series

Disciplines from DBT to Cope (and Maybe Sometimes Even Thrive) Amid Sorrows, Terrors and Horrors

Alejandra Lindan

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. 

Car caravan to protest city and provincial neglect of homeless in pandemic

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. 

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