Posted in Writing, Writing Inspiration, writing journey, tagged art, blog, bloggers, boisterous, books, community, facts and figures, fiction, inspiration, literature, novel, number of likes, thank you, writing, writing journey on March 16, 2013 |
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I surpassed 500 likes (actual figure 673) on 10th February 2013 – for some reason I did not share this knowledge although I did a happy dance to celebrate. However, there is no way of knowing what my current count is – yes I’ve looked extensively through the help pages and my stats page – so I suppose I will have to wait until a 1000 likes icon appears.
My motivation to share now is to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to visit, like and comment on my musings. It is my hope that you find my words fun, enlightening and helpful. I truly believe to share my journey is my mission. If I help only one or two writers from struggling in isolation I will be happy. Reaching out across cyber space as well as locally has brought me in contact with some wonderful people and enriched my life.
So I will raise a glass and toast you all using today’s word as my inspiration. Boisterous – definition: 1) a. noisy and rough : rowdy b. marked by high spirits; 2) vigorously active : stormy. Might as well make a noise about it.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged assistance, Canada, community, demographics, divorced, elderly, emotion, family, finances, Health, married, people, problems, resources, Sherwood Park, single, Strathcona Connect, Strathcona County Alberta, support, teens on October 13, 2012 |
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As the old saying goes ‘nothing stays the same’ – children grow up and leave home, relationships alter or falter, younger children may have issues with peer groups or school and the elderly have to adjust to new circumstances and lessened abilities. Life can throw us curve balls at any time and how we cope depends on our personality and family situation. Each event affects us in many ways, emotionally, physically or financially and it is our ability to deal with the transformation these events bring that can make us stronger with help. Our capability to adjust has many variants – it might be our age or how we relate to others or how well we know ourselves. No matter what life throws at us we can seek help – there is no stigma in using professionals to help clarify, support or assist us in coping or adjusting. We do not have to struggle alone and it is certainly not a sign of weakness to reach out.
One look at the demographics of Sherwood Park gives us a real insight into our fellow residents – married couples hold 60% and single persons 27% of the population, leaving 9% for divorced and 5% for widowed. Within these figures the age groups are fairly evenly spread – 0 – 4yrs 20%, 15 – 24 yrs 14%, 25 – 34 yrs 11%, 35 – 44 yrs 16%, 45 – 54 yrs 17%, 55 – 64 yrs 13% and 64 plus yrs 10%. (www.zoocasa.com) Within these groups there is the potential for a diverse range of difficulties, which can be influenced by the ethnicities of the population. The top ethnicities are 42% British, 17% Canadian, 14% Ukrainian and 11% French (www.zoocasa.com) This makes Sherwood a real melting pot of diversity giving its inhabitants a uniqueness all its own, which makes for a interesting range of problems to overcome.
There are a multitude of resources we can access through the Internet, our own practitioner or the local library as well as community services. Whatever your situation and cultural background there is a local community service that can help with any circumstances we find ourselves facing. That one local resource is Family & Community Services (http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/family-community-services.aspx) This Strathcona County service covers a variety of social programs for a wide range of family problems from teens to the elderly and everything in-between, giving answers and support to best effect. You may be surprised how diverse the service is once you browse their web site and there is always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.
In times of strife the ‘virtual’ options for social connections are not enough – face to face conversations and understanding means so much more and in the end leads to better resolution. So don’t feel isolated, there is help available within a stone’s throw.
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Posted in Writing, Writing Inspiration, tagged 2012, AGM, announcements, Annual general meeting, art, arts, Arts Expo, blog, board members, Board of directors, committee, community, conference, Culture Days, events, global., group, local, news, Night Writers, participation, reports, volunteer, website, WFSC, Words in the Park, writers on September 16, 2012 |
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This Saturday marked another year for my Writers Foundation and as I attended the AGM, I thought of our past year. Our foundation is very involved in its members and the local community and at times we are spread quite thin. However, the camaraderie at each event makes for a wonderful time for all those involved and brings us closer to each other. I usually volunteer for most of the events – not because I’m trying to be a ‘goodie too shoes’ but because they are so much fun. It isn’t until the annual review at the AGM is read through do I realize actually how many events. There are the annual events like our Conference, Culture Days, Words in the Park and Arts Expo as well as author readings, meetings for our board and other organizations we are members of. Newer events like our Night Writers, which is mini workshops, have been successful as we endeavor to give our membership every opportunity to participate and share. Obviously not everyone can commit to so many events and that is absolutely fine – if they can attend for a few hours at one or two events that helps tremendously.
As we go into our next year with new board members, we are excited at our growth as a writer’s resource and community. We welcome local and virtual members and hope to expand our presence whether it is in our community or globally through the web site. www.wfscsherwoodpark.com
Do you participate in a group that makes life joyful?
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