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Mardi Daley on Youth Mental Health During COVID-19
In this video, Mardi Daley shares her insights about the impact of COVID-19 and social isolation on youth mental health.
We encourage everyone to check in with the support groups and resources available in your neighbourhood. Take care of yourself and stay safe.
Jaclyn Piudik’s Virtual Poetry Reading
We hope you enjoy this special virtual poetry reading with Jaclyn Piudik.
April 15, 2020
The inspiration for this work was a chance meeting with a number of Japanese girls in Hong Kong Harbor. I was sitting on a bench viewing the city of Hong Kong, a mass of skyscrapers built up against the green mountain. Beautiful.
A group of Japanese tourists, armed with cameras gathered before me. They beckoned me to come and photograph them, all together, smiling, and peering into the camera.
I stood a few meters from them, as to get them and Hong Kong together for posterity. The girls motioned for me to come closer, to take a photo of them from close up. I pointed out that their heads made it impossible to see Hong Kong behind them.
They said that was ok, and I took the shot.
I asked them where else had they visited? We sat down and they took out photographs of their travels. All the pictures were close-ups of them, taken by other amiable folks. What was most interesting was there was absolutely no way to figure out where the photos were taken, since they were all close-ups of the young ladies. Whatever landmark they had visited could not be seen.
In this case and apropos to our current dilemma, is the appearance of the “End of Days” in the background. As the girls focus on themselves, the landscape and blue sky behind them, becomes a puzzle, its pieces falling and revealing a world on fire!
This work is meant to be an act of humor, and child-friendly.
April 10, 2020
During this period of Passover and Good Friday / Easter enveloped in this deadly pandemic stressing all our human resources, I’d like to share this painting and thoughts….
I am not a religious person. I am, however, a spiritual person. The painting is from Havana, Cuba. What resonates with me is the universality in the characters and the simple dynamic of assistance and support overcoming the torturous, murderous, terrorizing crucifixion crosses.
I wish everyone health and safety, of course. A profound, human, spiritual bonding within all this social isolation and distancing can evolve, moving us all forward into a more humanitarian existence. Peace and perseverance to all of us….
March 11, 2020
Alexandria and Sebastian were born prematurely, 2 ½ months before their due date. They’ve both had to deal with a number of major health issues since birth. Mark, their dad has been doing his best trying to juggle their appointments while raising them on his own. He’s devoted to keeping them healthy and happy, but the past few months have been difficult.
After much encouragement from his family and friends, Mark has started a GoFundMe campaign. He says “I’ve been told that sometimes you can’t take the world on by yourself and you sometimes have to ask for help. Today is the day I swallow my pride and ask for help. I don’t care about me when it comes to making their lives easier at any cost.”
Please take a look at his fundraiser and donate if you can: