“You can cast the first stone. You can break my bones. But you’re never gonna break…never gonna break my faith.”
—Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige
Caption: my friend Anita and I – so glad she could come to our first CFB bbq.
I am thankful for no rain on the day of an important picnic/bbq for my cause.
We at the Canadian Federation of the Blind of Ontario were putting on our first ever summer social.
I am thankful for the perfect park where we held the event.
I am thankful I could meet such a diverse group, of old friends and new ones.
Caption: large group shot of some of our guests.
I am thankful for the help from my family. They are always supportive and always present.
I am thankful for friends who offer rides, help fetching supplies, capturing the special moments of the day, and to help us raise a bit of money to begin something more, just by showing up that afternoon.
I am extremely thankful that the day went off without a hitch.
Some days are a snapshot in time, of a beautiful gathering coming together. I sometimes lose my faith, and then something happens to help me find a little more to be getting along with again.
I am thankful for the 31 who attended our event and then the breaking off of smaller groups, from the bigger, that same evening and the next morning (for breakfast at a lovely spot) and the morning after that.
We discussed policies and plans. We discussed dreams and goals yet to reach.
I am thankful my brother and I could get our 13th podcast episode recorded, with likely something like three full hours of discussion, on transformative times gone by and the change we want to see for those who are blind in Canada.
We talk with the one who started the ball rolling on an Ontario chapter of the Canadian Federation of the Blind, our good friend and former roommate.
I am thankful for this literary film.
For a major Downton Abbey fan like myself, this one is a treasure.
I’d heard of it, come across the trailer online, and I knew, right away, it would be my kind of film.
It was the perfect way to end one wildly successful weekend.
So much work to do. Sometimes, I need a little time with a good movie on Netflix, a bunch of tears shed – a satisfying few hours spent.
And I am thankful for the first of the freshest apples of the season.
A legend with a powerful voice is gone and this one song was the one that affects me most. She has affected many others, such as