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Depression AwarenessBecause apparently this week has been Depression Awareness week, I thought I would share something.Everyone who knows me knows that I love to share anecdotal stories about life. Not just my life, but stories I in which I may have played a small role or even only witnessed. They can be funny or serious, casual observations or emotionally charged. There are literally millions of stories which make up all of our lives. I just happen to enjoy sharing some of the ones that make up mine.A number of years ago, I sliced my wrist open on a piece of broken Pyrex at work. Yes, it was an accident. I spent over six hours at the hospital, had plastic surgery to reconnect the artery and tendon which had been severed. I have a large scar on my right wrist (photos in my gallery), numbness and reduced function of my right hand. The occupational therapist sat me down to have a talk when I was nearing completely of my therapy. She wanted to talk about public per
Alan M.This post was written on April 14, 2006.A few weeks back a friend of mine died. He wasn't a close friend, just someone I knew through others. He was one of those people with whom you simply fell in love. You couldn't help yourself. He was bright, funny, good looking and full of life. Whatever he was doing, he was all there in that minute. He was a talented musician, studying music at the University of Ottawa. Al had been battling leukemia for a couple of years, and even though he was diagnosed as terminal late in 2005, he never let his illness get the better of him. He seemed to be doing well in treatment, having some better moments and some worse ones. I didn't know him well enough to cry at the news of his death, but the pain was real enough all the same. It is a small regret that I didn't know more of his condition the last months of his life. I think that I would have liked to have seen him before he passed away. There would have been nothing I could have said or done, and I am no