DeeAnn Marie

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It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.

Sally Coulter 

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Fear grips Prince Albert following horrific assault of Marlene Bird

Homeless woman viciously attacked in PA. This should be making national headlines across the country. Instead we are only hearing about it in Saskatoon (the closest neighbouring city) 2 weeks after it happened, and a week after a hundred people marched in the community to demand answers.

The PA mayor has been quoted as stating, "You would think they would unite and sort of come together and..take care of each other".

It is up to ALL OF US to care for one another and to help the vulnerable and marginalized. Show love to your fellow humans today, our corner of the world needs it.

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Anderson Cooper tries a Schizophrenia Simulator

Where I work we have a tenant, I’ll call him Wolf, who always greats everyone with a “Hello <name>!! How are you today, my friend?”

Which is a great opening line and so many people through out the day stop to chat with him. Often the conversations ends with a polite ask for a hug.

One day I see Wolf and he doesn’t smile when he greets me. “Hello,” he says in a monotone voice.

"How are you today Wolf?" I ask.

"Oh, you know DeeAnn. The voices. Quite bad today." And he turns his fingers in a clock-wise motion beside his head. This is the first conversation I have had with Wolf where he does not smile from ear to ear.

Wolf spends the majority of every day, every Saskatchewan day, outside, sitting on benches. I bug him, it’s too cool, he’s too bundled up, it’s too windy. “I like to be outside,” he says.

This video gave me a tiny glimpse into what it must be like to be Wolf and why his positive attitude astounds me. 

Next time you see someone sitting on a park bench that is wearing too many layers or looks lost in thought, remember they may be dealing with their illness the best way they know how. 

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