Youngest son Benjamin had some good news from his music world. He played keys on Leon Bridges’ album, Good Thing, and it was just nominated for R & B Album of the Year. Ben also played on the track, Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand. It was nominated for Best Traditional R & B Performance. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. So we’re all crossing fingers!
It’s fitting that today, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, that I’m reading a story about Justin Clark. His fight for an independent life put him at odds with his parents; it was the first hard look I had at what it means to live life with a disability and how people are often surrounded by those who, even lovingly, think they know better. I had just started a job with an advocacy organization, now the Saskatchewan Association for Comunity Living, back in 1982. A job that would change my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Because of Justin’s sheer determination and convictions, his example was a clear lesson to me as I started a new career path. I wish him well today of all days. You can read his story below, and there’s also this. The work continues.
‘In 1982, Justin Clark, who was born with cerebral palsy, took his own parents to court in a bid to prove that he was a mentally competent adult. Clark won his case, and the decision was a pivotal moment in the Canadian disability rights movement. Advocates say there is still a long way to go, but Clark’s case paved the way for other people with disabilities fighting to make their own decisions, rather than have legal guardians decide on their behalf. CBC’s The Sunday Edition explores the lasting impact of Clark v Clark. (photo below by Norman Pellerin).’
I am always thrilled to be warmly welcomed to one of the most talked about holiday gatherings of the season. I was so pleased to have as my date, the incomparable Heather Fritz. Anthony Bidulka and Herb McFaull host a fantastic gathering for dozens of friends and family for an evening of good food, fun, great conversation, beautiful holiday decor, and many pleasant surprises if you keep your eye open for someone wonderful to meet, a stranger who suddenly becomes a friend. Thanks Herb and Tony.
Pick up your copy of Saskatoon HOME, the 2018 winter issue. Proud to be part of this magazine for 10 years now. Find your copy at racks located around the city (I always grab one at Sobey’s), or go online here. If you’ve always thought of trying your hand at a Christmas gingerbread house, do it this year. Meet your gingerbread mentor and my friend Marion Murawsky. She’s wonderful and talented, and you should see her antique store The Indefinite Article (that was another story)! Lots of fun stuff in this issue and let me know if you have a great story idea. We already have some great ones lined up for 2019, but so many stories to tell in our great city; we just have to go get them!
Our pal Jay has gone above and beyond to raise money in his Movember campaign, and with just a couple of days to go, please consider helping him edge up even more over his goal. When he hit the $3000 mark, he came through on his promise to make purple rain on his campaign in support of prostate cancer research. He dropped by last night to show off the mauve mo’. With friends like these….we can do a lot to keep men from dying way too young. You can still get in on it!
Our best buddy Jay Wilson stopped in to show off the progress on his Movember moustache. Jay lept into the fray to raise money for research and treatment of prostate cancer, something that got really personal really fast for our family recently. Check out Jay’s fundraising page here and consider supporting this important research. And get tested! All you men out there over 50, and all the women who care about those 50+ men out there: tell them you want them to do it. Checking your PSA is simple, fast, easy. A little probe, well, wah, do it! Really, it’s important. The sooner the better. Early detection and treatment can literally be the difference between life and death. Your family will thank you. Feeling pretty grateful in this house for all the brilliant people at St. Paul’s, Dr. V. Bathini, Nurse Navigators Karen and Nicole, and for all the family and friends who have been so encouraging. And to Jay for all that extra hair he’s willing to carry around for the month. He needs help!
There are a few other things almost as scary as prostate cancer, and included is American politics.