Lingering Thoughts

Below are some lingering thoughts from Elizabeth Verwey, founder of Spoken Lives. Please click on the blog title to read the complete post. Remember to sign up for our newsletter to get monthly updates, with other resources and special offers. Thanks! Hope to see you soon at an event!

Death or a re-birth?

Death or a re-birth?

Recently, death has been in my face. Ten days ago, I noticed that my neighbours’ keys were in still in his lock, when I walked by his door. I knocked and called to him. When he didn’t answer, I made sure the door was unlocked and slipped the keys through his mail slot. I texted him to let him know what I’d done. No reply.

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Thank you, Irma!

Thank you, Irma!

I was thrilled when Irma Paredes called me to inquire about launching a Spoken Lives chapter to highlight the stories of Spanish speaking women. Yes! She got busy and brought the women she knew together and hosted a couple of wonderful live events before COVID hit....

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SEPTEMBER 2020: I want to be like her when I grow up

SEPTEMBER 2020: I want to be like her when I grow up

A few years ago, I told Razie Brownstone, "I want to be like you when I grow up". She laughed out loud. I was in my 60's and she was in her 90's. She's an inspiration to me! Modest, and so beautiful (inside and out!). Razie Brownstone is a fiercely independent woman...

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AUGUST 2020: All Grown Up!

AUGUST 2020: All Grown Up!

My first born is turning 40 this month! His birthday is two days after mine and I'm turning 64. Remember the song by the Beatles. "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64"? My "was-band" and I used to sing it to one another and even inserted 64...

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JULY 2020: Largely Inattentive Parents

JULY 2020: Largely Inattentive Parents

July 1st marked a decade since my Mother died. She regularly told me "I'm going to die when I'm 89". When I'd ask her how she knew, she'd say "That's how old my Mother was when she died". I'd try to convince her that she was healthier than her Mother and that life...

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JUNE 2020: A peek into my romantic relationship…

JUNE 2020: A peek into my romantic relationship…

I am a white woman who has been in a committed romantic relationship with a black man for the past 7 years and it offers me precious insights into racism and race relations. I would like to share a few vignettes at this point in our love story. We are regularly stared...

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MAY 2020: A Puzzle Helps Me

MAY 2020: A Puzzle Helps Me

I set up a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle on my dining room table a couple of weeks ago. When I get overwhelmed with what is outside of my control during these tough times, I turn to it for a break. I set the timer for 15-20 minutes and finding only a few...

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APRIL 2020: 2020 Vision?

APRIL 2020: 2020 Vision?

So much has changed with COVID-19! We find ourselves living slower than we ever expected to be living right now. I feel that some of us have travelled back in time. Food basics are flying off the grocery shelves. Comfort foods have become more important to...

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MARCH 2020: Understanding More about Money

MARCH 2020: Understanding More about Money

IMAGE: The participants (above) with the 'money' they 'earned' at the workshop. Those are Toronto Dollars - a community currency. It was a fun way to learn about what money means to us, without losing a penny!   We held a Lifestyle Workshop last...

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