Finding Meaning in Illness

the-waiting-roomWhen confronted with cancer John Mann – best known as the frontman for the  band Spirit of the West – wrote music to help him describe the horror of the disease, the treatment and the recovery. The songs were poignant, often funny, and classic ‘John Mann’. I’ve listened to the CD many times.

Now the music is being used as the backdrop of a stage play that is currently being performed on Granville Island. Like the music, it fluctuates between being heartfelt and laugh-out-loud funny. The music alone is moving, but having the story brought to life with actors makes for a profound theatre experience.

What a brilliant concept Mann had, taking his most difficult experience, putting it to music in his own unique style, and using that as a vehicle  to question the meaning in life, illness and death. The theatre audience comes away with no real answers, but a deeper understanding of the journey we all face. We are reminded that not one of us knows what tomorrow will bring. All we can do is live each day we are given to the best of our abilities.

Thank you, John Mann, for using your talent to make the the music that helps us explore the questions we all must ask.

McHappy Eggs!

McDonaldshappy eggThe news today is good. McDonald’s has decided to serve only eggs laid by hens living  in cage-free conditions. This will greatly improve the lives of millions of chickens who, until now, were packed into cages so small they couldn’t walk, spread their wings or engage in natural behaviours. I suspect this move is a result of a shift in the public’s awareness about animal welfare.

cage free hens

cage free or free run hens

free range chickens

free range hens

However, the news could be even better. The best choice is to use only eggs from free range chickens, hens that are free to express natural behaviours while roaming indoors and outdoors. Being cage-free is an improvement in living conditions, but the barns can still be extremely overcrowed will little or no room to move or flap wings.

A friend recently lamented the trouble he had when purchasing eggs. There are so many options – Omega 3, Free Range, Free Run, Organic. What does it all mean?

My advice was to reach for the Free Range Certified Organic ones. It’s just the right thing to do.

Is it just me…

polar bears… or does it seem odd that there is a move to ‘adapt’ to global warming (planting drought resistant gardens and even artificial turf in lieu of grass) instead of an all-out effort to reverse the warming trend?

There is only so much an individual can do. Real change has to come from government policies and direction. There is an election coming up. Let’s vote wisely.