Commemorating And Coping | April 20, 2020

Volume 1 Issue 3 | | Editor: Colleen MacLeod | Published weekly on Mondays | #meadowlarkmonday



We are all feeling shocked and saddened for the communities affected by the incident in Nova Scotia over the weekend. There will be a virtual vigil on Friday night through the Facebook group Colchester Supporting Our Community. Perhaps we can host a watch party for this event on our community’s Facebook page?

In keeping with my intention to highlight the good even in the darkest times, here is a selection of things online in support of the Nova Scotia communities:

  • people are taking photos of lit candles and sharing them #NovaScotiaStrong on Twitter
  • they are also posting beautiful pictures of Nova Scotia on Instagram using the same hashtag
  • the upcoming virtual vigil is listed as a top news story on the BBC News



Is anyone else wondering if this year can get any worse? I know that I am having to use all my available willpower to try and be upbeat today. However, being upbeat all the time takes tremendous energy and what if you just can’t anymore? It’s a tough day for all Canadians and perhaps small town Canadians in particular.

So what do we do? How do we cope when things keep piling up? I don’t have all the answers, but 25 years working in social services and healthcare have taught me there is no substitute for looking after yourself. You can only control your own thoughts, feelings and behaviour. If you are a parent, the best way to help your children is to model healthy behaviour. If you are a partner in a relationship the same is true.

You can and should encourage those around you to make healthy choices but keep your expectations realistic. For instance, pick one thing from the following list to try:

  • practice good sleep hygiene
  • eat lots of veggies and fruit
  • try an online yoga class
  • sign up for Text4Hope
  • try a craft or hobby

Incremental change is better than none at all. And finally, we can all benefit from considering the following adage in our communications: “Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” (author unknown).


From 500 Feet Up

There is a very cool panorama of our town posted to the community Facebook page by Isaac Zak O. Check it out.

More About Masks

Our local 4H clubs provided scrub bags and masks to area healthcare workers, as shared on April 14th by Dixie B. (community Facebook page). Way to go 4H kids and leaders!

Pictured: Dixie B.


Mother’s Day Jam

Twisted Canning Co. (located in Langdon) has gift baskets starting at $20. Pick any 3 flavors of jam and they will put them in a colorful basket and decorate it. Free delivery to our community. Check the post on our community Facebook page — it looks like they are running out of a few flavors already!


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