Ability and Community

Memories: Holding On to Joy

“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” -Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet/Playwright 1854-1900)

Our memories are how we interpret the feelings at the time. Fond memories bring us back to an experience of joy. We should concentrate on those – a nice encounter, or a joyous occasion.

It is interesting to know what can trigger a memory: a word, a song, a colour, a picture.

When I had my setback, in the first year, my short-term memory was affected but my long-term memory seemed to be sharper. My journey at times was not pleasant, but I reflected on past times when I was happy, and the people who surrounded me. This took me to a calm place and really helped me cope on rough days.

Think of your memories like an old film. The character, settings, and moods cannot be replicated, but re-watching (or, in our case, re-thinking) can give you satisfaction.

As summer is approaching, I will reflect on memories of past summers and enjoy the feeling.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Helping at Homeless Connect – Around 1200 people were served at Homeless Connect on April 29 at the Shaw Conference Centre. There were 69 service providers and over 300 volunteers. Homeless Connect is a partnership between Edmonton Economic Development, Homeward Trust Edmonton and the Shaw Conference Centre. Noor Al-Henedy

  • Here Comes the Train Again – The LRT moving along the tracks between McCauley and Boyle Street. Paula E. Kirman

  • Teresa Spinelli Receives Honourary Degree from NAIT – Teresa Spinelli (pictured here with her son Massimo) received an honourary Bachelor of Business Administration from NAIT on May 4, when she also gave the convocation speech. Mike Newberry

  • Lovely Lavender – Some lavender for sale outside of Zocalo. Paula E. Kirman

  • Noi Thai Restaurant Opens in McCauley – Noi Thai Restaurant has opened up in the former location of Viphalay at 10724 95 Street. Viphalay owner and McCauley Community League board member Lily Mounma sold this location to her uncle. Look for a review in an upcoming issue of the paper. Paula E. Kirman

  • Bent Arrow Round Dance – The Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society’s Annual Round Dance took place on April 21 at the Commonwealth Rec Centre. Janis Irwin

Around the Neighbourhood

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