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I am (hopefully, mostly, almost) back from computer/printer/cell phone hell.  Some Mercury Retrogrades truly live up to their name and this one has, for me.  May it be NOT be so for you.

Many thank to Mrs. Whatsit who, for the last few days, filled in for me while dealing with her own family issues and lots of travel.  As she taught me long ago:  “Friends  help you move.  Good friends help you move bodies.”  I can hire movers if I have to, but if I ever have a dead body that needs a permanent hiding place (and, any more computer issues and I very well may), I’m calling her first.

While we’re on the topic, Mrs. Whatsit’s post on women who are murdered by romantic partners got some interesting responses.  You’d think it would be pretty non-controversial to say, “Hey!  Many, many women are getting killed by their romantic…

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It’s not too late to make a plan for poetry month! Whether you want to sign up to write a poem a day or unofficially just plan to crank out some poetry in April, there are plenty of prompts and resources to keep you going strong all month. And that’s not all that’s going on […]

via National Poetry Month begins today! #NaPoMo–Prompts galore & other ways you can participate . . . — Trish Hopkinson

I started a new job last year after years of working in a call center that sold products on line, rather like a Shopper’s Drugstore here in Canada. It was an interesting job and after 7 years working for Convergy’s Canada who was contracted by AT&T Wireless, it was a breeze.  Both of these jobs left me a little heart weary and working at another call center was not something I really wanted to do. Yet when a very good friend of mine told me I should apply where she worked I caved like a Yorkshire pudding after it comes out of the oven. She is a good friend. What can I say?


So the ole girl sent in her resume, went through the hateful process of an interview which was surprisingly easy for once and I got the job. I know going in what the job entailed, what type of environment it was to work in and who I would be working with. Quite a few ex-pats from my previous call center meandered over to the new guy on the block and have been happy.

Now what does all this have to do with Sleep Apnea? Easy question answered – ResMed. The company I work for is one of the foremost companies in the world that makes the machines/equipment for sleep apnea, as well as providing support services for the patient, home medical equipment providers and insurance companies in the US.

I had no idea when I began working here that there was such a thing as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is not a joke. It is a scary thing and it can kill you if left untreated.  I don’t have sleep apnea personally, but this is something I feel the need to share. Hopefully someone will see this and get themselves into a sleep study.

Sleep is necessary for continued good health. When we don’t sleep well we are tired and cranky in the morning. We also suffer from impaired thinking, a reduced learning ability and yes I am going there, a decrease in our libido. You may know this already but do you know that poor sleep also affects or heart, metabolism and that chronic sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of obesity, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes.

Poor sleep may simply be a case of going to bed 3 hours before you have to get up for work and just not giving yourself long enough to rest. It can also be a result of the quality of sleep you have. A good night’s sleep should improve your quality of life. A night of poor quality of sleep can be just that but it can also mean that you have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea causes your breathing to stop repeatedly while you sleep. These stops/pauses, also called ‘apneas’ usually last anywhere from 10-30 seconds and can happen many times through the night. Can you imagine being asleep then you stop breathing, not just once but dozens of times? Yes I said dozens. It can happen more than 50 times every hour. You don’t even know it happens until your body or partner gives you a nudge, which can get you breathing again. You may or may not awaken and then you immediately go back to sleep. You may never know that you stopped breathing while you were asleep for 1000 seconds (100 apneas lasting 10 seconds). All of this because you could have sleep apnea.

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

Family members or your bed partner are usually the first to notice the signs of sleep apnea. It isn’t unheard of for people to not know that they are snoring, or gasping for breath during the night. So if you snore or gasp for breath while sleeping then read the list here to see if you have other symptoms or signs and need to call your doctor.

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring followed by silent pauses
  • Morning headache
  • Irritability or mood changes
  • Poor concentration or memory loss
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Falling asleep while driving

The most common sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and it is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It is estimated that 3-7% of adult men and 2-5% of adult females in Western countries suffer from obstructive sleep apnea along with its risk factors, such as obesity, and aging and the numbers are increasing.

The following are common OSA risk factors:

  • obesity, especially when it is carried in the upper body, is a primary risk for OSA.
  • male gender
  • post-menopausal women
  • increasing age
  • pregnancy
  • family history
  • alcohol or sedative use
  • smoking • diabetes
  • genetic disorders
  • anatomic abnormalities:  small facial bones, narrow nasal passages, recessed chin, excess soft tissue in the upper airway such as the tongue mass, uvula, tonsils, soft palate and tissue at the back of the throat.

Note: The more risk factors a patient has, the higher the chance of having OSA.

Left untreated sleep apnea can cause some serious health problems. Here’s a list:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Depression
  • Decreased sexual function
  • Work related injuries.

In 2014 according to a Sleep Apnea Rapid Response Survey ( there were an estimated 5.4 million people that had been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are at high risk of experiencing it. Out of a population of roughly 32 million people that is 1 in 7 people in this country suffer from or are at risk of suffering from sleep apnea. There could be more.

Monday At the Movies


No Justice – No Peace

I recently had the opportunity to watch this documentary about the uprisings in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death. Created, directed, and produced by The Wire‘s Sonja Sohn, it follows the actions and reactions of more “old school” Civil Rights era community organizers and activists, more “new school” Black Lives Matter community organizers and activists, and several members of the Baltimore police department who are actually trying to work with the community and do the right thing.

You can actually view the full documentary on YouTube – it’s worth the 90 minutes or so you’ll invest.

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K’áalǫ Túé, my grandparent’s cabin is on the right.

I want to begin this blog with much gratitude for allowing me to be a part of this. I’ve been reading it since the beginning and it’s inspiring and humbling to see so many Indigenous women doing so many great things. It’s a beautiful feeling when you see your own people succeeding, sharing that light and love with everyone and knowing you aren’t alone in your struggles.

My name is Charlene Menacho. I am K’áalǫ Gotine Dene which means Willowlake in North Slavey. I am a mother, fiancé, daughter, sister, aunty, friend and cousin to many. I am from Tulita, located in the Northwest Territories. The population is about 500, small but a beautiful place. My family and I are currently residing in beautiful Victoria, BC while I attend school. I am currently enrolled in the Indigenous Studies program and once…

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In an exclusive report by ABC that we believe is nothing short of a trial balloon warning of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s next major indictment (or, alternatively, the turning of another valuable witness), the network reported that the special counsel has obtained evidence that Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVoes, lied to […]

via Mueller Reportedly Has Evidence Trump Ally Lied About Meeting Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund Head — peoples trust toronto



I don’t know about you, but I am heartily sick of the religious right insisting that they’re the only “values” voters, and the rest of us are…what? Voters with no values whatsoever? It’s like their insistence that they’re the only ones who are patriotic and love America (and the rest of of us are…what? Traitors who hate America? Well, at least according to Ann “Skeletor” Coulter, we are), and it’s equally wrong.

I am a values voter. Here are the values I vote on:

I believe that women are full adult human beings, with the same rights as men, which includes full bodily autonomy and integrity, full and exclusive control over our reproductive choices, and equal pay for equal work.

I believe that climate change is real, and caused by humans burning fossil fuels, and that we have a responsibility to do something about it.

I believe that every creature…

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It was cold in only the way that an early Spring night could be cold.  The ground was damp, there was a waxing Moon in the Southern sky, and the strong breeze still came from the Northeast.

It would be better soon, a few weeks from now, but that did nothing for her toes.  Her ears.  The tips of her fingers.  Nothing for her hungry stomach.  Nothing for the slow, seeping cold beneath her back.

Rain was coming.

She’d been hiding out in this distant garden shed for weeks, waiting for warmth.  Her blankets were spread on the wooden floor, raised a few inches above the cold, wet ground.  She’d figured out how to move her blankets in the early morning, over into the sunlight from the Eastern window, to soak up the weak Winter sun.  She’d figured out how to pee into a flower pot at night and pour…

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Far to much of people’s culture is lost in enforced and even voluntarily assimilation. I love the idea of reclaiming something that had left a hole in who you are you never knew was there until you got it back.


Today, I would like to share a recent project that I conducted through my research position at the University of Alberta. Under the guidance of Dr. Adam Gaudry and the partnership of my Jijuu Mary Effie Snowshoe, I researched the value and importance of place names. I took that research further by reclaiming a traditional place name in the North and then created a poster entailing my research and sharing my findings.

Prior to this project, place names were something that hadn’t even crossed my mind. One main concept that I took away from this project was how we as Indigenous people once had traditional names in our mother tongues for the places that we once resided and still reside to this day.

For example, my home community, which is now called Fort McPherson, was once called Tetlit Zheh. It was only once the settlers and trade routes were formed…

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I suppose this is a bit too-often quoted, but I love it, especially for the last two lines.  And, just now, here in my corner of the Magical MidAtlantic, there are suddenly daffodils everywhere.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
~ William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth…

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