2020 year in review: Google Trends
Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays

2020 Year in Review: Google Trends

Every year, Google Trends releases its Year In Search data, with the most searched for terms in the past year in different countries and for different categories. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 dominated the year in search. One of the things I find fascinating is how it's influenced our vocabulary. It's also spawned some odd phenomena, like the… Continue reading 2020 Year in Review: Google Trends

Merry stay-at-home Christmas - background image of Christmas tree
Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays

It’s Turkey Time! – A Virtual Christmas Dinner

What with the whole COVID nonsense, a lot of people may be having Christmas at home, either alone or with a couple other people. That's where the blogosphere comes in. Earlier today, I asked what you'd like to bring to Christmas dinner. In case you responded but aren't included in this post, it's not intentional;… Continue reading It’s Turkey Time! – A Virtual Christmas Dinner

Merry stay-at-home Christmas - background image of Christmas tree
Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays

Favourite Christmas Movie Clips

Christmas is a great day for lounging around in pyjamas (ok, every day is great for that), sipping lots of tea/coffee/eggnog. Some of us are probably spending Christmas alone this year, so how about we watch some Christmas movie clips together? I'll start with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. This was the only movie of the… Continue reading Favourite Christmas Movie Clips

Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays

Away in a Manger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIBiLtzpQX0 I'm not religious, but religion does interest me. For Christmas eve, I thought I'd share some relevant photos from my travels. My camera at the time wasn't great, but I've edited the photos as best I can. The above photos are of the exterior and interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in… Continue reading Away in a Manger

Christmas tree
Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays

Christmas Tree Ornaments from Childhood

I used to really like Christmas, but the last Christmas I cared about was the last Christmas I was well, which was in 2015. Since then, I haven't cared enough to do anything for Christmas, including putting up a tree, but I thought I'd rummage through some of the ornaments from my childhood that were… Continue reading Christmas Tree Ornaments from Childhood

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Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays

It’s World Toilet Day 2020

I first heard of World Toilet Day last year, when the theme was leave no one behind. I was reminded earlier today din a post by Philosophy Through Photography that today is World Toilet Day 2020, and the theme this year is climate change. It's been observed by the United Nations since 2013 in recognition… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day 2020

Suicide and mental illness – Reach out, from Mental Health @ Home
Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Suicide

World Suicide Prevention Day: A Look at Suicide Attempt Survivors

IASP Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It's also National Suicide Prevention Week and National Suicide Prevention Month (that's a lot of awareness!). I thought it would be a good time to talk about suicide attempt survivors. The term "suicide survivor" isn't generally used for people who've lived through suicide attempts. Rather, it's the term… Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day: A Look at Suicide Attempt Survivors