Calgary Flood Diary
Here's a page I drew a couple of days ago: "Things Overheard at Caffe Rosso (in Ramsay)."
It occurs to me that I wrote something like this once before, a long time ago, when there was another subject that "everyone" was talking about: the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11th, 2001. (The Alberta flood is more of a local phenomenon, of course, but the "universal" impact upon folks here is spurring discussions that remind me of 2001.) Back then I wrote another comic strip about what was going on around me in Calgary, which you could read here - if you actually had any energy/free time after pumping out somebody's basement in Elbow Park, Bowness, Erlton, or the Beltline. Here's an excerpt to show you what I mean.
By the way, I'm back at Caffe Rosso again right now, and the flood is STILL the only subject of conversation. The difference: people seem a lot quieter. There's a bit less adrenaline and a bit more exhaustion. And no wonder!!!
10/21/2022 07:14:59 am
hanks for sharing the article, and more importantly, your personal experience of mindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and knowing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story since I can certainly relate and I think others can to
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