Tying up ends
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Tying up ends

As I grow steadily older, there are matters I’d like to deal with before I may not have a chance. I don’t know how much time I’ve got left! By the same token, there are not many people who do leave this world with all things in order. Often things that could have been done remain undone, and worse, things that should have been said, unsaid.

A contrast of calm and chaos: the Robert Vander Plaats Hearts and Tears exhibit
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A contrast of calm and chaos: the Robert Vander Plaats Hearts and Tears exhibit

As stated by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, some of the myths associated with this specific disorder include the belief that the person diagnosed with schizophrenia is violent, lazy or irresponsible, morally weak, and untreatable. This couldn’t be further from the truth in the experiences of the late Robert Vander Plaats, an artist whose works were featured at the recent Hearts and Tears Exhibit in Hamilton, Ontario.