• how to say

    Listen to Glenn’s poem, “How to Say,” set to music by Jeff Enns and sung by Jennifer Enns-Modolo, with Loren Shalanko at the piano: How to say(May 24, 2009) The way to say “I love you” to someoneis to say “I love you” to that personThis has come to my attentionrecently“I love you” means “I love you”and meritsbeing saidto the personfor whom you feel that love Various gestures and clipped phrasesdo notactuallysay “I love you” As lovely as a home-cooked casseroleor cheque for some needed moneyor gift certificate for an indulgenceisand is loving, nurturing, caring It is not the same as saying“I love you”it is not “Love ya”’ or “You’re…

  • the Initiative Award

    This year, Theo and Henry Peirson completely took over the presentation of the Dr. Glenn Peirson Initiative Award at Centennial CVI’s commencement. The award is given each year to at least one student who has, under more strenuous circumstances than most students experience, maintained a robust school career and is going on the some kind of post-secondary discipline.

  • young physician’s journey

    Glenn Peirson walked boldly and compassionately in this world, blazing new pathways, dreaming new dreams into being, and main- taining beautiful relationships. The complications of cancer treat- ment suddenly claimed him in November, 2009, after a three year heroic battle. His deepest devotion was to his God and his family: his exceptional soul-mate, Dr. Mary Peirson; his twelve year old daughter, Theodora; and his nine year old son, Henry. Glenn was born in Kingston, Ontario, and raised in Guelph. He was a scholar, athlete, musician, spiritual giant, poet, gardener and great lover of the Land of Narnia. Before he completed secondary school, he was admitted on scholarship to the University…

  • cancerwords compulsion

    Poetry is the only way to touch upon the experience of cancer. It is also the only way to find the beauty in the beastliness. And for me, it was the only way to express my grief and allow healing into my life. Grief is a many-layered thing. It unfolds and refolds away from and over itself multitudinous times and in varying manifestations. To say that grief will fade away is misleading. To say that it will ameliorate and become an acceptable part of the griever’s psyche is a truth… as long as the griever intentionally grieves.   Because grief begins with the diagnosis and because so much of my experience…

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