Our Aphasia Song: “What I Mean to Say”

In January we wrote a ThemeSong about aphasia with Lowry Olafson.

What I mean to say
May not be the words you hear
And it could take a little patience
Because I’ve got aphasia
It isn’t always clear
Just what I mean to say

 

Some of us find it hard to talk
Some have to struggle just to read and write
But everyone of us can laugh
If you listen with your heart
Maybe then you’ll understand

 

What I mean to say
May not be the words you hear
And it could take a little patience
Because I’ve got aphasia
It isn’t always clear
Just what I mean to say

 

We can think and we can dream
And give each other reason to believe
Though sometimes we’ll get it wrong
We can choose to carry on
And make our voices strong

 

What I mean to say
May not be the words you hear
And it can take a little patience
Because I’ve got aphasia
It isn’t always clear
Just what I mean to say

 

UBC Museum of Anthropology

UBC Museum of Anthropology

Thanks to a wonderful group member for writing this entry:

April 12, 2012 – We were on a field trip at UBC!!! We’re on the opposite ends of the timeline. First we went to TRIUMF, a national laboratory with scientists and researchers studying the future. Now we went to UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA), with history and exhibits, collections, arts and cultures.

For some highlights at MOA:

• There is a carving by the Coast Salish region artist as you walk down the ramp. It is one of my favourite objects. It’s the details of the face and the blending of the colors that stands out for me; it really catches my eye. This piece seems to say “welcome” as visitors enter the museum.

• The Great Hall has 15 metre walls of glass. It’s breathtaking looking at the totem poles when you see the sun.

• At the Great Hall you can also see outdoor exhibits. Have a look outside (but we didn’t go)

• MOA has many collections of artifacts for First Nations of British Columbia. There are many languages, cultures, arts, etc for First Nations.

• MOA has also many galleries house. It has best known collections in British Columbia, but some other collections of objects came from around the world.

• The exhibit cases had so many objects and labels. For the cases, you can also open the drawers to see more objects. There were some terminals to find out the catalogues MOA has.

• A famous explorer, Captain Cook came to Northwest Coast and brought a souvenir, a ceremonial club from a Canadian First Nation during 1778.

• Bill Reid’s, one of the best known sculptures, display here at MOA. This “The Raven” sculpture can be shown on the Canadian $20 bill!!

• I liked the exhibit “The Art and Life of Doug Crammer”. He has a range of artistic working from totem poles, carvings to arts. The best I like is his “abstract series”. I enjoy looked at each painting. The paintings have the same elements and the same color, but each paintings is different. At this exhibit, no camera was allowed, so I went on Google, and here is a painting by Doug Crammer. One painting was “ Ravens in Nest”.

Thank you to Gord and Rob for more pictures!

 

TRIUMF

TRIUMF – Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics

On March 15, 2012, our group visited TRIUMF on UBC Campus.

Group members watch as TRIUMF staff explains some of the components of beam transport.

TRIUMF is one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories. It brings together dedicated physicists and interdisciplinary talent, sophisticated technical resources, and commercial partners in a way that has established the laboratory as a global model of success. Its large user community is composed of international teams of scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. The advances ensuing from TRIUMF’s research will enhance the health and quality of life of millions of Canadians, launch new high-tech companies, create new high specificity drugs, help us to understand the environment, enable the development of new materials, and spur the imaginations of our children who want to know their place in the universe.

On top of the cyclotron: Members ask tough questions listen in.

Some interesting facts:

  • Construction started in 1971, and the first beam was produced in 1974.
  • The facility houses the world’s largest cyclotron – a device using magnetic fields to separate charged particles along a spiral path. The magnets weigh 4000 tons!
  • About 400 scientists, researchers, and staff work at TRIUMF.
  • TRIUMF produces isotopes used in nuclear medicine at UBC Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency for the detection and treatment of cancers and other diseases.
  • Visiting scientists from all over the world come to use TRIUMF’s facilities in various experiments.