The Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre’s specialized day program was nice enough to let me practice my TimeSlips skills today in preparation for my certification.

TimeSlips opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.

You can find out more about them here: www.timeslips.org

About 20 folks suffering from dementia joined me for the workshop. Together we created a weird and wonderful story with about “The Misfortunes of Cowboy Jack.” Using the picture below as a prompt.

People shouted, whispered and giggled throughout the story. They loved the concept of

“No wrong answers.”

No matter who you are or where you’re at in your life – that’s freeing.

The Misfortunes of Cowboy Jack

Cowboy Jack jumped over the candle stick.
Is he still hiding there?
He’s in the bathroom.
He’s at the ranch with a banjo.
His horse’s name is Sleepy.
Looks like he needs a nap.
Looks like Cowboy Jack needs a nap too.
This takes place in the night.
At Mary’s house.

About 1985, It was a good year!

He just woke up.

He’s playing The Gambler.

He’s playing King of the Road.

He’s playing for his horse and his girlfriend.

Who may be the same thing.

Something is wrong with Cowboy Jack and Sleepy.

They may be separated.

He’s going to the barn to pee. “Oh my god, I missed!” Humming.

Cowboy Jack is celebrating his 32nd Birthday.

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