Our world needs changing.

The enormity of this can be overwhelming, leaving us feeling insignificant.

But what if our small voice could be heard? What if our seemingly inconsequential choices could generate change? We are not irrelevant. We are influential and crucial to the world immediately around us.

I love the statement by playwright Tom Stoppard, “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”

To this end, let us stop waiting for the world to change. Let us make a difference within the circle of influence that surrounds us. Let us investigate new hope, participate with others, and generate lasting change. Let us be driven by the fact that we have only one life.

Let us love it, and leave it strong.


Dee-Ann Schwanke is a columnist for The St. Albert Gazette since 2006. She lives there with her husband and blended family of seven children, and works full time in Edmonton Alberta. She is a creative analytic, who loves her family, her community, her country and her God.

To reach her by email: deesonly.com@gmail.com


4 thoughts on “About

  1. You sound like a person who has her head squarely on her shoulders. Really enjoy all you articles!! Keep up the fabulous work!!:0)

  2. You sound like a person who came from parents who also had their heads squarely on their shoulders. Young adults like you are hard to find these days. Keep writing Dee! And we are going to keep reading!

  3. I have come to know Dee-Ann a little better recently and given her roots of where she grew up; her upbringing allows her to be just one great person and writer

    Nolan Crouse

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