The Gift

December brings gifts. Some are wrapped in sparkling green and red paper with bows and ribbons and reindeer and elves. Adorned with tinsel and filled with trinkets and toys, they bring joy to those who open them and those who give them. Often they are filled with surprises. Sometimes surprises are overrated. This year, I know my gift and it can’t be wrapped.

We spend every second year with my wife’s family. They live far away so trips last a couple of weeks or so. For the most part, we stick around the house and may go for dinner in the afternoon. Occasionally, we visit other relatives, or some come to visit. Days are calm, sedate, simple.  

My routine is the same most days:

  • wake up
  • make coffee and read a chapter or two of some schlock novel before anyone else wakes
  • share breakfast with the family around a large kitchen island surrounded by apple-green coloured chairs. (In this stark white room, the chairs feel like a photograph from an urban architecture magazine.)
  • excuse myself to the dining room where my computer awaits on the glossy, exotic wooden table. 
  • turn it on and begin writing.

This is my gift. Time to write. 

This 2018 holiday I will finish the second draft of The Seven Steps to Healing your Brain  and a children’s book — tentatively called Harriet’s Halloween, or the True Story of Halloween’s Origin — I’ve been developing on with collaborator Jennifer Stables.  We are planning to release the children’s picture book in time for Halloween 2019 and I’m working towards publishing The Seven Steps memoir, and self help book in 2019 or early 2020.

I’m so looking forward to this break and this time to spend time with family and to write.

What are you looking forward to this Christmas?


In the spring of 1990 Allan Boss was in a motor vehicle accident. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. The attending neurosurgeon informed his family that he would never walk again or talk again. He recovered and finished three university degrees including a Ph.D., has written/edited four published books and his CBC Ideas docudrama “Updrafts” about recovering from brain injury won nominations for multiple international awards including the Peabody and the Prix Italia. He is currently writing a non-fiction book about his recovery.

Want to learn more? Email  with the subject Send Me the Free Outline to the book, The Seven Steps to Healing your Brain.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: