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The Great Reset – MAKE IT PERSONAL

In November 2020—as the second Covid wave was swelling in Canada—I had an enlightening phone conversation with my sister who expressed keen interest in “The Great Reset”. I had to admit at the time I was only passingly familiar with the term, but quickly came to learn either (A) it’s a conspiratorial, globalist plot for […]

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So, you’re not feeling appreciated or recognized

How is it that a single sentence in a book about a group of dogs granted human consciousness and language by a couple of gods can bring a grown woman to tears? More precisely, how can something so far-fetched lead me into an existential moment? One moment I was unsuspectingly relaxing in my bubble bath, […]

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Sudoku: the game of life

I swear it was Sudoku that held me together mentally and emotionally at a time when I was incredibly fragile. Literally, it saved my sanity. And it continues to be an oasis of tranquility for me, especially when times are tough. But before I get into that, I have to clear up a misconception. I’ve […]

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Phantom Emotion Syndrome: messages from a good ghost

I’ve been haunted by phantoms three times quite recently. They weren’t horror-movie ghosts. They weren’t figments of my imagination. They were emotions I’d amputated from my psyche but which came back to torment me (thankfully, only very briefly). I was experiencing what I call Phantom Emotion Syndrome. It’s like Phantom Limb Syndrome, which is the […]

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Standing on the fringe: no longer a place of not belonging

I’m standing with my toes curling into the now cold sand. Stars are multiplying in the deepening dusk. Behind me, small waves burble their embrace with the beach. In front of me, the bonfire crackles along with the chatter and laughter of encircling family and friends. I’m not in the circle. I’m on the fringe, […]

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Stop acting your age

One of the most harmful admonishments has to be: “Act your age!”  Who, exactly, gets to say how anyone is supposed to act at any given age? Where is that list of certified age-appropriate actions? I get the importance of responsibly acting in accordance with the role you’re in. For example, as a 65-year-old grandmother […]

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Friends: mirrors and shadows

Dedicated to my Deerhurst friends. It’s taken me a lot of years to appreciate the adage: a friend is your mirror and your shadow; your mirror never lies, reflecting back exactly what’s in front of it, and your shadow never leaves you, sticking with you no matter what you’re up to. There are exceptions to […]

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Saving Cece

Cece, short for Cecilia, is my granddaughter, two years old at the time of this writing. She’s the most beautiful, intelligent, disarming child in my world. She’s kidnapped my heart and is holding it ransom. Her innocence, potentiality and vulnerability are demanding a huge payout—an ecologically sustainable world for her future. Before Cece, my love […]

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A happy kind of sadness

Standing on the outfitters’ dock and looking back across Kawawaymog Lake and the autumn-coloured hills beyond, I was overtaken by melancholy. Even though it had been an epic struggle against wind and whitecapped waves to canoe across the endless lake to return to the starting point of our adventure, wet and chilled I wanted to […]

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Why you should NOT chase self-development

You can’t see it to pursue it. You’ve heard the adage: pursue a butterfly and it eludes you, sit quietly and it alights on your shoulder. It’s much like that with self-development. You scare it off when you frantically chase after it with your huge butterfly net of self-help books, life coaching, motivational podcasts and […]

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